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What’s happening in Philly this weekend: Sept. 28-30

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 & Eats!

Events Running Through the Weekend

1. Closing This Weekend: Spruce Street Harbor Park

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Where: 301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd.
When: Runs through Sunday, September 30th

Sustained by UNIVEST, Spruce Street Harbor Park closes this Sunday. The beautiful summer gathering hotspot has hammocks, floating gardens, stellar and colorful lights, craft beer stands, and plenty of food from the area’s top restaurants. This weekend will be your last chance to stop by the luminary park.

For more information, click here.

2. Closing This Weekend: PHS Farm For The City

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Where: 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd.
When: Runs through Sunday, September 30th

Thomas Paine Plaza has been transformed into a massive urban farm nestled in the heart of downtown for the past few months. This Sunday the open-air produce hotspot will close. Stop by the beautiful PHS farm in Center City before its too late.

For more information, click here.

3. Closing This Weekend: Longwood Gardens Illuminated Fountain Performances

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Where: 1001 Longwood Rd. Kennett Square, PA
When: Runs through Sunday, September 30th

Longwood Gardens Festival of Fountains will end its season this Sunday. The marvelous and scenic garden terrain has been overflowing with water lily displays,  a meadow garden, and more during the Summer. The beautiful space had live music, crafts, family-friendly, fireworks, and other events throughout the weather-friendly months.

For more information, click here.

4. Philly Fashion Week Ends

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

The closing runway shows of Philly Fashion Week is this weekend. Runway 1 is this Friday night. The next night come to Dilworth Park for Runway 2. The event will host  “National and international designers and models presenting exquisite garments, exhibits of luxury products and services and world-class entertainment.”

5. Dinos After Dark

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Where: Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
When: Runs through Sunday, September 30th

The fourth Friday of the month transitions The Academy of Natural Sciences into an after-hours fun after-hours hangout. The museum will give you the chance to meet the live animals that reside in the institution, offers gallery access, and will have plenty of activities. Stop by the indoor beer garden before you walk around this invigorating museum.

For more information, click here.

6. Philadelphia Music  and Arts Festival

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

Philadelphia Music and Arts Festival will begin this Friday. The four-night show will provide a full musical showcase of phenomenal and local singers and musicians. Pissed Jeans, Waxahatchee, Low Cut Connie, The Districts, Hardwork Movement, and Rich Medina are all set to perform.

For more, click here.

7. In Between

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Where: Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.
When: Runs through Sunday, September 28th

Walnut Street Theatre begins its run of Ibrahim Miri’s play In Between this week. The powerful production will be at this beloved theater until the end of October. The one-man show circles the conversations of culture, faith, family, and the personal struggles that we all face.

For more information, click here.

8. Atlanta Braves vs. Phillies

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Where: Citizens Bank Pary, 1 Citizens Bank Way
When: Friday, September 28th-Sunday, September 30th

This weekend will mark the final regular season games of the Phillies’ season. The local club will be taking on the Atlanta Braves this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Sunday is Fan Appreciation Day where the Phillies and Citizens Bank will have giveaways and prizes.

For more information, click here.

9. Melbourne UTD vs. 76ers

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Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
When: Friday, September 28th, 7PM

The 76ers’ season is rapidly approaching! This Friday night there will be a special preseason matchup against Melbourne UTD. If you’re a qualifying “Raise the Cat” faithful, come out to the Wells Fargo Center. All the stars from the roster will be out to showcase their new skills.

For more information, click here.

10. POPS 40th Anniversary with Leslie Odom

Where: Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
When: Friday, September 28th-Sunday, September 30th

This weekend is the celebration of the Philly POPS 40th Anniversary. To highlight the musical fete, Grammy and Tony award-winner Leslie Odom Jr. will be joining the talented musicians on the Kimmel Center stage. The weekend will be full of the stellar song from the American songbook and more.

For more information, click here.

11. Shofuso  60th Anniversary Celebration Continues

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Where: Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne Dr & Horticultural Dr.
When: Runs through Sunday, September 30th

Shofuso has been celebrating its 60 years of culturally stimulating the community since Saturday,  September 15th. There have been live music performances, forums, and more. This weekend there will be a traditional tea ceremony, bonsai sculpting, and so much more as this wonderful celebration comes to a close.

For more information, click here.

