25 Fantastic Things To Do In Philly This Week, September 11-17

Center City Restaurant Week, Fringe Festival, Parkway 100 and more...

The summer may be wrapping up, but that means Philly’s fall festival season is just getting started.

Center City District Restaurant Week runs through Tuesday, September 19 with tasty deals for every palate at more than 120 restaurants.

FringeArts’ annual Fringe Festival continues this week with dynamic performances of all shapes and sizes throughout the city.

The Association for Public Art’s incredible new installation Firelies debuts this Friday and brings a bright, colorful spectacle to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The art is interactive: Participants can hop onboard free pedicabs to ride on a special route from Sister Cities Park to Iroquois Park.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

Fringe Festival

Pig Iron Theatre Company's A Period of Animate Existence | Photo by Maria Baranova

Philadelphia's awesome annual Fringe Festival brings more than two weeks of avant-garde performance 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:Through Sunday, September 24
Where:Various locations including FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Varies

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Center City District Restaurant Week

Harp & CrownPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Center City District Restaurant Week is back this week to deliver budget-conscious meals at 120 restaurants for $20 to $35. Get ready to treat yourself to a fantastic — and affordable — meal at one of Center City Philadelphia’s popular restaurants like Harp & Crown (shown), Little Nonna's, R2L, Osteria and Zahav. Note, too, that the deals will run for 10 consecutive days, including Saturday, for most of the 120 participating 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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Beer Gardens

Frankford HallPhoto courtesy Frankford Hall

Fall is a great time to share a beer at a beer garden with friends. 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, Frankford Hall (shown) and more. Click here for a full guide to the top beer gardens in Philly.

Beer Gardens

When:Ongoing
Where:Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

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Fall Festival at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto courtesy Spruce Street Harbor Park

Recognized by national press as one of the best places to visit in Philly, the super-popular Spruce Street Harbor Park (SSHP) features tree-slung hammocks, magical lights, oversize games, floating gardens, amazing food and drinks from Philly restaurants. Look forward to special events throughout the week, including a pop-up shopping market on Saturday and live music on Thursday. Plus, the annual Fall Festival at SSHP kicks off this week, and runs through the next two weeks, with tons of special seasonal beers and cocktails, as well as free activities like live music, apple cider pressing, a small petting zoo and pumpkin carving.

Fall Festival at Spruce Street Harbor Park

When:Park open daily through October 1; Fall Festival, September 14-24 (select dates)
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 401 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

DRWCPhoto courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Every day of the week, Race Street Pier is home to a free yoga class for yogis of all levels. 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

Supper Sessions on the Avenue in Mt. Airy

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

Every Tuesday night in September, Supper Sessions on the Avenue, a series curated by Mt. Airy USA, transforms the 7100 block of Germantown Avenue into a festive party. The street closes to vehicular traffic, enabling diners 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 12, 5:30-11 p.m.
Where:7100 block of Germantown Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.mtairyusa.org

Parks On Tap at Pretzel Park

Parks On TapPhoto courtesy Fairmont Park Conservancy

Roving beer garden Parks on Tap sets up shop at Manayunk's Pretzel Park this week. Enjoy a beer and have fun at a cozy park famous for the pretzel shapes of its sidewalks.

Parks On Tap at Pretzel Park

When:September 13-17
Where:Pretzel Park, 4300 Silverwood Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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O17 Festival

Opera Philadelphia's 2017-18 season begins on a high note with the debut of O17, a new opera festival. Expect glittering stars of opera in more than 25 commissioned works, site-specific works and world premieres. Also included: The exclusive East Coast appearance of an internationally renowned production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

O17 Festival

When:September 14-25
Where:Various locations including Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free-$450

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Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Photo by Jeff Fusco for aPA

The Association of Public Art's exciting new installation Fireflies will temporarily alter the way Philadelphians and visitors see the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at night. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be brighter thanks to 27 illuminated pedicabs. The art is interactive: Participants can hop onboard the free pedicabs to ride on a special route from Sister Cities Park to Iroquois Park. Plus, look for the Parks on Tap Jr. beer garden pop up at Shakespeare Park in front of the Free Library during the Fireflies public art project.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

When:September 15-October 8, Thursdays-Sundays, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

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Open House: #BIKETOBARNES at the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes FoundationPhoto By R. Kennedy For Visit Philadelphia

Celebrate the Barnes Foundation's new collaboration with Indego bike share by heading to the Parkway museum for free extended hours, giveaways, and test rides of the newly decorated Indego bikes. Space is limited for this free day, which includes collection and exhibition access, so advance reservations are recommended.

