Philly Mini Golf
The 18-hole Philadelphia-themed course allows Guests to putt through favorite icons including Elfreth’s Alley, Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Philadelphia Museum of Art, LOVE statue, Chinatown Friendship Gate and on the 18th hole, putt through the crack in the Liberty Bell and land in front of Independence Hall. Plus, holes celebrating Philadelphia Sports teams and Philadelphia Music legends.
Ongoing thru September from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Franklin Square at Race Street
The third annual Philly Naked Bike Ride
Following the inaugural 2009 ride, with approximately 1,000 riders, participation doubled to approximately 2,000 riders in 2010. A similar turnout is expected for this year’s ride, during which riders will traverse a new route through Philadelphia. The purposes for our event are varied: Participants ride to promote cycling advocacy, awareness about fuel consumption and the environmental impact of car culture, positive body image and economic sustainability as a way of life and a corporate responsibility. Riders are welcomed to join and ride for causes of their own.
Sunday, Sept. 4 at dusk
Locations TBA via social network feeds
Philly Fringe Festival
Tickets are now on sale for the 15th annual Philly Fringe, which runs in conjunction with the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival from Sept. 2 – 17. In another record-breaking year, the 2011 Philly Fringe will feature over 180 shows in venues throughout Philadelphia for the largest Fringe in the Festival’s 15-year history. The Fringe line-up includes theater, dance, comedy, music, film, poetry, puppetry, visual art and work that incorporates multiple genres and disciplines, offering audiences the excitement of discovering new work from the region’s vibrant performing arts community as well as artists from around the country and world. Highlights from the Fringe include daring dance by Brian Sanders’ JUNK, a scavenger hunt on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with The Brothers Cromie, a glimpse of Paris through puppetry and storytelling with Sebastienne Mundheim’s White Box Theatre, a theatrical experience that begins online and ends face-to-face from New Paradise Laboratories and much more. Since 1997, the Philly Fringe has featured 10,000 artists in over 2,000 shows, playing to more than 250,000 audience members. The Philly Fringe celebrates live performance by offering festival artists the opportunity to present their work free of a selection process. For many professional companies, the Fringe brings the freedom to try something new and the platform to share their latest work with the Festival’s enthusiastic and adventurous audiences. The Festival offers comprehensive administrative support throughout the production development process and encourages artists to give expression to and develop their creative visions in total artistic freedom, without curatorial barriers.
Locations vary depending on performance
Friday, Sept. 2 – 17
Free – $55 per show
The Secret Cinema Eastern State Penitentiary screening
The Secret Cinema will be entertaining its “captive” audience by projecting prison-themed film fare in a screening room complete with real steel bars, echoing the scenes on screen in a unique twist on “3-D” movies. The program will include the rarely-screened 1940 comedy-drama “Millionaires in Prison” — described by one author as “a real howler; an absurd trifle so bad that it had a certain surreal attractiveness” — plus the very-rarely screened “Types of Inmates.” A grim training film, its opening titles declare its viewing is restricted to prison professionals. Seating is limited, so early arrival is suggested. All Secret Cinema presentations are projected using 16mm film (not video) on a giant screen.
Eastern State Penitentiary at 22nd and Fairmount Sts.
Friday, Sept. 9; 8 p.m. (doors open 7 p.m.)
The Philadelphia Seaport Festival
Independence Seaport Museum is launching the Philadelphia Seaport Festival, a month-long festival with events and activities at Independence Seaport Museum, Penn’s Landing and on the Delaware River. Philadelphia Seaport Festival kicks off Thursday, Sept. 8 with the arrival of Delaware’s tall ship, Kalmar Nyckel, and concludes with the Seaport Museum’s annual Wooden Boat Festival Saturday, Oct. 8. Festivies include Pirate Week (during which will take place Talk Like A Pirate Day and a pirate battle on the Delaware), the 10th Annual Southeastern Pennsylvania Coast Day and Philadelphia Cup Regatta. For a full list of events, visit the website.
Thursday, Sept. 8 through Saturday, Oct. 8