50 Things to do This November Around the Main Line

From holiday celebrations to food festivals to the return of Villanova University’s Men’s Basketball, here’s what’s happening this month.



Longwood Gardens' annual holiday spectacular opens Nov. 22. Photo courtesy of Longwood Gardens//Davis Garold Hank.

 

Week of November 1-4 | Week of November 5-11 | Week of November 12-18 | Week of November 19-25 | Week of November 26-30 | Throughout the Month

Week of November 1-4

Cuddle my Kids Fashion Show and Luncheon
Nov. 1, Malvern

Cuddle my Kids helps parents fighting cancer who also have young children. Its fashion show will be held at the Desmond Hotel and also includes a lunch and time to shop the looks.

Phoenixville Harvest Festival
Nov. 1-4, Phoenixville

Celebrate the season with food trucks, outdoor movies, a carnival and a pet parade during this four-day festival, which takes place throughout downtown Phoenixville.

Junior League of Philadelphia's Sip and Shop
Nov. 2, Ardmore

The Junior League of Philadelphia Thrift Shop celebrates its grand reopening with a shopping event from 6-8 p.m.

James Beard Foundation’s Taste America
Nov. 2, Philadelphia

The James Beard Foundation’s sixth annual culinary tour makes a stop in Philadelphia, highlighting some of the city’s most talented chefs.

42nd Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show
Nov. 2-4, Philadelphia

Hosted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the 42nd Annual Contemporary Craft Show will be juried by Perry Price and will feature 195 artists. A preview party will be held on Nov. 1.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Nov. 2-4, Oaks

The Sugarloaf Craft Festival returns to Oaks, featuring over 350 curated exhibitors.

AC2: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen
Nov. 3, Philadelphia

Get a glimpse inside the careers and lives of renowned journalist, Anderson Cooper, and Emmy Award-winning TV host and producer, Andy Cohen, as they interview each other at the Academy of Music.

Philadelphia Museum of Art's Fall into Art
Nov. 3, Philadelphia

The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts its annual party, complete with a look at the Fabulous Fashion exhibit, music from DJ Royale and more, all in benefit of the museum.

Greater Philadelphia Walk to Defeat ALS
Nov. 3, Philadelphia

Grab your sneakers and head to Citizens Bank Park for the 1.5-mile Greater Philadelphia Walk to Defeat ALS.

Career Wardrobe’s Empowering Tea and Fashion Show
Nov. 4, Bryn Mawr

Now in its seventh year, the Empowering Tea and Fashion Show will feature runway looks from Mushmina, Louella, Plume & Thread and the Wardrobe Resale. Career Wardrobe works to aid women in need of professional clothing for job interviews and work.

Pennsylvania Hunt Cup
Nov. 4, West Marlborough

Now in its 84th year, the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup is a 4-mile timber race that draws competitors from around the country. Other events throughout the day include a flat race, junior pony race, sidesaddle competition, carriage parade and a glimpse of Mr. Cheshire’s foxhounds.

Art Ability Exhibition and Sale
Nov. 4 – Jan. 27, Malvern

Now in its 23rd year, Main Line Health’s Art Ability Exhibition and Sale celebrates artists with disabilities. A preview reception will take place Nov. 3.

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Week of November 5-11

2018 Barrymore Awards and Celebration
Nov. 5, Philadelphia

Theatre Philadelphia celebrates the region’s biggest awards ceremony, the Barrymore Awards, at the Bok Building in Philadelphia.

Villanova University Men’s Basketball Home Opener
Nov. 6, Villanova

Following their second national title in three years, the Wildcats face off against the Morgan State Bears at Finneran Pavilion during the team’s home opener.  

Notable Kitchen Tour & Chefs’ Tastings
Nov. 8, Multiple Locations

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s annual self-guided kitchen tour showcases six stunning Main Line kitchens complete with food and floral displays from local chefs and businesses.

2nd Annual Share Your Heart Benefit Concert
Nov. 8, Manayunk

The Baker Brothers and ha ha character will perform at this event, hosted at Manayunk Brewing Company, in benefit of Adoptions From the Heart.

Marcus Miller at Ardmore Music Hall
Nov. 8, Ardmore

Ardmore Music Hall hosts two-time Grammy Award-winning jazz composer Marcus Miller.

The Color Purple at Theatre Horizon
Nov. 8-Dec. 16, Norristown

PNC Arts Alive presents The Color Purple at Theatre Horizon. Based on the 1982 novel by the same name, the Tony Award-winning musical follows the journey of an African-American woman living in the American South during the early 20th century.

Linvilla Orchards Food Truck Frenzy
Nov. 10, Media

Feast on goodies from more than 15 local food trucks, and imbibe on wine from Harvest Ridge Winery and brews from Ship Bottom Brewery.

Breath of Life Gala
Nov. 10, Philadelphia

The 13th annual Breath of Life Gala raises funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event, hosted by NBC10’s Brandon Hudson, includes a silent auction and dinner at the Crystal Tea Room. 

1789 FUNDraiser at La Cabra Brewing
Nov. 10, Berwyn

The 1789 Fund, a nonprofit working to improve the health of mothers and newborns in Nepal, hosts its first annual fundraiser at La Cabra Brewing, featuring food, drinks and a silent auction.

Devereux Hope Gala
Nov. 11, Philadelphia

This year’s Devereux Hope Gala focuses on hope and growth, with a secret garden-inspired theme. The gala will be held at Moulin at Sherman Mills and will feature live music from London Bridge and an auction. 

Jewish Book Festival at Kaiserman JCC
Nov. 11 – Dec. 5, Wynnewood

The Kaiserman JCC celebrates Jewish culture and literature with a book fair, A Story Book Brunch for children on Nov. 11, and more. Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia author, Irene Levy Baker, will also be featured on Nov. 13.

