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September 30, 2022 – ‘Tis the season for fall festivals and harvest happenings in Philadelphia and beyond! Celebrate autumn with a host of new and returning fall-focused festivals and one-day-only events including the First Annual Fishtown Music & Arts Festival, the kick off to Philly Cider Week titled Cochon et Cidre by Royal Boucherie and Khyber Pass Pub, Chef Christopher Kearse’s La Fête de la Citrouille at Forsythia, and family friendly Fall Fest & Spooky Saturday along East Passyunk Avenue.

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Longtime Fishtown resident, business owner and advocate for the neighborhood Anthony Talarico, is thrilled to announce the First Annual Fishtown Music & Arts Festival, on Saturday, October 8, from 11am – 10pm. Attendees can expect a fun and effervescent scene complete with performances from top local bands performing, area artists and artisans, culinary options ranging local award-winners to food truck faves, as well as cocktails, local brews, programming for kids, and more, on Front Street, between Girard and Thompson Streets, under the El.

An entry fee of $15 will grant attendees access to the stage outside Front Street Café with live music playing non-stop from 12pm – 10pm, featuring bands such as Best of Philly® winner SNACKTIME and DJs such as Goodie/Shakedown creators Rob Paine & Frank Collazo, in addition to Ben Arsenal, Minka, Out of the Beardspace, Sylo, DJ Xtina, and Wassup Gina. Food and beverage vendors will be open to the public with favorites such as Kensington Quarters of 13th Street Kitchens, Kismet Bagels, Front Street Café, Middle Child Clubhouse, and Lightbox Café, while cocktails come from Stateside with micro brewers Tonewood bringing an array of acclaimed local craft beer form their brewery in Camden Co., NJ.

Additionally, attendees are encouraged to bring folks of all ages, as the festival will offer family-friendly features such as a play zone with a live performance for children. A plethora of arts and crafts vendors, curated by Ritual Shoppe and Holly Simple Studios, will be set up along the parameters offering locally-made, handcrafted goods, wares, art, décor, jewelry, and more. Vendors include (but are not limited to) Queer Candle Co., MVP Studio, Paid for Pot, Max Gordon, Goddess Rising Intimates, Keke Crochet Clothing, Chris Russo, Angela Monaco Lazer Links, Casa Vida, Off Belay Bags, and Moon Child Vintage.

To learn more about the Fishtown Music & Arts Festival and its mission, visit or follow us on Instagram @fishtownmusicandarts

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Old City’s beloved bars and next-door neighbors Royal Boucherie and Khyber Pass Pub are joining forces to bring the City of Brotherly Love a brand-new food-focused fall festival Cochon et Cidre, as a celebratory kickoff to Philly Cider Week, on Sunday, October 23 from 12pm – 6pm. The first-ever pork and cider fest is a collaboration complete with a whole roasted pig, an assortment of pork-influenced apps and small plates, themed craft cocktails, a bevy of locally-made and French ciders, live music and entertainment, and much more, held indoors and al fresco at the 2nd Street dining destinations.

An outdoor station, smack in the middle of both restaurants on 2ndnd Street, will offer guests one massive Whole Roasted Pig served with apple mustard slaw, as a choice of platter or poboy, alongside pork belly cracklins with hot sauce, smoked sausage with grilled peppers and onions, boudin and vegan boudin, and more. A selection of small plates, entrées, and desserts will be offered including Oysters, Pork Tenderloin, Red Wine Braised Pork Cheek, Cajun Deviled Eggs, Pork, Apple, and Blue Cheese Tartlet, Beignets, and Bananas Foster Pudding.

Cochon et Cidre is the official kickoff to Philly Cider Week, an annual weeklong series of events celebrating orchard-driven cider, with a focus on Pennsylvania-based cideries and PA-grown apples. Festival-goers can enjoy featured pints from Ploughman CiderANXO Cider, and Dressler Estate being poured from the Khyber Pass Pub bar, and French-focused ciders at Royal Boucherie including Oiharte Sagardoa Cider and Maison Toutain Cidre Bouché by Calvados Toutain. As for spirited sippers, Royal Boucherie will be mixing up a Pork Fat Washed Calvados Old Fashioned, curated by Lead Bartender Eden Beschen.

