Written by on 19.09.22

There’s still lots of time for outdoor events before the weather gets cold and turns to winter. Luckily Philadelphia has many festivities through the Autumn months to keep you busy. Here are a few for late September and early October.

South Street is back, Every Thursday through the end of October, score food  and drink deals at dozens of South Street bars and restaurants, in addition to special shopping and arts experiences as part of the Meet Me on South Street series. We’re talking $5 beers and $7 sandwiches at Brauhaus Schmitz, unreal happy hour specials at Bridget Foy’s, ladies’ night specials (including drinks on the DJ’s tab!) at the legendary Dobbs on South, 75-cent pierogies at Tattooed Mom and much more. Each week has a distinct theme, so check the official South Street Headhouse District website for the latest info on weekly events and specials.

When British artist Bruce Munro last exhibited at Longwood Gardens in 2012, the Washington Post called his Forest of Light “…touching and authentic. It is a phenomenon of opposites, organic and synthetic, familiar and otherworldly, tangible and dreamlike.”  A decade after British artist Bruce Munro first exhibited at Longwood Gardens, he returns with Light: Installations by Bruce Munro, comprising eight installations situated both indoors and outdoors. Don’t miss works like Field of Light, featuring 18,000 illuminated stemmed orbs lit by fiber optics along Longwood’s Large Lake, and a giant sphere made of 1,820 recyclable bottles in the East Conservatory. This time, eight signature immersive installations take over the fields around Longwood’s two lakes, the garden’s Pear-Shaped Basin, the on-site conservatory and more, showcasing the  artist’s playful nature and his skill in manipulating light and sound.  Visitors to the attraction can also enjoy illuminated fountain performances — set to different music each night — on Thursdays through Sundays through October 30, 2022.

 Philly’s myriad of murals take center stage during Mural Arts Month. In addition to a pop-up mural museum at the Independence Visitor Center, the month-plus celebration features:

New mural dedications throughout the city

Special mural walking tours (and a running tour, too!)

The family-friendly Mural Arts Fest in LOVE Park (October 1, 2022)   

Weekly artist meet-and-greet happy hours at Yards Brewing Company (Thursdays in October), and  Mural making workshops for the little ones at the Please Touch Museum (select Saturdays in October) Plus: On October 24, 2022, artists unveil Freedom Constellations: Philadelphia — a series of interactive murals visible through the magic of augmented reality. The central piece features 170-foot tall portraits of young adults who have been impacted by the juvenile justice system “projected” in the clouds above Philadelphia. Where: Various locations including Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market Street

Make sure to check out the Philly Music Fest beginning Oct. 10, 2022. This six-day music festival is spread among some of Philly’s most iconic music venues, including The Ardmore Music Hall, World Cafe Live, Johnny Brenda’s and Milkboy. Acts include Mannequin Pussy, Low Cut Connie, Screaming Females and Ron Gallo. In all, 21 bands hit the stage during the event, which benefits local musicians and music education programs. Where: Various locations including The Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore

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