Open House: #BIKETOBARNES at the Barnes Foundation

When:Thursday, September 14, 5–8 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free, RSVP recommended

www.barnesfoundation.org

Manayunk Fall StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week

Manayunk Restaurant WeekPhoto By M. Kennedy For Visit Philadelphia

The Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival returns to Main Street in Manayunk this week with more than 50 food vendors, shopping and live music. The food truck festival will close down Main Street to vehicular traffic on Thursday evening. Starting on Friday, score three-course meal deals during the biannual Manayunk Restaurant Week. Diners can enjoy tasty bites from places like Cactus Cantina, Bourbon and Blue and more for $15, $25 or $35.

Manayunk Fall StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week

When:Food Festival, Thursday, September 14, 5-10 p.m.; Restaurant Week, September 15-28
Where:Various locations including Winnie's Manayunk, 4266 Main Street
Cost:Festival, pay as you go; Restaurant Week, $15, $25 and $35 for three course meals

www.manayunk.com

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

Photo Courtesy Rittenhouse Fine Art Show

Celebrating its 90th year, the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show has the long-running distinction of being the nation's oldest outdoor original artwork show. More than 100 selected artists from across the country will fill the area in and around Rittenhouse Square with art representing all types of subject matters and mediums.

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

When:September 15-17
Where:Rittenhouse Square, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Cost:Pay as you go

www.rittenhousesquareart.com/

Mural Arts Monument Lab

Monument LabPhoto by Michael Reali for Mural Arts

This eight-week citywide public art and history exhibition delves into what makes a monument in the 21st century. Mural Arts Philadelphia and curators Paul M. Farber, Ken Lum and A. Will Brown co-produce this series of temporary installations by local and international artists accompanied by interactive pop-up laboratories for creative conversations.

Mural Arts Monument Lab

When:September 16-November 19
Where:Various locations including Logan Square, 200 N. 19th Street
Cost:Free

www.muralarts.org

Frankford Hall & Fette Sau Oktoberfest

Science FestPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Science Festival

Fishtown neighbors Frankford Hall and Fette Sau team up for an all-day street festival set to take over a portion of Frankford Avenue for the sixth year in a row. The festivities at this Oktoberfest include a ceremonial keg-tapping, dance performances, live music, carnival games and, of course, a slew of traditional German fare and seasonal brews. A special family-oriented area will also be onsite with pony rides and live entertainment.

Frankford Hall & Fette Sau Oktoberfest

When:Saturday, September 16, 12-10 p.m.
Where:Frankford Hall, Frankford Avenue between Girard and Thompson streets
Cost:Pay as you go for food and drink

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First Annual Block By Block Minecraft Party

Calling all Minecraft players! Come out to support Philadelphia public schools and raise funds for Public Citizens for Children and Youth at the first-ever Block By Block Party, a gaming event for fans of Minecraft. Gamers ages 17 and under should register to participate in one of three indoor Minecraft challenge sessions. Note that all skill levels are welcome and those hoping to play Minecraft should bring their own devices (tablets or laptops). Meanwhile, parents, friends and other guests can enjoy Minecraft-themed festivities both indoors and out — think crafts, LEGO-build challenges, lawn games and Minecraft Karaoke.

First Annual Block By Block Minecraft Party

When:Saturday, September 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, September 17, noon-3:30 p.m.
Where:University of the Sciences, 600 S. 43rd Street
Cost:$35 for gamers, includes one free general admission for an accompanying adult; $20, general admission

www.pccy.org/block-block-party

Oktoberfest at Brauhaus Schmitz

Brauhaus Schmitz’s massive annual Oktoberfest celebration takes over South street Saturday with live oom-pah music, German fare and plenty of beer. The restaurant also hosts fun events the entire week leading up to the festival. Prost!

Oktoberfest at Brauhaus Schmitz

When:Saturday, September 16, noon-8 p.m.
Where:Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.brauhausschmitz.com

N2N Festival

The Neighborhood To Neighborhood Street (N2N) street festival returns to West Philly with games, food, music and more. This year’s Prince-themed event also features performances by Questlove, PnB Rock, Sheila E and more. Bonus: The festival is completely free to attend.

