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December 2016

The Pennsylvania Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

December 9 - 31

The Nutcracker is a timeless holiday production that has enchanted generations. The magical Land of Sweets comes to life on stage, with sprawling sets and lavish costumes. Tchaikovsky’s legendary score provides the backdrops for the characters and dancers. The Nutcracker follows Clara and her precious nutcracker gift, as well as her ensuing dreamlike adventures. The Pennsylvania Ballet will perform the classic favorite throughout the month of December at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. George Balanchine was one of the…

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Philadelphia Ugly Sweater Run

December 17

In Philadelphia, the merriest 5k involves the ugliest running gear. The only pre-requisite for the Ugly Sweater Run is in its namesake: you have to pull on your best holiday ugly sweater (the uglier the better). As the North American tour stops in the City of Brotherly Love, runners and walkers from around the nation will fill the streets. The run is about 3.1 miles in length, and takes participants through the blocks and parks of Philly. Massive inflatables, photo…

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Disney On Ice Hits the Rink at Wells Fargo Center

December 23

For a week in December, the magical world of Disney will come to life on the Wells Fargo Center ice rink. A variety of favorite stories will be interwoven in graceful, athletic, and fun skating routines that are entertaining for all ages. Detailed and colorful sets and costumes set the stage perfectly for a variety of familiar friends. Dory sets out with her friend Hank on a mission to find her parents, Joy and Sadness from Inside Out help Riley…

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January 2017

Mummers Parade

January 1, 2017

New Year’s calls for celebration, and nobody celebrates better than the Mummers. Glitter, feathers, and fantastic costumes take over Broad Street in Center City, as over 10,000 men and women twirl, strut, and pirouette across town. With formal beginnings in 1901, the festival has been an annual occurrence for decades. Local clubs compete in one of four categories, including comics, fancies, string bands, and fancy brigades. Each group creates glamorous costumes and scenery, which they don for the fantastically colorful…

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Big Philly Beerfest

January 13, 2017 - January 14, 2017

Craft beer lovers rejoice—the Big Philly Beerfest is back in town for its third year. Over 300 fresh craft beers of all styles will be on tap for visitors to sample. Thousands of hopheads will converge on the Pennsylvania Convention Center for a day of tastings, with hoppy and wheaty beers alike available. Brewers like Coppertail, Two Roads Brewing, and Lost Abbey will be present in addition to local spots such as Dock Street and Sly Fox. Several ticket packages…

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All Mozart: The Philadelphia Orchestra

January 15, 2017

The Philadelphia Orchestra invites you to a celebration of Mozart’s full breadth of work. The group will begin with the musical genius’s first symphony that he composed at eight years old, and highlight his life of remarkable talent up to his last piece “Jupiter.” A special treasure will be a windwood concerto led by Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa. Esteemed British conductor and renowned Mozart specialist Jane Glover will lead the orchestra in this exciting program. The Philadelphia Orchestra was founded…

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Philadelphia Auto Show

January 28, 2017 - February 5, 2017

Check out the auto industry’s latest inventions at the 2017 Philadelphia Auto Show. Over 700 concept, classic, and luxury cars will be on display across a 700-square-foot floor. Every major vehicle manufacturer will be represented, and visitors can get up-close with new vehicle models. Guests will also get the chance to peruse old and new exotic vehicles that aren’t available at most dealerships yet. Additionally, visitors can test drive a Kia, Mazda, or Toyota around the streets of Philadelphia. Don’t…

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February 2017

iLuminate at the Merriam Theater

February 10, 2017 - February 11, 2017

 What do you get when you mix hip hop, visual illusions, neon lights, and a little bit of magic? iLuminate is the result, a company built on the melding of art and technology. The troupe finished in 3rd place during the 6th season of America’s Got Talent in 2011, and now they tour the United States as one of the most exciting new acts in the country. The stage goes dark and dancers come to life in only outlines of…

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