81 Things to Do in Philadelphia This Weekend
Tons of fall festivals, Fringe wraps up, and things get spooky.
Get our weekly picks of what to do this weekend and the latest on Philly's arts and entertainment scene.
COVID is still a problem. And Monkeypox. And polio. All of these things have vaccines and boosters. Stay home if you don’t feel well. Test yourself if you’re not sure. Dress in layers. Don’t post old memes. Hydrate. Keep watching the skies. And above all be nice to other Philadelphians. They all have it worse than you do.
The Orchestra performances Umoja by Valerie Coleman — a work that “transforms Afro-Cuban, jazz, and classical themes into a powerful anthem” — along with pieces by Liszt and Dvorkak. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. Featuring Daniil Trifonov on piano.
$22-$168, September 30th-October 2nd, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street.
Out and About in MNYK
In honor of National Coming Out Day in October, Manayunk hosts a weekend-long festival on Main Street and beyond. Entertainment includes live music, Rocky Horror Picture Show screenings, The Laramie Project, and lots of drag (bingo, cabaret, quizzo, storytime … all of it!) — plus visit with lots of vendors, artists and LGBTQ+ organizations.
September 30th-October 2nd, Main Street, Manayunk.
Vision & Spirit: African American Art
This long-running, resilience-themed exhibition at the African American Museum includes paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and more created by artists born in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Included in general admission of $10-$14, opens October 1st, continues through February 19th, African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street.
Parks on Tap at Schuylkill Banks
This is, the final landing spot for Parks on Tap 2022. After this weekend, the wandering beer garden will begin burrowing deep into the soil and sleep among the cicadas and it won’t emerge until the spring.
Free till you buy something, September 28th-October 2nd, Schuylkill Banks, under the Chestnut Street Bridge.
Delco Arts Week
Starting Saturday, Delaware County will be buzzing with arts events and activities for kids and adults. There are more things going on than we can name, but here are a few highlights from opening weekend: Fall Fest at Smedley Park, Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at Delaware River Festival at Subaru Park, The Art of Play / The Play of Art: An Interactive Exploration of Creative Process at Upper Darby Art Gallery, It’s the Little Things: An Exhibition of Small Works at 20:20 House, Silent Movie Night with Live Piano: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at MAC Arts Center, and lots more.
Starts October 1st, continues through October 9th, multiple locations in Delaware County, complete Delco Arts Week schedule here.
Media Theater presents the time-tested, Pulitzer/Tony-winning rock musical about East Village bohemians in the 1990s dealing with poverty, AIDS and other issues. (This is part of the aforementioned Delco Arts Fest.)
$34-$59, through October 30th, Media Theater For The Performing Arts, 104 East State Street, Media.
Ionesco’s The Chairs
Quintessence Theatre Group opens its 13th season with this witty, absurdist comedy by Eugène Ionesco. Directed Alexander Burns. Adapted by Martin Crimp. Stars E. Ashley Izard, Alex Olson and Frank X.
$59, September 28th-October 23rd, Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Avenue.
Moe’s Pop-Up Experience
For a limited time, a restaurant at Springfield Mall will be made up to look like Homer Simpson’s favorite bar, Moe’s Tavern. Should make for a nice selfie or two. Costumes encouraged.
$32-$89, Fridays through Sundays, September 30th-October 16th, reserved tickets required, Springfield Mall, upper level, 1250 Baltimore Pike, Springfield.
Oktoberfest with Tiny Dynamite
Tiny Dynamite theater co. presents a night of short comic theater and games in the Physick House Garden, all with a Halloween/autumnal theme. It’s like regular theater except you’re outside in a tent with a beer and a snack in your hands, and also highly regarded vampire Dracula will be there. Directed by Kathryn MacMillan.
$25, September 30th-October 2nd, 6 p.m., Physick House Garden, 321 South 4th Street.
