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October 21, 2014

Supper Introduces Monthly Happy Hour Happynings, Starting This Wednesday, October 22, 5:30-7:30 P.M.


Cheers to a brand-new happy hour offering at South Street’s Supper restaurant. (Photo by D. Sutton for Visit Philadelphia)

Why does Philadelphia have so many amazing restaurants, purveyors and markets? Because our chefs are passionate. And in the spirit of foodie fervor, South Street restaurant Supper launches a new monthly series, Happy Hour Happynings, this Wednesday, October 22.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, chef/owner Mitch Prensky will co-host food-inspired events with some of his fellow Philly culinary masters.

Just like Supper’s classic-yet-elevated menu, Happy Hour Happynings will showcase delicious ingredients in accessible and unexpected ways.

Up first: Cheese 101. Prensky will team up with Whole Foods Market’s cheese guru Mike Coffey for a discussion that debunks cheese myths and reveals the secret to creating the perfect cheese board.

A spot at this dairy-licious event costs $15 per person, which includes the evening’s featured cheese board as well as happy hour drink specials.

Check online for the upcoming Happynings schedule.

Rumor has it that bacon is on the docket for November.

Supper and Friends Happy Hour Happynings
When: Every fourth Wednesday of the month, starting on October 22
Where: Supper, 926 South Street
Cost: $15 per person
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October 21, 2014

Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind The Walls Named The Scariest Place In America; Get $3 Off Tickets With Code VISITPHILLY31

Terror Behind the Walls

Halloween season is in full swing, so be sure to head out for scares at Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Fancy a good fright this Halloween season?

Eastern State Penitentiary’s truly terrifying Terror Behind The Walls turns the fright factor way up on fall fun with its hair-raising theatrical production.

One of the nation’s best-attended and top-rated haunted attractions, Terror Behind the Walls features Hollywood-quality sets, custom-designed props, realistic animatronics, digital sound effects and more than 200 costumed actors — all installed within the walls of an already-eerie crumbling historic prison that has been rumored to be actually haunted since the 1940s.

This year, Terror Behind the Walls intimidates more than ever before thanks to the return of an interactive option — where visitors can opt to be grabbed, held back, removed from a group or even incorporated into the show — and the addition of Machine Shop, a new haunted adventure to a space within the prison that has never been open to the public before.

The viewing experience is seriously scary (no, really), so be prepared for true terror.

In fact, Terror Behind the Walls was recently named the scariest place in all of America by People magazine.

We totally agree, and so do the thousands who visit to the site annually.

Due to the popularity, tickets sell quickly, especially on weekends with Saturday nights often selling out.

Looking to visit Terror Behind the Walls for Halloween? We highly recommend purchasing tickets early to ensure screams of terror — and we’ve got a scary good deal.

Use ticket code VISITPHILLY31 when purchasing tickets online for $3 off tickets to Terror Behind the Walls. The special discount code will be available through November 7 and is not applicable to Saturday night tickets.

Check right here for the complete schedule and to purchase tickets.

See you in the cellblocks.

Terror Behind the Walls
When: Select nights through November 8
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue
Cost: Ticket prices vary; Receive $3 off with code VISITPHILLY31
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October 21, 2014

The Headhouse Shambles Hosts A Pumpkin Fall Fest Complete With Shopping From PHAIR, Pumpkin Painting, Music And More, October 25

Pumpkin Fall Fest

Fall arrives in the South Street Headhouse District at its annual Pumpkin Fall Fest, this Saturday, October 25.
(Photo courtesy South Street Headhouse District)

Celebrate all things fall at the annual South Street Headhouse District Pumpkin Fall Fest, returning this Saturday, October 25.

From noon to 5 p.m., fall-centric activities for children and adults alike will fill the historic Headhouse Shambles.

Enjoy hay rides, pumpkin painting, crafts from Fleisher Art Memorial’s ColorWheels mobile art studio, storytelling, circus aerial performances, street performances, a magic show, live music and more.

Pair your autumnal celebrations with food and drinks from Cavanaugh’s Headhouse, Pbon’s Fresh Phood and Chewy’s food truck.

Shopping from PHAIR, a weekly open-air market at the Shambles, will round out the fun.

Beyond the festivities at the shambles, a number of area restaurants will be dishing out special deals, too. Visit Tattooed Mom for a special pumpkin cocktail, complimentary wine with entree orders at Spitalieri’s and more.

