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Philly2Philly Fall Preview: Top Cultural Events to Attend this Fall


Live Arts ThumbnailLike schools and universities, the culture field likes to take the summer off. But grab a pen and your day planner, because this September and October are going to be jam packed with fun, interesting cultural events in Philadelphia. Philly2Philly outlines the top four festivals, which ironically all seem to fall within the second week of September or October. Your favorite bar will be there the following week, but these performing arts, design, fashion and green-living festivals only come once a year!

1. Live Arts and Philly Fringe Festival. In its 13th year, the Live Arts Festival is a must-see for any one who enjoys performing arts. The festival runs from September 4th to the 19th in locations all around the city including Old City, Center City, Fairmount, Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Queen Village, South Philly, and West and Northwest Philadelphia. This years festival features plenty of new works including 8 world premieres, 3 U.S. premieres and 3 Philadelphia premieres. Check out the line up, online at www.livearts-fringe.org/. Ticket prices range from $25 on weekdays to $30 on weekend nights. Discounts are available and stay tuned for the “Philly2Philly Top 5 FREE Philly Fringe Events” listing. Tickets are available on the website, by calling the Box Office at (215) 413-1318, or visiting in person at: 626 North 5th Street (SW Corner of 5th and Fairmount Streets, with free parking).

Photo Courtesy of Design Philadelphia2. DesignPhiladelphia. Started by The Design Center at the Philadelphia University, DesignPhiladelphia is a weeklong event that highlights different areas of design from industrial to graphic, textile to interior, architecture to product design. Now its in fifth year, DesignPhiladelphia is the largest festival of its kind. Running city-wide, the festivals activities include lectures, exhibitions, workshops, tours, and other special events at locations from Design Within Reach to the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Other participants include the National Museum of American Jewish History, The Galleries at Moore, The Opera Company, The Clay Studio and the Woodturning Center.  DesignPhiladelphia starts on October 7th and runs through October 13. For more information, please visit http://www.designphiladelphia.org/.

Philadelphia University3. Philadelphia Fashion Week. People have tried to get a fashion week going in Philadelphia for years and one in particular has seemed to pull through. In support of Philadelphia-based designers and those sold in local retail stores, the Philadelphia Fashion Week will showcase at least 15 runway shows of spring and summer 2010 and fall/winter 2009 collections. The student designers at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia University and Moore College of Art & Design will compete for the Student Design Award and a special encore runway show at Macy's Grand Court on October 13 and the chance to have their designs featured in the community window of Macy's on Juniper Street. Featured designers include: Commonwealth Proper, Brooklyn Royalty, GAR-DE, Wrath Arcane, Triple 5 Soul, Love Brigade, 9 Days, and Parke & Ronen. With artisan cocktails, gourmet cuisine, and live music performances each night, you'll enjoy Philadelphia Fasion Week even if you don't stop to shop at one of the festival's 12 "pop-up" boutiques. General admission costs $75 per day or $150 for a three-day pass; students, $30 per day; VIP, $500 per day or $1500 for a three-day pass. For more information, please visit www.philadelphiafashionweek.org. 

4. GreenFest Philly 2009. On Sunday, September 13, 11am to 6pm, GreenFest Philly 2009, the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley's largest green living event, will take over 2nd & South Sts. This one-day-only festival showcases what over 200 local and national green businesses and environmental organizations have been up to recently. With an Eco Exchange Fashion Show and Clothing Swap, a bike valet, kid's activities, live music, recycling & compost stations, yoga and an Eco-Poetry Slam, attendees will experience eco-friendly habits and the benefits of adopting green practices. And the best part yet: admission is free! To learn more, visit www.greenfestphilly.org


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Mon Aug 31 2009

Love this page.  Great Events.  Nice to know whats going on before hand!