Opera Philadelphia’s annual celebration of “works that push the genre forward” includes Toshio Hosokawa’s The Raven (libretto by Edgar Allan Poe), Gioachino Rossini’s rarely performed Otello (libretto by Francesco Berio de Salsa and William Shakespeare), a screening of David T. Little’s Twin Peaks-inspired Black Lodge (libretto by Anne Waldman) and several other events
Multiple prices, through October 2nd; Academy of Music, 240 South Broad Street.
Walk This Way
Subtitled Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes, this exhibition is “focused on the women who designed, manufactured, sold, and collected footwear,” and includes more than a hundred pairs of shoes. These shoes are not for sale. Do not try them on. For more on the exhibition, click here.
Included in $15 museum admission, through January 15th, Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown.
Spooky Twilight Tours at Betsy Ross House
Every Friday and Saturday in October, the Betsy Ross House is offering tours filled with creepy, true stories about “the city’s gruesome history of infection and inoculation” from the 1700s. This tour is not recommended for small children or big babies.
$12, Friday and Saturday evenings, October 1st-29th, Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street.
Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary
Fairmount’s most photogenic prison has been divided into five separate haunted house attractions: Delirium (in 3D!), Machine Shop, The Crypt, Big Top Terror and Nightmares. There’s also the Bloodline Lounge (for vampire-themed cocktail), live dance performances by the Skeleton Crew in the Gargoyle Gardens, a beer garden and more.
$34, through November 12th, Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue.
Spooky Mini Golf at Franklin Square
Franklin Square’s Philly-themed mini golf is transformed into spooky fun for the Halloween season with decorations, lights, fog and other fun surprises.
$12-$15, October 1st-31st, Franklin Square, 200 North 6th Street.
Spooky science, trick-or-treating, and other family-friendly frights take over The Franklin Institute weekends this October. Bring your own bags and come in costume to explore the exhibits, knock on festive doors for candy (from costumed museum educators), and watch live science with Gourd’n the Giant Pumpkin Robot. New for this year, “The Lab” will have “eerie-sistable Halloween T.R.E.A.T.S. (Tricks, Robots, Experiments, Activities, Technology, Spooky fun),” including spider-bot building, sensory activities, mazes, photo ops and more.
Included with admission of $19-$23; weekends from October 1st-30th, Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street.
Chronicling Resistance: The Exhibition
This new exhibition at the Free Library reveals “what eight local activists, cultural organizers, and artists unearthed when they dug deeply into the same Philadelphia archives that have historically excluded their voices and perspectives. Through archival items, rare books, oral histories, and original artwork, Chronicling Resistance counters the erasure of Black, Brown, and LGBTQ+ people from the historical record, breaks silences, and uncovers new ways of understanding and enacting resistance.”
Free, through December 31st, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street.
Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse In Contemporary Art
Climate change and the vulnerability of the environment is explored in this mixed-media exhibition of works by Jennifer Angus, Mark Dion, Courtney Mattison and James Prosek.
$18 admission, through January 8th, Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffmans Mill Road, Chadds Ford.
A Leg Up
Bristol Riverside Theatre presents the world premiere of this comedy by Ken Kaissar about a family whose future depends on the success of “an intelligent prosthetic leg” made for a presidential hopeful. Too bad the leg does not work as promised.
$45-$56, continues through October 9th, Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol.
David Mendizábal directs this drama — performed in both English and Spanish — by playwright/actress Eisa Davis (from Mare of Easttown). “In Kennett Square, ‘the mushroom capital of the world,’ intersecting lives of immigrant families collide when a workplace injury, an unexpected romance, and the looming presence of immigration authorities have far-reaching ramifications for the entire community.”
$42-$47, through October 16th, People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern.
Linvilla Orchards’ annual months-long celebration of the pumpkin includes a corn maze, train rides, pony rides, face painting (please don’t paint the pony’s face) and three types of hayrides (depending on when you visit). Note: The pumpkin is the high priestess of the gourds and all good things are because she makes it so.
Free, through November 6th, Linvilla Orchards, 137 West Knowlton Road, Media.
