Weekend Things To Do In Philadelphia ~ 23rd St Armory Oktoberfest, Midtown Village Fall Festival, Out Fest, Old City Fest and More!

South Street Bridge Overlooking Philadelphia Skyline

South Street Bridge Overlooking Philadelphia Skyline

‘Enjoy Many Festivals In Philadelphia This Weekend!

It’s Columbus Day Weekend, so there are a few things taking place on Monday as well.

The weekend kicks off with the 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest, FirstGlance Film Festival, The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience, October Revolution Of Jazz & Contemporary Music, the last weekend of Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies Interactive Installation, First Friday, Terror Behind The Walls, Havana Nights: A Celebration of Cuban Food & Music at World Live Cafe, the Parkway 100 Celebration and more.

During the weekend enjoy Midtown Village Fall Festival, 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest, Oktoberfest at Morgan’s Pier, the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, the Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies Interactive Installation, The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus Fall Ball, Mural Arts Monument Lab, the Parkway 100 Celebration, the Longwood Gardens’ Main Fountain, the Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens, FREE tours of Yards Brewing Cofarmers’ markets, free yoga, and much more.

The weekend ends with Old City Fest, Out Fest, 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest, the last day Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies Interactive Installation and more.

In upcoming weeks get ready for the continuation of Mural Arts Monument Lab, Bloktoberfest, Manayunk Harvest Fest, Harry Potter Festival, Witch Craft Beer Crawl in East Passyunk, 4th Friday in Headhouse District, Havana Nights: A Celebration of Cuban Food & Music at World Live Cafe, Marines Birthday Celebration at Cookies Tavern, Havana Nights: A Celebration of Cuban Food & Music at World Live Cafe and much more.

What event or activity this weekend or during the week excites you the most? Please share with us in the comments below. Tip: If you haven’t done so in recent months or years, visit the many wonderful museums in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Museums Did you hear that Philadelphia was named best place to visit in the U.S. by Lonely Planet. Read more, click here.

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Things To Do In Philadelphia this Weekend & Week of ~ October 6 – 12 ~

FYI – There are many events & attractions listed below that have been open prior today which are listed as “Now”. Also, check back daily for updates!

