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What’s Happening in Philly This Weekend: October 20-22

Each weekend, we will post some of the most unique social and culture places to visit in addition to exciting events in and around the Philly area. We call it Philly Influencer’s Weekend Picks. If you attend any of these places or events, let us know how it went! Tweet us or email us at [email protected].

Here’s our list of the top Sips & Eats in the city this week.

Events Running Through the Weekend

1. Philadelphia Film Festival

Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Sunday, October 29th

The 26th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival kicks off this week. The film showcase will have many top-tier selections that have been buzzing through the movie festival cycle this season. Come see the latest works from stars like Margot Robbie, Denzel Washington, Steve Carell, fantastic shorts and documentaries, and more.

For more information, click here.

2. Pumpkinland

Where: Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Rd. Media, PA
When: Runs through Monday, November 6th

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards is one of the premier seasonal spots in the Delaware Valley. There will be over one hundred tons of pumpkins decorating the area that will be full of straw bales, toys, harvest decorations, corn shocks, and more. Bring the whole family out.

For more information, click here.

3. Fall Fest at Shady Brook Farm

Where: 931 Stony Hill Rd. Yardley, PA
When: Runs through Sunday, October 29th

Another nearby farm is Shady Brook Farm. These beautiful location opened up its Fall Festival earlier this month. The farm has wagon rides, a sports challenge, a Johnny Appleseed corn maze, go carts, and races. Shady Brook Farms also has a Horror Fest and after dark runs that offers up some chilling excitement to the night.

For more information, click here.

4. Boo at the Zoo

Where: Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave.
When: Runs through Sunday, October 29th

The Philadelphia Zoo will be having a unique and one-of-a-kind event over the next two weeks. Boo at the Zoo will have a trick-or-treat safari, an extinction graveyard, seasonal treats, a hay bale maze, and a spanning pumpkin wall. Bring all your kids and family out to this amazing annual event. A spooky overnight experience is also offered.

For more information, click here.

5. Nikki Gleaser

Where: Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.
When: Thursday, October 19th & Saturday, October 21st, Various times

Punch Line Philly will be the place to be for all the laughs this weekend. Nikki Gleaser has had several Comedy Central stand up productions. She also co-hosted an MTV late-night talk show called Nikki and Sara LIVE. Come see the hilarious comedian on the center stage.

For more information, click here.

6. City Tap House 90’s Party

Where: City Tap House Logan Square, 2 Logan Sq.
When: Friday, October 20th, 7PM

City Tap House will be having a blowout 90’s party this Friday night. The hosts, Brewery Ommegang, will be celebrating their  20th Anniversary with this soiree. Guests will receive complimentary samples of Ommegang’s specialty 20th Anniversary Ale and be able to eat from the curated specialty food menu. 90’s movies and television shows will be streamed on the massive screen at the location while the DJ will be playing some of the best hits from that era.

7. 76ers vs. Celtics

Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 s. Broad St.
When: Friday, October 20th, 7PM

The Philadelphia 76ers will be taking over the Wells Fargo Center this Friday to ignite the crowd. The Sixers home opener will be against none other than Eastern Conference and divisional foes, the Boston Celtics. All the Philadelphia fans will be in the building to cheer on their team.

For more information, click here.

8. Richard Lewis

Where: Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.
When: Friday, October 20th-Sunday, October 22nd

Another comedy pop up on this list is Richard Lewis’ multi-night run at the Helium Comedy Club. The seasoned actor and comedian will be bringing his direct and stark brand of humor to the City of Brotherly Love this weekend.

For more information, click here.

9. Zedd

Where: Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St.
When: Friday, October 20th, 8:30PM

Russian-German producer and DJ Zedd will be rocking the house at the Electric Factory this Friday night. The “Stay” and “Clarity” hitmaker will be doing a diverse set of many singles that made him a household name over the years. The place will be filled with some of the best electronica fans in the area.

For more information, click here.

10. Harry Potter Festival

Where: Chestnut Hill College, 9601 Germantown Ave.
When: Friday, October 20th & Saturday, October 21st

Each year Chestnut Hill gets taken over by aspiring wizards and quidditch players. The 2017 Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival & Quidditch Tournamnet begins this Friday. There will be plenty of activities including a costume contest, tournaments, vendors, and more at the this magical gathering.

For more information, click here.

