Happy Fall!! Can it really be the last weekend in September already? Where did this month go? And now the humidity is back so it doesn’t even feel like fall (in fact I turned my air conditioner on again today – gross!) but at least you can enjoy these last great events of the month without having to wear a coat (well, you might need a raincoat). There is a lot happening to take advantage of this weekend so get your slickers and rain boots on and and enjoy all that’s going on in and around Philly!
Head to Wildwood for the 20th annual Irish Fall Festival this Friday September 23rd through Sunday September 25h. Take part in a celebration of all things Irish with Irish dance lessons, live performances, food, vendors, crafts, a golf tournament, Catholic mass, parade and more.
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
Saturday September 24th
Several museums across the region including:
Brandywine River Museum, National Liberty Museum, National Constitution Center, Fireman’s Hall Museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences and more.
Enjoy free admission to one of the Philadelphia region’s cultural attractions this Saturday September 24th courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine’s Annual Museum Day. Get free admission for you and a guest by printing out a pass on the Smithsonian’s Museum Day website. Free.
Come on out to celebrate the start of a new school year with some carnival fun in the city at The Philadelphia School’s City Country Festival. Bring the whole family for games and entertainment, including a moon bounce, face painting, crafts, cupcake decorating, and more. Refreshments will be available. Families will find great bargains on kid’s items, such as gently used books, games, DVDs, and costumes at the tag sale. The carnival will take place rain or shine. Free.
It’s Linvilla Orchard’s annual Apple Festival this weekend Saturday Sept. 24th through Sunday September 25th. Families can get into the fall spirit with a celebration of all things apple including pick your own apples, a pie eating contest, and more. Plus hayrides, pony rides, face painting, entertainment, costumed characters, games & contests, music, apple treats and recipes, candy apples, and even Pumpkinland. Also this weekend at Linvilla is the Pennsylvania 150 Civil War Road Show, a traveling exhibition housed in a 53 foot trailer, that aims to teach Pennsylvania residents about the Civil War through its interactive exhibits and lessons by stopping in all 67 counties over a three year period. Festival and Civil War Road Show are free. Some attractions ticketed.
RotorFest, a two day air show running Saturday September 24th through Sunday September 25th, will feature the best of Rotary Flight seen anywhere in the US this year. This is the only all-helicopter air show in America, featuring three air shows daily. Plus amusement rides, food, fun, music and of course helicopter rides. $10-$20, ages 2 and younger free. Helicopter rides $40.
On Saturday September 24th from 11am – 5pm and Sunday September 25th from 12 Noon – 4pm, families can enjoy the Philadelphia Interfaith Children and Youth Festival. This outdoor festival celebrates diverse faith traditions and highlights community programs that enhance the spirits, minds, and bodies of young people. Enjoy international foods, exhibitis, arts and crafts, dance, a petting zoo and more. Plus American Sign Language demonstrations and other international fun for all. Free.
The Hero Thrill Show, created in 1954 to help fund secondary education for children of parents fallen during service in the Philadelphia Police and Fire Departments, will run again this Saturday September 24th from 12 Noon – 5pm outside of the Wells Fargo Center. Families can feel good to help children who need assistance while viewing the amazing spectacular of show featuring highway patrol motorcycle drill team, the K-9 Unit, Bomb Squad, S.W.A.T. teams and more. Tickets $10 for individuals, $25 for families.
Join the American Philosophical Society for its Roots, Shoots and Barrels: A Family Weekend on Saturday September 24th and Sunday September 25th from 10am – 4pm to include hands-on activities such as make a mini-greenhouse or create a book arts project with artist, Rosae Reeder. Watch a cooper demonstration, take a tour of Old City and more! Free.
It’s the 20th anniversary of Eastern State Penitentiary, which means extra spooktacular and frightful fun this fall plus two new attractions to celebrate their 20 years of terror. The Penitentiary’s legendary Terror Behind the Walls kicks off September 23rd and runs through Saturday November 12th. Called “perfect for Halloween” by The New York Times and ranked No. 1 in the nation by AOL City Guide, Terror Behind the Walls is the region’s premier haunted attraction right in our backyard. $12 adults, $8 for kids. Important: Not recommended for children under age 7!! Bonus: Get Buy One, Get One FREE tickets to Terror Behind the Walls for Friday Sept. 22nd or Saturday September 24th. Buy now before they sell out!
It’s the launch of a new Story Time at the ‘Stalk this Sunday September 25th from 9:45am – 10:30am. Cake and the Beanstalk is a family friendly coffee house and bakery that also specializes in decoration cakes. They have kids’ tables and chairs, children’s books, drawing materials and a place to pin up children’s artwork. Enjoy stories, lots of giggles for all and plenty of chocolate chip cookies! Free.