25 Great Things To Do In Philly This Week, October 22-28

Parkway Soiree, Philly Cider Week, Head of the Schuylkill Regatta and more...

The last full week of October brings a number of seasonal fests, arts events, Halloween happenings and one big soiree to Philadelphia.

The year-long celebration of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s centennial ends on Friday with the Parkway Soiree. Institutions and museums along the storied boulevard — including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University and the Rodin Museum — offer extended hours and special programming, and an edition of Night Market — the city’s roving food-truck festival — pops up in Logan Square.

Not far from the Parkway, Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls continues to scare up screams this week, while thousands of illuminated pumpkins dazzle visitors in West Fairmount Park during the The Glow’s last week of the season.

For seasonal sipping, this week’s Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl in East Passyunk, Philadelphia magazine’s Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival at Lincoln Financial Field and Philly Cider Week events at bars and restaurants throughout the city hit the spot.

Festivals of every kind attract eager crowds this week as well. Highlights include the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens, the Philadelphia Film Festival, the Día de los Muertos Festival at the Penn Museum and the South Street PumpkinFest.

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

Philadelphia Film Festival

Critically acclaimed and thought-provoking films make up the annual Philadelphia Film Festival, known for showcasing award-winning documentaries, shorts and feature films while also welcoming an impressive roster of film industry powerhouses for panels and special presentations. Anticipated screenings this week include Wildlife with Jake Gyllenhall and Carey Mulligan (Tuesday); The Front Runner with Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga and J.K. Simmons (Tuesday); If Beale Street Could Talk, directed by Barry Jenkins and starring Regina King (Wednesday); and the closing night documentary film Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me (Friday).

Philadelphia Film Festival

When:Through Sunday, October 28
Where:Various locations including the Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost:$15 and up

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LGBT History Month

Attractions and groups across the city continue to celebrate LGBTQ History Month all month long. Events this week include Repair the World’s Luxury Gay Space Halloween party in West Philly (Friday), Dance Party Z at Tabu (Saturday) and an opportunity to digitize photographs, diaries and more personal archival material for LGBTQ Community Digitizing Day: Because Your History Matters! at the William Way LGBT Community Center (Saturday).

LGBT History Month

When:Through Wednesday, October 31
Where:Various locations including William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Mural Arts Month

Water Gives LifeWater Gives Life | Photo courtesy Mural Arts Philadelphia

Mural Arts Month continues to honor Mural Arts Philadelphia and its 3,800 works of public art with a lineup of free and pay-what-you-wish events. This week's programming includes the dedication of Water Gives Life, a new mural that celebrates the journey of water between the Schuylkill River and the Delaware River and how it gives life to local horticulture (Tuesday); a performance by Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter in front of Portraits of Justice, a new mural the encourages reimagining and reflecting on the criminal justice system (Thursday); a participatory inflatable art installation with an uplifting message on view in Aviator Park (Friday) and Paine's Park (Saturday); and the dedication of the second phase of Philly Rowing murals painted along the Schuylkill River in conjunction with the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta (Sunday).

Mural Arts Month

When:Through Saturday, November 3
Where:Various locations including 13th and Arch streets
Cost:Varies by event

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Terror Behind The Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Actors in Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State PenitentiaryPhoto by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

There are only a few more weeks left to experience the thrilling and chilling Terror Behind the Walls, one of the country’s top-ranked Halloween attractions. Guests can walk through six haunted attractions with different themes — including the Infirmary, a new-for-2018 nightmarish hospital — all set within the halls of Eastern State Penitentiary. Beware of the creepy zombies, deranged nurses and spooky ghouls lurking around every corner.

Terror Behind The Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

When:Through Saturday, November 10 (select dates)
Where:Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:$19 - $45, depending on date and time

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Halloween Events in Philadelphia

Spooky Mini GolfPhoto by J. Holder

As Halloween approaches, there are a ton of spirited events and festive parties going on throughout the week in the city! Sunday marks the last chance to experience a handful of ongoing events, like The Glow in West Fairmount Park, PumpkinFest After Dark and HorrorFest at Shady Brook Farms, The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place and Spooky Mini Golf at Franklin Square. For more Halloween happenings, check out our guide.

