October 12-14, 2018

Weekend Picks: Opening Of Cherry Street Pier, Bloktoberfest, Vikings, Open Studio Tours And More

Mid-October welcomes new public spaces, exciting exhibitions, food festivals and more than 70 other things to do...

Welcome to the weekend, Philly! These three days offer up the perfect combo of debuts, festivals and seasonal fun.

The highly anticipated Cherry Street Pier opens to the public this Friday as a park, market, workspace and food-and-drink spot on the Delaware River waterfront. Complementing the opening is the two-day Festival for the People contemporary-arts celebration on both Saturday and Sunday.

Two major exhibitions also open this weekend at Philly institutions. Visitors can get up close with the machine-invention drawings of Rube Goldberg at the National Museum of American Jewish History, and dive deep into everyone’s favorite ancient Scandinavian society at The Franklin Institute’s Vikings exhibit, complete with an opening-weekend festival.

DesignPhiladelphia and Philadelphia Open Studio Tours both wrap up their annual arts events this weekend, while seasonal festivals at Bartram’s Garden and Peddler’s Village keep the brews and bites flowing. Plus, The Piazza hosts the giant Pickledelphia Pickle Festival for those who “relish” a good food fest.

Make the most of the weekend and book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, featuring free hotel parking and $193 in free perks.

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Read on for our guide to this weekend in Philadelphia.

 

Friday, October 12

Top Pick

Grand Opening: Cherry Street Pier

The Delaware River waterfront welcomes a brand-new indoor/outdoor mixed-use space with an open-air park, artist studios, shopping, dining and drinking...

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Last Chance: DesignPhiladelphia

Philly’s annual celebration of impactful design wraps up this weekend with dozens of events, including open houses, sneak peeks and studio tours...

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Mural Arts Month

Mural Arts Philadelphia honors its 3,800 works of public art with trolley tours of neighborhoods, new murals, events and more...

PHeaSt at PHS Pop Up Garden at uCity Square

Serving as a fundraiser for sustainable communities, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual harvest moon event features food, cocktails, a seasonal harvest and more...

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Visitors find harvest hayrides, a corn maze, apple picking, live music, a jack-o'-lantern exhibit, fall treats and more than 100 pumpkins in various shapes and sizes at this annual harvest fest in Delaware County...

Fall Fest at Shady Brook Farm

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Shady Brook's season-long festival includes autumnal favorites like apple- and pumpkin-picking, plus local craft beer and wine, moonlit cornmaze-wandering and more...

Independence After Hours

(Fri, Sat)

A three-course dinner at City Tavern leads to an evening of through Independence Hall for exclusive access without the crowds...

Live Music, Comedy, Theater and Dance

Top Pick

Maroon 5 at the Wells Fargo Center

The Super Bowl LIII headliners bring their peppy-pop act to Philly with hits from their 2017 album Red Pill Blues, as well as fan favorites from years past...

Talib Kweli at Union Transfer

The former Black Star member and one of the defining voices of hip-hop brings his social activist message to the stage in Philly...

Ongoing Exhibitions

Top Pick

Sea Monsters HERE at The Navy Yard

The #NavyYardSeaMonster public installation is the work of UK-based inflatable sculpture artists and an anonymous collective of Philly artists...

American Moderns at the Michener Art Museum

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Works of Philadelphia-area artists who shaped non-objective and precisionist art are on display together for the first time in more than 30 years...

The view from Cherry Street Pier looking toward Ben Franklin Bridge

Cherry Street Pier opens Friday on the Delaware River waterfront. (Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia)

Saturday, October 13

Top Pick

Viking Fest at The Franklin Institute

Celebrate the opening of the new Vikings: Beyond The Legend exhibit with a festival that includes performances, demonstrations, reenactments and 21-foot long replica ship...

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Bloktoberfest on South Street West

This 10th annual outdoor celebration of neighborhoods, October, beer, food and music stretches along four blocks of South Street in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood...

Kennett Brewfest in Kennett Square

The 21st anniversary of the Kennett Brewfest includes tastings from more than 100 breweries, live music, food trucks and more...

Philly Cheesesteak & Food Fest at 2300 Arena

Attendees to this very local food festival can get all their favorites in one place, including water ice, pretzels, roast pork sandwiches and, yes, cheesesteaks...

Live Music, Comedy, Theater and Dance

Top Pick

Opening: Sweat at Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Philadelphia Theatre Company begins its 2018-19 season with the tale of deindustrialization in Reading, Pennsylvania...

Ongoing Exhibitions

Cultures in the Crossfire at the Penn Museum

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Explore the cultures, populations and history of one of the world's most turbulent regions, told through ancient artifacts and modern works by a Syrian artist...

RiverCity Festival

Fishtown's RiverCity Festival celebrates Philadelphia's river wards with food, drinks and live music on the Delaware River waterfront. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, October 14

Top Pick

Last Chance: Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

More than 300 artists open their studios in the Northeast (Saturday) and South Philly (Sunday) to visitors, inviting them to talk, see how they work and purchase artwork...

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Pickledelphia Pickle Festival at The Piazza

Find fried pickles, pickle egg rolls, pickle ice cream, pickle brine fried chicken, pickle pizza and more at Philly’s first large-scale pickle festival...

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Harvest Festival at Bartram's Garden

Sankofa Community Farm celebrates fall with food workshops, plantings, hayrides, river paddles and tunes from DJ Flipside...

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OctoberFEAST at Peddler's Village

Brews and brats abound at the fourth annual OctoberFEAST, which also includes cinnamon apple doughnuts, a wine-and-spirits garden and live music…

Live Music, Comedy, Theater and Dance

Top Pick

FIGMAGO and FIGMAGO: Alive

This multi-room experience — described as a living mural — merges visual art, dance and acrobatics for an escape-room-meets-art-installation adventure...

Ongoing Exhibitions

American Moderns at the Michener Art Museum

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Works of Philadelphia-area artists who shaped non-objective and precisionist art are on display together for the first time in more than 30 years...

Rodin's The Kiss at The Rodin Museum

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

The museum commemorates the 100th anniversary of Auguste Rodin's death by focusing on the sculptor's depictions of love...

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