20+ Terrific Things To Do In Philly This Week, October 16-22

Harry Potter Festival, Philadelphia Film Festival, Philadelphia 76ers home opener and more…

Tired of fall festivals yet? No? We aren’t either.

This week in Philly, there’s ample opportunity to take advantage of fall fun in the City of Brotherly Love.

One of the most anticipated festivals of the season takes over Chestnut Hill this weekend — the Harry Potter Festival. The two-day event returns with its largest festival footprint ever (12 blocks!) with Quidditch matches, a major street fair, magic classes and so much more.

Fans of sports magic should take their passion and enthusiasm courtside to cheer on the Philadelphia 76ers in their home opener at the Wells Fargo Center.

For film buffs, the Philadelphia Film Festival will screen over 100 films from around the world starting this week, and the Philly POPS — A Star Wars Celebration at the Kimmel Center will thrill lovers of music and film alike.

Of course, no one will go thirsty with the return of Memphis Taproom Thirstoberfest and the Brews and Views Rooftop Beer Garden at the Parkway Central Library.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philadelphia.

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

The GlowPhoto 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 Sunday, October 29
Where:West Fairmount Park, 4160 Horticultural Drive
Cost:$16, adults; $10, kids

www.theglowjackolantern.com

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Terror Behind The WallsPhoto 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. 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 Saturday, November 11 (select dates)
Where:Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:$19 & up

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Mural Arts Monument Lab

Monument LabPhoto courtesy Mural Arts

Temporary monuments by more than 20 local and international artists have popped up in public spaces all around the city, challenging viewers to think about representations of our history, memory and future. Organized by Mural Arts Philadelphia, Monument Lab includes interactive laboratories to encourage conversation and a hub at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, which displays public monument proposals generated during the run.

Mural Arts Monument Lab

When:Through Sunday, November 19
Where:Various locations including Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Free

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Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute

Photo courtesy The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute's dramatic Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibition reveals the secrets behind the 2,000-year-old army of clay statues that guarded the tomb of China's first emperor until their discovery in 1974. The Franklin Institute is the only East Coast stop for this monumental exhibition. It's just one of more than 30 excellent exhibitions open in the city this fall.

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute

When:Through March 4, 2018
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$35, daytime admission for non-member adults; $30, daytime admission non-member children; $20, evening admission for non-member adults; $15, evening admission for non-member children; $10, members

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Liberty Medal at National Constitution Center

National Constiution CenterPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Former Vice President Joe Biden will award the Liberty Medal to U.S. Senator John McCain for his lifetime of service to the United States at the 29th Annual Liberty Medal Ceremony.

Liberty Medal at National Constitution Center

When:Monday, October 16, 7 p.m.
Where:National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost:There is currently a waiting list for tickets

www.constitutioncenter.org

Read the Revolution Speaker Series at the Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of American RevolutionPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Join Jane Kamensky, an award-winning historian, as she gives a lively in-depth account of the American Revolution through the eyes of artist John Singleton Copley, whose works had a profound impact on the artistic legacy of the era.

Read the Revolution Speaker Series at the Museum of the American Revolution

When:Wednesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m.
Where:Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:$15, general admission; $5, members

www.amrevmuseum.org

Brews & Views Rooftop Beer Garden at the Parkway Central Library

Enjoy a cold beer with friends and drink in spectacular views of Philadelphia’s skyline and Logan Square from the Parkway Central Library’s Skyline Terrace during this three-night pop-up event.

Brews & Views Rooftop Beer Garden at the Parkway Central Library

When:October 18-20
Where:Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Philadelphia Film Festival

People standing outside the Prince Theater in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Prince Theater

More than 25,000 film lovers gather to celebrate more than 100 films made by some of the most talented filmmakers from around the globe during the Philadelphia Film Festival, now in its 26th year. Over the course of the 11-day fest, attendees can enjoy screenings, panel discussions with directors, actors and other industry professionals, parties and more.

Philadelphia Film Festival

When:October 19-29
Where:Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost:$15, regular screenings; $10, members; $8, weekday matinees (before 5 p.m.), $6, members

www.filmadelphia.org

Gabrielle Union at the Free Library

See award-winning actress Gabrielle Union in conversation with broadcaster and journalist Tracey Matisak as they discuss Union’s book, We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True, a collection of non-fiction essays encompassing issues of race, bullying and sexual assault.

Gabrielle Union at the Free Library

When:Thursday, October 19, 7:30 p.m.
Where:Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
Cost:Free

www.freelibrary.org

GLOW in the Park

Photo courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy

Held for the first time this year at the Reflecting Pool at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, GLOW in the Park will alight the night with food, drinks, music and more to benefit the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

GLOW in the Park

When:Thursday, October 19, 6-9:30 p.m.
Where:Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 Horticultural Drive
Cost:$75+

www.myphillypark.org

The Philadelphia 76ers Home Opener

After a long rebuilding period, fans have embraced the motto "Trust The Process" for the Philadelphia 76ers. This weekend, the Sixers faithful will rally behind their young, exciting and largely international squad comprised of a string of No. 1 draft picks and basketball legends in the making like Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Get ready for the opening night, which brings a face-off with the Boston Celtics.

The Philadelphia 76ers Home Opener

When:Friday, October 20, 7 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$80 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Get Pegged Cabaret at FringeArts

Performance artist John Jarboe hosts the monthly Get Pegged Cabaret at La Peg at FringeArts. The late-night, uncensored affair always features a new lineup of mostly LGBT performers, including Jarboe himself, and takes a nod from original French and German cabarets from the turn of the century.