South Street Headhouse District Pumpkin Fall Fest
When: Saturday, October 25, noon-5 p.m.
Where: Headhouse Square Shambles, 200 Pine Street
Cost: Free
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October 21, 2014

Halloween Happenings In Philadelphia: Trick-Or-Treating Parties In Neighborhoods, Retail Districts And At Attractions In The City And Beyond

Philadelphia is an excellent city for trick-or-treating, and is chock-full of festive events for candy collecting and outdoor strolling this Halloween season. Get those treat bags, costumes and walking shoes ready! (Photo by Erin O'Neil for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.)

Sure, ghoulish entertainment may be the hallmark of Halloween, but goodie bags, cheerful costumes and neighborhood roving epitomize All Hallows Eve nearly as clearly as ghosts, goblins and witches.

Leave the tricks to the spirits of Philadelphia’s numerous haunted houses and eerie events.

For those seeking to satisfy a sweet tooth, we have a roundup of neighborhood festivals, retail districts and special events providing adults and children alike with trick-or-treating outings and celebratory strolls this Halloween season.

Read on for our top picks for candy-gathering Halloween spots and downtown strolls in neighborhoods and retail districts across the Philadelphia region.

East Passyunk Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday

Saturday, October 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Take a stroll down East Passyunk Avenue this Saturday, October 25 and score more than just sweets from area businesses as part of the neighborhood’s Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday Halloween celebration. The fall festivities run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. all around the neighborhood, and include more than 40 local artists and crafters, live music, mobile food vendors, a costume contest for kids — and for dogs! — and more. MORE INFO

Rittenhouse Row Halloween Celebration

Saturday, October 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Children dressed in their Halloween best will fill the Rittenhouse neighborhood during its annual trick-or-treating bash. On Saturday, October 25, the Rittenhouse Row neighborhood invites costumed guests out for a day of free trick-or-treating throughout the area. Participating Rittenhouse Row member businesses will hand out free Halloween candy to all participating costumed trick-or-treaters, with no registration or fee required. MORE INFO

This Halloween, children and adults are invited out for trick-or-treating events and shopping affairs in numerous neighborhoods across Philadelphia, including in Mt. Airy. (Photo by Matt Tighe Howey for Go Mt. Airy)

More picks for neighborhood Halloween events, below. (more…)

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October 20, 2014

Now Open: Vedge Chefs Rich Landau And Kate Jacoby Debut V Street, A Casual Street Food-Inspired Bar In Rittenhouse


Chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, shown here at Vedge, have now opened their latest concept, V Street, a casual vegan bar in the Rittenhouse neighborhood. (Photo by Neal Santos for Visit Philadelphia)

Chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, a dynamic husband-and-wife team, first shook up Philadelphia’s meatless-eating scene with their restaurant Horizons, and it earned them a fervent following.

In recent years, the duo’s lovely fine dining, plant-focused Vedge restaurant has developed a much wider fan base here in Philadelphia and beyond, with a bumper crop of accolades from the likes of Food & Wine and GQ magazines.

Now, Philly’s famed vegan restaurant has a laid-back sister in V Street, a casual bar and street-food concept from Landau and Jacoby, now open on 19th Street in Rittenhouse Square.

Roughly 1,000 square feet, the newly renovated V Street space leads with a sleek eight-seat concrete bar, and continues with a minimally adorned dining room and a rear space devoted to an open kitchen and chef’s counter seating. Overall, the bar exudes a cool and contemporary vibe, distinguishing V Street from the warm and sophisticated aesthetic at Vedge.

Like its big sister, though, V Street serves finely tuned plant-based small plates. But, whereas booking ahead is a must at elegant Vedge, V Street opts for an easygoing no-reservation policy — it’s a bar, after all — and a highly grazable menu of dishes that suggest sociable snacking is encouraged.

The curated menu of all-vegan takes on global street-food dishes begs to be paired with the inventive cocktails and interesting wines and beers.

Of the 16-item food lineup, start with such snacks as spicy Indian papadum chips with whipped dal before moving on to Peruvian fries, Korean-fried tempeh or South American-inspired carrot choripán. And don’t skip dessert — especially the ever-changing vegan soft serve.

