27 Awesome Things To Do In Philly This Week, September 10-16

Fringe Festival, Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, Mexican Independence Day and more...

Summer may be slowly winding down, but the calendar (and the temperature!) say there’s still time for some of Philly’s favorite warm-weather activities.

A few summer event series are sticking around just long enough for an easy transition to fall. Parks on Tap has a five-day stop at the gorgeous Fairmount Water Works while neighborhood explorers can sample local food, drinks and wares at Mt. Airy Supper Sessions and the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll. Plus, Summer Sounds in the Historic District and the 40th Street Summer Series wrap up their tuneful seasons this week.

To jumpstart those fall feelings, the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks has a Farewell to Summer oyster-garden party at the Hill-Physick House, while OktoBEARfest helps usher in Oktoberfest season at the Philadelphia Zoo.

The acclaimed Fringe Festival is in full swing through September 23 with dozens of exciting performing-arts shows, including looks at Eagles fandom, non-fandom and feminism.

And Hispanic Heritage Month begins Saturday with the Mexican Independence Day Festival on Sunday at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing with food, music and dancing.

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

Fringe Festival

Variations on Themes from Lost and Found | Photo by Ian Douglas

Avant-garde performance meets street theater throughout the city during the massive Fringe Festival, which brings dozens of contemporary performances and forward-thinking arts events to venues across Philadelphia during its 17-day run. This week features several performances by The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, interactive tours of LOVE Park with a mind-bending twist, a multimodal exploration of Eagles fandom and more.

Fringe Festival

When:Through Sunday, September 23
Where:Various locations including FringeArts, 140 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Cost varies by event

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Concerts in Philadelphia

September is packed with big concerts, intimate shows and curated music festivals. Camden's BB&T Pavilion hosts major acts this week, including Irish singer-songwriter Niall Horan on Tuesday, Ozzy Osbourne's farewell tour on Wednesday and Willie Nelson's Outlaw Music Festival on Saturday. And Drake (and Migos!) stop by the Wells Fargo Center for big shows on both Saturday and Sunday.

Concerts in Philadelphia

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden
Cost:Cost varies by show

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Outdoor Movie Nights in Philadelphia

People gather in the Piazza at Schmidt's Commons in Northern Liberties for an outdoor showPhoto courtesy The Piazza

Celebrate Rex Manning Day at The Piazza with a screening of Empire Records on Thursday, or head to Center City's Coxe Park for a BYO-blanket screening of Solo, A Star Wars Story on Friday.

Outdoor Movie Nights in Philadelphia

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including The Piazza, 1001 N. 2nd Street #21
Cost:Free

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Philadelphia Phillies vs. the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park

The Phillies are working hard this week, with two three-game series and a handful of themed-ticket nights against the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins. Fans with tickets for designated theme nights at Citizens Bank Park can snag a free Phanatic mask (Friday), free Phillies German Heritage Celebration Lederhosen socks (Saturday) and other special swag.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park

When:Phillies vs. Nationals: September 10-12; Phillies vs. Mets: September 14-16
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:Varies by game

www.MLB.com

Mt. Airy Supper Sessions on the Avenue

Dine in the streets on Germantown Avenue at Mt. Airy's Supper Sessions on the Avenue event, featuring live music and kids activities.Photo courtesy Mt. Airy USA

Calling all foodies: Mt. Airy's Supper Sessions on the Avenue series offers a chance to check out Germantown Avenue's great food-and-drink scene. Ten restaurants — including Chef Ken's Cage, Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange and Earth Bread + Brewery — serve up delicious eats alfresco on Germantown Avenue every other Wednesday night through early October, including this Wednesday night. Be sure to stick around for live music, activities for kids and more.

