24 Amazing Things To Do In Philly This Week, September 4-10

NFL Kickoff Experience, Kennett Square Mushroom Festival, Brazilian Day and more...

So long, sweet summer and hello, fall in Philly!

It may not exactly be sweater weather just yet, but big fall-focused events start to pop up this week around Philadelphia and the countryside. Lean in to the season at opening day of the beloved harvest festival Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards in Media on Sunday. For those who prefer German beer and bratwurst over apple cider doughnuts, check out the 80th annual Bucks-Mont Oktoberfest in Warminster on Saturday.

At long last, football season starts up again this week! Join fellow Eagles fans at Penn’s Landing ahead of their first game of the season on Thursday for the NFL Kickoff Experience, a free pre-game party celebrating the Super Bowl champs featuring a concert by Shawn Mendes, a Super Bowl LII replay, photos with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and more.

The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing stays busy throughout the weekend, too, with a free neighborhood concert from The Philadelphia Orchestra on Saturday and the annual Brazilian Day Festival on Sunday.

Many fun-filled food festivals take place this week, as well, including the Philadelphia Honey Festival, the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival, the Philadelphia Pizza Festival and the Pickledelphia Pickle Festival.

Check out all of our picks for this week in Philly, below.

Draken Harald Hårfagre at Penn's Landing

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the Draken Harald Hårfagre, the world’s largest operating Viking ship, docked at Penn’s Landing before it sails off to its next port. Tour the ship and check out the free photo and video exhibition in Draken Village along the Delaware River waterfront through Thursday.

Draken Harald Hårfagre at Penn's Landing

When:Through Thursday, September 6
Where:Penn's Landing
Cost:$14, adults (ages 16 and over); $7, child (ages 5-15); free, children (ages 4 and under)

www.drakenhh.com

Summer Sounds in the Historic District

Two of the final three shows part of Summer Sounds in the Historic District, a series of long-popular concerts and new programming sponsored in part by VISIT PHILADELPHIA, take place this week. Check out Who Got the Jazz’s tribute to jazz at Independence Visitor Center on Wednesday and the last We Got The Beats show, featuring Kingspy and DJ Hvnlee, at Spruce Street Harbor Park.

Summer Sounds in the Historic District

When:Through Friday, September 7 (select dates)
Where:Various locations including Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market Street
Cost:Free

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto courtesy Spruce Street Harbor Park

This beloved beer garden and relaxing waterfront hangout gives visitors a chance to lounge in colorful hammocks or Adirondack chairs while sipping on a refreshing beverage both during the day and at twilight under tons of twinkling lights. Vendors serving pizza, burgers, tacos, ice cream and more of the fare they're best known for include Harborside Pizza, Froman's, Village Burger, Distrito, Chickie's and Pete's and Franklin Fountain. Three bars around the park offer a variety of local craft beers, cocktails and wine for the 21-and-over crowd. Every Saturday at the attraction, Art Star curates a handmade craft market and Greensgrow Farms sells fresh local produce and plants.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

When:Through Sunday, September 30
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Festivals, parades, exhibitions and more events commemorating the accomplishments and celebrating the culture of Philadelphia’s Hispanic population take place across the city through October 15 for Hispanic Heritage Month. Events this week include a Brazilian flag-raising ceremony hosted by the Office of Immigrant Affairs at Thomas Paine Plaza on Friday and the Brazilian Day Festival at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on Sunday.

Hispanic Heritage Month

When:Through Monday, October 15
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Varies by event

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Outdoor Movie Nights

Outdoor movie screening season may be winding down, but there are still a few alfresco flicks to catch this week, like Revenge of the Creature at the Betsy Ross House (Friday), and Coco at Powers Park (Friday) and Shot Tower Park (Saturday).

Outdoor Movie Nights

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including Powers Park, 2965 Almond Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Concerts in Philadelphia

Hotly anticipated concerts go down throughout this week in venues big and small across Philly. This week's lineup includes Ziggy Marley at the Mann Center (Thursday); Camden Jam with Lil’ Mo and Arrested Development at Wiggins Waterfront Park (Saturday); Jethro Tull at the Mann Center (Saturday); First Aid Kit at The Fillmore (Saturday); and Sugarland at the Mann Center (Sunday).

Concerts in Philadelphia

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including the Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost:Varies by event

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BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club

BMW ChampionshipPhoto courtesy PGA Tour

From Tuesday through Sunday, Newtown Square’s Aronimink Golf Club is home to one of the biggest events in the golf world, the BMW Championship. See 70 top PGA TOUR players — including golfing giants Tiger Woods, Marc Leishman, Justin Rose and 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed — tee off for the penultimate event of the FedExCup Playoffs.

BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club

When:September 4-9
Where:Aronimink Golf Club, 3600 Saint Davids Road, Newtown Square
Cost:$30 and up

www.pgatour.com

Parks on Tap at Pleasant Hill in the Far Northeast

Parks On TapParks on Tap | Photo courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy

Roving beer garden series Parks on Tap pops up from Wednesday through Sunday at Pleasant Hill Park, a sprawling 35-acre park along the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia. On Wednesday, Parks on Tap and Friends of Pleasant Hill Park partner with Riverfront North to host the free Summer Sendoff Festival at the park. Attendees can enjoy Parks on Tap’s brews and bites as well as games, live music and more from 5 to 9 p.m. Other events hosted at the park this week include a charitable happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. to support Pleasant Hill Park on Wednesday, a free yoga class from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and a free community fishing event — with rods, bait and instructions included — from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Parks on Tap at Pleasant Hill in the Far Northeast

When:September 5-9
Where:Pleasant Hill Park
Cost:Pay-as-you-go

www.parksontap.com

Fringe Festival

Photo by Robert Etcheverry

Every year, the Fringe Festival (presented by FringeArts) brings the best of contemporary performances and forward-thinking arts events to venues across the city. The 2018 festival kicks off on Thursday and runs through September 23 with dozens of exciting shows. Highlights this week include the performative installation Stifters Dinge (Friday-Sunday), the world premiere of theater piece The Accountant (Thursday-Sunday) and the world premier of the cabaret show Do You Want A Cookie? (Friday-Sunday). Also, don't miss the dance extravaganza Le Super Grand Continental (Saturday, Sunday), a free performance by a diverse cast of 200 Philadelphians out front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Fringe Festival

When:September 6-23
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Varies by event

www.fringearts.com

NFL Kickoff Experience

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

To celebrate the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles (!) and kick off the 2018 season, the NFL hosts a free festival on Thursday at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, complete with a performance by singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes, a Super Bowl LII re-watch party, photos with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and more ahead of the NFL season opener scheduled for later that evening at Lincoln Financial Field. E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles!

NFL Kickoff Experience

When:Thursday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Philadelphia Honey Festival

Photo by David Harrod

The three-day Philadelphia Honey Festival returns Friday through Sunday to attract thousands of visitors to multiple venues (Bartram’s Garden, Wyck Historic House, Glen Foerd on the Delaware) for beekeeping demos, speakers, brewing sessions, honey extraction, cooking demos, children’s activities and vendors with plenty of sweet take-homes.

Philadelphia Honey Festival

When:September 7-9
Where:Various locations including Wyck Historic House And Garden, 6026 Germantown Avenue
Cost:Varies by event

www.phillyhoneyfest.com

First Friday Sip & Stroll at Elfreth’s Alley House Museum

Elfreth's AlleyPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Explore the nation’s oldest residential street and Elfreth’s Alley House Museum while sipping drinks for this month’s First Friday Sip & Stroll. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. and admission to the museum is free.

First Friday Sip & Stroll at Elfreth’s Alley House Museum

When:Friday, September 7, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Elfreth's Alley, 124-126 Elfreth's Alley
Cost:Free

www.elfrethsalley.org

First Friday! Brazilian Day at The Barnes Foundation

The Barnes FoundationPhoto courtesy the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation stays open late on the first Friday of every month for guests to enjoy after-hours art, music and entertainment. This First Friday event celebrates Afro-Brazilian culture and dance with vibrant performances featuring local Brazilian arts education nonprofit Project Capoeira; local Afro-Brazilian dancers Cleonice and Nildinha Fonseca; and noted Afro-Brazilian music and dance instructor José Zé Ricardo Sousa of Bahia, Brazil.

First Friday! Brazilian Day at The Barnes Foundation

When:Friday, September 7, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$28, general admission; $10, students, patrons, contributors, members' guests; free, members

www.barnesfoundation.org

27th Annual Doylestown Arts Festival

Photo courtesy Doylestown Arts Festival

On Saturday and Sunday, the Doylestown Arts Festival returns for the 27th year with 160 juried artists, interactive art-making demonstrations, local food vendors, live music on five stages and more. Bring the whole family out to experience this celebrated arts festival located roughly 40 miles outside of Philadelphia.

27th Annual Doylestown Arts Festival

When:September 8-9
Where:Various locations including Discover Doylestown, 63 East State Street, Doylestown
Cost:Pay-as-you-go

www.dtownartsfestival.com

Campus Philly Collegefest

Campus Philly CollegeFestPhoto courtesy Campus Philly

On Saturday, college students can kick off the school year at Campus Philly’s annual CollegeFest, a celebration that welcomes students attending Philly-area colleges and universities to the City of Brotherly Love. Festivities include an alfresco festival at Dilworth Park and free admission to some of the city’s most popular attractions like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Franklin Institute, Eastern State Penitentiary, the African American Museum in Philadelphia and more.

Campus Philly Collegefest

When:Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Free with RSVP

www.campusphilly.org

Bucks-Mont Oktoberfest

Bucks-Mont OktoberfestPhoto courtesy Vereinigung Erzgebirge

Oktoberfest season is just getting started, Philly! The 80th annual Bucks-Mont Oktoberfest, the longest-running German Festival in Bucks and Montgomery counties, returns on Saturday to the Vereinigung Erzgebirge social and sports club in Warminster, Pennsylvania. In addition to the German beer, food and music, the day is filled with family-fun activities like soccer games, a moon bounce, face painting, hayrides and even an obstacle course.