Guests drinking and dining outdoors can enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz from Ben Karp Trio and Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society. Cochon et Cidre is open to the public and free to attend, with pay-as-you-go food and beverage. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling either restaurant or visiting Royal Boucherie’s website/OpenTable.

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East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID), home to more than 160 independently-owned businesses in South Philadelphia, is celebrating the autumn season and Halloween weekend with the return of its fa-boo-lous Fall Fest & Spooky Saturday on Saturday, October 29 from 11am – 4pm. This annual, all-ages festival is filled with costumed fun, craft vendors, grab-and-go pumpkins, trick or treating, sidewalk sales, live music including SNACKTIME and The Cheddar Boys, spirited fare and libations, and much more.

Activities will be held at the Singing Fountain (EPA and Tasker) which will be adorned with new seasonal décor, in the PPA Lot (1628 East Passyunk), at Mifflin Triangle (EPA and Mifflin), and at the Gateway (EPA and Broad).


  • 11am: Free grab-and-go mini pumpkins by Urban Jungle(while supplies last)
  • 11am – 4pm: Free costume photo booth (dress to impress)
  • 1pm: The Cheddar Boysentertains the crowd with up-tempo tunes
  • 3pm: SNACKTIME,freshly-awarded Best Band by Philadelphia Magazine, brings the dancing in contemporary brass band-style


  • 11am – 4pm: Nice Things Handmadepresents 50 of the region’s top artists, crafters and makers showcasing everything from home decor, art, fashion, jewelry and more
  • DJ Linz X Marsspins tunes


  • 11am – 1pm: The Bubble Queenentertains at the Gateway
  • 2pm: Mark Brownplays saxophone at Mifflin Triangle featuring classic Halloween tunes
  • The Blue Pharaohsplay classic tunes at the corner of Morris by City Fitness
  • Sidewalk sales and trick or treating at various local businesses including The Bottle Shop, August Moon Co., Frame Fatale, South Fellini, Metro Men’s Clothing, Tildie’s Toy Box, Urban Jungle, and Cartesian Brewing
  • Seasonal, fall-themed decorations and photo opportunities along East Passyunk Avenue
  • Outdoor eats, drinks, and seasonal fare from fan-favorite restaurants and cafés including Cantina Los Caballitos, Ember and Ash, Essen Bakery, Flannel, Juana Tamale, Kouklet Bakehouse, Manatawny Still Works, Pistolas del Sur, Triangle Tavern, Vanilya Bakery,and others

For more information about East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, visit

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Forsythia, Chef Christopher Kearse’s contemporary French restaurant and bar in Old City, is going the ultra-seasonal route for this month’s installment of the coveted The French AF Series with La Fête de la Citrouille, an all-new, hyper-local selection of five pumpkin-focused dishes, on Wednesday, October 12. This go-around, imbibers can opt to pair each course with a complementing wine pairing, curated and guided by Matthieu Celerier of Celerier’s Cellar.

La Fête de la Citrouille is the latest in an ongoing French-themed culinary series at Old City’s acclaimed contemporary French bar and restaurant. The French AF Series allows Kearse and his team the opportunity to experiment with a wide variety of classic French ingredients, regions, and techniques while offering food enthusiasts a one-of-a-kind, exclusive dining experience available for one-night-only.

Menu highlights include Pumpkin Tartine (pumpkin seed oil gribiche, sourdough, ham), Guinness Braised Lamb Neck (chestnut, black truffle, foie gras roasted pumpkin), and Octopus (pumpkin gastrique, parsnip, hen of the woods, lardo).

Guests experiencing this exclusive tasting menu can opt for wine pairings hand-picked by revered sommelier and Founder of Celerier’s Cellar, Matthieu Celerier, for an additional $65/person. Celerier will be on-site for the duration of the evening to guide attendees through each wine, course-by-course.

Forsythia’s La Fête de la Citrouille Event is $90 plus tax and tip. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made by clicking here.

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-Nicole Schofield