Mt. Airy Supper Sessions on the Avenue

When:Wednesday, September 12, 5-10 p.m.
Where:7100 Germantown Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.MtAiryUSA.org

Parks On Tap at the Fairmount Water Works

Fairmount Water Works with Philadelphia Museum of Art in the backgroundPhoto by G. Wood for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Roving beer garden series Parks on Tap pops up from Wednesday through Sunday at the historic Fairmount Water Works, a gorgeous pumping station next to the Philadelphia Museum of Art that used to provide the city with safe, clean drinking water in the 19th century. Attendees can enjoy Parks on Tap's brews and bites as well as games, live music and more. On Wednesday, Roots2Rise hosts free yoga from 6-7 p.m, where guests can score a free drink ticket with a donation. 

Parks On Tap at the Fairmount Water Works

When:September 12-16
Where:Fairmount Water Works, 640 Waterworks Drive
Cost:Pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Five-Year Show Pass: Celebrating The Ardmore Music Hall's Five-Year Anniversary

A concert at The Ardmore Music HallPhoto courtesy The Ardmore Music Hall

The Ardmore Music Hall celebrates five years of great concerts with an impressive five-show pass offer this September. The deal is good for five tickets to any show between September 12 and September 23 and one ticket to a show in 2019, plus additional perks for members of The Ardmore Music Club.

Five-Year Show Pass: Celebrating The Ardmore Music Hall's Five-Year Anniversary

When:September 12-23
Where:The Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore
Cost:$100

www.Ardmoremusic.com

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

Patrons sample food and wares at the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll in University CityPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Baltimore Avenue's popular deal-fueled series returns this Thursday for its fall edition. University City businesses along the avenue between 43rd Street and 52nd Street offer up some of their best assets — from food to swag to tickets — for as little as $1.

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

When:Thursday, September 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where:Baltimore Avenue from 43rd Street to 52nd Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.UniversityCity.org

Farewell To Summer: The Great Oyster Craze, A Celebration in the Raw at the Hill-Physick House

Help raise funds for the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks while exploring the medicinal use of oysters in the late 18th and early 19th centuries at this goodbye-to-summer oyster garden party at the Hill-Physick House. The Olde Bar and Garces Events provide the oyster bar and shucker, drinks are from Quaker City Mercantile and Ami Yares provides live music.

Farewell To Summer: The Great Oyster Craze, A Celebration in the Raw at the Hill-Physick House

When:Thursday, September 13, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Hill-Physick House, 321 S. 4th Street
Cost:$50

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Opening Night for The Philadelphia Orchestra

Philadelphia Orchestra conductor Yannick Nézet-Séquin leads a performancePhoto by J. Griffin for The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra begins another season — its seventh with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séquin — with a celebratory program that includes Strauss' Don Juan, Rossini's famous overture to William Tell, Bernstein's overture to Candide and more.

Opening Night for The Philadelphia Orchestra

When:Thursday, September 13, 7 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20 and up

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Opening Celebration: Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It and Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison at the Institute of Contemporary Art

ICAPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The Institute of Contemporary Art welcomes two new exhibits beginning on Friday. Cauleen Smith's Give It or Leave it reimagines a future world that is black, feminist and spiritual and recasts the "take it or leave it" attitude. Ree Morton's The Plant That Heals May Also Poison is a collection of Postminimalist works that explore motherhood, love and friendship. The museum throws a public opening celebration on Friday at 6:30 p.m., and the exhibits are on view through December 23.

Opening Celebration: Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It and Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison at the Institute of Contemporary Art

When:Opening Celebration: Friday, September 14, 6:30 p.m.; Exhibits: September 14 - December 23
Where:Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street
Cost:Free

www.ICAPhila.org

Opening Reception: Cotton: The Soft, Dangerous Beauty of the Past at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

African American Museum in PhiladelphiaPhoto by P. Meyer for Visit Philadelphia

Featuring 35 photographs, an installation and an altarpiece, Cotton: The Soft, Dangerous Beauty of the Past explores the beauty of the plant and its link to slavery in the U.S. — including the often-overlooked slavery practices in the North. Friday's opening reception for Philadelphia-based artist John E. Dowell's exhibition at the African American Museum in Philadelphia includes wine and light fare.

