20+ Fabulous Things To Do In Philly This Week, September 26-October 2

Midtown Village Fall Festival, Center City Sips, Opera on the Mall and more...

It’s another big week in Philadelphia!

This Saturday, the ever-popular Midtown Village Fall Festival returns to 13th Street with lots of food, drinks, parties, shopping, music and more. The festival runs all day long this Saturday and is often one of the most popular events of the fall.

Opera on the Mall brings a live broadcast of an Opera Philadelphia performance to a giant screen in front of the iconic Independence Mall — now on Sunday, October 2. The performance is completely free to attend and attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic and a blanket for maximum enjoyment.

In addition to Opera on the Mall and the Midtown Village Fall Festival, the coming week promises live music (Queen Bey herself!), lots of Oktoberfests, the final Parks on Tap and more.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philadelphia.

Beauty Blitz At The Market & Shops at Comcast Center

There’s nothing like free manicures, massages and beauty demos after work. This Tuesday night, head to the Market and Shops at the Comcast Center for tips and tricks for refreshing your fall beauty routine. Those interested in getting a free manicure must be in line by 6 p.m. Admission to the beauty blitz is free.

Beauty Blitz At The Market & Shops at Comcast Center

When:Tuesday, September 27, 5-7 p.m.
Where:The Market and Shops at Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Boulevard
Cost:Free

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PHS Pop-Up Garden Oktoberfest

In addition to the awesome s'more-roasting fire pits, look for $5 mulled wine, $6 cinnamon shots and cider at the PHS South Street Pop-Up Garden during a special six-day Oktoberfest celebration. To add to the fall fun, festival-goers should look for bratwurst-eating and stein-hoisting contests, oompah bands, costume contest, prizes and giveaways.

PHS Pop-Up Garden Oktoberfest

When:September 27-October 2
Where:PHS Pop Up Garden, 1438 South Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phsonline.org

SkyGarten Oktoberfest

SkyGarten OktoberfestPhoto Courtesy SkyGarten

Enjoy Oktoberfest festivities from 51 floors up at SkyGarten. In addition to epic skyline views, the beer garden will hold a special line up of German beers and food, along with an array of Bavarian flags and other classic Oktoberfest decorations.

SkyGarten Oktoberfest

When:September 28-October 1
Where:SkyGarten, Three Logan Square, 1717 Arch Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Final Parks On Tap: Lemon Hill Mansion

After a seriously successful summer, Parks on Tap pops up for its final event of the season. This week, from September 28 through October 2, head to Lemon Hill for alfresco food and drinks from the city’s favorite roving beer garden.

Final Parks On Tap: Lemon Hill Mansion

When:September 28-October 2
Where:Lemon Hill, Lemon Hill Drive
Cost:Pay as you go

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Final Center City Sips of the Season

Center City SipsPhoto By M. Fischetti For Visit Philadelphia

After a spectacular summer, Center City Sips draws to a close this week. This Wednesday marks the final event of the season, so be sure to head out for the neighborhood-wide happy hour. Visit spots like Uptown Beer Garden, Sampan, Opa, Chops at the Comcast Center and more for one last sip of the season.

Final Center City Sips of the Season

When:Wednesday, September 28, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Various Center City locations including Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:$3 beers, $4 wines, and $5 cocktails

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Beyonce: The Formation World Tour

Queen Bey herself graces Philadelphia with her presence this Thursday as she returns to play the second Philly show on her Formation World Tour at Lincoln Financial Field. Hear Beyonce perform songs from her latest album Lemonade and a number of her classic hits, too. Tickets are available on resale sites.

Beyonce: The Formation World Tour

When:Thursday, September 29, 7:30 p.m.
Where:Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Avenue
Cost:$60 and up

www.beyonce.com

Movie Night At The Piazza: The LEGO Movie

Movie Night At Schmidt's CommonsPhoto Courtesy Schmidt's Commons

While it may officially be fall, the Schmidt’s Commons continues to host outdoor movie screenings this week. On Thursday night, watch a free screening of The LEGO Movie.

Movie Night At The Piazza: The LEGO Movie

When:Thursday, September 29, 6-8 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street #21
Cost:Free; food & drink available for purchase

www.theschmidtscommons.com

So Long to Summer Lobster Clambake

Red Owl Tavern at the Hotel Monaco bids farewell to summer — and celebrates its fourth anniversary — at a seafood-filled lobster clambake this Thursday night. From 5 to 8 p.m., enjoy plenty of lobster, drinks and live music.

