Before the holiday next week, embrace the spirit of fall around Philadelphia tonight with a number of events that are hair-raising, fundraising or just plain fun.
For starters, Eastern State Penitentiary hosts its renowned Terror Behind the Walls haunted house which is truly scarier than ever this year. Be warned. Explore the former prison while ghouls pop out of crevices throughout the terrifying setting. How’s that for spooky?
Philanthropy abounds this evening, too. Raise a glass to a good cause this evening as Red Owl Tavern hosts a happy-hour benefit for breast cancer and FDR Park in South Philly presents its annual Glow in the Park fundraiser for the Fairmount Park Conservancy. Celebrate the end of the workweek a little early in the name of either of these important efforts.
Our top picks for tonight, below.
• Kick the Keg in Heels at Red Owl Tavern: The Hotel Monaco’s Red Owl Tavern hosts a drink-fueled benefit for breast cancer this evening starting at 7 p.m. A $5 donation at the door gets you complimentary light bites, craft beer, cocktails and wine from 7 to 8 p.m. Then, at 8 p.m. until the keg is kicked, certain drinks are on special for $5 a piece. The evening event benefits the University of Pennsylvania’s Rena Rowan Breast Center.
When: Thursday, October 24, 7 p.m.
Where: Red Owl Tavern, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost: $5 donation at the door
• Glow in the Park at FDR Park: Tonight, celebrate the expansive 348-acre FDR Park at Glow in the Park, a fundraiser for the Fairmount Park Conservancy. Drink, dance, dine and mingle underneath the historic boathouse at FDR Park as it is illuminated for the occasion all while raising a glass to the upkeep and programs of Philadelphia’s parks. Attendees, look forward to an open bar, food truck fare, fire dancers and live music.
When: Thursday, October 24, 6-9 p.m.
Where: FDR Park, 1900 Pattison Avenue
Cost: Members, $45; Non-members, $75 in advance; $100 at the door
• Terror Behind the Walls: With Halloween exactly one week away, there is no better time to get into the Halloween spirit at Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls haunted house. Make your way through the former prison as ghouls pop out from corners and crevices throughout the prison. This year’s Terror Behind the Walls is seriously scarier than ever, so be prepared for ghouls and goblins at all corners.
When: Thursday, Octoebr 24
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue
Cost: Ticket prices vary
• The Philadelphia Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival: This evening, Lincoln Financial Field turns into a haven for all things liquor in celebration of the 10th annual Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival. Take your pick of sips from more than 300 spirits and watch cocktail competitions, mixology demonstrations and more. Also enjoy small plates from a number of local restaurants. Tickets are available online or at the door.
When: Thursday, October 24; General admission, 6:30-9 p.m., VIP, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Cost: General admission, $95 in advance, $100 at the door; VIP, $150
• Dance Celebration presents the Paul Taylor Dance Company: Dance lovers, this one’s for you. Tonight, the Paul Taylor Dance Company kicks off the Dance Celebration series of performances at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, with a show made up of four Philadelphia dance premieres at 7:30 p.m. Tonight’s performance will be led by American choreographer Paul Taylor, a choreographer who has been dancing and teaching all over the world for six-decades. Tickets are available online or at the box office.
When: Thursday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
• The Philadelphia Film Festival: The Philadelphia Film Festival is still in full swing, folks. The movie-centric fest runs through Sunday, October 27, and tonight, offers more than 10 movies, of all sort, to film buffs. Venues all over the city are hosting films this evening, including the Ritz East, Ritz Bourse, Perelman Theater, Prince Music Theater and Cinemark. Click here for this evening’s movie schedule.
When: Thursday, October 24
Where: Various locations
• Ghost Tours of Philadelphia: Embark on a candlelit Ghost Tour of some of Philadelphia’s most eerie areas this evening on a walking tour led by a seasoned (and costumed) guide. Hear stories about creepy graveyards, haunted houses and spooky alleyways on the 75 to 90-minute tour. Tours leave from Signers Garden at 5th and Chestnut streets and end at 2nd and Walnut Streets. Tickets are available online.
When: Thursday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tours depart from Signers Garden, 5th and Chestnut Streets
Cost: $17 for adults, $10 for children ages 4-12
• Convergence: Declarations of Independence at the Fabric Workshop and Museum: Tonight marks the second event of Convergence: Declarations of Independence, a series of free lectures at the Fabric Workshop Museum that invite artists to discuss their work and inspiration before their residency at the Fabric Workshop and Museum begins. Tonight’s lecture features Kazumi Tanaka, a sculptor who uses wood, found and organic objects to create inventive sculptures. The lecture runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and is completely free.
When: Thursday, October 24, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch Street
• Mega-Bad Movie Night at the Academy of Natural Sciences: Everyone loves a bad movie now and again, and the good people at the Academy of Natural Sciences hear your cry. Tonight, the museum hosts its recurring Mega-Bad Movie Night, and this month, features Them, a cult-classic about man-eating ants. Yikes! In addition to the film screening, listen to experts discuss the possibility of this sci-fi disaster happening in real. Also enjoy a cash bar, eats, live animals and specimens from the Academy’s collection. Tickets are $15 per person and are available online.
When: Thursday, October 24, 6:30-10 p.m.
Where: Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway