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September 22, 2014

The Rittenhouse Row Fall Fashion Crawl Returns This Tuesday, September 23 To Spotlight The Neighborhood’s Top Shops And Best Cocktails

Cheers to shopping in Rittenhouse Row during the neighborhood fashion crawl, part of The Philadelphia Collection, this Tuesday, September 23. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

In a heady mix of fashion and cocktails, the Rittenhouse Row Fall Fashion Crawl brings style-lovers out to Rittenhouse in a roving event highlighting the best of fall shopping and sipping this Tuesday, September 23.

A slew of Rittenhouse Row retailers will host simultaneous in-store events, while attendees party hop from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event serves as one of the key anchors in The Philadelphia Collection fashion celebration, and returns for its second year in 2014 following a high-energy debut shop-a-thon in 2013.

With a lineup of more than a dozen stops, guests can pick and choose which Rittenhouse boutiques to shop on Walnut Street, Chestnut Street, Locust Street and Broad Street, as well as 17th, 18th and 20th streets.

Participants in the fashion crawl can hits such stores as Kenneth Cole, Nicole Miller, South Moon Under, Calypso St. Barth, Boyds, Duke & Winston, Toppers Spa and Salon, Joan Shepp, Knit Wit, Mettlers American Mercantile, LAGOS, Intermix, Commonwealth Proper, Liberty Travel, L’Occitane and more.

At each stop, score deals on goods while toasting with drinks crafted by the bartenders of such spots as Ladder 15, Ocean Prime, Rouge, Sbraga, The Continental Mid-town, The Crow and the Pitcher and Zama.

To attend, scoop up a ticket online for $25, or pick one up the night of the event at AKA Rittenhouse (135 S. 18th Street) for $30.

All participants must stop by AKA Rittenhouse between 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23 to pick up an armband (both those who’ve pre-purchased and who will purchase at the door), as well as a map of the evening’s events.

Crawl in any order, but keep your armband on to enjoy the specialty cocktails, gifts with purchases, raffles and shopping discounts.

Get ready to raise a glass to a fine mix of style and taste.

Rittenhouse Row Fall Fashion Crawl 2014
When: Tuesday, September 23, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Throughout the Rittenhouse neighborhood
Cost: $25, in advance; $30, at the door
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September 22, 2014

The Four Seasons Food Truck Arrives In Philadelphia Today, Monday, September 22 For A Six-Day Stop On Its East Coast Tour

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The Four Seasons Food Truck rolls in to Philadelphia today, Monday, September 22, for a week of four-star dining. (Photo courtesy Four Seasons)

There are food trucks and then there are foodie trucks.

The Four Seasons Taste mobile is kind of like the A-List celebrity of food trucks, picking up local star chefs and changing up its look on every stop on its national tour.

The rolling kitchen will be in town this week, starting today Monday, September 22 at the Four Seasons Hotel courtyard in Logan Square, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The menu includes Fountain Restaurant chef Peter Rosenblatt’s Philly-centric creations: the likes of the Port Richmond, a cheddar stuffed kielbasa with Philadelphia Pale Ale Kraut and Polish mustard on a torpedo roll, and cheesesteak spring rolls with Thai chili ketchup, and Victory root beer floats with Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpet ice cream.

The rest of the week the truck will be on the move. Tuesday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the truck will roll in at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with 50 percent of proceeds benefitting the hospital.

On Wednesday, the truck will be back at the Four Seasons Driveway from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Thursday at the PHS Pop-Up Garden from 5 to 11 p.m.; Friday on Fifth and Arch streets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Follow the truck’s movements on Twitter @FSPhiladelphia or the official hash tag #FSTasteTruck.

Philadelphia makes the second city of nine destinations — from Boston to Miami — for the truck’s East Coast tour.

