Top Events for September: Honey Festival, Punk Rock Returns to the Khyber, Ciderfest, Boxers’ Trail 5K, Art Exhibitions & More!

Everyone’s favorite season is a few weeks away, here are some of the best events happening all through September to round out the end of the summer and the start of fall. Share your event by tweeting us @citywidestories or tagging us on Facebook.

Screening: Give me Liberty

Wednesday, September 4th

7 pm

Lightbox Film Center

3701 Chestnut St.

Cost: $12

GIVE ME LIBERTY follows Vic, a young, well-meaning Russian immigrant and medical transport driver for people with disabilities. Upon discovering his grandfather and a group of elderly Russian-Jewish neighbors stranded en route to their dear friend’s funeral, Vic reluctantly agrees to drive them, but needs to stop along the way to pick up other passengers – including regulars like Tracy, a young black woman with ALS. With his mother and supervisor hounding him with phone calls, hiccups and detours along the way due to a protest gaining momentum in downtown Milwaukee, Vic’s day surely could not get any worse – or could it?


10th Annual Philadelphia Honey Festival   

September 6-8 

Multiple locations 

Cost: Free 

Come out for the 10th annual Philadelphia Honey Festival, celebrating all things bee-related! This fun, free and educational festival was created to raise awareness about the importance of honey bees to our environment, our food supply and our economy, and to promote urban beekeeping and gardening.


From the Vault: Photos by Paul Havelin  

Friday, September 6th 

5 – 8 pm 

Khyber Pub Pass 

56 S 2nd St 

Cost: Free  

Check out a photo showcase of punk rock history at the Khyber in the 90s and 2000s! Come share a story while you view the epic photos from Paul Havelin’s amazing archives. DJ Sideswipe will bring us on a musical journey back to the 1990s & 2000s. 


Rashaad Newsome: To Be Real 

Thursday, September 12th   

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center 

1400 N American St Suite #103   

Cost: Free 

Looking for a cool new art exhibit to check out? Well look no further. To Be Real is a multimedia exhibition that meditates on the contemporary magic and radical future of artificial intelligence. 


Jacolby Satterwhite: Room for Living 

Friday, September 13th 

6 – 8 pm 

The Fabric Workshop and Museum  

1214 Arch Street 

Cost: Free (donations welcome)  

In Jacolby Satterwhite’s animated videos, human avatars interact with 3D models in an amorphous, liberated realm; neither time, space, scale, nor societal normativity limit the expression of his characters or architecture. Collaborating with FWM as an Artist-in-Residence, Satterwhite has reimagined elements from his acclaimed digital animation work spanning nearly a decade in Room for Living, his first solo museum show.


Boxers’ Trail 5K

Saturday, September 14th

9:30 am

East Fairmont Park

Cost: 5k Run: $20; 5k Walk: $15. Prices increase after 9/6.

When Muhammad Ali wanted to challenge Joe Frazier, he came to the Boxers’ Trail because he knew he could find Frazier there. Even today, young boxers still jog along the trail. Walk or run the scenic cliff paths of the Boxers’ Trail in East Fairmount Park. Proceeds from the Boxers’ Trail 5K benefit East Fairmount Park and Mander Playground, which organizes youth programs.. On-site registration for the Boxers’ Trail 5K begins at 8:30 am; start time is 9:30 am. Registration is free for Strawberry Mansion residents and children. Advanced registration open until September 6.


Garden Party: Brewerytown  

Thursday, September 19th 

6 – 9 pm 

Brewerytown Garden 

27th and Masters St 

Cost: $65  

Come out for a garden party featuring custom cocktails served in a commemorative glass, light fare, and music. Help support the award-winning community garden in Brewerytown by attending this fun-filled event! 


For The Record: Archives to Action 

Thursday, September 19th 

6 – 8 pm 

Philadelphia City Archives 

548 Spring Garden St 

Cost: Free 

Check out the first panel discussion of the series, For the Record: Archives to Action presented by the Philadelphia City Archives. Enjoy networking, light refreshments, and interactive elements in the Philadelphia City Archives’ new office space!  


Making Home Movies Premiere

Saturday, September 21st 

12 – 2:30 pm 

Philadelphia Film Center

1412 Chestnut St 

Cost: Free (Suggested Donation of $15)

6 films, 6 distinct communities, countless Philadelphia stories. Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Porch Light program presents the premiere of Making Home Movies, a collaborative film project created with newly-arrived immigrant and refugee communities in Philadelphia. Making Home Movies partners adult and youth English language learners with filmmakers and poets to explore the language and imagery of home and to create community together.

This premiere event includes screenings of all 6 short films, special performances and poetry readings, popcorn and movie snacks, and a celebration of home and community.


