25 Awesome Things To Do In Philly, October 28 – November 3

Halloween Events in Philadelphia

Happy Halloween, Philly! This week is frighteningly full of events in celebration of the holiday. To name check a few: The Philadelphia Museum of Art invites families into its galleries for trick-or-treating and spooky art-making activities (Wednesday); The Academy of Natural Sciences hosts a Halloween edition of Dinos After Dark with a costume contest for kids and the Dinos Drafts Beer Garden for adults (Thursday); and the Delaware River’s pop-up light installation Ghost Ship mystifies onlookers at Race Street Pier (through Sunday). For folks seeking scares, a visit to one of the region’s most harrowing haunts should do the trick.

When:Varies by event

Where:Various locations including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cost:Varies by event

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Harvest Festivals in the Philadelphia Region

Fall fun continues this week at harvest festivals and other celebrations of the season taking place at attractions and farms around the region. Shady Brook Farm (through Thursday) and Linvilla Orchards (through Sunday, November 10) continue to draw crowds eager to hop on a hayride and pick the perfect pumpkin, while Elmwood Park Zoo’s harvest fest (Friday and Saturday) features a corn maze, pumpkin painting, live entertainment and more.

When:Varies by event

Where:Various locations including Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

Cost:Varies by event

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Día de Los Muertos Events in Philadelphia

Philly celebrates Día de Los Muertos, a Mexican holiday honoring loved ones who have passed away, with arts and food workshops, festivals, dance parties and more. This week, Fleisher Art Memorial hosts Pachanga de los Muertos, a fundraiser for community-driven art that features local food, margaritas and live music (Friday); the Healing Arts Collective invites guests to a special Día de Los Muertos sound healing and reiki session (Friday); and free festivities in LOVE Park include a dance performance by Kalpulli Kamaxtle Xiuhcoatl (Friday), a screening of the movie Coco (Saturday) and more.

When:Varies by event

Where:Various locations including Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street

Cost:Varies by event

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Major Concerts in Philadelphia

The fall season is full of can’t-miss concerts at some of Philly’s best indoor venues. This week, fans can see Logic at The Met Philadelphia (Tuesday), Big Freedia at the Theatre of Living Arts (Wednesday), Fleetwood Mac at the Wells Fargo Center (Sunday) and Blues Traveler at The Fillmore Philadelphia (Sunday).

When:Varies by concert

Where:Various locations including the Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South Street

Cost:Varies by concert

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Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

The week of Halloween is an opportune time to visit Terror Behind the Walls, one of the nation’s largest and most ambitious top-rated haunted attractions. Scares abound within the expansive former prision, which houses six high-startle attractions featuring more than 200 performers, Hollywood-quality special effects and lighting, digital sound and custom props, plus new interactive experiences for 2019. Enter if you dare!

When:Through Saturday, November 9 (select dates)

Where:Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue

Cost:Tickets start at $29

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Last Chance: Franklin Square Fountain Show

Thursday is the last day to check out Franklin Square‘s flashy Fountain Show, complete with water spraying and soaring in the air in sync with music and — in the evening — colorful lights. The shows run daily every 30 minutes from noon to 2 p.m. and from 6 p.m. until closing. The performances end so that the historic park can start preparing for its spectacular Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show, which opens Thursday, November 14.

When:Through Thursday, October 31

Where:Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street


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Events at The Franklin Institute

Snag free admission to The Franklin Institute during the attraction’s free Community Night event on Monday, when kids and families explore the museum’s permanent exhibits and take part in interactive science activities after regular museum hours. At this month’s event, guests are invited to see the museum’s new special exhibit, The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience, for a discounted rate. On Tuesday, aspiring witches and wizards (who are 21 and older) learn more about fantastic beasts, potions and more at the second and final Wizard School after-hours event.

When:Community Night: Monday, October 28, 5-8 p.m.; Wizard School: Tuesday, October 29, 7-10 p.m.

Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street

Cost:Community Night: free; Wizard School: $25, non-members; $20, members

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Design in the Archives at Parkway Central Library

Learn about the history of LGBTQ Pride flags in Philadelphia, make a women’s suffrage pin, participate in a cooking workshop and more at Parkway Central Library’s Design in the Archives on Wednesday. The free (with registration), all-ages event highlights the branch’s newly designed space and showcasing more than 20 pop-up exhibitions from its collections.

When:Wednesday, October 30, 6-8 p.m.

Where:Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street

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Big Sports Games in Philadelphia

Three home games draw excited crowds to South Philly this week. The star-studded 76ers play the Minnesota Timberwolves (Wednesday), the Flyers take on the Toronto Maple Leafs (Saturday) and the Eagles hope to rise up with a big win against the Chicago Bears (Sunday).

When:October 30 and November 2 & 3

Where:Various locations including Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street

Cost:Varies by event

Mischief at the Mütter

The Mütter Museum’s annual Halloween beer garden and party is back for another year with late-night access, DJ music, a costume contest, two complimentary drink tickets per guest, kegs of beer and unlimited snacks. Also on tap: tarot readings and surprise performances throughout the evening!

When:Thursday, October 31, 6:30-11 p.m.

Where:Mütter Museum, 19 S. 22nd Street

Cost:$50, general admission; $30, members; free, College of Physicians fellows


Philly Cider Week

Philly Cider Week returns on Thursday to celebrate purist-style cider, the cider-making process and the history of its various styles with cider-forward events at local bars and restaurants. Highlights this week include the official Philly Cider Week opening-night party at Kensington Quarters (Thursday), a tasting event featuring pours of local ciders and limited-edition releases at Hale & True Cider Co. (Friday) and a special brunch at Johnny Brenda’s with music, cider-infused menu items and a variety of ciders on draft (Saturday).