N2N Festival

When:clock Saturday, September 16, noon-8 p.m.
Where:Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Free

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Philly AIDS Thrift Block Party

This best-loved Queen Village thrift shop celebrates a dozen years at 5th and Bainbridge streets with a celebrity dunk tank, moon bounce, games, food trucks, magicians, dancing, drinks and music by the West Philadelphia Orchestra.

Philly AIDS Thrift Block Party

When:Saturday, September 16, noon-6 p.m.
Where:Philly AIDS Thrift, 710 S. 5th Street
Cost:Free admission

www.phillyaidsthrift.com

Philadelphia United Jazz Festival

Photo courtesy Lifeline Music Coalition

Enjoy live music and learn more about Philadelphia’s deep jazz roots as the fifth annual Philadelphia United Jazz Festival returns with a daylong celebration on South Street. Performances kick off on the festival’s main stage near Broad and South streets at 2 p.m. with sets by a stellar lineup of Philadelphia talent, including the Sam Reed Quintet, the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble and the UCC Royal Brass Band, just to name a few.

Philadelphia United Jazz Festival

When:Saturday, September 16, 2-10 p.m.
Where:South Street between 15th and 16th streets
Cost:Free admission

www.philaunitedjazzfestival.com

OktoBEARfest

The Philadelphia Zoo serves unlimited samples of seasonal fall brews and ciders, local fare from the region’s hippest food trucks, live music, animals and a complimentary shuttle from 30th Street Station in this first-ever event.

OktoBEARfest

When:Saturday, September 16, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue
Cost:$35-$55

www.philadelphiazoo.org

Scarecrow Festival at Peddler’s Village

Peddler's VillagePhoto by A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a scarecrow? Now's your chance to do so at the Scarecrow Festival at Peddler's Village, offering workshops alongside live entertainment and pumpkin painting. Stroll through the village to check out scarecrows on display and enjoy live entertainment, food and more.

Scarecrow Festival at Peddler’s Village

When:September 16-17
Where:Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
Cost:Pay as you go

www.peddlersvillage.com

Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon & 5K & 10K

For the eight year in a row, the Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon, 5K and 10K brings together fitness and music for one fun day in the city. Along the 13.1-mile, 6.2-mile and 3.1-mile courses, runners will be greeted with rockin' live music from Philly bands.

Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon & 5K & 10K

When:September 16-17
Where:Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free, spectators; $55.99 & up, participants

www.runrocknroll.com

Brazilian Day at Penn's Landing

Brazilian Day FestivalPhoto By M. Stanley For DRWC

The rhythms and beats of Brazil will ring out in Philadelphia for Brazilian Day Philadelphia, an annual event that celebrates Brazilian Independence Day and the culture and traditions of Brazil. Vendors offer a variety of traditional foods and merchandise, and performers light up the stage with dances such as Samba, Forro, Pagode, Capoeira, Samba-Reggae and more.

Brazilian Day at Penn's Landing

When:Sunday, September 17, 1-7 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverevents.com

Feria del Barrio

Feria Del BarrioPhoto By G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

One of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino arts and culture, the annual Feria del Barrio brings together thousands of community residents from throughout the Philadelphia region for a free, all-ages event featuring some of the world’s most renowned musical artists. Look forward to Latin music and dancing, authentic bites to eat and handmade arts and crafts for sale. The free music, dance and art extravaganza hits the sidewalks of the historic Centro de Oro neighborhood — the center of Latino culture in Philadelphia.

Feria del Barrio

When:Sunday, September 17, noon-5 p.m.
Where:N. 5th Street
Cost:Free

www.tallerpr.org

Chester County Restaurant Festival

Chester County’s top restaurants serve up their best eats at this daylong festival. The spread includes food from more than 65 restaurants, caterers and vendors, along with arts and crafts, live music and beer and wine gardens.

Chester County Restaurant Festival

When:Sunday, September 17, noon-5:30 p.m.
Where:Gay Street from Matlack to Darlington Street and Market Street from Darlington to High Street, Gay Street from Matlack to Darlington Street and Market Street from Darlington to High Street, West Chester
Cost:Free

www.downtownwestchester.com

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