29 Outstanding Things To Do In Philly This Week, October 1-8

Old City Fest, Midtown Village Fall Fest, Philadelphia Outfest and more...

October officially arrives this week along with LGBTQ celebrations, giant festivals, arts showcases, Oktoberfests, dance parties and huge concerts.

Fall festival season shows no sign of slowing down as two massive neighborhood celebrations — Midtown Village Fall Fest and Old City Fest — take place on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Expect tons of quality entertainment, delicious food, refreshing drinks and lively crowds at both of these giant fests.

Also on the festival front: Night Market: Philadelphia in Point Breeze, the Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival and five (!) different Oktoberfests.

LGBT History Month kicks off on Monday and events celebrating the LGBT community and the history of gay rights continue throughout October. Philadelphia Outfest, the biggest LGBT event in Philly, brings a huge, all-afternoon festival to the heart of the Gayborhood on Sunday with drag shows, live music, bar crawls and shopping within 10 square blocks.

October is also Mural Arts Month, a month-long event that honors the Mural Arts Philadelphia organization and promotes the power of public art. Another art-centric event, the DesignPhiladelphia festival, kicks off on Wednesday and continues through the week, offering more than 100 events and programming for design-savvy individuals and creative types over the course of 11 days.

We’ve extended our Picks of the Week post through Monday, October 8 due to the Columbus Day holiday. We’ll be back on Tuesday, October 9 with our next edition of Picks of the Week.

Check out all of our picks for this week in Philly, below.

Last Chance: Center City District Restaurant Week

Diners at Harp & Crown in PhiladelphiaHarp & Crown | Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Diners looking to score fabulous meal deals (three-course dinners for $35 per person, three-course lunches for $20 per guest at select spots) at more than 100 restaurants around Center City have until Friday — the last day of the fall edition of the neighborhood’s restaurant week — to do so. New additions to the crop of eateries this season include Chez Ben Bistro, Porta, The Palm Restaurant and Casta Diva.

Last Chance: Center City District Restaurant Week

When:Through Friday, October 5
Where:Various locations including Harp & Crown, 1525 Sansom Street
Cost:$35, three-course dinner; $20, three-course lunch; plus tax and gratuity

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Mural Arts Month

Octavius Catto mural in PhiladelphiaPhoto by S. Weinik

Throughout Mural Arts Month, Mural Arts Philadelphia honors its 3,800 works of public art with trolley tours of neighborhood gardens, mosaics and a lineup of free and pay-what-you-wish events. To kick off the month-long celebration, the Barnes Foundation hosts a massive party (both inside the attraction and outside at 20th and Callowhill streets) on Sunday complete with food trucks, a beer garden, lawn games, a GIF photo booth, art activities and live music.

Mural Arts Month

When:Through Saturday, November 3
Where:Various locations including the Universal Charter School, 1427 Catharine Street
Cost:Varies by event

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LGBT History Month

October is LGBT History Month and throughout the month, attractions and groups across the city celebrate with festivals and other special events. Events this week include a screening of Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution at PhilaMOCA (Tuesday), the Philly Trans March 2018 at LOVE Park (Saturday) and Philadelphia Outfest (Sunday).

LGBT History Month

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Major Concerts in Philadelphia

Big-name musicians come to Philly this week for shows at many of the city’s great venues. Fans can see Neil Young at the Tower Theater (Monday), J. Cole with Young Thug, Jaden Smith, Kill Edward and Earthgang at the Wells Fargo Center (Saturday), Phil Collins at the Wells Fargo Center on Columbus Day (Monday, October 8) and more.

Major Concerts in Philadelphia

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Oktoberfests and Fall Beer Festivals

Oktoberfest at 23rd Street ArmoryPhoto by Kory Aversa

It’s peak Oktoberfest season, and the city offers five different ways to celebrate this week. The King of Prussia Beerfest Royale returns with two days of beer-drinking fun on Thursday and Saturday, while Munich-inspired festivities fill the 23rd Street Armory on Friday and Saturday. Also on Saturday, there’s the popular Roxtoberfest in Roxbourgh and Narberth Oktoberfest in Narbeth Park. Last but certainly not least, the Philadelphia Museum of Art opens a pop-up Oktoberfest beer garden in its Great Stair Hall every Wednesday in October beginning this Wednesday. (Note that paid tickets are required.)

