Weekend Picks: Enjoy The Sunny Skies At The Mexican Independence Day Festival, Rally For Rail Park Block Party, Oktoberfest Events And More

Blue skies and temps in the 70s are on the horizon for this weekend. And lucky for us, alfresco fall festivals are continuing to roll in and beer-centric Oktoberfest celebrations are starting at a number bars throughout the city. (Photo by J. Fusco for GPTMC)

Okay, Philadelphia, it’s the final full weekend of summer, and time to soak in the sunshine. The forecast promises practically perfect late-summer weather, too, complete with sunny skies and temps in the low-to-mid 70s.

Head outside to a bunch of festivals happening in the city and countryside.

The Delaware River Waterfront presents the last event in the PECO Multicultural Series of summer festivals — the Mexican Independence Day Festival on Sunday at Penn’s Landing. Also on the waterfront, Morgan’s Pier toasts to all things pumpkin with its Pumpkin Week celebration.

Plus, just over a week remains of the popular Fringe Festival which has brought hundreds of avant-garde performances to theaters and performance spaces across the city. Be sure to check it out before it’s over.

And this Sunday marks day one of the hotly anticipated Center City Restaurant Week… try to snag an outdoor table.

Our top picks for this weekend, below.

Friday, September 13

Top Pick: Our Guide to the Fringe Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Awesome Fest’s Outdoor Overnight Horror Film Festival (Fri, Sat)

Top Pick: Free Screening of Weekend at Bernie’s at International House Philadelphia

Friday Night at The Barnes Foundation

Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Flyers Fan Fest and Training Camp (Fri, Sat)

Pumpkin Week at Morgan’s Pier (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Jennifer Bartlett: History Of The Universe At The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Ballad of Joe Hill at Eastern State Penitentiary (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Back to the 80’s Show with Jessie’s Girl at World Cafe Live

Six Feet (Above and) Under: A Graveyard Cabaret at Laurel Hill Cemetery (Fri, Sat)

The Devon Fall Classic and Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Free Screening of 5 Broken Windows at Clark Park

Health and Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (Fri, Sat)

LEO at Arts Bank at The University of the Arts (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Serpentine at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University (Fri, Sat, Sun)

This is Not a Theater at the Plays and Players Theatre (Fri, Sat)

Saturday, September 14

Top Pick: Rally for The Rail Park Block Party

Top Pick: Fireworks and Fountains at Longwood Gardens

Top Pick: Shady Brook Farms PumpkinFest (Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Second Saturday in Port Richmond

Top Pick: First Day of Oktoberfest Week at Frankford Hall (Sat, Sun)

The 5th Annual Pils Picnic at Johnny Brenda’s

Lehigh Avenue Arts Festival

Schuylkill Soiree 2013

The Malcolm X Steles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Sat, Sun)

American Dreaming Pop-Up Mall

Life and Times: Episodes 1–5 at the Wilma Theater (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Philadelphia Flea Market at Jefferson Square Park

Free Screening of High Noon at Clark Park

PHAIR Open-Air Market

Clark Park Farmers’ Market

Pittsburgh Art Car at The Sculpture Gym

Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party at The Piazza

Where (we) Live at the Painted Bride Art Center (Fri, Sat)

More picks for the weekend, below.

Music at the Market Featuring the Avalare Strings

The National Poster Retrospecticus in Philly at the Masthead Print Studio

Champagne in the Park at Penn Treaty Park

Spanish/Kaqchikel-Maya Contact: A Focus on Youth Lecture at the Penn Museum

Up and Over the Ben Franklin Bridge Architectural Walking Tour

Philadelphia’s Gayborhood Walking Tour

McGillin’s Oktoberfest (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Through the Looking Lens and Drawing Room at the American Philosophical Society Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Sunday, September 15

Top Pick: Mexican Independence Day Festival

Top Pick: Center City Restaurant Week

Top Pick: Eagles Home Opener and Free Broad Street Line Subway Rides To and From Lincoln Financial Field

Top Pick: Global Philly 2013

Top Pick: Brooklyn Flea Philly

Top Pick: Fall Opening of Clover Market

Top Pick: The Philadelphia United Jazz Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon

Philly Swap Party at the Hotel Monaco

Pizza Week at Pizzeria Stella

The Way of Chopsticks at the Philadelphia Art Alliance (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Glow: Living Lights at the Academy of Natural Science (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Sundae at Morgan’s Pier

In The Heights at the Walnut Street Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall at The Barnes Foundation (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats at the National Museum of American Jewish History (Fri, Sat, Sun)

CandyCoated Wonderland at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Local Artist Workshop Series at The Clay Studio

Headhouse Farmers’ Market

Spy: The Secret World of Espionage at The Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Matt & by Philly Improv Theater at the Adrienne Theater (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Free Sunday Mornings at the Brandywine River Museum


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