Fun things to do in Philly this weekend

Franklin Fright at The Franklin Institute 2020 (3)
Darryl Moran Photography

Looking for some fun and unique things to do in Philly this weekend? Metro has your covered.

Stina Monthly Guest Chef Charity Dinners

Every month, South Philly’s own restaurant with a social mission will be hosting annual collaboration dinners with the region’s up-and-coming chefs. For the month of September, Chef Phila Lorn currently of Terrain, Glen Mills will be kicking it off this Thursday (Sept. 30) with a menu that will help raise funds for the Cambodian American Girls Empowering (CAGE).

For this weekend’s collab, Stina’s Chef Bobby Saritsoglou and Lorn have designed a special menu that is eight courses for $65 per person, dinner service begins at 4 p.m. The menu includes: Crispy Taro Spring Rolls, West Coast Oysters (served with Kampot black peppercorn, lime and salt), Bang Chow Crepe Salad (boasting stewed chicken and assorted herbs), Ya Hawn (khmer red curry hot-pot with raw beef, seafood and greens with somen noodles), a countryside banana dessert and much more.

For beer pairings, Stina has once again partnered with Stickman Brews to pour American twists on Belgian inspired beers, IPA’s and all things in between. They will be pairing four beers over the course of the meal, with a new beer every other course. The cost is $10 per pairing, or $5 a la carte.

Chefs Lorn, Lachman, Ansill and Saritsoglou are all part of Stina’s series.Provided

1705 Snyder Ave.,

Giant University City Flea Market

The largest outdoor flea market in the Philadelphia area will be overtaking the area of University City this Saturday, Oct. 2. The official shopping event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (though they say some early birds are welcome) and proceeds from the event will benefit the Lancaster Avenue 21st Century Business Association CDC.

More than 75 vendors will line Lancaster Avenue from 34th to 36th streets in the heart of Drexel’s campus for this event and admission is free. The shopping will feature antiques, collectibles, vintage clothing and fine jewelry, textiles, primitives, glassware, artwork, vinyl and much more. Admission is free. Rain date is Oct. 3.

Happy Tails Craft Festival 

According to a release, Main Line Animal Rescue will host the very first Happy Tails Fall Craft Festival on their sprawling 60-acre farm in Phoenixville on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The goal of the fair is to help support local small businesses while also raising funds to continue saving animal lives. Friends, families and of course animal lovers, are encouraged to check out the more than 50 craft vendors who will be in attendance such as: Malvern Handcrafted soy candles and concrete decor, Kilning It pottery, Tootsie’s Delectable Dog Cakes, Downingtown Country Gifts, sage + sunset co. jewelry, Bee’s Booth macramé wall hangings and plant holders, Adventure Dog Knits and lots more.

In addition to the various wares available, the Los Gios Food Truck will be on site as well as beverages from Root Down Brewing Co. and Twisted Gingers Brewing Co. No tickets are needed and admission is free admission.

Franklin Fright

Recently, The Franklin Institute announced new seasonal attractions and the first debuts this Friday, Oct. 1. The FI enlisted the artistic minds of BMorrow Productions to imagine full-scale seasonal experiences that will be offered this fall and winter, free with museum admission.

During Franklin Fright, which kicks off this weekend, guests will be surrounded by pumpkins, goblins, and more festive décor, as well as three new Halloween-infused live science shows premiering this month, featuring costumed performers demonstrating some very spooky science. As the release states, the ultra-popular indoor trick-or-treating adventure is also expanding this year, inviting guests to knock on ornately decorated exhibit doors every weekend in October during Franklin Fright

Darryl Moran Photography

222 N 20th St.,

Movie Under the Stars & Stripes 

The First Friday Movie Nights Under the Stars & Stripes will kick off another evening of cinema and fun this Friday, Oct. 1, at 8:45 p.m. The event begins when the sun goes down and visitors can meet in the courtyard at dusk. While there, movie-goers can watch a film on the big screen (this week’s showing is ‘Plan 9 from Outer Space’while also enjoying their own snacks and beverages, which the House encourages attendees to bring.

If you come a bit earlier as well, you’re in for a treat—those who head to the Betsy Ross House will also be able to enjoy an after-hours tour of the museum. Admission for this event, which happens annually on the First Friday of every month, is $7.

239 Arch St.,

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