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POSTED: Monday, September 30, 2013, 1:59 PM
The Fishtown RiverCity Festival.

Celebrate and support Fishtown's local businesses, friendships and community by checking out the 6th annual RiverCity Festival. This free event hosts the best local live music, craft and food vendors, and family friendly activities. The day of fun kicks off with a 5k Fun Run through the Fishtown neighborhood.

When the big run winds down and the party begins, Philadelphia Brewing Company, Neshaminy Creek Brewing, and Barry’s Homebrew will be providing adult beverages and putting on a homebrew demonstration. Live musical entertainment will be performed by awesome local talent The Fractals, John Francis and the Midnight Choir, Cheers Elephant, American Babies, and Vacationer.

Kids can have fun messing with arts and crafts, watch talented hula hooping artists, gawk at Ari Felder’s amazing balloon art, and get their faces painted among many other great activities.

Saturday, October 5 at 12 - 5 PM
Penn Treaty Park, Columbia Ave. & Beach St.
Free and open to the public
POSTED: Monday, September 30, 2013, 10:51 AM
The artist KAWS stands in front of his "COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH)" installation at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. (Colin Kerrigan/

Contemporary, Brooklyn-based artist KAWS made his big Philadelphia debut when his famous traveling statue, COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH), was installed at 30th Street Station during the months of April and May of 2013. The installation was meant to call attention to a forthcoming exhibit in collaboration with Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

This October, the artist will return once again for a very special exhibition, KAWS @PAFA. Beginning October 12, KAWS’ work will be featured both inside and outside of the legendary artistic institution. A brand new nine-foot sculpture will be displayed on the pedestal right above the front entrance of the Historic Landmark Building. This installation will mark a series of yearlong installations that will be a part of PAFA’s Sculpture Plinth Exhibition Program – a rotating series that will show a full spectrum of American art. Once you walk through the entranceway, you can feast your eyes on 60 amazing KAWS pieces ranging from paintings to sculptures – some of which were created just for this exhibition. The exhibit will be on display until January 5, 2014.

PAFA will be hosting a special opening reception on October 11 from 8-11 p.m. The event is free for all PAFA members; staff and students whole general admission tickets are available for $10 in advance, $15 at the door. More info can be found here.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118-128 N. Broad Street
POSTED: Saturday, September 28, 2013, 10:54 AM
Filed Under: Fine Arts
The Rosenbach Museum and Library on Delancey Place (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

Today is the perfect day to check out one of the local museums you’ve always wanted to see. That’s because today, September 28, over 15 museums in the Philadelphia area are offering free admission.

In celebration of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live!, participating museums across the country are opening their doors to share vast historical, scientific, and cultural holdings with the public. Smithsonian Museums are always free, but printing out a Smithsonian Museum Day ticket today will grant you the rare opportunity to explore one of the city’s many hidden treasures without opening your wallet. All you will need is a printed ticket downloaded from the Smithsonian website.

Participating museums in Greater Philadelphia include the Penn Museum, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Rosenbach Museum and Library, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, National Museum of American Jewish History, and many more worthwhile institutions.

POSTED: Thursday, September 26, 2013, 11:12 AM
Mingle with college students from around the area at Campus Philly's annual College Day on Saturday, September 28. (Photo courtesy of Campus Philly)

School is back in session and new students from around the globe are settling into their new campus life in the city of Philadelphia.

Whether you’re a student at Temple, Drexel, CCP, University of the Arts or any of the other regional houses of higher learning, you’ll want to check out Campus Philly’s annual College Day on the Parkway. College Day is a great way to get acclimated to the city and find out where to go and what to do during your years spent here.

With your valid college ID, you’ll gain free access to the long list of Philadelphia’s amazing museums. This includes the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Eastern State Penitentiary and many more. A full list can be found here.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 10:24 AM
The Local Natives will perform at the Electric Factory on Saturday, September 28. (Photo by Bryan Sheffield)

Music for the first full week of fall!

Wednesday, September 25: Darwin Deez

NYC popsters Darwin Deez boast many of the traits we admire most in bands, including super catchy melodies; excess jangle; and the tendency to burst into spontaneous dance moves in laundromats and parks. In the past five years, the band—who first found fame with sugary delight  “Radar Detector”—has released two records of low-stakes pop, and has delighted many a crowd with their “Thriller”-inspired moves. They’re now touring behind sophomore record Songs for Imaginary People, which sees mustachioed front man Darwin Smith trading his 4-string for a regular ‘ole 6-stringer, and adding some snark to his previously bubblegummy sound. They play JB’s this Wednesday— arrive early for opener Laser Background (a.k.a., Andy Molholt and friends), whose new record Super Future Montage dropped this week, and is one of the coolest, weirdest things we’ve heard in some time.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 3:33 PM
An image of a local Chestnut Hill business transformed into the Shrieking Shack from the "Harry Potter" book series. (Photo courtesy of

Okay all you Potterheads, time to dress in your finest Hogwarts garb for the annual Harry Potter Weekend in Chestnut Hill.

During the weekend of Friday, October 18, this two-day event will host an academic Harry Potter academic conference that will focus on the themes presented in J.K. Rowling’s popular book series. The conference also includes the fourth annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Quidditch Cup Tournament on Saturday, October 19.

Local businesses will be transforming their shops into the book’s familiar landmarks from Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. Friday’s kick off events also includes a Chestnut Hill Pub Crawl. Saturday’s events welcome the Quidditch Tournament and fun activities like a Hunt for the Horcrux scavenger hunt, Dumbledore’s Powers Maze, Defense Against the Dark Arts classes, special food, beverages and so much more to enjoy!

POSTED: Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 11:59 AM
The 17th annual Vendemmia Wine Festival will take place on Sunday, September 29, 2013.

On Sunday, September 29 you can indulge in fine wine, delicious Italian delicacies and live music at the 17th annual Vendemmia Wine Festival.

This event is one of the region’s largest and oldest events dedicated to the art of home winemaking and will feature a presentation of wine sampling for all those in attendance. All proceeds from the festival will go towards the Vendemmia Foundation’s annual scholarships that go to deserving students from the South Philadelphia community entering either college or high school.  The Vendemmia Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization that is dedicated to preserving Italian culture and fostering pride in their South Philadelphia community.

Sunday, September 29 from 2-6 PM
Girard Park, located at 21st and Porter Streets
Tickets are available for purchase at 1841 S. Broad St. or at the event
More Info
POSTED: Monday, September 23, 2013, 5:02 PM
Will Naked and Scared participants just end up naked and scarred?

Would you run through a haunted house completely naked? If the answer is yes, you might want to head to Shocktoberfest for "Naked and Scared", inspired by the Discovery Channel series, "Naked and Afraid."

For $20, participants can experience the Unknown Haunted Hause completely naked or "prude", meaning that they are allowed to wear underwear if they so choose.

From the Shocktoberfest site:

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