To drink, the bar pours six super-creative cocktails (go for the mustard-spiked Colonel Mustard in the Library with a Dagger), 10 craft beers on draft and in the bottle/can, as well as 10 wines which are all available by the glass or by the bottle.

For the complete menu, check right here.

Remember, the informal eatery doesn’t take reservations, but is open nightly at 5 p.m. for bar and table service.

We recommend queuing up soon for a taste from this new kid on the block.

Now Open: V Street
When: Open daily, Sunday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Where: 126 S. 19th Street
Cost: Pay as you go
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October 20, 2014

The Rittenhouse Neighborhood Celebrates Halloween With A Free Trick-Or-Treating Celebration On Saturday, October 25


Make your way to Rittenhouse Row for free trick-or-treating for all costumed guests, this Saturday, October 25.
(Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Children dressed in their Halloween best will fill the Rittenhouse neighborhood this weekend for an annual trick-or-treating extravaganza.

This Saturday, October 25, the Rittenhouse Row neighborhood invites costumed guests out for a day of free trick-or-treating throughout the area.

Participating Rittenhouse Row member businesses will hand out free Halloween candy to all participating costumed trick-or-treaters, with no registration or fee required.

Yup, the candy crawl is free and open to the public!

Stops include Knit Wit, Duke & Winston, Calypso St. Barth, Boyds, Devon Seafood Grill, Beans Beauty, Joan Shepp, Mettlers American Mercantile, Metropolitan Bakery and Susquehanna Bank.

On October 22, the official trick-or-treat map will be posted right here, so be sure to check back.

Rittenhouse Row Halloween Celebration
When: Saturday, October 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Participating Businesses
Cost: Free
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October 20, 2014

N3RD Street Farmers Market Hosts A Special Pop-Up Market Featuring One-Time-Only Federal Donuts Flavors, This Tuesday, October 21

N3RD Street Farmers Market

On Tuesday, October 21, Federal Donuts unveils fresh donut flavors at a pop up at the N3RD Street Farmers’ Market.
(Photo by Matt Gari courtesy N3RD Street Farmers Market)

Comforting fall flavors come together at special edition of the weekly N3RD St. Farmers’ Market in Old City.

Tomorrow, October 21, N3RD St. Farmers’ Market and Federal Donuts will team up to reveal exclusive one-time-only donut flavors inspired by the fresh goods at the N3RD St. Farmers Market.

Fill up on flavors including plum butter pecan, smoked paprika bacon, salted chocolate tahini, cashew nut butter and Indian cinnamon topped with a scoop of Weckerly’s pumpkin butter bourbon ice cream.

In addition to donuts, Tradestone Confections, a local chocolatier, will debut its hot chocolate at the farmers’ market.

Tomorrow’s farmers’ market will run from 2 to 7 p.m. and is located directly in front of Christ Church on Church Street between 2nd Street and American streets.

N3RD St Farmers’ Market, a weekly market that celebrates local food and local makers, will continue through Tuesday, November 25, but once Daylight Savings Time hits, the market will run from 1 to 6 p.m. instead of 2 to 7 p.m.

Federal Donuts Pop Up at N3RD St Farmers Market
When: Tuesday, October 21, 2-7 p.m.
Where: N3RD St Farmers Market, Church Street between 2nd and American Streets
Cost: Pay as you go
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October 20, 2014

Morris Arboretum Of The University Of Pennsylvania Ranks As One Of The 5 Best U.S. Gardens To Visit This Fall

Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum is a stunning Chestnut Hill horticultural destination — and one of the top places to view fall foliage in the entire country. (Photo by Paul Meyer for Morris Arboretum)

Across the Philadelphia region, a visible canopy of gorgeous yellows, oranges and reds signals the arrival of the fall foliage season.

In fact, the next two weeks — October 20 through 31 — ought to bring on the peak of fall’s colors.

With our tree-filled landscape, there are tons of places where taking in the beauty of the season is a cinch. Few destinations, though, celebrate trees like Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, a 92-acre Victorian-style arboretum in Chestnut Hill.

In a new list published by Travel Pulse, our city’s lovely Morris Arboretum tops the list of the 5 Best U.S. Gardens To Visit This Fall.

Truly, it’s easy to understand the ranking. The arboretum is highly accessible, with its proximity to Center City and its well-maintained paved paths, and home to thousands of rare and lovely woody plants, including many of Philadelphia’s oldest, rarest and largest trees.

