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November 22, 2017

Things to do on Black Friday if you don’t want to shop

Avoid the long lines and crowds

Black Friday Activities
Carroll - SPiN Philadelphia Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

"Center Court" at SPiN Philadelphia features a DJ booth and stadium seating that overlook tables bathed in colored light.

While many love shopping for deals and new gadgets on Black Friday, spending the day in overcrowded stores and long lines isn't for everyone.

On Friday, Nov. 24, do something other than shopping. Below are fun things to do in Philly on Black Friday, from an all-day comedy marathon to a "Game of Thrones" party.

SPiN Philadelphia

Challenge friends in a game of ping-pong at SPiN, located in the basement of the WeWork offices near 15th and Walnut streets.

The massive space has Olympic-style ping-pong tables, lounge space all surrounding a center, horseshoe-shaped bar. Happy hour is from 5-7 p.m., or plan to go at 10 p.m. for Player's Night.

On Friday nights, guests can compete for swag, challenge SPiN pros and join interactive social games.

Vinyasa & Vino Class

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Work out with wine at SWEAT Fitness.

SWEAT Fitness combines yoga and wine on Fridays at 5:30 p.m., at its Old City, Manayunk and Queen Village locations. The class is free for members and is the price of a day pass for non-members. 

Class is first come, first serve. Remember to bring a mat. SWEAT provides the wine.

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Black Beer Friday at Alla Spina

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Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout will be available at Alla Spina on Black Friday.

From noon to 3 p.m., Alla Spina (1410 Mt. Vernon St.) will be serving Goose Island Brewery's dark beers. The line-up includes rare Bourbon County Stouts.

In addition to the extended list of beers on tap, Alla Spina will feature beer-inspired food specials. Try the Bourbon County beef and barley soup with house-made bread or the braised pork nachos.

Attendees to the beer fest also will have a chance to win a bottle of Bourbon County '15 Rare and '14 Proprietors Stout.

Museum of the American Revolution's Thanksgiving Weekend

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Inside the Museum of the American Revolution in Old City.

The Museum of the American Revolution on Third Street in Old City is offering special Thanksgiving and Black Friday-themed activities from Friday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 26.

Visitors can add a note to the "Wall of Thanks," learn the surprising history of shopping in early America, take gallery tours and try on Revolutionary-inspired clothing.

Black Friday Comedy Marathon

Philly Improv Theater's fourth annual 40-hour-long comedy show begins at 9 a.m. on Black Friday. Watch hours of stand up, improv and sketch comedy for $12.

The all-access tickets will go on sale the morning of the show online, but you can also pay at the door.

The theater is located at 2030 Sansom St.

Final Fridays: Winter is Coming

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting a "Game of Thrones"-inspired party on Black Friday, from 5-8:45 p.m. 

Visitors can go on a scavenger hunt that pairs "Game of Thrones" quotes with works of art, sketch armor and weapons in the galleries, watch fencing and more.

Those who dress up like Jon Snow, Daenerys, Jamie or any other "Game of Thrones" character will receive $5 off admission at the door.

Holiday Activities

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Holiday lights illuminate City Hall during the Deck the Hall Light Show, presented by Independence Blue Cross, while dozens skate on the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.

Jump right into the holiday season. Many popular attractions are now open. Below are a few to check out on Black Friday.

• "A Longwood Christmas" at Longwood Gardens
• City of Philadelphia Tree-Lighting Celebration
• Macy's Christmas Light Show
• "Making Christmas" at Elfreth's Alley
• Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum
• North Pole Express
• Dilworth Park's ice rink, maze, light show
• Franklin Square Holiday Festival
• Comcast Holiday Spectacular