It’s easy to take the bus to Philadelphia in November for your urban gateway to holiday adventure, concerts, festivals and cultural events of distinction. The events are so well-publicized and obvious in Philly’s Center City that you don’t need a specific itinerary to have a good time, but it’s safer to make reservations and plans for any important event that you really don’t want to miss. There are plenty of Philadelphia events from which to choose, and you don’t even need to make plans to have a good time.

November Tourist Attractions Shine in Philadelphia

In November, Philly merchants and tourist attractions pull out all the stops to create an exciting and appealing destination for nearby tourists and those who traveled around the world to enjoy Philadelphia. Taking the bus eliminates all the pesky concerns of traveling in an urban environment – such as traffic, parking and choosing a designated driver. Some of the top events in November of 2019 include:

1. Taste America Tour Sponsored by the James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation, which strives to nurture and honor chefs and leaders in food culture, stops in Philadelphia from October 30 to November 1, 2019, with its celebrated Taste America Tour.

Taste America sponsors its gala dinner on November 1 , 2019, at the Filter Club, which is located in the heart of Philly’s tourist district at Center City, Philadelphia. Other tasting events will be held at various locations around the city. The event will highlight the cuisine of rising chef stars Michael Solomonov of Zahav, Samantha Kincaid of Cadence and Mark Vetri of Vetri.

2. Longwood Gardens Celebrates Bamboo and Fall Colors

Fall colors are predicted to be spectacular this year, and Longwood Gardens hosts its Autumn’s Colors event from October 3 to November 17. At the same time, visitors can view a special installation: Blooms & Bamboo: Chrysanthemum and Ikebana Sogetsu Artistry. The annual exhibit of fall chrysanthemums is also in full bloom, so it’s the perfect time to visit Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square at 1001 Longwood Road.

3. Major November Concerts in Philly

November is a good month for music lovers who live near Philadelphia. Concert-goers can schedule a quick trip to the city for some very high-profile musical events in November of 2019. These include:

  • November 3: Fleetwood Mac
    Fleetwood Mac will be in concert on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at the Wells Fargo Center at 3601 S Broad Street in Philadelphia.
  • November 9: Elton John
    There’s probably not a higher profile concert in the world than a Sir Elton John show with his signature glasses, piano-pounding excitement and program of top pop hits. The performance will be Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center at 3601 S Broad Street in Philadelphia.
  • November 14: AJR
    AJR, the American pop band, will perform at the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House at 858 N Broad Street in Philly on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
  • November 18: Sara Bareilles
    Sara Bareilles will perform at The Met Philadelphia at 858 N Broad Street on Monday, November 18, 2019, at 8:00 p.m.
  • November 30: The Philly Pops
    The Philly Pops will perform on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House at 858 N Broad Street. The group will perform the hits of Queen.

You can get tickets for Philly concerts at Ticketmaster, and the venues where the concerts are held.

4. Home Opener of the Villanova Basketball team

Villanova’s home opener against Army will be held on tuesday, November 5, 2019, at 8:30 p.m. Villanova won two national championships within the last few years, and expectations and preseason polls predict another great year for Wildcat basketball.

The home games for Villanova will be held at The Pavilion at 1530 County Line Road in Bryn Mawr. Philadelphia visitors can get tickets at for the November 5 game and other sporting events throughout the year.

5. Winter at Dilworth Park

Winter at Dilworth Park has something for everyone in your family or tour group. Winter events begin on November 8, 2019, and run through February 23, 2020. Visitors to Philly can enjoy ice skating, holiday shopping and the annual transformation of Dilworth Park into a winter wonderland.

There are ice shows at the Center City park that include the The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Skating Rink throughout the season and the Deck the Hall Holiday Light Show from November 25, 2019, to January 1, 2020. The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market runs from November 23, 2019, until January 1, 2020. Dilworth Park is located in Center City at 1 S. 15th Street.

Take the bus to Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the ideal destination for a quick urban tour. Communities in the area can schedule a bus trip to Philly that’s comfortable, roomy, convenient and able to accommodate a large group of travelers. Once your group arrives, they can continue enjoying the convenience of public transportation by taking the local trolley, a haunted carriage tour or hop-on, hop-off bus tours of the city. Visitors can book their travel now at Martz Trailways to ensure bus availability at the preferred travel time.