Halloween Events in Philadelphia

When:Dates vary by event
Where:Various locations including Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Major Concerts

Exciting musicians land at venues across the city throughout this week. Heineken Green Room presents rapper Freeway at Voltage Lounge (Monday), Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett performs at The Fillmore (Tuesday), English pop songstress Lily Allen comes to Union Transfer (Tuesday) and hard rock legends Metallica play the hits at the Wells Fargo Center (Thursday).

Major Concerts

When:Dates vary by event
Where:Various locations including Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Opening: Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial Plaza

When Nathan Rapoport's sculpture, Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs, was installed on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 1964, it became the first public Holocaust memorial in the U.S. On Monday, the brand-new Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial Plaza officially opens around Rapoport's work with interpretive signs about the Holocaust, train tracks from the Treblinka concentration camp, a grove of trees and more. Visitors can also download an app that enhances the experience with testimonies from Holocaust survivors and background info on the plaza.

Opening: Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial Plaza

When:Opens Monday, October 22
Where:Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial Plaza, 16th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.philaholocaustmemorial.org

Philadelphia Flyers Home Games

Philadelphia FlyersePhoto courtesy Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers fans (and Gritty fans!) pack into the Wells Fargo Center for two home games this week. The team starts off the week with a game against the competitive Colorado Avalanche on Monday and follows that with a match up against a divisional opponent, the New York Islanders, on Saturday.

Philadelphia Flyers Home Games

When:October 22 and 27
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35 and up

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Broadway Philadelphia: Fiddler on the Roof at the Academy of Music

Fiddler on the RoofPhoto by Joan Marcus

The classic Broadway show Fiddler on the Roof makes a stop in Philadelphia for a nearly week-long run at the Academy of Music. Guests can enjoy performances of famous songs like “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “If I Were A Rich Man” while watching the story of family and love unfold.

Broadway Philadelphia: Fiddler on the Roof at the Academy of Music

When:October 23-28
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20 and up

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Philly Cider Week

Philly Cider WeekPhoto courtesy Hale & True

The first-ever Philly Cider Week celebrates purist-style cider, how its made and the history of its various styles with cider-forward events at local bars and restaurants. Highlights this week include the official Philly Cider Week opening-night party at Prohibition Taproom (Tuesday), late-night happy hour with Embark Craft Ciderworks at Spice Finch (Thursday) and a Pennsylvania Cider Takeover — featuring pours from cideries across Pennsylvania — at Hale & True Cider Co. (Friday).

Philly Cider Week

When:October 23-31
Where:Various locations including Hale & True Cider Co., 613 S. 7th Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.phillyciderweek.com

Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl

The Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl returns on Wednesday with seasonal sips and surprises for scary good prices at Garage Passyunk, ITV, Stateside and 14 more bars and restaurants along East Passyunk Avenue. Each crawler receives a witch's hat to wear and a stamp card to collect stamps at the locations they stop at on the crawl. Guests with five or more stamps can enter to win more than $300 worth of gift cards.

Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl

When:Wednesday, October 24, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Garage Passyunk, 1231 East Passyunk Avenue
Cost:$6.66

www.visiteastpassyunk.com

Philadelphia Magazine's Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival at Lincoln Financial Field

Lovers of premium distilled spirits can sip on some of the finest whiskey, scotch, gin, tequila and more while mingling at Lincoln Financial Field during Philadelphia magazine’s Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival. On the docket: exclusive tasting experiences in the festival’s Interactive Spirit Lounges and fare from 33rd Street Hospitality, Band & Bourbon, Chris’ Jazz Cafe and more of Philly’s best eateries.

