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What’s happening in Philly this weekend: Oct. 4-6

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!

1. Design Philadelphia

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Where: Various locations

When: Runs through Sunday, October 13

Philadelphia hosts this highly anticipated and innovative festival each year. Design Philadelphia will showcase great feats in architecture. There will be urban design, furniture design, textiles, industrial pieces, lighting features, landscape exhibits, graphic design, and more at this fascinating event.

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2. Philadelphia Furniture Show

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Where: 23rd Street Armory | 22 S 23rd St

When: Run through Sunday, October 6

Come out to the 23rd Armory Street Armory this weekend to take in the 2019 Philadelphia Furniture Show. This phenomenal interior furnishing expo will feature several artisans and handmade pieces from all around the country. There will be food and cocktails available for pay-as-you-go purchases.

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3. Blooms & Bamboo

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Where:  Longwood Gardens | 1001 Longwood Rd | Kennett Square, PA

When: Runs through Sunday, November 17

Blooms & Bamboo: Chrysanthemum and Ikebana Sogetsu Artistry features towering and amazing  Ikebana bamboo art arrangements. An Ikebana Sogetsu artisan, Akane Teshigahara, has created amazing swirling and twisting works exclusively for Longwood Gardens.

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4. Notorious RBG

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Where: National Museum of American Jewish History |  101 S Independence Mall E

When: Runs through January 2020

The National Museum of American Jewish History welcomes a new exhibit to its halls this week, Notorious RBG.  It’s the first-ever museum retrospective navigating the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The visually-immersive exhibit traces her career-defining moments and more.

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5. Chestnut Hill Night of Lights

Where:  Germantown Ave

When: Friday, October 4 | 6:45 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Chestnut Hill’s 3rd Annual Night of Lights is this Friday. When strolling through the streets of Chesnut Hill, you’ll be captivated by the historical images and films from the conservancy’s archives projected onto storefront windows and onto exterior walls. Neighboring buildings and walls will also be filled with colored lights. It’s also Chesnut Hill First Friday which boasts extended hours for shops, boutiques, and restaurants.

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6. Franklin Square Spooky Golf Course 

Where: Franklin Square | 200 N 6th St

When: Runs through the season

Franklin Square will have several events at the entertainment hotspot this weekend. Through the month of October, there will Spooky Mini Golf ($10 adults, $8 children) each weekend from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. There will be fog, lights, music, and surprises. In the coming weeks, keep your eyes peeled for a new inflatable Halloween maze.

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7. Friday Night Movies at Betsy Ross House 

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Where: Betsy Ross House | 239 Arch St

When: Friday, October 4 | 7 p.m.

This Friday night, Betsy Ross House will be hosting two Halloween-themed screenings. The First Friday Movie Night series wraps up with a spooky double feature with Bucket of Blood and the original Night of the Living Dead.  It’s just $5 for both movies. Don’t forget to BYOB and snacks.

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8. Ghost Ship

Waterfront Arts Debut Installation

Where: Race Street Pier | Race St & North Christopher Columbus Blvd

When: Runs through Sunday, November 3

Created by Biangle Studio, this spooky and hauntingly fun holographic illusion takes over the Delaware Waterfront this Friday. The 18th-century ship stands 50-feet tall underneath the Ben Franklin Bridge. You can take a self-guided audio tour of this visual marvel.

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9. Brian Sanders’ JUNK Presents 2nd Sanctuary

Where: 21st St & Christian St

When: Runs through Sunday, November 3

2nd Sanctuary is an unforgettable and mindbending 21st century Halloween experience. Choreographer Brian Sanders has taken over an old church at 21st & Christian and offers up this VR and sensory-driven attraction. Jump from an escape room to Zombie Disco, and so much more.  This is a creative escape from the mundane haunted house. 2nd Sanctuary takes the season to all-new heights and engrossing depths.

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10. Old City First Fridays 


Where: Various locations

When: Friday, October 4

Each First Friday of the month Old City opens its galleries and studios for a little fun. Several participating spaces will have painting collection, woodworkings, sculptures, furniture, metal works, and more all throughout several buildings. Stop by The Clay Studio for From Storage to the Studio, The Plough & the Stars for an Oktoberfest celebration, and several other events during the weekend.

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11. Frankford Ave First Fridays 

Where: Various locations

When: Friday, October 4

Old City isn’t the only neighborhood celebrating the first Friday of the month. Fishtown will be brimming with art, culture, food, and more. October First Friday! will feature special Happy Hours, launch parties, art installations,  DJ parties, and several other activities.