Informational Posts For Things To Do Year Round or Seasonal

  • Our Guide to All Museums in Philadelphia ~ Visit many wonderful museums in Philly. ~ Philadelphia Museums ~
  • Season Preview & Expectations of The Philadelphia Eagles ~ 2017 – 2018 Season ~ It’s football time and who is not excited about the 2017 – 2018 Philadelphia Eagles! Disregarding the fans who predict that, “This is the year we win it all!” most Eagles fans are still bubbling over with excitement and playoff hopes. Let’s take a peak into how the Eagles should fair this season. ~ Season Preview & Expectations of The Philadelphia Eagles ~
  • 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest ~ October 6 – 8 ~ All weekend long at 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd Street!   ~ 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest ~ Celebrate in style with German beer & food while enjoying the Bavarian blues and whites in the ceilings, and authentic festival tables and benches imported from Germany will furnish the floor along with a lofted stage area for live bands to play.  ~ 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest ~
  • October Revolution Of Jazz & Contemporary Music ~ October 6 – 8 ~ Held at FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard, this weekend event brings modern-day jazz and contemporary musicians who are “pushing boundaries and opening borders” to the stage, including Anthony Braxton, Sun Ra Orchestra, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, and many others.  ~ October Revolution Of Jazz & Contemporary Music ~
  • FirstGlance Film Festival ~ October 6 – 8 ~ Red Carpet event Friday night, Oct 6. All weekend long, enjoy new & independent movies first seen and much more. ~ FirstGlance Film Festival ~
  • The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience ~ October 6 – 29 ~ Located in West Fairmount Park, enter a Halloween wonderland with over 5,000 illuminated, hand-carved pumpkins that have been transformed to create jaw-dropping landscapes, structures and iconic figures. ~ The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience ~
  • The Kinetic Sculptures of Lyman Whitaker at Morris Arboretum ~ October 6 – 31  ~ From 1 pm to 3 pm at the Morris Arboretum, meet and observe metal artist Lyman Whitaker as he demonstrates how he creates and assembles his dynamic and beautiful sculptures! ~ The Kinetic Sculptures of Lyman Whitaker ~   
  • Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies Interactive Installation ~ October 6 – 8 ~ FREE - Imagine riding down Benjamin Franklin Parkway in a pedicab! Here is your chance, thanks to Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, to enjoy new interactive artwork! They are still taking walk ups as well! ~ Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies Interactive Installation ~
  • Oktoberfest Events In Philadelphia ~ October 6 – 30 ~ Oktoberfest invades Philadelphia for 16 days of German beer, food, music, block parties and fun! Check out the German Oktoberfest events in your area. ~ Oktoberfest Events In Philadelphia ~  
  • Spooky Mini Golf ~ October 6 – 30 ~ Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights 6 pm to 9 pm ~ Held at Franklin Square, enjoy 18 holes of frightening fun that await only the bravest of souls! Putt your way through Spooky Mini Golf with family and friends as historic Philadelphia landmarks, including Independence Hall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Liberty Bell, and many more, turn haunted with Halloween-inspired lights, music, and surprises ($9 adults, $7 children).  ~ Spooky Mini Golf at Franklin Square ~
  • Terror Behind The Walls ~ October 6 – November 11 ~ Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary is the nation’s premier haunted attraction in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. Enjoy six attractions inside the was of ESP! Better than any scary hayride or haunted mansion. Check it out. ~ Terror Behind The Walls ~
  • Parkway 100 Celebration ~ October 6 , 2016 – November 16, 2018 ~ The Ben Franklin Parkway is turning 100 and Philadelphia is set to mark this milestone with a year of special events, promotions, and family-friendly experiences through November 18, 2018.  ~ Parkway 100 Celebration ~
  • Mural Arts Monument Lab ~ October 6 – November 19 ~ Monument Lab is a public art and history project produced with Mural Arts Philadelphia. Monument Lab invites Philadelphians and visitors to join a citywide conversation about history, memory, and our collective future. Enjoy temporary installations by local and international artists accompanied by interactive pop-up laboratories for creative conversations. ~ Mural Arts Monument Lab ~

