25 Fabulous Things To Do In Philly This Week, October 15-21

Witches & Wizards Weekend, Philadelphia Film Festival, AIDS Walk Philly and more...

Welcome to another busy fall week full of events and festivals celebrating art, theater, history, diversity, film and Halloween.

Major exhibitions open this week at two Parkway institutions. Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art features some stunning never-before-exhibited costume pieces while Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist at the Barnes Foundation showcases the work of the only woman artist considered a peer of impressionists Degas, Monet and Renoir.

Also in the arts, the annual Philadelphia Film Festival starts on Thursday and brings with it a number of critically acclaimed short films, documentaries and feature films hot off the major film festival circuit.

And Philly continues to show its Halloween spirit all week long at festive events and attractions, like the fright-filled Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary and the fun-filled Witches & Wizards Festival in Chestnut Hill.

Also this week: LGBT History Month continues with talks, parties and many more events, including the massive AIDS Walk Philly, a charity walk and 5K run produced by AIDS Fund that starts at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where the AIDS Memorial Quilt is on display.

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

Young Involved Philadelphia: State of Young Philly

The State of Young Philly event series continues through Saturday, bringing together civically engaged residents and visitors for thoughtful discussions and dynamic events. This week's events include a panel discussion about the importance of the relationship between Harrisburg and Philadelphia (Thursday) and a happy hour at Fox & Hound to toast the end of the series (Saturday).

Young Involved Philadelphia: State of Young Philly

When:Through Saturday, October 20
Where:Various locations including Fox & Hound, 1501 Spruce Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.younginvolvedphila.org

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

Festival for the PeoplePhoto by C. Boyce for Festival for the People

For three weekends in October, the brand-new waterfront attraction Cherry Street Pier and the neighboring Race Street Pier host a dynamic arts festival produced by Philadelphia Contemporary called Festival for the People. Visitors explore a range of creative works and interactive installations all week long and observe or take part in special programming each weekend. Events this weekend, dubbed "The People's Embodied Culture Weekend," include live tattooing featuring women and gender non-conforming tattoo artists (Saturday), a story slam (Saturday), a yoga class set to a poetry performance (Sunday) and social tango dancing sessions.

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

When:Through Sunday, October 28; programming runs October 20-21
Where:Various locations including Race Street Pier, Race Street and North Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.philadelphiacontemporary.org

LGBT History Month

October is LGBTQ History Month and throughout the month, attractions and groups across the city celebrate with festivals and other special events. Events this week include a discussion about why a lesser-known novel should be considered the first gay American novel (Tuesday); a conversation with Jill Soloway — the queer, nonbinary award-winning creator of the Amazon series Transparent — about their new book (Wednesday); a queer space-age dance party and art show at The Rotunda on Thursday; and the annual AIDS Walk Philly on Sunday. (More details on the walk are below.)

LGBT History Month

When:Through Wednesday, October 31
Where:Various locations including The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Mural Arts Month

Mural Arts Arts MonthPortraits Of Justice | Photo by Steve Weinik for Mural Arts

Throughout Mural Arts Month, Mural Arts Philadelphia honors its 3,800 works of public art with a lineup of free and pay-what-you-wish events. This week's programming includes a workshop where predatory signs are repurposed into useful objects (Wednesday); an eye-opening simulation experience that guides participants through the frustrations one experiences when reentering society after incarceration (Thursday); and the dedication of Legacy, a new fabric-inspired mural created by students and Philadelphia-based fashion designer Walé Oyéjidé that honors the culture of the African diaspora (Saturday).

Mural Arts Month

When:Through Saturday, November 3
Where:Various locations including Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Fall Theater Season in Philadelphia

OncePhoto by Ashley Smith, Wide Eyed Studios/Courtesy Arden Theatre Co

A crop of exciting theater productions run through this week and beyond, including Tony Award-winning play Once at the Arden Theatre, comedic British coming-of-age smash Broken Biscuits at the Plays & Players Theatre, famed playwright Arthur Miller's All My Sons at the Curio Theatre and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Sweat at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.

Fall Theater Season in Philadelphia

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost:$13 and up

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Concerts in Philadelphia

For those looking to jam to some live music, there are a handful of notable concerts rocking Philly this week. Hip-hop boy band Brockhampton (Wednesday) and pop-punk group Good Charlotte (Sunday) play The Fillmore, while West Philly hip-hop outfit Hardwork Movement bring their original sound to Johnny Brenda's (Friday).

