TDY To-Do List: Sphinx jubilee, last chance for ‘Hamilton,’ and more for Nov. 15-17

November 15, 2019

Joan Marcus

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia is already the place to be to explore chronicles of yesteryear, but centuries of history — from Egypt and back — will be the center of attention this weekend.

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Penn Museum’s popular — and well-traveled — 25,000-pound red granite Sphinx will be revealed in its new home at the museum’s reimagined gallery space.

If you revere dogs more than cats, the more than 125-year-old National Dog Show returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. Who will win Best in Show? Well, Lin-Manuel Miranda knows a thing or two about that.

His award-winning musical “Hamilton” wraps up its Philadelphia run at the Forrest Theatre on Sunday. Don’t throw away your shot to get a lesson on America’s origins from your favorite rapping founding father, Alexander Hamilton.

For a taste of bygone times and many interactive attractions to come, scroll through The TDY To-Do List, your guide for all things to do in Philly and surrounding suburbs this weekend. Listen to our top picks below.


Eric Sucar

EVENT: Opening Weekend Celebration at Penn Museum

DATE/TIME: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Penn Museum, 3260 South St., University City

DETAILS: Be among the first to explore the new Penn Museum during a weekend-long celebration. After a massive move, the Sphinx as well as 10,000 square feet of reimagined gallery spaces will be ready to view. There will be activities all day long, both Saturday and Sunday, including storytelling and glyph writing classes.    

PRICE: Included with museum admission


EVENT: Philly Zine Fest

DATE/TIME: Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE: The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., University City

DETAILS: Since 2002, the Philly Zine Fest has focused on bringing together zine enthusiasts from all over the city to create a space for a “range of voices not represented in mainstream publishing.” A zine is a self-published, handmade magazine and has a history that can be traced back to the 1930s.

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

DATE/TIME: Now through Dec. 31; daily from 4 to 8 p.m.; open until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays

WHERE: Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: After undergoing a makeover that finished at the end of July, Franklin Square’s fountain will be lit up for the holiday season with more than 80,000 lights. Listen to some holiday classics, some of which are performed by The Philly POPS.

PRICE: Free to attend



EVENT: POPHarvestED: Ginkgo Nut Roast and Leaf Medicine Celebration

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 3 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Grumblethorpe Historic House and Gardens, 5267 Germantown Ave., Germantown

DETAILS: Did you know the ginkgo tree is both a food and medicine? Those stinky fruits that drop around this time of year are revered by some for its memory-boosting and neural-healing capacity. Explore, harvest and celebrate the gingko in this special event. 

PRICE: Sliding scale pricing available from $5 to $20


EVENT: Onesie Bar Crawl

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Registration begins at JJ Bootleggers, 35 S. Second St., Old City

DETAILS: You’ll be feeling super comfy and cozy at this bar crawl. Wear your favorite onesie and get set for staff to take you through three decades of music with an interactive crawl guide to enhance your experience.

PRICE: Tickets start at $22


EVENT: BYOB Pie Candle-Making Class

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Batram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Southwest Philadelphia 

DETAILS: Good gravy! Just in time for Thanksgiving, this class offers the unique opportunity to make a candle scented with your favorite festive dessert. It will also be shaped like a dessert. Make sure to bring a drink.

PRICE: $30



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EVENT: National Dog Show

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks

DETAILS: Who will be best in show? The Kennel Club of Philadelphia has presented dog shows for more than 125 years, and it returns again. See more than 2,000 of the top dogs from 205 breeds and varieties compete for Best of Breed, First in Group and Best in Show.  

PRICE: $16 for adults, $7 for children, free for children under 3


EVENT: Streets Dept Art Shop

DATE/TIME: Friday, 6 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Tattooed Mom, 539 South St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Have you ever wanted to own some of the street art you’ve seen while walking around Philly? In its second year, The Streets Dept’s art fair will make work available for purchase from nine different Philly street artists. 

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Last Chance for ‘Blooms & Bamboo’

DATE/TIME: Through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

DETAILS: “Blooms & Bamboo: Chrysanthemum and Ikebana Sogetsu Artistry” features  Ikebana bamboo that swirls and twists throughout the conversatory. It is complemented by blooming chrysanthemums, arranged by makers nationally and internationally. The Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum will also be on display. It is a single plant bearing more than 1,000 perfect blooms on a single stem. The exhibit closes Sunday.

PRICE: General admission is $25; timed tickets are required


EVENT: Universoul Circus

DATE: Now through Dec. 8

WHERE: Fairmount Park, 5299 Parkside Ave., West Philadelphia

DETAILS: Performers from all over the world are a part of this unique experience that combines theater, music and circus art. The show is “fresh, funky, bold, fun, and challenges your imagination like no other circus.”

PRICE: Ticket prices depend on day



Joan Marcus

EVENT: Last Chance to see ‘Hamilton’

DATE: Show ends Sunday; multiple dates and times still available

WHERE: Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St., Philadelphia

PRICE: Tickets start at $99


EVENT: Trans-Siberian Orchestra

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

WHERE: PPL Center, 701 Hamilton St., Allentown

PRICE: $50 to $80


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