Date Specific Events & Activities ~ October 6 – 12 ~

  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours ~ Month of October ~ Come check out the many Mural Arts tours throughout Philadelphia. ~ Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours for October 2017 ~ or 215-925-3633. ~ About Philadelphia Mural Arts ~
  • Art After 5 ~ October 6 Free with admission, from 5 pm to 8:45 pm. ~ Ryley Walker Experimental jazz meets intimate folk in the lush terrain of Ryley Walker’s compositions. Enjoy an evening with the artist whom Pitchfork calls “a songwriter using his record collection to his advantage, making music that aligns him with a long lineage of artists, without becoming indebted to their rulebooks.” Held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Great Stair Hall. Art After 5 ~  
  • First Friday’s in Old CityOctober 6 ~ Starts at 5 pm. Your chance to visit Art Galleries throughout Old City after normal hours. You will be able to talk to the art directors and possibly some of Philadelphia’s local artists. This also takes place as First Saturdays with select Art Galleries extending out to Fishtown. ~ First Fridays ~ 
  • First Friday’s in Manayunk ~ October 6 ~ Starts at 5 pm. Come enjoy art in Manayunk. Before or afterwards, enjoy a meal at the many restaurants, or stop in one of Manayunk’s wonderful specialty shops. ~ First Friday’s in Manayunk ~
  • Havana Nights: A Celebration of Cuban Food & Music at World Live Cafe ~ October 6 ~ FREE - Doors open at 7 pm & show at 8 pm - Enjoy authentic Cuban cuisine, cocktails, and music courtesy of Philly’s most exciting Cuban band, Conjunto! The night is FREE to attend w/ a variety of food and drink specials. A perfect date night or just a night out with friends & is open to those 21 and up. ~ Havana Nights: A Celebration of Cuban Food & Music at World Live Cafe ~
  • Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies Interactive Installation ~ October 6 – 8 ~ FREE - Imagine riding down Benjamin Franklin Parkway in a pedicab! Here is your chance, thanks to Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, to enjoy new interactive artwork! ~ Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies Interactive Installation ~
  • October Revolution Of Jazz & Contemporary Music ~ October 6 – 8 ~ Held at FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard, this weekend event brings modern-day jazz and contemporary musicians who are “pushing boundaries and opening borders” to the stage, including Anthony Braxton, Sun Ra Orchestra, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, and many others.  ~ October Revolution Of Jazz & Contemporary Music ~
  • FirstGlance Film Festival ~ October 6 – 8 ~ Red Carpet event Friday night, Oct 6. All weekend long, enjoy new & independent movies first seen and much more. ~ FirstGlance Film Festival ~
  • Spooky Mini Golf ~ October 6 – 30 ~ Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights 6 pm to 9 pm ~ Held at Franklin Square, enjoy 18 holes of frightening fun that await only the bravest of souls! Putt your way through Spooky Mini Golf with family and friends as historic Philadelphia landmarks, including Independence Hall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Liberty Bell, and many more, turn haunted with Halloween-inspired lights, music, and surprises ($9 adults, $7 children).  ~ Spooky Mini Golf at Franklin Square ~
  • The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience ~ October 6 – 29 ~ Located in West Fairmount Park, enter a Halloween wonderland with over 5,000 illuminated, hand-carved pumpkins that have been transformed to create jaw-dropping landscapes, structures and iconic figures. ~ The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience ~
  • Oktoberfest Events In Philadelphia ~ October  6 – 30 ~ Oktoberfest invades Philadelphia for 16 days of German beer, food, music, block parties and fun! Check out the German Oktoberfest events in your area. ~ Oktoberfest Events In Philadelphia ~
  • Terror Behind The Walls ~ October 6 – November 11 ~ Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary is the nation’s premier haunted attraction in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. Enjoy six attractions inside the was of ESP! Better than any scary hayride or haunted mansion. Check it out. ~ Terror Behind The Walls ~
  • Parkway 100 Celebration ~ October 6, 2017 – November 16, 2018 ~ The Ben Franklin Parkway is turning 100 and Philadelphia is set to mark this milestone with a year of special events, promotions, and family-friendly experiences through November 18, 2018.    ~ Parkway 100 Celebration ~
  • Filter Square Farmers’ Market ~ October 7 From 9 am to 2 pm, The Food Trust holds an outdoor market at 23rd and Pine Streets. Enjoy fresh vegetables & food from favorite local farmers and producers. Filter Square Farmers’ Market ~ 