Opening Reception: Cotton: The Soft, Dangerous Beauty of the Past at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

When:Friday, September 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free

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Keystone Comic Con

The Pennsylvania Convention Center hosts the first-ever Keystone Comic Con, a new convention for fans of comics, cosplay and all things pop culture. Meet cast members from shows like "The Office" and "True Blood," along with comic-book creators, cosplay models and more entertainers. Interactive games, contests, musical performances and more take place on the Keystone Live! Stage each day of the convention.

Keystone Comic Con

When:September 14-16
Where:Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost:$25-$325

www.KeystoneComicCon.com

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

People stroll through Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia during the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art ShowPhoto courtesy RIttenhouse Square Fine Art Show

More than 140 artists from across the country showcase their finest wares at the annual Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show. Vendors peddling everything from photography and sculpture to prints and acrylics line Rittenhouse Square during the three-day art fest.

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

When:September 14-16
Where:Rittenhouse Square, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Cost:Pay as you go

www.RittenhouseSquareArt.com

Black Art in America Fine Art Show

Invited galleries, dealers and artists showcase their collections at the Black Art in America Fine Art Show at Belmont Mansion in West Fairmount Park. Attendees at the curated affair can peruse works by Norman Lewis, Sargent Johnson, John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett and several other artists in a range of media, as well as attend lectures and other programming.

Black Art in America Fine Art Show

When:September 14-16
Where:Belmont Mansion, 2000 Belmont Mansion Drive
Cost:Free-$75

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Philadelphia United Jazz Festival

The Philadelphia United Jazz Festival hits 15th and South streets for a sixth year of free performances. This year, the event features live jazz from Jeff Bradshaw and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble and a showcase by the University African Dance and Drum Ensemble.

Philadelphia United Jazz Festival

When:Saturday, September 15, 2-10 p.m.
Where:15th and South streets
Cost:Free

www.PhilaUnitedJazzFestival.com

OktoBEARfest at the Philadelphia Zoo

At OktoBEARfest, Philadelphia Zoo visitors can taste brews and ciders from 45 breweries, eat from food trucks and meet some of the animals.Photo courtesy Philadelphia Zoo

More than 45 breweries take over the Philadelphia Zoo to hand out tastings of toasty brews and hard ciders at this Oktoberfest event. All night long, attendees sip unlimited samples (from a fun souvenir tasting cup!), chow down on food-truck grub, meet some of the zoo's animals, chat with keepers, play yard games, groove to live music and more.

OktoBEARfest at the Philadelphia Zoo

When:Saturday, September 15, 5-8:30 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue
Cost:$55

www.PhiladelphiaZoo.org

Last Chance: 40th Street Summer Series

Photo courtesy University City District

University City District’s free summer concerts wrap up for the season on Saturday with a grand finale concert featuring New Sound Brass on the green space behind the Free Library of Philadelphia — Walnut Street West location. New Sound Brass fuse gospel, funk, R&B and rock to create a high-energy performance and an exciting sound. Free giveaways and activities round out the fun.

Last Chance: 40th Street Summer Series

When:Saturday, September 15, 6 p.m.
Where:Behind the Free Library of Philadelphia - Walnut Street West, 40th and Walnut streets
Cost:Free

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Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact at Talen Energy Stadium

Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PennsylvaniaPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Union

The Philadelphia Union take on the Montreal Impact in one of two home games this month at the gorgeous Talen Energy Stadium on the Delaware River waterfront in Chester. The team is vying for a playoff spot in the MLS Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact at Talen Energy Stadium

When:Saturday, September 15, 7:30 p.m.
Where:Talen Energy Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, Chester
Cost:$30-$176

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Peddler's Village Scarecrow Festival

Photo By A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia

Fall arrives at Peddler's Village with the two-day Scarecrow Festival, a full weekend of autumnal events at the popular Bucks County attraction. Events include scarecrow-making workshops, pumpkin painting, live music and seasonal shopping. Guests can also stroll the grounds and vote for their favorite scarecrow during the Scarecrow Competition and Display.

