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September 26, 2014

Asian Arts Initiative Pearl Street Block Party Brings An All-Day Neighborhood Arts Festival To Chinatown North, Saturday, September 27

Asian Arts Initiative

The Pearl Street Block Party this weekend at the Asian Arts Initiative celebrates the neighborhood’s rich cultural diversity and artistic community. (Photo by Timothy K. Lee)

Once purely known as an industrial district, now the neighborhood just north of Chinatown — dubbed Chinatown North or Callowhill — hosts a burgeoning cultural scene, home to a wide range of artist collectives, galleries, non-profit organizations and other creative groups.

One of the hearts of this developing ’hood is the Asian Arts Initiative and its multi-tenant building chock-full of dynamic artists and community groups.

This Saturday, September 27, the Asian Arts Initiative’s exhibitions, programs and cultural development take to the streets for the Asian Arts Initiative’s second year of the Pearl Street Block Party.

All afternoon, the 1200 block of Pearl Street is set to transform from a underutilized alleyway into an art-filled fest centered around two main events: a community furniture build and a community feast.

Venture to this up-and-coming microcosm of culture to participate in a free, all-day neighborhood art festival with interactive events and intriguing projects and exhibits from the Asian Arts Initiative and partners including The Barnes Foundation, Callowhill Neighborhood Association and Friends of the Railpark, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Check out an array of Social Practice Lab projects created by Asian Arts Initiative’s current and past artists-in-residence and look to an outdoor stage to host music, dance and other performances by the likes of DJ John Morrison, the Philadelphia Suns, the Philippine Folk Arts Society, Hip Hop Fundamentals and Community Bollywood Dance Project.

Inside, see the Asian Arts Initiative’s new exhibition Neighborhood Workshop, a group show of contemporary artists responding to each of their respective neighborhoods via multidisciplinary works.

After 5 p.m., the Block Party culminates in an invitation-only community feast. Advance registration is required; email here to register.

On a regular basis, the Asian Arts Initiative’s gallery is open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 6 p.m., and stays open until 8 p.m. on First Friday each month.

Come out this weekend to support this emerging hub of Philadelphia arts and culture.

2nd Annual Pearl Street Block Party
When: Block Party, Saturday, September 27, 1-5 p.m.
Where: Pearl Street between 12th and 13th streets; access via Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street
Cost: Free
More info: www.asianartsinitiative.org

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September 26, 2014

Weekend Picks: Closing Weekend Of Spruce Street Harbor Park, Shopping Market At Dilworth Park, Opera On The Mall, Campus Philly CollegeFest, Puerto Rican Day Parade, Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival And More

Dilworth Park

Celebrate the weekend at the new Dilworth Park as it hosts an alfresco shopping market on Friday and live music on Saturday. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

It’s the first official weekend of fall, and the weather forecast couldn’t be better.

Philly welcomes the season with blockbuster festivals, smaller neighborhood block parties, events at the new Dilworth Park and the final weekend of Spruce Street Harbor Park — the seriously, seriously awesome pop-up park, restaurant and beer garden on the waterfront.

Bid farewell to Spruce Street Harbor Park this weekend with a rocking free concert on Saturday night and fall-centric festivities to boot all weekend long. Think pumpkin decorating, a photo booth and all of the food and drink goodness that we’ve come to expect at Spruce Street.

Opera on the Mall returns to Independence Mall on Saturday evening with a free simulcast of the comedic opera The Barber of Seville performed by Opera Philadelphia. Plus, the weather report looks merely perfect for an alfresco night on the mall, a live simulcast and a picnic dinner. Registration is still available: Click here to secure your free spot on the lawn.

On Sunday, the Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival hits Main Street Manayunk with more than 40 food trucks, local shopping and a full-blown beer garden. Bring your appetite!

And again, the weather forecast is beyond perfect to take advantage of the push of alfresco happenings slated for the next few days. Take advantage!

Read on for our guide to this action-packed weekend.

Friday, September 26

Top Pick: Closing Weekend Festivities at Spruce Street Harbor Park (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: StylePop at Dilworth Park

Top Pick: Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Top Pick: The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents Season Begins (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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.

