Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

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    Manayunk Restaurant Week: Twice a year, Manayunk celebrates its food scene during the StrEAT Food Festival and Restaurant Week. Sept. 30 is the last day. Participating eateries offer three-course menus at prices ranging from $15-$35. The festival’s special ingredient is apples so keep an eye out for featured food items and drinks. Restaurants include Tomato Bistro and Bourbon Blue. Visit to see the full list of participating restaurants.

    Midtown Village Fall Festival: The annual Midtown Village Fall Festival is one of the biggest street festivals in Philly. This year, the festival takes place Oct. 1. Taking place down 13th Street from Market to Locust, the day features eight hours of food, music and shopping. Local artists and entertainers will be on hand to make the day even more special. From noon to 8 p.m., explore one of the coolest neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Visit for more information.

    Revolutionary Germantown Festival and Grumblefest: This day-long festival honors the Battle of Germantown, the only military engagement fought within the city’s borders. On Oct. 1, check out costumed characters, food and drink, live music and a reenactment of the battle. Events run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit for details. After the reenactment, don’t miss Grumblefest, an Oktoberfest celebration held in the historic Grumblethorpe house. From 4-8 p.m., enjoy beer, music and food in the Grumblethorpe gardens. Visit to learn more.

    Go West! Craft Fest: The annual craft festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 1 in West Philadelphia at the Woodlands with a rain date Oct. 2. Vendors offer handmade items from jewelry to clothing, candles to stationery. More than 100 local crafters will attend. The day includes music, food, acrobatic performances by the Tinycircus and activities for children. Visit to learn more.

    Opera on the Mall: On Oct. 1, head to Independence Mall to enjoy a free, big-screen HD broadcast performance starring Opera Philadelphia. This year features “Turandot” by Puccini. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner. Dogs are welcome but must remain leashed. Even though the event is free, online registration is required. Gates open at 5:30 and the screening begins at 7 p.m. Visit to get tickets.