Fall is upon us. Time for changing leaves, corduroy, and flannel, pumpkin spice something or other, and festivals galore. To truly enjoy the season, get out in the brisk weather before winter's forced hibernation. We have a jam-packed guide full of fall ideas citywide to keep you busy outdoors. From Brewerytown to Fishtown to the heart of Rittenhouse, we have your weekend mapped out wherever you choose to fall into Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center wants you to get out the tripod and capture the moments that often go undocumented for this year's Sixth Annual Philly Photo Day. Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to participate and submit their favorite shots taken during the daylong celebration.
Make a snapshot with any tool - from a fancy Nikon to the iPhone in your pocket - today and upload it to the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center website (www.philaphotoarts.org) by Wednesday. The images will be printed and shown at a public exhibition to give a view of the city from many perspectives. Three of the best will be displayed on SEPTA platform posters.
Find yourself this happiest of happy hours in DesignPhiladelphia's We Can pop-up beer garden (11th & Callowhill Streets). Venues all over town host 100 exhibits, workshops, and demonstrations that highlight architecture, fashion, furniture, multimedia, and urban-planning design.
Featuring canned beer from Old Forge Brewing Co., We Can invites drinkers to turn the beer cans into a hydroponic installation. Check it out from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. (Information: 267-474-3555 or check out www.designphiladelphia.org.)
With a bit of a beer-can buzz, head north to Tyler School of Art (2001 N. 13th St.) for a hands-on workshop where you will create your own sculptural graffiti with wire and other common materials, starting at 6 p.m. The location for installation will be divulged on the night of the workshop. So, empty out the junk drawer, and get ready to go rogue.
If you are looking for an urban cleanse this weekend, then Jim Thorpe is your answer. A 90-minute drive from Center City, Jim Thorpe makes the perfect day trip. Its Fall Foliage Weekends (www.jimthorpe.org/fallfoliage.htm), this weekend and next, boast free music events at four venues throughout the downtown area, along with seasonal specials from cozy restaurants and adorable shops. Snag a room at the popular Harry Packer Mansion; the imposing facade was the inspiration for Disney World's Haunted Mansion.
Brew Fair, the second annual beer, music, and food fest, returns to Brewerytown (noon-7 p.m., brewfair.com) in an empty lot at 27th and Girard. Food trucks, six hours of live music, and a dozen varieties of beer from Neshaminy Creek and Brewerytown's own Crime & Punishment will be on hand.
Grammy Award-winner Tre Lambert, who just toured as Meek Mill's drummer on the Pinkprint Tour with Nicki Minaj, will headline the day out and debut his new group, Tre Lambert and the Now Generation.
On the other end of Girard, the Eighth Annual RiverCity Festival will rage from noon to 6 p.m. at Penn Treaty Park (1341 N. Delaware Ave., www.rivercityfestival.org). There's a little bit of everything at the fest, including a 5K run, a concert (check out locals Kate Faust and The Fractals), a beer garden (libations provided by the Philadelphia Brewing Co., 2nd Story Brewing, Saint Benjamin Brewing, and Philly Homebrew, with newcomer Evil Genius Beer Co.), and a pet tent. Don't forget the free family-fun area with an inflatable rock wall, moon bounce, obstacle course, field games, and magic shows.
The Asian Arts Initiative with DesignPhiladelphia is bringing back the Pearl Street Block Party (www.asianartsinitiative.org) for the third year. Beginning at 2 p.m., the soiree on the 1200 block of Pearl will include live performances, music, and interactive artwork by local artists, including projects created by Asian Arts Initiative's current and past artists in residence. The party ends at 5 p.m. with a community meal. Tickets to the meal are sold to attendees based on a sliding scale.
This year marks 25 years of OutFest (www.phillygaypride.org), the best happening on the event calendar of LGBT Philadelphia. All weekend long, locals and their allies will celebrate being out and proud - drawing massive crowds from the bars and into the streets. Sunday's block party in the heart of Philly's Gayborhood (13th and Locust Streets) has been called the largest National Coming Out Day street festival in the world, bolstered by fabulous drag shows, rowdy bar crawls, and outdoor dance parties.
The Philadelphia Collection (www.thephiladelphiacollection.org) is a series of fashion and style events that take place all over the city for an entire week. One of the highly anticipated marquee events is the launch of the Philadelphia Fashion Alliance. Attendees will be the first to view the Spring/Summer 2016 collections of top-notch local designers. You will be able to shop their current designs in the elegant and chic setting of the Wetherill Mansion (251 S. 18th St.) on Rittenhouse Square. Bougie on fleek.