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What’s happening in Philly this weekend: Oct. 25-27

Each weekend, we will post some of the most unique social and cultural 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].

This week’s best Sips & Eats!

1. Closing Soon: Philadelphia Film Festival

Where: Various locations

When: Runs through Sunday, October 27

The 28th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival ends this weekend. Chinonye Chukwu’s Clemency, the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival will be front-and-center on Sunday.  Knives Out will close the 10-day film showcase. There will be a closing-night party at SugarHouse Casino and more.

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2. The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience

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Where: The Franklin Institute |  222 N. 20th St

When: Runs through Sunday, April 19

The Franklin Institute is offering up and amazing deal for their newest exhibit, The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience. Philly Influencer readers can use the promo code WCMOMMY to receive $3 off daytime, adult admission for up to 4 people. You can visit the website or call 215-448-1200 to order your tickets today. This immersive exhibit teaches you how to outlast some of the most severe occurrences the wilderness and life can throw at you.

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3. Paradigm Gallery’s Obsolescence

Where: Paradigm Gallery + Studio | 746 S 4th St

When: Runs through Saturday, November 23

Obsolescence features the work of Swedish artist, Ulla-Stina Wikander. Wikander has stunning pieces of embroidered vintage household items. “Through a meticulous process of collection, cutting, arranging and stitching, she transforms retro, vintage items into fully contemporary sculptures.”There is an opening reception on Friday, October 25 from 5:30-10 pm.

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4. Art In The Sky: Spooks, Sights & Spirits

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Where: One Liberty Observation Deck | 1650 Market St

When: Friday, October 25 | 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Come to One Liberty Observation Deck for this exclusive artistic Halloween-themed pop-up market. There will be tons of photos, paintings, sculptures, drawings, jewelry, and more up for sale. Evil Genius Beer Company and Sprinkled Sweetness will have plenty of drinks and snacks for you at this lively event.

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5. Come From Away at the Academy of Music

The First North American Tour Company of COME FROM AWAY Photo by Matthew Murphy 2018 ©

Where: Academy of Music | 240 S Broad St

When: Runs through Sunday, November 3

The famed classic Come From Away comes to the Academy of Music this week. Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley brings this amazing production full of stellar performances, wonderful music, and so much more to the City of Brotherly Love. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to see this one-of-a-kind show.

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6. The Philly POPS: The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Where: The Met Philadelphia | 858 N Broad Street

When: Runs through Friday, October 25

The Philly POPS is offering up a hauntingly good night full of fun and music. They will be performing “This is Halloween, What’s This” and more legendary songs from the hit The Nightmare Before Christmas. Tim Burton’s Halloween favorite will be screened during the production.

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7. Boo at the Zoo

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Where: Philadelphia Zoo | 3400 W Girard Ave

When: Runs through Sunday, October 27

The Philadelphia Zoo will be having a unique and one-of-a-kind this weekend. 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.

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8. Cherry Street Pier’s Kids Masquerade Ball

Where: Cherry Street Pier |  121 N Columbus Blvd

When: Friday, October 25 | 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Cherry Street Pier will be hosting a Halloween masquerade ball for your entire family. There will be face painting, arts and crafts, games, a spooky dance party, snacks, and more. Kids can create their own masks and take pictures in the photo booth.

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9. Twilight in the Gardens

Where: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens | 1020 South St.

When: Friday, October 25th | 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens continues its art exclusive series Twilight in the Gardens this Friday night. This BYO experience features workshops, live performances, tours, and so much more. This will be a great night for creatives in the city to link up or lovers of the arts to take in this unique experience.

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10. Reading Terminal Market Weekend

Where: Reading Terminal Market | 51 N 12th St

When: Runs through Sunday, October 27

Reading Terminal Market will be hosting many fun and seasonal vents this weekend. This Friday night, stop by for Market after Dark. Saturday there will be a Halloween at the Market event and a Taste of Philadelphia Market Tour. Stop by this culinary hub for an immersion into flavorful food and scrumptious aromas.

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11. Punch Line Philly’s Halloween Weekend

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Where: Punch Line Philly | 33 E Laurel St

When: Runs through Sunday, October 27

Punch Line Philly is a hotspot that’s always filled with top-tier performers and exciting events. This weekend, there will be plenty of Halloween-themed productions. At Hocus Poc-Yasss, drag performers will act out the entire Hocus Pocus movie live on stage! There will be a Rocky Horror Drag Queen Show and the famous Drag Diva Brunch. Get your tickets now before the black flame candle runs out!

