KYW To-Do List: Oktoberfest, free admission on Museum Day, and more for Sept. 20-22

Dinosaur exhibit at The Academy of Natural Sciences
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The keyword this weekend is “fest.”

From the city of Reading to the Delaware River, festivals of all kinds are afoot. 

So don’t fret if you can’t make it to Munich for a stein and a pretzel this weekend. Oktoberfest kicks off on South Street Saturday, but there’s even more beer-centric festivals in the suburbs, too.

For less raucous goings-on, enjoy the beautiful weekend at Spruce Street Harbor and soak up the feeling of fall at its Fall Fest — even though the weather may not be quite there yet.

DATE: Friday to Sunday

WHERE: Spruce Street Harbor Park, Philadelphia

DETAILS: To celebrate the first day of autumn, the Spruce Street Harbor Park has a packed weekend of events. On Friday, there will be free bachata and salsa lessons. On Saturday, there will be live music, pop-up markets, jewelry making, printmaking and more. On Sunday, there will be more pop-up markets, a pop-up play, a children’s book reading and more live music. 

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Conshohocken Funfest

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

WHERE: Fayette Street between First and Sixth avenues, Conshohocken

DETAILS: This event for all ages includes live music, food and a variety of vendors. The event was established in 1993 and has been a community tradition ever since. 

PRICE: Free to attend



DATE/TIME: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Main Street, Manayunk

DETAILS: This festival is a full day of music, fall activities, food, and craft vendors for the whole family. 

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Philadelphia’s Official Viewing Party of the 71st Emmy Awards

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Grand Salle at The Met Philadelphia, 858 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Wear your red carpet attire and enjoy catered food and drinks while watching a simulcast of the 71st Emmys at The Met Philly. 

PRICE: General admission is $100; VIP is $171


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

WHERE: 700 block of South Street

DETAILS: Hosted by Brauhaus Schmitz, this all-day festival features German foods, beers, dancers and decorations.  

PRICE: Pay as you go


EVENT: Boyertown Oktoberfest

DATE/TIME: Friday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Town Center, Boyertown

DETAILS: Enjoy German music, entertainment, beer, wine, crafters and more.

PRICE: Pay as you go


EVENT: Pennsylvania Dutch Brewers Fest

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

WHERE: Reading Liederkranz, 143 Spook Lane, Reading

DETAILS: This is a dog-friendly brewfest featuring beers and hard ciders from 40-plus local and regional brewers. Tickets include unlimited drink samples, an authentic German dinner, a souvenir glass, and the opportunity to vote for your favorite beer. 

PRICE: Advance tickets are $35


DATE: Runs through Nov. 9

WHERE: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia   

DETAILS: Terror Behind the Walls consists of six haunted attractions throughout the penitentiary. Participants are in for a scare as they walk through the Blood Yard, Infirmary, Machine Shop, Lock Down, Break Out and Quarantine.

PRICE: General admission starts at $24 but varies depending on dates and times


EVENT: Museum Day

DATE: Saturday

WHERE: Nearly a dozen museums in Philadelphia, plus more in suburbs

DETAILS: Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country will provide free admission to anyone with a Museum Day ticket. You can only download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free admission for two people.



DATE/TIME: Saturday, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Starts at Unite Fitness Rittenhouse, 20th and Ranstead streets, Philadelphia

DETAILS: Run to help raise awareness and fund rainforest preservation and reforestation. The 3½ miles through iconic landmarks is broken up with four strength stations. You won’t know the exercise or number of reps until you get to each station.

PRICE: Free to run; donations encouraged


EVENT: 5th annual Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: Core Creek Park, Langhorne

DETAILS: This event offers the chance to watch racing teams go head-to-head in friendly competition. It is family-friendly and will include vendors and cultural presentations.

PRICE: Free to watch


EVENT: Philly AIDS Thrift Block Party

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

WHERE: Philly AIDS Thrift, 710 S. Fifth St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Celebrate Philly AIDS' 14th anniversary with a live DJ, a dunk tank, a moon bounce, face painting, carnival games, food trucks, and a pie-eating contest.

PRICE: Free to attend


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