Everything Fun You Can Do in Philadelphia This Weekend

Dine Latino Restaurant Week, the city’s first polo classic, and your last chance to visit a summer favorite.

Happy fall, Philly! There’s plenty of autumnal activities in store for the first official weekend of the season: Lots of festivals, a parade, and even a polo tournament. With so much going on this weekend, it’ll definitely be a challenge to fit it all in, but we have confidence in your ability to perform scheduling tetris. Without further ado, here’s everything fun you can do in Philly this weekend.

All weekend long
Since Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico on Sunday, floods and high-speed winds have caused mass damage, the island’s power grid has been decimated, and many people are without clean drinking water. Here’s what you need to know and how you can donate to support those who were affected by this natural disaster.

Friday, September 23
Various locations
The final day of Dine Latino Restaurant Week is Friday, meaning you have limited time to support a local Latino-owned restaurant and reap the benefits. At participating restaurants, including Alma Del Mar, Rosario’s Pizzeria, and Creme Brulee French Bistro, buy two entrees and get a free appetizer and dessert. Also on Friday is a chef’s tasting event with James Beard Award-winner Cristina Martinez of South Philly Barbacoa and Casa Mexico.
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

Enjoy one last summertime hoorah

Friday, September 23 – Sunday, September 26
Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
It’s almost that time of year again: When the hammocks come down, the roller skates are hung up, the lights dim, and we bid farewell to the seasonal wonderland on the waterfront, Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Both spaces close for the year on Sunday, giving you one more weekend to grab a beer and sit on a floating barge at Spruce Street Harbor Park and take a few more laps around the roller rink at Summerfest.
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

Friday, September 23 – Sunday, September 26
Dover, Delaware
Drive just about 90 minutes outside the city this weekend, and you’re in for an epic lineup of performances, food vendors, and other activities. After Firefly Music Festival kicks off on Thursday, you’ll have the chance to see headliners like My Chemical Romance, Green Day, Dua Lipa, and dozens of other artists all weekend long. Beyond the stages, you can explore food trucks like Rita's Italian Ice, drink vendors like Malibu Rum, a silent disco, drag brunch and bingo, and so much more.
Cost: Single-day passes start at $129

Friday, September 23 – Sunday, September 25
116 S. 12th Street
Halloween season is officially in full swing. Halloween pop-up bar Nightmare Before Tinsel is now open with a zombie apocalypse/haunted mansion theme. Expect a giant skeleton, zombie versions of Gritty and the Phanatic, scary babies, and tons of blacklight. As for the drinks, seasonal fall beers are available, plus haunted cocktails that look like blood bags and witch’s potion.
Cost: Pay-as-you-go; $5 after 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays

Saturday, September 24
Penn's Landing and Wiggins Park, Camden
While you’re hanging out at Penn’s Landing, you might as well take a peek at the Delaware River Festival goings-on. Every river-bound activity imaginable—the RiverLink Ferry, the Independence Seaport Museum, Paddle Penn’s Landing—is free for the afternoon. On both sides of the river, check out displays from participating exhibitors, like Fairmount Water Works, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lenapehoking~Watershed Art Project, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Plus, fire rescue boat displays.
Cost: Free

Saturday, September 24
Marine Parade Grounds in the Navy Yard
The weekend of festivals continues with the first-ever Philly Arts and Music Festival. Several musical artists—including Chill Moody, DJ Nico Oso, Suzanne Sheer, and the West Powelton Steppers and Drum Squad—will perform throughout the day. As for the “art” part of the bargain, Ah Ha Brands, BLVCK SHEEP, Art of a King, and more artists will have their goods for sale. So you don’t go hungry, Hen & Hatch, Island Girl Flex by Dr. Brownies, Latin Bites, and a handful of other food trucks will be on site.
Cost: $35-60

Saturday, September 24
Edgely Field
New event alert: The city’s first Polo Classic. The main events are the two polo matches, including the Feature Match, where elite polo players face off, led by Philadelphia’s own Kareem Rosser, captain of the first all-Black team to win the National Interscholastic Polo championship, and professional polo player, Nacho Figueras.
Cost: $25-250

Saturday, September 24
Frankford Avenue, between Girard and Columbia Avenues, with additional festival activities along Master, Thompson, and Lee Streets
Now taking place in the fall, Fishtown Feastivale brings everything you love about Fishtown (the food, the bevs, the art, the retail) to the neighborhood’s center throughway. Grab tacos from Calle El Sabor, BBQ pork sandwiches from Cheu/Nunu, mortadella pizza el Teglia from Wm Mulherin's Son, baked goods from Ramona Susan’s Bakeshop, hard seltzer and burgers from Two Robbers, cocktails and beer from Johnny Brenda’s, and so much more. Get your shop on from dozens of vendors, including Tiger Snake Vintage, Jewelry Designs By KL, Russ Brown Photography, and TOILE. Pace yourself!
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, September 24
Fort Mifflin
Transcendental vibe curators Making Time are hosting their next party at an unlikely venue: The Revolutionary War relic Fort Mifflin. Over the course of two days, electronic and dance artists will descend on the historic fortress while you dance on the grassy fields inside the fort’s walls. There’ll be plenty of bars (including one run by Beddia), sandwiches from Middle Child, and otherworldly visuals from Klip Collective. Oh yeah, as for that musical lineup: Four Tet, Bicep (DJ set), Omar S, Floating Points, Avalon Emerson, LSDXOXO, John Talabot (DJ set + disco set), Daniel Avery, TSHA, plus tons more. Does that convince you yet?
Cost: $80-125

Sunday, September 25
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Back after a two-year hiatus, the Puerto Rican Day Parade is a huge draw. Anywhere from 1,500 people will march and upwards of 5,000 folks will line the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to spectate. Take in the sights and sounds of the island with traditional Latino music, floats, poetry, and dance all afternoon long.
Cost: Free

Sunday, September 25
Germantown Avenue, between Willow Grove and Rex Avenues
A delightful fall tradition in Chestnut Hill, more than 100 arts and crafts vendors will set up shop along Germantown Avenue for the Fall For The Arts Festival. Pick up some original oils, watercolors, etchings, photography, sculpture, pottery, wood crafts, jewelry, and accessories and watch glass blowers, weavers, and potters at work. Plus, there will be kids activities, live music, used book sale, and plenty of dining options.
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

Sunday, September 25
Singing Fountain, 11th and Tasker Streets
Just face it: You were looking for an excuse to enter your dog into a fashion show. At East Passyunk’s first-ever Floofa-PAWlooza, not only can your four-legged friend strut their stuff on the runway, you can get them some goodies from Amelie’s Bark Shop, Doggie Style Pets, Sally’s Paw Spaw, mingle with adoptable pups, and snap a pic in cat-inspired photo booths. Just a heads up that if you want to take part in the fashion show, you’ll have to register in advance.
Cost: Free, $10-16 fashion show entry

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Allie Volpe is a writer based in Philadelphia. She hasn't slept in days. Follow her on Twitter: @allieevolpe.