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    Dolce Suono Ensemble Goes to the Opera

    |Mimi Stillman

OUTDOOR FUN

Philly Free Streets
Sept. 24, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Front and South streets to West Fairmount Park
Free
phillyfreestreets.com

After a year of campaigning, Open Streets PHL finally gets its way: On Saturday, nearly nine miles of city streets will close to vehicles, allowing locals free access to bike, walk and play in the road. The event was inspired by the Center City street closures during Pope Francis’s visit last fall, and hopes to become a monthly affair.

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival
Sept. 24, 12:45-6 p.m.
China Friendship Gate
10th and Arch streets
Free
aaunited.org

Pass through Chinatown’s iconic Friendship Gate on Saturday afternoon for the annual Mid-Autumn Festival. The first part of the day includes music and dance performances, tai chi and kung fu demonstrations and even a mooncake-eating contest. Starting at 6 p.m., the street opens up for dragon and lion dances and a glowing lantern parade through the neighborhood.

Fall for the Arts Festival
Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Germantown Avenue between Willow Grove and Rex avenues
Free
chestnuthillpa.com

Autumnal vibes will be in abundance Saturday at Chestnut Hill’s 32nd annual Fall for the Arts Festival. The celebration transforms Germantown Avenue into an open-air arts and crafts marketplace featuring work by creatives from across the country. Besides browsing works in watercolors, sculpture, photography and more, guests can take part in a schedule of family-friendly activities and enjoy grub from restaurants along the avenue.

Fairmount Park in a New Light
Sept. 24, 5-10 p.m.
Fish Ladder on Martin Luther King Drive
Free
myphillypark.org

A free street festival on Saturday celebrates the upgraded lighting installation at Boathouse Row. Head to the shores of the Schuylkill River to jam to live tunes and enjoy food and drink from Cosmic Cafe & Catering and Parks on Tap. Around 7:30 p.m., find a spot along the shore to take in the enhanced twinkle.

Parks on Tap
Through Sept. 25
Powers Park
2987 Almond St.
Free
parksontap.com

Philly’s roaming beer garden Parks on Tap heads to Port Richmond this week, with a setup at Powers Park. Swing by any night for the pop-up’s regular selection of craft beer and cocktails, or plan your visit around some of the planned activities. On Saturday, join Maha Yoga for an outdoor yoga session followed by a picnic in the park.

FOOD & DRINK

OysterFest
Sept. 23, 7-9 p.m.

Reading Terminal Market
51 N. 12th St.
$50
readingterminalmarket.org

Slurp down a dozen varieties of delicious raw oysters like Cape Shore Salts, Sweet Amalias and Forty Norths at Reading Terminal’s annual OysterFest. The event is put on in partnership with Molly Malloy’s and Pearl’s Oyster Bar, and features suds by local breweries Evil Genius, Philadelphia Brewing Co. and Yards.

UpToberfest Oktoberfest
Sept. 24-25
Uptown Beer Garden
1735 Market St.
Free but you pay-as-you-go
facebook.com/UptownBeerGarden

Philly’s weekend Oktoberfest celebrations continue at Uptown Beer Garden, who’s celebrating the German hoopla with two days of festivities. The bar will double in size for the event, incorporating live music, games and a host of Bavarian goodies. Their taps will flow with local and imported lagers, while maidens pass around pretzels, bratwurst, schnitzel and spaetzle.

MUSIC

Peter Bjorn and John
Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Trocadero Theatre
1003 Arch St.
$22-$25
ticketfly.com

Infectious Swedish indie pop trio Peter Bjorn and John have a lot to celebrate in 2016, namely the release of their seventh studio album, “Breakin’ Point,” and the 10-year anniversary of the tune that put them on the map, 2006’s “Young Folks.” They’re commemorating the occasion with a tour of the South and East Coast, which makes its way to Philadelphia this Friday. This event is open to all ages.

THEATER

2016 Fringe Festival
Through Sept. 24
Various prices and locations
fringearts.com

The Philadelphia Fringe Festival finishes up this weekend. Check out the festival guide at Fringearts.com to decide what to see. Among the noteworthy openings this weekend is “Macbeth,” a project by Third World Bunfight co-presented by Opera Philadelphia. The American premiere is a reinterpretation of Verdi’s opera, set in the Democratic Republic of Congo and infused with lush African rhythms.

OPERA

Dolce Suono Ensemble Goes to the Opera
Sept. 25, 3 p.m.
Trinity Center for Urban Life,
22nd and Spruce streets
Regular price: $30Senior price: $25Student price: $10
dolcesuono.com

Classical music fans can kick off their fall arts calendar on Sunday with local chamber music troupe Dolce Suono Ensemble. The group kicks off their 2016-17 season with a show devoted to opera arias and vocal chamber music by everyone from Mozart and Bellini to Bizet and Floyd. Performers include soprano Sarah Shafer, flutist Mimi Stillman, cellist Nathan Vickery and Charles Abramovic on piano.

 

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