What To Do If You’re in Philadelphia on Labor Day Weekend | Philly Views
August 31, 2017

What To Do If You’re in Philadelphia on Labor Day Weekend

Written by Erin Kelly

Not heading down the shore or out of town for Labor Day? There are still plenty of things you can do while you’re in Philadelphia this weekend.

A four-day weekend calls for outdoor movies, concerts, and wine gardens. You can also choose to stay indoors and tour several museums in the city, or attend a dance party at The Trocadero.

Most of these activities are set at reasonable prices. There are options for people of all ages—families, couples, young professionals, college students, and whoever else.

To make your weekend plans, check out our guide to Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia.

First Friday Outdoor Movie Night

September 1

Watch The Amazing Colossal Man as one of the last screenings of the summer at The Betsy Ross House. By purchasing tickets, you can also tour the house and play trivia in Philly before the movie begins.



September 1

The Trocadero will be hosting a dance party with plenty of Hennessy to go around. What started off as a small get-together, turned into the most shared party series on Philadelphia social media. Get your tickets here.

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First Friday Salsa Night

The Schmidt’s Commons will be a hosting a free salsa dance lesson taught by Jackie Fisher, from the Philadelphia Dance Foundation. Followed by a live performance by Siempre Salsa.


Independence Seaport Museum

September 1-4

The museum Deck will be hosting several activities over the holiday weekend. The L.A. Starz Acoustic Trio is scheduled to perform Friday night to start the weekend off. Admirals Tavern Pop-Up Beer Garden on the historic Cruiser Olympia will be opening for the last time this summer with beer, wine, and cocktails available for purchase.

This is a family friendly environment where kids are welcome. Citizen Science Lab will be open for demonstrations and go for a ride with Paddle Penn’s Landing.

The fireworks show will take place Sunday with live music, drinks, and snacks. You can purchase tickets ahead of time, which will also allow you into the museum.


Wine Garden at Collins Park

September 1 

Wine and hard ciders are available for purchase in one of Center City’s parks. The wine garden is open on Friday’s through October 27.

Made in America Festival

September 2-3

This event takes over the entire Benjamin Franklin Parkway over Labor Day Weekend. Some artists performing will be, JAY-Z, The Chainsmokers, J. Cole, and more. Purchasing tickets will give you access to the show both days. Also, if you don’t want anything to do with this, avoid the Parkway.


Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway

Through September 4

September 4 is the absolute last day you can check out what’s going on at Penn’s Landing. Outdoor roller skating, food, drinks, arcade games, miniature golf, and more.


Museum of the American Revolution

September 2 -4

Children under the age of 12 will be granted free admission into Philly’s newest museum. The kids will receive a free backpack filled with back-to-school necessities. They will also learn what children experienced through activities and stories during the Revolution.


First Sunday at The Barnes Foundation

September 3

The Monument Lab is worth checking out while you’re here and this is the last day to do it. At the lab, you are able to submit your ideas of a monument you think would represent Philadelphia. All visitors will have the chance to see all entertainment programs, including the jazz performance by Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble.

First Sunday at The Philadelphia Museum of Art

September 3

Be a part of collection tours including, fine art and domestic interiors of Europe, American, Medieval, and Asian art, and more. The museum suggests you start your donation off with a penny but you may give as much money as you wish.

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