Celebrate pre-Hispanic and indigenous Mexican culture at Penn's Landing, where farmers, restaurant owners, artists, and musicians gather in honor of indigenous blue corn. There are plenty of workshops on sustainable living, as well as performances and booths where you can buy fresh produce.
Noon to 5 p.m. Walnut Plaza at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Walnut Street, free admission, 267-650-0400, bluecornlifestyle.com
Philadelphia has a rich history of unions, and they come out in force annually for the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade up Columbus Boulevard to Penn's Landing. Food, refreshments, kids' activities, live music, and a lively drill-team competition keep the party going afterward.
Parade starts at 10 a.m. at Washington Avenue and continues on Columbus Boulevard to the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd., where a family celebration follows from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free, 215-952-1999, philaflcio.org/events.
The Canadian singer-songwriter is returning to the Mann after releasing his fifth album, This Old Dog, to critical acclaim last year. Queens indie singer Juan Wauters opens.
7 p.m. Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave., $32.50 advance, $35 day of, 215-546-7900, manncenter.org
The Supreme Court's first Hispanic justice visits the Free Library to discuss her new picture book, Turning Pages: My Life Story, about how books informed her childhood and, eventually, her career.
6 p.m. Parkway Central Library,1901 Vine St., sold out, 215-567-4341, freelibrary.org
Pop darling Shawn Mendes performs a free concert to celebrate the start of football season. Attendees can also play games and take photos with the Lombardi trophy. And, yes, Super Bowl LII will be replayed on giant screens.
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Great Plaza at Penn's Landing (Mendes performs at 6 p.m.), 101 S. Columbus Blvd., free, nfl.com
Let's be real: the Talking Heads will never get old. The tribute band Start Making Sense honors the fabled rockers. Flux Capacitor, out of Reading, opens.
8 p.m. Friday, Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., $18 advance, $20 day of show, $35 seated, 610-649-8389, ardmoremusic.com
Check out what Philly's local beekeeping community has been up to at this annual festival, where beekeepers hold demonstrations and workshops. You can also buy local honey, and there are plenty of bee-themed children's activities for your little ones.
5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Glen Foerd on the Delaware, Grant Avenue and Milnor Street; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wyck Historic House, 6026 Germantown Ave.; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Ave., free, phillyhoneyfest.com