The Oval is at it again. The pop-up park will transform into the ultimate county fair this weekend, with carnival games, fried Oreos, farm animals, and even a ferris wheel. A full weekend of all-day fare and seasonal fun will include al fresco movie screenings of Hocus Pocus and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, a wine and cider garden, kid-friendly crafts, a corn hole tournament, and live music. Expect the usual Oval pastimes, like local food trucks and outdoor gaming for all. Friday, October 10th-Sunday, October 12th, various times, The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Arts and crafts enthusiasts, Pinterest warriors, and skilled shoppers can peruse a huge variety of skilled arts vendors this weekend. The juried selections of artists will set up shop along Rittenhouse Square Park all weekend long, giving you ample time to browse American-made, handcrafted works, including clothing, jewelry, furniture, pottery, and more. Friday, October 10th-Sunday, October 12th, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (until 5 p.m. on Sunday), Rittenhouse Square Park, 1800 Walnut Street.
The Independence Seaport Museum will host a weekend-long fest along the water. Embrace your inner pirate while checking out an incredible display of tall ships and ship models, classic and antique boats, ship shanties, boat tours, pirate battles, and tons of other outdoor exhibits. Expect all sorts of craft and food vendors, plus fun activities for the littles as well. The fest will kick off this evening at 5 p.m., with a parade of boats sailing up and down the landing. Friday, October 10th, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. & Saturday, October 11th-Sunday, October 12th, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Independence Seaport Museum, Penn's Landing, 211 South Columbus Boulevard
Embrace the autumn harvest with a celebration dedicated to fall's favorite fruit. Hop Angel Brauhaus will host an all-apple-everything outdoor/indoor fest this Saturday and Sunday, featuring apple foods and desserts, apple ciders, a special apple brunch (starting at 10 a.m. both days), apple-inspired dinner specials, plus al fresco gaming and activities. We know you like them apples. Saturday, October 11th-Sunday, October 12th, 3 p.m., Hop Angel Brauhaus, 7980 Oxford Avenue.
This Saturday, October 11th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., join the Manayunk community for a grand opening celebration on Venice Island. Live entertainment by The Roxborough Symphony Orchestra and singer-songwriter Brian Flanagan, and dance performances from Merge Studios and Simons and Emanuel Recreation Centers will make use of the new facilities. The Manayunk Theatre Company will also perform, as will Philadelphia Parks and Recreations' Star Players, performing from their upcoming show Once on This Island. More here.
Fall festivities continue in full pumpkin-spiced force at Cheltenham Harvest Festival this weekend. Festival goers can expect all sorts of autumn-themed fun for the entire family, including hayrides, pumpkin decorating, craft vendors, all-day music and entertainment, games, and a food court. Admission is free! Saturday, October 11th, 12 p.m., Curtis Arboretum, Church Road and Greenwood Avenue, Wyncote, PA.
Your Sunday Funday plans are confirmed: head to the Old City Fest, where over 100 restaurants, retailers, galleries, theaters, and museums are teaming up and lining the streets for an all-day block party. Expect a huge selection of food, beverages, and shopping, exhibits showcasing local designers in support of DesignPhiladelphia, theatrical performances, a festival stage with live entertainment, and much more. Sunday, October 12th, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Arch Street (between 2nd & 4th) & 3rd Street (between Race & Market).
From GPhilly: The best Gayborhood block party of the year takes over about 10 blocks, and will go all day long with 160 different groups and vendors in the largest National Coming Out Day event in the world. The Main Stage, at 13th and Locust streets, plays host to live entertainment all day, including Mr. Philly Gay Pride 2014 "Jimmy Two Finga," the Out Proud Award Ceremonies, high-heel races, belly-dancing, and a performance by out pop star J Carson. That's not all: check out our guide to the weekend full of all-day, all-gay programming in celebration of National Coming Out Day. Sunday, October 12th, 12 p.m.- 7 p.m., 12th to 13th Street (between Spruce & Walnut Streets).
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