25+ Phenomenal Things To Do In Philly This Week, October 2-8

Midtown Village Fall Festival, Old City Fest, Outfest, Night Market, last chance for Fireflies and more...

The fall festival season in Philadelphia doesn’t show any sign of slowing down this week with arts festivals, food festivals and neighborhood celebrations galore.

Some of the biggest annual fests of the year return to the city this weekend. Enjoy delicious eats and live entertainment at the blockbuster Midtown Village Fall Festival, celebrate the delightful shops and eateries of the Historic District at Old City Fest, stroll the Italian Market during the last Night Market Philadelphia of the season and mark the world’s largest Coming Out Day festivities (!) during Outfest.

It’s also the last week for the much-buzzed-about Fireflies interactive installation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Take a ride on a fancifully lit pedicab before the installation wraps up on Sunday, and remember that walk-ups are welcome!

Elsewhere, there are massive Oktoberfests (23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest), enormous art-centric events (Monument Lab, DesignPhiladelphia), new exhibitions (Chuck Close Photographs, Gardens of the Mind), a reenactment of a key Revolutionary War battle (Revolutionary Germantown Festival) and 5,000 illuminated pumpkins in West Fairmount Park (The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience).

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

Last Chance: Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cai Guo Qiang FirefliesPhoto by Jeff Fusco courtesy Association for Public Art

It's the last week for the Association for Public Art's installation Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, which has temporarily altered the way Philadelphians and visitors see the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at night. The art is interactive: Participants can hop onboard one of 27 free lit pedicabs to ride on a special route along the Parkway. Rides are available via walk-up or by reserving tickets online. And look for the Parks on Tap Jr. pop-up beer garden at Shakespeare Park in front of the Parkway Central Library during the installation.

Last Chance: Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

When:Through October 8, Thursdays-Sundays, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

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

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Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Exterior of Eastern State PenitentiaryPhoto courtesy Eastern State Penitentiary

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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Last Chance: Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders at the Barnes Foundation

Urban RidersPhoto courtesy ADAGP Mohamed Bourouissa. Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris/London

Monday marks the last day of Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders, which made its U.S. premiere at the Barnes Foundation this summer and fall. The exhibit features work inspired by artist Bourouissa's collaboration with a community of North Philadelphia horsemen.

Last Chance: Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders at the Barnes Foundation

When:Through October 2
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$25, adults; $23, seniors; $10, student and youth; Free, members

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Kinky Boots at the Academy of Music

The interior of the Academy of Music in PhiladelphiaPhoto by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Winner of six Tony Awards, Broadway's Kinky Boots begins a six-day run this week at the Academy of Music. Live performances full of high-heeled song and dance will unfold featuring songs by Grammy Award- and Tony Award-winning icon Cyndi Lauper.

Kinky Boots at the Academy of Music

When:October 3-8
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$25 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

DesignPhiladelphia

People at a DeisgnPhiladelphia event in PhillyPhoto 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 will host exhibits, lectures, workshops and demonstrations to highlight architecture, fashion, furniture, multimedia and urban planning.

DesignPhiladelphia

When:October 4-14
Where:Various locations including Dorrance H. Hamilton Building, 1001 Locust Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.designphiladelphia.org

Night Market Philadelphia: Italian Market

Crowds at the Italian Market in PhiladelphiaPhoto by L. Bercky for Visit Philadelphia

This Thursday night, Night Market Philadelphia concludes its seventh year as one of the best celebrations of street food and city neighborhoods in Philly. The food truck frenzy heads to the Italian Market, a South Philly area already known as one of the best places to score delicious eats. Adding to the area's existing taco spots, Italian family-owned restaurants and pasta shops and other food boutiques, the Night Market will bring a wealth of food trucks, vendors and live entertainment for the perfect foodie fall night.

Night Market Philadelphia: Italian Market

When:Thursday, October 5, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Italian Market, Washington Avenue & S. 9th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Philadelphia Orchestra Opening Night Concert at the Kimmel Center

Philadelphia Orchestra Opening NightPhoto By J. Griffin For Visit Philadelphia

See and hear world-renowned musicians perform works by Bernstein and Beethoven in the acoustic heaven that is Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts as the Philadelphia Orchestra opens its season this Thursday night.

Philadelphia Orchestra Opening Night Concert at the Kimmel Center

When:Thursday, October 5, 7 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20 and up

www.philorch.org

October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music at FringeArts

FringeArtsPhoto by J. Lawrence for Visit Philadelphia

The October Revolution — which traces its roots back to 1964 in New York City — brings modern-day jazz and contemporary musicians who are “pushing boundaries and opening borders” to the stage, including Anthony Braxton, Sun Ra Orchestra, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, and many others. Hear them at FringeArts near the Delaware River waterfront this week and weekend.