Bucks County Playhouse presents a “re-imagined” take on the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber favorite about the life and times of former First Lady of Argentina. Choreographed by Marcos Santana. Directed by Will Pomerantz. (As always Argentina is politely instructed to refrain from crying.)
$70-$75, through October 30th, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street, New Hope.
U-2 Spy Planes & Aerial Archaeology
This exhibition at the Penn Museum includes 15 large-scale printed photographs and other classified materials gathered by U2 spy planes in the 1950s and 1960s. “Unknowingly, they also captured 70,000-foot-high views of ancient archaeological sites and geographic features, with resolutions rivaling images from Google Earth and Bing Maps.”
$13-$18 (museum admission), continues through fall of 2023, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street.
Scarecrows in the Village
Every year around this time, Peddler’s Village in New Hope gets decked out in artfully crafted scarecrows and the public gets to vote on the best. There are more than 100 on display and if even 10 percent come alive it could be a problem.
Free, runs through October 31st, Peddler’s Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope.
Now Showing at the Academy of Natural Sciences
Ocean Bound Learn about watersheds, pollution and environmental problem-solving in this exhibition which includes “hands-on activities, games and fascinating videos that reveal the moving world of water.” Through January 15th.Watershed Moment The Academy of Natural Sciences continues its Water Year series with this collection of four art installations “created by artists in response to watershed science and the physical realities of water as it moves across and through our urban landscape.” Through October 30th.
Included with museum admission of $16-$22, Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Jayson Musson: His History of Art
Philly modern art artist Jayson Musson returns with a new video series. “Utilizing costuming, props, puppetry, and scenery created in collaboration with the FWM studio team, His History of Art debuts a three-channel video series written, starred, and co-directed by Musson, who describes it as ‘a sitcom orbiting art history and all the fun to be had dancing on the minefield of the past.’”
Free, through November 13th, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Second Floor Gallery, 1214 Arch Street.
This group exhibition features works by resident fellows of the annual Windgate Wood Arts Residency Program at Old City Center for Art in Wood. “As a group, the work of the 2022 cohort represents a wide range of approaches — from historic furniture techniques to rapid prototyping and digital fabrication, from studio furniture to multimedia performance.”
Free, continues through October 23rd, Center for Art in Wood, 141 North 3rd Street.
Now Showing at the Mütter
Unseen, Photographer Nikki Johnson toured the Mütter’s restricted areas — including the Wet Room and the Bone Room — to “create images of objects, specimens, and spaces that intrigued her.” Continues indefinitely. Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadelphia. Continues indefinitely.
$15-$20 (museum admission), Mütter Museum, 19 South 22nd Street.
Art for All: The Swedish Experience in Mid-America
This long-running exhibition makes space for impressionist paintings and sculptures by Swedish-American artists working in the late-19th and early-20th centuries.
$5-$10, through February 19th, American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue.
Light: Installations by Bruce Munro
British artist Bruce Munro displays eight of his signature “immersive large-scale light-based installations” all summer long in the lush, well-manicured indoor and outdoor green spaces of Longwood Gardens. While you’re there check out the Illuminated Fountain performances through September 25th.
$18-$25 admission, through October 30th, Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square.
If We Never Get Better
Curated by the Photographer’s Green Book editor-in-chief Sydney Ellison, this new group exhibition at TILT puts the focus on health, grief and disability issues. “The nine featured artists expand on preconceived notions of these topics while highlighting principles of Disability Justice, a framework coined by a collective of Black, brown, queer, and trans activists.”
Free, through December 10th, TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image, 1400 North American Street, unit 103.
This Is My Home.
This group show features the works of five artists whose site-specific installations incorporate their “personal histories, experiences, and hopes for the future.” Includes pieces by Sean Lugo, Zsudayka Nzinga, Ellen Hanauer, Hagudeza Rullán-Fantauzzi and Hagudeza Rullán-Fantauzzi and Ana Mosquera with Evan Kassof.
