The 20th annual New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival returns this Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 10am-6pm both days, with over 200 fine art, jewelry, crafts, and photography exhibitors, music, food, family activities, and more at New Hope-Solebury High School, New Hope, PA. Free. While in New Hope, enjoy the 4th annual Sweet Edge Sculpture Tour, September 28-29, 10am-5pm, as 5 of the areas contemporary sculptors open their studios and gardens to exhibit recent works in stone, steel, bronze, and stoneware.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) debuts the new Richard C. von Hess Foundation Works on Paper Gallery with the inaugural exhibition “Hidden Treasures Unveiled: Watercolors,” opening Saturday, September 28 through January 5. Drawn from the Museum's extensive collection, the display features 42 extraordinary examples of watercolors from the 18th through the 21st centuries that have remained little-known to the public. PAFA's works on paper spans over 9,500 drawings, watercolors, sketchbooks, prints, and photographs in traditional and experimental media. Highlights include Benjamin West’s Portrait of Prince Octavius (1783), William Trost Richards’ Seascape with Foreground Rocks (1874), and Winslow Homer’s North Road, Bermuda (1900) (pictured). On view at the Historic Landmark Building, 118 North Broad Street, Philadelphia. Also – the “PAFA After Dark” series returns for a new season on Thursday, October 3, 6pm-9pm, with “Masters of the Universe.” The evening’s highlights include the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, Isaiah Zagar, founder of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, art-making activities, refreshments, gallery talks and more!
The inaugural Art-Reach Fall Festival is Sunday, September 29, 12pm-4pm, an all-inclusive festival featuring live music, interactive art activities, food trucks, vendors and more, to celebrate the organization’s 27 years of service in the Philadelphia region. The non-profit was established to make the arts more accessible to area residents who are disabled or are economically disadvantaged and have provided discounted or free live arts tickets and museum admission to over 17,000 people. The festival is held on the grounds of Ridgeland Mansion in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park.
Villanova Theatre stages an award-winning comedy by resident playwright and professor Michael Hollinger. “Red Herring” is directed by Harriet Power (also a Villanova theatre professor) October 1-13. A fable about six people in search of love in a mixed-up world, the show explores fidelity, the misfires of attraction, and the complexities of marriage through the lens of 1950's crime noir. The ensemble piece features Victoria Rose Bonito, Seth Thomas Schmitt-Hall, Sophia Barrett, Julia George-Carlson, Ray Saraceni, and Brendan Farrell. “Red Herring” received its world premiere at Arden Theatre Company in 2000 and has since been produced numerous times across the United States and Europe. The Sunday, September 29, 8pm performance benefits Philadelphia playwright Ed Shockley. A post-show discussion with the playwright will follow the October 10 show, Vasey Hall at Lancaster and Ithan Avenues, Villanova, PA.
The Night Market Philadelphia street food festival comes to Chinatown, with the chance to explore more than 60 of the city's best food trucks and ethnic restaurants during a night of food, drink, music, and fun, Thursday, October 3, 7pm to 11pm, 10th and Race Streets, Philadelphia. Free.