Lemon Run
Nov. 11, Philadelphia

From a children’s 100-meter dash to a 5K through Fairmount Park, the Lemon Run helps raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research.

Today is a Good Day Annual Family Brunch
Nov. 11, Blue Bell

Enjoy a family-friendly brunch at Bluestone Country Club, complete with a photo booth, face painting and a balloon artist, in benefit of Today is a Good Day.

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Week of November 12-18

Veterans Day Family Festival at the National Constitution Center
Nov. 12, Philadelphia

Join the National Constitution Center in honoring our country’s armed service members during this family-friendly celebration, featuring Thank-A-Vet letter writing stations, arts and crafts, demonstrations and more.

Veterans Day Parade
Nov. 12, Media

Media’s 59th annual Veterans Day parade honors our country’s service members.

The Saturday Club Holiday Market
Nov. 13, Wayne

The Saturday Club’s annual holiday market returns, featuring local businesses, artisans and designers.

Holiday Cocktail Competition
Nov. 15, King of Prussia

Local bartenders from restaurants like Davio’s, Founding Farmers, Mistral, Savona and more will create unique holiday sips. A winner will be crowned by judges, which include Eric Goldstein and Marilyn Russell. Proceeds benefit Toys for Tots.

Tish Boutique Trunk Show
Nov. 16, West Chester

Women on the Move honoree Jennifer Opdahl heads to Tish Boutique for a trunk show. Specializing in found metals, Opdahl will even create custom bracelets for those who bring a piece that’s special to them.

Winslow Homer Exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Nov. 16-Feb. 17, Chadds Ford

More than 50 works from iconic American painter and printmaker, Winslow Homer, will be on display during the Brandywine River Museum of Art’s Winslow Homer: Photography and the Art of Painting.

16th Annual Jazz by Night Celebration
Nov. 17, Media

Meander downtown Media and experience musical delights during the town’s annual Jazz by Night Celebration.

Potts Meadow Tree Lighting
Nov. 17, Chadds Ford

Enjoy live music, seasonal treats and a visit from Santa Claus at this second annual tree lighting event.

Phlight of the Phoenix 2018
Nov. 17, Phoenixville

Visit seven different breweries and distilleries around Phoenixville during this annual bar crawl.

National Dog Show
Nov. 17-18, Oaks

More than 2,000 American Kennel Club pups from around the country will vie for top marks at the National Dog Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

Napoleon Dynamite at the Merriam Theater
Nov. 18, Philadelphia

The Merriam Theater hosts a screening of cult-classic, Napoleon Dynamite, followed by a discussion between the film’s stars Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez and Tina Majorino.

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Week of November 19-25

6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade
Nov. 22, Philadelphia

The country’s oldest Thanksgiving Day parade makes it way through Philadelphia, complete with massive floats, local choir performances, marching bands, dance groups and an appearance from Santa Claus.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia
Nov. 22-Dec. 24, Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s German-style Christmas Village returns to LOVE Park for its 11th year. Shop handmade goods and seasonal treats while enjoying live entertainment.

A Longwood Christmas
Nov. 22-Jan. 6, Kennett Square

A longstanding Chester County tradition, Longwood Garden’s spectacular holiday display returns with the theme “Trees Reimagined.”

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Nov. 23-March 3, Philadelphia

Penn’s Landing transforms into a winter wonderland once more, bringing an Olympic-sized ice skating rink, fire pits, a ski chalet-inspired lodge and more to the Delaware River waterfront.

Wild Wizarding Weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences
Nov. 23-25, Philadelphia

Explore the wizarding world at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University’s weekend-long celebration, which features wand making, fortune telling and more.

Downingtown Good Neighbor Tree Lighting
Nov. 24, Downingtown

Mark your calendar for Downingtown’s tree lighting celebration, featuring s’mores, live music, kids crafts and a 20-foot tree.

Japanese Food Festival
Nov. 24, Ardmore

Maido!’s annual Japanese Food Festival returns, bringing with it traditional cuisine and cooking demonstrations.

Media Santa Parade and Fun Run
Nov. 25, Media

Media’s annual Santa Parade is an all-day affair, kicking off with a block party at Veterans Square and a 1-mile fun run, culminating in a festive parade. 

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Week of November 26-30

Academy of Vocal Arts Presents Suor Angelica and Le Villi
Nov. 27, Haverford

The Academy of Vocal Arts presents its first opera of the season with performances of two Giacomo Puccini works.

Lankenau Medical Center Holiday Fair
Nov. 29-30, Wynnewood

Lankenau’s annual holiday fair returns with vendors, baked goods, a White Elephant sale, gift baskets and more.

QVC West Chester Christmas Parade
Nov. 30, West Chester

Ring in the holiday season with West Chester’s annual Christmas parade and jingle elf run. 6ABC’s Adam Joseph returns as the celebration’s Master of Ceremonies.

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Throughout the Month

Autumn’s Colors at Longwood Gardens
Thru Nov. 18, Kennett Square

Coinciding with its annual Chrysanthemum Festival, Autumn’s Colors showcases the hues of the season. Take a walk in the meadow or explore the many mums on display.

Philadelphia Water Color Society: 118th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper
Thru Nov. 20, Wayne

Color is used evocatively and masterfully in this exhibit, held at the Wayne Art Center. In keeping with the international celebration, the juror, Alan Wylie, hails from Scotland, and the judge of awards, Alvaro Castagnet, was born in Uruguay and later moved to Australia.

Vikings: Beyond the Legend at The Franklin Institute
Thru March 3, Philadelphia

The Franklin Institute’s latest exhibit, Vikings: Beyond the Legend, brings history to life. Over 600 artifacts will be on display, on loan from the National Museum of Denmark, including a 122-foot Viking warship.

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