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12. Halloween Parties 

WICKED: 5 Evil Parties Under One Roof

Where: Various locations

When: Various times

There are tons of Halloween parties in the city this weekend. Head over to Xfinity Live! this Friday and Saturday for two amazing parties. Manayunk Brewery will go full haunted while Mad River down the street will be having their annual Ghouls and Goblins party. There are countless more parties in the city. Be sure to click the link below so you won’t miss out on a hauntingly good time.

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13. PowerHouse 2019

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Where: Wells Fargo Center | 3601 S Broad St

When: Friday, October 25 | 6 p.m.

Philadelphia’s annual hip-hop and R&B takeover is center stage this Friday. Hitmakers like Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, Da Baby, Jeezy, Megan Thee Stallion, PnB Rock, Jacquees, Saweetie,  all highlighting this lineup. The Wells Fargo Center will be packed with thousands of fans rapping along to today’s biggest hits. There will also be a  Saweetie afterparty at NOTO Philadelphia.

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14. Ingrid Michaelson

Where: Union Transfer | 1026 Spring Garden St

When: Friday, October 25 | 8 p.m.

Talented singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson brings her The Dramatic Tour to Philadelphia this Friday night. Head over to Union Transfer to hear the latest tracks from her Stranger Things-themed album, Stranger Songs.

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15. Alessia Cara


Where: The Fillmore Philadelphia | 29 E Allen St

When: Friday, October 25 | 7:30 p.m.

Across the city, another great vocalist will be performing at The Fillmore Philadelphia. Grammy winner Alessia Cara released her latest EP, This Summer in September. Come see this surging act in music at this Northern Liberties entertainment venue.

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16. Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

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Where: Kelly & Fountain Green drives

When: Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27

This Saturday and Sunday come to the scenic Schuylkill River banks for this storied and athletic tradition. The Head of Schuylkill Regatta will have an amazing course for the collective of competitors on the water. Come out for the high energy races and to see this great, rigorous, and powerful sport on full display.

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17. Día de Los Muertos at the Penn Museum

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Where: Penn Museum | 3260 South St

When: Saturday, October 26 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia and the Mexican Cultural Center have come together to create this special Day of the Dead celebration. There will be traditional Aztec dancers, marionette puppets, sweet pan de muerto, spicy hot chocolate, and much more. The museum gallery will also be open for several exhibitions.

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18. East Passyunk Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday

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Where: East Passyunk Ave

When: Saturday, October 26 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

East Passyunk Avenue will be buzzing with several Philadelphians this Saturday. The Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday event will have something for each family member and friend. There will be free pumpkin decorating, live music, a costume contest, a scarecrow scavenger hunt, and more.

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19. South Street Fall PumpkinFest

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Where: Head House Square | 2nd and Lombard Sts

When: Saturday, October 26 | 12 p.m – 5 p.m.

The South Street Pumpkin Fest will have trick-or-treating, horse and hayrides, live musical performances, food vendors, a magician, and several other activities. This Saturday afternoon event will also have the best costume contest. This family-friendly event is one that you shouldn’t miss.

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20. Trick-or-Treat Trail at Franklin Square

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Where: Franklin Square | 200 N 6th St

When: Saturday, October 26 | 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Presented by Fox Rothschild, Franklin Square will be hosting an amazing trick-or-treat event this Saturday night. The event is  FREE for children 10 and under. Also, the Lightning Bolt Express Train will be making its traditional fall stop in the Square ($5 adults, $4 children) during the Halloween soiree.

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21. Piazza Pod Park Halloween Events 

Where: Piazza Pod Park | 1075 Germantown Ave

When: Saturday, October 26th | from beginning at 12 p.m.

Piazza Pod Park will be hosting its first-ever annual all-day Halloween Super Saturday in Northern Liberties. Kids can enjoy a Trick or Treat Party that includes face painting, a moon bounce, and a petting zoo while a haunted DJ plays spooky family favorites. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes and can make their own bags to trick or treat around the Pods. At 6:00 p.m. the ghosts and ghouls come out for the adult BOOzy Party, where guests can enjoy festive food, bewitched drinks, and live entertainment. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a costume contest for the best group costume and best couple costume for a chance to win a cash prize.