Peddler's Village Scarecrow Festival

When:September 15-16
Where:Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
Cost:Pay as you go

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Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon

Runners race past the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Rock 'n' Roll Half MarathonPhoto by A. McClanahan for Photo Run

Live music serves as the backdrop for the annual Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, which returns on September 15 and 16 with more music and community events than ever before. The running events — a half-marathon, a 5K and a 10K — are open to athletes of all levels.

Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon

When:September 15-16
Where:Race starts at The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Varies by run

www.RocknRollRun.com

Philadelphia Unity Cup Matches and Block Party

Philly residents representing 52 popular, soccer-loving countries continue to compete for civic pride this week in the quarterfinals of this soccer tournament organized by the City of Philadelphia. Also this week: the Philadelphia Unity Cup Block Party in North Philly on Sunday, featuring live music from Worldtown Soundsystem, DJ Lean Wit It and local community groups as well as food trucks and a Heineken beer garden. Partygoers can catch views of some of the 16 soccer matches that comprise the tournament.

Philadelphia Unity Cup Matches and Block Party

When:Soccer matches: Sunday, September 16, noon - 10 p.m.; Block party: Sunday, September 16, 2-6 p.m.
Where:Master Street between 13th Street and Broad Street
Cost:Free

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North Front Street Festival

New-to-Front-Street bar and restaurant The International teams up with local businesses and crafters for this festival at Front Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. The North Front Street Farmers Market hosts extended hours, Art Star brings its roaming craft show, Evil Genius Beer Company serves its pours and local bands and DJs bring the tunes.

North Front Street Festival

When:Sunday, September 16 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where:The International Bar, 1624 N. Front Street, Philadelphia
Cost:Pay as you go

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Chester County Restaurant Festival

Downtown West Chester becomes a festival ground for 65 restaurants, caterers and food vendors as well as more than 100 arts and crafts vendors during the annual Chester County Restaurant Festival. Six different bands play on three separate stages throughout the day while the Church Street Beer & Wine Garden serves craft Pennsylvania beers, cider and wine.

Chester County Restaurant Festival

When:Sunday, September 16, noon - 5:30 p.m.
Where:Gay Street between Matlack Street and Darlington Street, West Chester
Cost:Pay as you go

www.West-Chester.com

Mexican Independence Day Festival

Mexican Independence Day FestivalPhoto courtesy Mexican Cultural Center Philadelphia

It's all about Mexico during the annual Mexican Independence Day Festival, part of the PECO Multicultural Series at Penn's Landing. This free affair is just one of many local Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations and includes live performances, Aztec and other indigenous dancers, and traditional foods and crafts.

Mexican Independence Day Festival

When:Sunday, September 16, 2-8 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Last Chance: Summer Sounds in the Historic District

Jazz musicians playing at Spruce Street Harbor Park in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Spruce Street Harbor Park

Summer Sounds in the Historic District — the series of long-popular concerts and new programming sponsored in part by VISIT PHILADELPHIA — wraps up on Sunday at Spruce Street Harbor Park with the final Jazz in the Park performance, featuring Ross Bellenoit, Jakeya Sanders and V. Shayne Frederick.

Last Chance: Summer Sounds in the Historic District

When:Sunday, September 16, 3-7 p.m.
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Philly Vegan Restaurant Week

Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Restaurants around the city unite for Philly Vegan Restaurant Week to serve their best vegan dishes. Participating restaurants include Khyber Pass Pub in Old City, Front Street Cafe in Fishtown (above) and Tattooed Mom on South Street. A portion of proceeds from meals purchased throughout the week support the Peace Advocacy Network, a local organization that helps people on their vegan journey.

Philly Vegan Restaurant Week

When:September 16-22
Where:Various locations including Front Street Cafe, 1253 N. Front Street
Cost:Varies by location

www.PhillyVRW.com

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