Weekend Picks: Center City Restaurant Week Begins, Brauhaus Schmitz Block Party, Last Chance For Morgan’s Pier, Oktoberfest, Smithsonian Museum Day, Open Air And More

It's the final weekend this season that Delaware River Waterfront gem Morgan's Pier is open, and it's going out with a bang on Saturday with an Oktoberfest celebration. (Photo courtesy Morgan's Pier)

If you thought last weekend was busy, the fall festival season is only getting started. With Oktoberfest block parties booked at bars and restaurants around the city, plus several arts festivals and harvest festivities going down from county to county, it’s a busy weekend to be in Philadelphia.

Check out our top picks for your best weekend, below:

Friday, September 28

Neighborhood guide to BYOBs in Philadelphia

The Opera Company of Philadelphia presents La Bohème at the Academy of Music — Opening Night!

Open Air (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Insider tips for watching Open Air
Hotels with great views of Open Air
Where to get dinner and watch Open Air
Spots along the Parkway great for watching Open Air

Terror Behind the Walls (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Yuengling’s “Phillywide Lager Toast”: Free beer

Philadelphia Museum of Art DJ Dance Party: Open until midnight!

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika at the Wilma Theater (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Project Twenty1’s 2012 Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Asian Arts Initiative: artist reception with photographer Corky Lee

Double-header: classical concerts at Philadelphia Art Alliance

Final FDR Park free concert this year

“The Scene” happy hour at the Arden Theatre

Final-ly Friday in Mt. Airy 9/28: Mt. Airy Local

Jon Lovitz at Helium (Fri, Sat)

St. Practice Daze at McGillin’s Olde Ale House (Fri, Sat)

More Photos About Buildings And Food at Gallery 339 (Fri, Sat)

Bistrot La Minette Movie Under the Stars –Closing Day!

allTURNative: Form + Spirit 2012 at The Center for Art in Wood (Fri, Sat)

Saturday, September 29

Uwishunu’s Top Picks For The Best Brunch In Philadelphia, Fall 2012

Manayunk’s first-ever StrEAT Food Festival

Smithsonian Museum Day 2012: Free admission to 12 museums

Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest Block Party on South Street

2012 Philadelphia Cup Regatta on the Delaware River

American Sardine Bar Sausage Fest

A Mine of Beauty: Landscapes by William Trost Richards at PAFA — Opening Day! (Sat, Sun)

Campus Philly’s College Day

First Annual Woodbury Fall ARTS Fest

Shipwreck! Winslow Homer and the Life Line at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Hop Angel Brauhaus Oktoberfest

More Weekend Picks, below.

Katie Baldwin: There are Two Stories Here at the Print Center (Fri, Sat)

Color Motion: Edna Andrade Prints at the Print Center (Fri, Sat)

Roy Lichtenstein In His Studio at the Gershman Y (Fri, Sat)

Xtober-Fest 2012

Morgan’s Pier Oktoberfest; and closes Sunday, September 30

Free coffee at Krispy Kreme for National Coffee Day!

Sruti presents Spirit — The Indian Music Experience at the Painted Bride Art Center

Bark in the Park at Clark Park

Mural Arts’ The Roots 101 Series: Hip Hop as Universal Resistance Music

Weaver’s Way Grand Re-Opening/Renovation Celebration

Let’s Love Logan Day Community Festival

The 17th Annual Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinatown

Peddler’s Village Fall Family Fun Day

“GO WEST! Craft Fest”at the Woodlands

Sunday, September 30

New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival (Sat, Sun)

Downingtown FallFest

Family Moon-viewing Weekend at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden (Sat, Sun)

2012 Puerto Rican Day Parade

Digging the City: Archaeological Discoveries from the Philadelphia Waterfront at the Independence Seaport Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Full Moon Dinner Cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia

Vendemmia Wine Festival

Manayunk Restaurant Week — Opening Day!

Pizzeria Stella Pizza Week — Opening Day!

Year of Proof: Making and Unmaking Race at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Fall 2012 Main Line Restaurant Week (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

Brandywine Valley Wine Trail Harvest Festival (Sat, Sun)

Two Zero One Two at the Seraphin Gallery (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Act II Playhouse presents 4 Lads From Liverpool (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

Philadelphia Qualities of Life at Philadelphia Art Alliance (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Swedish American Line at the American Swedish Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Maya.2012: Lords of Time at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Dead Sea Scrolls at the Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Legends: Studio Jewelry by Emily Cobb at the Philadelphia Art Alliance (Fri, Sat, Sun)

“Run! The Super-Athletes of the Sierra Madre” at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

“Maurice Sendak and Stephen Colbert: Interviews, Objects…and Poles!” (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Walnut Street Theatre’s Love Story: The Musical (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Light Installations by Bruce Munro at Longwood Gardens (Fri, Sat, Sun)

To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington & Religious Freedom at the National Museum of American Jewish History (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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