Painting pumpkins at last year’s Fall Festival + Spooky Saturday on East Passyunk Avenue.
We’ve already told you about all the spooky, ghoulish events around the city this month, but what about the little trick-or-treaters? There’s plenty of kid-friendly Halloween fun in Philly, too, and we’ve rounded it up for you.
Boo at the Philadelphia Zoo.
Boo at the Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo hosts two weekends of not-so-scary activities so kids can celebrate Halloween in costume with their favorite zoo animals. There will be live music, food, games, and more, all included with general admission. October 18th and 19th, and October 25th and 26th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Philadelphia Zoo, 34th Street and Girard Avenue.
Halloween in Manayunk
Enjoy a family movie night on Friday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the newly opened Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center. Trick-or-treat along Main Street and head to Fall Fest on Saturday. Most activities are free and open to the public. Friday and Saturday, October 24th and 25th, times and locations vary.
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Billy Edwards with Historic Philadelphia
Professional actor Billy Edwards has spent the past 15 years entertaining Philadelphia as some of the city’s most beloved figures. He has worked as a costumed History Maker and Storyteller at Historic Philadelphia Inc., a Duck Boat guide at Ride the Ducks, a Santa at Macy’s Dickens’ Village, a Phanstormer for the Philadelphia Phillies, at Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary and much more.
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Tonight Mayor and First Lady Nutter will be honored at a special event by the Philadelphia History Museum for their contributions to the city and its history. The first-ever City Social is being held in the museum’s historic building and garden to raise support and awareness for the museum and its exhibitions.
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It looks like Boyz II Men will be making another homecoming appearance this week. The Grammy-winning, multi-platinum R&B group will perform live where they first met, at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts, Tuesday, October 14th. The invitation-only show, “Up Close & Personal with Boyz II Men,” is hosted by SiriusXM’s Heart & Soul Channel 48 and the live recording will be broadcast on Heart & Soul Tuesday, October 21st at 5 p.m.
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Mazzoni Center‘s Ally Safe Schools program has distilled its wealth of knowledge into a book, so educators and students alike can learn how to create or strengthen a Gay/Queer-Straight Alliance at their schools. These student-run clubs help raise awareness of LGBTQ issues, organize activities, provide support for each other, and/or create a safe space for LGBTQ students.
How to Build a FIERCE GSA is 22-pages in length, and filled with all kinds of tips that the Center hopes will help inspire healthy, vibrant GSAs across the region and nation. The small 4-by-6 guide is portable, so readers can keep it on hand for meetings and events. It’s so tiny—and adorable—it will fit in your pocket.
You may have seen Mazzoni handing out some of these at OutFest yesterday, but you can still get a free copy by downloading it here as a PDF or requesting a hard copy.
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The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program announced a new initiative that will combine public art with Philly’s DJ history. The year-long “Philly DJ Mural Project” brings the city’s history of raising DJs to a new generation with youth-focused events.
Philly-raised DJ Cosmo Baker will work to include members of the DJ community into the year’s events. The project culminates in a brand new mural by world-renown artist Shepard Fairey—a DJ himself— that’s inspired by ithe DJ culture. (Fairey completed his last Philadelphia mural, Lotus Diamond, this August.)
Throughout the school year, students will work on the new mural, to be installed at 1232 Chestnut Street, and participate in educational programs with DJs at Scratch Academy. Students will work alongside DJs to learn not only the technical skills needed to bring their turntable dreams to life, but also the in-depth history of the art and its influence. (Scratch Academy has its own storied history: it was created by the late Jam Master Jay.) These lucky students will have the opportunity to show off their new skills at Philly DJ Mural Project events.
This massive educational celebration kicks off Friday, October 17th, with a free, citywide block party on 13th Street between Chestnut and Sansom streets from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.. It will comprise digital, interactive activities, food trucks, and giveaways taking over the block. DJ RJD2 and Philly’s own DJ Cash Money will provide the jams for this special event.
Stay tuned for more Philly DJ Mural Project events throughout the year. Future participants include DJ Jazzy Jeff, King Brit, Ill Vibe Collective and more.
Malala Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel Laureate ever on October 10th when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize alongside Kailash Satyarthi. At just 17, Malala was picked from 278 nominees, which included both Edward Snowden and Pope Francis.
Yousafzai and Satyarthi were chosen for their work promoting children’s rights. Yousafzai became an international spokesperson for girls’ rights to education at 11 years old, when she began writing for the BBC about her experience living under the Taliban. Though she was celebrated for speaking out, Malala became the target of an assassination attempt by the Taliban and was subsequently shot down in 2012. Since her miraculous recovery, and under continued threats, Yousafzai has continued her campaign for girls’ education. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said in a statement that Malala “has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations.”
Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights activist, has spent decades fighting child trafficking and forced labor in India. In 2013 Satyarthi launched the Save the Childhood Movement in an effort to identify and protect children from societal values that work to erode their childhoods. The Norwegian Nobel Committee added, “it is an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism.”
Earlier this year, Yousafzai was chosen to receive the 2014 Liberty Medal for her campaign for children’s educational rights and for finding courage despite the challenges she has faced. Yousafzai will be awarded the medal in the 26th Annual Liberty Medal Ceremony held Tuesday, October 21st at 7 p.m. at the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall. Previous recipients include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Muhammad Ali, Tony Blair, and Bono.
Did you miss the train to Hogwarts this year? Well, you can at least join the other wizards and witches (and Muggles, of course) at this year’s Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill, on Friday, October 17th, and Saturday, October 18th.
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The party is always hoping on Camac Street, between U Bar and Venture Inn. | Photo by Josh Middleton
The 24th annual OutFest is on Sunday, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t celebrate National Coming Out Day all weekend. To keep you on your gay-game we’ve rounded up the best events so you’ll know how to whoop it up from Thursday night till the sun goes down Sunday.
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