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August 26, 2016

How to spend Labor Day weekend 2016 in Philly

Find family-friendly events, festivals and everything in-between in this roundup

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Summerfest Guy Ginn/Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Summerfest ends Labor Day weekend. Last chance to skate around the roller rink with friends.

Looking for something to do Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia? Use this guide as a choose-your-own-adventure. 

If you plan to have a family-friendly holiday, head to Sesame Place for a barbecue or catch the Pixar exhibit before it leaves town. The 21-plus crowd might be interested in a pop-up luau or a full day of Belgian beer tastings.

Plus, the annual Made in America festival is coming and there's still a chance to catch a free, outdoor movie screening.

Find the full roundup below.


144th Labor Day Volksfest

Cannstatter Volksfest Verein/Facebook

The 2013 CVV Labor Day Fest.

Every Labor Day weekend the Cannstatter hosts Volksfest. For three days, there will be German food and beer, German singing and dancing, souvenirs, crafts, amusement rides for kids and other surprises.

Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5
Noon | $6.00 per day, $9.00 for two days or $11.00 for three
(Children under 12 are free)
Cannstatter Volksfest Verein
9130 Academy Rd.
(215) 332-0121

Made in America has become an instant Labor Day tradition in Philadelphia. For two days, the multistage event takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, entertaining tens of thousands of fans with some of the top names in the hip-hop, rock, pop, R&B and EDM.

Find this year's lineup of artists here.

Saturday, September 3 through Sunday, September 4
Noon | $100 single-day general admission; $162 two-day pass
Benjamin Franklin Parkway


PHS South Street Beer Garden Luau

An outdoor space, two bars, twinkling lights and lounge chairs. The South Street Beer Garden is already a great place to enjoy summer weather, but the Labor Day Luau plans to add more fun to the pop-up space. 

There will be a pig roast, live music, beer from Captain Lawrence and rum cocktails from Sailor Jerry.

Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5
Saturdays 2 p.m. to midnight; Sundays noon to 10 p.m. | Pay-as-you-go
1438 South St.

Eulogy's 11th Annual Belgian Beer Weekend

Traditionally, Brussels throws one of the biggest Belgian beer festivals around. Philly's celebration at Eulogy Belgian Tavern isn't too shabby. There will be 20 Belgian beers on tap, along with hundreds of bottles and cans. Belgian food will also be served.

Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4
All day | Pay-as-you-go
Eulogy Belgian Tavern
36 Chestnut St.
(215) 413-1918


"Antibirth" Screening with Director Q&A

International House Philadelphia will screen the film "Antibirth" over Labor Day weekend, followed by a Q&A with the director (and Philly native) Danny Perez. 

Natasha Lyonne ("Orange is the New Black") and Chloë Sevigny ("Big Love," "American Horror Story") star in the horror-comedy.

Saturday, September 3
7 p.m. | $7-$9 per person
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut St.
(215) 387-5125

"Creed" at Clark Park

Bring a chair or blanket and watch "Creed" outside in Clark Park at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2. The movie is rated PG-13.

Apollo Creed's son Adonis Johnson seeks out the retired Rocky Balboa and asks him to be his trainer and mentor. With Rocky's help, he soon finds success in the ring, but whether he has the true heart of a fighter remains to be seen.

Friday, September 2
8 p.m. | Free
Clark Park
 and Chester streets


Labor Day BBQ at Sesame Place

Celebrate Labor Day with Elmo, Zoe, Bert, Ernie and Big Bird. Enjoy a holiday barbecue at Big Bird’s Riverside Pavilion and later, watch a fireworks show (set to Sesame Street music) at 8:25 p.m. Dining reservations are required for the 5 p.m. Labor Day BBQ, which is buffet-style.

Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5
5 p.m. | $9-$29 per person, plus park admission
100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, PA
(866) 464-3566

Final Weekend for Franklin Institute's Pixar Exhibit

Michael Malyszko/The Franklin Institute

Pose with a human-sized Buzz Lightyear and learn how he was created at the Pixar exhibit.

More than 40 interactive exhibit elements will showcase the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and scientists who help bring the Pixar films and their unforgettable characters to the big screen.

Ends Monday, September 5
Daytime Tickets: Daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. | $24.95-$29.95 per person
Evening Tickets: Thursday-Saturday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. | $14.95-$19.95 per person
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.
(215) 448-1200

Final Weekend for Summerfest

Matt Stanley/Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Skate, eat, and play golf at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest on the Delaware River Waterfront.

The Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest roller skating rink, complete with a beach-like landscape around the outside, closes for the season on Sept. 5. Labor Day weekend is the last chance to skate around with family and friends.

New this year is the Artful Golfer mini-golf course. Make it kids versus parents and up the ante. 

End the day at Chickie's and Pete's Waterfront Crabshack (the air-conditioned space will feature picnic tables and beach-themed decor) or grab ice cream from the Franklin Fountain Clubhouse Cabin on-site.

Ends Monday, September 5
All day | Pay-as-you-go
121 N. Columbus Blvd