October 19-21, 2018

Weekend Picks: Witches & Wizards, Festival For The People, New Exhibits And More

Check out nearly 100 awesome things to do in Philly this weekend...

Happy weekend, Philly! With new exhibitions and major festivals on the calendar, these next few days are full of fun goings-on.

Formerly the Harry Potter Festival, the new-for-2018 Witches & Wizards takes over the charming town of Chestnut Hill for spellbinding events on both Friday evening (bar crawl!) and Saturday (street fest!) that morph the neighborhood into an enchanting magic-filled haunt.

In other festival happenings, Festival for the People continues its run of public art and performances on the Delaware River waterfront at the brand-new Cherry Street Pier and Race Street Pier on both Saturday and Sunday.

And the Barnes Foundation’s new Berthe Morisot exhibition — which provides a rare look at works by the famous female impressionist — opens Sunday, joining other recently unveiled exhibits at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (fashion), The Franklin Institute (Vikings) and the National Museum of American Jewish History (Rube Goldberg).

Elsewhere, Dilworth Park’s Made in Philadelphia Fall Market, Franklin Square’s Pumpkin Patch and other fall events are surefire ways to tell autumn is in full swing, as is the big Philadelphia Eagles game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in South Philly.

Make the most of this weekend with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, featuring free hotel parking and $193 in free perks.

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Read on for our guide to this weekend in Philadelphia.

Friday, October 19

Top Pick

Witches & Wizards in Chestnut Hill

This weekend, Chestnut Hill is transformed into a magical world of spells and spooky thrills, complete with a Quidditch tournament, a beer garden and a straw maze...

Top Pick

Philadelphia Film Festival

See critically acclaimed films, movies with major stars, documentaries, local productions and more during this 11-day festival...

Illuminated Fountain Performances at Longwood Gardens

(Fri, Sat)

More than 1,700 jets and streams soar up to 175 feet in the air and are lit by a rainbow of colors during this popular program that's set to classical music on Friday and popular movie soundtracks on Saturday...

Fall Fest at Shady Brook Farm

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Shady Brook's season-long harvest festival includes autumnal favorites like apple- and pumpkin-picking, plus local craft beer and wine, moonlit corn-maze-wandering and more…

Live Music, Comedy, Theater and Dance

Top Pick

Hardwork Movement at Johnny Brenda's

Fresh from last month’s Philly Music Fest, the local hip-hop collective takes the stage in Fishtown with its horns and cello...

Top Pick

George Lopez at SugarHouse Casino

The comedian brings “The Wall World Tour” to Philly before the release of his upcoming thriller River Runs Red...

All My Sons at Curio Theatre Company

(Fri, Sat)

This Arthur Miller play about the aftermath of a tragedy in a suburban America family is running on select dates on Baltimore Avenue...

Sweat at Suzanne Roberts Theatre

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Philadelphia Theatre Company begins its new season with the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning story of deindustrialization in a Pennsylvania town...

Ongoing Exhibitions

Formerly the Harry Potter Festival, the new-for-2018 Witches & Wizards takes over Chestnut Hill this weekend for spellbinding events, including the Brews & Broomsticks Pub Crawl on Friday. (Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia)

Saturday, October 20

Top Pick

Pumpkin Patch at Franklin Square

This free event for kids 10 and under includes a pumpkin for each child to paint, decorate and take home...

Live Music, Comedy, Theater and Dance

Ongoing Exhibitions

Top Pick

Fabulous Fashion at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Designs from the likes of Cristóbal Balenciaga, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior and more are on display — some for the first time — in this exhibit of rare garments...

Cultures in the Crossfire at the Penn Museum

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Explore the cultures, populations and history of one of the world's most turbulent regions, told through ancient artifacts and modern works by a Syrian artist...

30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Michener Art Museum celebrates its 30th anniversary with works from local students, objects from the vault that have never been displayed before and more...

Lincoln Financial Field during a Philadelphia Eagles game

The Philadelphia Eagles hope to shake off the Super Bowl hangover and get back on the road to victory on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field. (Photo courtesy Lincoln Financial Field)

Sunday, October 21

Top Pick

Opening: Berthe Morisot at the Barnes Foundation

Morisot’s retrospective highlights the defiance, talent and modern presentation of the only woman artist recognized alongside impressionists Degas, Monet and Renoir...

Top Pick

AIDS Walk Philly

More than 30 years strong, the annual 5K walk and fun run raises money to fight HIV/AIDS in Philadelphia...

Live Music, Comedy, Theater and Dance

Top Pick

Once at Arden Theatre Co.

This Tony Award-winning play about an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant features Academy Award-winning music...

Top Pick

Broken Biscuits at Plays & Players Theater

A popular coming-of-age story about three friends in the U.K. makes its U.S. premiere with Philly’s all-comedy company...

Ongoing Exhibitions

Rodin's The Kiss at The Rodin Museum

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

The museum commemorates the 100th anniversary of Auguste Rodin's death by focusing on the sculptor's depictions of love...

Cultures in the Crossfire at the Penn Museum

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Explore the cultures, populations and history of one of the world's most turbulent regions, told through ancient artifacts and modern works by a Syrian artist...

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