Happy October (I say as I am currently sweating in my bedroom)! Even if the weather is not allowing us to dress to our full fall potential just yet, the fall-themed activities sure are here in full force. I’ve rounded up some of my absolute favorite fall events happening all October long in (and around) Philadelphia for you today. So whether you’re looking for a place to ~rage~ (as the kids say) with your friends, need a step up from the most basic fall date idea, or are entertaining your family this month, I’ve got you covered with the best 15 events you’re gonna wanna know about.
Each event name is linked to a place where you can find more info! Enjoy, and happy fall! xx
Fall Festivals for you & your buds
Midtown Village Fall Festival
Saturday, 10/6 from 12-8pm
Drinks, things to buy, live music, delicious pay-as-you-go food. As part of the event, BRU is also hosting a Fall Fest.
Old City Fest
Sunday, 10/7 from 11am-6pm
Tons of local shopping, all your fav Old City restaurants serving food & drinks, and really good music!
Saturday, 10/13 from 12-8pm
The only non-profit street festival in Philly. See why this is my favorite fall event.
Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl
Wednesday, 10/24 from 5:30-9:30pm
One of East Passyunk’s returning events is perfect for you & the lady pals ($6.66 ticket gets you $4 craft beers and a witches hat, naturally).
Terror Behind the Walls
All month long
Grab a group of your most trusted pals and get ready to scream at Eastern State’s annual Halloween haunted house (I went in 2016 & was terrified).
October Philly Date Ideas
Night Market in Point Breeze
Thursday, 10/4 from 6-10pm
Head down to 20th & Federal for the last Night Market of the szn, benefiting The Food Trust.
KOP Beerfest Royale
Thursday, 10/4 from 5:30-9pm, and Saturday, 10/6 from 12-3:30pm & 6-9:30pm
Take your date on an adventure to King of Prussia with sooo many good food & brew options included in your ticket price (use code EMILYTHARP for $5 off, too!).
Betsy Ross House Beer Garden
Thursday, 10/11 from 5-10pm
An event I can’t imagine you’re not at least slightly curious about. Also, I will be there and can totally save you from any potentially bad dates. 😉
Dilworth Park Octoberfest
Wednesday, 10/17 – Sunday, 10/21 from 5-9pm
Take in the fall scenery at Dilworth Park with seasonal drinks and live music.
Collingswood Restaurant Week
Sunday, 10/21 – Friday, 10/26
Check out some of the awesome restaurants in Collingswood, NJ with their prix fixe Restaurant Week.
Fall Family Outings in Philly
PA Ballet performs Romeo & Juliet
Thursday, 10/11 – Sunday, 10/21, various times
In what I can only imagine will be incredddible, our amazing PA Ballet is taking on the ultimate ~love story~ at the Academy of Music this month.
Antique + Vintage Flea Market and Second Saturday Sidewalk Sale
Saturday, 10/13, from 8am-10pm
East Passyunk Ave is the place to be on the 13th, with the Phila Flea Markets/Second Saturday/live music trifecta.
Philadelphia Film Festival
Thursday, 10/18 – Sunday, 10/28, various times
Philadelphia Film Society’s team brings the best films of all the festivals to our city for 10 days. You’re guaranteed to find something you & the fam will like!
Witches & Wizards Weekend
Friday, 10/19 – Saturday, 10/20, various times
You should definitely still support Chestnut Hill after Warner Bros made them change the name of their HP (not this HP 😉 ) festival.
Saturday, 10/27 from 12-5pm
Dress your pup in their absolute best Halloween costume and head over to Schmidt’s Commons for a costume contest (and a taco contest for humans).