Oktoberfests and Fall Beer Festivals

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Halloween Movie Screenings in Philadelphia

Folks eager to get into the Halloween spirit can catch festive flicks at both indoor and outdoor venues throughout the week, including Young Frankenstein and The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Piazza (Thursday and Saturday, respectively); Hocus Pocus at the Prince Theater (both Thursday and Friday); and Bucket of Blood and Night of the Living Dead — a double feature! — at the Betsy Ross House (Friday).

Halloween Movie Screenings in Philadelphia

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including The Piazza, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Game of Thrones: Live Concert Experience at the Wells Fargo Center

The songs of Westeros fill the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday at the Game of Thrones: Live Concert Experience, where a full orchestra plays the score from the critically acclaimed show led by the program’s renowned composer, Ramin Djawadi.

Game of Thrones: Live Concert Experience at the Wells Fargo Center

When:Tuesday, October 2, 8 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$39.50 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Broadway Philadelphia: Love Never Dies at the Kimmel Center

Love Never DiesPhoto by Joan Marcus

Love Never Dies, the first of three exciting Broadway productions coming to Philadelphia this fall, premieres on Tuesday at the Academy of Music. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerizing sequel to The Phantom of the Opera runs through Sunday.

Broadway Philadelphia: Love Never Dies at the Kimmel Center

When:October 2-7
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Mean Girls Dance Party at Kung Fu Necktie

In a world full of made-up holidays, Mean Girls Day stands out every year thanks to the online response from fans of the hit movie. To commemorate that fateful day when Cady Heron asked Aaron Samuels what day it was (“It’s October 3rd.”), Kung Fu Necktie is throwing an absolutely fetch dance party on Wednesday — and yes, wearing pink is encouraged.

Mean Girls Dance Party at Kung Fu Necktie

When:Wednesday, October 3, 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Where:Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front Street
Cost:$5

www.kungfunecktie.com

Tired Hands High Harvest Biergarten in Fishtown

The hotly anticipated, 7,000-square-foot High Harvest Biergarten from nationally acclaimed Ardmore-based brewery Tired Hands Brewing Company kicks off its first full week of operation this Wednesday on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. The spot's rotating tap list features 12 beers, with cans of the popular Alien Church variety available as well.

Tired Hands High Harvest Biergarten in Fishtown

When:Wednesdays - Sundays through fall
Where:Tired Hands High Harvest Biergarten, 2213 Frankford Avenue
Cost:Pay-as-you-go drinks and snacks

www.tiredhands.com

DesignPhiladelphia

Exhibition on display during DesignPhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy DesignPhiladelphia

More than 120 events make up DesignPhiladelphia, a citywide celebration of creatives from industries like fashion, architecture and art that starts on Wednesday and runs through Saturday, October 13. Events this week include the giant kickoff party at Bok Bar (Wednesday), a discussion about the influence of fashion on interior design (Thursday) and a “cocktail crawl” that explores sensory design — and sensory-stimulating drinks — at 10 different galleries in Old City (Saturday).

DesignPhiladelphia

When:October 3-13
Where:Various locations including Bok Bar, 800 Mifflin Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Crawl Out Thursday at the Penn Museum

The exterior of the Penn Museum in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy the Penn Museum

Social butterflies mix and mingle for a good cause at the Penn Museum on Crawl Out Thursday, a bimonthly social event modeled after the tradition of rent parties that took place during the Harlem Renaissance. This Thursday’s happy hour event benefits the Young Caribbean Professional Network and features lively music and performance art.

Crawl Out Thursday at the Penn Museum

When:Thursday, October 4, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:$15

www.penn.museum

Night Market: Philadelphia in Point Breeze

Night MarketPhoto courtesy The Food Trust

Night Market, The Food Trust’s giant four-times-a-year food festival, returns for its final event of the season on Thursday in Philly’s Point Breeze neighborhood. This evening festival centers around 20th and Federal streets and spreads for blocks with dozens of food vendors (Slider King, Burg's Hideaway Lounge, Dim Sum House and House of Cupcakes, to name just a few), craft-beer peddlers, live music and free activities.

Night Market: Philadelphia in Point Breeze

When:Thursday, October 4, 6-10 p.m.
Where:20th & Federal streets
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Indigenous Peoples Weekend in Philadelphia

Oneida Indian Nationa dancersPhoto courtesy Oneida Indian Nation

Indigenous Peoples Weekend in Philadelphia features events that commemorate and recognize the first inhabitants of North America. The Museum of American Revolution hosts panel discussions and performances (October 6-8); Bartram’s Garden and Mural Arts Philadelphia partner for a celebration on the banks of the Schuylkill River (Sunday, October 7); and Awbury Arboretum honors Native cultures with a Native-American-inspired dinner composed with ingredients that were common before North America was colonized (Monday, October 8).

