25 Things To Do In Philly This Week, October 29 – November 4

Halloween in Philadelphia, First Friday, CraftNOW Philadelphia and more...

It’s shaping up to be a fun week in Philly, with Halloween happenings, arts showcases, home games and plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy all that fall has to offer.

Halloween arrives on Wednesday (finally!) with scary good parties and spooky soirees. Henri David’s Halloween The Ball, the Frankford Hall-oween Party at Frankford Hall and the Horror on Hamilton at The Patio of Spring Arts are just a few on our radar. Be sure to check in with your favorite bar, restaurant or attraction to see what spirited events they have scheduled for the occasion as well.

On Friday, many galleries, studios, shops, bars and restaurants in Philly’s different arts corridors open their doors for First Friday receptions, events and demonstrations.

Those who haven’t stuffed themselves silly with Halloween candy can fill up on seasonal fare — apple pie! hard cider! pumpkin ale! — at two popular food-and-drink fests this week: the Peddler’s Village Apple Festival (Saturday and Sunday) and The Great Ciderfest Harvest and Beer Festival at Hawthornes Cafe (Saturday).

And as Mural Arts Month comes to an end, other festivals celebrating art and creativity — like CraftNOW Philadelphia, The Bridge PHL Theatre Festival, the First Person Arts Festival and the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival — begin.

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

 

Halloween Events and Festivities in Philadelphia

The exterior of Pennhurst AsylumPhoto courtesy Pennhurst Asylum

The spooky season hits its peak this week a ton of Halloween-themed events and parties at Philly museums, restaurants, bars and venues. The long list of parties on Halloween night includes Henri David’s Halloween The Ball at the Philadelphia 201 Hotel, the Horror on Hamilton at The Patio at Spring Arts and Nightmare on Broad Street at The Dolphin, while attractions like The Academy of Natural Sciences and Bartram’s Garden host family-oriented events earlier Wednesday evening. This week also marks the last week for some scary and not-so-scary seasonal attractions, like The Bates Motel (through Wednesday), Fright Factory (through Wednesday) and Pennhurst Asylum (though Sunday).

Halloween Events and Festivities in Philadelphia

When:Dates vary by event
Where:Various locations including Pennhurst Asylum, 250 Common Wealth Drive, Spring City
Cost:Varies by event

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Last Chance: Mural Arts Month

Mural Arts MonthPortraits of Justice by Russell Craig and Jesse Krimes. | Photo by Steve Weinik.

The last week of programming for Mural Arts Month — the month-long celebration of Mural Arts Philadelphia and its 3,800 works of public art — is packed with thought-provoking events and workshops, including a day of expert-led conversations about compassion-centered art and healing practices for coping with addiction and trauma (Monday); a celebration of community, storytelling and a new mural project at Prevention Point with the artist Swoon (Tuesday); an engaging daylong symposium on the criminal justice system, policy and arts-based approaches to criminal justice reform (Friday); and the dedication of a new vibrant mural inside the pedestrian and vehicular tunnels on 5th Street (Saturday).

Last Chance: Mural Arts Month

When:Through Saturday, November 3
Where:Various locations including International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Philadelphia 76ers Home Games

Photo courtesy Philadelphia 76ers

There are three opportunities to show the 76ers some love this week when Joel Embiid and the rest of the squad take on the Atlanta Hawks (Monday), the LA Clippers (Thursday) and the Detroit Pistons (Saturday) at the Wells Fargo Center.

Philadelphia 76ers Home Games

When:October 29, November 1 & November 3
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$9.67 and up

www.nba.com

Gypsy Jazz Concerts in Philadelphia

The Django Festival AllStarsPhoto courtesy Kimmel Center

Fans of the high-energy, swinging style of jazz music know as gypsy jazz are in for a treat this week. Two exciting concerts pay tribute to the music of influential guitarist Django Reinhardt, known as the father of gypsy jazz. The first show is at the Mütter Museum with the Hot Club of Philadelphia on Monday and the second is at the Kimmel Center with the internationally renowned group Django Festival Allstars.