Phillies Homestand (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love and Gerlan Jeans ♥ Patrick Kelly at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Oktoberfest Happy Hour and Food Specials at Alla Spina

City 6 Ice Hockey Tournament at the Class of 1923 Arena (Fri, Sat, Sun)

King Lear at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Fri, Sat)

Final-ly Friday in Mt. Airy

Four Seasons Food Truck in Philadelphia (Fri, Sat)

Ommegang Raw at Pennsylvania 6

Costumes Of Downton Abbey at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Free Will Tap Takeover at Devil’s Den

Treasures of the Athenaeum: 200 Years of Collecting at The Athenaeum of Philadelphia (Fri, Sat)

September Twilight in the Gardens at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

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

Prince Language at Morgan’s Pier

Kazumi Tanaka: Mother and Child Reunion at the Fabric Workshop and Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park closes with a bang this weekend — a free concert, pumpkin carving, a photo booth, food, drinks and games to boot. (Photo by Matt Stanley for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)

Saturday, September 27

Top Pick: Campus Philly CollegeFest

Top Pick: Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live — Free Admission to 16 Museums

Top Pick: Opera on the Mall at Independence Mall

Top Pick: Free Yoga at Race Street Pier (Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: The Great 12-Hour Tour

David Lynch: The Unified Field at PAFA (Fri, Sat, Sun)

PHAIR Open-Air Market at Headhouse Shambles

Pour The Core: Hard Cider Festival at The Navy Yard

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September 26, 2014

Awesome Event Alert: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Coming To PPL Park In October, Chance To See The U.S. Women’s National Team Play To Qualify For The 2015 World Cup

PPl Park in Chester PA

PPL Park is hosting the Championship Round of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship October 24-26, which means Philly fans should have the opportunity to watch the #1-ranked U.S. Women’s National Team play to qualify for the 2015 World Cup.
(Photo courtesy Philadelphia Union)

This is pretty awesome: the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship is going to be held at PPL Park on October 24 and 26. What’s the CONCAFAF Championship, you ask? It’s the tournament that determines who CONCACAF is sending to the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

CONCACAF, in case you’re curious, is one of six continental confederations associated with FIFA that send teams to the World Cup. CONCAFAF represents North America, Central America and the Caribbean – it has 41 member countries.

The United States is one of those members. And the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) is the #1 team in the world according to FIFA rankings.

The CONCACAF Championship features eight teams and takes place over the course of two weeks – October 15-26 – in four U.S. cities. The group stages take place in Kansas City, Chicago and Washington, D.C., while the semi-finals and finals are to be held here in Philadelphia.

The tournament’s top three teams receive an automatic bid to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada next summer. (The fourth-place team enters a playoff with a team from South America for the final World Cup slot.)

This is the first time PPL Park has ever hosted World Cup Qualifying; it’s the first time the United States has hosted World Cup Qualifying since 2006.

Two Doubleheaders at PPL Park

It’s pretty awesome that the Championship Round is at PPL Park. That means, in theory, Philly fans are going to have the chance to watch the #1-ranked USWNT play twice in the span of two days.* (Disclaimer: As of publishing, there’s no guarantee that the USWNT makes it to the semifinals at PPL Park. However, it would be a huge upset if they didn’t. See below.)

PPL Park is hosting two doubleheaders for the championship. The first doubleheader is Friday, October 24 and will feature the two semifinal matches, the first at 4:30 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m.. One ticket gets you a seat to both games. The U.S. would play in the second game if they advance.

The second doubleheader is on Sunday and will feature the 3rd Place game at 3 p.m. and the Championship at 6 p.m. Again, one ticket gets you a seat to both games on Sunday.

Tickets prices for both games are very reasonable with endline seats going for $32 and sideline seats going for $50. See complete seat-pricing chart below. Tickets are on sale and available online.

How The USWNT Advances To The Championship Round At PPL Park

As stated above, there’s no guarantee that the USWNT plays at PPL Park as of today. They have to advance out of the group stage of the CONCACAF Tournament, October 15-21, and we may not know who advances out of the group stage until the last group stage games are played in Washington, D.C. on October 21.

However, as previously mentioned, the USWNT is the #1-ranked team in the world. They have been destroying opponents of late. (For example, on September 13, they beat Mexico 8-0.)