Concerts in Philadelphia

When:Dates and time vary
Where:Various locations including Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue
Cost:$13 and up

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Halloween Events in Philadelphia

Throughout October, the eerie side of the Philadelphia area casts it spell citywide and beyond. Spooky attractions like Terror Behind the Walls (Thursday through Sunday) summon screams galore, while THE GLOW in Fairmount Park dazzles crowds with its intricate pumpkin art. Screenings of popular Halloween movies take place all around Philly as well, with Young Frankenstein playing at Landmark's Ritz Five Movie Theater on Tuesday, The Final Girls playing at The Piazza on Thursday and an outdoor screening of Hocus Pocus at Plantation Field in Kennett Square (Friday). For some family-oriented Halloween fun, the Philadelphia Zoo (Saturday and Sunday), Elmwood Park Zoo (Saturday and Sunday) and Sesame Place (select dates through October 28) host kid-friendly events and activities.

Halloween Events in Philadelphia

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost:Varies by event

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Community Night at The Franklin Institute

Franklin InstitutePhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The Franklin Institute welcomes visitors of all ages to its Community Night on Tuesday to score free admission, explore the permanent exhibitions and enjoy interactive science activities from 5-8 p.m.

Community Night at The Franklin Institute

When:Tuesday, October 16, 5-8 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:Free

www.fi.edu

Opening: Fabulous Fashion: From Dior's New Look to Now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Calling all fashion fans! Check out designs from the likes of Pierre Cardin, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior and more at this new exhibition, opening on Tuesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The pieces — many of which are on display for the first time — show off the museum's vast costume collection, including daywear, bridal wear and ball gowns.

Opening: Fabulous Fashion: From Dior's New Look to Now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:October 16, 2018 - March 3, 2019
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Included with general admission: $20, adults; $18, seniors (65 & over); $14, students (with valid ID); $14, youth (13-18); free, children (12 & under) and members

www.philamuseum.org

Door 19 at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Explore the skeletons in The Academy of Natural Sciences' figurative closet at this fourth and final event of the attraction's quirky after-hours series. Guests can enjoy an open bar featuring drinks from Eight Oaks Craft Distillers, behind-the-scenes tours of the museum's Paleontology and Mammalogy collections, a build-your-own beast activity and live music by Divine Hand Ensemble.

Door 19 at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

When:Thursday, October 18, 6-9 p.m.
Where:The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$85, general admission; $65, members

www.ansp.org

Glow in the Park at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center

Glow In The ParkPhoto courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy

This Thursday, hundreds of park lovers gather at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center for the seventh annual Glow in the Park event. The evening features live music by soul and Motown band York Street Hustle, a 3D light installation by artist Sunil Garg, drinks from Yards Brewing Company and a variety of food options from Revolution Taco, Milk + Sugar, Miss Rachel's Pantry.

Glow in the Park at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center

When:Thursday, October 18, 6-9:30 p.m.
Where:Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 N. Horticultural Drive
Cost:$75

www.myphillypark.org

Home Opener: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls

Here they come! After a season (and postseason!) full of excitement, the Philadelphia 76ers take on the Chicago Bulls in a highly anticipated home opener on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center. Cheer on Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, J.J. Reddick and the rest of the squad as they start up what is sure to be another entertaining season. Can't make Thursday's game? The Sixers square up again at home against the Orlando Magic on Saturday.

Home Opener: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls

When:October 18 & 20
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$40 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Philadelphia Film Festival

People standing outside the Prince Theater in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Prince Theater

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. The festival opens on Thursday with the film Ben Is Back, starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges. Other anticipated films screening this week include Everybody Knows with Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem (Friday), Green Book with Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen (Friday) and Boy Erased with Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe (Sunday). For the full schedule of screenings, click here.

Philadelphia Film Festival

When:October 18-28
Where:Various locations including Landmark's Ritz Five, 214 Walnut Street
Cost:$15 and up

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Re-enacting a Revolutionary Gun Battle in Context of 21st Century Gun Violence

Cliveden and PhilaLandmarks invite all to Historic Germantown to engage in a conversation about gun control and violence as it relates to the nation's history and people's personal lives. A community discussion about these topics follows a presentation about the Revolutionary War and its consequences.

Re-enacting a Revolutionary Gun Battle in Context of 21st Century Gun Violence

When:Friday, October 19, 7-9 p.m.
Where:Germantown Historical Society, 5501 Germantown Avenue
Cost:Pay what you wish ($8, suggested donation)

www.cliveden.org

Witches & Wizards in Chestnut Hill

Pub crawl in Chestnut Hill in PhiladelphiaPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Philadelphia's charming Chestnut Hill neighborhood transforms into a magical world of spells and spooky thrills for all ages during the Witches & Wizards Weekend. Formerly the Harry Potter Festival, the whimsical event attracts thousands eager to take part in spellbinding activities. Highlights include the Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament, the Brews & Broomsticks Pub Crawl and the Woodmere Art Museum Straw Maze.

