Columbus Day Weekend events mean Philadelphia fun, street closures

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PHILADELPHIA — Many Philadelphians are looking forward to a long weekend, thanks to Columbus Day on Monday and not as much rain as the daily icons show. That’s the forecast as of Friday. Click here for details and updates.

These are some of the events that’ll be happening this weekend, but not all. Feel free to add anything else you know about in the comments section below, mentioning when, where and a website.

Street closing information comes from the Philadelphia Police Department and the Philadelphia Office of Special Events.

FRIDAY, Oct. 11:

The Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair returns Friday and Saturday, 11am to 6pm; and Sunday, 11am to 5pm.

Octoberfest will be going on all weekend at Dilworth Park, on the west side of City Hall. Friday, noon to 9pm. Saturday, noon to 8pm. Sunday, noon to 6pm.

SATURDAY, Oct. 12:

The Navy Day Regatta will have Kelly Drive closed from the Strawberry Mansion Bridge to Fountain Green Drive between 6am and 6pm. Southbound traffic will be detoured up the Strawberry Mansion ramp to Reservoir Drive, then south on Reservoir Drive to Fountain Green Drive, and west on Fountain Green Drive back to Kelly Drive. Northbound traffic will be detoured east on Fountain Green Drive, opposite the southbound detour route. Signs will be posted and delays are expected to be minimal.

St. Mary Interparochial School will be holding its Harvest Hoedown Festival. No parking will be allowed on Locust Street between 6th and 5th, starting at midnight. That block of Locust should be closed from 7am to 5pm.

Indigenous Peoples’ Weekend will be going on Saturday through Monday at the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street. Activities are included with museum admission, and the museum’s hours are 10am to 5pm.

The Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair returns Friday and Saturday, 11am to 6pm; and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Saturday, 18th Street will become a pedestrian-only outdoor dining space.

Octoberfest will be going on all weekend at Dilworth Park, on the west side of City Hall. Friday, noon to 9pm. Saturday, noon to 8pm. Sunday, noon to 6pm.

The Philly Trans March will take place at Malcolm X Park, 5100 Pine Street, 1-4pm.

The Philadelphia Wing Festival will take place at 2300 Arena, 2300 S. Swanson Street, 2-7pm.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours will give you a sneak peek inside the city’s most creative spaces and show you what an artist’s studio really looks like. It goes on this weekend and next at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, 237 S. 18th Street #3A. Different parts of the city will be represented on different days: the south on Oct. 12; the northeast on Oct. 13; the northwest on Oct. 19; and the west on Oct. 20.

SUNDAY, Oct. 13:

The 5,000 Yards Dash Run/Walk will have roads will be closed for set-up beginning at 7:30am. Then, the run will start at 8:30am, and all roads should be open again by 10am. This is the track: Participants will begin on 5th Street, between Spring Garden and Willow streets. They’ll go south on 5th, towards Willow, then east on Willow to 3rd Street, north on 3rd to Fairmount Avenue, west on Fairmount to 6th Street, north on 6th to Brown Street, east on Brown to American Street, north on American to George Street, east on George to 2nd Street, north on 2nd to Germantown Avenue, south on Germantown Avenue to Laurel Street, west on Laurel to 2nd Street, south on 2nd to Willow Street, west on Willow to 5th Street, and north on 5th Street to the finish line.

Indigenous Peoples’ Weekend will be going on Saturday through Monday at the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street. Activities are included with museum admission, and the museum’s hours are 10am to 5pm.

The Columbus Day Parade will be held along S. Broad Street. These stretches of roads will be closed from 11am until 4pm: Broad Street from Washington Avenue to Bigler Street; the 1400 block of Bigler Street; Washington Avenue from 13th to 17th streets; and Oregon Avenue from 13th to 15th streets. However, all cross streets along Broad Street will stay open, conditions permitting, except Washington Avenue, Bigler Street and Oregon Avenue.

Old City Festival along Arch Street (from 2nd to 4th), 3rd Street (Market to Race) and Cherry Street (3rd to 4th). The event will run 11am to 6pm. Closures will begin at 2am and streets should be open by 9pm.

The Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair returns Friday and Saturday, 11am to 6pm; and Sunday, 11am to 5pm.

City Tap Pumpkin Smash will take place Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Enjoy a day of pumpkin beer, grab a hammer to smash a pumpkin, and lots more at City Tap House, 3925 Walnut Street.

The largest National Coming Out Day event takes over Philadelphia’s Gayborhood, centered at 13th and Locust streets. The block party will span ten full blocks. No parking as of midnight. Roads will be closed from 7am to 7:30pm. They are Locust and Spruce streets from Broad to 11th; 12th, 13th, Camac and Quince streets from Walnut to Locust; and Chancellor Street from Juniper to 13th.

Octoberfest will be going on all weekend at Dilworth Park, on the west side of City Hall. Friday, noon to 9pm. Saturday, noon to 8pm. Sunday, noon to 6pm.

Philly Vegan Restaurant Week kicks off at more than 30 restaurants. The special vegan options for lunch and dinner goes through Oct. 19, and some of the money will support Misfit Manor, a local animal rescue.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours will give you a sneak peek inside the city’s most creative spaces and show you what an artist’s studio really looks like. It goes on this weekend and next at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, 237 S. 18th Street #3A. Different parts of the city will be represented on different days: the south on Oct. 12; the northeast on Oct. 13; the northwest on Oct. 19; and the west on Oct. 20.

The Paul Robeson House’s Arts in the Parlor series features Barbara Whiteman, the founder of the Philadelphia Doll Museum. 4-6pm at 4951 Walnut Street.

MONDAY, Oct. 14:

Indigenous Peoples Weekend will be going on Saturday through Monday at the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street. Activities are included with museum admission, and the museum’s hours are 10am to 5pm.

Philadelphia Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, is held on Columbus Day in an effort to center the conversation on the history and contributions of indigenous peoples in Philadelphia.

Philly Vegan Restaurant Week continues at more than 30 restaurants. The special vegan options for lunch and dinner goes through Oct. 19, and some of the money will support Misfit Manor, a local animal rescue.

BEYOND THIS WEEKEND:

Terror Behind the Walls continues at Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue, through Saturday, Nov. 9.

2nd Sanctuary: A Multi-Experience Halloween Attraction will run through Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2040 Christian Street.

Ghost Ship at the Waterfront will be at the Race Street Pier through Sunday, Nov. 3.

Jack’s Pumpkin Glow will be going on during select dates through Sunday, Nov. 3, at Avenue of the Republic and States Drive in Fairmount Park.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours will give you a sneak peek inside the city’s most creative spaces and show you what an artist’s studio really looks like. It continues next weekend at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, 237 S. 18th Street #3A. Different parts of the city will be represented on different days: the northwest on Oct. 19; and the west on Oct. 20.

Philly Vegan Restaurant Week continues at more than 30 restaurants. The special vegan options for lunch and dinner goes through Oct. 19, and some of the money will support Misfit Manor, a local animal rescue.

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