Tonight Picks, Indian Summer Edition: Get Outside And Enjoy The Awesome Weather – PHS Pop-Up Garden, Alfresco Dining, Farmers’ Markets, Evening Strolls, Free Orchestra Concert And More

Awesome weather alert: it’s GORGEOUS outside. It’s October 2nd and it’s 80 degrees and sunny. All the benefits of summer without the humidity? Yes, please.

So take advantage tonight by getting outside. The amazing PHS Pop-Up Garden (above) is closing for good next Friday (why?!?), so tonight is a great opportunity to visit the pop-up beer garden and hang out with friends before it disappears all too soon.

There are countless other outdoor options for alfresco dining around the city, including American Sardine Bar, Frankford Hall, the Piazza, City Tap House, Talula’s Garden, and basically all of East Passyunk and Rittenhouse Square.

Or just get out for an early evening stroll to a neighborhood farmers’ market or neighborhood park and enjoy the city: Schuylkill Banks, Race Street Pier, Penn Treaty, Clark Park, Kelly Drive, etc.

And, of course, we also have suggestions for a few Wednesday evening programs. First, an phenomenal event was just announced — a free Philadelphia Orchestra concert at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. That’s right, free.

Also, the Penn Museum kicks-off a new voyage-themed lecture series (think the discovery of the Titanic and stories of legendary explorers) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers medieval collection tours, yoga and art films at its weekly pay-what-you-wish Wednesday event. Opera Philadelphia also continues its run of the classic Italian opera, Nabucco at the Academy of Music.

So yeah, the calendar may read October, but we’re getting a strong Indian summer vibe today in Philadelphia. And we like it.

See below for our full picks and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for even more ideas.

Dine Alfresco: This weather is a serious treat for early-October. Take full advantage of the summer-like temperatures with an outdoor meal at one of the more than 100 restaurants promising outdoor seating for diners. Consult our guides to sidewalk seating, patio seating, rooftop bars and beer gardens for scores of dinner options this evening.

When: Wednesday, October 2
Where: Participating restaurants
Cost: Pay as you go

Farmers’ Markets and Outdoor Strolls: Numerous sites around the city — from the Schuylkill River to Northwest Philadelphia — answer any mid-week grocery shopping woes by welcoming local farms and artisan producers in for evening farmers’ markets. Tonight, head to the Fountain Farmers’ Market in East Passyunk which sets up shop from 2 to 6 p.m. or head to Schuylkill River Park for its evening farmers’ market from 3 to 7 p.m. But that’s not all, click here for our guide to fall’s farmers’ markets and click here for the Food Trust’s list of tonight’s markets. While you’re out there, take advantage of the Indian Summer by strolling along some of Philadelphia’s most bustling downtown streets and riverside parks. Fancy a stroll minus a farmers’ market stop? Race Street Pier and Kelly Drive are always solid options on sunny days.

When: Wednesday, October 2
Where: Participating locations
Cost: Pay as you go

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free Pop-Up Concert at the Kimmel Center: Get excited, the Philadelphia Orchestra will perform a totally free, unscheduled pop-up concert at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts tonight! The orchestra was scheduled to perform during the opening night celebrations at Carnegie Hall in New York tonight, but due to a strike by its stagehands, Carnegie Hall’s opening night was cancelled. The cancellation worked in our favor, though. The orchestra will perform a casual (yet meticulously rehearsed) performance at 6:30 p.m. in Verizon Hall. Orchestra members will be dressed in casual attire and guests are encouraged to dress down, too. Doors open at 6 p.m. and registration is not required. Pre-show activities begin in Commonwealth Plaza at 5:30 p.m.

When: Wednesday, October 2, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets
Cost: Free

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Explore the main building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art after-hours at a major discount at the PMA’s weekly pay-what-you-wish Wednesday. A number of special events take the spotlight this evening. Learn about the stories and meanings behind the museum’s medieval collection on the Hidden History tour, participate in a yoga class in on Great Stair Hall’s balcony, attend a contemporary art lecture and more. The galleries in the main building remain open until 8:45 p.m. this evening.

When: Wednesday, October 2, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay-what-you-wish

Even more picks for tonight, below.

Great Voyages: Travels, Triumphs, and Tragedies Lecture Series at the Penn Museum: Beginning tonight, the Penn Museum welcomes a new lectures series, Great Voyages: Travels, Triumphs, and Tragedies based on major voyages drawn from thousands of years of human history. Each month, the series is led by a different member of the educational community and covers a different major voyage. Hear lectures on subjects like discovering the sunken Titanic, the story of Gilgamesh and Magellan’s circumnavigation of the earth. Tonight at 6 p.m., head out to the Penn Museum for a lecture entitled The Voyages of the Chinese Explorer Zheng He that explores Zheng He’s voyages around Africa, India, Southeast Asia and his leading role in the maritime expeditions of the Ming Dynasty. Tickets are available online and at the door, based on availability.

When: Wednesday, October 1, 6 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost: $5 for general public, $2 Penn Museum members, $10 at the door, free for students

Opera Philadelphia presents Nabucco: Opera Philadelphia’s season opener, Nabucco, continues to fill the stage at the Academy of Music. Tonight, head out for a 7:30 p.m. performance of the iconic Italian opera. Opera Philadelphia’s take on the show is a little different than the classic story of Zaccaria and the Jews, King Nebuchadnezzer and his vengeful daughter Abigaille. Academy of Music guests are treated to a show where 19th-century opera-goers join the modern-day audience for an opera within an opera.

When: Wednesday, October 2, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost: $10-$232

Drink N’ Draw at 3rd Ward Philadelphia: Unleash your creativity at the weekly Drink N’ Draw event at 3rd Ward Philadelphia. Bring your own drawing supplies and 3rd Ward provides the rest — beer, cocktails from Spodee and the model. Tonight’s event begins at 8 p.m. and admission is $10 per person.

When: Wednesday, October 2, 8-10:30 p.m.
Where: 3rd Ward Philadelphia, 1227 N. 4th Street
Cost: $10

Flyers’ Season Opener: It’s officially hockey season, folks. Head to Xfinity Live to cheer on the Philadelphia Flyers as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., watch the game on a 32-foot television with a drink from one of Xfinity’s numerous bars in hand. Prior to the game, enjoy live music on an outdoor concert stage beginning at 5:30 p.m.

When: Wednesday, October 2, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Xfinity Live, 1100 Pattison Avenue
Cost: Free

Roaring ’20s Casino Night at Eastern State Penitentiary: Play casino games and drink to a good cause as Eastern State Penitentiary hosts a fundraiser for New Leash on Life, a non-profit group that saves shelter dogs and improves the lives of inmates by employing inmates to train the dogs so they are more desirable for adoption. The prohibition-themed party raises funds for the organization’s efforts. Tickets get you beverages from an open bar, appetizers, a variety of casino games, a puppy kissing booth, a tour of the grounds and much more. Tickets are available online.

When: Wednesday, October 2, 6-9:30 p.m.
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost: $75 and up

Jill Lepore at the Free Library of Philadelphia: Renowned author, Harvard University professor and New Yorker staff writer, Jill Lepore, speaks to audiences at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch this evening at 7:30 p.m. Her award-winning books largely explore violence, historical absences and language.

When: Wednesday, October 1, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Free Library of Philadelphia Central Branch, 1901 Vine Street
Cost: $15 general admission, $7 students


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