August 29, 2012
Labor Day Weekend In Philadelphia: Our Guide To What To Do, Exhibitions To See, Events To Attend And More
We hate to admit it, but the end of summer is drawing near as the city prepares for Labor Day celebrations this extended weekend.
In between picnics, taking part in an epic mash-up of musical talent on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway during the Made in America Music Festival and rocking out with The Boss at the home of the Phillies, check out our roundup of events to enjoy the last few days of the warm-weather season.
We’ve also included, at the bottom, a pocket guide to main attractions that are open at various points from Friday through Monday.
Happy holiday weekend!
• Made In America: The much-anticipated epic mash-up of musical talent takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Saturday and Sunday, for Jay Z’s Made In America Music Festival. HOVA himself, Drake, Pearl Jam, Santigold, Calvin Harris, Skrillex and more command the trio of stages, highlighting the holiday weekend and what’s sure to be an unforgettable event for Philadelphia. We can hardly wait!
• Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball World Tour: And just southeast of the Parkway’s festival madness, The Boss rocks out at the home of the Phillies with an encore performance of his Wrecking Ball Tour. Bruce returns to Philadelphia Sunday, September 2 and Monday, September 3 to hit the stage with the legendary E Street Band. And don’t forget, Labor Day is your last chance to catch the National Constitution Center’s Springsteen exhibit before it closes. Don’t miss out.
• Longwood Gardens: The lush, magical gardens spark up the night with another installment of their Fireworks & Fountains series, Saturday September 1, happily overlapping with the continuation of the spectacular LIGHT exhibition. Tickets can be purchased to see Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake pair with splashes of light and dancing waterworks beginning at 8:15 p.m.
• Chaddsford Winery: The Chester County destination celebrates the end of summer with a series of live musical performances, Saturday – Monday, while you sip wine and picnic outdoors. Tastings are just $10 and the complete line-up can be viewed here.
• Varga Bar: The 10th and Spruce corner resto and bar extends weekend celebrations with an outdoor picnic serving up grilled dishes and beer specials, Monday, September 3. It’s a block party that’s not to be missed.
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• Starr Restaurants: Stephen Starr’s restaurant empire observes the holiday with services at Parc dishing breakfast; Continental Midtown and Old City serving brunch; El Rey, Buddakan and Butcher and Singer skipping lunch and heading straight to dinner and Barclay Prime and Il Pittore shuttering for the day. Check online for more information.
• Cake and the Beanstalk: The Midtown Village cafe offers up their services to folks looking to add a touch of sweetness to their long weekend. Orders of Key Lime Pie with Ginger Snap Crust, Oreo Blondies and Chocolate Chip Cookies can be placed for your party needs. And come Monday, enjoy $1 off any Mocha beverage from 5-8 p.m.
• Morgan’s Pier: Have a Sunday fun day outdoors with Morgan’s Pier Sundae Dance Party featuring DJs klenny Dope, Lee Jones and Dirty. Add some island spice to your Monday with reggae and Jamaican soul tunes taking over the evening beginning at 9 p.m.
• Academy of Natural Sciences: Open all weekend
• African American Museum: Closed on Labor Day
• Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell: Extended hours from 5–7 p.m. through Labor Day. Timed tickets are required on Labor Day prior to 5 p.m.
• Battleship New Jersey: Open all weekend including Labor Day, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
• U.S. Mint: Open all weekend including Labor Day 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
• Eastern State Penitentiary: Open all weekend
• Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia: Closed on weekends and closed on Labor Day
• Mutter Museum: Open regular hours including Labor Day
• National Liberty Museum: Closed all day on Sunday, September 2, open regular hours on Labor Day
• National Museum of American Jewish History: Closed on Labor Day
• PAFA: Closed on Labor Day
• Penn Museum: Closed on Labor Day
• Franklin Institute: Open all weekend
• Philadelphia Museum of Art: Open all weekend including Labor Day (pay-what-you-wish on Sunday)
• National Constitution Center: Open all weekend including Labor Day
• Rodin Museum: Closed on Saturday and Sunday, open on Labor Day