Gypsy Jazz Concerts in Philadelphia

When:October 29 & November 3
Where:Various locations including the Mutter Museum, 19 S. 22nd Street
Cost:$15 and up

www.muttermuseum.org

Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception at SugarHouse Casino

SugarHouse Casino hosts the 15th Annual Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, welcoming legendary athletes like 76ers guard Allen Iverson and Eagles running back Brian Westbrook into the 2018 class of inductees. Fans can buy general-admission tickets to the ceremony or VIP packages that include admission to the reception and meet-and-greets with the inductees and other guests in attendance.

Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception at SugarHouse Casino

When:Thursday, November 1, 5:30 p.m.
Where:SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue
Cost:$50 and up

www.phillyhall.org

The Bridge PHL 2018 Theatre Festival at The Rotunda

Production company Bridge PHL debuts its third annual theater festival on Thursday with an expanded format of shorts — 16 total —  that include drama, comedy, dance, song and poetry. The performances explore a range of topics, including how to deal with the frustrations and constant noise the stems from the current political climate in America; fighting because of racial differences; and speaking up about domestic violence. Check here for descriptions of all the plays and the complete festival schedule.

The Bridge PHL 2018 Theatre Festival at The Rotunda

When:November 1-4
Where:The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Cost:$15 and up

www.thebridgephl.org

CraftNOW Philadelphia

CraftNOW PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy CraftNOW Philadelphia

CraftNOW Philadelphia returns for its fourth year with events that showcase the work of the many talented and hardworking craft artists in and around Philadelphia. Kicking off the more-than-month-long event is the 42nd annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show, which showcases the work of more than 195 of the finest craft artists (Friday to Sunday). Also on for this week: CraftMONTH First Friday receptions at Cherry Street Pier, The Clay Studio and other galleries in Old City (Friday) and a day filled with hands-on craft activities at the Kimmel Center (Saturday).

CraftNOW Philadelphia

When:November 1 - December 7
Where:Various locations including the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.craftnowphila.org

First Friday

First FridayPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Events and activities pop up in Old City, Fishtown and beyond this week for November's First Friday. Cherry Street Pier participates in its inaugural First Friday with open tours of its tenants' art studios and samples of local beer and spirits; World Cafe Live invites guests to its free First Friday Cuban music-and-food series Havana Nights; and galleries and restaurants in Old City offer special CraftMONTH First Friday activities in partnership with CraftNOW Philadelphia.

First Friday

When:Friday, November 2
Cost:Pay as you go

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The Living Deal: API Poets on Loss, Labor, and Love at Asian Arts Initiative

Five Asian and Pacific Islander poets explore questions related to intergenerational trauma, emotional labor, self-worth and more when they share their poetry at the Asian Arts Initiative for a thought-provoking event on Friday.

The Living Deal: API Poets on Loss, Labor, and Love at Asian Arts Initiative

When:Friday, November 2, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where:Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street
Cost:Free

www.asianartsinitiative.org

Chinese Warriors of Peking at Merriam Theater

Chinese Warriors of PekingPhoto courtesy the Kimmel Center

Ring diving, contortion and more feats of acrobatics and martial arts stun on stage at the Merriam Theater during this performance that tells the story of two rival martial-arts disciplines at odds during the Ming Dynasty in Peking, the ancient capital city of China.

Chinese Warriors of Peking at Merriam Theater

When:Friday, November 2, 7:30 p.m.
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost:$19 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

James Beard Foundation Taste America

Taste America PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Taste America

A decadent evening of delicious food created by incredible chefs takes place at The Rittenhouse when the renowned James Beard Foundation presents the Taste America Tour, a celebration of the country’s food scene. Chefs like Eli Kulp and John Patterson of Fork and Diana Widjojo of Hardena prepare tastings for the cocktail reception that precedes the dinner created by Jeremiah Langhorne of The Dabney in Washington D.C., Philly’s own Nicholas Elmi and more. An after-party follows the dinner at Scarpetta Rittenhouse and, on Saturday, Nicholas Elmi and Jeremiah Langhorne head to Sur La Table in King of Prussia for complimentary cooking demonstrations. Plus, in yet another JBF collaboration, Nicholas Elmi lends his East Passyunk cocktail bar ITV to James Beard-nominated chef Alex Talbot of Curiosity Doughnuts for an afternoon doughnuts-and-coffee pop-up on Friday, November 2 (11 a.m.-4 p.m., or while supplies last).

