Peace Day, 47SOUL, Uhuru Book Fair, and Philly AIDS Thrift serve up a fall preview

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Celebrating United Nations International Day of Peace. (Photo courtesy of Peace Day Philly)
Celebrating United Nations International Day of Peace. (Photo courtesy of Peace Day Philly)

Fall is coming! And this weekend, Philly is celebrating in all kinds of ways. We’ve got a Jordanian Palestinian electronic band paying us their first visit, Philly AIDS Thrift is throwing a block party, Uhuru is hosting its annual book fair and flea market, and you can drink all the ciders at CiderFest. It’s looking like a robust time!

Philly debut of 47SOUL

Jordanian Palestinian electronic band 47SOUL comes to the Annenberg Center on Thursday, September 19 at 7pm. Blending modern and traditional Middle Eastern influences with a bilingual message of freedom and equality, the band is bringing shamstep—a mix of traditional music like dabke with electronic elements, to Philly.

Philly AIDS Thrift block party

On Saturday, September 21, Philly AIDS Thrift is hosting its 14th anniversary block party. Food trucks, carnival games, face painting, dancing, craft vendors, and a pie eating contest are just some of the festivities lined up for the event. Join in at 710 South 5th Street from 12-6pm.

Making Home Movies

Filmmakers, storytellers, students, and teachers partner up with Mural Arts and Southeast by Southeast for a screening of six new short films, live performances, and a celebration of home and community with Making Home Movies. The screening features stories created by youth and adults who have come to Philadelphia from Belarus, Burma, Bhutan, Iraq, Nepal, Syria, Ukraine, and more. Check it out on Saturday at 1pm at the Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street. Reserve tickets online, and suggested donations are $15.

Peace Day

Peace Day Philly is back for its ninth consecutive year. The local initiative for the United Nations International Day of Peace, September 21, brings individuals, organizations, and government officials alike to engage in peace-related community activities. Panels, film screenings, music, art exhibits and more fill the day. For a list of events, visit online.


Hosted by the Fairmount Park Conservancy, CiderFest is back for another annual celebration of craft ciders. Enjoy ciders from around the region, explore the park’s historic houses, and more all Saturday afternoon. Grab tickets here.

Sweet Honey in the Rock

A cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock visits the Annenberg Center on Saturday at 8pm. The ensemble is known for its mix of gospel, blues, jazz, and R&B with intricate rhythms rooted in African American history and culture. The show even promises an expressive ASL interpretation.

One Africa! One Nation! Uhuru Book Fair

The annual One Africa! One Nation! Uhuru book fair and flea market is back in Philly this weekend on Saturday from 9am-5pm at Clark Park, 4300 Baltimore Avenue. Black authors and book sellers from all genres, along with educational and literacy resources, and over 100 vendors will be in attendance at the vibrant event. There will also be spoken word, poetry readings, live music, dance and more.

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