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What’s happening in Philly this weekend: Sept. 21-23

Each weekend, we will post some of the most unique social and cultural places to visit in addition to exciting events in and around the Philly area. We call it Philly Influencer’s Weekend Picks. If you attend any of these places or events, let us know how it went! Tweet us or email us at [email protected].

This week’s best Sips and Eats!

Events Running Through the Weekend

1. Closing this Weekend:  Fringe Festival

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Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Sunday, September 23rd

This weekend is your last chance to get in on all the festivities at the Fringe Festival. It’s always your last chance to taste the secret menu Le Peg created for the annual creative event. The spectacular showcasing of the talent and pieces of works by several local acts will end this Sunday. Be sure to check out the list of events before it’s too late.

For more information, click here.

2. Manayunk Restaurant Week

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Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Friday, September 28th

Manayunk Restaurant Week will continue to run through the weekend and all the way up to Friday, September 28th. Several participating restaurants and eateries have been serving up specialized three-course meals with prices ranging from $15, $25, and $35. Come out and eat at these great dining spots in one of the best areas in Philadelphia.

For more information, click here.

3. Terror Behind the Walls

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Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave.
When: Runs through Saturday, November 10th

The Eastern State Penitentiary opens its doors each Halloween season for some thrilling and terror-filled tours. The former high-profile prison will have many frightening attractions coming to each cell block starting this week. Bring your family and friends out to this horrifying institution that will be filled with thunderous sounds, shocking moments, and more.

For more information, click here.

4. Spruce Street Harbor Park Fall Fest

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Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd.
When: Friday, September, 21st-Sunday, September 23rd

Spruce Street Harbor Park will be hosting their Fall Fest this Friday through Sunday. There will be a Salsa dance party, live music and entertainment, games, and more. There will be specialty Fall beers, a farmers market, cider pressing, pumpkin carving, face painting, and tons more.

For more information, click here.

5. Final Fridays

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Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
When: Friday, September 21st, 5PM-8:45PM

The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers up a special happy hour and evening gathering each Friday. The museum’s continual Final Fridays series fuses gallery access, music, cocktails, food and snacks, and live performances. Alita Moses will be showing off her award-winning jazz vocals.

For more information, click here.

6. Walnut Street Theatre Aladdin Jr

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Where: Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.
When: Runs through Sunday, September 30th

Bring your kids and family out to the Walnut Street Theatre to see Aladdin Jr. Based on the unforgettable film and hit Broadway show, Disney’s Aladdin, Jr brings all of your favorite characters alive before your eyes. Princess Jasmine, Aladdin, the Genie, and others will wow and dazzle you.

For more information, click here.

7. O18 Festival

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Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Sunday, September 30th

The O18 Festival begins this week. Several groundbreaking opera performances will come to life in many locations throughout the city. Lucia Di Lammermoor will be front and center on the Academy of Music stage. Ne Quittez Pas: A Reimagined La voix humaine will be at the TLA and countless other productions. If you’re a lover of the arts, check all the listings for these amazing events.

For more information, click here.

8. iLuminate Artist of Light

Where: Merriam Theater, 250 S Broad St.
When: Friday, September 21st-Saturday, September 22nd

Fresh off their previous run on the hit show America’s Got Talent, “the best new act in America” will be coming to the Kimmel Center this Friday and Saturday. The vibrant, colorful, and shining production will fuse technology and dance, unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Come see the glow-in-the-dark costumes and more at this visual experience.

For more information, click here.

9. Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker

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Where: BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd. Camden, NJ
When: Friday, September 21st, 7PM

Country music sensations and stars Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker will be playing at the BB&T Pavillion this Friday night. The Nashville group released their seventh studio album last year titled Heartbreak last year. The album has garnered them Grammy nominations for Country Album of the Year and Best Country Duo/Group Performance. The waterfront will provide an amazing atmosphere to see this surging act.

For more information, click here.

10. Lavell Crawford

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Where: Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St
When: All weekend through Sunday, September 23rd

The Helium Comedy Club will be hosting a special event this weekend when Lavell Crawford comes to town. The Breaking Bad and Chelsea Lately actor and comedian will be performing at the popular laugh house for four consecutive nights. Stop by to get the full essence of his unique storytelling and gut-busting jokes.

For more information, click here.

11. Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

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Where: Race Street Pier, N Christopher Columbus Blvd.
When: Daily at various times

Each day through Sunday, November 11th, Race Street Pier will be having free yoga. Come down to this scenic waterfront area to do this immersive and mentally escaping workout. With stunning views of the Ben Franklin Bridge in front of you, you’ll surely be invigorated by these great physical workshops.

For more information, click here.

12. Wanderlust 108

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Where: The Navy Yard Marine Parade Grounds, 4747 South Broad St
When: Saturday, September 22, 7:30AM—3PM

The Navy Yard Marine Parade Grounds will be hosting a triathlon event this Saturday. There will be a 5K run or walk, a yoga session with music, and also a guided meditation. After the activities are over there will be plenty of food, drinks, and more at a party full of dancing and good times.

For more information, click here.

13. Museum Day

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Where: Various locations
When: Saturday, September 22nd

Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day! is this Saturday. Countless museums all over the United States will be offering free access to their galleries and treasured collections. One quick click on the Smithsonian website and a ticket will be sent to you instantaneously that will give you entry to all of the state-of-the-art institutions in the city.

For more information, click here.