Witches & Wizards in Chestnut Hill

When:October 19-20
Where:Various locations including Germantown Avenue from Cresheim Valley Drive to Chestnut Hill Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

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Moby Dick Reading Marathon at the Independence Seaport Museum

Independence Seaport MuseumPHOTO BY R. KENNEDY FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Herman Mellville's literary classic Moby Dick is read aloud in its entirety from Friday evening to Saturday evening during this reading marathon, complete with food and fun activities for all ages, at the Independence Seaport Museum. Readings take place throughout the museum, including on the deck of the Schooner Diligence and terraces overlooking the Delaware River. VIP tickets include access to the full 24 hours of readings, plus access to a fundraiser on the Cruiser Olympia ahead of the marathon on Friday and a chowder tasting during the marathon on Saturday.

Moby Dick Reading Marathon at the Independence Seaport Museum

When:October 19-20
Where:Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$15 and up

www.rosenbach.org

Made in Philadelphia Fall Market in Dilworth Park

Dilworth ParkPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Local artisans selling jewelry, skincare products, wood crafts and other wares set up shop in Dilworth Park for the Made in Philadelphia Fall Market, a three-day-long shopping event. Vendors include Ren Jewelry, Lit Up Candle Co., Mahogany Essentials and more.

Made in Philadelphia Fall Market in Dilworth Park

When:October 19-21
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.centercityphila.org

19th Annual Peoplehood Parade at Paul Robeson House

Each year, the Peoplehood Parade marches through West Philly to celebrate the city's diversity and honor those who've made it their life's work to fight oppression and discrimination. The Philadelphia Trans March joins the parade this year to celebrate trans lives, and more groups and individuals are welcome to march in solidarity and to represent their personal causes. The parade starts at the Paul Robeson House and ends at Clark Park.

19th Annual Peoplehood Parade at Paul Robeson House

When:Saturday, October 20, 1-4 p.m.
Where:Parade starts at the Paul Robeson House, 4951 Walnut Street
Cost:Free

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Occupied Philadelphia Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American RevolutionPhoto courtesy Museum of the American Revolution

This living history event in Philadelphia's Historic District tells the story of what it was like when the British army captured and occupied Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War. Helping recreate the drama of 1777 for guests: actors playing soldiers, civilians and spies as well as walking tours led by museum educators around the museum's neighborhood.

Occupied Philadelphia Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution

When:October 20-21
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

AIDS Walk Philly

AIDS Walk PhillyPhoto courtesy AIDS Walk Philly

AIDS Fund welcomes thousands of early-morning participants to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sunday for AIDS Walk Philly, a charity event to help those with HIV in the Greater Philadelphia area. The event — which now includes a 5K run — starts in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where a portion of the national AIDS Memorial Quilt is on display.

AIDS Walk Philly

When:Sunday, October 21, 8 a.m.
Where:Various locations including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free, donations recommended

www.aidswalkphilly.org

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field

Philadelphia EaglesPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles hope to shake off the Super Bowl hangover and get back on the road to victory on Sunday. The Birds face a formidable opponent in quarterback Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, at Lincoln Financial Field at 1 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field

When:Sunday, October 21, 1 p.m.
Where:Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Cost:$126 and up

www.philadelphiaeagles.com

AAMP Commune: Spirit Featuring Ruth Naomi Floyd

African American Museum in PhiladelphiaPhoto by P. Meyer for Visit Philadelphia

This community-led event at The African American Museum in Philadelphia explores the theme of “Spirit” and features Ruth Naomi Floyd, an international jazz vocalist, composer and photographer. Floyd shares some of her spirituals and jazz compositions and joins in the group's open discussion about the theme as it relates to the museum's exhibitions, history and individual experiences.

AAMP Commune: Spirit Featuring Ruth Naomi Floyd

When:Sunday, October 21, 1-2 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:$5, in advance; $14, door; free, students and seniors

www.aampmuseum.org

Earthfest Presents The Science of Scary at Temple Ambler Arboretum

Explore some of the science behind "scary" creatures like skunks, spiders, bats and predatory birds at this eye-opening free event aimed to teach attendees more about the role creepy and crawly creatures play in our ecosystem.

Earthfest Presents The Science of Scary at Temple Ambler Arboretum

When:Sunday, October 21, 2 p.m.
Where:Temple University Ambler, 580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler
Cost:Free (registration required)

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Seven Things I've Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass at the Merriam Theater

Ira GlassPhoto by Jesse Michener for The Kimmel Center

Revered public radio host, producer and creator of This American Life takes the stage at the Merriam Theater to share lessons he's learned about storytelling throughout his life and career. Glass mixes stories live on stage using video, audio and music clips to give the audience an exclusive look at his creative process.

Seven Things I've Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass at the Merriam Theater

When:Sunday, October 21, 3 p.m.
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost:$59 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Opening: Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist at the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation's newest exhibition opens on Sunday, presenting Berthe Morisot's first U.S. retrospective since 1987. The works featured highlight the bold defiance, keen talent and modern presentation of the only woman artist named alongside impressionists Degas, Monet and Renoir.

Opening: Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist at the Barnes Foundation

When:October 21, 2019 - January 14, 2019
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.barnesfoundation.org

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