So Long to Summer Lobster Clambake

When:Thursday, September 29, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Red Owl Tavern, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.redowltavern.com

FEASTIVAL

FEASTIVALPhoto By N. Hoving For FEASTIVAL

Returning for another year of culinary feasting, FEASTIVAL, is an evening of spectacular food and incredible performance in support of FringeArts. Held at the Delaware River Waterfront home of FringeArts, FEASTIVAL is a wild celebration of Philadelphia’s arts and food culture. The annual event spotlights cuisine from more than 70 of Philadelphia’s most acclaimed restaurants — including newcomers The Dutch, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House, Jezabel’s Café, ROOT, Urban Farmer and Wm. Mulherin’s Sons — and performances from cutting-edge performing artists like Circadium, Red 40 & the Last Groovement and and Brian Sanders’ JUNK. Plus, each ticket purchase to this year's event includes a one year FringeArts membership, too, which offers priority access to tickets and discounts.

FEASTIVAL

When:Thursday, September 29, 7-10 p.m.
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$300

www.phillyfeastival.com

Mural Arts Month Kickoff Party at Snyder Plaza

Mural Arts Month kicks off in style with an art-filled dance party on Snyder Avenue. From 6 to 10 p.m., celebrate the unveiling of four new murals in South Philly’s Snyder Plaza while dancing to music from DJ Cash Money, Cosmo Baker, Gun$ Garcia and DJ Royale.

Mural Arts Month Kickoff Party at Snyder Plaza

When:Friday, September 30, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Snyder Avenue & Swanson Street
Cost:Free, with $5 suggested donation

www.muralarts.org

Opening Night for the Philadelphia Orchestra's 117th Season

The Philadelphia Orchestra officially opens its 117th season this Friday night with a concert and gala in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. Enjoy music by renowned conductors like Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Maurice Ravel while dressed in black-tie attire.

Opening Night for the Philadelphia Orchestra's 117th Season

When:Friday, September 30, 7 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$175 and up

www.philorch.org

Silent Philly Anniversary Party

Celebrate one year of Silent Philly — a dance-filled evening of music played only through illuminated headphones — at District N9NE. Head out for a birthday bash for the party series from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. this Friday.

Silent Philly Anniversary Party

When:Friday September 30, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Where:District N9NE, 460 N. 9th Street
Cost:$15

www.silentphilly.com

The Trestle Inn's 5th Birthday Celebration

On Friday and Saturday night, The Trestle Inn celebrates its fifth anniversary with a whiskey-fueled party and a slew of drink specials. On both Friday and Saturday groove to disco, funk and soul while sipping discounted whiskey sours, free champagne and more. What better way to celebrate The Trestle than with whiskey?

The Trestle Inn's 5th Birthday Celebration

When:Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where:The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.thetrestleinn.com

Midtown Village Fall Festival

Midtown Village FestivalPhoto By J. Fusco For Visit Philadelphia

Held every autumn, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is one of Philadelphia’s biggest annual street festivals. Now in its 11th year of throwing down in Midtown, the fest unfolds on and around 13th Street with an all-day affair packed with tasty food, drinks, live entertainment, shopping and more. Local artists creating live art and street entertainers show up every year to add to the excitement. One of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor events, this fest attracts a whopping 50,000-plus attendees per year.

Midtown Village Fall Festival

When:Saturday, October 1, noon-8 p.m.
Where:13th and Chestnut streets
Cost:Pay as you go

www.midtownvillagephilly.org

Grand Opening of i found god in myself: the 40 anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls at the African American Museum

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On Saturday, October 1, the African American Museum opens i found god in myself: the 40 anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls, a multimedia exhibit that marks the 40th anniversaries of AAMP and the poet's groundbreaking work. The exhibition is a visual representation of the poem and is made up of more than 20 commissioned artworks.

Grand Opening of i found god in myself: the 40 anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls at the African American Museum

When:October 6-January 2, 2017; Opening reception, October 6 from 6-9 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Included with general admission; Adults, $14; Youth (4-12 yrs.), students, seniors, $10; AAMP Members, free

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Opera on The Mall

Opera On The MallPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Now in its sixth year, Opera on the Mall is a free, big-screen HD broadcast performance from Opera Philadelphia. Bring chairs, a blanket and a picnic dinner for an alfresco evening filled with beautiful live music on Independence Mall in Historic Philadelphia. UPDATE: Due to rainy Saturday forecasts, Opera on the Mall has been rescheduled to Sunday, October 2 at 7 p.m. All tickets issued for the original broadcast date of Saturday, October 1, will be honored on the new date.