Four Seasons Food Truck in Philadelphia
When: September 22-27
Where: Various locations
Cost: Pay as you go
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September 22, 2014

The Great 12-Hour Tour, A Totally Free Tour Of The Entire City Of Philadelphia, Returns This Weekend, Saturday, September 27

Great 12-Hour Tour Philadelphia

The 2014 Great 12-Hour Tour takes you on a day-long exploration of the city from river to river, led by experts from the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

This weekend, discover an amazing array of Philadelphia’s museums, cultural venues, historic sites and organizations in a single day on the annual Great 12-Hour Tour.

This Saturday, September 27, embark on a free, ambitious 12-hour walking tour of Philadelphia led by members of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, some of the most knowledgable tour guides in the city.

The four-part walking tour traverses the city from river to river, Vine Street to Pine Street, and touches on nearly every section of the city. It’s an incredible opportunity to take in the town, as each phase of the tour visits as many as 20 to 25 cultural and historic sites.

Don’t worry, though, attendees are invited to hop-on and hop-off at any point.

You can walk the tour from 8 a.m. to its 8 p.m. finish, or join in any segment of the tour. Plus, there are opportunities for refreshments and rest rooms at each staging area.

The exploration begins at the National Constitution Center at 8 a.m. with a walk through the historic sites of Old City. The tour continues on to Society Hill (11 a.m.), through Market East (2 p.m.) and concludes with a stroll past the cultural institutions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (5 p.m.).

Attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure for each phase of the tour. Advance registration is recommended and free of charge.

For a complete map of the Great 12-Hour Tour, see below.

For more details and to register for one or all four parts of the Great Tour, check right here.

Don’t miss this chance for an epic tour of the town.

The Great 12-Hour Tour
When: Saturday, September 27, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free
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September 22, 2014

Fashion Under The Shambles Brings An Open-Air Fashion Show To Headhouse Shambles, Tomorrow, September 23

Headhouse Shambles

The Headhouse Shambles host Fashion Under the Shambles, an open-air fashion show on Tuesday, September 23. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Put your most fashionable foot forward and head to the South Street Headhouse Shambles for Fashion Under the Shambles, an open-air fashion show presented as part of The Philadelphia Collection.

Tomorrow, September 23 from 6 to 9 p.m., feast your eyes on clothing, shoes, accessories, hairstyles and beauty looks from 21 of South Street Headhouse District’s boutiques and salons as models walk the catwalk. Look forward to styles for both men and women, ranging from vintage dresses and thrift store finds to European designs and fall wares.

Participating businesses include Moon + Arrow, Philly AIDS Thrift, Armour Philadelphia, Bus Stop Boutique, Totem Brand and Salon on 4th.

America’s Next Top Model finalist Cory Wade Hindorff will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

General admission is free, but registration is required. VIP tickets are $25 and include a swag bag, two drink tickets and light bites. VIP tickets and free registration are both available online.

Fashion Under The Shambles
When: Tuesday, September 23, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Headhouse Square Shambles, 200 Pine Street
Cost: General Admission, Free; VIP Tickets, $25
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September 19, 2014

Save The Date: Philadelphia Open Studio Tours Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary October 11-12 And October 25-26 With Free Tours Of 300+ Philadelphia Art Studios

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

Via guided trolley tour or self tour, the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours are an incredible way to score a behind-the-scenes look at the artistic process. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Next month, art lovers can cover an impressive amount of creative mileage with open tours of artist studios and creative workspaces.

For anyone curious to learn about the process of working artists in Philadelphia, mark your calendar now for October 11-12 and 25-26 when Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) returns to celebrate its 15th anniversary year.

For these two weekends in October, POST tours expose the inner workings of Philadelphia’s creative spaces to the public in the biggest event of its kind in the Philadelphia area, and one of the premier open studio tour events in the entire country.

A program produced in conjunction with The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, the tours not only make engaging with Philadelphia’s professional artists super accessible, but also allow participants to craft a tour based solely on personal interests.

Split into two festive weekends, in 2014 studios will be open west of Broad Street on October 11-12 and east of Broad Street on October 25-26. The tours run from noon to 6 p.m. on both weekends, both days.

Check out the more than 300 participating artists and search by neighborhood online so you can start planning your own itinerary, or grab tickets to one of the guided trolley tours here.