Philadelphia Magazine's Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival at Lincoln Financial Field

When:Thursday, October 25, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where:Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Cost:$115 and up

www.phillymag.com

Opening: Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens

LongwoodGardens Chrysanthemum FestivalPhoto courtesy Longwood Gardens

The fall-blooming chrysanthemum is the focal point of Longwood GardensChrysanthemum Festival, which kicks off on Thursday with more than 17,000 colorful chrysanthemums formed together to create orbs, columns and more. Also returning this year? The Thousand Bloom Mum, the festival centerpiece made up of more than 1,500 meticulously arranged yellow flowers.

Opening: Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens

When:October 25 - November 18
Where:Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost:$23, adults (19+); $20, seniors (62+) and college students; $12, youth (5-18); free, children (0-4)

www.longwoodgardens.org

Parkway Soiree

Parkway 100 SoireePhoto by Alec Rogers for Parkway Museums District

Exactly one century to the day of the debut of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the culture-packed, museum-lined, park-pocketed boulevard fetes its centennial in grand style with the Parkway Soiree. The massive block party starts with the centennial cake-cutting at 5 p.m. inside The Franklin Institute and continues through the evening with several Parkway institutions offering extended hours and special programming. Highlights include a pop-up beer garden at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library, Night Market food trucks in Logan Square, Dinos After Dark at The Academy of Natural Sciences, a vintage-inspired BYO picnic in Sister Cities Park and the one-night-only return of the crowd-pleasing Rodin Museum Garden Bar.

Parkway Soiree

When:Friday, October 26
Where:Various locations including Logan Square, 200 N. 19th Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.parkway100.org

Power99 FM's POWERHOUSE 2018

Radio station Power 99 FM’s POWERHOUSE 2018 concert returns to the Wells Fargo Center with a stellar lineup of R&B stars and hip-hop heavyweights, including Meek Mill, SZA, Lil Uzi Vert and G-Eazy. Each ticket purchased online comes with a digital copy of Meek Mill’s soon-to-be-released album.

Power99 FM's POWERHOUSE 2018

When:Friday, October 26, 6 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$29.99 and up

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Twilight in the Gardens at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic GardensPhoto courtesy Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

The final Twilight in the Gardens event of the 2018 season at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens takes place on Friday. Attendees can enjoy music by local folk singer-songwriter Andrea Nardello; take part in a create-your-own wind chime and hanging sculpture art activity; and casually tour the creative space and current special exhibit, Ebb Tide. Note: Guests can BYO drinks, snacks and chairs.

Twilight in the Gardens at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

When:Friday, October 26, 7-10 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street
Cost:$20, adults; $16, students & seniors; $12, members

www.philadelphiasmagicgardens.org

The Rocky Horror Drag Queen Show at Punch Line Philly

Punch Line PhillyPhoto courtesy Punch Line Philly

Punch Line Philly presents two energetic live stage performances of the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show — in its entirety! — on Friday, featuring a next-level cast of talented drag queens from Philly and the hit show “RuPaul's Drag Race.” Audience participation is welcome, and guests dressed to impress have the chance to win a costume contest.

The Rocky Horror Drag Queen Show at Punch Line Philly

When:Friday, October 26, 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.
Where:Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel Street
Cost:$22 and up

www.punchlinephilly.com

Crafting Community: Africa to America at The African American Museum in Philadelphia

The African American Museum in PhiladelphiaPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Artist Yinka Orafidiya’s project titled CRAFTING COMMUNITY: Africa to America was inspired by her time in West Africa studying Ghanaian pottery making. The project brings Black women together to make clay vessels by hand and foster social connections through artistic experiences. On Saturday, a three-mile community processional led by Orafidiya, Black women potters and drummers walks from Temple Contemporary to The African American Museum in Philadelphia with the vessels made during the community workshop for a free celebration and conversation about the project. The procession starts at 9:30 a.m. and doors at The African American Museum in Philadelphia will open to the public at 10 a.m. for the celebration.

