Tonight Picks: Alfresco Dining Under Heat Lamps And Next To Fire Pits, Lobster Month At Route 6, Terror Behind The Walls At Eastern State Penitentiary And More

It's an ideal evening in Philadelphia, folks. There are tons of early-fall happenings on deck and the temperatures are perfectly appropriate for an alfresco meal or drink. (Photo by Darryl W. Moran)

With Halloween quickly approaching and a number of festivals and dining deals on tap this month, it’s no wonder Philadelphia’s October weeknights are jam packed.

Get in the Halloween spirit with an eerie visit to Eastern State Penitentiary for its annual Terror Behind the Walls haunted house, which is scarier than ever this year. Seriously.

Tonight, dinner is served thanks to Route 6’s super (and affordable) lobster dinner deal. Indulge in half-price lobster dishes all month, including this evening. How’s that for awesome dinner plans?

If a seafood special isn’t your style, get onboard with extending the outdoor dining season at the dozens and dozens of bars and restaurants with fire pits and heat lamps. Now’s the time to soak in an evening at outdoor spots like Frankford Hall, Tria, Drury Beer Garden and Parc before the season shifts.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Lobster Month at Route 6: Your dinner plans tonight, and maybe for the rest of the mont, are set. October is lobster month at Stephen Starr’s Route 6 restaurant which means half-price lobster dishes for the entire month of October. Grab a seaworthy lobster roll for $12 instead of $24, fried lobster tails for for $11 instead of $22, a 1.5 pound lobster for $15.50 instead of $31 and much more. Can’t make it tonight? The deal runs all month long.

When: Wednesday, October 16
Where: Route 6, 600 N. Broad Street
Cost: 1/2 price lobster dishes; Pay as you go

Terror Behind the Walls: Halloween is just over two weeks away (do you have your costume?), and Eastern State Penitentiary revels in the Halloween spirit with its annual Terror Behind the Walls haunted house. Get spooked this evening as ghouls pop out from crevices throughout the former prison.

When: Wednesday, October 16
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue
Cost: Varies

Alfresco Dinner or a Drink: The not-too-chilly weather is perfect for an outdoor meal or an after-work drink. Plan you evening accordingly, and click here to check out our guide to the city’s bars and restaurants with heat lamps or fire pits. Our picks? Frankford Hall, Zavino and City Tap House are always solid outdoor dining destinations.

When: Wednesday, October 16
Where: Participating bars and restaurants
Cost: Pay as you go

The Bike Stops Here at Shake Shack Center City: Did someone say free beer and ice cream floats? Shake Shack did! The popular eatery is teaming up with SHIFT_Design to present an event for the multi-week DesignPhiladelphia Festival. Enjoy free suds and frozen concrete floats while checking out the new eco-friendly bike corral as it is unveiled for the first time ever.

When: Wednesday, October 16, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Shake Shack, 2000 Sansom Street
Cost: Free

Rush House Makeover at the Market and Shops at the Comcast Center: Relax after a long work day with complimentary mini makeovers, music and cocktails at The Market and Shops at the Comcast Center. Presented by Saks Fifth Avenue, score a free evening of indulgence with beauty experts from Bobbi Brown, Dior, Armani and more. The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m.

When: Wednesday, October 16, 5-7 p.m.
Where: The Market and Shops at the Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Boulevard
Cost: Free

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Explore the main building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art after-hours at a major discount at the museum’s weekly pay-what-you-wish Wednesday. A number of special events take the spotlight this evening including yoga, an art-centric film and themed tours. Also munch on snacks and sip drinks from Stephen Starr Events. The galleries in the main building remain open until 8:45 p.m. this evening.

When: Wednesday, October 16
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay-what-you-wish

Farmers’ Markets: Get your local shop on at any one of the numerous farmers’ markets set to pop up in Philadelphia this particularly pleasant evening. The Fountain Farmers’ Market and Schuylkill River Park Farmers’ Market are two of the outdoor markets’ on tap this evening.

When: Wednesday, October 16
Where: Various Locations
Cost: Pay as you go

Opening of Aubrie Costello: Silk Graffiti at International House Philadelphia: Tonight at International House Philadelphia, the work of local artist, Aubrie Costello, is spotlighted at a free opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The site-specific fiber installation showcases an array of mixed-media elements, answering two questions “Where do you want to go?” and “Why do you want to go there?” Enjoy drinks and light bites at the reception. Reservations are requested, but not required. RSVP here.

When: Wednesday, October 16, 6-9 p.m.
Where: International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street
Cost: Free


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