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October 2016

Kansas at the Merriam Theater

October 1

Head to the Merriam Theater this fall t to see the band Kansas perform their six-time multi-Platinum album Leftoverture. This will be the first time that the album will be performed in its entirety, and the two-hour, special 40th Anniversary concert will also feature new songs from their upcoming album, The Prelude Implicit. Classic hits like “Fight Fire With Fire,” “Point of No Return,” and “Dust in the Wind” will be performed, as well as many other successful and well-known…

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Morris Arboretum Fall Festival Weekend

October 3 - 4

Head out to the Morris Arboretum at the University of Pennsylvania for a day of colorful leaves, crisp autumn air, and seasonal activities. At Fall Festival Weekend, a family favorite for this time of year, visitors can make a scarecrow, paint a pumpkin, enjoy apple tastings, and go apple picking. In addition to these activities, a teen group will build a large LEGO® version of Philly’s LOVE sculpture, and kids can take part by helping and answering trivia. Surprise furry…

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Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival

October 15

While the heart of a city may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of a harvest celebration, the Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival is the ideal spot to enjoy everything autumn. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Filbert Street between 11th and 12th streets is transformed into an urban farm, with corn stalks, pumpkin patches, hay bales, and more. Molly Malloy’s brings craft brews outside to create a beer garden, and vendors from the massive…

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An Evening with Steve Martin and Martin Short

October 28 - 29

Well-known comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short will be in Philadelphia for two performances of their show “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life.” The event includes stand-up pieces, musical numbers, film, and discussions about the two men’s careers in show business. The Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, a bluegrass band from North Carolina known for their work with Martin will also perform. With a unique blend of mediums and themes, Martin and Short bring their own…

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November 2016

Philadelphia Orchestra and Brahms Symphony No. 2

November 3 - 5

Louis Langrée, the highly revered music director of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart and the Cincinnati Symphony, joins to Philadelphia Orchestra for the first time at the Kimmel Center. Known for his distinct artistry, Langrée will lead the orchestra in a performance of Brahms’s Second Symphony. Brahms Symphony No. 2 was written in 1877, and is noted for its cheerful sound and noticeable difference from his First Symphony. Star violinist Midori returns to the orchestra for the first time since 2007,…

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Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

November 10 - 20

Since 2008, the annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) has presented a collection of culturally relevant films and programming celebrating the Asian American experience. The volunteer-run nonprofit organization strives to highlight films by and about Asian Americans, and presents screenings and events around the city. The setting is perfect—as of 2010, over 90,000 Asian Americans live in Philadelphia county, and the city possesses an emerging film industry. The festival promotes the already-present diversity in Philly, and is the largest…

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Philadelphia Marathon

November 18 - 20

The Philadelphia Marathon is one of the nation’s premier and most historic marathons. Crossing the heart of Philadelphia, the race covers mostly flat and fast terrain. Over 30,000 runners will come to town to partake in the event. The route begins and ends on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The course runs through the charming streets of Old City on Penn’s Landing by the Delaware River, eventually coming up to the green pathways of the Fairmount Water Works on the Schuylkill River.…

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Jon Bellion at the Electric Factory

November 22

Jon Bellion is stopping in Philly as part of his The Human Condition Part II Tour, and will play a show at the acclaimed Electric Factory. Doors will open at 7:00 pm for the 8 o’clock show. Jon Bellion is a singer, songwriter, producer, and rapper who released his debut album The Human Condition on June 10, 2016. It charted at number 5 on the US Billboard 200, and Bellion has since provided the vocals on the 2015 Zedd song…

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Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 24

The holiday season is ushered into Philadelphia with the annual 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade. In its 96th year, it is the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country and a true Philadelphia tradition in its own right. In addition to the towering balloons and extravagant floats, performances by local choirs, dance groups, and marching bands make for a festive day in the city. To conclude the parade, Santa arrives to declare the commencement of the holiday season. Floats in…

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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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