Philadelphia and its surrounding counties always have something going on. Whether it’s a food festival, volleyball tournament, concert or fine art event, or a scarecrow festival, this area is full of fun every weekend. We’ve found the top (and affordable) choices of what to do this weekend, Sept. 14-= to 16, in Philly and down the shore.
What: Fringe Festival
This city-wide performance festival takes place over two weeks and is a cross between avant-garde, professional and street theater performers.
Where: Various locations
When: Through Saturday, Sept. 22
What: 40th Street Summer Series
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University City’s popular concert series returns for the summer with live performances and free giveaways. New Sound Brass will perform this Saturday.
Where: Lawn behind the Free Library of Philadelphia, 40th and Walnut
When: Saturday at 6 p.m.
What: Hispanic Heritage Month
Philadelphia will honor and celebrate the Hispanic culture and heritage at a variety of events, including Mexican Independence Day and the Puerto Rican Day Parade, this month.
Where: Varies locations
When: Sept. 15 through Oct. 15
What: Mexican Independence Day
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and presented by the Mexican Cultural Center of Philadelphia, Mexico’s independence will be celebrated in Philadelphia with food, face painting, live music and more.
Where: The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia
When: Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m.
What: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show
More than 140 artists will showcase everything from photography to sculpture to prints.
Where: Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
When: Friday through Sunday
What: Philadelphia United Jazz Festival
Enjoy live jazz music at this annual event. Jeff Bradshaw and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble and just a few of the scheduled performances.
Where: 15th and South Street
When: Saturday from 2 to 10 p.m.
What: Scarecrow Festival at Peddler’s Village
Celebrate fall at this annual Bucks County event. There will be scarecrow making workshops, pumpkin painting, food, live music and lots of shopping opportunities.
Where: Peddler’s Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope, Pa.
When: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What: Rock 'N' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon
All skill levels are invited to participate in a half marathon, 10K or 5K, that features live music as the backdrop to the races. There is also a free expo at the the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Where: Various locations
When: Saturday and Sunday
What: Harvest Brew Fest
Taste craft beers at this annual event that also includes food, local artists and live music.
Where: Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, NJ
When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Free admission
What: Civil War Weekend
Visitors can tour Civil War camps, visit with reenactors and watch a battle reenactment.
Where: Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 Rt 9 S, Cape May, NJ
When: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
What: Airport Festival
This annual festival features ground displays of airplanes from WWII and more.
Where: Ocean City Municipal Airport, 2600 Bay Ave., Ocean City, NJ
When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What: Parachute Pyrotechnic Show
Professionals take to the sky and exited an aircraft at 6,000 feet and put on a beautiful display and sky formation as they land on the ground.
Where: Beach and boardwalk, 7th Street, Ocean City, NJ
When: Saturday at 8 p.m.
What: Chester County Restaurant Festival
More than 65 restaurants will bring their favorite foods to the streets of West Chester an no one will go hungry. Live music, art vendors and a local beer and wine garden can also be found at this food festival.
Where: Downtown West Chester
When: Sunday from noon to 5:30 p.m.
What: Boardwalk Aerobatic Airshow
Look to the sky to see the best stunt pilots and aerobatic champions in the world.
Where: Ocean City, NJ Boardwalk between 6th and 14th streets
When: Sunday at 1 p.m.
What: Fall Family Festival Weekend
This two-day family friendly festival features crafts, food, live music, children’s activities and amusement rides.
Where: JFK Blvd. and the Promenade, Sea Isle, NJ
When: Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What: $10,000 Big Shot Volleyball Championships
Come watch the men’s and women’s championship volleyball matches.
Where: LandShark Bar and Grill, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ
When: Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Free for spectators