11. Soul Crawl

Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave.
When: Friday, October 19th & Saturday, October 20th

The Laurel Hill Cemetery will be hosting its classic Soul Crawl: Haunted Halloween History Tours this Friday and Saturday.  Come get toured around dim-lit paths and haunted corridors in the spooky evening tour. The winding cemetery will also have two-hour tours that end with seasonal treats and drinks around the fire pits.

For more information, click here.

12. Philly POP Stars Wars

Where: Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
When: Friday, October 20th-Sunday, October 22nd

The music of John Williams will be filling Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center this weekend. To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the franchise the orchestra will be playing select song from the generational hit. Come for the great music, the classic ambiance, and of course the featured costumes.

For more information, click here.

13. Franklin Square Pumpkin Patch

Where: Franklin Square, 6th and Race St.
When: Saturday, October 21st, 12PM-2PM

Each year Franklin Square open its entertainment area for an amazing seasonal  giveaway. The Franklin Square Patch will be full of sizeable pumpkins for your young kids. Children age 10 and under will be able to decorate a pumpkin and take it home for free. The bolt train ride and other activities will be open at the square as well.

For more information, click here.

14. Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival

Where: Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St.
When: Saturday, October 21st, 10AM-4PM

The 2017 Reading Terminal Market Harvest festival is this Saturday. Filbert Street will be shutdown to accommodate this massive local event. This cool urban farm will have hay bales all around, corn stalks, as beer garden, rides, a pumpkin patch where your entire family can take pictures, live music, crafts, food, and more.

For more information, click here.

15. Fire Department & Police District Fall Festivals

Where: 5200 Pennypack St. and  Philadelphia Police 8th District, 3100 Red Lion Rd.
When: Saturday, October 21st, 12PM (PD) & 4PM-PM (Fire)

The PFD Family Association will be hosting their Annual Fall Fest and Trunk-Or-Treat event this Saturday. There will be many Halloween craft activities, gift bags, snacks, and a screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas. One the same date, the 8th Police District Fall Festival will be on Red Lion Road. There will be music, games, raffles, food, and more.

16. Apple Festival

Where: Woodford Mansion, 2300 N. 33rd St.
When: Saturday, October 21st, 12PM-2PM

Another free community festival this weekend is the Woodford Mansion’s Apple Festival. There will be a cider making display, an apple tasting, plenty of children’s games, a dessert contest, and so many other activities. Guest will also be able to tour the beehives on location and partake in a craft table.

For more information, click here.

17. Ghostbusters

Where: Burholme Park, 1400 Cottman Ave.
When: Saturday, October 21st, 7PM

Burholme Park has been offering free movie screening under the stars each week. This Saturday night the Halloween themed film Ghostbusters will be projected for all who want to stop by. Earlier in the day there will be face panting, mini golf, and refreshments. These family friendly standouts start at 3PM.

For more information, click here.

18. Thirstoberfest

Where: Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland St.
When: Saturday, October 21st, 12PM-6PM

The Memphis Taproom will be having their annual Thirstoberfest this Saturday. The beer garden will be flowing with more than 25 premier and go-to local and countrywide brews. There will also be several international craft beers up for sale at this event that will include a great a happy hour menu.

For more information, click here.

19. Bainbridge Green Brunch Fest

Where: 5th Street Plaza at Bainbridge Green, 420 Bainbridge St.
When: Sunday, October 22nd, 10AM-1PM

Sponsored by TD Bank, this food and beverage festival has something for everyone. Ela, Southwark, Whetstone, Federal Donuts, South Street Bagels, Bridget Foy’s, Kanella, AntsPants Cafe, and Plenty Café will be serving ups some amazing. Stateside Distilling and 13th Street will be handling the cocktails at this street side pop up. There will be live music, pumpkin painting, and pottery making as well.

For more information, click here.

20. Barkann Foundation Hurricane Relief

Where: Chickie’s and Pete’s, 1526 Packer Ave.
When: Sunday, October 22nd, 12PM-3PM

The Barkann Foundation will be having a special and charitable Hurricane Relief event this Sunday. Proceeds from the relief will be given to those affected by the hurricanes in Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Celebrity guests include Jordan Hicks, Ike Reese, Phil Martelli, Tra Thomas, and others. Your ticket covers food and beverages for this event.

For more information, click here.


You can follow Candis McLean on Twitter (@CandisRMcLean) and e-mail her at [email protected]. Follow Philly Influencer on Twitter (@PHL_Influencer), Facebook and Instagram.

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