Two great events are taking place this Saturday, October 1st in Center City Philadelphia— the 6th Annual Midtown Village “Fall Festival” and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts’ (PAFA) “Party on the Plaza.”
The Midtown Village “Fall Festival” is a 5-block long Block Party, starting at Noon and continuing through 8 p.m., along 13th Street from Locust to Chestnut, as well as along Sansom from 12th to Juniper Streets. This annual event welcomes tens of thousands of people, from near and far, to take in samples of food from the eclectic mix of Midtown Village restaurants and libations from the beer gardens while browsing the shops and offerings from local retailers. There will also be artisans and crafters offering handmade items, a “Little Villagers” family-friendly area complete with free moon bounce, sidewalk chalk and pumpkin painting as well as a blessing of the pets taking place at St. John the Evangelist Church.
Just down the street and around the corner, at 118 – 128 North Broad Street (primarily between Arch and Race Streets), starting at Noon and continuing until 1 a.m. on Sunday morning is PAFA’s “Party on the Plaza. This event has numerous options for its 13-hour duration celebrating the opening of Lenfest Plaza including a Family Arts Festival from Noon to 5 p.m. which includes free admission to the museum and tours; the Torch Club, a patron cocktail reception and dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ; The Enlightenment, a free once in a lifetime event showcasing the lighting of Claes Oldenburg’s “Paint Torch,” a 51-foot paintbrush marking the start of Philadelphia’s Museum Mile, and the unveiling of PAFA alumnus Jordan Griska’s sculpture, “Grumman Greenhouse”; and don’t forget the After Party from 9:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. featuring dancing, late-night snacks, great art and Philadelphia’s notable DJ Deejay.
So get out there Philly peeps, and visitors, & enjoy!