Tonight Picks: Night Market In Chinatown, Red Owl Tavern And Stratus Lounge Open At The Hotel Monaco, Center City Restaurant Week, Open Air, Northern Liberties SIPS And More

There's a ton to do every night of the week in Philadelphia, but tonight is especially action-packed with the final Night Market of the year, the soft opening of the Hotel Monaco and its restaurants, Center City Restaurant Week and much more. (Photo courtesy Courtyard Marriott)

[Evenings in Philadelphia are always action-packed, and we want to help you cherry-pick from all the events and activities going on. On certain days that promise particularly bustling evenings, we round up our selections for the most can’t-miss pursuits with which to fill your schedule. See you out there!]

There is so much to do, as always, tonight in Philadelphia, but you don’t have to figure out what to do all by yourself. Check out our Tonight Picks for a curated list of what’s going on tonight, plus reference our guide to fall theater in Philadelphia and October art happenings if you’re looking for a cultural fix.

Night Market Chinatown: The very last Night Market of 2012 returns to Chinatown tonight. It’ll shut down 10th Street between Arch and Vine Streets, and Race Street between 9th and 11th Streets. More than 50 food trucks will be pulling up to serve delicious food, alongside live music, art and local drinks. It’s going to be huge.

When: Thursday, October 4, 7-11 p.m.
Where: 10th Street between Arch and Vine Streets, and Race Street between 9th and 11th Streets
Cost: Pay as you go

Opening Night — Red Owl Tavern and Stratus Lounge in the brand new Hotel Monaco: The stunning Hotel Monaco in Independence Mall opens its doors to the public tonight, October 4. Enjoy Chef Guillermo Tellez’s tasty food up on the rooftop at Stratus, or downstairs inside the cozy Red Owl. Tweet us your photos!

When: Thursday, October 4
Where: 433 Chestnut Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Center City Restaurant Week: More than 120 restaurants in Center City are offering three-course dinners for only $35 per person and a three-course lunch for $20, during the fall 2012 Center City District Restaurant Week.

When: September 30-October 5 and October 7-12
Where: Restaurants throughout Center City
Cost: Dinner for $35; Lunch for $20

Pizza Week at Stella: Pizza Week is back at Stephen Starr’s Pizzeria Stella in Headhouse Square. Running parallel to Center City District Restaurant Week, the artisanal pizza restaurant is offering diners the chance to try one of their delicious pies alongside any one antipasti and gelato for just $25.

When: September 30-October 5 and October 7-12
Where: 2nd and Lombard Streets
Cost: pizza, antipasti and gelato for $25

Open Air: The giant 3-D light installation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway continues tonight, through October 14. Check out our multiple guides to where to watch, plus a roundup of insider tips (e.g. how do you hear the 30-second audio clips?).

Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway; Project Headquarters – 24th Street and the Parkway
When: Now-October 14, nightly 8-11 p.m.
Cost: Free

Northern Liberties SIPS and Social: From 5 p.m. to midnight, get $2 beers, $3 drinks, $4 wines and $5 select appetizers at PYT, Gunners Run, King’s Oak & Darling’s Diner. Plus, there will be a fun Kids Concert at The Piazza, sponsored by A Full Plate, 6-7 p.m.

When: Thursdays, 5 p.m.-midnight
Where: Northern Liberties bars and restaurants
Cost: Pay as you go

• Pairings on the Parkway at Sister Cities Park: Every Thursday from August 2-October 25, the newly opened Sister Cities Park at Logan Square will host “Pairings on the Parkway.” Each week, the park invites you to bring your own bottle of wine and enjoy this great new green space while Milk & Honey Cafe helps you find cheeses and other goodies to pair perfectly with your selection. Sounds like a perfect summer night.

Where: Logan Square, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
When: Every Thursday from August 2-October 25
Cost: Pay as you go

The Last Testament: A Memoir By God — Reading by David Javerbaum: Javerbaum, a former head writer and executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, will read from and sign copies of his hilarious new book.

Where: The Gershman Y, 410 S. Broad Street
When: Thursday, October 4, 7 p.m.
Cost: Talk $7, talk and book $15

LiveConnections presents OneBeat at World Cafe Live: What happens when six international musicians from South Korea, Lebanon, Poland, Venezuela and the U.S. collaborate with Grammy-winning musicians and students from one of the country’s most prestigious music conservatories? Moving up the East Coast in September and October 2012, OneBeat will bring novel, collaborative sounds created by 32 young, eclectic international musicians to communities from Florida to New York, as part of a State Department effort to promote “art power” and person-to-person diplomacy via music. They’re at World Cafe Live tonight!

Where: World Cafe Live Upstairs, 3025 Walnut Street
When: Thursday, October 4, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 ($5 for students)

Sangria and snacks at Stadler-Kahn: Thursday nights at the newest shop on Sansom Street, Stadler-Kahn, mean freshly made sangria plus macarons and popcorn. Stadler-Kahn is an elevated “five & dime” featuring textiles and designs by Alexander Stadler, a local author/illustrator and designer of Stadler-Kahn scarves. It’s the perfect spot to start getting some pre-holiday shopping accomplished.

Where: 1724 Sansom Street
Cost: Pay as you go
When: Thursday evenings



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