25 Awesome Things To Do In Philly This Week, October 23-29

Philly Free Streets, the Philadelphia Film Festival, Halloween events and festivities, Head of the Schuylkill Regatta and more…

Are you ready for another gorgeous and action-packed fall week in Philadelphia?

Philly Free Streets returns this Saturday, offering three-and-a-half miles of car-free, free-activity-filled roads for pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists to explore from Philadelphia’s Historic District all the way to the El Centro de Oro neighborhood in North Philly.

The Philadelphia Film Festival continues this week, offering more than 100 film screenings at three venues in Center City

Halloween may not be until next week, but spooky (and not-so-spooky) events and festivities go down this week and weekend, from jack-o’-lantern displays to outdoor movie marathons to bar crawls and more.

Also on tap this weekend: the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, Powerhouse 2017 at the Wells Fargo Center, a one-night-only installation by Klip Collective x Monument Lab at Marconi Plaza and more.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philadelphia.

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

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

Philadelphia Film Festival

Join 25,000 film lovers 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, enjoy screenings, parties, panel discussions with directors, actors and other industry professionals and more.

Philadelphia Film Festival

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

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Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Photo 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 Lab installation at the parkway Central Library in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Mural Arts Philadelphia

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 Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
Cost:Free

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Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute

Terracotta Warriors at The Franklin InstitutePhoto 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 Sunday, 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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Beauty Blitz at The Market and Shops at Comcast Center

Get primped up for the Beauty Blitz at the Market and Shops at Comcast Center: beauty demos, manicures and more. Plus, taste local wines while you're at it. Treat yourself!

Beauty Blitz at The Market and Shops at Comcast Center

When:Tuesday, October 24, 5-7 p.m.
Where:The Market and Shops at Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Boulevard
Cost:$5

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Halloween Movie Marathon at The Schmidt's Commons

The Schmidt's CommonsPhoto Courtesy The Schmidt's Commons

Through Halloween night, The Schmidt's Commons hosts a Halloween movie series that includes free screenings of Halloweentown, Insidious, Dracula, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and more. Bring a blanket or chair and get ready to settle into nights of spooky film fun!

Halloween Movie Marathon at The Schmidt's Commons

When:Through Tuesday, October 31 (select dates)
Where:The Schmidt's Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free

www.theschmidtscommons.com

Apoyo Para La Gente (Support for the People) at World Cafe Live

Head to World Café Live on Wednesday and get your dance on to music by DJ Dame Luz, Daniel De Jesus, Los Bomberos De La Calle, Julia Lopez and more. Help to support those affected by Hurricane Maria and the earthquake in Mexico as 100 percent of all proceeds will be donated to relief funds that serve Mexico, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

Apoyo Para La Gente (Support for the People) at World Cafe Live

When:Wednesday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.
Where:World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost:$20

www.worldcafelive.com

Witch Craft Beer Crawl

East Passyunk Witch Craft Beer CrawlPhoto courtesy East Passyunk Avenue

Hop on your broomstick and fly down to South Philly for the Witch Craft Beer Crawl. More than 17 bars and restaurants will be serving up craft beers and delicious food specials from their cauldrons as you cackle your way down the avenue. Ticket includes a witch hat, specials on beers Victory Brewing Company and Troegs Brewing Company and a Witch Craft stamp card that could earn you a chance to win a $325 gift certificate prize package. Fly, my pretties, fly!

Witch Craft Beer Crawl

When:Wednesday, October 25, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Adobe Cafe, 1919 East Passyunk Avenue
Cost:$6.66

www.visiteastpassyunk.com

Philadelphia Magazine's Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival

Attendees can taste from a selection of more than 200 premium distilled spirits — including whiskey, vodka, gin, rum, tequila and cordials — during Philadelphia Magazine's Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival at Lincoln Financial Field. Guests can also enjoy interactive lounges, an on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store, food samplings from local restaurants like The Twisted Tail and Village Whiskey and more.