  • Liberty Lands Market ~ October 7 ~ From 9 am until 3 pm at 926 N. American St in Northern Liberties. One can find everything from fresh organic produce to hand crafted wears and lotions. Hand made soaps, Ice Creams, sauces, organic teas and coffees and more. Part of the market, you will find animal rescues with adoptables & pet products. Liberty Lands Market ~
  • Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market ~ October 7 ~ From 9 am to 3 pm from 18th & Walnut Streets, enjoy fresh seasonal produce, fresh seafood, fresh bread and much more! ~ Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market ~  
  • Free Yoga at Race Street Pier ~ October 7 until November 5 ~ FREE - From 9:30 am to 10:30 am every Saturday and Sunday at Race Street PierJust bring a yoga mat and be ready to stretch out. ~ Free Yoga at Race Street Pier ~
  • Clark Park Farmers’ Market ~ October 7 ~ From 10 am to 2 pm, The Food Trust holds an outdoor market at 43rd St and Baltimore Ave. Enjoy fresh vegetables & food from favorite local farmers and producers. ~ Clark Park Farmers’ Market ~
  • Revolutionary Germantown Festival ~ October 7 ~ From 10 am to 4 pm Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Avenue  (Battle fo Germantown from 12 pm to 3 pm & Battle Bash at Grumblethorpe from 4 pm to 8 pm! Enjoy live music, food, drinks and a reenactment of 1777′s Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought in Philadelphia! ~ Revolutionary Germantown Festival & Battle Bash at Grumblethorpe ~ 
  • FirstGlance Film Festival ~ October 7 ~ Red Carpet event Friday night, Oct 6. All weekend long, enjoy new & independent movies first seen and much more. ~ FirstGlance Film Festival ~
  • Roxtoberfest October 7 ~ Come join the Roxborough community from noon until 6 pm on Ridge Avenue; between Green Lane and Leverington Avenue. Enjoy a beer garden, food trucks, vendors, live music, games and more. ~ Roxtoberfest ~ 
  • King of Prussia Beerfest Royale ~ October 7 ~ Come check out the Beerfest Royale at the King of Prussia mall parking lot. There will be 2 sessions with more than 50 breweries and more than 100 brews. There will also be food from the local restaurants, exciting dishes that will be paired perfectly with your favorite craft brewers, live music and much more. Taking place outdoors at The Plaza at the King of Prussia Mall, parking lot adjacent to Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia. ~ Directions ~ ~ King of Prussia Beerfest Royale ~
  • Midtown Village Fall Festival ~ October 7 ~ From noon to 8 pm, visitors will experience a variety of activities and vendors such as multiple stages of live music entertainment, 15 + restaurants, 30 + merchants, 40+ crafters along with live street art creations by local artists, street entertainers, children’s activities and more! ~ Midtown Village Fall Festival ~
  • Oktoberfest at Morgan’s Pier ~ October 7 ~ Held at Morgan’s Pier from 2 pm to 6 pm, enjoy beer, German pretzels, plus live music from Gyspy Wisdom for belting out all of the sing along drinking songs. Oktoberfest at Morgan’s Pier ~
  • The Addams Family Movie Night ~ October 7 ~ FREE – Enjoy the movie, The Addams Family, held at Schmidt’s Commons from 7 pm to 9 pm in Northern Liberties. ~ The Addams Family Movie Night ~
  • The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus Fall Ball ~ October 7 ~ From 7 pm to 11:30 pm at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, this fundraiser will be a fun-filled evening of food and drinks, dancing, live and silent auctions, and entertainment that you won’t want to miss. The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus Fall Ball
  • October Revolution Of Jazz & Contemporary Music ~ October 7 – 8 ~ Held at FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard, this weekend event brings modern-day jazz and contemporary musicians who are “pushing boundaries and opening borders” to the stage, including Anthony Braxton, Sun Ra Orchestra, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, and many others.  ~ October Revolution Of Jazz & Contemporary Music ~
  • Yards Brewing Co Tours ~ October 7 & 8 FREE - Saturdays & Sundays from 12 pm to 4 pm at Yards Brewery, enjoy a wonderful tour of the brewery! All tour-goers must be 21+ unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Bus tours, private tours and guided tastings are offered by appointment only. Please contact events@yardsbrewing.com for booking information. ~ Yards Brewing Co Tours ~
  • Taste of Philadelphia: Market Tours ~ October 7 & 11 ~ Starts at 10 am every Wed & Sat – Learn the story behind cheese steaks, hoagies, pretzels and other Philly food favorites, and the 115-year history of the vibrant Reading Terminal Market where they’re sold during this 75-minute, food-writer-led walking tour. ~ Taste of Philadelphia: Market Tours ~