Get Pegged Cabaret at FringeArts

When:Friday, October 20, 10:30 p.m.
Where:La Peg at FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$5 and up

www.fringearts.com

Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill


Chestnut Hill’s massive (and massively popular!) Harry Potter Festival returns to the charming neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia this Friday and Saturday. This year, the Saturday streets festival will fill 12 blocks of Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill (and some adjacent parking lots, too), making it the biggest Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill to date.

Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill

When:October 20-21
Where:Germantown Avenue from Cresheim Valley Drive to Chestnut Hill Avenue
Cost:Free admission; Pay-as-you-go food, drink and activities; Magical Make & Take wristbands, $20

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

A premier Chicago dance company treats Philadelphia to its exciting blend of jazz, ballet and modern dance by leading choreographers.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

When:October 20-21
Where:Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost:$32-$77

www.annenbergcenter.org

The Philly POPS — A Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars and Philly POPSPhoto courtesy Philly POPS

Get your Star Wars fandom on with lovers of music and film as the Philly POPS and the 180-voice Philly POPS Festival Chorus perform the music of John Williams. Guests attending the season kickoff performance on Friday, October 20 should look out for costumed characters from a galaxy far far away in the Kimmel Center lobby before the show.

The Philly POPS — A Star Wars Celebration

When:October 20-22
Where:Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$55 and up

www.phillypops.org

Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival

People on a hay ride at the Reading Terminal Market Harvest FestivalPhoto courtesy Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market is undoubtedly one of the best places to savor the bounty of fall, and this weekend, visitors are invited to do just that during the annual Harvest Festival. Held outside, the festival includes offerings like turkey legs, grilled pork ribs, candy apples, jewelry and crafts from Reading Terminal Market merchants, a beer garden, hay rides around the market and more.

Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival

When:Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.readingterminalmarket.org

International Archaeology Day at the Penn Museum

Penn MuseumPhoto courtesy Penn Museum

It’s a whole day dedicated to archaeology, the field that brings us access to the world’s hidden wonders. Get a rare chance to see the action that goes on at archeological sites the world over, with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Penn Museum’s Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials. You’ll also be able to dig a little deeper into the newest exhibition at the Penn Museum, Moundbuilders: Ancient Architects of North America, by meeting curator Megan Kassabaum.

International Archaeology Day at the Penn Museum

When:Saturday, October 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:$15, general admission; $13, senior citizens (65 and above); $10, children (ages 6-17) and full-time students with college ID

www.penn.museum

Woodford Mansion Apple Festival

Woodford MansionPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Head to East Fairmount Park for all things fall at the annual Woodford Mansion Apple Festival. There will be live music, heirloom apple tasting, cider making, pumpkin painting, kids games, an apple dessert contest and much more.

Woodford Mansion Apple Festival

When:Saturday, October 21, noon-2 p.m.
Where:Woodford Mansion, 2300 N. 33rd Street
Cost:Free

www.woodfordmansion.org

Memphis Taproom Thirstoberfest

Memphis TaproomPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Get to Memphis Taproom Thirstoberfest for a Saturday afternoon of fun, food and delicious beer. Quench your autumn thirst with any of more than 25 craft and limited-release beers from Russian River, Dogfish Head, SOLE, Mikkeller, Tired Hands and more.

Memphis Taproom Thirstoberfest

When:Saturday, October 21, noon-6 p.m.
Where:Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.memphistaproom.com

Where the Children Sleep at American Swedish Historical Museum

Exterior of the American Swedish Historical MuseumPhoto courtesy American Swedish Historical Museum

Don’t miss the opening of Where the Children Sleep, a powerful photography exhibit by Magnus Wennman about refugee children in Europe and the Middle East that opens this Saturday at the American Swedish Historical Museum.

Where the Children Sleep at American Swedish Historical Museum

When:October 21-March 4, 2018
Where:American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue
Cost:$10, adults; $7, seniors, students and military with ID; $5 (children age 5-11); free, members and children under 5

www.americanswedish.org

Bainbridge Green Brunch Fest

Go hungry to the second annual Bainbridge Green Brunch Fest for cuisine from some of the area’s great restaurants including Southwark, Whetstone Tavern, Federal Donuts, Kanella Grill, and more. Stateside Vodka, 13th Street Cocktail Catering and Poundfoot Coffee will provide the brunch bevvies. There’ll even be a “Kids Art Corner” with activities like pumpkin painting and pottery making.

Bainbridge Green Brunch Fest

When:Sunday, October 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where:Bainbridge Green, 3rd to 5th streets
Cost:$25 and up

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Adult Science Fair at PHS Pop Up Garden at UCitySquare

uCity SquarePhoto Courtesy Pennsylvania Horticulture Society

Throw on your lab coat and head to The Adult Science Fair at PHS Pop Up Garden at UCity Square, a one-day juried competition of innovative ideas where 20 carefully selected concepts will be displayed in the form of prototypes, digital representation, art work, posters and more. This year’s theme is “Urban Sustainability,” and the top concept will take home $1,000!

Adult Science Fair at PHS Pop Up Garden at UCitySquare

When:Sunday, October 22, 2-5 p.m.
Where:uCity Square, Filbert Street
Cost:Free

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