October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music at FringeArts

When:October 5-8
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$45 and up

www.fringearts.com

Gardens of the Mind Opening at the African American Museum

AAMPPhoto by M. Edlow for the African American Museum in Philadelphia

The African American Museum in Philadelphia hosts this engaging new exhibition, Gardens of the Mind: Echoes of the Feminine View, that features five women artists exploring the connection of spirituality as it relates to our memory. Opening reception festivities take place Thursday, October 5, 6-8 p.m.

Gardens of the Mind Opening at the African American Museum

When:October 5-January 16, 2018
Where:The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:$14, adults; $10, senior citizens, youth (4-12) and students with ID; $2, ACCESS / EBT cardholders; free, members

www.aampmuseum.org

King of Prussia Beerfest Royale

The parking lot at the King of Prussia Mall transforms into a German beer oasis at the annual Beerfest Royale, a two-day event (Thursday and Saturday) consisting of more than 100 types of beer from 50-plus national and international brewers, food from area restaurants, live music and a cigar lounge.

King of Prussia Beerfest Royale

When:October 5 & 7
Where:160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia
Cost:$40 and up

www.kopbeerfest.com

23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest at 23rd Street ArmoryPhoto courtesy 23rd Street Armory

The castle-esque 23rd Street Armory gets a makeover when it transforms into a legit tented Munich-style festival for one serious (and fun) Oktoberfest celebration this weekend. Bavarian blues and whites will paint the ceilings, while authentic festival tables and benches imported from Germany will furnish the floor along with a lofted stage area for live bands to play.

23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest

When:October 6-8
Where:23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd Street
Cost:$35 and up

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

Jack-o'-lanterns at The Glow PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy The Glow Philadelphia

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:October 6-29
Where:West Fairmount Park, 4160 Horticultural Drive
Cost:$16, adults; $10, kids

www.theglowjackolantern.com

Havana Nights: A Celebration Of Cuban Music & Food with Conjunto Philadelphia at World Cafe Live

Lace up your shoes, stretch out those hips and hit up this monthly celebration of all things Cuban at World Cafe Live in University City. With music by Philly's own Conjunto, authentic Cuban cuisine and cocktails and dancing, you may just think you're in Havana.

Havana Nights: A Celebration Of Cuban Music & Food with Conjunto Philadelphia at World Cafe Live

When:Friday, October 6, 7 p.m.
Where:World Cafe Live , 3025 Walnut Street
Cost:Free

www.worldcafelive.com

Monument Lab Presents Promument at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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

Celebrate Mural Arts and Monument Lab with a night of conversation, DJs, dancing, food, cocktails and live art in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts' beautiful Rotunda and exhibition spaces. Note the dope DJ lineup, too, featuring masters Steve Ferrell, Spank Rock, DJ Touchtone, Gun$ Garcia and none other than The Roots' Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson.

Monument Lab Presents Promument at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

When:Friday, October 6, 7-11 p.m.
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street
Cost:$25, general admission; $15, members

www.muralarts.org

BalletX at the Annenberg Center

BalletXPhoto by B. Hebert for BalletX

Prepare to be enthralled by one of Philadelphia's premier contemporary ballet companies as dancers challenge the boundaries of classical ballet with original choreography and experimental movement, redefining the vocabulary of classical dance for all audiences.

BalletX at the Annenberg Center

When:October 6-7
Where:Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost:$30 and up

www.balletx.org

Chuck Close Photographs at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

A photograph from the Chuck Close Photographs exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in PhiladelphiaChuck Close's Kara Walker, 2008. Image courtesy of PAFA

Opening on Friday, Chuck Close Photographs at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts features 90 images from this eminent American artist’s career, the first-such comprehensive survey of Close's barrier-breaking photography. The exhibition spans from 1964 through today and includes the artist’s iconic black-and-white maquettes, massive composite Polaroids, small daguerreotypes and recent nudes.

Chuck Close Photographs at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

When:October 6-April 8, 2018
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street
Cost:$15, adults, $12, seniors, $12, youth 13-18; free, kids 12 and under, military personnel and PAFA members

www.pafa.org

Midtown Village Fall Festival

Midtown Village Fall FestivalPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

With music, food, sidewalk sales and other festivities, the Midtown Village Fall Festival takes the concept of block party to an ultra-fun level. Spend the afternoon strolling through the neighborhood while enjoying eats from the many surrounding restaurants, shopping from the numerous boutiques that line 13th Street and browsing the festival vendors set up on the street.

Midtown Village Fall Festival

When:Saturday, October 7, noon-8 p.m.
Where:Broad to 11th Street and Market to Spruce streets
Cost:Pay as you go

www.visitphilly.com

Pearl Street Potluck

This Saturday, the annual Pearl Street Block Party transforms into one big community potluck. The Asian Arts Initiative, the host of the food gathering, will present the projected plan for People: Power: Place, a project that centers on how arts and culture will shape the future of Philly’s Callowhill neighborhood. Afterward, enjoy a potluck and BBQ as well as interactive artwork.