When:October 31 – November 8

Where:Various locations including Hale & True Cider Co., 613 S. 7th Street

Cost:Varies by event


The Kingdom Choir at the Merriam Theater

The Kingdom Choir, known for their moving performance of Stand By Me at the royal wedding in 2018, makes a stop at the Merriam Theater while on tour in the states in support of their first full-length album. The choir, led by noted gospel tutor and conductor Karen Gibson, is made up of talented singers from in and around London.

When:Friday, November 1, 8 p.m.

Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street

Cost:Tickets start at $38


First Friday in Philadelphia

Every first Friday of the month, crowds come out to Old City, Fishtown, Fairmount and other neighborhoods to explore different galleries, studios, museums, shops, bars and restaurants hosting events for First Friday. Events for this Friday include the world premiere of a suite of music composed by Ruth Naomi Floyd to honor the legacy of abolitionist Frederick Douglass at the Barnes Foundation and two performances of Cuban music by Conjunto, one earlier in the evening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and later at the monthly Havana Nights event at World Cafe Live.

When:Friday, November 1

Where:Various locations including the Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cost:Varies by event


Events at Parkway Central Library

Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field comes to the Parkway Central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia to discuss her memoir, In Pieces, on Friday. The next day, the library celebrates the life and legacy of the Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison with readings of her works, special guests and more at a special afternoon event.

When:Sally Field: Friday, November 1; Toni Morrison event: Saturday, November 2

Where:Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street

Cost:Sally Field: $25; Toni Morrison event: Free with registration

CraftNOW Philadelphia

Coinciding with the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show (Thursday, November 7), CraftNOW Philadelphia returns for a fifth year of events that celebrate the many talented craft artists throughout the Philadelphia area. Events this week include Friday Friday receptions at The Center for Art in Wood, Cherry Street Pier and more spaces (Friday).

When:November 1 – December 6 (select dates)

Where:Various locations including Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

Cost:Varies by event


Nerdtino Expo 2019 at Taller Puertorriqueño

The Latinx, Hispanic, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latinx and Iberian comic book community celebrates at Nerdtino, the first East Coast Latinx comic book convention, featuring panels, signings, cosplay, exhibitions and comic book readings.

When:Saturday, November 2, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where:Taller Puertorriqueño, 2600 N. 5th Street

Cost:Tickets start at $20

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The Big Old Kids Party at Bartram’s Garden

Adults get to feel like a kid again at this party at Bartram’s Garden, complete with throwback games, activites, snacks, music and more. While the nostalgic evening is for grown ups, free child care is provided for those who need it (with RSVP).

When:Saturday, November 2, 5-9 p.m.

Where:Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard

Cost:Free with pay-as-you-go food, drinks and some activities


Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village

The quintessential fruit of fall gets a two-day festival at the Peddler’s Village’s Apple Festival. Seasonal shopping, apple-focused treats, kids’ activities and live entertainment all make up the weekend-long celebration. Peddler’s Village shops stay open until 8 p.m. on Saturday, and pie-eating contests for adults and children will be held at 3 p.m. on both days.

Mermaids at Adventure Aquarium

Visitors to Adventure Aquarium can watch in awe as mermaids swim with sharks at a special limited-time, back-by-popular-demand program that returns beginning on Saturday. Other experiences include meeting a mermaid (on land), “transforming” into a mermaid after a special face painting and nautical craft activities.

When:November 2-10

Where:Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden

Cost:$29.99, adults; $21.99, children


5th Annual Philadelphia Veterans Parade and Festival

On Sunday, the fifth annual Philadelphia Veterans Parade and Festival honors local veterans who nobly fought for our country, ahead of the Veterans Day holiday next Monday, November 11. Spectators can cheer on the more than 150 organizations involving over 7,000 participants marching in the parade (which starts at noon) and enjoy food truck fare (Grilly Cheese, Deke’s BBQ, P.J. Whelihan’s and more), beer (Philadelphia Brewing Company), live music and more at a festival on Market Street between 3rd Street and 5th Street afterward.

Free and Pay-What-You-Wish Admission to Philadelphia Museums

A number of museums and attractions in the region host special programming for the first Sunday of the month. Don’t miss a design-oriented family festival — offered in conjunction with the new exhibition Designs for Different Futures — and pay-what-you-wish admission at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a free family-fun day full of art, music and dance at the Barnes Foundation, and a day of adventurous crafts and a performance of Storytime Peter Pan by Hedgerow Theatre at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

When:Sunday, November 3

Where:Various locations including Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cost:Free or pay-what-you-wish admission

Roopbaan Reimagined: A Drag Queen from the Future at Asian Arts Initiative

Bengali folktale heroine Roopbaan gets reimagined by transdisciplinary artist and cultural producer Ali Asgara as a futuristic drag queen for this performance and installation project. The work seeks to express marginal queer experiences of the Bangladeshi LGBTQ community.

When:Sunday, November 3, 2-4 p.m.

Where:Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street

Cost:Tickets are offered on sliding scale, $10-$30


First Person Arts Festival

The First Person Arts Festival celebrates the best of Philadelphia’s storytelling with workshops for writers, films and engaging live performances. Performers for 2019 include Che Guerrera, Tina Chang, Taylor Mali, Jericho Brown and more. On Sunday, journalists and survivors who helped to amplify the #MeToo movement come together to celebrate the power of a woman’s voice at the first event of this year’s fest.

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