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22. Halloween Spooktacular Family Concert

Costumed musicians

Where: The Kimmel Center |  300 S Broad St

When: Saturday, October 26 |  11:30 a.m.

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents two spooky programs full of ghoulish favorites. Guest conductor Aram Demirjian will lead the Orchestra in the annual Halloween Spooktacular Family Concertan orchestral adventure featuring a monster mashup of iconic cinematic and classically creepy treats for the whole family. In addition to seeing Orchestra musicians perform in costume, audience members are encouraged to show up in their Halloween best for a chance to win the Orchestra’s costume contest.

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23. Franklin Fright Night

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Where: The Franklin Institute | 222 N. 20th St

When: October 26 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This Saturday, The Franklin Institute will be hosting a Franklin Fright event. The spooky adventure and kid-friendly event feature make-and-take LED trick-or-treat pins, haunting science experiments, and more. There will be a costume parade and an exciting ball-pit blowout.

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24. 13th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut 

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Where: The Navy Yard | 4701 Intrepid Ave

When: October 26 | 10 a.m. (check-in opens)

PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) will celebrate its 13th Annual Mutt Strut this Saturday. Dogs and the people who love them will enjoy a fall festival and walk the scenic route in the Navy Yard. Each year, the Mutt Strut raises over $120,000 for PAWS’ lifesaving efforts. PAWS is the city’s largest rescue partner and is working to make Philadelphia a no-kill city. There will be music, contests, and more ad this fun event.

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25. UCF vs. Temple

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Where: Lincoln Financial Field | 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way

When: Saturday, October 26 | 7 p.m.

The Temple University Owls (5-2) will be taking on the UCF Knights (5-2)  this Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. Facing their third-straight explosive offense, the program will be ready for the challenge. This battle of American Athletic Conference foes will be a marquee matchup this weekend.

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26. Blue Jackets vs. Flyers

Flyers vs. Blue Jackets

Where: Wells Fargo Center | 3601 S Broad St

When: Saturday, October 26 | 7 p.m.

It’s still very young into the NHL season. The Philadelphia Flyers are seven games into their season. This Saturday night, under the Wells Fargo Center lights, the home team will be taking on the Columbus Blue Jackets. Come to the amazing arena to see your favorite hockey team get another win.

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27. Michelle Buteau

Good Good presents Michelle Buteau (Adulting, Netflix)

Where: Good Good Comedy Theatre | 215 N 11 St

When: Saturday, October 26 | 8:30, 10, and 11:30  p.m.

The hilarious Michelle Buteau will be in Philly from NYC or one night only! Come to the Good Good Comedy Theatre to see her amazing stand-up act. The comedian and actress is truly an entertainment powerhouse.

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28. Jenny Lewis 

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Where: The Met Philadelphia | 858 N Broad St

When: Saturday, October 26 | 8:30 p.m.

American singer-songwriter and alternative rock act Jenny Lewis will be performing at The Met Philadelphia this Saturday night. The “Red Bull & Hennessy” showstopper released her fourth solo studio album in January.

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29. The Sketchbook Tour

The Sketchbook Tour

Where: Liacouras Center | 1776 N Broad St

When: Saturday, October 26 | 8 p.m.

The Sketchbook Tour comes to the Liacouras Center this Saturday night. The R&B mega-show will feature Fantasia, Tank, Robin Thicke, and The Bonfyre. The Temple arena will be filled with tremendous vocals and some of the best performers in R&B.

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30. Sleater-Kinney

XPN Welcomes Sleater-Kinney

Where: The Fillmore Philadelphia | 29 E Allen St

When: Saturday, October 26 | 8 p.m.

Sleater-Kinney will be performing at The Fillmore Philadelphia this Sunday night. The duo, consisting of Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker, released their second studio album after their reunion, The Center Won’t Hold in August. The St. Vincent produced album will be put on display in front of their fans this weekend.

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31. Jidenna

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Where: TLA | 334 South St

When: Sunday, October 27 | 8:30 p.m.

Wisconsin rapper, singer, and songwriter Jidenna brings his 85 to Africa Tour to the Theatre of the Living Arts this Sunday night. The Grammy nominee his fourth studio album, 85 to Africa, in July. The “Classic Man” will put on one of the best shows of the weekend.

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Map of Events

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