20+ Wonderful Things To Do In Philly This Week, September 5-10

Parkway 100, Fringe Festival, Kennett Square Mushroom Festival and more...

The first week of September begins with major food festivals, a citywide arts event, dining deals and so much more.

Parkway 100, the city’s 14-month soiree celebrating the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s 100th birthday, kicks off this Friday night with a giant festival along the Parkway — look forward to free museum admission, concerts, pop-up beer gardens, performances, crafts and more.

In other arts news, the city’s annual Fringe Festival starts Thursday, continuing through Sunday, September 24 with hundreds of opportunities to check out cutting-edge dance, theater, music, comedy and visual arts.

All weekend, fungi fans head to the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival as it returns to the Chester County town with mushroom tastings, music, contests, mushroom cook-offs and even a car show.

Starting this Sunday, Center City Restaurant Week kicks off at more than 100 eateries in the neighborhood (Zahav, Harp and Crown, Amada, Aldine, El Vez and more) for its fall edition. Visit some of the city’s best eateries for $35 dinner deals and $20 lunch deals.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

Beer Gardens

Morgan's PierPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Warm weather is meant for visiting beer gardens! Luckily, Philadelphia is home to a slew of great ones, including Independence Beer Garden, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Uptown Beer Garden, Morgan’s Pier, the PHS Pop Up Gardens and more. Click here for a full guide to the top beer gardens in Philly for summer 2017.

Beer Gardens

When:Throughout the summer
Where:Various locations including Morgan's Pier, 221 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto by L. Berckey for Visit Philadelphia

Recognized by national press as one of the best places to visit in Philly, the super-popular park Spruce Street Harbor Park features tree-slung hammocks, magical lights, oversize games, floating gardens, amazing food from popular Philly restaurants and refreshing drinks. Look forward to special events throughout the week, including a pop-up shopping market on Saturday and live music on Thursday night.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

When:Through October 1
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

Every day of the week, Race Street Pier is home to a free yoga class for yogis of all levels to check out. Classes run from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday (yes, there are two classes Monday through Thursday!) and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

When:Daily through November 12
Where:Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Fringe Festival

Fringe FestivalPhoto by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Avant-garde performance meets street theater during the Fringe Festival, which brings more than two weeks of artistic pleasure to viewers at dozens of locations throughout the city.
 Between the lineup of shows curated by festival producer FringeArts and the independent performances organized by artists of every ilk, the Fringe Festival offers up hundreds of opportunities to take in dance, theater, music, comedy and visual arts. Events range in price and some are even free. Check here for the complete lineup.

Fringe Festival

When:September 7-24
Where:Various locations including FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Varies

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Supper Sessions on the Avenue in Mt. Airy

Supper Sessions on the Avenue in Mt. AiryPhoto courtesy Go Mt. Airy

Starting this Tuesday night, Supper Sessions on the Avenue, a series curated by Mt. Airy USA that will transform Germantown Avenue every week. The food-centric event closes the 7100 block of Germantown Avenue to traffic, enabling you to grab a table under the stars and enjoy the autumn weather over food and drinks from one of the block's nine different restaurants and bars. Live music will accompany the experience and a number of area business and organizations will welcome visitors with extended hours.

Supper Sessions on the Avenue in Mt. Airy

When:Tuesday, September 5, 5:30-11 p.m.
Where:3700 block of Germantown Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.mtairyusa.org

Free Screening of La La Land at the Schmidt's Commons

Movie Night At Schmidt's CommonsPhoto courtesy The Schmidt's Commons

La La Land, one of the year's most popular musicals, fills the big screen at the Schmidt's Commons this Thursday night for an evening of free film. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Piazza bars and restaurants, or, guests can bring their own snacks. Guests are also encouraged to bring low-back beach chairs and picnic blankets.

Free Screening of La La Land at the Schmidt's Commons

When:Thursday, September 7, 7-9 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free

www.theschmidtscommons.com

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

Baltimore Avenue Dollar StrollPhoto courtesy University City District

The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, University's City fun biannual event, promises $1 specials from neighborhood businesses including restaurants, bars and retailers. Live music and family fun accompany the edible bargains.

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

When:Thursday, September 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where:43rd to 52nd streets and Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.universitycity.org

Little Rebels Cider & Wine Garden at the Betsy Ross House

Raise a glass! The Betsy Ross House brings back its Thursday night cider and wine garden this week with delicious drinks from Rebel Seed Cider and Harvest Ridge Winery. As far as food, light bites will be available for purchase from visiting food trucks.

Little Rebels Cider & Wine Garden at the Betsy Ross House

When:Thursday, September 7, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
Cost:Free

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Fringe Festival Kickoff Party at FringeArts

FringeArtsPhoto by J. Lawrence for Visit Philadelphia

The Fringe Festival may officially start on Thursday, but the annual arts showcase presents its annual late-night party on Friday night to start the festival in style. Starting at 10:30 p.m., night owls can head to the beer garden at FringeArts for flip cup, beer pong, drink specials, music and more — all in celebration of the Fringe Festival's 21st birthday.

Fringe Festival Kickoff Party at FringeArts

When:Friday, September 8, 10:30 p.m.
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.fringearts.com

Parkway 100: We Are Connected Festival

Benjamin Franklin ParkwayPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Parkway 100 debuts with the We Are Connected Kickoff Festival this Friday night from 4 to 10 p.m. Museums, educational centers and public institutions band together for a cultural crawl featuring 100 free activities along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and at the Parkway's museums. Guests can enjoy free or pay-what-you-wish admission to museums like The Franklin Institue and the Barnes Foundation, check out cool performances along the Parkway, stop by a pop-up beer garden and more.