James Beard Foundation Taste America

When:November 2-3
Where:Various locations including Scarpetta, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Cost:Ticketed events: $50 and up; Cooking demo at Sur La Table: Free

www.jamesbeard.org

Cherry Street Pier Exhibition and Market

The Garden at Cherry STreet PIerPhoto by Maria Young for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Newly opened waterfront attraction Cherry Street Pier presents its inaugural art exhibition on Friday, highlighting the photography work of local photographer James B. Abbott. Abbottt's photos of Philadelpha and abroad will be on display through Friday, November 30. The pier also hosts the Antique & Vintage Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Cherry Street Pier Exhibition and Market

When:Exhibition: November 2-30; Market: November 3, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Where:Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Exhibition: free; Market: Pay as you go

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

The Great Ciderfest Harvest and Beer Festival at Hawthornes Cafe

The Great Ciderfest Harvest and Beer Festival at Hawthorne’s Beer CafePhoto courtesy Hawthorne's

Hawthornes Cafe celebrates fall with an all-day festival featuring all-things autumn: pumpkin beers, ciders, fall lagers and comfort food. The fest also features an apple-bobbing competition, a pie-eating contest, live music and more seasonal fun along 11th Street.

The Great Ciderfest Harvest and Beer Festival at Hawthornes Cafe

When:Saturday, November 3, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Where:Hawthornes, 738 S. 11th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Philadelphia Oddities Expo at the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion

The Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion on Frankford Avenue hosts this intriguing expo that features a curated oddities market, unusual workshops (insect pinning, owl-pellet dissection), live entertainment and more. On the second floor of the space, guests can find featured and custom tattoo drawings and prints (known as "flash") of oddities designed by talented tattoo artists in the region and beyond.

Philadelphia Oddities Expo at the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion

When:Saturday, November 3, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, 8046 Frankford Avenue
Cost:$13, general admission; free, children 12 & under

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Pups on the Plaza: Walking Tour and Yappy Hour at the Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American RevolutionPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The Young Friends of Independence Historical Trust invites guests and their leashed, friendly canine companions on this walking tour about animals of importance in the late-18th century. Each of the two tours start and end at the Museum of the American Revolution, which hosts a dog-friendly happy hour between tours. Yappy Hour attendees can score drink specials, and tour participants get their first drink for free.

Pups on the Plaza: Walking Tour and Yappy Hour at the Museum of the American Revolution

When:Saturday, November 3; Tours: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Yappy Hour: noon - 3 p.m.
Where:Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:Tours: $10, including one free drink ticket (does not include museum admission); Yappy Hour: Pay as you go (does not include museum admission)

www.amrevmuseum.org

Quest Film Screening at Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library

Photo courtesy Quest

The Lucien E. Blackwall Philadelphia Regional Library presents a screening of this critically acclaimed documentary that follows the life of music producer Christopher “Quest” Rainey, his tight-knit family and the community of hip-hop artists he mentors over the course of nearly a decade in North Philadelphia. The event is part of the Free Library's larger #midtermsmatter program series, which aims to teach attendees why voting in midterm elections is so important.

Quest Film Screening at Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library

When:Saturday, November 3, 2 p.m.
Where:Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd Street
Cost:Free

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Meet the Author: Jennifer Harford Vargas at Taller Puertorriqueño

Photo courtesy Taller Puertorriqueño

The author Jennifer Harford Vargas comes to Taller Puertorriqueño for a very special free book discussion and signing. Vargas will talk about her latest book, Forms of Dictatorship: Power, Narrative, and Authoritarianism in the Latina/o Novel, which examines a new sub-genre of Latina/o fiction that she calls "the Latina/o dictatorship novel."

Meet the Author: Jennifer Harford Vargas at Taller Puertorriqueño

When:Saturday, November 3, 3-5 p.m.
Where:Taller Puertorriqueño, 2600 N. 5th Street
Cost:Free

www.tallerpr.org

Art for Life Philadelphia at the Painted Bride Art Center

The first-ever Art for Life Philadelphia benefit, created by local artist and philanthropist Danny Simmons of Rush Arts, takes place at the Painted Bride Art Center on Saturday to honor some of the most influential members of the local arts community and raise money for Rush Art's community programming for young and emerging artists. The event is hosted by Angela and Vanessa Simmons (the daughters of Danny's brother, Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons of Run-DMC) and the inaugural honorees are Judith Brodsky of the Brodsky Center (now located at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts), Philadelphia portrait painter James Brantley and Mural Arts Philadelphia's founder and executive director Jane Golden.

