25+ Outstanding Things To Do In Philly This Week, October 30-November 5

Halloween fun, the First Person Arts Festival, First Sunday deals, a Philadelphia Eagles home game and more…

It’s late October in Philadelphia, which means that festivals, football, cultural events, art exhibitions and more abound in the city.

There’s still plenty of time to get into the Halloween spirit thanks to Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary, the conclusion of the Halloween Movie Marathon at The Schmidt’s Commons and more spooky fun throughout the region.

Two big annual events return to the city this week. CraftNOW Philadelphia kicks off its five-week celebration of the area’s rich crafting community starting on Wednesday, and the First Person Arts Festival begins its 13-day storytelling event beginning on Sunday.

Performing arts fans have a number of stellar performances to choose from this week, from the UniverSoul Circus and Broadway Philadelphia’s The Phantom of the Opera to works from the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Asian Arts Initiative and more.

And our Philadelphia Eagles look to continue their strong showing this season with a game against the Denver Broncos at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia this Sunday.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philadelphia.

Halloween Events and Festivities in Philadelphia

Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Philadelphia and the surrounding region fully embrace the Halloween season with top-rated haunted houses, spooky ghost tours at historic attractions and frights for the whole family. Find a little scary-good fun for everyone in our complete guide to Halloween in Philadelphia — featuring events ranging from Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary to a lecture on the treatment of military corpses at the Museum of the American Revolution.

Halloween Events and Festivities in Philadelphia

When:Through Tuesday, October 31
Where:Various locations including the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Interior of 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, a nationally renowned fright fest. 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 in PhiladelphiaIn Perpetuity by Duane Linklater at Penn Treaty Park | Photo by Steve Weinik for 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 Penn Treaty Park, 1301 N. Beach Street
Cost:Free

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Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute

Terracotta Warriors at The Franklin InstituePhoto 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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Halloween Movie Marathon at The Schmidt's Commons

Movie Night At Schmidt's CommonsPhoto courtesy The Schmidt's Commons

Bring your own chair for scary movies at The Schmidt's Commons during the spot's Halloween Movie Marathon. Prepare to be startled by Paranormal Activity on October 30, and, of course, to scream for Halloween on Halloween night.

Halloween Movie Marathon at The Schmidt's Commons

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

www.theschmidtscommons.com

Science After Hours at The Franklin Institute

Science After HoursPhoto Courtesy The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute's popular Science After Hours series gets into the spirit on Halloween night with spine-tingling, hair-raising experiments exclusively for the 21-plus set. Come in costume and discover the science behind some of the season's favorite haunts and horrors.

Science After Hours at The Franklin Institute

When:Tuesday, October 31, 7 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$20

www.fi.edu

Monument Lab Live #3: Civic Action and Activism at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

A monument of a refugee child as part of Monument Lab in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Mural Arts Philadelphia

Get activated and inspired at Monument Lab Live #3, celebrating the past, present and future of activism in Philadelphia. The TED-style talks include presentations from artists and activists like filmmaker Bree Newsome, artist Michelle Angela Ortiz, Shira Walinksy and more.

Monument Lab Live #3: Civic Action and Activism at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

When:Wednesday, November 1, 6-8 p.m.
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street
Cost:$5, general admission; free, members

www.muralarts.org

Broadway Philadelphia: The Phantom of the Opera at the Academy of Music

The Phantom Of The OperaPhoto by Matthew Murphy

Broadway heads to Philadelphia with The Phantom of the Opera, set to unfold for nearly two weeks straight. Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical romance brings the fictional drama of unlikely love at the Paris Opéra to the Academy of Music.

Broadway Philadelphia: The Phantom of the Opera at the Academy of Music

When:November 1-12
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

CraftNOW Philadelphia

Artwork from The Center for Art in WoodThe Center for Art in Wood | N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia

The more-than monthlong CraftNOW Philadelphia returns for its third year to showcase the work of the many talented and hardworking craftsman in and around Philadelphia. This year's theme, “Fluid Boundaries,” highlights how contemporary craft practices intersect with other disciplines such as the fine arts and design. Nine signature events will take place over the next five weeks to celebrate the area's rich crafting community.