12. South Philly Sausage Fest

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Where: South Broad St to 15th Streets
When: Saturday, September 29th, 12PM-7PM

Another seasonal celebration is the annual South Philly Sausage Fest. The yearly craft beer party continues to liven up the Newbold and West Passyunk neighborhood of the city. The sausage-themed event will have plenty of musical performances, drinks, a plethora of vendors, arts and crafts, and will feature a kids play area.

For more information, click here.

13. Cider Fest

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Where: Fairmount Park Historic Houses, Lemon Hill Dr.
When: Saturday, September 28th, 12PM-5PM

The burgeoning of Autumn brings many things. Whether you’re switching up your wardrobe or coffee flavors, fall cultivates a new routine in many areas. It also is the best season for hard ciders and brews. Six historic houses in Fairmount Park will be hosting Ciderfest this Saturday. Tickets start at $45 and get you access to plenty of cider libations, live music, food, and a fantastic time.

For more information, click here.

14. Manayunk Harvest Fest

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Where: Pretzel Park, 4300 Silverwood St. 
When: Saturday, September 29th, 12:00PM—6PM 

The 2018 Manayunk Harvest Fest will be at Pretzel Park this Saturday. There will be plenty of activities as many shops, restaurants, and boutiques will have special deals. There will also be over a dozen live music performances, food trucks, face painting, pumpkin carving, and more.

For more information, click here.

15. High Caliber Festival

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Where: Battleship New Jersey, 100 Clinton St. Camden, NJ
When: Saturday, September 29th, 3PM—Sunday, September 30th, 12AM

High Caliber is the world’s only music festival aboard a US Navy Battleship. The blowout music stages will have over 30 acts takeover three stages this weekend. This rain or shine event offers up an evening of rock music on the water.

For more information, click here.

16. Opera at the Mall

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Where: Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut St.
When: Saturday, September 29th, 7PM

The 8th annual Opera at the Mall spectacular will be held this Saturday night. Opera Philadelphia’s offers up this free opera broadcast of We Shall Not Be Moved! This will be a great opportunity to see this wonderful opera classic under the shining lights of the city. Get your free tickets today, bring a blanket, and have a good time.

For more information, click here.

17. Chris Young

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Where: The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave.
When: Saturday, Septemeber 29th, 7:30PM

Former Nashville Star winner Chris Young will be playing at The Mann this Saturday night. Young is a multi-Grammy, Country Music Awards, and Billboard Award, nominee. Last year he released his seventh studio album titled Losing Sleep. If you’re in the mood for some great Country music, come down to The Mann.

For more information, click here.

18. Puerto Rican Day Parade

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Where: 16th Street and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
When: Sunday, September 30th, 12:30PM-2:30PM

In celebration of the theme The Rebirth of Puerto Rico, thousands come out each year for the Annual Puerto Rican Festival Parade. Hosted by Concilio, this amazing festival and parade will have over 1,500 marchers. The elaborate cultural festivities will also be broadcast live on 6ABC. This will be a great collective event embracing this wonderful culture. There will be performances and vendors on location.

For more information, click here.

19. Chestnut Hill Fall Festival

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Where: Germantown Ave, between Willow Grove and Rex Avenues
When: Sunday, September 30th, 11AM-5PM

The Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival is this Sunday. This day will be full of arts, crafts, vendors, live music, food, and laughter. Come to Germantown Avenue, between Willow Grove and Rex Avenues, to watch the busy area be transformed into a welcoming community village.

For more information, click here.

20. Love Me Some Comedy!

Where: Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.
When: Sunday, Septemeber 30th, 8:30PM

Skeet Carter & Comedy By TuRae Events Presents: Love Me Some Comedy! This Sunday night at Punch Line Philly. A great lineup of comedians will be bringing all the laughs to the venue all night long. Laughter and a good time is always a great way to close out your weekend.

For more information, click here.

21. Leon Bridges

Where: The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St.
When: Sunday, September 30th & Monday, October 1st, 8PM

Soul and Blues singer Leon Bridges will be playing a two-night stint at The Fillmore Philadelphia this Sunday and Monday night. The talented vocalist and singer-songwriter will be singing several tracks from his new project Good Things and some of his previous heavy rotation singles.

For more information, click here.

22. Mural Arts Month Begins

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Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Saturday, November 3rd

Philadelphia is a vibrant city full of rich artistic history and tradition. In the recent years, Mural Arts has sprung up to bring something beautiful and eclectic to several buildings in the city. In celebration of this great program, Mural Arts Month will be kicking into gear this week. There will be many reveals, panel discussions, workshops, festivals and more.

For more information, click here.


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