Art for Life Philadelphia at the Painted Bride Art Center

When:Saturday, November 3, 6 p.m.
Where:Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
Cost:$150 and up

www.rushphilanthropic.org

AC2: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen at the Academy of Music

Two of cable television’s most prominent gay faces open their minds and mouths in this Q&A tour, during which the two share gossip before taking questions from the audience. That audience can expect plenty of cheerful — and sometimes salacious — banter initiated by Bravo personality Cohen and some blushing from CNN’s famously private Cooper.

AC2: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen at the Academy of Music

When:Saturday, November 3, 8 p.m.
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$60 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Peddler’s Village Apple Festival

Peddler’s Village dedicates a festival to fall’s favorite fruit – the apple! — this weekend. The family-fun event brings two days of apple-centric treats to the Bucks County attraction along with seasonal shopping, live performances from musicians like Ray Allen and Rendition Jazz Band and a kids' fun zone with bounce houses, sand art and face painting.

Peddler’s Village Apple Festival

When:November 3-4
Where:Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
Cost:Pay as you go

www.peddlersvillage.com

Mermaids at Adventure Aquarium

A magical mermaid swims with sharks, stingrays and hundreds of fish for a limited time at Adventure Aquarium during Mermaids, a back-by-popular-demand spectacle aimed at enchanting guests, awakening imaginations and spreading ocean conservation awareness. Guests who purchase the VIP experience tickets — new for this year — can skip the line to see the mermaid swimming in the Shark Realm, meet a mermaid and even "transform" into a mermaid after a special face painting.

Mermaids at Adventure Aquarium

When:November 3-11
Where:Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden
Cost:Included with general admission; online: $29.99, adult; $21.99, child; Mermaids VIP Encounter: starts at $199

www.adventureaquarium.com

Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

Philadelphia Jewish Film FestivalPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

This November marks the 30th anniversary of the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, an event that celebrates Jewish filmmakers and films about the Jewish experience. This year’s festival features 30 film events ranging from shorts and documentaries to feature films and panels. Screenings this week include The Interpreter, Box For Life and Shoelaces.

Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

When:November 3-18
Where:Various locations including Landmark's Ritz East, 125 S. 2nd Street
Cost:$7 and up

www.pjff.org

Philadelphia Veterans Day Parade and Festival

Photo courtesy Philadelphia Veterans Day Parade

On Sunday, the fourth annual Veterans Day Parade and Festival honors local veterans who nobly fought for our country, ahead of the Veterans Day holiday next Sunday, November 11. Spectators can cheer on the many veterans and organizations marching in parade (which starts at noon) and enjoy food trucks (Slider King, Rita's Water Ice, P.J. Whelihan's and more), beer (Philadelphia Brewing Company), live music and more at a festival at 5th and Market streets afterward.

Philadelphia Veterans Day Parade and Festival

When:Sunday, November 4, noon
Where:Parade starts at 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard; post-parade festivities: 5th and Market streets
Cost:Free

www.phillyveteransparade.org

Hello Sunshine x Together Live at Merriam Theater

Together Live partners with Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon's media company, to bring an engaging and diverse group of women to the stage at the Merriam Theater for an evening of authentic, powerful, funny and moving storytelling. The event features the well-known female voices of Cheryl Strayed, Cleo Wade, Luvvie Ajayi, Nicole Byer and MILCK.

Hello Sunshine x Together Live at Merriam Theater

When:Sunday, November 4, 7 p.m.
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost:$25 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

First Person Arts Festival

First Person ArtsPhoto courtesy First Person Arts

Philly's First Person Arts Festival begins on Sunday to offer almost a full month of programming that celebrates storytellers and showcases memoir and documentary art. Two workshops on Sunday kick off the festival: SlamCamp for Beginners and Gender Identity for Families.

First Person Arts Festival

When:November 4-27
Where:Various locations including Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street
Cost:Varies by event

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