Included in $6-$12 admission, runs through October 30th, National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street.
The Future Will Follow the Past
This exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz “explores the transformative changes America has experienced since 2020 and addresses antisemitism, racial violence, immigration, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights and more.” It’s also a good excuse to visit the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History which is open for the first time since the pandemic began.
Admission is free ($15 donations encouraged), continues through December, Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East.
Making Place Matter
The Clay Studio’s first exhibition at its fancy new HQ includes works by three artists who explore “the idea of a place with regard to personal history, cultural heritage, and social justice”: Peruvian-born Kukuli Velarde, Massachusetts-based Molly Hatch, and Egyptian-American North Carolinian Ibrahim Said. Each artist explores the idea of a place with regard to personal history, cultural heritage, and social justice.
Free, through October 2nd, Clay Studio, 1425 North American Street.
Lantern Theater presents Tom Stoppard’s comedy about love and revolution in 1917 Switzerland. Stars David Bardeen, Leonard C. Haas, Morgan Charéce Hall, Gregory Isaac and more. Directed by Charles McMahon.
$25-$42, through October 9th, St. Stephen’s Theater, 923 Ludlow Street.
Gift/Deeds: Collectors at PAFA
“Selections of 20th century and contemporary art from six significant art collections gifted to PAFA’s permanent collection,” through January 8th.
Admission is $15-$18, reserve tickets required, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 128 North Broad Street.
Now Showing @ the Art Museum
Medieval Treasures from the Glencairn Museum, The Art Museum mingles its medieval collection with items from the museum in Bryn Athyn. Through fall of 2023. Teresita Fernández: Fire (United States of the Americas), the artist’s new installation “unearths and exposes hidden histories embedded in landscape.” Through January 2nd. Martine Syms: Neural Swamp / The Future Fields Commission, A multichannel video installation that “challenges racial and gender stereotypes and investigates what it means to be Black and a woman in a hyper-digitized world.” Through October 30th.
$14-$23, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
PHS Pop-Up Gardens
It’s been one of the great marvels of the modern age, watching the Philadelphia Horticultural Society pivot from regular gardens to beer gardens. We get to drink outdoors in nice places. They raise some cash for their plant racket. Everybody wins.
Pay as you go, open all summer and beyond; PHS Pop Up Garden at Manayunk, 106 Jamestown Avenue; PHS Pop Up Garden on South Street, 1438 South Street.
Becoming Weatherwise: A History of Climate Science in America
This exhibition at the American Philosophical Society highlights “the importance of work by amateurs and professionals who have worked collaboratively to study weather and climate in the interest of agriculture, human health and comfort, military dominance, and simple curiosity.”
Free (timed entry tickets required), through December 31st, American Philosophical Society Library & Museum, 104 South 5th Street.
Fringe isn’t over until everybody’s seen something weird (or cool or funny or amazing, etc.). This year’s Fringe/Live Arts festival boasts a packed schedule full of theater, dance, comedy, storytelling and lots of other art, performances, etc. Some is virtual but a lot of it is in-person. The full list is here, but below are a few highlights.
- Jérôme Bel (2021) Dancer/choreographer/Fringe favorite Jérôme Bel returns. “Through a combination of lecture, archival video excerpts, and live dance, Bel constructs a genealogy of the driving forces behind his work — what he calls an ‘auto-bio-choreo-graphy.’” With Megan Bridge. $25, September 30th-October 2nd, FringeArts, 140 North Columbus Boulevard.
- The Case for Invagination #4 “Imagine Mister Rogers had a scooter accident, a thyroidectomy, a brain injury… and the puppets in his neighborhood were the remnants of these calamities.” Choreographer, writer, and performer: Nicole Bindler. Director: Mark Kennedy. Composer: Dustin Slaughter. $20, through September 30th, Maas Building, 1320 N 5th Street.
