Looking for some fun and unique things to do in Philly this weekend? We’ve got you covered.
Dinner of Champignons
This Sunday, Urban Farmer will be completing its third and final event as part of its nationwide Chef Collaboration Mushroom Dinner Series. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11, Executive Chefs Sonny Ingui (Urban Farmer Philadelphia), Ryan Rau (Urban Farmer Denver), and Matt Christianson (Urban Farmer Portland) will put together a 4-course mushroom-based culinary experience inspired by Urban Farmer’s in-house mushroom terrariums. As a release states, this special collaboration dinner series highlights the steakhouse’s favorite superfood in creative applications, with each course developed by one of its executive chefs. Courses include chanterelle bread pudding, a wild mushroom stuffed lobster tail, porcini rubbed short rib, and to cap it off, a candy cap mushroom and chocolate pots du crème. Tickets for the Philadelphia Mushroom Dinner are $85 per person (gratuity included) and can be purchased online on Tock. The dinner will also feature an optional wine pairing and a mushroom themed specialty cocktail.
1850 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, urbanfarmersteakhouse.com
Doylestown Arts Festival
This Saturday and Sunday, the Doylestown Arts Festival is back and will take over the historic streets of Doylestown Borough from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on both days. Now in its 31st year, the festival will feature 150 artists offering up fine art, photography, jewelry, glass, woodcraft, and pottery. And as a release states: With not just art, but also music and activities for all ages, the festival will continue its mission to highlight independent artists, support small businesses, and raise awareness of the local cultural scene. The activation will also continue to offer up a food court, with highlighted vendors including Bonjour Creperie, Casa Toro Mexican Grill, and Richie Lou’s on Hamilton Street. The Doylestown Arts Festival is free to attend and open to the public.
BBQ on the Block
This weekend, Mike’s BBQ has teamed up with Sidecar Bar & Grille for a a customer appreciation neighborhood block party on Saturday, Sept. 10 from noon to 6 p.m. The celebration is Mike and his employees’ way to thank their customers for their unwavering support of the two restaurants since the pandemic started, and will be held at the corner of 22nd and Christian streets, outside of Sidecar. As a release states, Strauss and his team, including business partners Will Lindsay and Mike Metzger, will be roasting a whole pig, while the Sidecar crew will be providing burgers, Detroit style pizzas, chicken sausages, and sides. Small Oven Pastry Shop will also be in attendance serving sweets, and Milk Jawn will be on hand with various flavors of their premium ice cream. For some libations, Philadelphia’s Stockyard Cider Co. will be pouring ciders all day. The BBQ will also highlights vendors on hand selling art, clothing, and more, and there will be a water slide for kids.
2201 Christian St., thesidecarbar.com
K Pop Back to School Banger at Kpod
West Philly hotspot Kpod is ringing in the start of a new school year with an all-out celebration. On Thursday, Sept. 8, the high-end sushi venue will feature free entry, a live DJ spinning K-pop, a one-night only late night happy hour, custom swag and more from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
3636 Sansom St., kpodrestaurant.com
Clover Market and Second Saturday in Chestnut Hill
There are two reasons to head to Chestnut Hill this weekend. First, Second Saturday will take place on Saturday Sept. 10 from noon to 5 p.m. in the 7800-8600 blocks of Germantown Ave. The event will showcase the works of regional artists, outdoor music performances, and special sales/offerings from the local shops and restaurants.
Next up, the award-winning Clover Market will take place on Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. According to a release, the Clover Market in Chestnut Hill will feature a carefully curated group of 90 antique and handmade vendors, a lineup of gourmet food trucks (Korea Taqueria, Little Sicilian, Mom Mom’s, Papermill Foods, Pie Bird Farm and Waffles just to name a few), live music from the Wayside Shakeup, and free kids’ crafts from the Handwork Studio. Philadelphians who are interested can view the fall vendor gallery online and see the complete lineup of Chestnut Hill vendors on the website. The Market is independently produced but in partnership with the Business District, a release states.
The Clover tents will be pitched at the 25 W. Highland Ave parking lot and all along W. Highland Ave starting at Germantown Ave, and will be free to attend (while also being family and dog-friendly). In total, the event will feature 270 juried handmade and vintage vendors and 25 of the Philly area’s best gourmet food trucks.