October 7-10, 2016

Long Weekend Picks: Old City Fest, RiverCity Festival, First Friday, Columbus Day And More

The top 50+ things to do in Philly this weekend...

Fall weekends in Philly mean major festivals, Halloween frights, exhibition openings and so much more.

The weekend kicks off with Friday Friday celebrations across the city with the hub of the events in Fishtown and Old City — look forward to an outdoor movie night, exhibition openings, live performances and more.

A number of major fall festivals hit Philly this weekend including the RiverCity Festival at Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown, Old City Fest, OutFest in the Gayborhood, DesignPhiladelphia events and more.

We’re celebrating Columbus Day on Monday, so we are extending our Weekend Picks post through the holiday. We will be back first thing Tuesday to fill you in on all of the great events, exhibitions and festivals happening next week.

Be sure to follow Uwishunu on Instagram and Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.

Read on for our guide to this weekend in Philly.

Friday, October 7

Top Pick

Nightscape At Longwood Gardens

This popular series combines light, sound, imagery and music to create an awe-inspiring after-dark experience.

Top Pick

Bonus Parks On Tap: Lemon Hill

Check out the roving beer garden at FDR Park, Fairmount Water Works, Lemon Hill Mansion and more...

Top Pick

DesignPhiladelphia

Explore Philly’s best design and architecture at workshops, block parties, art demos and innovative events galore...

SOMM Dinner at Lacroix

This Friday night, Lacroix at the Rittenhouse welcomes Dustin Wilson of SOMM.

PHS PHeaST

Drink and dine for a good cause at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual celebration of local growers and chefs.

Crystal Castles at the TLA

Touring to support their recently released fourth album, Amnesty (I), experimental electropunk two-piece Crystal Castles brings their live show to the states.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Mural Arts Month

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Get ready for live art experiences, block parties, mural dedications, dance nights and more...

Prisons Today at Eastern State Penitentiary

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Eastern State Penitentiary is now home to the nation’s first major museum exhibition addressing preconceptions surrounding incarceration in America...

First Friday

The weekend starts off with Friday Friday in Old City, Fishtown and more. (Old City | Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia)

Saturday, October 8

Top Pick

Fishtown RiverCity Festival

Fall festivities come to Fishtown’s gorgeous Penn Treaty Park for the eighth annual RiverCity Festival.

Top Pick

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

It's week one for Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, a free event that allows everyone a chance to take a sneak peek inside some of the city’s creative spaces.

Pearl Street Block Party

The Pearl Street Block Party is an annual neighborhood arts festival that celebrates the rich diversity and artistic community of Callowhill.

Bonus Parks On Tap: Lemon Hill

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Check out the roving beer garden at FDR Park, Fairmount Water Works, Lemon Hill Mansion and more...

Ongoing Exhibitions

Mural Arts Month

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Get ready for live art experiences, block parties, mural dedications, dance nights and more...

Prisons Today at Eastern State Penitentiary

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Eastern State Penitentiary is now home to the nation’s first major museum exhibition addressing preconceptions surrounding incarceration in America...

Old City Fest

This Sunday, blocks and blocks of Old City welcome food vendors, arts vendors, performers and more for Old City Fest. (Photo courtesy Old City District )

Sunday, October 9

Top Pick

Old City Fest

Enjoy shopping, dining, drinking and more in Old City.

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OutFest

160 vendors, four outdoor bars and live entertainment all day long....

Top Pick

Bonus Parks On Tap: Lemon Hill

Check out the roving beer garden at FDR Park, Fairmount Water Works, Lemon Hill Mansion and more...

Top Pick

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

It's week one for Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, a free event that allows everyone a chance to take a sneak peek inside some of the city’s creative spaces.

Clover Market in Collingswood

This Sunday, dozens and dozens of vintage vendors, crafters and antique specialists set up shop at Clover Market.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Mural Arts Month

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Get ready for live art experiences, block parties, mural dedications, dance nights and more...

Prisons Today at Eastern State Penitentiary

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Eastern State Penitentiary is now home to the nation’s first major museum exhibition addressing preconceptions surrounding incarceration in America...

Longwood Gardens

This weekend, check out Nightscape at Longwood Gardens and stop by the on-site beer garden, too. (Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens)

Monday, October 10

Top Pick

habitus at Municipal Pier 9

An immersive installation by visual artist Ann Hamilton that closes on Monday.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Mural Arts Month

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Get ready for live art experiences, block parties, mural dedications, dance nights and more...

Prisons Today at Eastern State Penitentiary

(Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Eastern State Penitentiary is now home to the nation’s first major museum exhibition addressing preconceptions surrounding incarceration in America...

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