PHOTOS: Oktoberfest at Dilworth Park

It was another beautiful Indian Summer day in Philadelphia on Saturday, and crowds flocked to many of the festivals around town, including the OctoberFest at the new Dilworth Park. The autumn event included fun activities and games, plus a beer garden hosted by Garces’s Rosa Blanca, where guests could sit at café tables or on hay stacks strewn about the roped-off area.

DJs & live music spiced up the party as some guests danced to the music. Mural Arts, The Franklin Institute and ZipCar were on hand with family-friendly activities, and guests enjoyed playing Connect Four, Jenga and Chess with oversized board games. The newly opened Great Lawn at the South End of the Park was the icing on the cake. I have photos of the afternoon below:



PHOTOS: Harry Potter Festival 2014

This past weekend Chestnut Hill turned into Hogsmeade as the fourth annual Harry Potter Festival transformed Germantown Avenue into the magical world of witches, goblins, and wizards.



Kicking off the weekend on Friday night there was a pub crawl and costume contest. Saturday morning saw the “Hogswarts Express” filled with Harry Potter characters. The trolley arrived at Chestnut Hill West for a 10 a.m. opening ceremony conducted by Professor Albus Dumbledore (Walt Maguire) and Students from Chestnut Hill Colleges’ Mask & Foil Thespian Club dressed as J.K. Rowling’s famed characters. Chestnut Hill college student Dan Lemoine played Harry Potter to a tee for the third year in a row.

After the ceremony the characters and fans, many of who came dressed as Harry Potter characters or at least sported a witches hat or scarf, enjoyed one of the last days of Indian Summer, taking in the sights as well as all the Harry Potter activities that lined the street, like wand-making, dragon fire-breating and face-painting. Chestnut Hill restaurants offered Harry Potter-inspired edibles, like Golden Snitches and butter beer.

DO THIS: Questlove Playing This Weekend at UNIQLO Philly Love Fest

Questlove001The Roots drummer Questlove is spinning a set in town this weekend at the free UNIQLO Philly Love Fest on Saturday, October 4th, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The festival, taking place at Smith Memorial Park Playground and Playhouse (3500 Reservoir Drive) is a welcoming celebration of sorts for the new UNIQLO store opening in Rittenhouse at 1608 Chestnut Street on October 3rd. The afternoon will feature all kinds of activities, like runway shows, carnival games, food trucks and a variety of kid-friendly shenanigans. But our eyes are on the closing affair:

Questlove will end the party with a free set from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

More information can be found here.

What’s Worth Seeing in August: Weezer, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Fire-Breathers, Funnel Cakes, and More

Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

August 30th and 31st: Made in America
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There are only two places to be this Labor Day weekend: the Jersey Shore, or the Parkway, where Jay Z and tens of thousands of his closest friends will finish out summer concert season with the third annual installment of his huge two-day music festival. This year’s co-headliners are Kanye West and Kings of Leon, with Pharrell, Girl Talk, the National and De La Soul among the many other acts that made the cut. Though our friends in Fairmount hate MIA, we have to say we’re sold on it. But we do have one modest proposal: a couple of satellite stages in cool places like FDR and Penn Treaty parks, where local bands can share the stage with some of the bigger boys and girls. Are you listening, Mr. Z?

More of this month’s must-do events. Click on links for ticket/location information.

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This Week at GayFest!: America’s First Gay Play Gets the Philly Treatment

Philly’s only LGBT theater festival, GayFest!, kicks off tomorrow (August 5th.) Now in its fourth year, Quince Productions founder and GayFest! producer Rich Rubin says the theme of the season is new meets old.

There are a handful of Philadelphia premieres—Next Fall, Some Are People, and You Know My Name—playing alongside old-school favorites. The Haunted Host, for instance, celebrates 50 years on the stage. “It is considered by many to be America’s first full-length gay play,” says Rubin. “I’m excited about combining the new and cutting-edge work with historic work. More than ever, there’s a real range of tone and style in the festival.”

So get out there and support our city’s sole LGBT film festival. Here’s a preview of what’s happening this week during the festival:

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Free Make Music Philly Festival Is All over Philadelphia This Saturday

The Make Music Philly festival hits Philadelphia and hundreds of other cities across the world this Saturday, with 235 events at a multitude of venues across the city. Make Music Philly is an egalitarian festival: All the musicians play for free, all the events are free and they take place all over the city.

Well, okay, looking at this map they mostly take place in Center City and Northwest Philly. But it does hit some far-flung—well, far-flung from downtown—locations: The Youth Latin Jazz Ensemble is playing a Northeast Treatment Center, a rap/pop duo named Epoch Failure is playing at an apartment complex near the Northeast Airport and the Bluesberry Blues Jam is playing Morris Park in Overbrook Farms.

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2014 Cape May Harbor Festival

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Celebrate the magic of the sea at Cape May’s Harbor Fest. The all-day event will have all the things you’d expect out of a seafest: food, beer, music, games, craft vendors, demonstrations, and, of course, activities for the kids.

The festival will go down on June 14th, starting at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m., at the Nature Center of Cape May (1600 Delaware Avenue, Cape May, NJ) and it will, for sure, have something for everyone.

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PHOTOS: Photographic Review of Governors Ball 2014

We sent writers/photographers/brothers Christopher Sarkis Graham and Bryan Armen Graham to Randall’s Island in New York to check out this weekend’s three-day  Governors Ball 2014. Here’s their photographic recap of the day, which kicked off with Philly’s own Kurt Vile:



PHOTOS: 7th Annual Roots Picnic

 

PHOTOS: Calvin Harris and Co. Drop the Bass for Wired Fest Fans

The alcohol- and drug-induced mayhem that was Wired Fest was a huge hit — with music, booze and other clearly observable extra-curricular activities. Hosted by local hip-hop station Wired 96.5, thousands packed the Festival Pier Friday to see artists perform with the Delaware River as their backdrop. The show’s first big artist, Iggy Azalea, had the audience swaying to hits “Fancy” and “Work.” The Australian-born rapper was actually one of the strongest sets of the day, and the only artist who wasn’t behind a movie-theater-screen-sized DJ table.

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