KYW To-Do List: Brews and boos at Pennhurst Asylum, final shows for Philly Fashion Week, and more for Sept. 27-29

Holli Stephens
September 27, 2019 - 6:15 am
Haunted Hops Festival

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Welcome to fall, Philadelphia.

It’s the season of cozy flannels, spooky festivals and pumpkin-flavored everything — well, whenever Mother Nature decides to drop the temperature below 80 degrees.

Aside from pre-October festivities, this weekend is your last chance to enjoy Spruce Street Harbor Park before it closes for the season, as well as the final runway shows for Philly Fashion Week at the newly opened Fashion District.

In this edition of The KYW To-Do List, you'll find a wide variety of things to do in Philly and the burbs this weekend. Listen to our top picks below.



EVENT: Haunted Hops BBQ and Craft Beer Festival

DATE/TIME: Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Pennhurst Asylum, 250 Service St., Spring City

DETAILS: There will be all-you-can-eat barbecue and craft beer for sampling and purchase. There will also be haunted tours of Pennhurst Asylum. 

PRICE: Advanced general admission tickets are $34.95; day-of general admission tickets are $40


EVENT: Philly Pizza Crawl

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 2 p.m.

WHERE: Registration starts at JJ Bootleggers, 35 S. Second St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: It’s the cheesiest crawl of the year. You can get discounted pizza specials — your first slice is free — and deals on drinks at participating venues with your wristband.

PRICE: General admission tickets are $20; VIP admission tickets are $50


EVENT: Ardmore Oktoberfest

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 2 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Schauffele Plaza, Downtown Ardmore

DETAILS: Enjoy German beers, ciders and food. There will be live entertainment  and activities for the whole family.

PRICE: Pay as you go; VIP beer garden option for $50


EVENT: Apple Festival

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

DETAILS: Pick your own vegetables and fruits — specifically, apples — during the height of the season. There will be a pie-eating contest, hay rides, train rides, pony rides, live music, and other entertainment for the whole family.

PRICE: Pay as you go



Upper Darby International Festival
Courtesy of Upper Darby International Festival

EVENT: Upper Darby International Festival

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 1 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: 69th Street Transportation Center, 6901 Market St., Upper Darby

DETAILS: Dozens of restaurants and food vendors will provide a variety of international cuisine. There will be live performances, including a Parade of Nations ceremony with flags representing the countries of township residents. 

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Philly Music Fest

DATE: Friday and Saturday

WHERE: World Cafe Live

DETAILS: Support the music scene in Philadelphia with a showcase of up-and-coming artists. There will be local chefs, craft beer and distilleries making cocktails. The organization itself is a nonprofit that supports local musicians, music venues and music education programs. The festival concludes at World Cafe Live with nearly 20 performances.

PRICE: Tickets range from $25 to $30 per show; two-day $50 pass available


EVENT: Fall for the Arts Festival

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Germantown Avenue between Willow Grove and Rex avenues, Chestnut Hill

DETAILS: There will be more than 150 distinctive vendors and artists, featuring glass-blowing, hand-weaving and spinning, jewelry production, black-smithing, oil painting, and paper art. There will also be antique and classic cars, a children's zone, live music, and food and drink.

PRICE: Free to attend



Dinos After Dark
Courtesy of the Academy of Natural Sciences

EVENT: Dinos After Dark

DATE/TIME: Friday, 4 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia 

DETAILS: Drink Dino Drafts inside the museum's famous Dinosaur Hall next to a 40-foot-long T. rex. There will be board games, food and drinks for purchase. 

PRICE: Pay-what-you-wish admission


EVENT: Philly Fashion Week

DATE: Friday and Saturday

WHERE: Fashion District Philadelphia, 801 Market St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: The newly opened Fashion District is the main venue for this event. The week of fashion concludes with runway shows, hands-on activities and special panels. 

PRICE: Tickets vary anywhere from $20 to $125



EVENT: Philadelphia Unity Cup Semifinals

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: La Salle University, 1900 Olney Ave., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Philadelphia’s World Cup-style soccer tournament will be in its semifinal round. Teams from more than 50 different countries have been competing for the championship title, which will be decided on Oct. 12.



EVENT: Philly Nature Fall Fest

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Celebrate Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day and River Days with archery, fishing, kayaking, guided walks, crafts, trolley tours, hands-on activities, food and music.



EVENT: Pictures in the Park: "Hocus Pocus"

DATE/TIME: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Watch “Hocus Pocus” under the stars. The first 100 guests to arrive will get free popcorn. The Sister Cities Cafe will offer meals, snacks and alcoholic beverages. 

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Puerto Rican Day Parade

DATE/TIME: Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.

WHERE: 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

DETAILS: Celebrate Latino culture at an iconic Philadelphia location. The parade typically draws around 1,500 marchers and more than 5,000 attendees. 

PRICE: Free to attend


LAST CHANCE: End of season for Spruce Street Harbor Park

DATE: Closes Sunday

WHERE: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

DETAILS: This is the last weekend you can enjoy the hammocks, food, beer garden and boardwalk attractions at the park until 2020. Kids can have some fun at the final PopUpPlay, while adults can browse the Art Star Pop Up Market or pick from a selection of brews for a discounted $5 each.

PRICE: Free to attend


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