The Mummers start off January with their strut down Broad Street, but that's only one of many things to look forward to in January. While Philadelphia could turn into a frozen tundra that makes Netflix and your couch seem all the more appealing, these events should make you want to get up and get out.
Rumbling, tumbling gymnastics queen Simone Biles, likely one of the best athletes we will have the pleasure of seeing in our lifetime, will read and discuss her book, Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion. The memoir touches on Biles' years in foster care and the hard work that made her an Olympic great.
7:30 p.m. next Friday, Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. Free, 215-686-5322, freelibrary.org.
More than 350 craft beers from over 125 breweries from around the country will be represented at this massive two-day fest, now in its third year. There are a few different packages for all types of beer lovers, as well as their designated drivers. Philly Beer Week isn't until June, so hopefully this will tide you over until then.
8-11 p.m. Jan. 13-14, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. $45-55 (basic package), bigphillybeerfest.com.
Sarah Silverman has always been brilliant, but in 2016, she gained some mainstream depth. She became involved in politics, campaigning for Bernie Sanders and, later, Hillary Clinton, making a major splash at the DNC convention in Philadelphia when she shot down "Bernie or Bust" supporters. She's heading out on tour, and we're sure the results of the election will factor in to her new material.
8 p.m. Jan. 15 & Jan. 16, Keswick Theatre, 91 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. $49.50-$69.50, 215-572-7650, www.keswicktheatre.com.
Center City's Restaurant Week returns for cheap eats at 120 places, including some of Philadelphia's most coveted spots. Look out for the standard options of $35 for three-course dinners and $20 prix-fixe lunch menus. But just remember, your servers are working hard this week, so don't forget to leave a nice tip, especially because you're getting a discount.
Jan. 22-27 & Jan. 29-Feb. 3, various locations, m.centercityphila.org.