In addition to the core open tours, POST also hosts a number of special events during the Open Studio Tours festival season.

To kick off the event, join in the POST 15th Anniversary Celebration at the Sonesta Hotel Art Bar on Thursday, October 9, 6-9 p.m. The brand new Art Bar at the Sonesta Hotel features artwork curated by The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, and will host an exhibition of works by Michele Kishita, James B. Abbott and Michael Yoder. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and include complimentary cocktail and hors d’oeuvres.

Beyond the cocktail party, look forward to a featured exhibition series, too, with exhibitions and events throughout the city including In-Between, a site-specific installation by Sun Young Kang at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists Gallery, and David Lynch: The Unified Field, a must-see exhibition of the rarely seen works of iconic director David Lynch at the Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts.

For the complete special event lineup, check here.

Don’t miss out on the largest tour of artist studios and creative workspaces in the region.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST)
When: West of Broad Street, October 11-12; East of Broad Street, October 25-26; noon-6 p.m.
Where: Art studios throughout the city
Cost: Free
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September 19, 2014

Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts Launches Its Fall Season With Globe Theatre On Tour’s King Lear, September 24-27

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Joseph Marcell, of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fame, in the title role of the Globe on Tour production of King Lear, playing at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts this month. (Photo by Ellie Kurttz)

Philadelphia’s fall performing arts season is underway, and this month, the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts kicks off its 2014 lineup of theatrical offerings.

If you’re looking for an authentic re-staging of a Shakespearean drama, be sure to catch King Lear at Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Running September 24-27, the show is staged by London-based Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company, which is fully dedicated to works by the dear old Bard.

This is a faithful rendering of a great tragedy where an aging king tests the love of his three daughters to unexpected and unfortunate results.

To help recreate the experience of seeing a performance just as it would be at the Globe, the play is staged in a booth design and features eight actors, some of who take on multiple roles.

In the lead as Lear is Joseph Marcell, who you may recognize for his television roles, the best-known being the butler Geoffrey on the hit series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

In 2013, Marcell jumped from sitcoms to the live stage to portray King Lear for the first time with the Globe, though he has performed with them previously in productions of Coriolanus and Much Ado About Nothing.

Marcell is a marvel is his part that requires exceptional physical and emotional fortitude, and the production has enjoyed excellent reviews for its global tour. Audiences especially appreciate the added attraction of sword fights and folk ballads performed by the actors.

It’s a great tragedy with at least one very gory scene, still there’s room for humor and passionate poetry, too.

Tickets, starting at $20, are available online to catch this nationally touring production.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company’s King Lear
When: September 24-27
Where: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost: $20-$65
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September 19, 2014

Weekend Picks: Giant Oktoberfest Block Parties At Brauhaus Schmitz And Frankford Hall, Fall Fest At Spruce Street Harbor Park, PHS Fall Festival, Pop-Up Greenway Block Party, Center City Restaurant Week, Fringe Festival’s Closing Weekend And More

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Brauhaus Schmitz takes over the 700 block of South Street for an epic, day-long Oktoberfest celebration this Saturday, September 20; pictured here is Brauhaus’ Maifest Block Party. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

It’s still officially summer for a few more days, but that is not stopping the autumnal activities from kicking into high gear this weekend with with Oktoberfest celebrations, fall festivals, outdoor art shows and more.

On Saturday, both Brauhaus Schmitz and Frankford Hall host their annual Oktoberfest block parties complete with games, food, music and plenty of beer.

Starting today at 4 p.m., Spruce Street Harbor Park welcomes fall with an all-ages three-day festival complete with rotating fall beer options, live performances, food, games and more.

Also this weekend: the PHS Fall Festival, Feria del Barrio, Brazilian Day Philadelphia, Clark Park Music and Arts Festival, a Pop-Up Greenway Block Party, the final day of Center City Restaurant Week (today!), the final shows of the Fringe Festival and much, much more.

Above all, the forecast for the weekend is perfect for all of the outdoor block parties and fall festivals that are set to happen.

