Fun things to do for Labor Day weekend in Philly 2023

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Looking for some fun and unique things to do for Labor Day weekend in Philly? We’ve got you covered. 

Labor Day Relief Lu’au & Music Festival 

Hosted by the award-winning and family-owned Wissahickon Brewing Co. (WBC) in East Falls, this event will celebrate the end of summer while also raising funds for the aftermath of the deadly wildfires in Maui, Hawaii that began earlier this month. 

The event will feature food, music, and drink specials when patrons purchase a WissBand (Wissahickon Wristband) which includes the first drink free, and $5 draft pours after. A portion of every WissBand and event proceeds will go to Maui Strong, a national fundraiser led by the Hawaii Community Foundation. The Lu’au and Music Festival will kick off at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3. 

3705 W. School House Lane, East Falls,

Gaul & Co. Malt House Philly Comedy Fest

This inaugural 12-hour festival and showcase of live comedy, podcasts, music, and more, is slated for this upcoming Labor Day Weekend on Sunday, Sept. 3, from noon to midnight, held at the brand’s Port Richmond location. 

On the bill will be a few different acts, including: ‘The Super Ultimate Audio Visual Experience’ hosted by Christian Weckesser Shawn Gardini, ‘Weeding Out the Stoned’ aka “The Game Show of Sobriety Tests” hosted by Alex Grubard, ‘Digital Bazooka’, a comedy podcast hosted by James Moss and Dru Montana dedicated to helping people over the phone, and much more. 

As a release states, Philly Comedy Fest will also feature live musical acts such as comedic rapper Crack Amico, as well as The Zoo Fighters, comprised of Tim Butterly, his brother, and his producer, Noah, who bring their own comedic spin to hit songs. Additional special guests and performers will make appearances as well, and patrons can order off of Gaul & Co. Malt Houses’ menu while there. 

Labor Day Weekend in Philly
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2619 E. Indiana Ave.,

Fireworks at Stella of New Hope

If a trip to Bucks County sounds like the plan for the weekend, Philadelphians can head to Stella of New Hope this Friday night for a fireworks display (which begins at 9:10 p.m.). The experience can be viewed from the venue’s outdoor patio, or from the river promenade at Stella’s brand new outdoor bar. 

Visitors can also hit the venue early (reservations are available for dinner) to check out a variety of different drinks and dishes at the restaurant. As a release states, highlights include a Local Heirloom Tomato Salad ($15) consisting of marinated mozzarella pearls, local corn, kalamata olive puree, toasted pine nuts, and sherry-shallot vinaigrette; Jail Island Salmon ($36) served with coconut curried black jasmine rice with shrimp, stir-fried english and sugar snap peas, ninja radish, and yuzu aioli; and Pan Roasted Day Boat Sea Scallops ($41) with curried cauliflower, beluga lentils, purple cauliflower, cilantro-macadamia nut pesto and pickled golden raisins. 

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Stella of New Hope will host fireworks this Friday.Stella of New Hope

50 S. Main Street, New Hope,

First Friday Movie Night Under the Stars & Stripes

On Sept. 1, the Betsy Ross House will once again be showcasing its First Friday Movie Night Under the Stars & Stripes with an al fresco showing of 1958’s ‘War of the Satellites.’ As a release states, gates open at 5:30 p.m. for after-hours tours and the movie starts at dusk (7:30 p.m.). Guests can bring snacks and drinks and make a night of it, and tickets are available for $8 online. Buying ahead of time is recommended.

239 Arch St.,

Pixar Putt 

Mini-golf meets the movies with Philly’s waterside attraction, Pixar Putt. The pop-up, open-air experience is now open at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, and will remain open until Oct. 1. 

The course is designed for all ages 4+, and will feature an interactive way to experience a variety of different Pixar films including ‘Toy Story’, ‘The Incredibles’, ‘Monsters, Inc.’, ‘Finding Nemo’, ‘Coco’, ‘A Bug’s Life’, ‘Wall-E’, ‘Soul’ and ‘Inside Out’, with 18 holes in total. From a hole dedicated to a French kitchen straight out of ‘Ratouille’ to the many doors of ‘Monster’s Inc.’, to an oversized piano from ‘Soul’, every single hole is meant to be immersive. 

Pixar Putt will operate seven days a week from noon to 10 p.m. with the last entry at 8:30 p.m. There will also be Pixar Putt After Dark evening sessions for guests 18+ on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. as well.

101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard,