NW Weekender: Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival and Chestnut Hill Book Festival

Looking for something to do this weekend in Northwest Philadelphia? Here’s a list of our top picks. 

Manayunk StrEAT Food FestivalThe inaugural StrEAT Food Festival is almost here! This weekend, Manayunk will turn up the heat to kick off Manayunk’s Restaurant Week. A variety of food trucks from across the city are serving up some delicious dishes such as Sweetbox Cupcakes, Kung Fu Hoagies, Spot Burgers, and Zsa’s Gourmet Ice Cream Truck. Prices are fixed at $3 to $5 per item. There will be raffles for gift cards to some of Manayunk’s restaurants. Local shops will open their doors with special deals. Art, live music, food–this event is packed with activities! The festival begins at 10 a.m. and goes to 5 p.m. 

Finally Friday in Mt. AiryYes, it is hard to believe, but this is the last weekend of September. That means it’s time for Finally Friday in Mt. Airy. Some spots to visit are Food for All’s “Sweet Celebration” celebrating their second year anniversary and a free music performance by students from the Curtis Institute of Music at the Sedgwick Theater starting at 7 p.m. Finally Friday begins at 6 p.m. and goes until approximately 10 p.m.

Chestnut Hill Book Festival, Multiple Locations along Germantown Ave.The 4th Annual Chestnut Hill Book Festival takes place this Sunday. Local writers will be giving talks about their books throughout the day. There will also be poetry readings, workshops, and the annual Singer-Songwriter Slam held at Buckley Park from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Ed Rendell closes the night with a talk about his book “A Nation of Wusses” at Chestnut Hill College. Activities begin at 11:30 a.m. and go until 7 p.m. For a complete list and locations of events, see here

Nature in the Necropolis at Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave.On Saturday, the Laurel Hill Cemetery is hosting “Nature in the Necropolis.” Guests can learn about the birds, trees, and plants that call Laurel Hill home. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Event begins at 10 a.m. Member price is $5 and $8 for the general public.

Renovation Celebration at Weavers Way, 555 W. Carpenter LaneWeavers Way of Mt. Airy has recently undergone renovation and they want the community to help celebrate. Saturday is the shop’s Renovation Celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Browse around the store and see what’s new. There will be food, games, raffles, and discounts on products. 

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