20+ Amazing Things To Do In Philly This Week, September 25-October 1

Last chance for Spruce Street Harbor Park and Parks on Tap, the launch of Terracotta Warriors, food and beer fests and more...

Even though summer is officially over, the unseasonably warm temperatures aren’t the only things heating up in Philadelphia this week.

From suds with buds and days in the park to cultural celebrations, food festivals, sporting events and the opportunity to touch dinosaur fossils, there are ample options to satisfy refined tastes, pique curiosities and cheer for the hometown teams this weekend.

It’s the last chance for two of the city’s most fun (and popular) outdoor activities. Hit up nationally renowned temporary park Spruce Street Harbor Park and traveling beer garden Parks on Tap (at Powers Park in Port Richmond this week) before their last day(s) on Sunday.

This week also sees the kick off of The Franklin Institute’s sure-to-be-blockbuster Terracotta Warriors exhibition, the last Philadelphia Phillies home games of the season and fests of all kinds: Oktoberfests, harvest fests, street fests, food fests, beer fests and even a CiderFest.

Check out our guide to this week in Philly.

Last Chance: Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

With the end of summer comes the end of Spruce Street Harbor Park, the super-popular warm-weather park on the Delaware River waterfront that closes this Sunday, October 1. Don't miss your last chance of the season to enjoy tree-slung hammocks, magical lights, oversize games, floating gardens and amazing food and drinks from Philly restaurants.

Last Chance: Spruce Street Harbor Park

When:Through October 1
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 401 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

FirefliesFireflies | Photo courtesy Association for Public Art

The Association for Public Art's exciting new interactive installation Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies has temporarily altered the way Philadelphians and visitors see the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at night. The art is interactive: Participants can hop onboard one of 27 free lit pedicabs to ride on a special route along the Parkway. Plus, look for the Parks on Tap Jr. pop-up beer garden at Shakespeare Park in front of the Parkway Central Library during the installation.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

When:Through October 8, Thursdays-Sundays, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

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Mural Arts Monument Lab

Monument Lab installation near City Hall in PhiladelphiaPhoto by Steve Weinik for Mural Arts Philadelphia

For nine weeks, temporary Philadelphia monuments by more than 20 local and international artists have popped up in public spaces all around the city, challenging viewers to think about representations of our history, memory and future. Organized by Mural Arts Philadelphia, Monument Lab includes interactive laboratories to encourage conversation and a hub at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, which displays public monument proposals generated during the run.

Mural Arts Monument Lab

When:Through November 19
Where:Various locations including Municipal Services Building, 1401 JFK Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Exterior of Eastern State PenitentiaryPhoto by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

The country's biggest haunted house is a prison, actually. The famous, shuttered, Gothic former fortress that is Eastern State Penitentiary hosts Terror Behind the Walls, where guests can achieve the perfect level of fright at six attractions, including the new-for-2017 Blood Yard. Purchasing tickets in advance online is suggested.

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

When:Through November 11 (select dates)
Where:Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:$19 & up

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Philadelphia Phillies' Last Home Games of the Season

Citizens Bank Park in PhiladelphiaPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

After what has been a difficult season for the Philadelphia Phillies, the team has caught fire as of late after calling up several top prospects from the minors. See how many more home runs Rhys Hoskins can hit when the Phils face off against division rivals the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets in their final two home-stands of the 2017 season.

Philadelphia Phillies' Last Home Games of the Season

When:September 25-October 1 (select dates)
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:$18 and up

www.mlb.com/phillies

Supper Sessions on the Avenue in Mt. Airy

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

It's the last edition of Supper Sessions on the Avenue, a series curated by Mt. Airy USA that has transformed the 7100 block of Germantown Avenue into a festive party every Tuesday in September. Enjoy one more opportunity 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 accompanies the experience and area businesses and organizations welcome visitors with extended hours.

Supper Sessions on the Avenue in Mt. Airy

When:Tuesday, September 26, 5:30-11 p.m.
Where:7100 block of Germantown Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.mtairyusa.org

Adult Swim on the Green at Wiggins Park

Fans of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming — or just those with a quirky sense of humor — should head to Camden, N.J., this Tuesday for fun and games, food trucks and trivia for prizes at Adult Swim on the Green at Wiggins Park. Stick around after the event to enjoy a free promotional screening of as-yet-unaired episodes, pilots and specials.