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12. First Friday at The Barnes 

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Where: The Barnes | 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

When: Friday, October 4 | 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Barnes Foundation’s First Friday soiree is tonight. The series of jamborees always has great live music, cocktails, gallery access, and more. This Friday there will be a great celebration of powerhouse pianist and jazz singer, Nina Simone.

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13. Havana Nights

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Where: World Cafe Live | 3025 Walnut St

When: Friday, October 4 | 9 p.m.

World Cafe Live’s monthly Havana Nights celebration takes place this Friday night. The musical treasure will have cultural food and a live band at this event. Come to this free celebration and listen to Conjunto Philadelphia add some flare and excitement to your Friday night.

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14. Maggie Rogers 

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Where: The Mann Center | 5201 Parkside Ave

When: Friday, October 4 | 7 p.m.

Maggie Rogers brings her  Heard It In A Past Life 2019 Tour to the City of Brotherly Love this Friday. The tour, supporting an album with the same name, illustrates why this rising name in music has played at Coachella, opened for Mumford & Sons, and has shared the stage with several household names. The “Alaska” singer-songwriter will be taking over the amphitheater for an intimate night.

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15. Happy Place at the King of Prussia Mall

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Where: King of Prussia Mall | 160 N. Gulph Rd | King of Prussia, PA

When: Runs through Sunday, January 5, 2020

Happy Place has already enjoyed a residency at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas. This week, the fun-filled extravaganza comes to the King of Prussia Mall. Whether you’re dancing in the middle of the world’s largest indoor confetti dome, jumping off of a larger than life rainbow into a pot of happiness, or posing inside a rubber ducky bathtub, this place is bursting with joy.

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16. Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival

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Where: Kelly Drive

When: Saturday, October 5 | 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m

The 2018 Dragon Boat Festival is this Saturday. Come to the Schuylkill Banks to see 20 paddlers, drummers, and others steer these longboats on the water. This will be a great showcase of teamwork as the paddlers work in unison to splice the water and lead their teams to victory.

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17. Revolutionary Germantown Festival

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Where: Cliveden | 6401 Germantown Avenue

When: Saturday| October 5; Festival: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Oktoberfest: 4-8 p.m.

Historic Germantown’s house Cliveden will be the setting of the Revolutionary Germantown Festival this Saturday. There will be battle reenactments, impersonators of great figures in history, speeches, recognition of how local events shaped the war, and much more. The event will end with a Battle Bash that includes food, music, and an Oktoberfest celebration.

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18. Morris Arboretum Fall Family Weekend 

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Where:  Morris Arboretum | 100 E. Northwestern Ave

When: Saturday, October 5 & Sunday, October 6 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Fun Weekend) | Runs through Thursday, October 31 (Scarecrow Walk)

This weekend, head over to Morris Arboretum for its Fall Family Weekend. You can make your own scarecrow, pumpkin painting, and apple sampling. The famous Scarecrow Walk opens this weekend as well. Don’t forget to vote on your favorite scarecrow.

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19. Site/Sound: Revealing the Rail Park

What is Site/Sound?

Where: Various locations

When: Saturday, October 5 – Saturday, October 19

Site/Sound is merges large-scale art installations created through sound and light projection by three teams of Philadelphia artists, cutting-edge live performances of new music, discussions on the use of public art in creating great public spaces, and fun and engaging activities and experiences designed by community organizations from neighborhoods along the current and future Rail Park. Across all three sites, the festival will present a diverse mix of Jazz, Folk, World, Contemporary Classical, Soundscapes, and Electronic music, as well as dance and performance art.

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20. Roxtoberfest

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Where: Ridge Ave from Lyceum Ave to Leverington Ave

When: Saturday, October 5 | 12 p.m. – 6 p.m

Roxborough will be having its own intriguing Oktoberfest party this Saturday. There will be food trucks, vendors, live music stages, beer gardens, games, and more at this free-to-enter event. The  community sidewalk jamboree will also have carnival games and several engaging activities

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21. King of Prussia Beer Royale

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Where: King of Prussia Mall | 160 N Gulph Rd

When: Thursday, October 3 and Saturday, October 5

It will be beer o’clock this weekend at the King of Prussia Mall. Come out to Beerfest Royale this Thursday and Saturday. There will be a tremendous happy hour and massive sampling events. The drinking celebration will have live music, plenty of food vendors, and a multitude of craft beers and cocktails.