Bucks-Mont Oktoberfest

When:Saturday, September 8, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Where:Vereinigung Erzgebirge (VE Club), 130 Davisville Road, Warminster
Cost:$5

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Distrito's 10th Anniversary Street Festival

Well-known Mexican taqueria Distrito celebrates its 10th anniversary with an animated street festival outside of its University City digs on Saturday, offering up delicious Distrito fare (tacos! margaritas!), live music, raffles, face painting and more. Ticket price includes admission to the festival, two tacos and one drink. Kids under 10 years old and Penn, Wharton and Drexel students with a valid student ID receive free admission (food and drink tickets not included).

Distrito's 10th Anniversary Street Festival

When:Saturday, September 8, 11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Where:Distrito, 3945 Chestnut Street
Cost:$20, general admission; free, students (with ID)

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N2N Festival 2018: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin

In Cedar Park on Saturday, the N2N Festival returns to bring communities together and pay tribute to the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Nationally recognized recording artists Kathy Sledge, Jean Carne, Kelly Price, Kindred the Family Soul, Keke Wyatt and Monica round out the list of talent at this free festival. Attendees can also find food vendors, wellness resources and a kids zone.

N2N Festival 2018: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin

When:Saturday, September 8, noon-8 p.m.
Where:49th-51st & Baltimore, Willows to Catherine Streets
Cost:Free

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Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

Kennett Square Mushroom FestivalPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Fun fact: The “mushroom capital of the world” is just a short jaunt outside of Philadelphia. Visit Kennett Square’s excellent annual Mushroom Festival this weekend for two full days of mushroom-themed food, music, exhibits and activities for the whole family.

Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

When:September 8-9
Where:Various locations including Pennock Park, 650 W South Street, Kennett Square
Cost:$3, guests 12 & older

www.mushroomfestival.org

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

Photo courtesy Linvilla Orchards

More than 100 tons of pumpkins in all shapes, sizes and hues are just one part of this annual months-long celebration of all things fall. Harvest hayrides, a corn maze, apple picking, live music, a jack-o'-lantern exhibit and fall treats — like apple cider donuts and caramel apples — round out the fun to be had at this fall attraction, which opens on Sunday.

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

When:September 8 - November 4
Where:Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media
Cost:Free, admisison; pay-as-you-go, vendors

www.linvilla.com

Philadelphia Pizza Festival at Citizens Bank Park

Get ready to salivate: More than 100 different vendors dish out over 200 varieties of pizza at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday for the Philadelphia Pizza Festival. In addition to all the cheesy, doughy deliciousness, guests can enjoy craft beer, wine, live music, carnival games and much more. Bon appétit!

Philadelphia Pizza Festival at Citizens Bank Park

When:Saturday, September 8, 1-7 p.m.
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:$12.95 and up

www.pizzafestival.com

The Philadelphia Orchestra Free Neighborhood Concert at Penn’s Landing

Classical music fills the open air at Penn’s Landing on Saturday as The Philadelphia Orchestra takes the stage for a free neighborhood concert. Music selections include Richard Wagner’s "The Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walküre, Leonard Bernstein’s "Glitter and Be Gay" from Candide and excerpts from Romeo and Juliet and Carmen.

The Philadelphia Orchestra Free Neighborhood Concert at Penn’s Landing

When:Saturday, September 8, 8 p.m.
Where:Penn's Landing
Cost:Free

www.philorch.org

Last Chance: SWARM at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

SWARM at PAFAPhoto courtesy the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Make plans to check out the summer exhibition SWARM. at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts before it leaves the museum on Sunday. The exhibit highlights the mixed-media works of two artists — Didier William and Nestor Armando Gil — inspired by diasporic communities and their Haitian and Cuban heritages.

Last Chance: SWARM at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

When:Through Sunday, September 9
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street
Cost:$15, adults; $12, seniors (60+); $12 , students (with ID); $8, youth (13-18): ACCESS cardholders: $2; free, children 12 & under, military personnel (not groups), members and STAMP Pass holders

www.pafa.org

Pickledelphia Pickle Festival

On Sunday, The Piazza hosts the Pickledelphia Pickle Festival, Philly’s first-ever food festival that pays homage to the humble pickle. Festival fare includes fried pickles, pickles on a stick, pickle pizza and even pickle ice cream. For the 21-and-over-crowd, craft beers, specialty cocktails and — naturally — pickleback shots are available at designated bar areas.

Pickledelphia Pickle Festival

When:Sunday, September 9, 1-6 p.m.
Where:The Piazza, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:$10 and up

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PECO Multicultural Series: Brazilian Day at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

PECO Multicultural Series: Brazilian Day FestivalPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Celebrate Brazil’s independence on Sunday at Brazilian Day, part of the PECO Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing. Expect authentic traditional foods, merchandise and performers dancing the samba, forro, pagode, capoeira, reggae and more.

PECO Multicultural Series: Brazilian Day at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

When:Sunday, September 9, 1-7 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.braziliandayphiladelphia.com

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