Adult Swim on the Green at Wiggins Park

When:Tuesday, September 26, 6:45 p.m.-10 p.m.
Where:Ulysses Wiggins Waterfront Park, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden
Cost:$5

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Oktoberfest at PHS Pop Up Garden South Street

PHS Pop Up Garden South StreetPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Break out the lederhosen or dirndl and twirl on down to South Street for live entertainment, themed contests and, of course, sweet delicious beer during Oktoberfest at the PHS Pop Up Garden on South Street. Highlights of the week-long festivities include stein hoisting, bratwurst eating, pretzel tossing and costume competitions.

Oktoberfest at PHS Pop Up Garden South Street

When:September 26-October 1
Where:PHS Pop Up Garden, 1438 South Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phsonline.org

Sittin' In: Live Sessions with Host Josh Lawrence & Color Theory

A monthly installment at the Kimmel Center, Sittin' In is part-live performance, part-dance party, part-jam session and all-around good time highlighting great musical talent. This week, catch Color Theory, a one-man synth-pop/electronic act.

Sittin' In: Live Sessions with Host Josh Lawrence & Color Theory

When:Wednesday, September 27, 8 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.kimmelcenter.org

Last Chance: Parks on Tap in Powers Park

Parks On TapPhoto courtesy Fairmont Park Conservancy

Roving beer garden Parks on Tap closes out its second successful season this week with cold beers and barbecue at Powers Park in Port Richmond. It's your last chance to enjoy a frosty cold one in the park before it gets too cold to enjoy a frosty cold one in the park.

Last Chance: Parks on Tap in Powers Park

When:September 27-October 1
Where:Powers Park, 2965 Almond Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Philadelphia Orchestra We're HEAR Week Sensory-Friendly Concert

Photo by M. Kennedy For Visit Philadelphia

On Thursday, the Philadelphia Orchestra takes the stage at the Kimmel Center for a free Sensory-Friendly Concert, a very special show that acts as the culmination of We're HEAR Week. The performance — which offers flexible seating, low-level lighting, audience participation and more — is designed for families with children who are on the autism spectrum or may have sensory sensitivities. Arts and crafts and an instrument petting zoo make up the pre-show activities, which start at 5 p.m.

Philadelphia Orchestra We're HEAR Week Sensory-Friendly Concert

When:Thursday, September 28; Concert: 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Pre-show activities: 5 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free (first-come, first-served tickets)

www.philorch.org

FEASTIVAL

Photo by Matt Rhein

Benefiting FringeArts and hosted at their headquarters on the Delaware River, FEASTIVAL brings together 75 of the best restaurants and bars in Philadelphia for an unforgettable culinary feast for a great cause. Laurel, Zahav, Vernick and High Street on Market are just a few of the restaurants participating in 2017.

FEASTIVAL

When:Thursday, September 28, 7-10 p.m.
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$300 and up

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Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute

Terracotta Warriors at The Franklin InstitutePhoto courtesy The Franklin Institute

Opening this week, The Franklin Institute's dramatic Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibition reveals the secrets behind the 2,000-year-old army of clay statues that guarded the tomb of China's first emperor until their discovery in 1974. The Franklin Institute is the only East Coast stop for this monumental exhibition.

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute

When:September 30-March 4, 2018
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$35, daytime admission for non-member adults; $30, daytime admission non-member children; $20, evening admission for non-member adults; $15, evening admission for non-member children; $10, members

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CiderFest at the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park

Strawberry MansionPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

What better way to celebrate the autumn season than by spending an afternoon sipping cider and touring six historic houses in Fairmount Park? Live music, transportation between houses via PHLASH's CiderFest Loop and a souvenir cup are provided with the cost of admission. Pay-as-you-go food trucks also will be serving up sustenance for hungry cider-lovers along the way.

CiderFest at the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park

When:Saturday, September 30, noon-4 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Historic Strawberry Mansion, 2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Cost:$40

www.fairmountpark.ticketleap.com

Kennett Brewfest in Kennett Square

Celebrating its 20th year in 2017, Kennett Brewfest offers attendees the opportunity to sample beer from some of the best regional and national craft breweries, including Une Anee, Sole Artisan Ales, Forest & Main and more. The festival is accompanied by food, live music and various vendors, and proceeds benefit Historic Kennett Square.