- Topside In this marathon Theater in Quarantine production, two men are trapped in a bunker together, trying to survive each other’s company. “Alternately capturing each character in looping sequences, TiQ founder Joshua William Gelb will perform Topside continuously for three hours each night, in a durational feat of digital hybridity.” $20, through September 30th, The MAAS Building Cottage, 1320 North 5th Street.
- Speech Philadelphia-based performance company A Lightning Rod Special presents “a poisonous love letter to cancel culture” created by Shayok Misha Chowdhury, Scott R. Sheppard, and Alice Yorke. Directed by Chowdhury. $29, through October 1, Proscenium Theatre at the Drake, 302 South Hicks Street.
- Wine in the Wilderness, Philadelphia Artists Collective and TheBlackBestFriend present Alice Childress’s play which “examines race, gender, and class against the backdrop of the 1964 race riots in Harlem.” Directed by Alexandra Espinoza. $30, September 22nd through October 9th, Poth Brewery, 3145 West Jefferson Street.
- The Path of Pins or the Path of Needles, Josephine Decker and Pig Iron Theatre Company present this “dark fairy tale about the terrors, joys, and deep uncertainties of pregnancy” in which each audience member seeks chooses their own path through Rigby Mansion. $37, September 16th-October 2nd, Rigby Mansion, 523 Church Lane.
- Bath House, Gunnar Montana presents this “sensory immersive theatrical experience,” an erotically charged “twin” to last year’s Motel Montana and “a sacred, hallowed temple for self-expression and a sanctuary for queerness.” $45, through October 2nd, The Latvian Society, 531 North 7th Street.
- Bon Appétit!, Lee Hoiby performs this a one-woman opera about Julia Child doing a show during a pandemic. Presented by Aurora Classical of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia. Pay what you can, through October 2nd, online.
Through October 2nd; Fringe Box Office, 215-413-1318, FringeArts, 140 North Columbus Boulevard.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th
This Finnish fourpiece specializes in traditional music from their home country using reki-style vocals and “ancient instruments” — most notably the kantele, a stringed instrument with a distinct, chiming sound. Kardemimmit’s sound is powerful, dreamy and layered.
$29, 8 p.m., Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut Street.
The Ballet comes to the Esperanza Arts Center to perform De Cerca, a program of “intimate performances and conversation featuring Latino dancers.” Includes three solos, performed by Nayara Lopes, Thays Golz, and Fernanda Oliveira.
$10, 7:30 p.m., Esperanza Arts Center, 4261 North 5th Street.
An Evening of (Black Girl) Magic
Magician Nicole Cardoza presents “an intimate evening of illusions, mentalism and mystery in her debut solo show.” Cardoza is also a public speaker, investor and the author of a mindfulness book for children called Mindful Moves.
$25, 7-8:30 p.m., Freedom Apothecary 736 North 2nd Street.
Giargiari Bel Canto Competition
The Academy of Vocal Arts presents this singing competition among up-and-coming opera stars. Competitors: Loella Grahn, Lydia Grindatto, Emily Margevich, Ethel Trujillo, Monique Galvão, Angel Raii Gomez, Luke Norvell, Shawn Roth, Benjamin Dickerson, Kevin Godínez, Peter Barber and Cumhur Görgün. Pianist and music director: Danielle Orlando. Judges: Stephanie Blythe, maestro Joseph Colaneri and Alex Fletcher.
$55, 7:30 p.m., Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street.
The rootsy Philly folk artist celebrates the release of their latest album The Sun Still Seems to Move. Early teases of the record are lovely, full of delicately strummed strings and Moser’s playful, earthy vocals. Also on the bill: Greg Mendez and Yours Are the Only Ears.
$15, 9 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 North Frankford Avenue.
Panic! at the Disco
This Vegas pop/rock act emerged in the mid-2000s, a time of great unrest at discos and raging infernos at arcades, a time when killers and fallout boys were roaming the streets. It’s nice to see they survived such uncertain times, and are still making music — their most recent being Viva Las Vengeance, released in August. Also on the bill: Marina and Jake Wesley Rogers.
