Heading to Philadelphia? Here are 10 things to do in the city of brotherly love this weekend
This week features rooftop yoga, food festivals celebrating honey, mushrooms and sausages, and the opening of a new exhibit at the Museum of Art. Also, don’t miss some of the incredible performances of Philadelphia’s Fringe Festival and celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day. Most events are free or inexpensive. Check out the weekend’s happenings below:
The Wizard of Oz at Weavers Way: Weavers Way Farms, an urban farm on Henry Avenue is hosting a screening of The Wizard of Oz from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 11. The farmstand is open for shopping until 7 p.m. and visitors are welcome to explore the farm, but bring a blanket and picnic and enjoy one of the last outdoor screening of the season.
South Philly Sausage Festival: The first festival dedicated to sausages takes place in the Newbold neighborhood on Sept. 12 from 12-8 p.m. Located on West Passyunk, west of Broad Street, the day will feature music, activities for children and art, as well as fall inspired mircobrews from local breweries, and of course, sausages. There are non-meat sausage options available. Proceeds from the day go toward the area’s street cleaning program, which employs 14 people with disabilities through Horizon House.
Sacred Stories: The World’s Religious Traditions: The Free Library of Philadelphia is celebrating the Pope’s impending visit with a special exhibit of sacred texts drawn from the Rare Book Department. The works featured come from Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism and include Middle Eastern and European illuminated manuscripts. Also included is the first Bible printed in North America and one translated from Greek to German by Martin Luther.
Underground Railroad Game: Catch the final two performances of Underground Railroad Game at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 and 12. Part of the Fringe Festival, this hilarious show about American race relations travels through time from a middle school lecture in the present to the pre-Civil War period. Visit http://fringearts.com/ to purchase tickets.
Wrath of the Gods: Opening Sept. 12 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this exhibit features works by Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens, as well as Michelangelo and Titian. The art depicts various images from Greco-Roman mythology, including Ruben’s Prometheus Bound and Michelangelo’s drawing of the Titan Tityus, which the museum has borrowed from the British Royal Collection. Admission to the museum is $20.
Kennett Square Mushroom Festival: Head to Kennett Square for the 30th Annual Kennett Square Mushroom Festival running Sept. 12 and 13. The weekend includes a parade, carnival, street fair, amateur mushroom appetizer cook-off, magic show, contests and a mushroom run/walk. For the full list of activities, visit http://mushroomfestival.org/.
Philadelphia Honey Festival: The 6th Annual Philadelphia Honey Festival, presented by the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, is Sept. 11-13. Each day, the location changes from the Wagner Free Institute of Science to the Wyck Historic House to Bartram’s Garden. Each day includes family friendly, educational and sweet activities designed around bees and honey. Keep an eye out for a bee beard! For the full lineup, visit http://phillyhoneyfest.com/.
Rooftop Yoga: Philly’s first pop-up rooftop beer garden has been running all summer on the top of South Philly’s Edward W. Bok Vocational School. Called Le Bok Fin, the garden serves French-inspired food and drinks through Sept. 13. Each weekend, the space is home to yoga classes, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Classes are free, with a $10 suggested donation. BYO mat and water and arrive at least 15 minutes before each class.
Mexican Independence Day Festival: From 1-7 p.m. Sept. 13, celebrate Mexican Independence at Penn’s Landing. The festival features food, music, dancing, traditional arts and crafts, and family-friendly face painting.
Feria del Barrio: On Sept. 13, celebrate the 31st Anniversary of Philly’s largest festival dedicated to Latino music and culture. From noon to 5 p.m., North 5th Street between Cambria and Leheigh Ave will come alive with a free festival featuring music artists, crafts, games and food.