Living Awesome: 5 Things to do Labor Day Weekend… Philly-Style!

As part of the ongoing series “Living Awesome,” this post will focus on five things (plus a couple more) to do in Philadelphia this Labor Day weekend!

First Friday in Old City
Since 1991 it’s been a time honored tradition to celebrate First Friday in the city of Philadelphia. First Friday takes place on, the aptly titled, first Friday of each month. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., rain or shine, galleries, shops, restaurants & local businesses invite residents and visitors to stroll the neighborhood and take in the sights & sounds. There is no charge to stroll, and some businesses offer great deals like a $5 wine tastings like the one at Pinot Wine Boutique which includes a souvenir glass and five wines samples from Paradocx Vineyard.

Center City Philadelphia

Everything “Historic” All Weekend Long
Since Philadelphia is the birthplace of America, and July 4th often brings giant crowds to Center City, Labor Day weekend is a great time to visit the numerous sites where history was, and continues to be, made. Activities include an “after-hours” walking tour and family-friendly freebies at Franklin Square- to name a few. Plus this is the last weekend to take in “Discover the Real George Washington: New Views From Mount Vernon,” the featured exhibit at the National Constitution Center.

Phillies, Eagles & Movie Premiere at The Piazza at Schmidt’s
The Piazza which has an amazing, ultra modern multi-media event courtyard is just a short jaunt from Center City. All weekend long The Piazza at Schmidt’s, will be the place to take in the Phillies and Eagles games as well as the weekly Awesome Fest free movie screening. Awesome Fest will be showcasing a Philadelphia premiere of “Shut up Little Man!”— an official selection of Sundance Film Festival.

Fireworks, Films and Festivals
It wouldn’t be a holiday weekend without fireworks, so don’t miss the display scheduled over the Delaware River just after the Camden Riversharks baseball game. Plus there’ll be festivals all weekend long including SRUTI’s 25th Anniversary Festival ; WHYY Connections Festival including a preview screening of filmmaker Ken Burns’, “Prohibition,” not scheduled to air on PBS until October 2; and Philadelphia’s Tri-State Labor Parade and AFL-CIO Family Festival on Monday.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Pay what you wish Sunday: The Philadelphia Museum of Art
A great “deal” in the art community takes place the first Sunday of each month as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Perelman Building. This offer allows you to pay what you wish all day for General Admission* (reg. $12 – $16). Also, this is the weekend to visit the Rodin Museum before it closes on September 6, 2011 until late spring 2012 for renovation and reinstallation. Please note that The Philadelphia Museum of Art and Perelman will be open on Labor Day itself (normally they are closed on Mondays), and regular admission prices will be in effect. *General Admission does not include entry to the current “Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus” special exhibition ($12 – $25) which runs through October 30, 2011.

So, get out there Philadelphians – and visitors – and make this Labor Day weekend a super one!

Photo Credits: R. Kennedy,  B. Krist for GPTMC,

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