  • Free Yoga at Race Street Pier ~ October 8 until November 5 ~ FREE - From 9:30 am to 10:30 am every Saturday and Sunday at Race Street PierJust bring a yoga mat and be ready to stretch out. ~ Free Yoga at Race Street Pier ~
  • Headhouse Farmers’ Market ~ October 8 ~ Established in 2007, this market is located in the historic Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. Featuring more than 40 vendors, Headhouse is one of The Food Trust’s largest farmers markets. Beyond the abundance of fresh produce, you can also find a great selection of locally prepared foods and artisanal goods such as soups, caneles, ice cream, coffee and wine. ~ Headhouse Farmers’ Market ~
  • FirstGlance Film Festival ~ October 8 ~ Red Carpet event Friday night, Oct 6. All weekend long, enjoy new & independent movies first seen and much more. ~ FirstGlance Film Festival ~
  • Out Fest ~ October 8 ~ FREE to attend – From noon to 8 pm at 12th and 13th streets from Walnut to Spruce streets and select area side streets. The largest National Coming Out Day event takes place right here in Philadelphia with 150-plus vendors, high heel races, outdoor drinking, dancing and more! Pay-as-you-go. ~ Out Fest ~
  • Old City Fest ~ October 8 ~ From noon to 6 pm in Old City District, Old City Fest will exploit the historical neighborhood as visitors enjoy a wide selection of food and beverages from local restaurants, a festival stage with live music and performances, a family fun zone, pop-up theatrical performances, and retail shopping. ~ Old City Fest ~
  • Live at Lunch at Dilworth Park ~ October 11 ~ FREE - Every Wednesday from noon to 1:30 pm at Dilworth Park until October 18. Enjoy musical and performing arts live. Food & drinks pay-as-you-go. ~ Live at Lunch at Dilworth Park ~
  • Pay-What-You-Wish ~ October 11 ~ Stop in at the Philadelphia Museum of Art every Wednesday from 5 pm – 8:45 pm and ”Pay What You Wish”,  as you explore the museum and its remarkable collections. ~ Pay What You Wish ~ 
  • The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience ~ October 12 – 29 ~ Located in West Fairmount Park, enter a Halloween wonderland with over 5,000 illuminated, hand-carved pumpkins that have been transformed to create jaw-dropping landscapes, structures and iconic figures. ~ The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience ~
  • Terror Behind The Walls ~ October 12 – November 11 ~ Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary is the nation’s premier haunted attraction in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. Enjoy six attractions inside the was of ESP! Better than any scary hayride or haunted mansion. Check it out. ~ Terror Behind The Walls ~
  • Mural Arts Monument Lab ~ October 12 – November 19 ~ Monument Lab is a public art and history project produced with Mural Arts Philadelphia. Monument Lab invites Philadelphians and visitors to join a citywide conversation about history, memory, and our collective future. Enjoy temporary installations by local and international artists accompanied by interactive pop-up laboratories for creative conversations. ~ Mural Arts Monument Lab ~
  • Dilworth Park ~ Now Open ~ Enjoy seating areas for relaxation, food & live music. ~ Dilworth Park ~
  • Franklin Square ~ Now Open for the 2017 season ~  The Franklin Square is a great place to bring the family or for a date. Located in the historical part of Philadelphia in Old City. This park offers a carousel, a miniature golf course, a storytelling bench, a playground, a picnic area and more. ~ Franklin Square ~
  • Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk  ~ Now Open ~ Enjoy this 2,000 foot new extension bridging the South Street Bridge & the Locust Street bike trail. ~ Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk  ~
  • “Your Brain” at Franklin Institute ~ Now Open ~ A permanent exhibit at the Franklin Institute. Travel through a two-story tall neural network climbing structure with dynamic lighting and sound effects that are triggered by your footsteps. Kids can act as a Doctor by scanning the brain with an MRI machine, explore your brain, challenge your brain & much more.   ~ “Your Brain” at Franklin Institute ~ 
  • Native American Voices Exhibit at Penn Museum ~ Now Open ~ Stop over at Penn Museum in University City and learn about contemporary issues in Native America. Uncover the rich history and identity of the Native American people through 200 plus objects on display & much more. Native American Voices Exhibit at Penn Museum ~
  • The Artifact Lab – Mummy Conversation at Penn Museum ~ Now until (no date set) ~ Here is your chance to get up close and personal. Watch conservators clean, examine, & preserve Egyptian Mummies at Penn MuseumBest of all, there are special times during the week to where you can ask them questions in person. ~ Conserving Mummies at Penn Museum ~

