Long Weekend Picks, Columbus Day Edition: RiverCity Festival In Fishtown, Philly Photo Day, Old City Fest, OutFest In The Gayborhood And More

Old City Fest
With its cobblestone streets and wealth of great businesses, Old City is a great neighborhood for festivals, and this weekend, Old City Fest hits the area on Sunday. (Photo courtesy Old City District)

The long weekend is full of festivals, art events, exhibitions and much more in Philadelphia.

A number of popular fall festivals hit the city this weekend including the RiverCity Festival in Fishtown on Saturday, Old City Fest on Sunday and OutFest (which returns for its 25th year!) on Sunday.

In celebration of the city’s art scene, multi-day festivals DesignPhiladelphia and the Philadelphia Collection continue with everything from block parties and special installations to fashion shows and shopping parties.

Read on for our guide to this long weekend in Philadelphia.

Friday, October 9

Top Pick: PA Guild Fine Craft Fair at Rittenhouse Square (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Free Admission to PAFA

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

Top Pick: Philly Photo Day

Art Market at Tyler School of Art at Temple

Fall Fashion Happy Hour at Scarlett Alley

We Can Pop Up Beer Can Garden at The Trestle Inn (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Shop Sixty Five Grand Opening Party

Live Performances at Pearl Street Street Passage

Pennsylvania Ballet Barcelona on Broad Gala

Inis Nua Theatre Presents Hooked at Fergie’s Pub (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Immortal Beauty at Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Second Nature at the Philadelphia Zoo (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

The Philly Pops Present Sinatra Weekend at the Kimmel Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly at ANSP (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Slider Week at The Fat Ham (Fri, Sat)

Thirst For Design at MIO Culture

Penn Treaty Park
Penn Treaty Park celebrates fall with with its annual RiverCity Festival, which features food, beer, music and more.
(Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Saturday, October 10

Top Pick: RiverCity Festival in Fishtown

Top Pick: The Philadelphia Collection (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Top Beer Gardens To Visit This Fall

Top Pick: Memphis Taproom Thirstoberfest

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

Top Pick: Franklin Flea at Headhouse Plaza

Ardmore Oktoberfest

Temple vs. Tulane at Lincoln Financial Field

Pearl Street Block Party

More events, below.

Nightscape at Longwood Gardens (Fri, Sat)

Great Pumpkin Beer Fest at The Institute

Passyunk Avenue Music and Arts Festival at the Mifflin Square Triangle


The Wrath of the Gods at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

POPtoberfest at the Point Breeze Pop Up

American Revolutions — How Spain and Her Colonies Saved the United States (Sat, Sun)

Philadelphia Archaeological Forum Presents Explore Philly’s Buried Past

Panorama: Image-Based Art in the 21st Century

The Hot Spots and Storied Plots at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Rittenhouse Row Fall Fashion Crawl

Koresh Dance Company Presents In The Studio

Memphis Taproom
Memphis Taproom closes its beer garden this Saturday with its annual Thirstoberfest festival. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, October 11

Top Pick: Old City Fest

Top Pick: Outfest

Top Pick: Traction Company at PAFA (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

Top Pick: Free Admission to PAFA

Top Pick: Pearl Street Passage (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

Mural Arts’ Open Source

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier (Sat, Sun)

Exchange at CraneArts

Speaking out for Equality at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field

Genghis Khan: Bring The Legend To Life at The Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Steffi Coupette at Carre D’artistes (Sat, Sun)

Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Philadelphia Fashion Alliance S/S 2016 Collection Presentation and Shopping Event

Chestnut Hill Skyspace

Metalwork Exhibition at the Barnes Foundation (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Half-Price Bottles of Wine at Good King Tavern

Beneath the Surface at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Gayborhood’s OutFest festival hits this Sunday, October 11 for its 25th year of food, drinks, music, performances and more.
(Photo courtesy Philly Pride)

Monday, October 12

Top Pick: Top 20 Things To Do In Philadelphia During Columbus Day Weekend 2015 (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Top Pick: Pizzeria Stella’s Columbus Day Block Party

Top Pick: The Top New Restaurants Now Open in Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Philadelphia Flyers Home Opener

Columbus Day Parade in South Philadelphia

MathThematic: a fine art exhibition at Esther Klein Gallery

Scarecrow Display at Peddlers Village

Late-Night Happy Hour at North Bowl

$15 Burger Deal at Rex 1516

Multitude, Solitude: The Photographs of Dave Heath​ at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)


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