September 24, 2018

A Guide to Fall Multicultural Celebrations in Philadelphia

Fall is finally here, and our beloved Philadelphia is getting ready for many exciting events in the next few months.

It’s no secret that Philly takes pride in its rich history and diverse culture by honoring and celebrating countless traditions, from delicious foods to unforgettable melodies. Here at The Hamilton, our residents are lucky to reside right in the middle of all these cultural celebrations. It’s easy to get bogged down by work, but when you live at The Hamilton, our great location and easy access to public transportation ensure that you’re only minutes away from the best events the city has to offer.

Scroll down for a look into upcoming multicultural festivities hitting Philadelphia this fall.

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Now through October

With fall comes Philly’s annual Oktoberfest, a long celebration that warms the city’s belly with craft beers and yummy foods. Tons of local watering holes participate with their own flare.

McGillin’s Olde Ale House, the oldest operating tavern in the city, joins forces with Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company for a month of pumpkin beers and sausage platters.

If you like pumpkin spiced lattes, you’ll love the 10th Annual Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin Beer Festival at The Institute Bar on Sat., Sept. 22, which features your favorite pumpkin beers and bubbly ciders.

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Puerto Rican Festival Parade

Sun., Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Show your island spirit by celebrating Puerto Rican pride as dancers, entertainers, and more walk down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This year’s theme is “Renacer de Puerto Rico” (The Rebirth of Puerto Rico) in celebration of the resilience of Puerto Ricans after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017.

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South American Sounds at The Kimmel Center

Thu., Oct. 4–6 at 7:30 p.m.

Hop on the Broad Street Line at our Spring Garden station, and head south to Broad Street’s beautiful Kimmel Center to journey through the rhythms of South America with the rich timbres of tango, the movements of rhumba from the Caribbean, and the Afro-Peruvian traditions of Peru.

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Ye Shi Chinatown Night Market

Thu., Oct. 11. 7 p.m.–11 p.m.

Take a walk through Philly’s celebrated Chinatown Friendship Gate to pay a visit to the highly anticipated Night Market Ye Shi. The event features countless food trucks, live music, arts & crafts, and entertainment that will keep you charmed all night long.

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Festival for the People

Sat., Oct. 13 at 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

Head east to the newly opened Cherry Street Pier to immerse yourself in the arts from a diverse range of local creators. This festival offers the “rich subcultural forms across Philadelphia,” including talented tattoo artists, unique photo booths, and pulsing dance performances, from the African Drums of Malidelphia to the jumping Lindy Hop from Jazz Attack Swings.

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Día de Los Muertos and All Souls Day

Oct. 27–Nov. 2

Make your way to the Penn Museum on Oct. 27 for a celebratory night of music, dancing, and art (including a traditional ofrenda, or altar), or opt for South Philly’s Fleisher Arts Oct. 29 for a colorful procession and performances.

Events like these happen year round, and at The Hamilton, we’re happy to be just a hop, skip, and jump from everything. We love seeing our residents live well-balanced lives full of memories, relaxation, and new experiences. Book a tour with us today to see how just how connected you can be to our beautiful city!

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