Philadelphia Beer Gardens

  • Independence Beer Garden ~     ~ Independence Beer Garden ~
  • PHS Pop Up Beer Garden South Street ~ Open 2017 Season ~ The PHS Pop Up Garden is back! Located on 1438 South Street, right next door to the Jamaican Jerk Hut, visitors will enjoy a secluded area with an outdoor bar, palm trees, colorful umbrellas and hammocks, as visitors they enjoy tropical cocktails, beer, wine, food, live music and games. Check it out. ~ Pop Up Beer Garden ~
  • Uptown Beer Garden ~ 1735 market St ~ Uptown Beer Garden ~

Visiting Philadelphia

Are you Visiting Philadelphia? Have you lived in or near the City of Philadelphia, but never ventured out too the many historical sites in Philly? Here is a quick guide for some must see attractions in the City of Brotherly Love.

  • The Independence Visitor’s Center – Your guide for all of your information relating to historical sites in Philadelphia and other things to do in Philadelphia. ~ Independence Visitor’s Center ~
  • Museum of the American Revolution - The Museum of the American Revolution tells the full story of the American Revolution and explores its ongoing legacy, showcasing a vast collection. There are over 3,000 artifacts that have been collected to include General George Washington’s marquee and much more. The museum anchors the eastern end of Independence National Historical Park. ~ Museum of the American Revolution ~
  • Philadelphia Zoo ~ With the warmer weather approaching, you can not miss America’s Oldest Zoo. 42 acres of awesomeness and over 1,000 animals. ~ Philadelphia Z00 ~
  • Liberty Bell – Symbol of American Independence – If you are visiting Philadelphia, this is one site that must be seen. ~ Liberty Bell ~
  • Elfreth’s Alley ~ Get to walk down a street with 300 years of history. Elfreth’s Alley is one of the oldest continuously inhabited residential streets in America. ~ Elfreth’s Alley ~
  • Philadelphia City Hall ~ Like Architecture? Philadelphia History? They give tours of the Philadelphia City Hall. If you go up high enough, you get to see the whole city. ~ Philadelphia City Hall ~
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art – So many things that surround this museum. The “Rocky” Steps or the “Rocky” statue. A great view down Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Behind the museum, you can view Boat House Row and a few other things. ~ Philadelphia Museum of Art ~
  • Betsy Ross House – Did Betsy Ross actually make the American Flag? Learn about some of Philadelphia’s earliest history. ~ Betsy Ross House ~
  • Independence Hall – This is where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and where the Constitution of the United States was debated, drafted and signed. ~ Independence Hall~
  • National Constitution Center – If anything, you must see the ‘We the People’ exhibit. There are other timely exhibits. ~ National Constitution Center ~
  • Philadelphia Parks – Such as Fairmount Park or even Franklin Square for the kids or relaxing.

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Upcoming Events & Attractions in Philadelphia ~ October 13 & beyond

  • Art After 5 ~ October 13 Free with admission, from 5 pm to 8:45 pm. ~ Hot Club of Philadelphia Hot Club of Philadelphia is an acoustic ensemble dedicated to European Gypsy Jazz, the musical genre pioneered by Django Reinhardt’s legendary Hot Club of France. Using guitars, bass, violin, and vocals, this quintet melds the vintage Parisian style with modern influences. Held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Great Stair Hall. Art After 5 ~  
  • Manayunk Harvest Fest ~ October 14 ~ From 11 am to 7 pm in Pretzel Park, enjoy a beer tent, live music, food trucks and more. From 12 pm to 5 pm, enjoy the Scarecrow Stroll on Main Street. ~ Manayunk Harvest Fest ~
  • Bloktoberfest ~ October 14 ~ From noon to 8 pm on South St from Broad to 18th Streets! Festivalgoers will enjoy many choices of beer, live musical acts, food trucks, free kids activities & more! ~ Bloktoberfest ~
  • Harry Potter Festival ~ October 20 & 21 ~ Harry Potter Festival Returns To Chestnut Hill for a weekend of wizards, spells, potions, Quidditch Tournament, Dumbledore’s Greeting, Photo Ops and more. Come see what the excitement is all about! ~ Harry Potter Festival ~
  • Witch Craft Beer Crawl ~ October 25 ~ From 5;30 pm to 9:30 pm in East Passyunk, the Witch Craft Beer Crawl is a fun time to mingle with other witches while enjoying craft beers and food at a discount from 15 + different East Passyunk Avenue bars and restaurants. There will be prizes and such as well. ~ East Passyunk Avenue Witch Craft Beer Crawl ~
  • 4th Friday in Headhouse District October 27 ~ Starting at 5 pm in the South Street Headhouse District, Experience the creativity and energy of the fabulous Fourth Street and South Street business communities with an evening of extended hours, art, music, food and shopping along Historic Fabric Row (and beyond). ~ 4th Friday in Headhouse District ~  
  • First Friday’s in Old CityNovember 3 ~ Starts at 5 pm. Your chance to visit Art Galleries throughout Old City after normal hours. You will be able to talk to the art directors and possibly some of Philadelphia’s local artists. This also takes place as First Saturdays with select Art Galleries extending out to Fishtown. ~ First Fridays ~ 
  • First Friday’s in Manayunk ~ November 3 ~ Starts at 5 pm. Come enjoy art in Manayunk. Before or afterwards, enjoy a meal at the many restaurants, or stop in one of Manayunk’s wonderful specialty shops. ~ First Friday’s in Manayunk ~
  • Havana Nights: A Celebration of Cuban Food & Music at World Live Cafe ~ November 3 ~ FREE - Doors open at 7 pm & show at 8 pm - Enjoy authentic Cuban cuisine, cocktails, and music courtesy of Philly’s most exciting Cuban band, Conjunto! The night is FREE to attend w/ a variety of food and drink specials. A perfect date night or just a night out with friends & is open to those 21 and up. ~ Havana Nights: A Celebration of Cuban Food & Music at World Live Cafe ~
  • First Sundays at Barnes Foundation ~ November 5 ~ FREE - On the first Sunday of every month, visitors to the Barnes Foundation will enjoy free admission, family entertainment and informative seminars from 10 am to 6 pm. Free tickets can be obtained at the Barnes Foundation beginning at 9 am. Advance reservations are not available for Free First Sundays. ~ First Sunday’s at Barnes Foundation ~
  • Pay As You Wish ~ November 5 ~ Stop in at the Philadelphia Museum of Art every 1st Sunday of the month from 5 pm – 8:45 pm and ”Pay What You Wish”,  as you explore the museum and its remarkable collections. ~ Pay What You Wish ~
  • Havana Nights: A Celebration of Cuban Food & Music at World Live Cafe ~ December 1 ~ FREE - Doors open at 7 pm & show at 8 pm - Enjoy authentic Cuban cuisine, cocktails, and music courtesy of Philly’s most exciting Cuban band, Conjunto! The night is FREE to attend w/ a variety of food and drink specials. A perfect date night or just a night out with friends & is open to those 21 and up. ~ Havana Nights: A Celebration of Cuban Food & Music at World Live Cafe ~

As always, no matter if you are visiting Philadelphia or live in the City of Philadelphia, we hope our list of things to do in Philadelphia helps you out. If you have stumbled upon something else that we did not mention, please let us know in a comment or in an e-mail. If you are a business or organization that has an event coming up, please contact us. MyPhillyAlive If you happened to visit any of the things mentioned above, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment here or on that article describing what you liked about that event or attraction. As always, we would greatly appreciate any feedback. Thanks, MyPhillyAlive

Philadelphia Weather for the weekend of October 6 – 8

Friday  |  Partly Cloudy  |  High 82°  |  Low 65°

Saturday  |  Mostly Cloudy  |  High 84°  |  Low 70°

Sunday  |  70% Thunderstorms  |  High 79°  |  Low 71°

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