September 1, 2023 – There’s a lot to do and experience this September in the Greater Philadelphia region! From festivals full of laughs and lyricism to solstice soirées and Center City District Restaurant Week, we’ve rounded up our most anticipated and exciting happenings around the city from locales including The Dutch, East Passyunk Business Improvement District, Forsythia, Gaul & Co. Malt House, The Hayes, Oloroso, Panorama Wine Bar, Patchwork, Poi Dog, Stratus Rooftop Lounge, and The Twisted Tail.
The Philly Comedy Fest Brings 12 Hours of Comedy to Gaul & Co. Malt House
Gaul & Co. Malt House will play host to the first-ever Philly Comedy Fest, a 12-hour festival and showcase of live comedy, podcasts, music, and more, slated for this upcoming Labor Day Weekend on Sunday, September 3 from 12pm – 12am, held at the Port Richmond location.
Presented by Good Boy Comedy, the Philly Comedy Fest will feature performances from fan-favorite Philadelphia-bred comics including (but not limited to) Matt McCusker, Ian Fidance, Tim Butterly, Shawn Gardini, Ryan Shaner, LeMaire Lee, Dru Montana, Na’im Ali, and Rob Crews, to name a few, plus live podcast recordings and musical performances!
Gaul & Co. Malt House’s food and beverages will be available for pay-as-you-go during the event. Tickets are available for $100 per person here.
2619 E. Indiana Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215.423.7878 | www.gaulandco.com
The Dutch Hosts a Summer Swigs Happy Hour
The Dutch will play host to East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District’s (EPABID) Summer Swigs happy hour, on Wednesday, September 6 from 5 – 7pm. Summer Swigs is a weekly Wednesday happy hour that first launched last month and runs though September 20. Imbibers can look forward to indulging in No Problem Craig, a clarified spicy margarita made with watermelon, jalapeño, and a taijin rim, for just $6 during Summer Swigs at The Dutch. Guests will also be able to take advantage of The Dutch’s regular happy hour, which is available Wednesday through Saturday from 5 – 7pm. Current offerings include:
- Chow Chow ($5) – Pickled seasonal vegetables
- House-Cut Fries ($5)
- Fond’s Chicken Liver Mousse ($7) – Pickled red onion, sourdough bread
- Country-Style Paté ($7) – Mostarda, Fond’s sourdough bread
- Dutch Queso Dip ($7) – Creamed chipped beef, guacamole, pico de gallo, tortilla chips
- Beer ($5)
- Specialty Cocktail ($6)
- Wine ($7)
1537 S. 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215.551.5000 | www.thedutchphilly.com
Jam Out at the Inaugural East Passyunk Music Festival
East Passyunk Business Improvement District (EPABID) will be holding the first-ever East Passyunk Music Festival on Sunday, September 10 from 11am – 6pm between Broad and Dickinson Streets. Family friendly and free to attend, the East Passyunk Music Festival will feature 20+ musicians, bands, and performers, plus delicious food and beverage offerings, street vendors and craftspeople, and other fun! Here are just a few of the many incredible performances guests can look forward to:
- Batalá Philly – Community supported samba-reggae all percussion band
- Casey Parker Band – Local restauranteur Casey Parker rocks out
- City Rhythm Orchestra – Extraordinary group that’s performed for over 30 years
- Cosmo Baker – Legendary DJ with history spinning both Philly and NYC
- Francis Mbappe – World class bassist from Cameroon
- Guachinangos – Electrifying Mexican son jarocho and Colombian cumbia fusion band
- Korine – Electronic pop dance music
- LADY HD – Philly-based psychedelic pop
For more details follow @eastpassyunk on Instagram or visit their website.
Dock Street Brewing Company Holds Fall Market and “Docktoberfest”
Dock Street Brewing Company, Philadelphia’s award-winning woman-owned and operated original craft brewery founded in 1985, is welcoming the new season with a Fall Market at Dock Street South in Point Breeze on Sunday, September 10 from 12 to 4 pm featuring an array of local vendors offering plants, fiber art, prints, vintage books, and more as well as local mainstay DJ Curtis Remarc spinning tunes.
At the end of the month, Dock Street South’s annual Docktoberfest on Saturday, September 30 from 12 to 4 pm features a stein-holding competition, food and drink specials, polka dance troupe and instructor, and brews on brews on brews including Dock Street’s new Docktoberfest ($7.50), a golden colored medium bodied lager has a fresh bread aroma and flavor that leads to a crisp, thirst quenching finish.
2218 Washington Ave | 215.337.3103 | www.dockstreetbeer.com
It’s the 20th Anniversary of Center City District Restaurant Week
Center City District Restaurant Week is back for its 20th year, running from Sunday, September 10 through Saturday, September 23. Check out our list of participating clients and start making your reservations now!
- Forsythia – Dinner
- The Hayes – Lunch and Dinner
- Oloroso – Dinner
- Panorama Wine Bar – Dinner
- Patchwork – Dinner and takeout
More information is available on the Center City District website.
Say “So Long” to Summer at First-Ever Stratus Rooftop Lounge Sunset Soirée
Stratus Rooftop Lounge is bidding summer farewell and welcoming the autumn equinox with its inaugural Sunset Soirée slated for Friday, September 15 from 6 – 8pm for a VIP party and select open bar, followed by 9pm – 2am for general admission. Those attending the VIP portion of the affair can look forward to live performing by Philly-based R&B band Suede Lace, lawn games like corn hole and giant Jenga, two-hour open bar, pay-as-you-go specialty cocktails and fare, and much more.
