Tuesday is Constitution Day, and there’s no better place to celebrate the document that—while maybe a little flawed—grants us the amazing freedoms we enjoy today than the city in which it was signed, sealed and delivered. (In fact, what better place to celebrate than the Constitution Center, which has free admission all day?)
Get out and enjoy some of the uniquely American pastimes in our guide to fun things to do in Philly this week for a good cause.
We all know founding father Benjamin Franklin was a beer guy, so he’d be stoked to see you enjoying brews—while helping pit bulls find good homes—at local ale house Philadelphia Brewing Co.’s Pinups and Pints.
Sausage may be pretty damn German, but swap out lederhosen for cutoffs and rocker tees and it’s about as ’merica as it comes. See for yourself at South Philly SausageFest, where you can chow down on wieners and help keep streets in Newbold clean all at the same time.
And what says “proud to be an American” more than waving your fists in the air on top of the Rocky Steps? A 24-hour charity stair climb for cancer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art gives you the chance to do that over and over and over again.
Find all that and more in our guide to fun things to do in Philadelphia this week for a great cause. ✌🏽
Swing by this launch party on Thursday night to celebrate the Philly arrival of Sting Arts, which maintains three bee hives (homes to 50,000 busy bees!) on two rooftops in the Spring Arts District. One of those is the roof of Roy-Pitz Barrel House, which uses the honey to produce a beer that it will sale and then donate half the profits to Tools for Schools, a nonprofit that supplies backpacks filled with school supplies to kids in need. The party includes a spread of food that also incorporates the honey—like Bavarian pretzel bites with Sting Arts honey mustard and a special Sting Arts pizza. You can also score bottled honey, crowlers of beer, T-shirts and more at an onsite pop-up shop. Proceeds from those sales also benefit Tools for Schools. Thursday, September 19, 5–7pm, free to attend, Roy-Pitz Barrel House, 990 Spring Garden Street.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art steps will be abuzz for 24 hours straight on Friday night, when Legacy of Hope hosts PHL24, a 24-hour stair climb to benefit its mission to support Philadelphians affected by cancer. Live DJs and celebrity guests (including the Phillie Phanatic) will be on hand to keep the atmosphere festive while folks get their Rocky on 🏃🏽♂️September 20–21, 3pm–3pm, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Fall festival season is in full swing at the South Philly SausageFest, where you can hear live music, stuff your face with grilled sausage sandwiches and enjoy beer from a host of local breweries. Proceeds from food and drink sales benefit a Newbold CDC initiative that aims to keep streets spiffy in the ever-growing Newbold community. Saturday, September 21, 11am–7pm, free to attend, Broad Street and West Passyunk Avenue.
Get to know some of your newest fellow citizens—and those who may be so soon— in Making Home Movies, a cool new film series out of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Porch Light program that gets its world premiere on Saturday. Six short films in total follow immigrants and refugees living in six distinctive communities in Philadelphia as they build a home and establish community in their brand new city. The event also includes live performances, poetry readings and movie snacks. Saturday, September 21, 1pm, $10 suggested donation, Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street.
Locally brewed suds, pinup gals and classic cars converge at this charity event hosted by Philadelphia Brewing Co. (PBC) and The PA Liberty Belles. Ogle pre-1972 classic cars, enjoy food and live music, and sip freely on delicious PBC brews. A dollar from every pint sold benefits Pinups for Pitbulls, a national organization that works to educate the public about pit bulls, and help the dogs find good homes. You could even take one home yourself; ACCT Philly will have some adoptable pitties on site. Sunday, September 22, noon–4pm, free to attend, Philadelphia Brewing Co., 2440 Frankford Avenue.
More fun things to do this week
- Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O19 is getting lots of buzz for the way it’s drawing new audiences to opera. Check out a performance (or happy hour!) starting this week.
- Gritty pop-up cabaret bar Late Night Snacks is offering pay-what-you-wish admission to make the arts more accessible to anyone who wants to attend.
- Parks on Tap moves to Manayunk’s Pretzel Park. Don’t miss out; this is the penultimate stop of the season.
- Join a walking tour with All That Philly Jazz that visits spots in the Green Book, a map of safe spaces where Black people could avoid the indignities of Jim Crow-era segregation.
- Send postcards to swing-state voters to make sure their registered, or man a voter registration booth at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with Indivisible Philadelphia.
- National Constitution Center celebrates Constitution Day on September 17 with free admission to the museum and a ton of activities on the front lawn—including a naturalization ceremony.
- Grow Up Great returns to the Kimmel on September 21. The free event is part of an initiative to introduce kids to the arts.
- Uhuru’s One Africa! One Nation! book fair and flea market returns to Clark Park
- Chill with a morning cup of coffee and play our podcast about the history of pepper pot soup in Philadelphia.