They are a combined 12-0-0 all time against their three group opponents – Trinidad & Tobago, Guatemala and Haiti. In their last two matches against Guatemala, the U.S. won 9-0 (2010) and 13-0 (2012). In their last match against Haiti in 2010, the U.S. won 5-0. The U.S. hasn’t played Trinidad & Tobago since 2004, when the U.S. won 7-0.

So yes, the U.S. is a heavy favorite to advance out of group play to play in the Championship Round at PPL Park. Which is awesome, because it should mean Philadelphia fans gets the chance to watch the #1-ranked USWNT and stars Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd et al. play twice in the span of two days.

Which would make for a very solid weekend of soccer in Philadelphia. See you out there.

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
When: Friday, October 24 & Sunday, October 26
Where: PPL Park, Chester, PA
Cost: Ticket Prices Vary, start at $32
More info: www.ussoccer.com
Tickets here: www.philadelphiaunion.com

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September 26, 2014

The Last Concert Of University City District’s 40th Street Summer Series Brings Out Philadelphia Favorite Man Man This Saturday, September 27

University City District, University of Pennsylvania and The Rotunda team up one final time this weekend to present the last concert of the 40th Street Summer Series, a free annual outdoor concert series. (Photo courtesy University City District)

This past summer, University City District kept the neighborhood rocking with its once-a-month outdoor concerts, the 40th Street Summer Series, a free family-friendly outdoor concert series.

This Saturday, September 27, it’s officially time to send off summer with the final concert of the summertime run featuring none other than Philadelphia rockers Man Man.

Kicking off at 6 p.m., free family-friendly entertainment warms up the crowd with a pre-concert performance.

The music gets started with Needle Driver, a New York-based rock trio, before Philadelphia’s own Man Man takes the stage with its always-dynamic multi-instrumental style.

Be on the look out for complimentary (first come, first served) Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and pretzels to be handed out during the performance, too.

The concert takes place on the green behind the Walnut Street Free Library at 40th and Walnut streets, begins at 6 p.m. and is totally free.

Don’t miss this chance to bid adieu to summer with a bash.

2014 40th Street Summer Series
When: Saturdays, September 27, 6 p.m.
Where: 40th and Walnut streets
Cost: Free
More info: www.universitycity.org

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September 26, 2014

Roundup: Fall Festivals In Philadelphia 2014 — Our Updated Guide To The More Than 50 Fall Festivals Hitting Philly In The Coming Weeks

Midtown Village Fall Festival

The festival of fall have arrived! From Rittenhouse and Old City to Chestnut Hill and Peddler’s Village celebrations of autumn’s bounty, beer, food trucks and more fill the area. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

As the weather cools, the city heats up with fall festivals — seasonal celebrations, beer fetes, food truck corrals, major outdoor craft festivals, neighborhood block parties, a bacon festival and even more.

Every single weekend between now and mid-November is chock-full of festivals in all parts of the city and countryside, too.

At the beginning of the month, we shared our update on our summer festival coverage with a late-summer and early-fall festival roundup, but now that summer is completely over (sigh), we’ve update our list with a full-blown, comprehensive fall festival roundup.

And it’s going to be a phenomenal fall.

Fill your fall weekends with festivals galore, and plan out the fun now with our guide to the more than 50 fun-filled fall festivals coming your way.

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

Through November 2. Bring the kids to Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards for a display of more than 100 tons of pumpkins, live music, hayrides, scarecrows, a corn maze and much more. MORE INFO

Terror Behind the Walls

Through November 8. Halloween scares start early at historic Eastern State Penitentiary — a gothic, castle-like structure in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood — Terror Behind the Walls, is one of the nation’s top-rated and largest haunted attractions with six frightening experiences and new up-close-and-personal frights. MORE INFO

Closing Weekend of Spruce Street Harbor Park

September 26-28. Spruce Street Harbor Park is going out with a bang. The park officially closes on Sunday, September 28, and on closing weekend, the Delaware River Waterfront Corp has set up awesome weekend-long celebration as a thank-you to all of its visitors throughout 2014. Look forward to music, games and chances to win Spruce Street Harbor Park prizes, plus a free concert on Saturday night from 7 to 10 p.m. from local musicians Bardo Pond, Spacin’, and Needle Points. MORE INFO

Campus Philly CollegeFest

Saturday, September 27. College students return to Philly in grand fashion during Campus Philly CollegeFest on Saturday, September 27. Students will enjoy live music, opportunities to sign up to volunteer with local organizations, giveaways and free admission to a number of the city’s great museums. MORE INFO

