What’s happening in Philly: 15 amazing things to do this week

Center City Restaurant Week/Photo courtesy of Center City District

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

1. Closing Soon: 100 Years, 100 Women 

(RBG // Mallory Wetherell)

Where: The Clay Studio | 139 N 2nd St
When: Runs through Sunday, September 27

100 Years, 100 Women will be closing at The Clay Studio this Sunday. This wonderful exhibit commemorates the ratification of the 19th amendment and the work being down for women’s rights through the years. It features 100 modern-day commemorative plates that encapsulate the strength of women empowerment.

For more information, click here.

2. Festival 020

Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Sunday, September 27

Festival O20 will be coming to a close this Sunday. Presented by Opera Philadelphia, several groundbreaking opera performances will come to life like never before. Macbeth will be front and center on the Academy of Music stage. Woman with Eyes Closed, and more.  If you’re a lover of the arts, check all the listings for these amazing events.

For more information, click here.

3. Closing Soon: Philly Tech Week

Save the dates: Our 10th annual Philly Tech Week happens May 1 to 9, 2020 - Philly

Where: Digital Event
When: Runs through Friday, September 25

Philly Tech Week has been bringing the best and innovation, futurism, and technology to the region for ten years. Presented by Comcast, this spanning digital expo will have discussions, contests, Q&A panels, demonstrations, gaming collectives, and more.

For more information, click here.

4. Closing Soon: Center City Restaurant Week

(Center City Restaurant Week //Photo courtesy of Center City District)

Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Friday, September 25

Center City Restaurant Week is coming to an end this Friday. Luckily for you, this amazing culinary offering and wallet-friendly week will be churning through the weekend. 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 before it’s too late.

For more information, click here.

5. Philadelphia Fringe Festival

Where: Predominately Digital Event
When: Runs through Sunday, October 4

The Fringe Festival will be continuing this weekend. Don’t miss your opportunity to catch some stellar artistic performances across the city. These contemporary works will be a sight to behold. Philadephia Fringe Festival is predominately digital this year. There will be dramatic preferences, discussions, dance displays, cabarets, musicals, sketches, comedic productions, and more

For more information, click here.

6. University City Dining Days

(University City Dining Days)

Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Sunday, October 4

This weekend is your last chance to get tremendous three-course lunch and dinner deals. More than 35 restaurants in University City are offering dishes for $15, $25, and $35 during the day. A great meal and drinks can never be a bad way to spend your time.

For more information, click here.

7. Outdoor Movie Screenings 

(Urban Farmer and The Logan Hotel’s Outdoor Dinner and a Movie)

Where: Various locations
When: Various times

The outdoor movie screenings aren’t over for the season. Catch Back to the Future this Thursday, September 24 at The Logan Hotel’s outdoor courtyard outside of Urban Farmer. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will be screened on the same day ar The Mann Center. This Sunday, check in on Charlie Bucket with  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at the Oaks.

8. Beer Gardens

(Courtesy of/FCM Hospitality)

Where: Various locations
When: Various times

Parks On Tap, Independence Beer Garden, PHS Pop Up, Park River Stroll, and plenty of other establishments are still open for the season.  Come to any of these amazing locations for great drink specials, a serene atmosphere, and great food.

 9. Spruce Street Harbor Park

Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park | 301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
When: Runs through the season

Sustained by UNIVEST, Spruce Street Harbor Park is still one of the major hotspots in the city. 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.

10. Carpenters’ Hall 

(Carpenters’ Hall)

Where: Carpenters’ Hall | 320 Chestnut St
When: Open daily (except Mondays) |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Located in the heart of Independence National Historical Park and walking distance to other well-known historic sites like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, Carpenters’ Hall is the perfect stop on a family vacation or day trip to Philadelphia. Most known for being the site of the First Continental Congress, Carpenters’ Hall is free to the public and features unique artifacts and stories that date back to our nation’s founding the whole family will enjoy.

For more information, click here.

11. Wildlife Photographer of the Year

(Ralf Schneider//Wildlife Photographer of the Year)

Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University | 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
When: Runs through Monday, February 15, 2021

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is an exhibition of exceptional images that capture fascinating animal behavior and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. Developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London, the exhibit features the 100 awarded images from the 2019 entries. The Academy of Natural Sciences is the first institution on the East Coast to display this exhibition. Don’t miss your chance to see a wide array of startling, beautiful, and revealing moments in nature that people rarely witness.

For more information, click here.

12. The Philadelphia Orchestra

Where: Various locations
When: Begins Wednesday, September 30

Lovers of music rejoice! The Philadelphia Orchestra will be returning for another amazing season. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra will return to the stage and community for a transformed fall season. The performances will be reimagined and filmed without audiences at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts (in September and October) and in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (in November and December). They will be presented weekly on the Orchestra’s Digital Stage. Weekly small ensemble performances from locations throughout the Philadelphia region will also be made available to audiences for free. The first day of performances begins on Wednesday, September 30.

For more information, click here.

13. PAFA’s 119th Annual Student Exhibition 


Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts |118-128 N Broad St
When: Runs through Saturday, October 3

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)  119th Annual Student Exhibition (ASE) is on full display through next week. This exhibition is a marvelous annual presentation of student work throughout PAFA’s two main campus buildings, the Historic Landmark Building and the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building. Students had the opportunity to create, install, and sell their tremendous works of art. You don’t want to miss this.

For more information, click here.

14. Linvilla Orchards Pimpkinland

Where: Linvilla Orchards | 137 W. Knowlton Rd | Media, PA
When: Runs through Sunday, November 8

The waning days of Summer always have us looking towards the fall. Hoodie and spiced latte season will be soon upon us. Another thing that comes to mind during the changing seasons is pumpkins. Linvilla Orchards Pumpkinland continues this week. The family tradition of the Delaware Valley will have live music, hayrides, corn mazes, a  jack-o-lantern exhibit, and so much more.

For more information, click here.

15. Andalusia Historic House, Gardens and Arboretum

Where: Andalusia Historic House, Gardens and Arboretum | 1237 State Rd | Andalusia, PA
When: Open daily

Andalusia Historic House, Gardens and Arboretum is the perfect day trip for those looking to spend time outdoors, with plenty of space for social distancing. The 100-acre property is the ancestral home of the Biddle family and is a natural paradise of native woodlands and spectacular formal gardens. Visitors can once again tour the stunning, lush property overlooking the Delaware River. With fall in full swing, you don’t want to miss the stunning landscape this beautiful estate holds.

For more information, click here.


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