5 Fandom Events to Attend in Philly in January – Fandom Spots

Fandom Spotlite is known for covering conventions near and far! It is part of our mission to make the World of Fandom accessible to all.  Part of that is making sure you know about the fun fandom events happening where YOU live.  The Fandom Spots category was created to help you follow your fandom.

Philadelphia is a big city with a small-town feel.  While it may be known for its historical role in the creation of the United States of America; many aren’t aware that the city has a thriving nerd scene.  All over the City of Brotherly Love are fun events featuring fandoms big and small.

Here are 5 Fandom Events to Check out this Month! 

JAN 13th – Friday the 13th @ Century 

Friday the 13th is not only a beloved horror franchise; it is also a non-official holiday. Riot Nerd is throwing a party in honor of both! FRIDAY THE 13TH @ CENTURY will have loud music, and cheap drinks, and Friday the 13th on the big screen all night. Just 5 bucks for the first 10 people that arrive, then it’s $7 (cash or Venmo). Guests must be 21+ with a valid I.D. to attend.


We all know David Bowie’s death sent a ripple effect to people all over the world. The music legend is easily one of the most influential musicians and creative innovators of all time. His impact on music, fashion, movies, art, and style is almost impossible to measure. His courage to be different helped change the lives of millions and helped shape the true artists of today.
A Night of Stardust will be a chance to celebrate his life with one of the biggest Bowie-devoted shows YOU WILL EVER SEE. The event will feature over 25+ of Bowie’s greatest songs and will cover Bowie’s catalog from Space Oddity. This will be a true Bowie experience that won’t want to be missed by true fans of his music, art, and fashion. We challenge concertgoers to be as outrageous as they can with fashion. Dress like you always wanted to be, but maybe never had a reason to do so in the past. Now’s your chance – Bowie would’ve wanted it that way!
Tickets sell out very fast for this event – please do not wait! From the vision of Gregory Shelton, and the music direction of Dan Kauffman, we’re excited to bring you ”A Night of Stardust.” A concert truly dedicated to one of the most important artists of our time and presented by some of the best musicians and artists in the DE/Philly/NYC/Baltimore area. The out-of-this-world show takes place on January 14, 2023, at the Union Transfer. Tickets are available on Union Transfer’s website.
JAN 14th – Night in the Museum

This next event is perfect for little Fandom Fans! Night in the Museum is a one-of-a-kind sleepover happening on January 14, 2023. Experience the Academy’s towering dinosaurs — including T. rex — after dark! Your action-packed night at the museum barely leaves room for shut-eye. Sleep next to roaring lions, stalking tigers, or ancient dinosaurs. Explore every corner of the Academy’s famous exhibits, including The Big Dig and Outside In. Enjoy a fascinating live animal show. Hang out with your fellow explorers and enjoy delicious snacks, breakfast, and coffee. Check out awesome specimens, do hands-on experiments, and see the museum as you never have before. What will you discover after dark? You can secure tickets to this cool event on the Academy’s Official Website.

JAN 21st – Saturday Morning Cartoons Drag Show 

Miss the days of Saturday morning cartoons? Then you’ll want to get your tickets ASAP for Big Wig Drag Brunch on January 21, 2023, at Punch Line Philly. Take your Saturdays and pump up the volume! Join Philadelphia’s finest drag performers for a brunch you will never forget. Grab a cocktail, bring your friends and get ready to flip your wig. The Saturday Morning Cartoon Brunch will feature performers dressed as some of your favorite cartoons. It’s giving nostalgia. Tickets are currently available on Live Nation’s Website.

JAN 28th – Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: Houdini Whodunit 

January 28, 2023, Peddler’s Village is hosting another Murder Mystery DinnerMurder Mystery Dinner Theater: Houdini Whodunit. Shed the straitjacket of your daily routine and indulge in a mesmerizing mystery featuring the greatest escape artist of all time! In this murder mystery worthy of the master himself, the great illusionist Houdini returns from the grave to help a young magician unravel clues and teach him how to escape from any trap. A deadly crime is committed—a crime to secure a secret so powerful, so earth-shattering, that we can never reveal what it is…ever. Can you catch the culprit and figure out their dastardly deed? Mind-bending twists and outrageous humor will keep you entertained during this new murder mystery dinner presented by Peddler’s Village in partnership with the Riddlesbrood Touring Theater Company. You can purchase tickets for you and your fellow detectives on Peddler’s website.


Those are just five Fandom Events we are recommending for January 2023! Which event are you adding to your calendar? Let us know in the comments below. No matter where you are, remember to have fun and follow your fandom! Come back next month for five recommendations for February!

About Yali Perez

When she's not writing about pop culture for Fandom Spotlite, curating social media for the*gameHERS, or helping to produce the DB4L podcast, she is a single mom to the coolest kid in the world. In Yali's free time she likes to bake, exercise, watch horror films, and play Mario Kart. Yali's goal as a writer is to share her nontraditional and colorful view of the world with readers everywhere.

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