Looking for some fun and unique things to do in Philly this weekend? Metro has you covered.
It’s that time of year again where Philadelphians can raise a stein and Prost to the season. Oktoberfest is back officially this weekend in Ardmore this Saturday, Sept. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. and everyone is invited out to enjoy the 11th annual celebration.
While there, guests can check out a Picinic in Schauffele Plaza (adjacent to Tired Hands Fermentaria) filled with live music, food and more plus beer garden-style reserved seating; several beer selections that include local and seasonal favorites from Tired Hands Brewing Company and Levante Brewing; BBQ fare from Sophie’s BBQ and German favorites from Jack McShea’s; delicious desserts and more.
On top of general admission, there are also VIP advance table reservations available for $85 per party that include a dedicated table for three hours for four to eight guests, plus the first four beers to start the night. Tables are only available by advance reservation to limit and ensure the safety of guests. For those wanting to attend without a table reservation, advance beer ticket sales are $24 for four beer tickets, and $45 for eight beer tickets.
Feminist Flea Market
This weekend, House Cat’s Feminist Flea Market is back for an in-person a daytime market on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Love City Brewing from noon to 7 p.m. According to a release, there will be over 40 vendors at this weekend’s market selling everything you want and didn’t know you needed including handmade clothing and jewelry, live plants, candles, vintage accessories, homemade beauty products and much more. House Cat carefully curated the market to highlight the beautifully diverse identities and works of Philadelphia’s artists and businesses. As always, the market will be featuring artists who are marginalized for their gender, including women, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming folks, and makers who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) are prioritized.
The release also states that to shop at the market, there’s a $5 “entry fee”; and proceeds from the Love City market on Sept. 25 will go to Coalition for Black Trans Economic Liberation (CBTEL), which was created for and by Black, transgender Philadelphians to redistribute wealth, in its many forms, from non-Black people everywhere to Black LGBTQ+ people in Philadelphia. The community raised over $13,000 for local mutual aid organizations during the last two virtual markets and Feminist Flea is hoping to hit or exceed that number this time.
1023 Hamilton St., housecatpresents.com
Northern Liberties Fitness Festival
This Sunday, Sept. 26, Northern Liberties is getting fit. The Northern Liberties Business Improvement District recently announced the launch of its inaugural Fitness & Wellness Fair that will take over the 700 block of N. 2nd St. from noon to 5 p.m. for an open-air fair that focuses on the many yoga, fitness, skincare, and self-care businesses in that part of the city. Attendees can expect free classes, demonstrations, and meet-and-greets to learn more about area business offerings.
A very early list of participating businesses include Tuck Barre & Yoga NoLibs, AFC Urgent Care, Random Tea Room, Orange Theory, The Children’s Tooth Spa, Konect and many others. Anyone interested in joining in on the festivities this weekend can look online for a full lineup and additional details.
Jet Wine Bar Pop-Up
According to a release, Jet Wine Bar, Philadelphia’s “global vineyard” located on South Street, is hosting an array of rotating pop-up events this month that will attract foodies and wine enthusiasts alike. Philadelphians can join the team of experts at Jet Wine Bar as they collaborate with special guests to host events celebrating global cuisine, including this Friday’s event with Chef Bruno LeMieux-Ruibal of Pincho Bento. On Sept. 24 from 5 to 9 p.m., Chef will be serving a lineup of fresh Spanish tapas to share, including vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian options. Menu items include vegetarian mushroom and cheese croquettes, Spanish ham croquettes, vegetarian Spanish potatoes in garlic mayo, Galician-style octopus, garlic shrimp with chili peppers, vegan chilled Andalusian tomato soup and a summer twist on the classic dish of paella (pescatarian, served chilled.)
1525 South St., jetwinebar.com
Tipsy History with the Betsy Ross House
Tipsy History: A Revolution Brews officially continues this Friday, Sept. 24, and for the fall season the tour has been reimagined. According to the release, led by Martha Washington, this lighthearted look at history answers the question: When a revolution brews, what do the women do? America’s first, First Lady enlightens and entertains with stories of the contributions women made during the hard-fought war for independence.
The tour begins at the Betsy Ross House and continues to the Victoria Freehouse where guests will enjoy an American hard cider or a British beer, depending on where their loyalties lie. Tickets for this particular event are $25 and must be purchased in advance, as tours will be limited to 15 people.
239 Arch St., historicphiladelphia.org