What to Do This Week in Philadelphia

By Jeffrey B. Roth, Examiner.com

There’s no excuse for Philadelphians to succumb to boredom this week. The City of Brotherly Love will host a plethora of philanthropic events, shopping extravaganzas and holiday-themed happenings. From flea markets and concerts to races and the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, here’s what’s going on this week in Philly.

Philadelphia Marathon
Friday, Nov. 16 – Sunday, Nov. 18
Where: See the full marathon schedule and route
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 683-2122
Now in its 19th year, the Philadelphia Marathon kicks off Friday and continues through Sunday, with a route that starts at 22nd Street at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The course travels through Fairmount Park alongside the Schuylkill River, passing University City and the historic district, and ends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for one of the most scenic fall routes for runners this side of the Hudson. Also, be sure to check out the sixth annual Health & Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday and Saturday. The expo will feature more than 80 vendors showcasing running apparel, shoes and top-of-the-line accessories. It will also host seminars and other activities. On Sunday, bring the whole family along for the Kids Fun Run event. 
Spring Garden Indoor Antique and Vintage Market
When: Saturday, Nov. 17 
Where: 820 Spring Garden St.

Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 625-3532

Bargain chasers and treasure hunters, rejoice! The Spring Garden Indoor Antique and Vintage Market at 9th and Spring Garden streets will feature more than 50 vendors from the tri-state area this Saturday. Shop antiques throughout the ages, vintage furniture and jewelry, and tons of clothing, accessories and other collectibles. For those looking for home decor, the flea market is also well known for its glassware and pottery vendors. Enjoy free parking and admission, and a food court to re-fuel at before hitting the vendor booths for round two.

Rookie Card Presents: Calling All Turkeys!
When: Saturday, Nov. 17 
Where: The Raven Lounge
1718 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 840-3577
Price: Pay what you can

The monthly Rookie Card comedy variety show promises to give you a belly laugh–a good warmup for the Thanksgiving feast. Shows are improvised but you can bet that the performers will have a witty take on Turkey Day this month. The show often serves as a jumping off point for local Comedy groups and stand up comedians, so look out for host Brandon “Ketchup” Wilson and opening act Bed Savage. But the real stars are the players of Rookie Card, a comedy troop that has pushed the boundaries of the Philadelphia comedy scene in the past few years and performs at festivals around the country.
The Scott Arboretum Highlights Tour
When: Saturday, Nov. 17 
Where: Scott Arboretum
Swarthmore College
500 College Ave.
Swarthmore, PA 19081
(610) 328-8025
Price: Free

Designed for gardeners ranging from novice to expert, the free tour at Swarthmore College this Saturday will provide visitors with a chance to learn more about its beautiful botanical collections. Scott Arboretum offers tours throughout the year to demonstrate how to combine landscape elements with botanical and horticultural specimens. The collection of woody taxa, witch hazels, hollies, roses, conifers and other North American plants regale horticulturists and gardening enthusiasts alike. Guests also have the opportunity to ask experts about gardening issues to take that brilliant knowledge back to their own yards.
Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thursday, Nov. 22
View the parade map
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Touted as the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the country, Philadelphia’s annual holiday celebration got its beginnings some 92 years ago when Ellis Gimbel put on the first parade in 1920. He did this as a clever attempt to take the marketing campaign for his department store to the streets. What once began as a small parade march featuring 50 Gimbel employees now boasts hundreds of balloons and floats, and thousands of onlookers. The parade unofficially signifies the beginning of the holiday season here in Philadelphia. The 1.4-mile parade route begins at 8:15 a.m. 20th Street and JFK Boulevard and continues from 16th Street to the Ben Franklin Parkway. 
Help the Homeless on Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, Nov. 22 
Where: Municipal Services Building
1601 JFK Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 851-1811
There’s no better way to give thanks this holiday season than to give back to the people in your community. For many, volunteering for the Global Citizen’s annual Help the Homeless event on Thanksgiving Day has become a holiday tradition. The gathering will be held at the Municipal Services Building and is operated by volunteers from the African Daughters of Fine Lineage in Philadelphia. Homeless men, women, children and families are provided with a hot Thanksgiving meal, along with gift packages of non-perishable food and clothing items. This year, event organizers expect to distribute more than 600 hot meals. The event begins immediately after the conclusion of the Thanksgiving Day Parade and runs until 6 p.m. Volunteers and donations are still being accepted.

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