Looking for some fun and unique things to do in Philly this weekend? Metro has you covered.
National Monopoly Day at the Thirsty Dice
The coveted board game comes alive at Philly’s largest board game cafe, the Thirsty Dice. Starting on National Monopoly Day (Nov. 19) gamers can head to the Fairmount venue to play one of the many versions of the classic game (Thirsty Dice will have dozens of versions of Monopoly by Hasbro to choose from including Animal Crossing, Schitt’s Creek, For Sore Losers and the classic with Atlantic City locations) and learn all about the history of the game, which hits closer to home than you would think. Once you play, you will be entered to win a Vintage Bookcase version of Monopoly, and the winner will be announced on Monday, Nov. 22. Reservations are available now on Opentable for Friday through Sunday.
1642 Fairmount Ave., thirstydice.com
Turkey Day Tailgate
During the fall and winter months there is no activity more coveted for Philly fans than tailgating. However, this weekend, there will be a specific tailgate for a really good cause. This Sunday, starting at 9 a.m., will be the Turkey Day Tailgate chock full of treats, eats and drinks in anticipation of the Eagles-Saints game at Lincoln Financial Field. In its sixth year, the event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence with all proceeds from event tickets going to the organization while also allowing for direct donations as well. While there, participants can participate in a raffle with prizes including tickets to the Sixers vs. Golden State Warriors game, signed Eagles items and more; see special guests; play tailgating games; and also indulge in Thanksgiving food and cocktails (from local spots such as City Winery, Conshohocken Italian Bakery, Insomnia Cookies, Philly Pretzel Factory Langhorne, Oloroso, Primo Hoagies, Yards Brewing Company, Saxbys and more). Tickets are available on Eventbrite and run from $20-$55, which will go directly to the good cause.
One Lincoln Financial Field Way, eventbrite.com
Winter in Franklin Square Park
The holiday season has kicked off in Philly, and with so many events and festivities to choose from, one of the brightest options is Winter in Franklin Square Park. Opening night for the staple extravaganza is this Thursday at 5 p.m., and guests will be able to enjoy some new additions as well as some old favorites. Back again is the Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO and those who head to the square can catch the updated showcase with new songs and features through Feb. 27. Also, from Nov. 18 to Jan. 9, Philadelphians can enjoy Franklin’s Winter View operated by Cescaphe with outdoor fire pits and an indoor heated tent featuring adult and hot beverages and seasonal food. Chilly Philly Mini-Golf presented by IBEW Local 98 is also back, transforming Center City’s only miniature golf course to provide both daytime and evenings with fun for all ages. Specially curated events will also be taking place throughout the winter months; more information can be found online.
200 N. 6th St., historicphiladelphia.org
The Crossing Presents Motion Studies
This Sunday at 5 p.m., Philadelphians can witness the Crossing Choir’s Motion Studies at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. As a release states, the program, which digs deep into 21st-century American life, features two world premieres: Justine F. Chen’s “Shallow Breath and Stealth,” and Gabriel Kahane’s “Choral Music.” This evening will also include the second performance and premiere of the revised version of Nicholas Cline’s “Watersheds” with Matthew Levy on the saxophone. Before the event starts, there will also be a pre-concert talk with composers Justine F. Chen and Nicholas Cline at 4 p.m., led by conductor Donald Nally. A post-concert reception where audience members can meet the composers will immediately follow the performance at Widener Hall as well. Tickets run for $20 for students, $25 for seniors and $35 for general admission and can be found online.
8855 Germantown Ave., crossingchoir.org
The prime foodie and culinary event at the Atlantic City casino has added three premier events to their line-up, and one of them takes place this weekend. Michael Symon will be on the premises Saturday at noon to share his experience growing up around Italian comfort food, specifically his mother’s homemade pasta. While at “Symon Says: Pasta,” participants will learn how to prepare freshly made pasta during an immersive culinary “how-to” amidst the warm and welcoming backdrop of Angeline by Michael Symon, the restaurant, inspired by his own mother Angel. Immediately following the learning component of the afternoon, guests will be treated to a light lunch paired with wine. Tickets are $99 and available online.
1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ, borgata.mgmresorts.com