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22. Midtown Village Fall Festival

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Where: Centered at 13th St & Chestnut St

When: Saturday, October 5 | 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The 2019 Midtown Village Fall Festival is this Saturday afternoon. This free to enter gathering will have food, drinks, and plenty of shops open for business. Come out for the splendor of local arts, crafts, collectibles, and more being peddled by area merchants. Thousands have been known to navigate through the streets each year at this event. BRÜ Fall Fest will take place during the event and El Vez’s outdoor Tequila Garden will have street specials like frozen blood orange margarita, chicken tacos, corn on the cob, chips and guac, and more.

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23. Jack’s Pumpkin Glow

Where: Catholic Total Abstinence Fountain | Avenue of the Republic & States Dr 

When: Saturday, October 5 – Sunday, November 3

Jack’s Pumpkin Glowe is a one-of-a-kind spectacle for the entire area. A sea of carved pumpkins line the streets as you walk along the trail. There are different specialized events in the park during the series and some of the most famous celebrities can be found etched into the orange faces of these seasonal treasures.

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24. Incubus


Where: The Met Philadelphia | 858 N Broad St.

When: Saturday, October 5 | 8 p.m.

This concert is sold out however, there are several verified resale options available to fans. Incubus brings the 20 Years of Make Yourself & Beyond Tour to The Met Philadelphia this Saturday night. The California alternative rockers will be performing several hits from their celebrated discography.

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25. Carrie Underwood

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Where: Wells Fargo Center | 3601 S Broad St.

When: Saturday, October 5 | 7 p.m.

Country music star Carrie Underwood will be performing at the Wells Fargo Center this Saturday night. The vocal powerhouse and Grammy award-winner released her sixth studio album Cry Pretty last year. This tour, celebrating that release, will have great opening acts and show off Underwood’s amazing talent.

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26. Cherry Street Pier Family Fun

Where: Cherry Street Pier | 121 N Columbus Blvd

When: Sunday, October 6 | 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Paint) | 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Moana)

Cherry Street Pier has exciting events each day. This Sunday, stop by the waterfront hotspot for family painting and a movie. Local visual artist and graphic designer Flygirrl will lead the children in a spectacular art-making session. Later in the day, Moana will be screened for free.

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27. Museum Sundays

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art | 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy and Barnes Foundation | 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

When: Sunday, October 6 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Sunday come to The Barnes Foundation for PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Art and Movement.  Come capture pose and practice gesture drawing with live models from the Pennsylvania Ballet. Attendees can make tutus and ribbon wands, take a self-portrait at the Degas-inspired selfie station, and learn basic ballet steps. There will be several other tremendous activities at this event.  Stop by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for pay-what-you-wish Sunday as well. This Sunday is Family Festival: Ready, Set, Draw! Stop by to meet children’s book illustrator Alisa Wismer, who will sign copies of her new book, Let’s Talk About Modern Art.

28. Jets vs. Eagles 

Where: Lincoln Financial Field | 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way

When: Sunday, October 6 |  1 p.m.

The Eagles will be back at Lincoln Financial Field this Sunday to take on the New York Jets. The stadium will be rocking as Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffrey, Zach Ertz, Malcolm Jenkins, and company take on these AFC rivals from up the highway. For fans going to the game, stop by XFINITY Live! to catch Sean Brace, David Akers, and more for the Fox Sports The Gambler kickoff show!

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29. New York FC vs Union 

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Where: Talen Energy Stadium | 1 Stadium Dr | Chester, PA

When: Sunday, October 6 | 4 p.m.

The last game of the Union’s regular season takes place this Sunday. The local club has already clinched a playoff spot in the east. They’ll be taking on playoff-bound New York FC in front of a raucous crowd. Come see the team close out the season and get primed for their run towards an MLS championship.

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30. Lauv

Lauv ~how i'm feeling~ Tour

Where: The Fillmore Philadelphia | 29 E Allen St

When: Sunday, October 6 | 8 p.m.

American singer, songwriter, and producer Lauv will be performing at The Fillmore Philadelphia this Sunday night. This is the second soldout show on the list. There are verified resale tickets available for the Met You When I Was 18 (The Playlist) act. The “I’m So Tired…” singer-songwriter will certainly be hearing the cheers from a packed venue.

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