Philadelphia Jazz Heritage Walking Tour: Green Book Edition

September 21st and September 22nd

11 am – 1 pm 

200 S Broad St

Cost: $15

In 1961, John Coltrane’s “Song of the Underground Railroad” was released. To celebrate the legendary jazz saxophonist’s birthday (September 23, 1926), All That Philly Jazz will lead the Philadelphia Jazz Heritage Walking Tour: Green Book Edition. A travel guide, Green Book listings were an invisible map of safe spaces where African Americans could avoid the indignities of Jim Crow accommodations in the South and racial segregation in the North. The tour will stop at Green Book sites associated with Coltrane and other points of interest. The walking tour begins at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (now The Bellevue Philadelphia) and ends at the repurposed Attucks Hotel (distance: 0.7 miles)



Saturday, September 21st 

12 – 5 pm 

Multiple Locations 

Cost: $45-$70 (VIP tickets)

The celebration of local hard cider will be taking place at six historic houses in Fairmount Park! CiderFest features samples from more than 20 local cideries, live music, pay-as-you-go food trucks, and tours of the historic houses. 


Oktoberfest: The Bourse Beer Hall

Saturday, September 21st

12 – 6 pm

The Bourse Food Hall

Cost: Pay as you go

While Munich kicks-off its 186th Oktoberfest on the very same day, The Bourse Food Hall is excited to transform into a traditional beer hall for just one day, boasting German-inspired food specials including Schnitzel Sandwiches from Freebyrd, Schweinshaxe from LALO, Bratwurst Platter from Rustica Rosticceria, A Pop-Up Pretzel Bar by Barry’s Buns. Plus Sixteen German-style beers such as Ayinger’s Oktoberfest beer, Würzburger’s Festbier and Neshaminy Creek’s dunkel beer — poured at TAPS Fill Station that day. Also on deck will be German-Hungarian dance groups, face painters and more!


In Motion, In Place: Trisha Brown Dance Company

September 24th – 28th

Various locations

Cost: Free

A park in motion. Three free works by a groundbreaking choreographer will change the way you think about Philadelphia’s favorite outdoor spaces. In Roof Piece (9/24-9/25), the rooftops of iconic cultural institutions around Logan Circle serve as an expansive stage for 360-degree choreography. The newly reopened Strawberry Mansion Reservoir at the Discovery Center becomes a stage in Raft Piece (9/28-9/29). In Foray Forêt (9/28-9/29) the wooded grounds of Mount Pleasant mansion host dancers in golden costumes designed by artist Robert Rauschenberg. Together, these works invite Philadelphians to experience their park in a whole new way, leaving us inspired by motion, and by place.


Anthropocene: The Human Epoch  

Wednesday, September 25th 

7 – 9 pm 

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 

Cost: $15 

Check out this screening of the documentary Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, and stay after the screening for a discussion and audience Q&A with experts from Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences.  


Panel: Punks of Color

Friday, September 27th 

6 – 9 pm  

Institute of Contemporary Art 

118 S 36th St 

Cost: Free 

Six guest panelists kick off the ICA’s inaugural #Blkgrlswurld Punk Fest & Zine Fair! The panelists will discuss their personal journeys as black and brown youth in underground music and their relationships to music as self-expression. Moderated by #Blkgrlswurld ZINE’s Senior Editor Courtney Long, the discussion will also explore the cultural implications of punk music made for and by marginalized communities and the future of this punk scene.


Orange Crush: Young Professionals Night  

Friday, September 27th 

7 – 10 pm  

The Barnes Foundation 

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy 

Cost: $35  

What is better than networking surrounded by beautiful artwork? Join fellow art lovers and industry leaders for cocktails, late-night art, and beats by Mole Street Artists at the Barnes! 


Elizabeth Anne Wood discusses her new book, Bound

September 27, 2019

Shakespeare & Co. Rittenhouse

Cost: Free

Join Elizabeth Anne Wood for a conversation about caregiving, aging, illness, and sexuality as she discusses her new memoir, Bound: A Daughter, a Domme, and an End-of-Life Story.


West Craft Fest: Fall 2019

September 28, 2019

The Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Avenue

Cost: Free

Shop artisan jewelry, handmade ceramics, clothing, candles, children’s items, and much more at the West Craft Fest. The fest is family friendly and will include live music, food trucks, children’s activities, and acrobatic performances.



September 28, 2019

Washington Ave between Broad & 17th Street

Cost: Free, Drink Tickets available for purchase pre-event

Bloktoberfest started 11 years ago as a fundraiser and continues to give back to the community by donating drink to Philadelphia-area community organizations. Enjoy live music, food trucks and of course beer!


Motivation Meditation Mimosas

September 29, 2019

The Deck

Cost: $19-49

Work out your body and mind and then enjoy a delicious bottomless brunch! The program includes a HIIT workout, yoga flow, guided meditation, and a motivational exercise, called Two-Word story.


Glass Etching at Tattooed Mom

Sunday, September 29th 

2 – 4 pm 

Tattooed Mom 

530 South St 

Cost: $30 

Want to get a little crafty? Come out for this 2 hour, hands-on introduction to glass etching! Your ticket includes two pint glasses per person for your creative customizations and access to all materials including stencils, xacto knives, gloves and etching cream.