24 Excellent Things To Do In Philly This Week, October 9-14

Grand opening of Cherry Street Pier, Bloktoberfest, Chinatown Yè Shì Night Market and more...

It’s going to be a super-fun week in Philly, with a slew of food and drink fests, massive concerts and the opening of one of this year’s most hotly anticipated new attractions.

That’s right: Cherry Street Pier — the new indoor-outdoor waterfront attraction that functions as a park, exhibition space, market, garden and more — officially opens to the public on Friday! After years of vacancy, Municipal Pier 9’s 55,000 square feet reopens as a year-round communal space hosting artists, merchants, dining, businesses and performances.

For the pier’s opening this weekend (and the following two weekends), the attraction and neighboring Race Street Pier house a range of creative works, installations, events and programming focusing on subcultural themes and art forms for Festival for the People, a new arts festival curated by Philadelphia Contemporary.

Speaking of openings, two new exhibitions debut this week: The Art of Rube Goldberg (Friday) at the National Museum of American Jewish History and Vikings: Beyond the Legend (Saturday) at The Franklin Institute.

There are plenty of food and drink events to fill up at this week as well, including the Chinatown Yè Shì Night Market (Thursday), Taste of Ardmore (Thursday), Bloktoberfest (Saturday) and the Kennett Brewfest (Saturday).

Also this week, a harvest festival at Bartram’s Garden (Sunday) excites with activities like cider pressing, horseback riding, pumpkin carving and hayrides, while Reading Terminal Market transforms into an urban farm for a harvest festival (Saturday) of its own.

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

DesignPhiladelphia

DesignPhiladelphia eventPhoto courtesy DesignPhiladelphia

Philly's citywide celebration of impactful design continues through Saturday. Events this week include a collaborative workshop that reimagines Philly’s “brand” (Tuesday); a conversation about Mexican handicraft that includes folk art tours and mezcal samples at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (Thursday), a discussion with Walé Oyéjidé, designer and creative director of fashion line Ikiré Jones, about his design purpose and work (Friday); and a talk about placemaking through art and design with Ricardo Rivera, founder and lead designer of Klip Collective (Saturday).

DesignPhiladelphia

When:Through Saturday, October 13
Where:Various locations including Bok Building, 1901 S. 9th Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Mural Arts Month

The colorful Dreams, Diaspora, and Destiny mural in West PhiladelphiaPhoto by S. Weinik for Mural Arts Philadelphia

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. This week's programming includes the official unveiling of Dreams, Diaspora, and Destiny, Philadelphia’s first augmented reality mural (Tuesday); Shontina Vernon’s When and Where We Re-enter storytelling workshop (Thursday); and the opening of the newest Spring Arts exhibition, curated by Paradigm Gallery and hosted by Arts + Crafts Holdings (Friday).

Mural Arts Month

When:Through Saturday, November 3
Where:Various locations including 5300 Lansdowne Avenue
Cost:Varies by event

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Sea Monsters HERE (#NavyYardSeaMonster) at The Navy Yard

Public art installation Sea Monsters HERE at the Navy YardPhoto courtesy Group X

Fluorescent purple inflatable tentacles burst out of the windows and from the roof of an old warehouse in the Navy Yard for an imaginative new public art installation titled Sea Monsters HERE (#NavyYardSeaMonster). The installation — created by United Kingdom-based inflatable sculpture artists Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas — is the first collaboration between The Navy Yard and Group X, an anonymous collective of Philly artists, curators and organizers. The colorful and quirky piece of public art can be observed from the streets around Building 611 (located at the intersection of 13th Street and Flagship Avenue), the nearby Delaware River and when flying in or out of the Philadelphia International Airport.

Sea Monsters HERE (#NavyYardSeaMonster) at The Navy Yard

When:Through Friday, November 16
Where:The Navy Yard, Building 611, Flagship Avenue and 13th Street
Cost:Free

www.navyyard.org

Major Concerts in Philadelphia

Lots of musical talent rolls through Philly this week for performances at venues big and small. Shows of note include Death Cab For Cutie at the Tower Theater (Wednesday), Gorillaz at the Wells Fargo Center (Thursday), Indigo Girls at the Keswick Theater (Thursday), Ja Rule, Method Man and Redman at North Seventh (Friday), Maroon 5 at the Wells Fargo Center (Friday), Talib Kweli at Union Transfer (Friday) and Florence + The Machine at the Wells Fargo Center (Sunday).