Philadelphia Magazine's Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival

When:Thursday, October 26, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where:Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Cost:$165, VIP; $110, general admission; $30, designated driver

www.phillymag.com

Powerhouse at the Wells Fargo Center

Turn up your weekend at Powerhouse 2017 at the Wells Fargo Center as R&B and hip-hop superstars Rick Ross, Migos, French Montana, Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert, Philly's own Meek Mill and more take over the stage. Note: Tickets are now sold out to this event.

Powerhouse at the Wells Fargo Center

When:Friday, October 27, 6 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$69.99 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Pachanga de Los Muertos & Día de los Muertos at Fleisher Art Memorial

Dia de lost MuertosPhoto courtesy Fleisher Art Memorial

On Friday, Day of the Dead celebrations at Fleisher begin with a preview party to learn more about the culture and traditions of Mexico, meet artists Ana Palma and César Viveros and savor cuisine and cocktails from Juan Carlos Romero of PhillyTacos. All proceeds from this event support Fleisher’s art education programs. On Sunday, a free Día de los Muertos procession and celebration includes altar celebrations, performances, a vigil and a procession through South Philly. BYO costumes and makeup!

Pachanga de Los Muertos & Día de los Muertos at Fleisher Art Memorial

When:Pachanga, Friday, October 27, 6-9 p.m.; Procession, Sunday, October 29, 4-9:30 p.m.
Where:Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
Cost:Pachanga, $100, general public; $90, members; Procession, free

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MISCHIEF at the Mütter at Mütter Museum

Mütter MuseumPhoto courtesy the Mütter Museum

Come out for the Mütter Museum's third annual MISCHIEF party, where costumed guests are invited to enjoy drinks from an open bar and view the museum's scientifically creepy collections. Upgrade to the VIP experience for a night that includes a sampling of 13 tasty courses of food.

MISCHIEF at the Mütter at Mütter Museum

When:Friday, October 27, 6:30 p.m.
Where:Mütter Museum, 19 S. 22nd Street
Cost:$50 and up

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Philly Free Streets

Photo by Darren Burton

Get excited, Philadelphia: The second-ever Philly Free Streets hits the city this weekend. During the half-day event, major thoroughfares throughout the city completely close to vehicular traffic and open up to pedestrians, runners and cyclists. This year, Philly Free Streets covers three-and-a-half miles of the city's roads — a seven-mile roundtrip excursion — from parts of Philadelphia's Historic District up into El Centro de Oro (The Golden Block) in North Philadelphia. Note that there's no formal starting or stopping place, so participants can join anywhere along the Philly Free Streets route. Pull out those sneakers and get ready to explore the city's streets — traffic-free!

Philly Free Streets

When:Saturday, October 28, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where:3rd and Chestnut streets to 5th Street and Indiana Avenue
Cost:Free

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Rittenhouse Row Annual Halloween Celebration

From Parc to El Rey to the The Bellevue to TD Bank to Sweat Fitness, businesses and restaurants all throughout the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood welcome costumed trick-or-treaters to come inside for treats. The Rittenhouse Row Annual Halloween Celebration takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free for costumed revelers of all ages.

Rittenhouse Row Annual Halloween Celebration

When:Saturday, October 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:Rittenhouse Row
Cost:Free

www.rittenhouserow.org

East Passyunk Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday

East Passyunk Singing FountainPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Kids, adults and even Fido can enjoy Fall Festival and Spooky Saturday in East Passyunk. While youngsters are painting pumpkins, trick-or-treating at local shops and showing off during a kids' (and dogs') costume contest, the adults can visit neighborhood food vendors and local restaurants for tasty bites and seasonal beverages, rock out to live bands and shop for crafts.

East Passyunk Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday

When:Saturday, October 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:East Passyunk Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.visiteastpassyunk.com

Klip Collective x Monument Lab at Marconi Plaza

Klip Collective at Marconi PlazaImage courtesy Mural Arts

Take a walk through an “immersive installation passage” as Philadelphia-based experiential art group Klip Collective projects a one-night-only monument in Marconi Plaza dedicated to immigrant families of South Philadelphia, past and present. Food trucks (Say Cheese, Chewys, Curbside Creamery) will be onsite, too, to supply onlookers with pay-as-you-go snacks.