Pearl Street Potluck

When:Saturday, October 7, noon-2 p.m.
Where:Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street
Cost:Free

www.asianartsinitiative.org

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

Photo 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. Kicking off this weekend, artists in South Philadelphia (Saturday, October 7) and Northeast Philly (Sunday, October 8) open their studios, inviting curious visitors inside to chat, check out how they work and purchase artwork.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

When:October 7, 8, 14 & 15
Where:Various locations including Reed Street Pottery, 701 Reed Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.philaopenstudios.org

Indigenous Peoples Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution

MoARPhoto by J. Fusco for the Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution explores the history of indigenous people and other cultural legacies over Columbus Day weekend. From Saturday to Monday, the museum will host special programming ranging from film screenings to dance performances by the Oneida Indian Nation to colorful presentations on Native American history.

Indigenous Peoples Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution

When:October 7-9
Where:Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:$19, adults; $17, students, active or retired military and AAA and AARP members; $12, children over 6; free, children 5 and under

www.amrevmuseum.org

Roxtoberfest

RoxtoberfestPhoto courtesy the Roxborough Development Corporation

The town of Roxborough celebrates fall during Roxtoberfest, unfolding along Ridge Avenue between Lyceum and Leverington avenues. In addition to plenty of food and drink options, the fest brings live music from six groups (including Ben Arnold & Band), life-sized board games, an array of children's activities and more.

Roxtoberfest

When:Saturday, October 7, noon-6 p.m.
Where:Ridge Avenue between Lyceum Avenue and Leverington Avenue in Roxborough
Cost:Pay as you go

www.roxboroughpa.com

Morris Arboretum's Annual Fall Festival

There are few better places to celebrate fall than in the beautiful, red- and orange-hued groves of the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill. Now in its 18th year, the attraction's Fall Festival on October 7 and 8 welcomes families to the gorgeous grounds to create a scarecrow, paint a pumpkin and enjoy samples of different apples.

Morris Arboretum's Annual Fall Festival

When:October 7-8
Where:Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Cost:$17, adults; $15, seniors; $9, youth and students; free, children under 3

www.morrisarboretum.org

Subaru Fall Festival at Greensgrow Farms

This Saturday, Greensgrow Farms will host a fall festival full of local food, music and crafts. Festival-goers will sample harvest dishes, learn about the Kensington-area urban farm and be invited to partake in an array of activities fit for the whole family.

Subaru Fall Festival at Greensgrow Farms

When:Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland Street
Cost:Free

www.greensgrow.org

Revolutionary Germantown Festival & Battle Bash at Grumblethorpe

Reeanctors at the Revolutionary Germantown Festival in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Revolutionary Germantown Festival

History goes on full display during the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, a day-long festival featuring costumed characters, live music, food and drink, culminating in a reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia. Head down Germantown Avenue after the "battle" for Battle Bash, the official after-party at the historic Grumblethorpe house featuring reeanctors from the battle, food, beer from Evil Genius Brewing Company, live music and more.

Revolutionary Germantown Festival & Battle Bash at Grumblethorpe

When:October 7; Revolutionary Germantown Festival: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Battle Bash at Grumblethorpe: 4-8 p.m.
Where:Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.freedomsbackyard.com

Family Movie Night: The Addams Family at The Schmidt's Commons

The Schmidt's CommonsPhoto Courtesy The Schmidt's Commons

Head out to The Schmidt's Commons on Saturday night to catch a Halloween classic with the whole family. The open-air space will screen The Addams Family on its 400-square-foot LED screen.

Family Movie Night: The Addams Family at The Schmidt's Commons

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

www.theschmidtscommons.com

Old City Fest

People at Old City Fest in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Old City District

Old City transforms from quiet cobblestone thoroughfares into a hot spot for entertainment and alfresco eating during Old City Fest this Sunday. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., several blocks along North 3rd Street and Arch Street will be closed down to traffic to showcase local designers, creative firms, restaurants, retailers, galleries and theaters as well as the neighborhood's culture, history and architecture.

Old City Fest

When:Sunday, October 8, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where:3rd and Arch streets
Cost:Free

www.oldcitydistrict.org

Outfest

A performer at Outfest in PhiladelphiaPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The largest National Coming Out Day event takes place right here in Philadelphia. Taking over the Gayborhood in Midtown Village, Outfest celebrates Philadelphia's LGBT history and LGBT community. Now in its 27th year, the block party — spanning a dozen full blocks — consists of drag shows, games, bar crawls, music and shopping.

Outfest

When:Sunday, October 8, noon-6 p.m.
Where:13th and Locust streets
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phillygaypride.org

African Food Festival Meets Ankara Bazaar at Belmont Mansion

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon with family than to enjoy African food, cultural and musical performances of drumming and dance, art, retail shopping from local small business owners and a fashion show? Do all that and more in Fairmount Park as the African Food Festival Meets Ankara Bazaar heads to Belmont Mansion on Sunday.

African Food Festival Meets Ankara Bazaar at Belmont Mansion

When:Sunday, October 8, 1-7 p.m.
Where:Belmont Mansion, 2000 Belmont Mansion Drive
Cost:$11 and up

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