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park closes this weekend, September 26-28, but not before putting on a festival complete with live music, games, food, drinks and more. (Photo by Matt Stanley courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)

Pour the Core Hard Cider Festival

Saturday, September 27. Hard cider has its day at The Navy Yard during the second-annual Pour the Core Hard Cider Festival on Saturday, September 27. Sip samples of hard ciders from across the country — enjoy sips from Woodchuck, Crispin, Stella Artois, Strongbow and more. Tickets are required for all of the cider-fueled fun. General admission tickets are $40 and tickets for designated drivers are $10. Tickets are available online. MORE INFO

Sly Fox Can Jam

Saturday, September 27. Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown celebrates beer and music at its annual Can Jam, an all-day celebration of canned craft beer. Groove to live music while hanging out at the countryside brewery. MORE INFO

Brandywine Valley Wine Trail’s Annual Harvest Festival

September 27-28 and October 4-5. As summer turns to fall, it’s harvest time at the region’s wineries. Five wineries from the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail invite the public to participate in the annual rite of the harvest over two consecutive weekends of tastings, concerts, picnics, hayrides, grape stomping, vineyard tours and art exhibits. MORE INFO

New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival

September 27-28. Browse works from more than 200 artists during the 21st New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival. The free, outdoor festival at New Hope-Solebury High School features paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, photography and more. MORE INFO

Festivals like Bloktoberfest and the Midtown Village Fall Festival promise a solid lineup of free live music all day long. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Festivals like Bloktoberfest and the Midtown Village Fall Festival promise a solid lineup of free live music all day long. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Downingtown FallFest

Sunday, September 28. The fifth-annual Downingtown FallFest welcomes more than 5,000 guests for a day filled with festive events, including live music, food vendors, craft activities and displays from local businesses. The festival is presented by Victory Brewing Company, so expect a stellar beer garden with delicious brews and bites. MORE INFO

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September 26, 2014

Philly’s Inaugural Bikes & Beers Ride Merges Two Of The City’s Favorite Pastimes, This Sunday, September 28

Bikes and Beers Philadelphia

With successful events already rolling in great beer towns like San Diego and Denver, Bikes & Beers launches in Philadelphia this Sunday, September 28. (Image courtesy Bikes & Beers)

Like to bike? Like to drink beer? Like to hang out with friends while you bike and drink beer? If so, then Philly’s first Bikes & Beers ride is for you!

This casual 14-mile bike ride begins along the banks of the Delaware River at Yards Brewing, where riders will head out in shifts every half-hour from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

First, the groups will head to Rembrandt’s in the Art Museum area to taste “Off the Chain”, a specialty cyclist beer from Deschutes Brewing Company.

Next, it’s off to Dock Street Brewery and McGillin’s Ale House before circling back to Yards to enjoy a pint outdoors with your fellow cyclists.

Be sure to bring your helmet. A limited number of bikes will be available to rent on site.

Time slots are filling up quickly, so register online as soon as you can. All participants will receive an event t-shirt, discount coupons for sponsoring businesses and a raffle ticket where prizes like new bikes, jerseys and gift baskets will be up for grabs.

Entry costs $45 per person. A percentage of the proceeds for this event will benefit the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia.

Cyclists of all skill levels are welcome. Just be sure to bike responsibly.

Bikes and Beers Philadelphia
When: Sunday, September 28, Starting times at 9:30, 10: 10:30 and 11 a.m.
Where: Starts and ends at Yards Brewing, 901 N. Delaware Avenue
Cost: $45 per person
More info: www.bikesandbeers.org

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September 25, 2014

Tonight Picks: Dinner At New Restaurants, Happy Hour At Abe Fisher, Grilled Cheese Happy Hour At Di Bruno Bros., Main Line Restaurant Week And More

Abe Fisher

Rainy evenings are perfect for taking advantage of happy hours, dinner deals or trying out a new restaurant, including Abe Fisher, pictured above. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

There’s no better time to take advantage of Philadelphia’s great restaurants, happy hours, theater and special dinner promotions (Main Line Restaurant Week!) than on a rainy evening.

For easy dinner planning, the city is home to a slew of fantastic new restaurants. Check out our guide to the top restaurant openings.

