BUDWEISER MADE IN AMERICA FESTIVAL - August 31-Sept. 1, on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Beyoncé, Nine Inch Nails, Public Enemy, Deadmau5, Phoenix, Calvin Harris, Queens of the Stoneage are just a taste of the nearly 30 acts performing across three stages Labor Day weekend. The two-day music festival is one of the year's can't-miss events. To get there, take PATCO and take it easy - that's how we roll. Check ridepatco.org for train service.
FALL FESTIVALS AND PARADES -
Sept. 21 & 28, Head House Square Craft and Fine Arts Fair at 2nd and Pine Streets.
Information: (215) 790-0782.
Sept. 29, Puerto Rican Day Parade/Parkway Run on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Oct. 6, the Pulaski Day Parade honors Polish patriot General Casimir Pulaski with a march up the Parkway.
Oct. 13, the annual Columbus Day Parade will honor the voyager at Marconi Plaza, Broad Street and Oregon Ave.
PENN'S LANDING FUN - at the Great Plaza:
Sept. 2, Tri-State Labor Parade and AFL-CIO Family Festival.
Sept. 7-8, WHYY Connections Festival. This FREE celebration of art on the Delaware River will feature live musical performances (including They Might Be Giants), film screenings, visual art demonstrations, kids activities and much more.
Sept. 15, Mexican Independence Day. Celebrate with Mexican bands, food, dancing, arts & crafts, face painting and more.
Information: 215-922-2FUN or www.delawareriverwaterfront.com.
PHILADELPHIA LIVE ARTS FESTIVAL/PHILLY FRINGE - Sept. 5-25, at various locations in Philadelphia. The 2013 Fringe Festival brings the world's newest and most cutting-edge cultural experiences to the city, amplifying the vibrancy of Philadelphia as a renowned cultural center.
Information: 215-413-9006 or www.pafringe.com.
GREENFEST PHILLY - Sept. 8, at Head House Row along 2nd St. between South and Pine Streets. GreenFest Philly is the largest environmental festival in the Philadelphia area - and it's FREE. With over 100 exhibitors and vendors, Greenfest is the place to learn about living sustainably while having fun! This event has some- thing for everyone: shopping for local green wares, great food, live music, live demonstrations, kid-friendly activities, and more.
LIBERTY MEDAL PRESENTATION - Sept. 10, at the National Constitution Center. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will receive the 2013 Liberty Medal in recognition of her lifelong career in public service and her ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of women and girls around the globe.
Information: 215-409-6600 or visit www.constitutioncenter.org.
BIKE MS: CITY TO SHORE RIDE - Sept. 28 & 29. Next to PATCO, this is the best ride in South Jersey. Thousands of cyclists will enjoy a scenic bike ride through the Pine Barrens to the Jersey Shore to benefit those with multiple sclerosis. Last year, 7,000 riders raised $5.6 million. Start and Finish at PATCO's Woodcrest station. Parking will be limited at the station from Friday, Sept. 27 until Sunday, Sept. 29, 5:00 p.m.
For more information call 800-445-BIKE.
For PATCO information call 856-772-6900 or 215-922-4600.
CAMPUS PHILLY COLLEGE DAY - Sept. 28. FREE admission to many Ben Franklin Parkway museums (for college students with their school IDs and Campus Philly cards), and additional discounts around the city.
Information: 215-988-1707 or www.campusphilly.org.
FRIGHTFUL FUN! - Halloween brings the return of Philly's ultimate costume party, the annual Henri David Ball - Oct. 31 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Center City Hotel. This outrageous ball and contest attracts hundreds of revelers dressed in campy, glam and over-the-top getups.
Oct. 26-27, Goblins in the Garden Family Festival at the Camden Children's Garden.
Information: 856-757-9400 or www.camdenwaterfront.com.
THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE - On Nov. 28 America's oldest parade celebrates the start of the holiday season and will feature elaborate floats, celebrities, musicians, giant balloons, performers and the first glimpse of Santa Claus. The parade starts at 20th Street & JFK Boulevard and finishes at the Art Museum.