Skip to main content

FunTimes Magazine

Make it a September to Remember

FunTimes Fun Events Education & Entertainment!

Fall officially starts on September 22 and waits in the glow of summer heat. Don’t let the grass grow under your nimble feet as September returns. By the way, the name September comes from the Latin septem, meaning seven; it was the seventh month of the Roman calendar. Ok, history lesson is over. So, don’t deliberate, go out and celebrate! But before participating in any of these in-person activities, please respect the ongoing pandemic safety protocols, and check individual event-attending instructions with the organizers.


Hey, honey

September 8-11, 2022. The Philadelphia Honey Festival is the place to bee. And for 13 years now, that is the spot folks have been “bee-ing.” It’s three days with a different location each day. Starting September 8 at the Glen Foerd on the Delaware, 5001 Grant Ave., in Northeast Philly, enjoy food trucks Haagen-Dazs ice cream, honey-based drinks, workshops, bee games, Bee beard by Don Shump, a honey extraction demonstration, an Observation hive and much more in this bee-boppin’ lineup. Various vendors will sell their wares like Honey Rose Botanicals, The Eco Joynt, and Duende Textiles. You can partake in lawn games. The event producers, the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, will present honey extractions and a bee beard demonstration, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., 215-632-5330,

September 10: Wyck Historic House, Garden & Farm, 6026 Germantown Ave., features cider pressing, a honey extraction workshop, bee beard, hive talks and The Beer and Mead Tent n the Rose Garden, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 215-848-1690,

September 11: At Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., see hive demonstrations, honey extraction workshop, kids activities, story time with the Free Library of Philadelphia, and live music. The events highlight  the value of honey bees to the environment, food supply and economy, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 215-729-5281, Free but a donation would bee sweeter. or


Dancers: This could be on your resume…

September 10, 2022. It’s never too early to think about the winter holidays (hey, retailers already have Halloween decorations and candy out on the shelves). That’s why The Rock School for Dance is holding auditions for the annual Classic Nutcracker production. All dancers, ages 6 and older with some dance chops can show off their moves. The performance will be December 16-18, 2022 at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Auditions are 10 a.m. There’s a virtual meeting to answer any questions on September 7 at 7 p.m. The Rock School for Dance Education, 1101 S Broad St. Go to this link to register for the meeting.

‘Outside Your Expectations’ art exhibit looks inside

September 15, 2022. Outside of Your Expectations is a healing, interactive, art exhibition with a video installation and live performance. The event’s promotional literature explains: “It explores social constructs that are put upon Black women and the ways that it can affect their mental health. Through West African’s fast pace motions, Umfundalai’s contemporary African reflective storytelling gestures, and Hip Hop’s dynamic grooves, this video installation depicts a mental fight.  The fight against the belief that stereotypes define people. ”Hosted by The  Reclamation Dance Project, the event is deep but important. The experience is designed to spur candid dialogue about Black women’s mental health and associated stereotypes. Local therapists will hold a discussion “to open doors to healing.” Free, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., 1400 N. American St.,


This event is better than fair

September 17, 2022. West Philly will be jumping at The 7th One Africa! One Nation! Uhuru Book Fair. Take in the live music, poetry, free education resources, giveaways, a Childrens' Circle, special activities for families, food and cool items from more than 100 marketplace vendors. And books, plenty of books. Learn about educational resources for afterschool programming, reading clubs, tutoring and more. Volunteers and vendors also wanted. Free, 9 a.m., Clark Park, South 34th Street and Chester Ave., 267-875-3532,


Planting the seeds of healing

September 12, 2022. Gardening and art are great healing tools. Check out Art-Making Workshop at the Memorial Garden. Artist Misty Sol will lead a nature-based art workshop using seeds, soil and collage “to begin to celebrate life in the face of grief.” Get a small planter to take home. Free, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thomas Paine Plaza outside of the Municipal Services Building, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., across from City Hall. or


Jazz and hip-hop hit a musical note

September 17, 2022. Revel in a cool concert blending hip-hop and Jazz, with a dash of the arts. Featured are off-the-hook entertainers, DJ’s, a Dance Off, poets, spoken-word artists, vendors, arts and cultural resources, children’s village and food trucks. The aim, according promotional material, is “lifting up our black and brown cultural and artistic contributions to music, dance, spoken word and legacies.” Mill Creek Community Partnership 2nd Annual Hip Hop & Jazz Fest, free, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Lucien E. Blackwell Park, N. 47th St., in Mill Creek, 484-469-0224, 

Philly’s biggest event ever is revisited

September 14, 2022. The Philly History Pop Ups series is picking up steam from its early summer success. It may be one of the best educational half hours you will ever spend. Next up for this pop-up is a deep dive into the Centennial Exposition, the largest multi-day event in Philadelphia history. Learn about the event that attracted an impressive nearly 10 million people to Fairmount Park in 1876. The event marked America's 100th anniversary of independence, taking place on more than 285 acres over 7 months. Folks arrived at the fair by railroad, steamboat, carriage, foot and by Uber (just kidding). Find out about the event’s lasting legacy. You’ll have the perfect host in Cara Schneider Bongiorno who has been part of the promotional efforts for many of Philly’s biggest modern-day events. Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market St. (2nd floor terrace) in the historic district, free, 4 to 4:30 p.m. No formal reservation but a heads-up would work fine, e-mail: [email protected] or