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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Halloween Events in Philadelphia

Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Throughout October, the eerie side of the Philadelphia area casts it spell citywide and beyond via ghost tours, haunted houses and other terrifying experiences. Attractions like Terror Behind the Walls (Thursday-Sunday) at Eastern State Penitentiary, Pennhurst Asylum (Thursday-Sunday) in Chester County and Fright Factory (Friday-Sunday) in South Philadelphia summon screams galore. For family-oriented Halloween fun, the Philadelphia Zoo's Boo at the Zoo returns Saturday and Sunday with a trick-or-treat safari, the educational Extinction Graveyard, a hay bale maze and a giant pumpkin wall.

Halloween Events in Philadelphia

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:Varies by event

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Harvest Festivals in Philadelphia

People on a hay ride at the Reading Terminal Market Harvest FestivalPhoto courtesy Reading Terminal Market

A variety of attractions — including Linvilla Orchards (through November 4), Shady Brook Farms (through October 31), Reading Terminal Market (Saturday) and Bartram's Garden (Sunday) — host harvest festivals this week, delighting visitors eager to pick out the perfect pumpkin, assemble a scarecrow and explore a fun corn maze.

Harvest Festivals in Philadelphia

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Cost:Free

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Food Festivals in Philadelphia

Guest receiving beer sample at Kennett BrewfestPhoto courtesy Kennett Brewfest

Food-and-drink-filled fests this week are sure to satisfy any craving. Classic Philly fare is the theme of the day at the Philly Cheesesteak & Food Fest (Saturday), while craft beer gets all the attention at the Kennett Brewfest (Saturday). The first-ever Pickledelphia Pickle Festival (Sunday) and Oktoberfest-inspired OctoberFEAST (Saturday and Sunday) at Peddler’s Village round out the delicious fun.

Food Festivals in Philadelphia

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including 600 S. Broad Street, Kennett Square
Cost:Varies by event

Neighborhood Food Strolls

Supper Sessions on the Avenue dining event outdoors in Mt AiryPhoto courtesy Supper Sessions on the Avenue

Three separate neighborhoods — Mt. Airy, Ardmore and Port Richmond — host dining events this week to spotlight their respective food-and-drink scenes. On Wednesday, the Taste of Port Richmond fills Richmond Hall with tasty bites from local establishments and Supper Sessions on the Avenue in Mt. Airy takes over the 7100 block of Germantown Avenue to showcase food from the block's 10 restaurants. On Thursday, 14 Ardmore eateries present their best dishes and drinks for guests to try at the Taste of Ardmore event at Ardmore Toyota.

Neighborhood Food Strolls

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including 7100 block of Germantown Avenue
Cost:Varies by event

Home Opener: Philadelphia Flyers vs. the San Jose Sharks

Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers meet the San Jose Sharks for the first home game of the season on Tuesday night. Specators can see the action unfold — and enjoy the antics of the internet's favorite new sports team mascot, Gritty! — at the Wells Fargo Center at 7 p.m.

Home Opener: Philadelphia Flyers vs. the San Jose Sharks

When:Tuesday, October 9, 7 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$52 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Chinatown Yè Shì Night Market

Chinatown Yeshi Night Market live music and crowdPhoto by Mindy Tran

Local food trucks join Chinatown’s restaurants for alfresco dining in the neighborhood as Chinatown Yè Shì Night Market returns. Guests of the evening-long festival can look forward to delicious fare from mobile food vendors, spirited performances and the chance to explore one of the city’s most bustling neighborhoods.

Chinatown Yè Shì Night Market

When:Thursday, October 11, 7-11 p.m.
Where:Chinatown, 10th Street from Arch Street to Vine Street and Race Street from 9th Street to 11th Street
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

www.yeshinightmarket.com

Barnes Takeover: Ursula Rucker at the Barnes Foundation

Spoken word artist Ursula Rucker performingPhoto courtesy Barnes Foundation

In honor of the soon-to-open exhibit Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist at the Barnes Foundation, local spoken word artist Ursula Rucker performs a piece inspired by the 887 metalworks found throughout the Barnes' galleries in the first of a series of Barnes Takeovers featuring local artists' interpretations of the collections. The performance will feature spoken word, sound and imagery.