Tickets to the VIP experience are priced at $30 per person and available here.
General admission will be open to the public starting at 9pm with a $10 cover charge, and include live acts like LED wing performers and DJ Capps spinning vinyl.
433 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215.925.2889 | https://stratuslounge.com/
Xfinity Live! Continues its Pre-Concert “Tailgate” Series
Xfinity Live! is continuing its pre-concert “tailgate” series for the summer of pop diva mega-tours with a two-day pre-party for Doylestown native and pop powerhouse, P!NK! The dynamic sports-anchored super-venue located in the heart of South Philadelphia is throwing the the ultimate P!NK pre-concert party, P!NKapalooza, prior to each concert on Monday, September 18 and Tuesday, September 19 from 4 to 8 pm.
Hosted by special guest, Brittany Lynn of Philly Drag Mafia, P!NKapalooza will include a DJ playing P!NK’s iconic anthems,themed yardstick cocktails, 360 Photo Booth and photo activations, costume contest, and more. Stephanie Thompson of Glitter Beep Boop will onsite both days selling $10 1 oz plastic jars of body glitter and offering optional glitter application for pay what you wish.
Tickets include admission, one free drink ticket, and access to a complimentary food buffet serving up beef brisket, pulled pork, barbecued chicken, baked beans, mac & cheese, cole slaw, brownies, cookies, and unlimited waters and soft drinks.
Tickets to the stadium concert are not required to attend the P!NKapalooza experiences.
Tickets are $50 each and are available to purchase here.
1100 Pattison Ave. | 267.534.4264 | www.xfinitylive.com
Poi Dog and Citrine host ‘The Maui Dinner’:
On Friday, September 22, Kiki Aranita, the renowned chef best known for her beloved Hawaiian restaurant-turned-sauce brand Poi Dog, joined by chef (and husband) Ari Miller, will serve a 5-course, Hawaiian-inspired ‘Maui Dinner’ at Citrine, the artisanal tablescape, flatware, and event curation company directed by Alex Cahanap. $50 from each ticket sold will directly benefit Chef Hui, an O’ahu-based non-profit that connects chefs, food industry workers, and farmers with resources needed to fuel Hawaii’s agricultural and culinary scene.
Admission to The Maui Dinner, which takes place at Citrine’s intimate dinner-party-style gathering space (1220 N. Lawrence Street, Philadelphia) is $150/person, with $50 from each ticket donated to support those in distress on the island. The Maui Dinner is one-night-only but offers two seatings with a capacity of 20 people each, held at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm; with the five courses highlighting some of Aranita’s most beloved dishes inspired by her childhood and adolescence spent in Hawai’i, as well as a signature welcome cocktail, and live music. Tickets are available for online purchase here.
Samples “Wines of the Pacific Northwest” at Panorama Wine Bar
Panorama Wine Bar, Philadelphia’s premier wine bar in the Penn’s View Hotel boasting a Guinness World Record custom-built wine keeper offering over 120 wines on tap and 30 tasting flights, invites guests to uncork and unwind during their monthly WineClass. To kick off the Autumn Wine Series, September’s wine class on Sunday, September 24 from 3 to 4 pm, “Wines of the Pacific Northwest”, welcomes Tim Kilcullen, original Panorama Beverage Director and General Manager, now Vice President of Fine Wine, Breakthru Beverage PA.
Panorama’s Wine Class occurs every last Sunday of each month from 3 to 4 pm in conjunction with Panorama’s WineClub from 2 to 5 pm. Panorama’s Wine Club is only $75 for the entire year and members enjoy a plethora of perks, including 20% off entire Panorama food and beverage bill, 20% off the best available rate at The Penn’s View Hotel, Friends & Family discount for Wine Class, and more.
Tickets for Wine Class are $50 each, and can be purchased here.
14 N Front St. | 215-922-7800 | www.pennsviewhotel.com/panorama
Celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month at The Twisted Tail’s 8th Annual Whiskey Bonanza
Whiskey lovers rejoice! In celebration of Bourbon Heritage Month, The Twisted Tail, Headhouse Square’s Southern-inspired restaurant, bar and music venue known for its extensive brown spirits collection and nightly live blues, is thrilled to announce the 8th Annual Whiskey Bonanza, a one-of-a-kind whiskey tasting event featuring more than 100 whiskeys, a riveting cocktail competition with top Philly bartenders, a signature southern pig roast, live music and more whiskey-themed festivities.
The ticketed celebration will take place on Thursday, September 28th from 7 to 10 p.m., starting with a VIP hour from 6 to 7 pm, which enables access to rare and hard-to-find whiskeys not available during the main event.
As part of Bourbon Heritage month, The Twisted Tail is also hosting weekly happy hours highlighting featured distilleries every Friday in September, featuring two to three whiskey brands and exclusive, limited cocktails and tastings.
Tickets for the Whiskey Bonanza are $65 for general admission and $80 for VIP, with a $40 Designated Driver option also available for those looking to only enjoy the victuals and not imbibe. Tickets can be purchased at whiskeybonanza.com, in person at The Twisted Tail or via phone at 215-558-2471.
509 S 2nd St. | 215.558.2471 | www.thetwistedtail.com
By Tristan Kim