Read on for our guide to this weekend.

Friday, September 19

Top Pick: Center City Restaurant Week

Top Pick: Fall Fest at Spruce Street Harbor Park (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Fall Into Art: ARToberfest at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Top Pick: Park(ing) Day

Top Pick: Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

Top Pick: Philly’s Awesome Beer Garden Scene

Independence Beer GardenA great hangout mere steps from Independence Mall.

Spruce Street Harbor ParkA pop-up beer garden and restaurant on the Delaware River.

PHS Pop Up GardenA tropical oasis on South Street West.

More Beer Gardens: And, of course, there are a bunch of other great beer garden options including Morgan’s Pier, Frankford Hall, Fergie’s, Memphis Taproom, Silk City, Opa and more. Full list here.

FBH Presents Philly Fashion Week

Joan Shepp Style Presentation

FringeArts and Rimini Protokoll’s 100% Philadelphia

Art After 5 at the PMA Presents OutBeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival

Hung Liu: Prints and Tapestries at the La Salle University Art Museum

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Friday Night at The Barnes Foundation

Souled Out at The Trestle Inn

Swarthmore Food Cooperative’s #Truckathon

Treasures of the Athenaeum: 200 Years of Collecting at The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Your Brain at The Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Chasing Dreams: Baseball And Becoming American at the National Museum of American Jewish History (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Hispanic Heritage Month at the National Constitution Center

Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions at The Mann Center for The Performing Arts

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park celebrates fall at its Fall Fest, three days of fall beers, food, live music, games and more. (Photo by Matt Stanley courtesy DRWC)

Saturday, September 20

Top Pick: Oktoberfest Celebrations Across Town – This is a big weekend for Oktoberfests; you may have to make it a Oktoberfest-themed beer garden crawl.

Brauhaus Schmitz 2014 Oktoberfest Street Festivalnoon-8 p.m., 700 block of South Street More Info

Frankford Hall Oktoberfest Block Partynoon-10 p.m., Frankford Avenue from Girard Avenue to Shackamaxon Street More Info

Spruce Street Harbor Park Fall Fest — 1 p.m.-1 a.m. More Info.

Oktoberfest at Morgan’s Pier – All day; starts at noon. More Info

More Oktoberfest CelebrationsFull list of Oktoberfest parties here.

Top Pick: PHS Fall Festival at The Navy Yard

Top Pick: Pop-Up Greenway Block Party at 9th and Spring Garden streets

Top Pick: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show and Block Party

Clark Park Music and Arts Fall Equinox Festival

West Fairmount Park Trail Run Series

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September 19, 2014

The Chester County Restaurant Festival Returns For Its 35th Year With Nearly 200 Vendors, A Beer Garden And More, Sunday, September 21

Chester County Restaurant Festival

The Chester County Restaurant Festival marks its 35th year in 2014 with nearly 200 vendors, live music and much more. (Image courtesy West Chester Parks and Recreation)

The charming borough of West Chester exudes an energetic, young vibe — thanks in large part to its resident West Chester University — and its main streets are filled with excellent restaurants and independent shops.

Each September, West Chester Restaurant Week draws flocks of foodies to town, with the culinary celebration culminating in the daylong, free-to-the-public Chester County Restaurant Festival.

Now in its 35th year, the Brandywine Valley’s biggest food festival returns this Sunday, September 21 from noon to 5:30 p.m. with more than 200 vendors, tons of live music, a beer garden and much more.

With a festival footprint taking up nearly all of downtown West Chester, the fest fills the streets with pedestrians along Gay Street from Matlack to Darlington and Market Street from Darlington to High Street.

More than 65 restaurants and food vendors are on tap to dish eats, plus there will be more than 100 crafters and businesses on hand for shopping and browsing.

Plus, eight bands are lined up to play on three stages and the outdoor beer garden-style area — dubbed Church Street Café — allows festivalgoers to enjoy beer and wine alfresco.

