Tonight Picks: Papal Excitement-Building Events, Free Yoga At Race Street Pier, Manayunk Restaurant Week, Spruce Street Harbor Park And RiverRink Summerfest And More

Yes, Philadelphia, the pope is on his way to town.

Today, on the first day of autumn, papal visit excitement continues to grow with the development of the stage on the parkway, Pope Francis’ first public appearance at the White House and the activity of World Meeting of Families.

Come Saturday, the Holy See will begin his weekend in Philadelphia, but there are tons of activities folks in Philadelphia can take advantage of already to celebrate the once-in-a-generation event.

Tonight, check out the World Meeting of Families Film Festival, the new AMOR sculpture during pay-what-you-wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the three different light shows around town or the pope-inspired show on the huge screen at the Comcast Center.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

World Meeting of Families Film Festival

What: A selection of 13 Philadelphia-centric and family-friendly films have been curated by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and the World Meeting of Families to be screened during the four-day festival.
When: Wednesday, September 23
Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets; Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children

Illumination of the Basilica Dome

What: The huge dome of the Basilica of Saint Peter and Paul on the parkway will be lit nightly with changing imagery as part of the interactive installation revolving around Pope Francis’ favorite devotions, Mary, Undoer of Knots.
When: Nightly through September 27
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

What: Tonight, pay reduced admission to explore the Philadelphia Museum of Art — and see the new AMOR sculpture — for pay-what-you-wish Wednesday.
When: Wednesday, September 23, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay what you wish

Spruce Street Harbor Park and RiverRink Summerfest

What: It’s the final week for Spruce Street Harbor Park and RiverRink Summerfest, make plans to check out the two waterfront attractions before their seasons end.
When: Wednesday, September 23
Where: RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard; Spruce Street Harbor Park, 401 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go

More events, below.

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

What: From 6 to 7 p.m., enjoy the late-summer sun as Race Street Pier hosts free yoga. Don’t forget to bring your own mat.
When: Wednesday, September 23, 6-7 p.m.
Where: Columbus Boulevard and Race Street
Cost: Free

PECO Crown Lights Show

What: In honor of the papal visit, the crown lights of the PECO building will be illuminated with a special five-minute show featuring video and animation of iconic images from across the region.
When: Wednesday, September 23, show visible at the top of each hour, 5 p.m.-9 a.m.
Where: 2301 Market Street
Cost: Free

Lit Brothers Building Illumination

What: Just in time for Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia, the Lit Brothers Building at 7th and Market streets unveiled a digital light display.
When: Nightly at dusk
Where: Market Street between 7th and 8th streets
Cost: Free

Manayunk Restaurant Week

What: Dinner deals reign in Manayunk as Restaurant Week continues at more than 15 restaurants like Couch Tomato Cafe, Taqueria Feliz and Manayunk Brewing Company.
When: Wednesday, September 23
Where: Participating restaurants
Cost: $15, $25 or $35 plus tax and tip

Eternally Rome at The Comcast Center

What: Nightly through September 27, Eternally Rome, a unique-to-Philadelphia high-tech show will be screened on the world’s largest four-mm LED video displays at the Comcast Center in honor of the papal visit.
When: Wednesday, September 23, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., at the top of every hour; No shows on weekdays at 5 p.m.
Where: The Comcast Center lobby, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Cost: Free



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