14. Spartan Race Philadelphia

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Where: Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
When: Saturday, September 22nd, 7:30PM—5PM

Another athletic and endorphin boosting event this weekend is the Spartan Race Philadelphia. Citizens Bank Park will host this obstacle course fill event. There will be over 20 endurance and strength testing structures throughout the arena. Come test your might this weekend.

For more information, click here.

15. Chinatown’s Mid-Autumn Festival

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Where: 117 N. 10th St.
When: Saturday, September 22nd, 12PM-7PM

Asian Americans United presents the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival. This annual event will be front and center this weekend. There will be food, performers, music, Beijing Opera, and a Mooncake eating contest, a martial arts display. There will be a dragon dance, lion dance, and lantern parade that will navigate through Chinatown.

For more information, click here.

16. Oktoberfest Live!

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Where: XFINITY Live!, 1100 Pattison Ave.
When: Saturday, September 22nd, 3PM-7PM

XFINITY Live! hosts the fall installment of its year-round craft beer celebrations this Saturday. Oktoberfest Live! will be overflowing with people, German food and fare, culturally themed beers, and more. This entertainment hotspot will have live music, prizes and giveaways, and plenty of drinks.

For more information, click here.

17. South Street Oktoberfest

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Where: 7th & South St
When: Saturday, September 22, 12PM—8PM

Brauhaus Schmitz and other bars in the vicinity will be hosting an Oktoberfest party to remember. The South Street gathering will have several German beers on draught, traditional cultural food, live music, performances, vendors, and so much more.

For more information, click here.

18. Chill Moody Day of Nice Things

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Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 South Christopher Columbus Blvd.
When: Saturday, September 22nd, 12PM-12PM

Philly native and talented Hip-Hop act Chill Moody will be hosting his free annual Chill Moody Day of Nice Things event this Saturday. This free event will have great live music, seasonal cocktails, and plenty of food. The music festival lineup includes acts from hip-hop, indie-rock, r&b, pop, jazz, reggae, and several other genres.

For more information, click here.

19. Lit AF with Martin Lawrence

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Where: Liacouras Center, 1776 N Broad St
When: Saturday, September 22nd, 7:30PM—11PM

Actor, comedian, and producer, Martin Lawrence will be bringing Adele Givens, Deon Cole, DeRay Davis, and Benji Brown to the Liacouras Center this Saturday night. The amazing standup lineup will have you laughing all night. This will be a night of fun and jokes that you don’t want to miss.

For more information, click here.

20. Center City Restaurant Week Begins

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Where: Various locations
When: Sunday, September 23rd-Friday, October 5th

Center City Restaurant Week is back this week! This amazing culinary offering is very wallet-friendly and is palate pleasing. Diners can get access to $20 lunches and $35 dinners for the next week. Stop by your favorite Center City eatery to get in on the deals.

For more information, click here.

21. Feria Del Barrio

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Where: Taller Puertorriqueno, Inc,  2600 N. 5th St.
When: Sunday, September 23rd, 12PM-5PM

The 34th Annual Feria Del Barrio is this Sunday. Presented by Taller Puertorriqueño (Taller), Congreso de Latinos Unidos (Congreso), HACE, and Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas (Raíces) and others, this festival will be a symbol of the togetherness and closeness that the Latino culture permeates through the city. There will be live dancing, music, awards, arts and crafts, and more.

For more information, click here.

22. Sporting Kansas City vs. Union

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Where: Talen Energy Stadium, 1 Stadium Dr. Chester, PA
When: Sunday, September 23rd, 1PM

The Philadelphia Union will be taking on the Sporting Kansas City this Sunday at 1 pm. Come out to Talen Energy Stadium to cheer on the local team as they look to secure another win of the season. This will be a great matchup to see live especially since it’s one of the few remaining home games of the season.

For more information, click here.

23. Colts vs. Eagles

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Where: Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
When: Sunday, September 23rd, 1PM

The Philadelphia Eagles will look to bounce back this Sunday at The Linc when they take on Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. After a sloppy loss in Tampa, the energy of the Philly crowd is just what the team need to notch their second win of the season. Bring your cheers to the stadium and welcome Carson Wentz back to the field.

For more information, click here.

24. Jazz in the Park

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Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 South Christopher Columbus Blvd.
When: Sunday, September 23rd, 3PM-7PM

This Sunday come out to Spruce Street Harbor Park for live Jazz music. Sustained by Univest, this fantastic free summer series offers up an amazing lineup of entertainment each week. Ross Bellenoit and Jakeya Sanders + V. Shayne Frederick will be highlighting the area this Sunday.

For more information, click here.

25. Hasan Minaj: Before the Storm

Where: Merriam Theater, 250 S Broad St.
When: Sunday, September 23rd, 7PM & 10PM

In Association with Punch Line Philly and Live Nation, the Kimmel Center presents Hasan Minaj: Before the Storm. Minaj was the former longest-running correspondent for The Daily Show. He has a streaming comedy special on Netflix Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King. Come hear this signature act on comedy this Sunday.

For more information click, here.

26. Philly Fashion Week Begins

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Where: Various locations
When: Kicks off Monday, September 24th

This is a heads-up for the coming week. Philadelphia Fashion Week returns this Monday for its run. The 2018 festivities will be held at various locations but the main attractions will be under the tents at Dilworth Park near City Hall. There will be several runway shows, galas, a relief concert, and many other exciting activities.

For more information click, here.



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