20+ Excellent Things To Do In Philly This Week, October 9-16

Bloktoberfest, Fishtown RiverCity Festival, DesignPhiladelphia, the Flyers home opener and more...

From cultural events and food celebrations to craft markets, sporting events, historic tours, festivals and more, there’s tons of fun to be had in Philadelphia this week.

Fall is festival season in Philly, so get your eat and drink on at Bloktoberfest, Fishtown RiverCity Festival, Chinatown Night Market Ye Shi and more. Oktoberfests and harvest celebrations are still going strong, too, including a five-night long fest at Dilworth Park and the Manayunk Harvest Festival.

Art and design lovers have their pick of DesignPhiladelphia, which continues with its 100-plus events through Saturday, and Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, opening up artist studios in Northeast Philadelphia and West Philly this weekend.

Can’t wait for Halloween? Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary moves to five nights this week, while The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience continues to illuminate West Fairmount Park with 5,000-plus hand-carved pumpkins.

Whether it’s cheering on the Philadelphia Flyers at their home opener or celebrating Diwali at International House, there’s so much going on in Philly over the next seven days.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philadelphia.

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State PenitentiaryPhoto by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

The country's biggest haunted house is a prison, actually. This Halloween season, the famous, shuttered, Gothic former fortress that is Eastern State Penitentiary hosts Terror Behind the Walls, where guests can achieve the perfect level of fright at six attractions, including the new-for-2017 Blood Yard. Purchasing tickets in advance online is suggested.

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

When:Through November 11 (select dates)
Where:Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:$19 & up

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DesignPhiladelphia

DesignPhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy DesignPhiladelphia

Taking place each fall, DesignPhiladelphia is the largest and oldest festival of its kind in the nation, with 120 events representing 400 nationally recognized designers. Venues all over the city host exhibits, lectures, workshops and demonstrations to highlight architecture, fashion, furniture, multimedia and urban planning through this Saturday, October 14.

DesignPhiladelphia

When:Through October 14
Where:NextFab, 1227 North 4th Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.designphiladelphia.org

The Glow: A Jack O'Lantern Experience in West Fairmount Park

Skeleton motorcycle pumpkin at The Glow in PhiladelphiaPhoto Courtesy The Glow

Get into the Halloween spirit and enter a wonderland of 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 in West Fairmount Park

When:Through October 29
Where:West Fairmount Park, 4160 Horticultural Drive
Cost:$16, adults; $10, kids

www.theglowjackolantern.com

Dilworth Park Octoberfest

Dilworth ParkPhoto courtesy Dilworth Park

At Octoberfest at Dilworth Park, celebrate the season with creative Philly takes on traditional German cuisine like a sauerbraten cheesesteak, South Philly schnitzel, Germantown dumplings, pretzels and more. Wash it down with steins of Festbiers or sip a specialty seasonal cocktail, all while enjoying live music and DJs at the City Hall-adjacent park.

Dilworth Park Octoberfest

When:October 11-15
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.centercityphila.org

Diwali Celebration 2017 at International House

Celebrate the victory of good over evil at the Diwali Celebration 2017 at International House, complete with buffet-style Indian food and sweets, performances of traditional music and dance, activities, games and firecrackers.

Diwali Celebration 2017 at International House

When:Wednesday, October 11, 7 p.m.
Where:International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
Cost:$15, general admission; $10, IHP members and alumni; free, IHP residents

www.ihousephilly.org

Chinatown Night Market Ye Shi

Chinatown Night Market Ye ShiPhoto by J. Kaczmarek for Visit Philadelphia

On Thursday night, Philly food- and fest-lovers will once again pack the streets of Chinatown for Chinatown Night Market Ye Shi. On the docket: DJs and live entertainment and delights from more than 50 food trucks and vendors like Foolish Waffles, Nomad Pizza, Poi Dog Philly, The Cow and the Curd and more.

Chinatown Night Market Ye Shi

When:Thursday, October 12, 7-11 p.m.
Where:10th Street from Arch to Vine streets; Race Street from 9th to 11th streets
Cost:Pay as you go

www.yeshinightmarket.com

The Philadelphia Orchestra: West Side Story in Concert at The Kimmel Center

J. Griffin for Visit Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Broadway vocalists share Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center to celebrate Leonard Bernstein's 100th, this time with music from his famous adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

The Philadelphia Orchestra: West Side Story in Concert at The Kimmel Center

When:October 12-14
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$39 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Pennsylvania Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty at the Academy of Music

Pennsylvania Ballet: Sleeping BeautyPhoto courtesy the Kimmel Center

Lose yourself in the classic love story of The Sleeping Beauty, interpreted through dance by the Pennsylvania Ballet and set to beautiful music by Tchaikovsky. Lavish sets, costumes and refined movement make this the perfect classical ballet for all ages.

Pennsylvania Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty at the Academy of Music

When:October 12-22
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

James Beard Foundation Taste America: Philadelphia Benefit Dinner

The annual James Beard Foundation Taste America event is a national 10-city tour from the producers of the "Oscars of the food world," as the James Beard Awards are known. This fall, the all-star series stops in Philadephia with a chance for some seriously spectacular dining. The Taste Philadelphia Benefit Dinner presents an opportunity for attendees to sample dishes from amazing local chefs like Nicholas Elmi and Richard Landau, as well as visiting James Beard Award-winner Marc Murphy, James Beard Award-winner Greg Vernick and so many more.

