Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights are the very last time Open Air will light up the night skies above the Parkway with the patterns made by 24 of the world's most powerful searchlights. Make sure you don't miss it. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)
It’s one of those fun fall weekends packed with street festivals, arts happenings and food fetes fit for all palates and preferences. Be sure to follow us on Twitter throughout the weekend for help in planning what to do. And check out this week’s Weekend Picks, below, for a helpful day-by-day guide.
Friday, October 12
Neighborhood guides to BYOBs in Philadelphia
Shacktoberfest 2012 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Design Philadelphia TalkBack: Arden Theatre’s Next to Normal
Planetarium on the Parkway: Open Air and Franklin Institute
Fashion Styling Studio at Three Sirens Boutique
Cocktails and Conversation with Nora Kogan at Scarlett Alley
Fall theater in Philadelphia: what to see, and where
SoMoS multimedia performance in El Barrio
Second Friday on Lancaster Avenue
Spooky Mini Golf at Franklin Square (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Pizzeria Stella Pizza Week — Closing Day!
Center City District Restaurant Week — Closing Day!
Now Open: Red Owl Tavern and Stratus Lounge at the Hotel Monaco on Independence Mall
Rock ‘N Roll on the Patio at Trax Restaurant & Cafe in Ambler
Building a Masterpiece: Frank Furness’ Factory for Art at PAFA (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Shipwreck! Winslow Homer and the Life Line at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Maya.2012: Lords of Time at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Saturday, October 13
Reading Terminal Market’s 12th Annual Harvest Festival
Before the Bridge Music Festival
Stoker’s Dracula at Elfreth’s Alley Museum
Fall 2012 Guide To Gorgeous Foliage In The Philadelphia Region
Gear up for Halloween with our all things Halloween roundup
The Sartorialist at the Barnes Foundation!
Philadelphia Orchestra Free Season Preview Concert
Free concert at FDR Park Featuring Andrew Lipke and Railroad Fever
New Leash on Life USA Casino Royale Night
OktoPBRfest at Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant
Three Potato Four Antique Mill and Warehouse Sale
Terror Behind the Walls (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Katie Baldwin: There are Two Stories Here at the Print Center (Fri, Sat)
Color Motion: Edna Andrade Prints at the Print Center (Fri, Sat)
Weekend Picks continues below.
Roy Lichtenstein In His Studio at the Gershman Y (Fri, Sat)
Fall Guide To Hiking And Biking In The Philadelphia Region
Ghost-Hunting Workshop at Laurel Hill Cemetery
Second Saturday on East Passyunk Avenue: Design Philadelphia
Ralph’s of South Philly now open at Sheraton Valley Forge
Studio 34 and Anonymous Bodies II art collective present JUXTaPOSE! la deuxième partie
Celebrate Living Beyond Breast Cancer with Knit Wit
Hiro Sakaguchi Artist Talk at Seraphin Gallery
Brunch to Save the Music at Cantina Los Caballitos
Phila Flea Markets Presents: An Antique & Vintage Market Under The Pavilion At Historic Headhouse Square
Sunday, October 14
Chestnut Hill’s 28th Annual Fall for the Arts Festival
Open Air (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Uwishunu’s Top Picks For The Best Brunch In Philadelphia, Fall 2012
DesignPhiladelphia — (Fri, Sat, Sun) Closing Day!
Longwood Gardens Chrysanthemum Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Forgotten Philadelphia at the Fairmount Welcome Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Drury Beer Garden celebrates being named one of America’s best beer gardens by Food & Wine
Franklin Institute’s Dead Sea Scrolls (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Sculpere Workshop and Jewelry Sale at Adorn Boutique
Royal Tavern’s 10th Anniversary (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Square 1682’s Cheesesteak Challenge: High Steaks
Fall Family Day at Laurel Hill Cemetery
Michele Courchene Trackman — A Life of Art, Love, and Healing at Mt. Airy Art Garage (Fri, Sat, Sun)
The Secret Cinema presents SCOPITONE PARTY screening and talk at Phoenixville’s Colonial Theater
TASTE Philadelphia Food & Wine Festival
Arden Kids’ Crew: Showtime Workshop
Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections at the Mercer Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Flower to Tower 5K Run/Walk at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
Ela Introduces Brunch
Making Books at the Institute of Contemporary Art
Rolling Stones at Calderwood Gallery — Opening Day!
“Philadelphia Open House” Insider Tours (Fri, Sat, Sun)