Klip Collective x Monument Lab at Marconi Plaza

When:Saturday, October 28, 7-10 p.m.
Where:Marconi Plaza, 1402 W. Oregon Avenue
Cost:Free

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South Street Pumpkinfest

Photo courtesy South Street Headhouse District

South Street's Pumpkinfest takes over Headhouse Plaza this Saturday for an afternoon of music, shopping and plenty of other entertainment and hands-on activities for the whole family. Scary movies will also be screened during the five-hour event, set from noon to 5 p.m.

South Street Pumpkinfest

When:Saturday, October 28, noon-5 p.m.
Where:Head House Square, 2nd and Lombard streets
Cost:Free

www.southstreet.com

Halloween at Franklin Square

Franklin Square FallImage courtesy Franklin Square

Franklin Square welcomes October with some special Halloween happenings. This Saturday, the public square hosts a Halloween treat-filled scavenger hunt throughout the park for kids 10 and under as well as rides on the Lightning Bolt Express Train. And Spooky Mini Golf, featuring Halloween-inspired music, lights and more, continues through October 30.

Halloween at Franklin Square

When:Trick-or-Treat Trail: Saturday, October 28, noon-3 p.m.; Spooky Mini Golf: through Monday, October 30, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost:Trick-or-Treat Trail: Free; Spooky Mini Golf: $9, adults; $7, children

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

Head of the Schuylkill RegattaPhoto Courtesy Head of Schuylkill Regatta

Started in 1971, the annual two-day Head of the Schuylkill Regatta takes place on a two-and-a-half mile scenic shimmering stretch of the Schuylkill River. The races feature powerhouse crew teams, as well as some that are newer to the sport. Nearly 10,000 scullers rowed across the finish line in 2016.

Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

When:October 28-29
Where:Near the Playing Angels statues, Kelly Drive
Cost:Free

www.hosr.org

Yokai Family Weekend at Shofuso Japanese House And Garden

Shofuso Japanese House & GardenPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Put on your costume and discover the spooky world of Yokai as Japanese ghosts, monsters and mythical creatures take over the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden for a weekend of fall family fun. Enjoy activities like storytelling, a scavenger hunt, games, crafts and more.

Yokai Family Weekend at Shofuso Japanese House And Garden

When:October 28-29
Where:Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne Drive & Horticultural Drive
Cost:$10, adults; $5, senior citizens, children (3-17) and students with ID; $2 ACCESS cardholders with valid ID; free, members, active military ID holder and children under 3

www.japanesehouse.org

Boo at the Zoo at the Philadelphia Zoo

The Philadelphia ZooPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Kids get to trick or treat with lions and tigers and bears during Boo at the Zoo at the Philadelphia Zoo. Beyond scoring candy, little ones can also look forward to a haybale maze, the Extinction Graveyard detailing extinction around the world, pictures in front of a giant pumpkin wall and more.

Boo at the Zoo at the Philadelphia Zoo

When:October 28-29
Where:Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue
Cost:Included with zoo admission: $23, adults; $19, children

www.philadelphiazoo.org

Diwali: Festival of Lights Celebration at Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal MarketPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

At Diwali: Festival of Lights Celebration at the amazing Reading Terminal Market, attendees can enjoy authentic Indian cuisine, a free cooking demonstration, cultural performances, art exhibits, traditional mendi hand painting and more.

Diwali: Festival of Lights Celebration at Reading Terminal Market

When:Sunday, October 29, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where:Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drinks

www.globalphiladelphia.org

Remembering Gwendolyn Brooks at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

Photo by M. Edlow for AAMP

Celebrate poet, educator and social activist Gwendolyn Brooks at the African American Museum in Philadelphia during an afternoon of special programming, which includes a discussion featuring four speakers as well as local poets sharing their own works.

Remembering Gwendolyn Brooks at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

When:Sunday, October 29, 2 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:$5 reduced museum admission

www.aampmuseum.org

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