Now that summer is cooling down and the fall is fast approaching, are you looking for fun things to do in Philadelphia? Here are 10 unique things that might be worth checking out as the weather cools off.
1. Head of the Schuylkill Regatta
A famous Philadelphia exclusive event. This rowing event in Philadelphia dates back almost 50 years to 1970. What started with 180 participants has grown to 8,900 participants last year. The event has become so popular over the years that back in 2008, they changed it to a 2-day event. For a great weekend of entertainment, you can watch the event as a spectator at no cost. Be sure to check out their website which contains detailed information about parking, road closures, and other information.
When: October 28-29, 2017
Where: Per the website, “the best place to watch the regatta is near The Three Angels Statues, approximately 1 mile from the finish line (Boathouse Row).”
2. Philadelphia Eagles Home Opener
This fall, on September 24th, 2017, the Philadelphia Eagles have their home opener against the New York Giants. Head over to Lincoln Financial Field for the game.
When: September 24, 2017
Where: Lincoln Financial Field
3. Center City Restaurant Week
Get ready to work out those taste buds and enjoy some great deals. Select restaurants in Center City will offer 3-course dinners starting at $35 per person and many will also be offering 3-course lunches starting at $20 per person. Check out their website for details on prices and more.
When: September 10-19, 2017
Where: Restaurants Across Center City
4. Benjamin Franklin Parkway Cai Guo: “Fireflies”
In honor of Benjamin Franklin Parkway turning 100 years old this year, world-famous artist Cai Guo-Qiang, whose work was featured during the ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics, will be creating a prominent and artistic lighting display. 900 lit-up lanterns in multiple colors and shapes will be floating against the Philadelphia skyline on top of 27 pedicabs. Participants will be able to board the pedicabs.
When: September 15 – October 8, 2017, Thursdays through Sundays from 6-10pm. Opening celebration and world premiere is September 14th. Free public rides on the pedicabs will begin on September 15th, with online reservations to become available soon per the website.
Where: Per website, “Participants may board the vehicles at Iroquois Park or Sister Cities Park on the Parkway.”
5. Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series returns to Philadelphia for its 7th You don’t have to run a half marathon. Participants can choose from a 10K or 5K as well (note: the 5K and 10K are on a different date than the half marathon).
When: September 16-17, 2017
Where: 2017 Parking and Transportation not yet posted on website.
6. Chestnut Hill Fall Arts Festival
For a unique Sunday this fall, head over to Chestnut Hill for their Fall Arts Festival and enjoy art, music, food and a boutique shopping experience.
When: September 24, 2017 (rain date October 1)
Where: Between Willow Grove and Rex Avenue in Chestnut Hill.
7. Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show
The Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show is the oldest outdoor art show in the country and it’s right here in Philadelphia. Professional artists from around the nation come to exhibit their art at Rittenhouse Square. The professional artists are around the perimeter of the park, with student booths in the center of the square.
When: September 15-17, 2017
Where: Rittenhouse Square
8. Scarecrow Festival at Peddler’s Village
For a unique family outing near Philadelphia, you can hop on over to Peddler’s Village in Bucks County for their annual Scarecrow Festival which features a scarecrow-making workshop, pumpkin painting, music, and more. Check the website for details about registering in advance for the scarecrow-making (note: the Scarecrow workshop requires a fee that can be paid online). The festival is on Saturday and Sunday (September 16 and 17), but the scarecrows are on display outside from September 11 through October 29, 2017.
When: September 16-17, 2017
Where: Peddler’s Village in Bucks County, PA
9. Go to a Pumpkin Patch
Why is it so great to live in Philadelphia in the fall, among other things, pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins. There are lots of options for pumpkin patches around the Philadelphia area. Be sure to call ahead to confirm they are open during the day/time you’re looking to go. A few places also have apple picking available in the Fall as well.
To see a listing of pumpkin patches laid out on a map, you can learn more at philly.curbed.com.
10. Longwood Gardens
Fall is a great time of year at Longwood Gardens. During September, enjoy the Summer of Spectacle with Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows, Main Fountain Garden Performances, and Main Fountain Illuminated Garden Performances. Starting on October 7, the Chrysanthemum Festival appears in their outdoor gardens, with more than 1,500 chrysanthemum flowers from a single stem. There’s also a Meadow Garden and Pumpkin Playground for Kids.
When: Fall 2017. Check the website and/or call for more details and information.
Where: Longwood Gardens (1001 Longwood Road Kennett Square, PA 19348)