Heading to Philadelphia? Here are 10 things to do in the city of brotherly love this weekend
The fall season is in full swing in Philadelphia. This weekend is jam packed with neighborhood festivals, seasonal markets and some of the last alfresco activities of the year. Whether you hit up a beer garden at the Midtown Village Fall Festival or enjoy a cult horror movie screening at the Betsy Ross house, you’re sure to find something fun and inexpensive to do this weekend.
Clover Market: Head to Bryn Mawr for this weekend’s Clover Market, a seasonal open air market featuring over 100 vendors and food trucks. The market, 7 N. Bryn Mawr Ave., runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. By train, take the Paoli/Thorndale line to the Bryn Mawr stop. The market is right by the station. Visit http://www.theclovermarket.com/ for a full list of vendors.
Roxtoberfest 2015: The annual Roxtoberfest is from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 3. The festival includes a beer garden, home brewing competition, live music and food trucks. It’s also family friendly with children’s activities. The action takes place at 6148 Ridge Avenue in Philadelphia. Free to attend, pay as you go for food and drinks.
Midtown Village Fall Festival: 13th and Chestnut is the place to be on Oct. 3 to explore eclectic shops and delicious restaurants. The huge block party features beer gardens, sidewalk sales, food and music. Free to attend.
Bloktoberfest: Graduate Hospital hosts its own festival, highlighting its food and shopping scenes, and includes local beers, live music and food trucks. Explore the festival along South Street from Broad to 18th. Free to attend.
Revolutionary Germantown Festival: This historic neighborhood hosts an all day festival featuring a reenactment of the Battle of Germantown (the only battle fought within Philadelphia), costumed characters, plus live music, speakers, historic site tours, food and drinks. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6400 Germantown Ave.
Opera at the Mall: Once again, Opera Philadelphia is showing a free HD broadcast of La Traviata at Independence Mall. While free to attend, registration is required for the event. Attendees are welcome to bring picnics and pets. The event starts at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.operaphila.org.
Movie Night Under the Stars & Stripes: For the last cult horror screening of the season, catch “Bucket of Blood” and “Night of the Living Dead” for $5, which includes a tour of the Betsy Ross House. For $10, get a tour of Christ Church Burial Ground too. Screenings start at 5:30 p.m. but arrive by 5 for an after-hours tour of the house.
Betsy Ross’ Bible: Oct. 3 is the last day to see Betsy Ross’ Bible on display for the first time in over a decade. The family heirloom was published in 1790 and includes the birth dates for Ross’ daughters. The Bible is on display in honor of the World Meeting of Families.
Historic Chocolate Making Demonstration: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 4, learn how women played a role in the American Revolution by making military supplies and choosing patriotic beverages over tea. Try samples of the chocolate drink colonials enjoyed at the time. Free with admission to the museum.
Red Bull Art of Can: This public art exhibition and competition challenges artists to submit original works using Red Bull cans as material and focus. Over 100 artists participated and 30 were chosen for display in Philadelphia’s Dilworth Park. The opening night party kicks off Oct. 2, but the exhibition runs through Oct. 8. For more information, visit www.redbullartofcan.com.