Barnes Takeover: Ursula Rucker at the Barnes Foundation

When:Thursday, October 11, 8-10 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$10

www.barnesfoundation.org

The Barnes/Stokowski Festival: Debussy and Chausson with The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra performingPhoto courtesy Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

This three-day festival showcases art collector and educator Alfred Barnes (of the Barnes Foundation) and orchestra conductor Leopold Stokowski — who both lived and worked in Philadelphia — and the contributions they made to boost Philadelphia's reputation as an international destination for the arts. Programming includes a panel discussion on the impact the two men had on the American art scene, chamber performances, composer workshops and more.

The Barnes/Stokowski Festival: Debussy and Chausson with The Philadelphia Orchestra

When:October 11-13
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$39 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Young Involved Philadelphia: State of Young Philly

Civic-minded residents and visitors are welcome at the 10-day State of Young Philly event series, which kicks off on Thursday. Events this week include a civic engagement fair at WHYY, Inc. (Thursday), a conversation about contemporary immigration issues at UPENN's Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics (Friday) and Slay Election Day Quizzo at Silk City (Friday).

Young Involved Philadelphia: State of Young Philly

When:October 11-20
Where:Various locations including MANNA, 420 N. 20th Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.younginvolvedphila.org

Pennsylvania Ballet Opening: Romeo & Juliet at the Academy of Music

Shakespeare’s classic tale of Romeo and Juliet is performed as a ballet this week when the Pennsylvania Ballet brings the story to life on the Academy of Music stage. The show opens on Thursday and runs on select days through Sunday, October 21.

Pennsylvania Ballet Opening: Romeo & Juliet at the Academy of Music

When:October 11-21 (select dates)
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35 and up

www.paballet.org

Opening: Cherry Street Pier

The revitalization of once-vacant public spaces continues in Philadelphia with the opening of Cherry Street Pier on Friday. The $5 million makeover transforms the 55,0000-square-foot Municipal Pier 9 into an accessible, egalitarian, year-round, mixed-use space for artist studios, shopping, performances, dining, drinking, working and relaxing in an innovatively designed public space, including an open-air park at the pier’s end. In conjunction with the opening, a new dynamic arts festival produced by Philadelphia Contemporary called Festival for the People takes place over the next three weekends at spaces within Cherry Street Pier and the neighboring Race Street Pier.

Opening: Cherry Street Pier

When:Opens Friday, October 12
Where:Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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PHeaSt uCity Square

PHeaST dinner event at PHS Pop-Up Garden in uCity SquarePhoto courtesy Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Guests can enjoy delicious food, seasonally inspired cocktails, music and more at this year's PHeaSt, which celebrates the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the fall harvest. Located at the PHS Pop-Up Garden in uCity Square, the event features food prepared by more than a dozen chefs, including Adan Trinidad (Jose Pistola’s, Sancho Pistola’s and Pistola’s Del Sur), Townsend Wentz (Townsend, Oloroso and A Mano) and Nicholas Elmi (Royal Boucherie). Casey Parker, co-owner of Jose Pistola’s, Sancho Pistola’s and Pistola’s Del Sur, and his jazz trio (Nero Catalano Trio) and band (The Philly Special) provide the tunes for the evening.

PHeaSt uCity Square

When:Friday, October 12, 7-10 p.m.
Where:PHS Pop-Up Garden uCity Square, 60 N. 36th Street
Cost:$150, general admission; $300, benefactor

www.phsonline.org

Exhibition Opening: The Art of Rube Goldberg at the National Museum of American Jewish History

Beginning Friday, the National Museum of American Jewish History displays Rube Goldberg’s Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoons, machine-invention drawings and more in the first comprehensive exhibition of his work since 1970.