Crafting Community: Africa to America at The African American Museum in Philadelphia

When:Saturday, October 27, 9:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free

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South Street PumpkinFest

South Street PumpkinfestPhoto courtesy Aversa PR

Headhouse Square’s fall festival is a day of shopping, live music, seasonal bites and brews, a straw-bale maze, circus performances, horse-and-wagon hayrides, and face painting. Children 12 and under can also trick or treat along South Street.

South Street PumpkinFest

When:Saturday, October 27, noon - 5 p.m.
Where:2nd & Lombard streets
Cost:Free

www.southstreet.com

Día de los Muertos Festival at Penn Museum

On Saturday, the Penn Museum fetes Día de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday honoring the souls of the loved ones who have passed, with family activities during the day and a festival in the evening. A traditional ofrenda (altar) is created for the celebration, which also features music, dancing, art and a cash bar in the evening.

Día de los Muertos Festival at Penn Museum

When:Saturday, October 27, 1-8 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:Activities are free with museum admission: $15, general adult admission; $13, senior citizens (65 and above); $10, children 6-17 and full-time students with college ID; free, members, active U.S. military personnel, children 5 and under, and PennCard holders (Penn faculty, staff, and students); Evening festival activities: $15, general admission; $10, members

www.penn.museum

Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

Head of the Schuylkill RegattaPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

College rowers, high school crews, elite athletes and world champions take to the water for the two-day Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. More than 25,000 spectators line Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River to cheer on rowers during the two-and-a-half-mile race, which is one of the nation's largest and most festive rowing events.

Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

When:October 27-28
Where:Kelly Drive and Fountain Green Drive
Cost:Free

www.hosr.org

Fall Punk Rock Flea Market at 23rd Street Armory

Hundreds of vendors peddling vintage clothes, records, art and old punk-rock wares take over the 23rd Street Armory for the fall edition of the popular Punk Rock Flea Market. One admission fee gets shoppers access to both days of the market, which features different sellers each day.

Fall Punk Rock Flea Market at 23rd Street Armory

When:October 27-28
Where:23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Festival for the People at Race Street Pier and Cherry Street Pier

See-saws during Festival for the People at Cherry Street Pier in PhiladelphiaPhoto by Maria Young for the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

It’s the final week of Festival for the People, the dynamic arts festival produced by Philadelphia Contemporary at Race Street Pier and Cherry Street Pier. Visitors can explore a range of creative works and interactive installations all week long and observe or take part in special programming on Saturday and Sunday. This weekend, there’s a closing party featuring music by Naeem (formerly Spank Rock), Dave P. and Oluwafemi (Saturday) as well as a two-day film festival showcasing autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) videos created by young local filmmakers.

Festival for the People at Race Street Pier and Cherry Street Pier

When:October 27-28
Where:Various locations including Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Opening: Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia at the Museum of the American Revolution

Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up In Revolutionary PhiladelphiaRendering courtesy Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution invites visitors to travel back in time using interactive elements, games and special artifacts to learn more about Alexander Hamilton’s profound impact on the country and Philadelphia in Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia. Access to this exhibition — which opens Saturday — is included in the price of general admission to the museum.

Opening: Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia at the Museum of the American Revolution

When:October 27, 2018 - March 17, 2019
Where:Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:Free with museum admission: $19, adults; $17, seniors, students, military, and teachers; $12, youth; free, children (5 and under) and members

www.amrevmuseum.org

East Passyunk Fall Fest & Spooky Sunday

East Passyunk Singing FountainPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Activities like pumpkin decorating, costume contests for kids and dogs, and trick-or-treating at local businesses make this neighborhood fall fest the perfect place to spend Saturday afternoon with the family. Guests can also find live music and fall food and drink as they stroll the festival footprint along East Passyunk Avenue.

East Passyunk Fall Fest & Spooky Sunday

When:Sunday, October 28, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where:Various locations along East Passyunk Avenue
Cost:Free

www.visiteastpassyunk.com

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