October 26-28, 2018

Weekend Picks: Halloween Events & Festivities, Parkway Soiree, Head Of The Schuylkill Regatta And More

Our guide to 130 things to do (!) in Philly this weekend...

Happy Halloween weekend, Philly! With just a few days to go until the big night, there are enough festivals, frights and parties to keep the celebration going all weekend long.

Scary attractions like Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary feel extra creepy when the Halloween chill is in the air, and dozens of Halloween parties and festivities at venues like The Franklin Institute, The Trestle Inn, XFINITY Live! and more pop up at venues citywide.

In cultural celebrations, the Penn Museum’s Día de los Muertos event on Saturday celebrates the Mexican tradition of honoring lost loved ones with live music, activities and a traditional ofrenda.

The weekend also offers two chances to enjoy seasonal snacks and festivities at South Street Pumpkin Fest on Saturday and East Passyunk Fall Fest & Spooky Sunday. The street fairs are full of all-ages activities, live music and tasty bites.

This final weekend of October is the last chance to celebrate the centennial of the Ben Franklin Parkway with the Parkway Soiree closing event — a block party-style fete complete with a vintage picnic in Sister Cities Park, Night Market vendors, a beer garden at the Rodin Museum, after-hours access to Parkway museums and much more.

And Festival for the People wraps up its waterfront interactive installation with music from Naeem, Oluwafemi and more at Race Street Pier and Cherry Street Pier on Saturday and Sunday.

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Read on for our guide to this weekend in Philadelphia.

Friday, October 26

Top Pick

Parkway Soiree on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The closing event for the centennial celebration of the Parkway includes after-hours museum admission, Night Market in Logan Square, a pop-up beer garden and more…

Top Pick

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Halloween weekend at Eastern State Penitentiary is full of frights around every corner thanks to professional effects and makeup at the interactive haunted prison tour...

Top Pick

Philadelphia Film Festival

The 11-day festival closes with an independent sci-fi film (Friday), a neo-noir film with a 3D dream sequence (Saturday) and a buddy comedy shot in Philly (Sunday)...

Philly Cider Week

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Cider deals and events continue through the weekend as part of this 10-day celebration, with cheese pairings at DiBruno Bros (Friday) and a bluegrass happy hour at Hungry Pigeon (Saturday)...

Halloween in Philadelphia

Top Pick

Last Chance: The Glow in West Fairmount Park

Visitors have one final weekend to see 5,000 pumpkins hand-carved into iconic Philly attractions, Disney princesses and more...

Halloween at XFINITY Live!

(Fri, Sat)

Two nights of parties offer different experiences at XFINITY's five venues, including music by Split Decision, $2,500 in cash and prizes, and more...

Gravedigger's Ball at Masonic Temple

Guests don their best costumes or finest formal attire for an open bar, dinner stations, live music, an antiques auction and more at the annual Laurel Hill Cemetery fundraiser...

Live Music, Comedy, Theater and Dance

All My Sons at the Curio Theatre Company

(Fri, Sat)

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

Sweat at the 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

Top Pick

Fabulous Fashion at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Museum exhibit meets runway fashion in an exploration of color, materials and evolving trends that includes pieces from iconic designers from around the world...

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...

In one of the nation’s largest and most festive rowing events, athletes meet and compete on the Schuylkill River during the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta on Saturday and Sunday. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Saturday, October 27

Thirstoberfest at Memphis Taproom

Spend the afternoon on the taproom's side patio, where samples of more than 25 flagship and limited-release beers are on the menu, plus a few surprises...

Halloween in Philadelphia

Dance Party Z at Tabu

This two-floor Halloween affair includes zombie drag performances, music from WXPN DJ Robert Drake and more...

Halloqweens at FringeArts

Philly's biggest LGBTQ Halloween celebration takes over the FringeArts complex with DJ sets, drag and burlesque performances and more...

Halloween Party at the Rosenbach

Charming Disaster entertains costumed guests with live music at the museum and library, which houses Bram Stoker's notes on Dracula...

Halloween in Manayunk

Kids and pets kick off the day with a costume parade, and festivities continue with trick-or-treating, family photos and more...

Live Music, Comedy, Theater and Dance

Top Pick

Black Violin at Merriam Theater

The string duo brings its major-label debut to the stage, including the aptly named title track, Stereotypes...

Top Pick

Brendon Walsh at Good Good Comedy Theatre

The Philly-born comedian takes the stage at home following appearances on Drunk History, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show and more...

Ongoing Exhibitions

Top Pick

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...

Opening: Women's Mobile Museum at Dixon House

This year-long program challenges the social and economic barriers of the art world, supports emerging artists and reaches new audiences with neighborhood pop ups...

30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

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

The brand-new Cherry Street Pier, open year-round on the Delaware River waterfront, hosts the final Festival for the People weekend on both Saturday and Sunday. (Photo by M. Young for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)

Sunday, October 28

Top Pick

East Passyunk Fall Fest & Spooky Sunday

Guests of all ages can enjoy seasonal food and drinks as well as pumpkin decorating while enjoying the costume contest for kids (and pets!)...

Mural Arts Month in Philadelphia

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

In addition to partnership events at the Parkway Soiree and Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, Mural Arts continues its Portraits of Justice events (Friday) and welcomes temporary inflatable art (Friday and Saturday)...

Halloween in Philadelphia

Top Pick

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

Visitors find harvest hayrides, a corn maze, apple picking, live music, a jack-o'-lantern exhibit, fall treats and more than 100 pumpkins in various shapes and sizes…

Fall Fest at Shady Brook Farm

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Shady Brook's season-long 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

Twenty One Pilots at Wells Fargo Center

The alt-pop rock band is back in a big way following a year-long hiatus, with a new album that debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard chart...


(Fri, Sun)

This multi-room experience — described as a living mural — merges visual art, dance and acrobatics for an escape-room-meets-art-installation adventure...

Ongoing Exhibitions

Top Pick

Last Chance: Fast Lane at the Woodmere Art Museum

Get a glimpse of all aspects of a NASCAR race — including those chaotic-but-exciting race-day moments — courtesy of NASCAR's first official photographer...

Sea Monsters HERE at The Navy Yard

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

The #NavyYardSeaMonster public installation is the work of UK-based inflatable sculpture artists and an anonymous collective of Philly artists...

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...


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