$30.50-$130.50, 7 p.m., Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street.
A Celebration of 10 Years of PhilaMOCA Programming
PhilaMOCA founder Eric Bressler shares video highlights from the DIY venue’s first 10 years in the biz, including found footage, rarely seen clips and more, plus food, prizes, etc.
$14.22, 7:30 p.m., PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street.
A free outdoor screening of the 2017 animated musical starring the voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt and Alanna Ubach. Plus more people, it’s not just four characters the whole time. Tagline: “The celebration of a lifetime.”
Free, 6:45 p.m., New Courtland Germantown Home, 6950 Germantown Avenue.
The Sixties Show
This tribute band — featuring former members of The Who, Bob Dylan, and Saturday Night Live bands — presents “note-for-note recreations” of ’60s rock favorites by the Doors, the Beatles, the Beach Boys and more.
$25-$37.50, 8 p.m., Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st
Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen — the pop star even indie rockers seem to love — will drop her fifth record The Loneliest Time on October 21st, but she’s already released several singles and videos so your whistle should be wet. Even though no innuendo was intended, I apologize. It’s gross to think of a literally wet whistle just sitting there on a key chain or whatever.
$40-$80, 8 p.m., The Met, 858 North Broad Street.
Beer on the Pier
Among the beers at Beer on the Pier at Cherry Street Pier this Saturday: New Ridge, Love City, Human Robot, Evil Genius, Yards and lots more. Live music and food, too.
$50, 1-5 p.m., Cherry Street Pier, 121 North Columbus Boulevard.
Philly Comics Expo/PCX
Independent makers of comics, zines and other artists will show and sell their work at Headhouse Shambles on Saturday. Exhibiting artists include Box Brown, Alli Katz, Julia Alekseyeva, Christine Larsen, Pat Aulisio, Steve Teare, Frances Beaver, and lots more. (Related: Charles Burns posters and prints are on sale at Partners and Son through October 16th.)
Free, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Headhouse Shambles, 2nd and Pine streets.
A Night with Royalty
Sasha Magnolia leads a night of music and performance featuring her Drag Queen Revue, also starring Asia Monroe, Icon Ebony Fierce and “a special surprise guest.”
$15-$20, 8 p.m., City Winery, 990 Filbert Street.
Revolutionary Germantown Festival
Watch American and British soldiers battle it out while recreating one of the most famous battles of the Revolutionary War. There’s also lots of presentations, storytelling, food, music, kid stuff and other events. Here’s the full schedule of the day’s events.
Free, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Cliveden, 6400 block of Germantown Avenue.
Mural Arts Fest
It’s Mural Arts Month, so Mural Arts Philadelphia is hosting Mural Arts Fest on Saturday. Mural, mural, mural. This event at LOVE Park promises “a free interactive day filled with live art, music, dancing, creativity, food truck, and fun.” Music by Travel by Map, SpinCo, Hip Hop Fundamentals and more.
Free, noon-4 p.m., LOVE Park, 15th and Arch streets.
Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist experimental musician released the Mexican Summer LP last year. She performed a live set for KEXP around that time and it’s super dreamy, droney and atmospheric. Look at all that gear!
$17, 9 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 North Frankford Avenue.
You Too Fest
Sweeping Promises headlines this indie rock fest/pop up market at Love City Brewing. Also on the bill: GeeTee, Liquids, Research Reactor Corp, Chronophage, Cherry Cheeks, Real People, Ghosh, Destructos, Mesh and Reckless Randy. Lots of vendors, too.
$29.50, noon, Love City Brewing, 1023 Hamilton Street.
The British folk-punk legend is still out there, singing about important things. I love how his Wikipedia page has 2,000 words under “politics and activist” and then the only thing under “personal life” is “Bragg supports West Ham FC.” Alice Phoebe Lou opens the bill.
$35-$70, 8 p.m., Keswick Theatre, 291 North Keswick Avenue, Glenside.
