What to Do This Weekend in Philadelphia

By Mary Dunks, Examiner.com

Are you looking to do something a little different this weekend? From bubbly nightlife fun to holiday family outings, there is something for everyone this weekend in Philadelphia. But don’t think you can put off going until later–these great events are only here for the weekend.

Mo Bash: Mustaches, Art & Beer for a Good Cause
Thursday, Nov. 29 from 9 p.m. to Midnight
Lucky’s Last Chance
4421 Main St.
Manayunk, PA 19127
(215) 509-6005
Price: $15 donation – must be over the age of 21

Every November, men let their facial hair grow to impressive (or sometimes unimpressive) lengths, all in support of Movember––a movement in which men across the country sprout mustaches in support of men’s health. In honor of Movember, mustaches and the Philadelphia men who’ve grown them, Lucky’s Last Chance is hosting a night of adult fun with great music, good beer, an art expo and “manscaping.” Sip on some frosty craft brews from Great Lakes Brewery and Weyerbacher, dance along to the tunes of DJs Q-Ball and Reed Streets, view Martin Maaskant’s artwork and all of the cool “mustache stuff.” Guys will even have the chance to get some manscaping done by Valor Men’s Grooming.  Hosted by Ronnie Bullets, proceeds from Mo Bash will help raise money for men’s cancers. All door proceeds along with money from every Great Lakes, Weyerbacher & Jack Daniels product sold goes to Movember Charity.
Renaissance Noël
When: Friday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m.
Where: Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields 
8000 Saint Martin’s Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 247-7466
Price: $25 

Vox Renaissance Consort, an ensemble of 20 professional singers, will be putting on a concert this Friday that is sure to make a great family outing and get everyone into the holiday spirit. Enjoy an evening of mesmerizing voices singing holiday songs from the European High Renaissance alongside musical and period instruments such as the theorbo. Savor the works of old musical masters such as Victoria, Buxtehude, Monteverdi, Praetorius. This is a 75 minute program with no intermission with more than 40 featured artists.

Chef Joseph Poon’s Chinese New Year Preview Banquet
When: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Joseph Poon Chef Kitchen
1010 Cherry St. 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 928-9333
Price: $39 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.

Join Master Chef Joseph Poon for a preview of the Chinese Year of the Snake with a traditional Chinese banquet in Philadelphia Chinatown. Chef Poon is laying out a traditional 10-course meal to ring in the Chinese New Year, and you won’t want to miss this renowned chef’s flavorful Asian Fusion dishes. Known for his fun “Wok ‘N Walk Tours” of Philly Chinatown, Chef Poon’s upbeat, quirky personality brings as many smiles to his patrons’ faces as his delicious dishes do. At this year’s Chinese New Year Preview Banquet, your tongue will enjoy side-winding the wide range of tastes in the spread from escargot, Chilean sea bass, Peking duck, sushi, eel and clams, to tenderloin, pork medallions, chicken and a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. The Chinese New Year is February 10, 2013.

Santa on Ice
Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Canal View Park at Main and Cresson St.
Manayunk, PA
Price: Free to watch

Santa Claus is coming to town! Come out to the park and watch as Santa’s elves bring his sled to life from a shapeless block of ice. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to sit with Santa for a photo. There will be hot cocoa to warm you up, and lots of places to explore for that perfect gift along Main Street.
Keys N Krates
When: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 9:30 p.m.
Where: MilkBoy Philly
1100 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19151
(215) 925-6455
Price: $10 – $12

Looking for something a little different to jam to? Keys N Krates formed in 2008 out of a desire to do just that. The Toronto-based trio provides a live electronic experience. The group takes a blend of hip hop, electronic, and jam for a raw collage of inspiration in the form of music. Check them out at MilkBoy Philly in Market East this Saturday night for a fun night of great music.

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