October Events in Philly
Fall is here! Let’s get outside and enjoy all of the fun fall festivities that the Philadelphia area provides. There’s something for everyone. From Halloween decorations to art installations, the whole family will love discovering new cultural pieces to their city.
You can find a festival of Jack O’Lanterns from October 6-29th in the heart of West Fairmount Park. Fantastic artists have crafted fun and spooky faces, animals, and iconic Philly scenery. Walk around with the family and find your favorite pumpkin. It’s a magical Halloween experience to see thousands of glowing pumpkins all in one place.
Visit this impressive Longwood Gardens during October 7- November 19 for nature’s cascades of color. Floral displays drape the walls, and are exhibited as massive centerpieces. These flowers have been trained to grow in these intricate patterns. It’s not just about the flowers—the rich colors of fall are all around in the trees and landscaping.
Hosted by the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) from October 19-29: Enjoy premier viewings, director talks, and special guests for nearly two weeks. There are dozens of films from around the world and in various categories. You can see full-length blockbuster films, as well as short films at various venues around the city.
In Chestnut Hill from October 20-21. Get ready to step into Hogwarts for Philly’s largest Harry Potter Festival. There are 12 blocks packed with fun activities like Dark Arts classes, Sorting Hat demonstrations, and even free hayrides throughout the grounds. Make sure not to miss the Quidditch Tournament at Chestnut Hill College from 10am-4pm!
It is the 100th Birthday of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia! To celebrate, there are special events, exhibitions, and fun festivals all year long. There are special art crawls spanning from September 8 to November 16. You can find some of these exhibits at Philly’s iconic features like the Eastern State Penitentiary and the Philadelphia Mormon Temple.
This is one of the newest museums to the city! Philadelphia was one of the country’s first cultural hubs. There is now a museum that has collected numerous pieces of Revolution era artwork, documents, music, and more, giving us a more complete picture of what was going on in society at the time of our nation’s independence.
October is Philly’s Mural Arts Month. Philadelphia has the most murals out of any city in the nation. There are over 3,800 murals and public works of art all over the city. Take trolley tours and walking tours in different neighborhoods and buildings to see all of the various works. Most of the tours are free or pay-what-you-wish to support the arts.
Are you looking for more to do? Check out VisitPhilly for more events and festivals in your area! You can find something new to do every weekend.