August is rolling to a close, which means the pools are closing, school is starting, and Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner to send summer off with a bang. But that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! Philadelphia has lots of exciting events coming in September. Here are a few to check out:
Blue Corn Lifestyle: Green and Organic Fest: Sunday, September 2, 12-5pm
This free event comes to Philly for the afternoon of Sunday, September 2, and brings a whole community together in efforts of creating awareness for a greener lifestyle. Agricultors, green market owners, restaurateurs, artists of all kinds, and tribal groups, among others, are creating a unique experience for festival-goers, one that the event coordinators hope lead to greater consumption and interest in of local, organic products.
Brazilian Day: Friday, September 9, 1-7pm
Looking for something to do with the whole family? Check out Philadelphia’s Brazilian Day 2018 at Penn’s Landing, which spans the duration of Friday, September 9. As a part of PECO’s Multicultural Series, Brazilian Day marks Brazilian Independence Day from Portugal with arts and cultural, and of course, food. Because of its energetic and engaging environment, Brazilian Day offers a myriad of performances and exhibits that display Brazil’s history, and brings not only the Philadelphia Brazilian community together, but many cultures, as they celebrate this historical day.
Greenfest Philly: Sunday, September 9, 10am-4pm
For more than ten years, Bainbridge Green has transformed every year to bring in Greenfest Philly, the largest environmental festival in the Philadelphia area. The festival is all about learning how to live sustainably in the most fun way possible. There are activities for all ages and interests—if you like shopping, now’s the time to get your newest green gadgets, a great meal, live music and demonstrations, and activities just for kids. Since its maiden celebration in 2006, Greenfest Philly expects ten to twenty thousand visitors and more than 100 vendors and supporters to help make the event another success.
Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll: Thursday, September 13, 5:30-8:30pm
Whether you’re in the market for something new or you simply like to browse, the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll promises to have something for everyone. Along Baltimore Avenue in University City, between 43rd and 52nd Streets, businesses will have $1 bargains to highlight neighborhood favorite hotspots, but also to introduce newer venues to the city. The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll is a tried-and-true favorite for Philadelphians everywhere, from the live music to the entertainment to the great deals you can find, you can expect crowds in the thousands to show up with you.
Philadelphia United Jazz Festival: Saturday, September 15, 2-10pm
If you like jazz music, the Philadelphia United Jazz Festival is the place to be on Saturday, September 15. This is their sixth annual event, thanks to organizers Warren Oree and Graziella DiNuzzo. They saw a need to preserve jazz and other arts in the Philadelphia, and eventually, the United Jazz Festival was born. It’s free admission and the whole family’s invited. With names like Jeff Bradshaw, Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, Sam Reed, and the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble, the evening promises to be one to remember.
Rock ‘N’ Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon: Saturday, September 15-16
If you like running and you like rock ‘n’ roll, you just might like the Rock ‘N’ Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon happening September 15-16 in Center City. With over twenty years to perfect the experience, the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series is thrilled to reveal their new and improved event that goes three miles farther into the city than ever before. If a half-marathon sounds like too much, there’s also a 5k and 10k, so you can still enjoy the sites and the music without all of the strain.
Mexican Independence Day Festival: Sunday, September 16
Another part of PECO’s Multicultural Series is the Mexican Independence Day Festival on Sunday, September 16. Enjoy a glimpse into Mexican culture as Mexican-Americans have the opportunity to showcase their music, food, and traditional arts and crafts. With activities for the whole family, everyone can enjoy Mexico’s beautiful cultural contributions while marking the day of their independence from Spain.
Restaurant Week: September 23 – October 5
Center City’s Restaurant Week is a pretty popular event, if you’re judging by how quickly the reservations fill up! For just $20-$35 per person, you can get a three-course lunch or dinner, respectively, at some of the hottest restaurants in town. For anyone who loves good food or is maybe looking for their new favorite restaurant, Center City is the place to be during Restaurant Week. Check out all of the participating restaurants on their website, and bear in mind that the blanket cost doesn’t include gratuity, alcohol, or tax, but it’s still a great deal for anyone looking for a fun night out with friends.