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Greater Philadelphia: Outdoors events for September 6th

A bee with wings to a September sky on cinnamon basil
A bee with wings to a September sky on cinnamon basil
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As we turn the corner into September, get ready for festivals and events to compete for your time. Here are a few events, scheduled for September 6th, which might otherwise be overlooked. Check your calendar and get outdoors. September weekends are meant for fresh air fun.

Vintage and fabulous

Saturday, September 6th is the 24th Annual Wings and Wheels Festival, which will be held at the appropriately named Wings Field Airport, in Blue Bell. A wide variety of fun is packed into this outdoors event to bring crowds of all ages. Step back in time and imagine the fashion and style that accompanied the vintage aircraft and cars on display. The aviation history includes classic, antique, as well as, what you can only call unique, classifications of planes. The classic cars and aircraft are truly classy, reminding of another era when wings and wheels represented freedom and clean lines in design. In addition to the cars and planes presented, there are also sightseeing flights offered. If you are bringing kids, no worries, as there will be plenty of music and outdoors children’s activities. New for this year is Food Truck Alley. Wheeled in favorite food options will feature some of Philly’s finest in food truck vendors. In addition, the always popular Wing Off competition will be continued, add some live music and there’s something to please all visitors. Proceeds will go to Angel Flight East, a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitate free air transportation for seriously ill patients and delivering supplies to disaster areas.

Gardens and gardens and gardens, oh my

Saturday, September 6th, is also the 4th Annual South Philly Garden Tour event. Presented by South Philly Food Co-op, a tour check-in begins from Gold Star Park and allows tour-goers to check out more than sixteen different area gardens. As with previous years, the garden tour will feature specific sections of south Philly. This year includes the Bella Vista and Queen Village areas. Garden lovers will be inspired by the variety and diversity of both private and public gardens available for their self-tour. Afterwards, tour-goers are invited to an after-tour-party at The Industry, and with it a chance to share gleaned ideas and compare opinions of the best gardens with others fresh from their tour.

Lastly, to compete with your time and love of the outdoors, September 6th is the first day of the newest exhibit at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square. Autumn’s Colors will delight visitors from September 6th through November 23rd. If you are anxious for the fall season or simply seeking inspiration for your own garden, this is the place to go. Autumn’s Colors newest Longwood exhibit will feature unusual gourds, a garden railway, that is now near the Birdhouse Treehouse, and as one can only imagine, chrysanthemums in every shade of fall. Mums are indeed the word, at least at Longwood. With a backdrop of live entertainment and a shift from summer’s hues and heat, a leisurely stroll along the Flower Garden Walk will let you experience the season shift with all of your senses. For those who love the season of orange, browns, and gold, plan some time to visit the masterpiece gardens of Longwood. While it is still summer, you can revel in an early autumn, with summer’s warmth.

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