Have Fun, Do Good: Dance to Fight Hunger

Riot Nerd hosts an ’80s dance party for Philabundance, local makers sell their wares at Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar and more things to do in Philly this week for a great cause

Have Fun, Do Good: Dance to Fight Hunger

Riot Nerd hosts an ’80s dance party for Philabundance, local makers sell their wares at Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar and more things to do in Philly this week for a great cause

Variety is the name of the game on Philly’s events scene this week, which is packed with things to do for a good cause that should satisfy every type of do-gooder—whether you’re a foodie, a fashionista or an eager beaver wanting to knock your holiday shopping out of the way early.

Sure, there’s a special place in our hearts for the classic cheesesteak, but Taste of Philly wants to show you that Philly is having a culinary moment that extends far beyond bread, meat and Whiz.

And yes, we love to see the Eagles battered, bruised and grass-stained as they fight their way to victory on game day, but they clean up well. So well, in fact, that they’ll be walking the runway in suits designed by Malcolm Jenkins. And in the spirit of civic action that runs deep in the Eagles’ lineup, proceeds from the event will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region.

But if you’re the type of person who would rather spend their time advocating for homeless bunnies or dancing to ’80s music, then you should be well-covered, too.

Find details on all that and more in our list of do-gooder events below.

Things to do in Philly this week for a good cause

1. Fashion Touchdown at The Fillmore Philadelphia

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins models one of his form-fitting suits next to a glass mural in South Philly
Photo courtesy Damari Saville

We all know how the Eagles look on the field, but what about on the runway? The sixth annual Fashion Touchdown finds a handful of Birds players shedding their pads and strutting a runway decked out in Damari Savile suits designed by Eagles safety, criminal justice advocate—and former Citizen columnist—Malcolm Jenkins. Civic duty runs deep in the Eagles’ lineup, and this fashion show—featuring Rodney McLeod, Jalen Mills and Jenkins, himself—is no exception. Funds raised for the event will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, a nonprofit that advocates for children through impactful relationships. Monday, November 18, 5–9pm, $150-$500, The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen Street.

2. Taste of Philly at The Wanamaker Building

A table with burgers on it at the annual Taste of Philly food festival
Photo by Niklas Rhöse / Unsplash

Sometimes all you really want is a cheesesteak that drips grease and Whiz down your arm while you eat it, but let’s get real: Philly has more to offer than that these days—from fine dining to ethnic dishes that are establishing this city as a global foodie capital. On Wednesday, all those flavors converge at the 12th annual Taste of Philly event that promises samples of food—ranging from savory to sweet—lots of beer and live music. Do your part as a [hungry] citizen, and get to know Philly’s diverse and burgeoning food scene, one bite at a time. Wednesday, November 20, 6–9pm, $34.95-$49.95, The Crystal Tea Room at The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, 9th floor.

3. Big ’80s Charity Dance Party at the Ruba Club

A DJ presides over a dance floor full of people at one of Riot Nerd's Philly dance parties at Ruba Club
Photo courtesy Riot Nerd

Want to help the hungry in Philadelphia while letting loose on the dance floor? Join local party producer Riot Nerd and DJ Baby Berlin for this charity dance bash rife with all your favorite ’80s jams and a hefty dollop of civic action. Every dollar made from the night goest straight to Philabundance, a local non-profit that’s been fighting hunger and food injustice since 1984. Canned donations will also be accepted at the door, and ’80s-inspired garb is highly encouraged. Friday, November 22, 10pm–2am, $9 in advance or $13 at the door, Ruba Club, 416 Green Street. 

4. Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar at Sugarhouse Casino

A woman smiles at a customer from behind her booth at the annual Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar
Photo courtesy Chris Kendig Photography

The holidays are just around the corner, which means you probably have a growing list of gifts to buy. Thankfully you live in a city that is bursting with talented, local creators who are working hard to make sure you have something unique for everyone on your list—and you’ll find plenty of those wares at the annual Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar. Hosted by Northern Liberties gallery and boutique Art Star, the event brings out 80 local makers to hawk their goods. The day is made all the more fun with live music, food trucks and an onsite bar, and make-and-take stations, where you can make some of your own holiday giftables. November 23–24, 11am–5pm, pay as you go, Event Center at SugarHouse Casino, 101 N. Delaware Avenue. 

5. Luv-N-Bunns Holiday Party

A rabbit takes a break from hopping around the yard to stare into the camera
Photo by Waranya Mooldee / Unsplash

There are dog people and there are cat people—and that debate will rage on—but one thing we can all agree on is that bunnies are the cutest things ever. Show your love for the big-eared creatures with Luv-N-Bunns, a rabbit rescue organization based in Montgomery County, which is celebrating its 12th anniversary with a holiday party fundraiser. Since 2006, the nonprofit has found a home for almost 2,000 abandoned or unwanted bunnies, but there is still a lot of work to be done. So join them for a night of music and vegan-friendly food and drinks to do your part for the least divisive and most adorable of household pets. If this is too far of a hike from the city, you can still support Luv-N-Bunns by donating money or supplies, or scheduling some time to volunteer. The org has an Amazon wish list hereSaturday, November 23, 6–9pm, $35, Lower Providence Fire Company, 3199 Ridge Pike, Eagleville, PA. 

More things to do in Philly this week for a good cause

  • Former Eagles player and magician Jon Dorenbos just published a new book, Life Is Magic, with The Citizen co-founder and co-executive editor Larry Platt, and on Monday night they’re both sitting down together at the Free Library to chat about it—and, if you’re lucky, perform a magic trick or two.
  • November 18: A lively, multi-genre concert at World Cafe Live benefits LiveConnections, a nonprofit that works to introduce more local students to quality music learning.
  • November 21–23: Scribe Video Center presents a three-day film retrospective spotlighting  locally based director and community media activist Ryan Saunders. Among the handful of films being shown are Bacchanal Time: The People’s Carnival, an award-winning documentary that traces the Trinidad’s Carnival’s spread to North America, and two short works that follow little-known Philly jazz musician Dottie “Mother Dot” Smith.
  • November 23: United By Blue hosts another local waterside cleanup this weekend—this time at Cobb’s Creek—and is in need of volunteers. Cleaning supplies are provided, and the job usually comes with free food and drink.
Header photo courtesy Riot Nerd

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