In addition to the food, drinks and goods, activities include the Chester County Culinary Cook-Off competition and culinary demonstrations on the historic Chester County Courthouse steps.

Driving the 35 miles from Center City to West Chester takes roughly 45 minutes, and parking in all Borough of West Chester garages is $5 for Restaurant Festival day.

Trust us, this county fair is not to be missed.

Chester County Restaurant Festival
When: Sunday, September 21, noon-5:30 p.m.
Where: Gay Street from Matlack to Darlington and Market Street from Darlington to High Street
Cost: Free
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September 19, 2014

The Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Festival Returns This Weekend, September 20-21, With Scarecrow Making, Pumpkin Decorating, Pie Eating Contests And More

Peddler's Village Scarecrow Festival

The Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Festival returns with pumpkin pie eating contests, scarecrow making, music and more, this weekend, September 20-21. (Photo by A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia)

The season of pumpkins, apples and hayrides has officially begun at Peddler’s Village.

The Bucks County attraction celebrates the season with its 35th-annual Scarecrow Festival this weekend, September 20 and 21.

Featuring more than 100 amazing life-size scarecrow creations, the annual festival asks guests to vote for their favorite creations in a variety of categories — from most traditional scarecrow to most out-of-the-ordinary scarecrow.

While wandering through the scarecrow display, also find scarecrow making workshops at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on both days of the festival. The fee to create your own life-size scarecrow to take home is $30. Scarecrow workshops fill up quickly, call ahead to secure your spot.

Also get your pumpkin fix with pumpkin decorating activities and a pumpkin pie eating contest.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Both parking and admission are free.

Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Festival
When: September 20-21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Peddler’s Village, Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska, Bucks County
Cost: Free
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September 19, 2014

Last Chance: The 2014 Fringe Festival Wraps Up Its Citywide Celebration Of Progressive Performing Arts This Sunday, September 21

Fringe Festival

Developed in collaboration with FringeArts, German artist collective Rimini Protokoll’s 100% Philadelphia brings 100 carefully selected Philadelphia citizens onstage to represent the city’s population of 1.5 million. Performed in cities the world over, including London (shown), the show combines scientific data with artistic theatrics. (Photo by Tim Mitchell)

Hey, theater fans, this weekend brings the final days of the 2014 Fringe Festival, but there’s still time to take in the incredible groundswell of performing, visual and radical arts on tap in Philadelphia.

The festival, an 18-day extravaganza of progressive performing and visual arts, only runs through Sunday, September 21, so make sure to check out one of the hundreds of stupendous shows this weekend.

Curated and organized by FringeArts, the Fringe Festival welcomes any and all artists to its Neighborhood Fringe shows and features works by acclaimed contemporary artists in its Presented Fringe performances.

With so many performances, catching a Fringe Festival show in Philadelphia is as easy as choosing an artistic discipline, picking the neighborhood in which you’d like to see a show and arriving at the venue.

Shows of particular note this weekend? From September 19 to 21, catch a pay-what-you-wish performance of Rimini Protokoll’s 100% Philadelphia, in which 100 carefully selected Philadelphia citizens (read: non-actors) onstage to represent the city’s population of 1.5 million and its unique demographic imprint. Or, see White Rabbit Red Rabbit, a metaphorical work by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, running through September 21, too.

For more festival picks, check out our Picks for Fringe Festival Neighborhood Performances and our complete Guide To Philadelphia’s 2014 Fringe Festival.

And remember, in addition to festival performance venues, engage with the fest nightly at the 2014 Fringe Festival Bar at La Peg at FringeArts. Bringing together Fringe Festival artists and audiences after-hours each night of the festival, the brand-new waterfront space hosts a nightly cabaret. Admission is free and 21+. Doors open at 9 p.m. nightly, with shows around 10 p.m.

Tickets for all Fringe Festival shows are available online, from the Fringe Festival box office or at performance venues starting 30 minutes prior to the show, and generally range from $10 to $30.

See you on the fringe!

2014 Fringe Festival
When: September 5-21
Where: Multiple venues
Cost: Varies
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