Events 11/30 – 12/5: Family Day at Lemon Hill Mansion, Philly Book & Author Fest at Cherry St. Pier, Idea (ex)Change at Asian Arts Initiative & More!

Some of the most interesting things happening in Philly from Friday, November 23 to Thursday, November 29. Share your event by tweeting us @citywidestories or tagging us on Facebook.


ABBArama- 70s+80s ABBA Dance Party at the Dolphin

Friday, November 30th

10 pm – 2 am

The Dolphin Tavern

1539 S. Broad St.

Cost: $5

Mamma Mia, here we go again! All of you Dancing Queens better get to The Dolphin Tavern for a night of hits from everyone’s favorite Swedish pop group. Knowing Me, Knowing You, you’ll want to stay until the end of the night, because nothing is as infectious as an ABBA song, so Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! ABBArama!


Collaborate Craft Change: Craft Market and Residency

Saturday, December 1st

12 – 5 pm

CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia

1315 Walnut St.

Cost: $5 suggested donation

Make your way to CultureWorks for a pop up exhibition featuring local Crafters, as well as to experience the latest work created by four residency fellows. Each fellow was tasked to create environments in the breakout rooms at CultureWorks which you can experience for yourself. This event will also feature a raffle benefiting the EMIR Healing Center, so make sure not to miss this!


Northern Liberties & Fishtown Holiday Shopping Spree

Saturday, December 1st

11 am – 6 pm

Various Locations

Northern Liberties & Fishtown

Cost: Pay as you go

Buy your gifts AND explore the neighborhood! Participating shops and stores will be offering a 10% discount if their wares. Check out local retail spots such as Jinxed, City Planter, Art Star, and more!


Idea (ex)CHANGE: A Symposium Celebrating 25 Years of Art and Community

Saturday, December 1st

1 – 7 pm

Asian Arts Initiative

1219 Vine St.

Cost: Free

The Asian Arts Initiative has accomplished 25 years of community building through arts practice. Join them to celebrate two recent publications highlighting their work, and to reflect on these past 25 years. The gathering will include plenaries featuring artists, curators, and cultural workers, time to connect, and a reception.


Philly Queer Zine Fest

Saturday, December 1st

4:30 – 7 pm

Book Corner

311 N. 11th St.

Cost: Free

Philly’s FIRST queer zine fest is happening this weekend at the Book Corner. Peruse zines from a myriad of publishers, or find your next favorite book! (This venue is wheelchair accessible).


Philly Book & Author Fest at Cherry Street Pier

December 1 – 2

Cherry Street Pier

121 N. Columbus Blvd.

Cost: Free

Shop from local Philadelphia booksellers and meet some of your favorite authors at the Philly Book & Author Fest at Cherry Street Pier! You can pick up some good reads for yourself or others from Head House Books, Penn Book Center, and Big Blue Marble Bookstore. You can also meet authors such as Nathaniel Popkin & Peter Woodall who wrote Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City, or Raquel Salas Rivera, (Philadelphia Poet Laureate) with their publication Lo terciario/The Tertiary.


Family Day at Lemon Hill Mansion

Sunday, December 2nd

10 am – 4 pm

Lemon Hill Mansion

Lemon Hill Dr.

Cost: $25

Enjoy a full day of entertainment and activities for children aged 12 and under at Lemon Hill Mansion during their Family Day. You can expect a visit from Santa himself, and there will even be a GRITTY CHEESE SCULPTURE courtesy of Cabot Cheese!


GLOW by Amberella: Exhibition Opening

Sunday, December 2nd

5 – 7 pm

Mission Taqueria

1520 Sansom St.

Cost: Free

Philly artist Amberella, whose wheatpaste gothic hearts can be found all around the city, brings her mixed media art indoors as a part of Mission Taqueria’s rotating exhibition series curated by Streets Dept. Don’t miss the opening exhibition of GLOW, a neon installation that shows a more light-hearted side of Amberella’a work. Read our interview with Amberella here.


Holiday Tree Lighting

Wednesday, December 5th

5 – 7 pm

Camden City Hall

520 Market St, Camden, NJ

Cost: Free

Make your way to Camden City Hall for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting! Santa himself is making an appearance for this special occasion. You will also enjoy some free hot chocolate and caroling!


The Pleasure Principle: Finding Pleasure in the Age of #MeToo

Wednesday, December 5th

6 – 8 pm

Temple Contemporary

2001 N. 13th St.

Cost: Free

Don’t miss this conversation between #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and sex positive artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez, which will explore the intersections of pleasure, consent, and accountability in the movement to access individual and community healing as a result of sexual violence.