With all-day festivities spanning a whopping six Center City blocks, this annual event is really a local driver’s worst nightmare. But for those who like to have fun, it’s the must-attend event of the weekend. In short, the annual fall block party will have everything you’d expect, plus some—food and libations from the many beloved neighborhood restaurants, live music, photo ops, contests, giveaways, local merchants, kid’s activities and even a mechanical bull (near Finn McCool’s). Perhaps most impressive are the two giant beer gardens: one at McGillin’s Olde Ale House with German beers and food and karaoke, the other outside of Smokin’ Betty’s featuring a special priced BBQ menu. Meanwhile, neighborhood shops will be taking their wares out onto the sidewalk and offering some sweet one-day-only deals including, Absolute Abstract (buy one, get one 50 percent off) and Duross & Langel (beer soaps). New this year: dunk tanks where you can soak the Presidential candidate of your choice, all to benefit the Philly Fire Department. Saturday, 12-8pm. Free. Various Locations along 13th St. between Chestnut & Locust Sts.
As of today, Kembrel has officially converted their headquarters into a boys-only shopping haven. Much like their Center City pop-up location, the showroom will be offering a selection of trendy apparel and accessories from a mix of local, independent and established designers. To celebrate, tonight fellas can enjoy a complimentary shave and cigar as well as appetizers and drinks. Friday, 5-9pm. Free. Kembrel, 1219 Locust St.
In honor of one of Philly’s most innovative architects, Frank Furness, Streets Dept has enlisted four of our finest local street artists—Ishknits, NoseGo, Nom Now and Harlequinade—to canvas the city with works of art commemorating the banks of Furness. This is all apart of the month long, city-wide Furness Festival, which includes exhibits at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and more. Tonight, Streets Dept will be revealing the locations of the pieces in addition to showcasing photos from the artists’ instillations. Art in the Age will also be serving up free libations. Friday, 6-8pm. Free. Art In The Age, 116 N. Third St.
Now in its fifth year, this annual Fishtown celebration will kick off with a Fun Run around the neighborhood followed by an entire afternoon of non-stop activities. In addition to an array of local food and craft vendors, local musicians will be performing every hour including, The Snails, Rock to the Future, Adam & Dave’s Bloodline and The John Byrne Band. There will also be a “Wellness Tent,” beer garden, moon bounce, kid’s activities and a performance by the eight-woman circus company, Tangle Movement Arts. Saturday, 12-5pm. Free. Penn Treaty Park, 1199 N. Delaware Ave.
Should you go to the RiverCity Festival, be sure to swing by Kensington and check out Greensgrow Farms where they’ll be celebrating everything that makes autumn so awesome. During a slew of great free workshops, locals can make everything from a gourd birdfeeder and harvest holiday centerpiece in addition to carving pumpkins, harvesting honey and pressing some cider. When your belly starts rumbling, join award-winning local chef George Sabatino for a demo and tasting, sample author Robyn Jasko’s “heirloom cocktail” or simply see what the local food vendors are serving up (hint: pierogies, cookies, ice cream). Finally, relax to some live tunes as you peruse a craft bazaar featuring handmade goods from Craft Foundry, DA Crochet, Ecobota, Hydro Graphic Apparel, Jewelry With Me, PunkRocKnits and more. Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland St.
Be one of the first to see the premiere issue of Stardust Magazine, Philly’s first ever online fashion art magazine featuring undiscovered local and international talents from the worlds of art, music, fashion, photography and home design. The party will include beer, cupcakes and music. Friday, 7-10pm. Free. Curated Goods, 421 Fairmount Ave.