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October 14, 2014

The Harry Potter Festival Returns To Chestnut Hill This Weekend, Oct. 17-18, Transforming The Neighborhood With A Hogwarts Express Train, Costume Contest, Magic Classes, Quidditch And So Much More

Wands at the ready, Philadelphia! Harry Potter Festival Weekend is back. The annual blockbuster Harry Potter Festival returns to enchant Chestnut Hill this Friday, October 17, and Saturday, October 18, for two days of spellbinding events that magically morph the neighborhood into the fictional world created by author J.K. Rowling. Coinciding with two major Chestnut […]

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October 14, 2014

OktoberFestivus Takes Over Franklin Square With A Beer Garden, Food Trucks, Spooky Mini Golf And More, Saturday, October 18, 5-10 P.M.

Historic Philadelphia’s charming family-friendly playground Franklin Square generally draws kids, history buffs and lovers of SquareBurger’s signature Cake Shakes. This Saturday, October 18, though, fans of beer gardens and food trucks should report to the historic park for OktoberFestivus, an evening-long beer-fueled bash from 5 to 10 p.m. More than half a dozen of Philly’s […]

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October 14, 2014

Pennsylvania Ballet Opens Its 51st Season With Press Play, The Directorial Debut Of New Artistic Director Ángel Corella, October 16-26

The curtain goes up on the 51st season of the Pennsylvania Ballet this month, and adding to the thrill of a fresh fall season, our city’s exceptional company welcomes a new artistic director, Ángel Corella. At the end of the company’s 50th season, longstanding artistic director Roy Kaiser stepped down after 35 years with the […]

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October 13, 2014

The Franklin Institute’s Science After Hours Returns With A Halloween-Themed Monster Mash Up This Tuesday, October 14

Seeking a spine-tingling good time on a Tuesday evening? The Franklin Institute has your back. In case you haven’t heard, the longstanding museum has expanded its brainy programming to include events made exclusively for adults in the monthly series Science After Hours. The adults-only evening (read: for the 21-and-up crowd) taps the deep resources of […]

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October 10, 2014

Shofuso Japanese House And Garden To Hold A Traditional Fall Harvest Moon-Viewing Celebration This Weekend, October 10-12

A full moon rises in the sky this weekend, and to celebrate, the friends of the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park are set to host a weekend of traditional moon-viewing festivities. On Friday, a moon-viewing tea ceremony begins at 7 p.m. with a ritual service of matcha (green tea) and a seasonal […]

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October 9, 2014

Venice Island Performing Arts And Recreation Center Opens With A Public Open House, Shows And Tours This Saturday, October 11

Looking for an island escape? After 10 years of planning and development Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center in Manayunk opens its grounds and doors to the public this weekend, Saturday, October 11. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the brand-new arts and recreation center will welcome the public to explore the gleaming new […]

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October 9, 2014

The First-Ever Old City Fest Makes It Debut This Sunday, October 12 With 100 Vendors Showcasing The Neighborhood’s Art, Design, Shopping, Food, Music And More

This weekend, a brand-new neighborhood festival arrives in Old City to celebrate the modern-day appeal of this historic ’hood: Old City Fest debuts this Sunday, October 12. The first year for what Old City District, the event’s organizers, hopes will become an annual extravaganza, two streets in Old City will transform from quiet cobblestone thoroughfares […]

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October 9, 2014

Chocolate: The Exhibition, A Look At The Evolution Of Chocolate Throughout History, Opens At The Academy Of Natural Sciences On Saturday, October 11

Chocolate fans, rejoice! The sweet treat takes the spotlight at The Academy of Natural Sciences for its new exhibition, Chocolate: The Exhibition. Opening this Saturday, October 11, the exhibition brings guests on a journey through the evolution of chocolate, from something found on a rainforest tree to a commodified piece of candy. Throughout the exhibition, […]

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October 9, 2014

Unanimous Love For Philly: The Awesome New Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk Receives National And Local Praise

The highly anticipated Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk was three years in the making, but the grand new civic space made its splashy public debut last Thursday, October 2 — and everyone loves it. Super popular with runners, walkers, bikers and more, the boardwalk is an awesome over-the-water extension of the existing Schuylkill River Trail, extending the […]

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October 8, 2014

Halloween Happenings In Philadelphia: Our Guide To Scary Attractions, Family-Friendly Events, Parties And More

As Halloween approaches, the eerie side of the Philadelphia area shines through via ghost tours and creepy parties, in addition to family-friendly happenings, too. For serious thrill-seekers, several of the area’s haunted houses (think Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary) have earned acclaim for their Hollywood-quality special effects, animatronics, pyrotechnics and teams of […]

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