Parkway 100: We Are Connected Festival

When:Friday, September 8, 4-8 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Capriccio Cafe and Bar @ Cret Park, 110 N. 16th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.centercityphila.org

Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

Mushroom FestivalPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Kennett Square, the “Mushroom Capital of the World,” puts the fun in fungi during a weekend of food, music, parades, contests and other activities that are all part of the annual Kennett Square Mushroom Festival. From mushroom cook-offs to a car show to a street fair filled with rides, the festival brings something for everyone to enjoy – including lots and lots of tasty treats!

Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

When:September 9-10
Where:State Street from Willow to Garfield streets, Kennett Square
Cost:$3, guests 12 and over

www.mushroomfestival.org

Philly Naked Bike Ride

Now in its ninth year, this two-wheeled, 10-mile, clothes-free, car-free, citywide ride expects to attract 3,000 participants—and more than a few onlookers.

Philly Naked Bike Ride

When:Saturday, September 9, 5 p.m.
Where:Citywide, Philadelphia
Cost:Free

www.phillynakedbikeride.org

Campus Philly CollegeFest

Campus Philly CollegeFestPhoto courtesy Campus Philly

Philadelphia welcomes back thousands of college students during its annual Campus Philly CollegeFest, a citywide day of discounts, giveaways, entertainment and free admission to a dozen different museums and attractions. The festival is centered at Dilworth Park, where you can grab a bite to eat from one of the food vendors and meet with an array of local businesses. A student ID is required to obtain the wristband needed to participate in many of the festival's activities.

Campus Philly CollegeFest

When:Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Free

www.campusphilly.org

Elmwood Park Zoo Oktoberfest

Enjoy tastings of over 100 selections of beer, wine and ciders at Elmwood Park Zoo's Oktoberfest. Music and zoo animals sweeten the experience, and a variety of food options will be available for purchase.

Elmwood Park Zoo Oktoberfest

When:Saturday, September 9, noon-4 p.m.
Where:Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Boulevard, Norristown
Cost:$35 and up

www.elmwoodparkzoo.org

Fishtown Flea

This Saturday, some of Fishtown's most celebrated indie designers take the spotlight as the Fishtown Flea fills a giant lot on Frankford Avenue for a full day of shopping. Guests can browse a selection of art, clothing, beauty produts, stationery and more from designers like Printfresh, Beaucycled, Electric Garden and more. Food and drinks from local vendors will also be available for purchase.

Fishtown Flea

When:Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where:1220 Frankford Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

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Doylestown Arts Festival

Doylestown Arts FestivalPhoto courtesy Doylestown Arts Festival

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Doylestown Arts Festival returns to Bucks County with 100-plus artists, live music, food and fun for the entire family. Expect live music to be streaming throughout the weekend and plenty of tasty food options from which to choose.


Doylestown Arts Festival

When:September 9-10
Where:N. Main Street, Doylestown
Cost:Pay as you go

www.dtownartsfestival.com

Grand Opening of Philadelphia Assembled at the Perelman Building

How can we reimagine our tomorrow? That's the question that several activists, artists, community members and more have tried to answer through a series of installations, conversations and events throughout the city over the past few months. Philadelphia Assembled culminates with an exhibition, opening this month, in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building.

Grand Opening of Philadelphia Assembled at the Perelman Building

When:September 10-December 10
Where:Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue
Cost:Free

www.phlassembled.net

Mexican Independence Day at Penn's Landing

Mexican Independence Day FestivalPhoto courtesy DRWC

The Mexican Independence Day Festival returns for another year of great food, music, crafts and more at Penn’s Landing. The festival honors Mexican culture at an afternoon-long event that is presented as part of the PECO Multicultural Series.

Mexican Independence Day at Penn's Landing

When:Sunday, September 10, 2-8 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverevents.com

Center City District Restaurant Week

Harp & CrownPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Phladelphia

Center City District Restaurant Week returns this fall with delicious, budget conscious meals at more than 100 restaurants for a price of $20-35. Get ready to treat yourself to a fantastic – and affordable – meal at one of Center City Philadelphia’s popular restaurants.

Center City District Restaurant Week

When:September 10-19
Where:Various locations including Harp & Crown, 1525 Sansom Street
Cost:$35, three-course dinner; $20, three-course lunch; plus tax and gratuity

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Greenfest

Held in Queen Village on Bainbridge Street between 3rd and 5th streets, Greenfest Philly is the largest environmental festival in the Philadelphia area. With over 150 exhibitors and vendors, the festival presents a prime place to learn about living sustainably, with opportunities to shop for Philly-made green wares, enjoy local bites to eat, listen to live music, attend demonstrations and more.


Greenfest

When:Sunday, September 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Bainbridge Street, between 3rd and 5th Street
Cost:Free

www.cleanair.org

Clover Market

Clover Market: Chestnut HillPhoto Courtesy Clover Market

This Sunday, Clover Market kicks off its fall season with a pop-up market in Chestnut Hill. The all-day market features antique treasures and handmade goods from vendors from across the region. Guests of the market can browse clothing, jewelry, furniture and more while snacking on food and drinks from mobile food vendors.

Clover Market

When:Sunday, September 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:25 W. Highland Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.theclovermarket.com

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