15 fun things to do in Philly this weekend

Don't miss the Federal Donuts Block Party on Oct. 1! | Provided


Knob Creek Select Bourbon Barrel Parties
Sept. 28 through Oct. 1, various times
Various locations
Pay as you go

National Bourbon Heritage Month gets some time to shine with this string of events at Tiki, Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro, Heritage and Garage Fishtown, to celebrate the release of Knob Creek Bourbon Barrel–120-proof bourbon with a hint of fruit notes, served up in limited-edition cocktails for the events. The events double as a fundraiser for Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria victims.

Federal Donuts block party

Oct. 1, 1 p.m.
Federal Donuts
Sansom Street, between 16th and 17th streets
Pay as you go

Federal Donuts hosts this donut block party—with a donut wall—featuring guests Yards Brewing Co. and Rooster Soup Co., plus DJ Royale, Killiam Shakespeare and others for live entertainment. The event promotes the new cookbook, “Federal Donuts: The (Partially) True Spectacular Story,” now in stores.


Musical Theatre Dance Class
Oct. 1, 7 p.m.
Music Theatre Philly
262 S. 12th St.

Dancers can brush up their skills with this drop-in class that explores dance styles employed in Broadway shows, while also teasing out what it means to tell a story through dance movement. Ballet an jazz movements are emphasized.


Jesse Cook
Sept. 28, 8 p.m.
Keswick Theatre
291 N. Keswick Ave.

Known for his guitar and the many influences he infuses into that guitar sound, Jesse Cook performs a combination of pop, blues, jazz—even classical, which he learned as a kid. Cook plays in support of his ninth album, One World, partly inspired by a trip to Constantinople.

Haydn & Goldenthal Opening Night
Oct. 1, 2:30 p.m.
Perelman Theater
300 S. Broad St.

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia kicks off its two-night opener of the Improvisionaries series, starring Tine Thing Nelseth on trumpet improvising Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in Eb. Also anticipated during the evening: an orchestra performance of crowd-pleasing Mozart symphony, “Paris.”


Final Fridays at the Art Museum: Word Up
Sept. 29, 5 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Free with admission

In addition to keeping galleries open until 8:45 p.m. and offering dishes from Starr Catering, the museum enlivens the Great Stair Hall and surrounding spaces with spoken word performances and language workshops. The experience is free after the standard $20 admission.

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor Debut
Sept. 29, 6 p.m.
The Franklin Institute
271 N. 21st St.

The Franklin Institute offers a premium experience for members interested in the new Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor Exhibit, showcasing 10 life-size statues of warriors who once guarded a Chinese emperor. The program includes an audio tour, words from guest curator Lisa C. Niziolek and beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. The exhibit opens to the public Sept. 30.

Cross Keys Café Guided Tour 
Sept. 30, 4 p.m.
Cross Keys Café
101 S. Third St.

For those who’ve strolled through Old City a thousand times but never really soaked up the history, the Young Friends of Independence National Historical Park has organized this 45-minute walking tour that starts at the Museum of the American Revolution and goes to the Presidents’ House Site at Sixth and Market streets. Stick around after for happy hour at Cross Keys Café.


Industrious Light: Brewerytown
Sept. 28, 6 p.m.
31st and Master streets

Mural Arts and McSpain Properties unveil a new mural from Phillip Adams, a nod to the industrial roots of Brewerytown—particularly breweries like Engel Brewing Company and F.A. Poth Brewing Company. A meet-and-greet opportunity with Adams will take place inside Flying Fish Crafthouse.

Terror Behind the Walls
Through Nov. 11, various times
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave.
Various prices

The world-class haunted house, hosted inside Eastern State Penitentiary, returns for another year of scares and thrills, this time back with a new experience that tells the story of a group of cannibals. After, kick back in the speakeasy set up inside Al Capone’s former cell.

Fall Foliage Excursion
Sept. 30, various times
32 W. Bridge St., New Hope

Few sights are as relaxing or humbling as seeing the fall foliage of the mountains on the horizon. New Hope & Ivy Railroad take riders on a scenic 20-mile tour of the area’s best views, inside an antique train car. Snacks and drinks are available on board.

Ardmore Antique & Vintage Market
Oct. 1, 8 a.m.
Rittenhouse Place
5 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore
Pay as you go

A bi-annual event, the market lays out thousands of apparel, jewelry, furniture, lighting, pottery and glassware pieces—mostly antique or vintage. Featured businesses: Alex’s Antiques, Lynn Dennis Towne & Country, Meanderintiques, Shoemakers and other local vendors.


Will & Grace Premiere and Pop a Pastie Finale
Sept. 28, 9 p.m.
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar
200 S. 12th St.

The iconic sitcom returns tonight with much LGBT fanfare. To celebrate, Tabu hosts a special screening event that’s rounded out with the finale of ongoing variety show “Pop a Pastie,” a burlesque competition in the vein of “The Voice.” Drag performer Brittany Lynn will also appear.

Baked Alaska
Sept. 29, 9 p.m.
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar
200 S. 12th St.

Promising a night of “high-larity,” this evening of pure campy fun features drag performances from Aurora Whorealis, Lili St. Queer and Maria Topcatt, with music by DJ Javascript. Giveaways are also planned.

Philadelphia Leather Pride Night
Sept. 30, 5 p.m.
Voyeur Nightclub
1221 Saint James St.

The region’s leather and kink community joins to celebrate another year of thriving culture with a cocktail hour and cigar social, a live auction and a late-night dance party hosted by Ms. Philadelphia Leather, Heather Raquel, plus Ms. New Jersey Leather, Velvet Storm. The event supports GALAEI, the Leather Archives and Museum and Philly AIDS Thrift, among other organizations.

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