10/3-10/4: Boats, Booze and a Benefit

Dragon Boat Fest: Whether you'll be an onlooker, volunteer or racer, see the dramatic Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival along Kelly Drive this Saturday. Propelled by 20-plus members to a boat, watch these brilliantly colored and crafted boats take to the water for this all-day event. The dragon boats are the fastest water racing canoes around and teamwork is everything in this race. Corporate, civic and community teams tackle on the Schuylkill as others will enjoy the sounds of the Dixie Land Band and snack on plenty of food available throughout the day. Race or relax this Saturday morning and afternoon. Plenty of tents will be set up in case of the rain. Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130, Free, 8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

MPower Yourself: This Saturday morning Mercy Health System and NBC10 will bring you the first of four MPower Yourself Health and Wellness Expos. Saturday’s expo is designed to help residents achieve healthier lives through offering special screenings such as body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol and carbon monoxide. All screenings are free and confidential. Not only will these screenings help you now but through the knowledge of your current state, you will be able to make positive changes to your quality of life in the future. Join NBC10 talent, Terry Ruggles and Aditi Roy as well as ESPN reporter, Sal Paolantonio as they empower others to make a healthy change. Nazareth Hospital, 2601 Holme Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa., Free, 10:15 a.m.- 3 p.m.

McToberfest: This Saturday afternoon or night come to McFadden’s for the 7th Annual McToberfest featuring live performances by Mr. Greengenes and Lost in Paris. Tickets are only $10 in advance -- a steal for this twelve-hour indoor/outdoor event. Beginning at 3 p.m, enjoy $3 Coors and Coors Lights as well as $5 Red Bull and vodka drinks. Munch on authentic German cuisine such as cabbage slaw, knockwurst, bratwurst and wienerwurst and of course Philly staples like cheese steaks, water ice and pretzels. Bring your friends or family and head to McFadden’s. McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, 461 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123, $10-$20, +21, 3 p.m.- 3 a.m.

Hometown Favorite: We’ve seen the signs posted around the city, now see hometown rebel Pink in concert. This Saturday night Pink brings the rock meets Cirque du Soleil inspired show to the Wachovia Center. Originally from Bucks County, Pink’s raw and raunchy attitude and sound has led her to the top of the charts and an international celebrity. See Pink and opening act, The Ting Tings, for less than $40. Wachovia Center, 3601 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19148, $39.50, 8 p.m.

Sandwich Smash: This Sunday night the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue will celebrate the 2009 Sandwich Smash. Enjoy a five-course meal prepared by Philly’s top chefs as you help out Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief agency. Get up close and personal with top chefs from Zahav, Paesano’s, Parc, Rick’s Steaks and Beb’s Barbecue. You ask the questions as they prepare the food. Beverages, snacks and desserts will also be provided. Meet, greet and eat your way through this Sandwhich Smash. All proceeds will benefit the purchasing of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for those in need. Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, 200 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa., 19102, $55-$85, 5 p.m.

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