CraftNOW Philadelphia

When:November 1-December 8
Where:Various locations including the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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UniverSoul Circus

Performers in the UniverSoul CircusPhoto courtesy UniverSoul Circus

One of the most interactive circuses in the world, UniverSoul Circus comes to Fairmount Park for its 21st season here in Philly. Look forward to a diverse selection of circus-oriented acts, such as contortionists from Guinea, acrobats from Ethiopia, a clown trio from Detroit, dancers from the Caribbean and animal acts from Mexico.

UniverSoul Circus

When:November 2-26
Where:52nd Street & Parkside Avenue
Cost:$17 and up

www.universoulcircus.com

Philadelphia Orchestra: Marsalis And The Planets at Verizon Hall

The Philadelphia Orchestra performing at the Kimmel CenterPhoto courtesy the Kimmel Center

Delight your senses with a Violin Concerto in D Major, written by master of New Orleans jazz and classical trumpet Wynton Marsalis and performed by Nicola Benedetti. Afterword, enjoy the otherworldly The Planets featuring an off-stage performance by a women's chorus from the Westminster Symphonic Choir.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Marsalis And The Planets at Verizon Hall

When:November 2-4
Where:Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$37 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

The InLiquid Benefit: Everyone is a Collector

Photo courtesy InLiquid

During this annual multi-day fete, InLiquid showcases an incredible array of works produced by a huge selection of local artists, with the proceeds going back to sustain InLiquid’s ongoing mission to support local visual artists through its online presence and community programming.

The InLiquid Benefit: Everyone is a Collector

When:November 2-5
Where:Crane Arts Icebox Project Space, 1400 N. American Street
Cost:$15-$100

www.inliquid.org

White Nights at Asian Arts Initiative

Blending traditional Chinese puppetry with modern sound and movement, White Nights is the latest production by performing artist-in-residence Hua Hua Zhang. The piece is in collaboration with artists from around the world, incorporating many cross-cultural visual and sound elements.

White Nights at Asian Arts Initiative

When:Friday, November 3, 8-9:30 p.m.
Where:Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street
Cost:$25

www.asianartsinitiative.org

Not Without Our Laughter with the Black Ladies Brunch Collective

African American MuseumPhoto by M. Edlow for African American Museum in Philadelphia

Join the Black Ladies Brunch Collective as they share poetry born of joy, struggle, desire and bourbon from their anthology Not Without Our Laughter. The event also includes a curated open mic, so bring your own work and be heard.

Not Without Our Laughter with the Black Ladies Brunch Collective

When:Friday, November 3, 7 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:$7, advance; $10, at the door

www.aampmuseum.org

First Friday in Philadelphia

Old CityPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

This Friday brings plenty of opportunities to check out art galore – for free. Enjoy First Friday, which fills the streets of Old City and Fishtown with art excursions of every kind.

First Friday in Philadelphia

When:Friday, November 3
Where:Various locations including The Clay Studio, 139 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.oldcitydistrict.org

Raphael Xavier: Point of Interest at Annenberg Center

Raphael XavierPhoto courtesy the Annenberg Center

Drawing inspiration from his background as a photographer and musician, 2016 Guggenheim Fellow Raphael Xavier expands the boundaries of hip-hop and break dancing with Point of Interest, an electric performance incorporating high-physicality dance, a soundscape of beats and spoken word with a touch of humor.

Raphael Xavier: Point of Interest at Annenberg Center

When:November 3-4
Where:Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost:$30

www.annenbergcenter.org

Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival

Back for its second year, the Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival will feature live music and DJs, food trucks and some of the best local and seasonal creatively named craft beers and ciders like Weyerbacher Sexy Mutherpucker and Conshohocken Type A IPA. Also on tap: a kids' “Fun Zone” with inflatable slides, face-painting and more.

Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival

When:Saturday, November 4, noon
Where:Hawthornes, 738 S. 11th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.hawthornecafe.com

LOVE Your Park Fall Service Day

Join one of the largest grassroots volunteer efforts in Philadelphia designed to beautify our city's many wonderful parks! Help plant trees, collect leaves for compost, clean up litter and more during a spirited community event sure to leave you feeling positive about both yourself and our city.

LOVE Your Park Fall Service Day

When:Saturday, November 4
Where:Various locations including Wissahickon Valley Park, Summit Avenue and Old Line Road
Cost:Free

www.loveyourpark.org

Apple Festival at Peddler's Village

Peddler's VillagePhoto by A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia

It's all about the apples at the Peddler's Village Apple Festival. The annual fruit fest honors the seasonal treat with old-fashioned country apple butter, apple cider, apple dumplings, apple fritters, caramel-dipped apples and pie-eating contests. This year's two-day celebration also includes works from over 60 juried artisans.

Apple Festival at Peddler's Village

When:November 4-5
Where:Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
Cost:Pay as you go

www.peddlersvillage.com

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival brings nearly 30 films from a dozen different countries around the world for a two-week festival designed to highlight the diversity and commonality we hold as humans. Screenings will be held at venues citywide and will span a wide range of genres, connected by a thread of Jewish culture, heritage and history.

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

When:November 4-19
Where:Various locations including the Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.pjff.org

First Person Arts Festival

First Person ArtsPhoto by Johanna Austin

Every November, folks from all walks of life come together to share their stories on stage during the First Person Arts Festival. This year, the festival spans 14 days and brings a dozen different storytelling-themed shows to check out. Participants include Margaret Cho, Maria Bamford, Hari Kondabolu and more.

First Person Arts Festival

When:November 5-18
Where:Various locations including The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.firstpersonarts.org

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Denver Broncos at Lincoln Financial Field

The Philadelphia Eagles playing at Lincoln Financial Field in South PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Eagles

Behind the arm of MVP-candidate Carson Wentz and the best defensive line this city has seen since the early '90s, the Eagles are soaring sky-high with the best record in the NFL. This Sunday, the Eagles battle the Denver Broncos at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia. Fly, Eagles, fly!

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Denver Broncos at Lincoln Financial Field

When:Sunday, November 5, 1 p.m.
Where:Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Cost:$69 and up

www.philadelphiaeagles.com

Clover Market Bryn Mawr

Photo by Carrie Lynn Hill Photography for Clover Market

The always-excellent Clover Market returns to Bryn Mawr for a final fall day of shopping. Those looking for one-of-a-kind treasures for their home or for themselves will be delighted to find nearly 100 vendors peddling high-end antiques, crafts, jewelry, art, clothing, soaps and vintage goods.

Clover Market Bryn Mawr

When:Sunday, November 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:7 N. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Cost:Free admission

http://www.theclovermarket.com/

Philadelphia Veterans Parade and Festival

Show your appreciation and honor the bravery and sacrifices of our area veterans at the third annual Philadelphia Veterans Parade. The parade route begins at JFK Boulevard and N. 16th Street and ends at 5th and Market streets, where the Veteran's Festival will take place. The fest will feature live music, a rock-climbing wall, food trucks, a beer garden, fun activities for kiddos like face painting and more.

Philadelphia Veterans Parade and Festival

When:Sunday, November 5, noon-4 p.m.
Where:Parade route begins at 16th Street & JFK Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phillyveteransparade.org

Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

Sign outside the Barnes Foundation in PhiladelphiaPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

At Free First Sunday at the Barnes Founation, cross the line between artist and observer, spectator and participant. The museum offers a wide range of presentations and performances that encourage and foster audience participation, including drawing a still life, learning a new dance, bringing your own instrument and joining a community jam session and others.

Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

When:Sunday, November 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.barnesfoundation.org

Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

People outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art in PhiladelphiaPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Take advantage of the affordable Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday option at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Bring the family and fall in love with impressionists, meditate in a Japanese garden, imagine yourself a knight in the hall of armor and much more.

Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Sunday, November 5, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.philamuseum.org

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