Di Bruno Bros. adds a twist to its free beer and cheese happy hour tonight by serving up artisanal grilled cheese paired with hard cider. Talk about a comfort meal!

Our top picks for tonight, below. Note that Dilworth Park’s alfresco programming is canceled for the evening — the alfresco shopping market will happen tomorrow instead.

New Restaurants

Spend this cloudy Wednesday dining at one of Philly’s fantastic new restaurants. From French fare to a grab-and-go hummus spot, there’s something for everyone. Our picks? La Peg, Abe Fisher, Bardot and so much more. Check out our full guide. Dinner plans, check!

When: Thursday, September 25
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: Pay as you go

Happy Hour at Abe Fisher

Abe Fisher recently debuted a brand-new daily happy hour from 5 to 6 p.m. Enjoy $7 wine, cocktails and small plates at the bar. Take up the opportunity to try one of the city’s most anticipated new restaurants on the cheap.

When: Thursday, September 25, 5-6 p.m.
Where: Abe Fisher, 1623 Sansom Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Free Grilled Cheese and Cider Happy Hour At Di Bruno Bros.

Warm up on this rainy evening with artisan grilled cheese and hard cider at Di Bruno Bro.’s free Thursday happy hour. Sip three ciders from Woodchuck each paired with a different grilled cheese — three cheese focaccia, French onion brisket and cheddar and chutney. The happy hour runs from 5 to 7 p.m.

When: Thursday, September 25, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Di Bruno Bros. Franklin Market, 9th and Sansom Streets
Cost: Free

Main Line Restaurant Week

Looking for a dinner idea? Hit up Main Line Restaurant Week, which brings dinner deals — ranging from $10 to $50 — to more than 20 restaurants in the Main Line and Western suburbs of Philadelphia.

When: Thursday, September 25
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: $10-$50; Plus tax and gratuity

La Bête at the Arden Theatre Company

Add some comedy to your day with La Bête, an uproarious comedy written entirely in rhymed iambic pentameter that opens the Arden Theatre Company’s new season. It tells the tale of an acting troupe that finds itself in a quandary when forced to take on a street performer. Tickets start at $36 and are available online.

When: Thursday, September 25, 8 p.m.
Where: Arden Theater Company, 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost: $36-$50

Red Bull Canvas Cooler

Starting tonight, the Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project lands in Philadelphia for the first time. Filling the gallery space at Arch Enemy Arts, the exhibition promises innovative works from local artists — each artist was tasked with turning a Red Bull cooler into a work of art. The opening, which runs from 8 to 11 p.m. this evening, is free and open to the public. RSVP is required, though. Click here to register.

When: Thursday, September 25, 8-11 p.m.
Where: Arch Enemy Arts, 109-111 Arch Street
Cost: Free

Develop Your Wine IQ at Pinot Boutique

Learn all about wine at Pinot Boutique’s Wine IQ class. From 7 to 8 p.m., learn about wine storage and serving in addition to the differences between full body and light body wines and how different acids impact your favorite wines. Tickets are $25 per person.

When: Thursday, September 25, 7-8 p.m.
Where: Pinot Boutique, 227 Market Street
Cost: $25

King Lear at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

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. The nationally-touring show is staged by London-based Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company and stars Joseph Marcell — who is best-known being the butler Geoffrey on the hit series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air — as Lear. Tickets are available online.

When: Thursday, September 25, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost: $20-$65

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September 25, 2014

The First-Ever City 6 Ice Hockey Tournament Brings Ice Hockey Teams From Across The City Together For Three Days Of Games, September 26-28

City 6 Series

From September 26 through 28, the City 6 Series Ice Hockey Tournament brings together six of the city’s ice hockey teams for series of games. (Image courtesy City 6 Series)

This weekend, September 26 through 28, Drexel University’s men’s ice hockey team will present the inaugural City 6 Ice Hockey Tournament at the Class of 1923 Arena at the University of Pennsylvania.

Six of the area’s major college ice hockey teams — Drexel, UPenn, Temple, La Salle, St. Joe’s and Villanova — will battle it out on the ice in hopes of being crowned winner.

The tournament kicks off tomorrow, September 26 with a game between Temple and La Salle at 6 p.m. St. Joes and Villanova then take to the ice at 9 p.m. for the final game of the night.

