KYW To-Do List: Running of the Grittys, OutFest, and more for Oct. 11-13

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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you’ve ever wanted to dress up as a kooky and mostly misunderstood character in Philadelphia’s history, you have multiple opportunities to do so this weekend.

The Poe Raid, a relay race where people dress like Edgar Allen Poe, and the Gritty 5K, a benefit where runners dress like the Flyers mascot, both showcase their first-ever fanatic antics this weekend.

For those less interested in cosplaying — and running — you can meet up in Old City for art, culture and cheap doughnuts. Further south, sample more than 60 flavors of wings, or make the drive out to Bucks County to taste local wines.

In this autumnal 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.



DATE/TIME: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Third and Arch streets

DETAILS: The festival grounds is in a historic square mile and features art, design, fashion, food, creativity and culture. More than 100 vendors will be in attendance, and there will be live music, a runway show and a family-fun zone.

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: OutFest

DATE/TIME: Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Main stage located at 13th and Locust streets, Philadelphia

DETAILS: To celebrate National Coming Out Day on Friday, join the fun in the Gayborhood with six hours of nonstop entertainment and carnival attractions. There will be more than 151 vendors and community groups in attendance. 

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Bucks County Book Festival

DATE: Saturday and Sunday

WHERE: Various locations across Doylestown

DETAILS: Meet more than 50 professionally published authors, including keynote author Anna Quindlen, while attending workshops and participating in a Books ‘N Brew event. There will also be a festival for kids and panels on a variety of topics.

PRICE: Some events are ticketed; see website for details



DATE/TIME: Saturday, 3 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: JJ Bootleggers, 35 S. Second St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Part bar hop, part sweet celebration. Five bars and restaurants will be serving hard ciders and 2,000 doughnuts. Your wristband gets you drink specials and cheap doughnuts.

PRICE: General admission is $25


EVENT: Octoberfest at Dilworth Park

DATE/TIME: Friday through Sunday, starts at 12 p.m.

WHERE: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Center City

DETAILS: This autumn festival features traditional favorites like bratwurst and Bavarian pretzels as well as a pop-up beer tent and seasonal cocktails. There will be live music on The Met Philadelphia stage.

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Philadelphia Wing Festival

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 2 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: 2300 Swanson St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: More than 20 different restaurants will offer more than 60 styles and flavors of wings for you to try. There will also be axe-throwing, two stages of entertainment, a pumpkin patch for kids, a beer garden, and more.

PRICE: General admission is $13; premium and VIP tickets are also available


EVENT: Bucks County Wine Trail and Harvest Celebration

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

WHERE: Various wineries in Bucks County

DETAILS: Experience the harvest with award-winning local wines and freshly pressed grape juices. Different wineries throughout Bucks County will have different tasting experiences for guests. 

PRICE: Prices vary depending on winery



DATE/TIME: Sunday, starts at 7 a.m.

WHERE: Wells Fargo Center and Xfinity Live!, South Philadelphia

DETAILS: Dress up as Gritty and come in second place in a 5K to benefit the Flyers Charities. A block party will follow the race with vendors, games, music and more.

PRICE: $55 to register


EVENT: The Poe Raid

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

WHERE: 700 Fairmount to Liberty Lands Park

DETAILS: Teams of four will compete in a relay race through Northern Liberties, which will end at a block party — all while dressed as Edgar Allan Poe. They will pass a raven baton along a course from Fairmount Avenue and North American Street into Liberty Lands Park, each leg confronting a unique challenge that will test their sanity, their wit and their perseverance.

PRICE: Free to watch; registration details online


EVENT: PHL Unity Cup Championship

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 6 p.m. (Scheduled events begin at 2 p.m. with a youth game)

WHERE: Talen Energy Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, Chester

DETAILS: Defending champions Team Liberia will take on Team USA for the championship title. Team USA has had their tournament run come to an end at the fate of Liberia in the previous three Unity Cup tournaments. They are looking to take home their first trophy.

PRICE: Free to attend, tickets required. Get a ticket on game day at the stadium between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.



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

WHERE: Battleship New Jersey, 100 Clinton St., Camden

DETAILS: Have you ever wondered how a 57,000-ton battleship floats? Learn about the science of communication, radio broadcasts, how to repair battle damage, and more aboard the Battleship New Jersey. 

PRICE: $19.95 to $29.95


EVENT: House of Vans

DATE: through Sunday

WHERE: 404 N. Second St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Make sure to register beforehand and arrive early to Vans’ international pop-up with music, sports, art and more. The festival will include a concert with Philadelphia rapper Tierra Whack, an indoor skate park and live DJs. 

PRICE: Free to attend; pre-registration required


EVENT: FLOW exhibit opens at Independence Seaport Museum

DATE/TIME: Opens Saturday, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Floating sculptural installations have been put in the boat basin adjacent to the museum at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River. Fourteen American and Canadian artists were selected to interpret the river and how it affects, and is affected by, human and natural history, human and natural migrations, and climate change and the environment.