Events 9/27 – 10/4: DesignPhilly Kickoff Party, FearlessCon, Monument Lab, 22nd Annual Bowling Ball & More!

The latest and greatest things happening in Philly from Friday, September 27 to Thursday, October 4. Share your event by tweeting us @citywidestories or tagging us on Facebook.


Friday, September 28th

10 am – 7 pm

The Adrienne Theater

2030 Sansom St.

Cost: Free

Founders Fatène Ben-Hamza (currently Casablanca, Morocco) and Steve Garguilo (currently Ciudad Juárez, Mexico), both living in migration frontiers some depict as “shitholes,” want to challenge the current negative narrative spreading across the globe by showcasing the brilliant work of artists from these “shithole” regions. The show features artists from Haiti, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Rwanda and Tunisia.



September 28 – 30

Various Locations

Cost: $249

What’s better than a weekend full of inspiring speakers, business education, and loads of awesome giveaways? Nope, can’t think of anything. Come out to the FearlessCon, the brainchild of Melissa Alam, an entrepreneur based out of Philadelphia who saw a void in the city when it came to resources, events and spaces for diverse, millennial women. Don’t miss the event of the year for ambitious women! (Read about this, and nine other conferences in Philadelphia in our latest feature).


Tidal Schuylkill Boat Parade 2018

Friday, September 28th

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Bartram’s Garden Community Boathouse  

Cost: Free

Decorate anything that floats and bring it to the 8th Annual Tidal Schuylkill Boat Parade. This year’s sunset boat parade is sure to be one for the books! Be sure to bring something that floats, a lifevest for you and your crew, and a light source for your vessel. Awards will be given for all different achievements, so come out for a great time!



Friday, September 28th  

6 – 8 pm  

Herman St Studios

20 E Herman st

Cost: Free  

There is a new mural up in Germantown, so of course there has to be a dedication party! Come celebrate the arts in this diverse community during an interactive poetry project with Way of Words, music, and other family friendly activities. Many of the artists at Herman Studios will open their studio doors during this event  so that you can get a sneak peak at some of their work!


22nd Annual Bowling Ball

Saturday, September 29th

6 – 10 pm

Erie Lanes

1310 E Erie Ave.

Cost: $125

We double dare you to come to Erie Lanes for the Community Design Collaborative’s 22nd annual Bowling Ball event! This is sure to be an evening of outrageous costumes, some serious bowling, oh, and did we mention that it’s all for a good cause? See you there!


#WasteNot for CFET

Saturday, September 29th

5:30 – 8:30 pm  

Camden Fireworks

1813 Broadway

Cost: $20-40

Interested in learning more about food waste? Come out for a special tasting, farm tour, and community conversation about reducing food waste. The food is sure to be out of this world and there are going to be plenty of local vendors with goodies for you to try.


Monument Lab: Report to the City – Release Party

Tuesday, October 2nd

5:30 – 7:30 pm


4017 Walnut St.

Cost: Free

What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? Revisit last year’s series of public exhibitions curated by Monument Lab and and produced with Mural Arts Philadelphia. The research has been transcribed, mapped, and will soon be uploaded to Open Data Philly. Mark the public release of the Report to the City at a party on Tuesday, October 2, with free newspaper editions of the Report, a virtual reality tour of the 2017 exhibition, refreshments, and a special performance by Monument Lab collaborator Ursula Rucker. (Learn more about Ursula Rucker in our interview with her here).


DesignPhilly Kickoff Party 2018

Wednesday, October 3rd

5:30 – 9 pm


1901 S 9th St.

Cost: $30-75  

Join artists, designers, architects, and design-savvy Philadelphians to celebrate our city’s love for design! Not only will this be an evening filled with design inspiration, but we’ve got a full line up of amazing food and beverages from Yards Brewery, Philadelphia Distilling, honeygrow and  Poi Dog Philly just to name a few. Oh and did we mention that this is all going down at Bok? Get your tickets now before they are all gone, you won’t want to miss out on this one.


Building the #TempleFreewall – Workshop

Wednesday, October 3rd

6 – 7:30 pm  

Temple University Paley Library

1210 Polett Walk

Cost: Free

Join Philly street artist Blur and poet and organizer Luis Marrero (of Voices in Power) to get some tips on writing, creating, and wheatpasting your own art (supplies will be available). The work created will even be pasted up on the freewall throughout the workshop! Don’t miss this interactive workshop!  


Laurel Hill Cemetery Future Lighting Plan + Kickoff Reception

Thursday, October 4th

7 – 9 pm

Laurel Hill Cemetery

3822 Ridge St.

Cost: $25  

Laurel Hill Cemetery is welcoming members of the public to preview the newly designed future lighting plan to better highlight the architectural and artistic features of this beautiful and historic cemetery. Come out for the kickoff reception and enjoy some refreshments in the Medallion Garden.