Walnut2Walnut River Challenge
This kayak/canoe race will have you paddling south on the Schuylkill then north on the Delaware for 15 miles.
$65-$75 (plus $125 if you need to rent a kayak rental), starts at Schuylkill Banks, 25th and Spruce streets; ends at the boat basin near the Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Boulevard.
Two Masashi Yamamoto Films at Lightbox
Robinson’s Garden Masashi Yamamoto’s 1987 about a bohemian drug-dealer in Tokyo who walks away from her life to move into an abandoned building. What’s Up Connection In this 1990 Yamamoto film, Hong Kong teenager wins a trip to Japan and goes on a difficult to summarize adventure.
$10 per film; Robinson’s Garden at 5 p.m.; What’s Up Connection at 8 p.m.; Lightbox Film Center, 401 South Broad Street.
AIDS Fund’s popular, campy GayBINGO promises music, prizes and “drag queen antics” while raising emergency funds for people living with HIV in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Hosted by the Bingo Verifying Divas (BVDs). This Saturday’s theme is “I Put a Spell on You,” and features the Sanderson Sisters.
$38, 6 p.m., Rodeph Shalom, 615 North Broad Street.
David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket
The Hooters drummer once again assembles a band of local and national notables, including members of the Yardbirds, The A’s, Smash Palace, Huffamoose, the Soul Survivors and more, including Cliff Hillis, John Faye, Ben Arnold, Kenn Kweder — the list is long.
$30, 7:30 p.m., Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East Lancaster Avenue.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2nd
The L.A.-based Australian — who released his fourth record, Blood Moon, in June — sometimes gets filed under “indietronica.” According to Wikipedia, indietronica aka indie electronic covers “rock-based artists who share an affinity for electronic music, using samplers, synthesizers, drum machines, and computer programs,” and cites Stereoloab, MGMT and Animal Collective as examples of the genre. I feel like we learned something here today. With Gene Evaro Jr.
$30, 7 p.m., Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street.
In addition to the beer and sausages, Queertoberfest offers a drag and burlesque show, a German electro and techno dance party with pop-up performances by Icon Ebony Fierce and Iris Spectre, a yodeling contest, a pretzel-eating contest and “a German opera/operetta performance co-presented with Opera on Tap: Philadelphia featuring a cast of all local LGBTQ+ opera singers headlined by drag queen and opera singing legend Sapphira Cristal.”
$20 (gets you entry, a glass and your first beer), noon-8 p.m., Love City Brewing, 1023 Hamilton Street.
This Algerian pop star makes dramatic night-club dance jams, full of synths, pulsing beats and spirited vocals by himself and his backup singers. Most of the articles about him are in French, and this one Google Translates to: “A voice that is said to be enchanting, and which does not prevent him from being sharp when it comes to denouncing the suffering of the youth of his country of origin, Algeria. A recurring theme in his songs which has earned him the horrors of censorship, even if he does not lose his naturalness and his good humor, distinctive signs of his creations.” Sounds like he’s fighting the good fight. Plus he’s headlining the Keswick so he’s probably a big deal.
$53.50-$107.49, 6:30 p.m., Keswick Theatre, 291 North Keswick Avenue, Glenside.
Alex and the Kaleidoscope
An afternoon children’s entertainment in the Kimmel’s Commonwealth Plaza, with Alex Mitnick, host of the Emmy-winning children’s TV show of the same name.
Free, 10 a.m., Commonwealth Plaza, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
There will chanting and drinking and peeing, and this will continue once leave the parking lot and enter the stadium. That’s where you will watch people chase each around in pursuit of their favorite leather egg. Often the mood of the entire city depends on the movements of this egg, so pay attention.
$130-$560, 1 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way.
See also: The Best Philly Sports Bars for Watching the Eagles
PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: From the Heart
It’s first Sunday, which means free admission to the Barnes! This month, the Barnes Foundation is celebrating “the power of following your dreams.” The event includes performances, storytelling, and kids’ art activities. Limited capacity; registration is required online.
Free, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.