For the full game schedule, click here.

Across the street from the rink, St. Declan’s Well, a local bar and restaurant, is set to celebrate the tournament with food, drinks and live music.

Beyond fun on the ice, guests can also look forward to bites from Spot Burger, hockey-centric games and the chance to meet Flyers alumni.

Access to the games is completely free for students with valid ID, and $5 per day for adults.

City 6 Ice Hockey Tournament
When: September 26-28
Where: Class of 1923 Arena, 3130 Walnut Street
Cost: Free for Students, $5 for Adults
More info: www.drexelicehockey.com

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September 25, 2014

Harry Potter Festival Returns To Chestnut Hill October 17-18 To Transform The Neighborhood Into A Magical World With A Harry Potter Pub Crawl, Film Screening, Quidditch Tournament And Much More

Harry Potter Festival Weekend

Save the date! The Harry Potter Festival transforms Chestnut Hill into a magical world on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18. (Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill Business Association)

Calling all wizards, muggles and literature lovers: Chestnut Hill’s Harry Potter Festival Weekend returns this October.

The annual blockbuster Harry Potter Festival takes over the charming town of Chestnut Hill on Friday, October 17, and Saturday, October 18, for two days of spellbinding events that magically morph the neighborhood into the much-loved fictional world created by author J.K. Rowling.

Coinciding with two major Chestnut Hill College happenings, the weekend welcomes both the second annual Harry Potter academic conference on Friday, October 17, and the fourth annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Quidditch Cup Tournament on Saturday, October 18.

Enjoy an enchanting weekend of wizards, potions, spells, scavenger hunts, falconry, wizard chess, parades and more.

Harry Potter Conference, Pub Crawl & Friday Events

On Friday, the weekend begins with the official Harry Potter Conference with presentations that are free and open to the public from 3 to 5 p.m.

After the literary events, starting at 7 p.m., pop in and out of pubs on a Chestnut Hill Pub Crawl. Tickets for the pub crawl go on sale Wednesday, October 1, and we suggest scooping up passes quickly since the crawl has sold out in past years.

Plus, fans can catch a film screening of Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone at Teenagers. Inc. Center or a live concert by Harry and the Potters at Chestnut Hill College.

Harry Potter Festival Weekend

Harry Potter Festival Weekend consists of tons of events hosted by both the town of Chestnut Hill and Chestnut Hill College. It’s going to be an epic event! (Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill Business Association)

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September 25, 2014

Festival Alert: The Midtown Village Fall Festival Arrives On 13th Street Saturday, October 4 With Seven Blocks Of Food, Shopping, Live Music, A Beer Garden And More

Midtown Village Fall Festival in Philadelphia

The Midtown Village Fall Festival returns this October with a massive street fair filled with food, drinks, vendors, sumo wrestling, a beer garden and more. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

This fall, the streets, parks and public spaces of Philadelphia host dozens and dozens of fall festivals, but few match the all-out revelry of the Midtown Village Fall Festival.

Returning for its ninth year of Midtown merrymaking on Saturday, October 4 from noon to 8 p.m., the fest welcomes tens of thousands to live it up during eight hours of outdoor fun on a seven-block footprint.

This year, the festival takes over the neighborhood, blocking off Chestnut Street from Broad to 12th Street, Sansom Street from Broad to 12th Street, and 13th Street from Locust to Chestnut.

All afternoon long, more than 100 vendors in all — including more than 20 bars and restaurants and 40 crafters and retailers — will line the sidewalks to peddle excellent eats and all manner of goods.

Plus, don’t miss hanging out in the pop-up beer garden or checking out the dunk tanks, DJs, Sumo wrestling and live tunes on the two stages bookending Chestnut Street.

The biggest draw to the Midtown festival, though, might be the dining. Sample food from all your favorite Midtown Village restaurants — Barbuzzo, Jamonera, Zavino, El Vez, Sampan, the list goes on.

This is one festival you definitely don’t want to miss. Check back for more details as the festival approaches.

Midtown Village Fall Festival 2014
When: Saturday, October 4, noon-8 p.m.
Where: Chestnut Street from Broad to 12th Street, Sansom Street from Broad to 12th Street, and 13th Street from Locust to Chestnut
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.midtownvillage.org

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