Fall is absolutely the perfect time to visit Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill.

For many more picks of perfect places to view fall foliage in Philadelphia and the countryside regions, check out Our Guide To Viewing Fall Foliage In The Philadelphia Region.

5 Best U.S. Gardens To Visit This Fall [Travel Pulse]

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October 20, 2014

East Passyunk Avenue’s Witch Craft Beer Crawl Returns To 13 Bars Throughout The Neighborhood, This Wednesday, October 22

Pub on Passyunk East

This Wednesday, October 22, the Witch Craft Beer Crawl returns to 13 bars in East Passyunk, including The Pub on Passyunk East.
(Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Calling all witches and warlocks! East Passyunk Avenue’s Witch Craft Beer Crawl returns this Wednesday, October 22 to take over 13 bars throughout the bustling neighborhood.

At the annual Witch Craft Beer Crawl, a ticket fee of $6.66 gets you a witch hat, $3 craft beer at 13 participating bars and a witch craft stamp card to win raffle prizes.

From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., enjoy $3 craft brews from breweries like Victory Brewing Company and plenty of ghoulish fun. Participating bars include Cantina los Caballitos, Pub on Passyunk East, The Bottle Shop, Stateside, Garage and Stogie Joe’s.

The full list of participating bars, and a bar crawl map, is available below.

Fill your witch craft card with stamps every time you buy beer or food from the participating locations. Those who receive five or more stamps will be entered to win a gift certificate prize worth $325.

Be sure to don a costume, prizes will also be awarded for the best witch costume and the most original costume — so dress in your Halloween best.

Tickets, which cost $6.66, are available online. Registration will take place at Garage from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Witch Craft Beer Crawl
When: Wednesday, October 22, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Participating bars and restaurants
Cost: $6.66 plus $3 per beer
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October 20, 2014

Lantern Theater Company Presents A Four-Day Festival To Explore The Many Facets of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, October 23-26

Lantern Theater Company

Lantern Theater Company celebrates Tom Stoppard with the In Arcadia Festival, alongside a production of Arcadia itself. (Photo by Mark Garvin)

Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia packs in in so many rich ideas and thoughts — ranging from science to sex – that there are entire study guides devoted to dissecting the acclaimed play’s themes and meanings.

Now running on the St. Stephen’s Theater stage, Lantern Theater Company’s production of Stoppard’s masterpiece, Arcadia, serves as the season opener for the company, directed by the Lantern’s associate artistic director Kathryn MacMillan.

In the vein of explicating the work, Lantern also presents In Arcadia: Celebrating Tom Stoppard’s Masterpiece, a festival of Arcadia-themed panel discussions, performances and other events.

The program spotlights the enduring brilliance of Arcadia, which is considered one of the greatest plays of the late-20th century, with events ranging from free lectures and talkbacks to a high tea and special performances.

Kicking off on Thursday, October 23 and running through Sunday, October 26, each weekend performance of the show is augmented with pre- and post-performance happenings.

Before the shows catch Arcadia in Objects: An Introduction to the Play, a pre-show lecture that uses props from the play to delve into the concepts Stoppard explores, including chaos theory, scholarly investigation, mathematics and music.

Immediately following the weekend performances, cast members join patrons for informal conversations about Arcadia in the Lantern Pub. The Pub provides complimentary wine and beer and some questions to consider — patrons are encouraged to provide their impressions and insights.

A number of special events populate the festival calendar, too. On Saturday, October 25 at 11:30 a.m., join in Arcadia in the Garden: A Tour of the Picturesque, the Romantic, and the Tree of Knowledge. Get a taste of Britain, at a high tea with sandwiches and desserts, while enjoying a lively talk led by Widener professor Dr. Janine Utell.

After the tea, remain for the keynote lecture: At the Heart of Tom Stoppard: Why Arcadia Endures, a scholarly panel discussion covering many facets of the play.

For a complete schedule of events and tickets, check here.

In Arcadia: Celebrating Tom Stoppard’s Masterpiece
When: October 23-36
Where: St. Stephen’s Theater, 923 Ludlow Street
Cost: Varies by program
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When: Through November 9
Where: St. Stephen’s Theater, 923 Ludlow Street
Cost: $30-$39
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