Indigenous Peoples Weekend in Philadelphia

When:October 4-8 (dates and times vary)
Where:Various locations including the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.amrevmuseum.org

THE GLOW: A Jack-O’-Lantern Experience in West Fairmount Park

People at The Glow in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy The Glow

After a successful first year, THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience returns to West Fairmount Park beginning this Thursday with more than 5,000 hand-carved pumpkins that illuminate a trail throughout the public space. Visitors find everything from iconic Philly attractions to Disney princesses carved on the pumpkins, plus huge, glowing displays completely made up of the season’s favorite gourd.

THE GLOW: A Jack-O’-Lantern Experience in West Fairmount Park

When:October 4-28 (select dates)
Where:West Fairmount Park, 4160 Horticultural Drive
Cost:$35

www.theglowjackolantern.com

First Friday

Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

On the first Friday evening of every month, the streets of many neighborhoods in Philadelphia fill with arts lovers of all kinds who wander among the numerous art galleries, studios, shops, restaurants and attractions. This week, Old City, Fishtown, Christ Church, World Cafe Live, the Barnes Foundation, Asian Arts Initiative and The Piazza all have First Friday festivities planned.

First Friday

When:Friday, October 5
Where:Various locations including the Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Varies by event

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Opening Reception and Exhibition: Roberto Lugo’s BORICUA, BARRIO, BARRO at Taller Puertorriqueño

Ceramic artist Roberto Lugo showcases work he created at Taller Puertorriqueño’s gallery during this no-cost event on Friday. BORICUA, BARRIO, BARRO (Puerto Rican, Neighborhood, Clay) is the artist’s first solo exhibition. The master potter, social activist, spoken-word poet, educator, husband and father was raised in a Puerto Rican household in North Philadelphia.

Opening Reception and Exhibition: Roberto Lugo’s BORICUA, BARRIO, BARRO at Taller Puertorriqueño

When:Friday, October 5, 5:30-8 p.m.
Where:Taller Puertorriqueno, 2600 N. 5th Street
Cost:Free

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Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

A creepy nurse at Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary in PhiladelphiaPhoto by Darryl Moran

Terror Behind the Walls, one of the country’s most popular Halloween attractions, continues to welcome brave guests this weekend to explore the six haunted attractions all set within the halls of the abandoned prison. Beware of the creepy zombies, deranged nurses and spooky ghouls around every corner.

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

When:Through Saturday, November 10 (select dates), including October 5-7
Where:Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:$19 and up

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Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival

Philadelphia Dragon Boat FestivalPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Racers of all levels head to the Schuylkill River on Saturday for the Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival, an annual celebration of ancient Chinese dragon-boat racing. Dozens of colorful boats, bedecked with dragon heads and tails, are manned by teams of up to 20 paddlers that compete against each other in several heats throughout the day.

Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival

When:Saturday, October 6, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where:Along the Schuylkill River, Kelly Drive between Strawberry Mansion Hill and Fountain Green drives
Cost:Free for spectators

www.philadragonboatfestival.com

Insane Inflatable 5K Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park

People doing the Insane Inflatable 5KPhoto courtesy Insane Inflatable 5K

Challenge seekers can take on one of the most extreme inflatable obstacle courses ever assembled (yes, that's a thing) at the Insane Inflatable 5K on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. The race incorporates climbing, bouncing and sliding in addition to running and is friendly for both beginner and veteran runners.

Insane Inflatable 5K Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park

When:Saturday, October 6, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:$57

www.insaneinflatable5k.com

Subaru Fall Festival At Greensgrow Farms

This fall festival in Kensington aims to please with live music, craft market, potato-sack races, pumpkin painting, applebobbing and two seasonal food competitions — one for chili and one for apple pie. There’s also fare from local food trucks and beer from a Philadelphia Brewing Company beer tent.

Subaru Fall Festival At Greensgrow Farms

When:Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where:Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland Street
Cost:Free

www.greensgrow.org

Revolutionary Germantown Festival

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

The history of the city’s Germantown neighborhood gets a festival of its own as the Revolutionary Germantown Festival returns with costumed characters, live music, food and drink. The main event is a reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia, that goes down on Germantown Avenue and on the grounds of Cliveden. Guests can head down Germantown Avenue after the “battle” for Battle Bash, the official after-party at the historic Grumblethorpe house featuring reenactors from the battle, beer from Evil Genius Beer Company and more.