Opera on The Mall

When:Saturday, October 1, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday, October 2, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Where:Independence Mall, 599 Market Street
Cost:Free but registration recommended

www.operaphila.org

Revolutionary Germantown Festival

History goes on full display during the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, a day-long festival featuring costumed characters, live music, food and drink, culminating in a reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia. Head down Germantown Avenue after the "battle" for Grumblefest, an Oktoberfest celebration at the garden of the historic Grumblethorpe house featuring Oktoberfest food, beer, live music, and more.

Revolutionary Germantown Festival

When:Saturday, October 1, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where:Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.revolutionarygermantown.org

Go West! Craft Fest

The Go West! Craft Fest returns to The Woodlands in West Philadelphia this October. While browsing through handmade items from more than 80 vendors, festival-goers enjoy performances by acrobats, musicians and other performers. Kids can engage in free crafting activities, and hungry patrons can dig into fare from local restaurants and food trucks.

Go West! Craft Fest

When:Saturday, October 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:The Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

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Morris Arboretum’s Fall Festival

Morris Arboretum Fall FestivalPhoto By R. Kennedy For Visit Philadelphia

What better place to celebrate fall than in the beautiful, red- and-orange-hued setting of the Morris Arboretum. Now in its 17th year, the Fall Festival and Designer Scarecrows event invites families to come out and create a scarecrow, paint a pumpkin and enjoy local apples, among other activities set to take place at the arboretum.

Morris Arboretum’s Fall Festival

When:October 1-2
Where:Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Cost:Free with admission

www.morrisarboretum.org

Roxtoberfest

The town of Roxborough celebrates fall during Roxtoberfest, unfolding along Ridge Avenue between Lyceum and Leverington avenues. In addition to plenty of food and drink options, the fest brings live music, life-sized board games, an array of children’s activities and other activities to keep the entire family entertained all afternoon long.

Roxtoberfest

When:Saturday, October 1, noon-6 p.m.
Where:Ridge Avenue and Green Lane, Roxborough
Cost:Pay as you go

www.roxborough.us

Ambler Main Street Oktoberfest

Ambler OktoberfestPhoto By. R. Kennedy For Visit Philadelphia

Downtown Ambler transforms into a traditional Bavarian festival scene during its 25th annual Oktoberfest. More than 90 vendors and 10 food trucks are set to line Butler Avenue and surrounding side streets, along with rides for the kiddos, a beer garden, musical performances on two stages, arts and crafts stations and more.

Ambler Main Street Oktoberfest

When:Saturday, October 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where:Main Street, Ambler
Cost:Pay as you go

www.amblermainstreet.org

Kennett Brewfest

Kennett Brewfest is an outdoor afternoon opportunity to sample 90-plus beers from some of the best regional and national craft breweries. The festival is accompanied by food, live music, vendors and a VIP tasting. Proceeds benefit Historic Kennett Square.

Kennett Brewfest

When:Saturday, October 1, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Where:600 S. Broad Street, Kennett Square
Cost:$15-$75

www.kennettbrewfest.com

Fanfare on the Fantail at Independence Seaport Museum

This week, the Independence Seaport Museum hosts its fall fundraiser — Fanfare on the Fantail on the deck of the Olympia cruiser. Throughout the evening, guests can enjoy light bites, cocktails and the last chance to check out the Artship Olympia exhibition that opened for this fall's Fringe Festival.

Fanfare on the Fantail at Independence Seaport Museum

When:Saturday, October 1, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$150

www.phillyseaport.org

Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

On the first Sunday of the month, the Barnes Foundation offers free admission to all and a flurry of special programming, too. This week, the museum keeps up that tradition by not only offering free admission, but also welcome the young artists of the Mural Arts program for a art-filled maker fair, dance party and more.

Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

When:Sunday, October 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.barnesfoundation.org

Made on American Street 2016 Barbecue and Homebrew Competition

Spend your Sunday afternoon chowing down on delicious barbecue and sipping cold beer at the Philly Homebrew Club’s Made on American Street barbecue and homebrew competition. From 2 to 6 p.m., enjoy shopping from area crafters, drinks from New Liberty Distillery, live music and more along North American Street in Northern Liberties.

Made on American Street 2016 Barbecue and Homebrew Competition

When:Sunday, October 2, 2-6 p.m.
Where:1447 N. American Street
Cost:$15 in advance; $25 at the door

www.phillyhbc.org

Please Touch Museum 40th Birthday Month Celebration

The Please Touch Museum celebrates its 40th birthday with a gift for its guests — a 40 percent discount on admission and a slew of special events on Sunday, October 2. Throughout the day, kids and adults alike will enjoy live performances, a confetti dance party and more.

Please Touch Museum 40th Birthday Month Celebration

When:Sunday, October 2, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where:Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic
Cost:$10.20

www.pleasetouchmuseum.org

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