Going to college in Philly, we're so often bombarded—on social media and IRL—with seemingly endless options for how to spend our free time. So I’m delighted to announce that Street has done the hard part for you: We’ve rounded up what we think are the can’t–miss events for the month in one convenient place. If I’ve done my job right, there’ll be something in here for every one of our readers, no matter what you like to do with your weekends.
—Walden Green, Print Editor
All Month: 76ers Season
Now this is a sports franchise that I can get behind. Lots of people don't understand that truly embracing the doctrine of "Trust the Process" means understanding that Sam Hinkie's vision is still on the path to being realized. Now, we've got James Harden, lost the dead weight, and—with the year that Philly sports have been having so far—chances are looking up for a Blue November. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 N Broad St.
Nov. 2–13: Les Misérables @ Academy of Music
Can you hear the people sing? No? Well, if you attend the Broadway–scale production of Les Misérables at the Academy of Music, you certainly will. If you’re nostalgic for a performance that will transport you to another place and time, whisking you away through song and spirit, this show is for you. Tickets from $21 in the nosebleeds, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.
Nov. 3–13: Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
Philly continues its film festival circuit with the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF), which celebrates its 15th anniversary in November. PAAFF’s theme this time around is “Intersections,” as the festival continues to explore and honor Asian and Pacific Islander identities and their intersectionalities. PAAFF will feature its annual Pacific Showcase, which curates dozens of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander short films. Tickets from $15, single rentals for films from $5, Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St.
Nov. 5: Philly Zine Fest
For those of you who have been waiting to finally unleash your creative side—or those of you who pretend like you want to but never will—this month's Philly Zine Fest is the place for you. Organized by The Soapbox Community Print Shop & Zine Library, this Saturday afternoon activity is the best way to procrastinate midterms studying and have fun while doing it. Free, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., 1913 N. Broad St.
Your local frat boy probably spent his Tuesday night on Canva crafting the perfect poster for Temple’s Battle of the Bands, so do him a favor and make the short trip over to Warehouse on Watts to hear some incredible music while supporting FosterClub and StandUp for Kids. $15, 7:30 p.m. Warehouse on Watts, 923 N. Watts St.
Through Nov. 6: Pumpkinland @ Linvilla Orchards
Leaves are changing colors and pumpkin spice has been resurrected—fall is officially here and it’s the perfect time to take yourself to Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards to heal your repressed childhood trauma. Who needs therapy when you have Daytime Harvest Hayrides, corn mazes, and endless bushels of apples? $5, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd, Media.
Nov. 8: Election Day
You’ve gotten those endless Fetterman and Dr. Oz YouTube ads. Finally, they’ll be gone because Nov. 8 is Election Day! If you’re over 18 and registered in Pennsylvania, you have the chance to submit your ballot directly on campus. Penn has several campus polling locations, so check Penn Leads the Vote for further information on where you should specifically go. 18+, free, polling places in multiple locations on campus.
If you like your ‘80s new wave music with an extra helping of dick jokes, you’ll love The 1975 at Freedom Mortgage Pavilion. They just released their new album Being Funny in a Foreign Language—produced by Jack Antonoff, who made the songs sound bad. But hey, they’ll probably sound good live. Tickets from $ 65, 7 p.m. Freedom Mortgage Pavilion, 1 Harbor Blvd., Camden.
Nov. 11: EMO PROM 2022!! @ W.O.W. Philly
Seasonal depression putting you in your feels? Then you might be eligible for My Chemical Slow Dance, aka Emo Prom. Grab your crush, haphazardly swipe on some black eyeliner, and pull that Hot Topic ’fit out of your closet. This is the night of your middle school dreams, only this time there’s alcohol—and other sexy surprises—involved. 21+, 9 p.m. Warehouse on Watts, 923 N. Watts St.
Nov. 18: Jockstrap @ Johnny Brenda's
OK, OK, hear me out. I know the name is dumb (read: fantastic), but Jockstrap is making some of the most forward–thinking—and, most importantly, fun—experimental pop music today. Just listen to "50/50" or "The City" and tell me they don't bang. Their live show is sure to be an absolute mindfuck in the best way possible. 21+, $15, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m., Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Ave.
Nov. 19 + 20: Philadelphia Marathon Weekend
Sorry folks, but your excuse for not working out is about to expire. Just kidding—I'm right there with you. But let's take advantage of these 8K races, half and full marathons, and fun runs (whatever that means) to finally release ourselves from the guilt of never fulfilling our long–gone New Years' Resolutions before we need to make new, albeit non–committal, ones soon. $15 to $155, various locations and times.
Gimme gimme gimme any excuse to dress up and dance the night away. If you’re itching for an opportunity to trip the light fantastic, this ABBA–inspired disco fits the bill. Break out your bell bottom pants and slinky dresses, and dance the night away. 21+, tickets from $12, doors at 9 p.m., show at 10 p.m.
The rare sequel to surpass its predecessor, Paddington 2 is, without exaggerating, an unparalleled cinematic triumph. This film has everything: evil Hugh Grant, orange marmalade, singing prison chefs, and one irresistibly lovable CGI bear. The kicker: This screening courtesy of the PFS is pay–what–you–wish in honor of Giving Tuesday. 7:00 p.m., Philadelphia Film Society Film Center, 1412 Chestnut St.