Kennett Brewfest in Kennett Square

When:Saturday, September 30, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Where:Kennett Square, Kennett Square
Cost:$15 and up

www.kennettbrewfest.com

Opening: Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies at The Academy of Natural Sciences

Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies at Academy of Natural SciencesPhoto by F. Magovern for The Academy of Natural Sciences

Travel back in time and explore the world of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and fossils in this new exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Visitors will be able to touch dinosaur fossils, dig for dinosaur eggs and dress up like a sauropod or oviraptor.

Opening: Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies at The Academy of Natural Sciences

When:September 30–January, 15, 2018
Where:The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$22.95, adults; $3, individual and family members; free, family plus members

www.ansp.org

Korean Harvest Festival at Morris Arboretum

This Saturday, celebrate traditional and modern Korean culture at Morris Arboretum during the attraction's Korean Harvest Festival. Enjoy Korean music, complimentary Koren food and two guided tours of the Korean plants, trees and flowers in the 92-acre garden.

Korean Harvest Festival at Morris Arboretum

When:Saturday, September 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where:Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Cost:$17, adults; $15, seniors; $9, youth and students; free, children under 3

www.morrisarboretum.org

Sly Fox Can Jam Music Festival

Photo courtesy Sly Fox Brewing Company

Take an adventure to Sly Fox Brewery in Pottstown for its awesome annual music festival and Can Jam competition. The free, day-long event features performances, food and plenty of Sly Fox beer straight from the brewery. Register in advance if you wish to join the heated disc game tournament or throw a few discs recreationally on the extra sets that'll be set up for festival-goers to use.

Sly Fox Can Jam Music Festival

When:Saturday, September 30, noon
Where:Sly Fox Brewing Company, 331 Circle of Progress Drive, Pottstown
Cost:Pay as you go

www.slyfoxbeer.com

South Philly Sausage Fest

This autumn craft beer and food festival will feature 10 of the Philadelphia area's craft breweries, Manatawny Still Works and delicious cuisine from South Philadelphia restaurants where sausage is the star. Also on tap: live music, arts and crafts and an exciting kids area.

South Philly Sausage Fest

When:Saturday, September 30, noon-8 p.m.
Where:West Passyunk Avenue, S. Broad Street to 15th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.southphillysausagefest.com

Federal Donuts Block Party

Federal DonutsPhoto by Michael Persico

This Sunday, Federal Donuts throws a delicious and free block party on Sansom Street in Center City, home to Federal Donuts' flagship shop and four more members of the CookNSolo restaurant family. Get ready for free eats, live music, $5 beer and multiple donut walls(!).

Federal Donuts Block Party

When:Sunday October 1, 1-4 p.m.
Where:Federal Donuts, 1632 Sansom Street
Cost:Free

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Philadelphia 76ers Blue x White Scrimmage at The Palestra

This intersquad scrimmage offers the Philadelphia 76ers a chance to connect with fans and get them excited for what promises to be a thrilling 2017-18 season. The Sixers traded up in the 2017 NBA Draft to acquire electric point guard Markelle Fultz who, when joining forces with former No. 1 picks Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, could supply the missing piece in “The Process” that Philly fans have so patiently trusted.

Philadelphia 76ers Blue x White Scrimmage at The Palestra

When:Sunday, October 1, 1-3:30 p.m.
Where:The Palestra, 223 S. 33rd Street
Cost:Free

www.nba.com/

Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes FoundationPhoto by M. Perez for The Barnes Foundation

On the first Sunday of the month, the Barnes Foundation offers up free admission to all guests on a first-come, first-served basis (read: arrive early to get your tickets!). This week, the museum hosts a slew of special programs on First Sunday under the theme of "Celebrate!" Enjoy full access to the collection, the last weekend of the special exhibition Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders and other entertainment and family programs.

Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

When:Sunday, October 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.barnesfoundation.org

Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhoto courtesy the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Enjoy a deal on admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art this Sunday as it hosts its pay-what-you-wish first Sunday event. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., guests can visit the galleries within the museum for any price they'd like to pay.

Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Sunday, October 1, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.philamuseum.org

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