KYW To-Do List: Pumpkin Glow, Dragon Boat Festival, and more for Oct. 4-6

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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — At the start of October, the strange and unusual begin to make an appearance. Ghastly ghouls and goblins become the norm — but what about wiener dogs and dragons?

It’s not every day that you get to witness a dachshund parade or a dragon boat race, plus a cheese festival and intricate jack-o’-lanterns, all in one weekend.

As the temperature starts to drop, take advantage of last-chance events, like Oktoberfest, which wraps up across the globe this weekend.

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, noon to 9 p.m.

WHERE: 1700 S. Ninth St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: The St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church’s annual festival falls on the first Sunday of October and has a packed lineup of musical acts and plenty of traditional food to try. The procession of saints begins at noon. 

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Girard Avenue Street Fest

DATE/TIME: Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

WHERE: 2900 N. 29th St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Hear from neighborhood organizations while enjoying artisan vendor markets, listening to music, and experiencing more family fun. 

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Midtown Village Fall Festival

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

WHERE: Broad Street to 11th Street; Market Street to Spruce Street, Center City

DETAILS: Experience live entertainment, merchant and vendor displays, craftors, children’s activities, food and beverage samplings, and more at this festival in Center City. 

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: DesignPhiladelphia

DATE: Through Oct. 13

WHERE: Various locations

DETAILS: Philadelphia is celebrating design and innovation across the city with this 10-day festival. There will be workshops, exhibitions, studio tours, panels and more. Check out the schedule for specific events.

PRICE: Some events are free; other ticket prices vary



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

WHERE: Memorial Park, Pottstown; enter on King Street 

DETAILS: Sample gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and vote for your favorite from more than a dozen local restaurants. There will be cheese vendors, a beer garden and live music provided by Daisy Jug band.

PRICE: Wristbands for grilled cheese samples are $20 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and younger; beer sold separately


EVENT: Oktoberfest at Morgan’s Pier

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Enjoy an open beer bar and unlimited soft pretzels along the Delaware River waterfront. There will also be live music and food specials. 

PRICE: Tickets are $45 online, $50 at the door



DATE/TIME: Saturday and Sunday; parade starts at 2 p.m.; race starts at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks, 711 E. First Street, Bethlehem

DETAILS: The annual running of the wiener dogs will take place during this Oktoberfest in Bethlehem. A parade will be held before the race along with a crowning of the king and queen. The race will return next weekend with more parades and chances to win.

PRICE: Free to watch; $15 to register your dog


EVENT: Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival

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

WHERE: Near the Gillin Boathouse, 2200 Kelly Drive, Philadelphia 

DETAILS: This annual celebration of ancient Chinese dragon boat racing returns to the Schuylkill River with teams of 20 paddlers going head-to-head on colorful boats. 

PRICE: Free to watch


EVENT: First Friday Movies Under the Stars and Stripes: Double Feature

DATE/TIME: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., Old City

DETAILS: BYO food and drinks to the courtyard at the Betsy Ross House for the last time of the season. There will be a spooky double feature starting at 7 p.m. with "Bucket of Blood" and "Night of the Living Dead."

PRICE: $5 at the door or in advance



DATE/TIME: Oct. 5 to Nov. 3; times range from 6:15 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: West Fairmount Park, 5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Walk through a trail of intricately carved pumpkins that highlight iconic landmarks, musicians, movie stars, superheroes and princesses. There will be demos by master carvers, face painting, food and drink, and more. 

PRICE: Advanced tickets are required and start at $16.99 for children and $22.99 for adults; select time slots are discounted by $6 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays


EVENT: Night of Lights

DATE/TIME: Friday, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Germantown Avenue between Bethlehem Pike and Southampton Avenue, Chestnut Hill

DETAILS: This is an innovative public art exhibit that will transform Germantown Avenue into an interactive exhibit of local history and architecture. Historical images and films from the Conservancy’s archives will be projected through storefront windows and onto exterior walls and buildings will be illuminated with colored lights. Business owners will act as interpreters and share stories about their own history. 

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Early Childhood Fire Safety Series

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE: Fireman’s Hall Museum, 147 N. Second St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: This series is crafted for children ages 3 to 6 and is intended to help them understand what a fire is and how they can stay safe from its dangers.

PRICE: Free to attend