Exhibition Opening: The Art of Rube Goldberg at the National Museum of American Jewish History

When:October 12, 2018 - January 21, 2019
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East
Cost:Included with general admission: $15, adults; $13, seniors (65 and up) and youth (ages 13-21); free, children 12 and under and active military (with ID)

www.nmajh.org

Exhibition Opening: Vikings: Beyond the Legend at The Franklin Institute

Vikings: Beyond the Legend exhibit at The Franklin InstitutePhoto courtesy The Franklin Institute

A 21-foot-long replica Viking ship, 600 artifacts (!), Norse mythology and more make up Vikings: Beyond The Legend, the newest exhibition at The Franklin Institute. Multimedia and interactive elements help bring the ancient Scandinavian peoples and their complex societies to life.

Exhibition Opening: Vikings: Beyond the Legend at The Franklin Institute

When:October 13, 2018 - March 3, 2019
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:Daytime entry (general admission to museum included): $35, adults; $31, children ages 3-11. Evening entry (Thursday-Saturday, 5-8 p.m.; does not include general admission to museum): $20, adults; $15, children ages 3-11. Member tickets (daytime or evening entry): $9, adults; $8, children ages 3-11

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Macy’s Family Fun Day at The African American Museum in Philadelphia

Exterior of the African American Museum in PhiladelphiaPhoto by Visit Philadelphia

On Saturday, the first 250 guests to arrive at The African American Museum in Philadelphia's Macy's Family Fun Day receive free admission and have the opportunity to take part in a variety of interactive anti-bullying programs and arts workshops for National Bullying Prevention Month. Activities include a moderated discussion about bullying prevention, a reflective writing session and a friendship-doll-making project.

Macy’s Family Fun Day at The African American Museum in Philadelphia

When:Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free for first 250 guests

www.aampmuseum.org

Philadelphia Unity Cup Championship Game Day at Talen Energy Stadium

Philly residents representing 52 popular, soccer-loving countries compete for civic pride in this soccer tournament organized by the City of Philadelphia. The months-long tournament culminates with the final games at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday that are free to attend.

Philadelphia Unity Cup Championship Game Day at Talen Energy Stadium

When:Saturday, October 13, noon - 5 p.m.
Where:Talen Energy Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, Chester
Cost:Free

www.unitycup.phila.gov

Fishtown RiverCity Festival at Penn Treaty Park

Crowd at Fishtown RiverCity FestivalPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Local bands take the stage, food trucks roll up, craft beer flows and local vendors show off their wares at the Fishtown RiverCity Festival on Saturday at Penn Treaty Park. Guests can find local craft-beer purveyors like Kurant Cider, Yards Brewing Company and Evil Genius Beer Co. pouring their best brews in the hospitality tent. This year's entertainment lineup includes Huffamoose, Harmony Woods, St. James and the Apostles and more local musicians.

Fishtown RiverCity Festival at Penn Treaty Park

When:Saturday, October 13, noon - 6 p.m.
Where:Penn Treaty Park, 1301 N. Beach Street
Cost:Free, pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Girard Avenue Street Festival

On Saturday, crowds gather on Girard Avenue between 26th Street and 29th Street for a lively street festival featuring artisanal vendors, local eateries, a family zone and performances by Tre Lambert & the Now Generation, Kevin Valentine Quartet, York Street Hustle and more on the main stage.

Girard Avenue Street Festival

When:Saturday, October 13, noon - 7 p.m.
Where:Girard Avenue between 26th Street and 29th Street
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Bloktoberfest on South Street

BloktoberfestR. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

During Bloktoberfest, several local organizations partner with nearby businesses to produce an outdoor celebration of neighborhoods, October, beer, food and music that stretches across the afternoon — and along four blocks of South Street in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.

Bloktoberfest on South Street

When:Saturday, October 13, noon - 8 p.m.
Where:South Street between Broad Street and 18th Street
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Last Chance: Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

Visitors to Global Dye Works during Philadelphia Open Studio ToursPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Saturday and Sunday are the final days of this year's Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, where Philadelphia dwellers can get a sneak peek inside the studios of some of the city’s most talented artists. 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 Kensington, Fishtown, Port Richmond, Northern Liberties, Old City and Callowhill, while tours on Sunday take place in Queen Village, Bella Vista, South Philadelphia, Point Breeze, Pennsport, Newbold, East Passyunk and Center City East studios. Use this helpful map to start planning.

Last Chance: Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

When:October 13-14
Where:Various locations including Globe Dye Works, 4500 Worth Street
Cost:Free

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