The air is cooling, the leaves are turning—fall is in full swing in Philadelphia! But that doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy time outside (in fact, it’s probably even better to now with the milder temps and crisper air!). So before it truly gets too cold, toss on a sweater or a light jacket and enjoy this week’s Top 5 Events that feature fall outdoor fun. Catch a movie, cheer on racers in an ancient Chinese tradition, strolls the streets of Philly for food, deals, and activities, or just hang out outside and relax.
Camden Roosevelt Plaza Pop Up Park
When: Now until December Where: Along 5th Street, between Market and Federal Streets, Camden Cost: Free!
Spend a day outside and enjoy this revitalized park in downtown Camden. New landscaping offers a beautiful green space to relax in, and the public art on display presents a vibrant pop in the innovative space. Colorful seating and tables are the perfect place to enjoy lunch or just hang out with friends, and interactive lighting units that change based on passing motion round out this lively, exciting pop-up park.
Night Market Philadelphia
When: October 2nd, 7:00 p.m. –11:00 p.m. Where: 10th and Race Street, Chinatown Cost: Pay as you go
Don’t miss the last installment in the Night Market Philadelphia 2014 series! The final stop on this Philly food-frenzy tour is Chinatown, where the streets will be jammed with favorites from the city’s exciting food scene. Enjoy fare from local restaurants and food trucks, and watch regional musicians and talented artists like Johnny Showcase perform at this street fair. Head out to this block party and experience one of the great neighborhoods of Philly!
Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival
When: October 4th , 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Where: Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River Cost: Free!
Dragon Boat racing is a tradition that dates back to ancient China, and today it is one of the fastest-growing water sports. Watch as the boats, decorated in brilliant colors and dragon heads and tails, are paddled by 20 people and race to the finish line in North America’s largest Dragon Boat racing festival. The races aren’t the only excitement, though—numerous corporate, civic, and community groups will have tents set up in a picnic area along the riverfront. Live music and vendors sell dragon boat goods and other Asian products such as clothes and crafts as well. So pack a picnic and enjoy this fun day by the river!
Midtown Village Fall Festival
When: October 4th, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Where: 13th Street between Chestnut and Locust Streets Cost: Pay as you go
This is another great block party that you can’t miss! Eight hours of food, drinks, entertainment, and more is a great way to kick off the fall season. Tents along 13th street will offer delicious food and drinks from the neighborhood’s restaurants, and other vendors will be scattered throughout the festival (including beer gardens! 21+). Multiple stages will pump out live music from various artists, and retail booths will have deals for meandering shoppers. Lastly, enjoy sumo wrestling, dunk tanks, and other fun activities too!
Live @ Lunch: No Good Sister
When: October 8th, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Where: Dilworth Park, Cost: Free!
Experience the beauty and fun of the new Dilworth Park! Take a break from work or school at lunchtime to come and see a local band, No Good Sister, perform. The trio, composed of a mom, a teacher, and a waitress, have been performing together since 2012, and you can check out their music here. FirstPersonArts will also hold a Story Slam during intermission, so be sure to stop by.