Revolutionary Germantown Festival

When:Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where:Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Avenue
Cost:Free

www.revolutionarygermantown.org

Midtown Village Fall Festival

Midtown Village Fall FestivalPhoto by Visit Philadelphia

The all-day Midtown Village Fall Festival — one of the biggest festivals of the year in Philadelphia — returns on Saturday with food, drinks, live music, games, sidewalk sales and more along a number of the lively neighborhood’s busiest thoroughfares, which close to vehicular traffic during the festivities. Beyond the outdoor fun on 13th Street, Brü Craft and Wurst hosts a festival of its own with tons of beer, games and music to complement the excitement.

Midtown Village Fall Festival

When:Saturday, October 6, noon - 8 p.m.
Where:Centered at 13th and Sansom streets
Cost:Free

www.midtownvillagephilly.org

WURD Radio Celebrates 15 Years with DeRay Mckesson at the Kimmel Center

The only African-American-owned-and-operated talk-radio station in Pennsylvania fetes its 15th anniversary at the Kimmel Center on Saturday with a live performance by Toshi Reagon and a hotly anticipated conversation with noted activist and author DeRay McKessan, author and poet laureate Sonia Sanchez and commentator, activist and author Marc Lamont Hill. The celebration continues after the panel discussion at the official after party hosted by Wake Up with WURD’s Aaron Smith (also known as The Rappin’ Professor).

WURD Radio Celebrates 15 Years with DeRay Mckesson at the Kimmel Center

When:Saturday, October 6, 5:30 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$25 and up

www.wurdradio.com

Philadelphia Open Studios Tour

Both this weekend and next weekend, Philadelphia dwellers can get a sneak peek inside the studios of some of the city’s most talented artists during Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. More than 300 artists who specialize in everything from photography to glassblowing participate every year. The self-guided tours on Saturday explore the studios of artists in University City, West Philadelphia, Powelton Village, Southwest Philadelphia and Center City West, while tours on Sunday take place in East Falls, Roxborough, Manayunk, Chestnut Hill, Mt Airy and Germantown studios. Use this helpful map to start planning.

Philadelphia Open Studios Tour

When:October 6-7, 13-14
Where:Various locations including The Cedar Works, 4919 Pentridge Street
Cost:Free

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Birthday Bash! at the Please Touch Museum

Please Touch MuseumPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Philly’s award-winning children's museum throws its annual Birthday Bash on Sunday for both kids and adults to enjoy. The playful programming explores what makes birthdays special. Plus, guests get to meet the museum’s new mascot.

Birthday Bash! at the Please Touch Museum

When:Sunday, October 7, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where:Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic
Cost:$19

www.pleasetouchmuseum.org

Old City Fest

Old City FestPhoto courtesy Old City Fest

Sunday’s Old City Fest celebrates Old City’s maker population with crafts, exhibitions and demonstrations along closed-to-traffic thoroughfares. Plus, many restaurants, bars and shops of Old City take it outside for alfresco eats, drinks and shopping. Participating restaurants this year include Buddakan, Khyber Pass Pub, Cuba Libre, The Franklin Fountain and the new food hall at The Bourse. And musical acts like Chill Moody, West Philadelphia Orchestra and Worldtown Soundsystem perform during the fest at the main stage located on 4th and Arch streets.

Old City Fest

When:Sunday, October 7, noon - 6 p.m.
Where:North 3rd Street from Market Street to Race Street and Arch Street from 2nd Street to 4th Street
Cost:Pay-as-you-go food and drink

www.oldcitydistrict.org

Outfest

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The world’s largest Coming Out Day features drag shows, games, bar crawls, music and shopping within 10 square blocks. The centerpiece of the festival is at 13th and Locust Streets with a main stage that offers a high-heel race.

Outfest

When:Sunday, October 7, noon - 6 p.m.
Where:13th and Locust streets
Cost:Free

www.phillygaypride.org

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field

Philadelphia EaglesPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Eagles

The last time the Birds met the Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field, it was the highly dramatic 2018 NFC Championship game — and the soon-to-be-Super-Bowl-champion Eagles won 38 to 7. The two teams meet again on Sunday in what is sure to be a must-watch rematch.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field

When:Sunday, October 7, 4:25 p.m.
Where:Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Cost:$166 and up

www.philadelphiaeagles.com

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