James Beard Foundation Taste America: Philadelphia Benefit Dinner

When:Friday, October 13, 6 p.m.
Where:Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:$300+, dinner; $50, after party only

www.jamesbeard.org

Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Market

Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft FairPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Held biannually, the fall edition of the Rittenhouse Fine Craft Show brings 140 craft artists — curated by one of the nation's largest and most recognized craft guilds — to Rittenhouse Square for a three-day bazaar. Look forward to a juried showcase of pieces ranging from ceramics to furniture to jewelry and beyond.

Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Market

When:October 13-15
Where:Rittenhouse Square, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Cost:Pay as you go

www.pacrafts.org

Made In Philadelphia Fall Market

New to Octoberfest at Dilworth Park, the Made In Philadelphia Fall Market showcases local crafters selling art, glassware, skincare, jewelry and accessories, wooden crafts, and more.

Made In Philadelphia Fall Market

When:October 13-15
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.ccdparks.org

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

Philadelphia Open Studio ToursPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Ever wonder what an artist's studio really looks like? Philadelphia Open Studio Tours allows everyone a chance to take a sneak peek inside the city's most creative spaces. Wrapping up this weekend, artists in Northwest Philadelphia (Saturday, October 14) and West Philly (Sunday, October 15) open their studios, inviting curious visitors inside to chat, check out how they work and purchase artwork.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

When:October 14-15
Where:Various locations including Stenton Guild Art Building, 4732 Stenton Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.philaopenstudios.org

Philadelphia Flyers Home Opener at Wells Fargo Center

Don’t miss the Philadelphia Flyers home opener at the Wells Fargo Center, where stars Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and the rest of the gang take on the Washington Capitals and embark on their 2017-18 campaign in pursuit of Lord Stanley's Cup.

Philadelphia Flyers Home Opener at Wells Fargo Center

When:Saturday, October 14, 7 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$80 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Bloktoberfest

BloktoberfestR. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Several neighborhood organizations partner with local businesses to produce Bloktoberfest, an all-ages celebration of beer, food and music that stretches across the afternoon and along four blocks of South Street. For a full eight hours, attendees will find a thriving block party filling South Street West with festbiers, pumpkin beers, ciders, food trucks, live music, a kid's area and more.

Bloktoberfest

When:Saturday, October 14 noon-8 p.m.
Where:South Street West
Cost:$15 and up

www.bloktoberfest.com

Fishtown RiverCity Festival

RiverCity FestivalPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Fall festivities come to Fishtown's gorgeous Penn Treaty Park for the 10th annual RiverCity Festival. With a lineup full of local brews and food, live music, kid-centric activities, a 5K run and plenty of shopping from vendors, the free, annual afternoon-long festival brings together the entire neighborhood and attracts more than 10,000 folks to join in the fun.

Fishtown RiverCity Festival

When:Saturday, October 14, noon-6 p.m.
Where:Penn Treaty Park, 1301 N. Beach Street
Cost:Free

www.rivercityfestival.org

Manayunk Harvest Festival

Head to Pretzel Park near the bottom of the steep streets of Manayunk on October 14 for the Manayunk Harvest Festival, complete with live music like local favorite Ben Arnold, food, shopping and activities such as a fun run, community mural, pumpkin carving and face painting.

Manayunk Harvest Festival

When:Saturday, October 14, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where:Pretzel Park
Cost:Pay as you go

www.manayunk.com

Conshohocken Beer Festival

Join dozens of breweries — from Philadelphia-area favorites to national mainstays — for the Conshohocken Beer Festival at the A.A. Garthwaite Stadium, which also includes live music, great food and more.

Conshohocken Beer Festival

When:Saturday, October 14, 1-5 p.m.
Where:A. A. Garthwaite Stadium, 100, 198 E. 11th Avenue, Conshohocken
Cost:$50, general admission; $15, designated driver

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Family Movie Night: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown at The Schmidt's Commons

Schmidt's Commons Movie NightPhoto courtesy The Schmidt's Commons

See if Linus gets to meet the Great Pumpkin during this outdoor screening at The Schmidt's Commons of the classic Halloween flick from the Peanuts gang.

Family Movie Night: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown at The Schmidt's Commons

When:Saturday, October 14, 7-9 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt's Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free

www.theschmidtscommons.com

31st Annual AIDS Walk Philly and AIDS Run Philly

Whether as spectators, volunteers, runners, walkers or sponsors, more than 10 thousand people will take part in the city's annual AIDS Walk Philly and AIDS Run Philly. One of the original walks of its kind in the country, the AIDS Walk Philly and AIDS Run Philly was a forerunner and now there are dozens of walks in the Philadelphia area alone.

31st Annual AIDS Walk Philly and AIDS Run Philly

When:Sunday, October 15; check-in begins at 6:30 a.m.; run starts at 7:30 a.m.; walk starts at 9 a.m.
Where:Departs from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free; donations accepted

www.aidswalkphilly.org

8th Annual Historic Germantown Historic House Tour

ClivedenPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The Historic Germantown Historic House Tour offers a rare peek into the architecture and historical detail of six private homes in Germantown, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill and demonstrates how these landmarks have been preserved and adapted for modern living.

8th Annual Historic Germantown Historic House Tour

When:Sunday, October 15
Where:Pick up a map at the MALT office, 6601 Greene Street
Cost:$30 and up

www.freedomsbackyard.com

The Army-Navy Cup at Talen Energy Stadium

Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PennsylvaniaPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Union

Over 20,000 uniformed cadets and civilian fans are expected to pack Talen Energy Stadium, the home of the Philadelphia Union, to cheer on military academy collegiate soccer squads as they face off for the Army-Navy Cup.

The Army-Navy Cup at Talen Energy Stadium

When:Sunday, October 15, 2 p.m.
Where:Talen Energy Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, Chester
Cost:$18 and up

www.philadelphiaunion.com

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