Things to Do in Philadelphia This Weekend
Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now
Ball gowns, bridal wear and other items from the Art Museum’s fashion collection will be on display in this long-running exhibition.
Free with museum admission of $20, runs through March 3, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Secret Cinema: From Philadelphia With Love
The famed Philly archivists return with an all-new program or impossible-to-see-otherwise films. From Philadelphia with Love: Industrial, Educational and other Lost Local Films promises night of oddball flicks with a local flair.
$9, 8 p.m., Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St.
Romeo & Juliet
Pennsylvania Ballet presents the Sir Kenneth Macmillan’s ballet adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic story of star-crossed lovers.
$35-$164, through October 21, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia Film Festival
The annual Philadelphia Film Festival offers screenings of must-see films along with rare treats you might otherwise never even hear about. Some standouts on the schedule this weekend include documentary Infinite Football (Friday, 4:50 p.m., Ritz Five), J.J. Abrams’ horror thriller Overlord (Saturday, 10 p.m., Film Center), and Chinese gangster drama Ash Is Purest White (Sunday, 6:50 p.m., Ritz East).
$8-$15, Through October 28, at Ritz East, Ritz Five and Philadelphia Film Center.
Once More, With Pheeling: A Buffy Halloween Celebration
Local actors perform the famous musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Stars Suzanne Spencer, Samantha Berry, Stephanie C. Kernisan and lots more.
$5-$15, through October 31, Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom St.
The Art of Rube Goldberg
Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was so well known for his intricate, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoons depicting complicated gadgets that his name has become shorthand for modern convolution. The Art of Rube Goldberg is billed as the “first comprehensive retrospective exhibition” of his work in decades.
Museum admission of $15, runs through January 21, National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East
Fall Book Sale
Nothing beats the mad rush at the Library’s Book Corner shop, where the already-low prices drop to just $2 for hardcovers and $1 for paperbacks. Every time I go, there’s a copy of something by Dana Spiotta and it kills me. She’s the best. Buy her books.
Friday and Saturday, Book Corner, 311 N. 20th St.
The standup/podcaster/radio personality was the host of the awesome-but-canceled Not Safe with Nikki Glaser on Comedy Central.
$25-$30, through Saturday, Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.
Festival for the People
This festival, aimed at people, offers an array of events and art installations — by Yoshua Okón, Titin Wulia, Maider López and more — on the Delaware River. It’s also a good excuse to check out the spiffy new Cherry Street Pier.
Free, through October 28, Cherry Street Pier & Race Street Pier, on Delaware Avenue.
State of Young Philly
This annual conference offers panels, parties and such aimed at young Philadelphians.
Runs through Saturday, various locations.
Vikings: Beyond The Legend
An exhibition on the legendary Scandinavians, including 600+ artifacts and a 21-foot replica Viking ship.
$15-$20, runs through March 3, Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick’s classic story about life, the universe and everything gets the IMAX treatment, thanks to a print restoration overseen by Christopher Nolan.
$15, through November 25, Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
Mural Arts Month
I know it seems like every month is mural arts month in this town, but in October it’s official. Legacy, a new work by Walé Oyéjidé on the façade of the Lucien E. Blackwell Library (125 S. 52nd St.) will be dedicated this Saturday.
Free, runs through November 3, several dates and locations.
A Dream Deferred
This “multi-experiential exhibit” explores the way “race and policy shape the landscape of Philadelphia and the lives of its residents,” and incorporates several different elements, including an art installation, a reflection booth, “touch technology” and more.
Continues Wednesdays-Sundays through November 17, 600 Spring Garden St.
Witches & Wizards Weekend
Once dedicated entirely to Harry Potter, this Chestnut Hill festival has been transformed into something more general with less required reading. The Witches & Wizards schedule includes a pub crawl, a straw maze, and more activities for all ages.
October 19-20, various locations in Chestnut Hill.
Moby Dick Reading Marathon
Herman Melville’s epic about a heroic whale evading its would-be murderers will be read, cover-to-cover, over a 24-hour period. There are also satellite events like Queequeg’s Chowder Tasting and The Harpoon Saloon fundraiser.
$15, October 19-20, Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Made in Philadelphia Fall Market
Buy jewelry, crafts and other things at this open-air market on the West side of City Hall.
October 19-21, Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street.
- Terror Behind the Walls With its high production values and opt-in touching options, Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls haunted house is a bona fide Halloween tradition with a well-earned reputation. If you get scared, you can always yell “Monster, be good!” $19, starts Friday, runs through November 10, Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave.
- The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience
You know that that Chinese Lantern Festival thing? Well, this looks like that, but for Halloween. This family-friendly attraction offers spooky/entrancing light displays and intricately carved pumpkins.
$35, through October 28, West Fairmount Park, 5201 Parkside Ave.
- Pennhurst Asylum, $18, through November 4, Bridge St & Church St, Spring City, PA.
- Fright Factory, $20-$35, through October 31,
- Boo at the Zoo, $10 for kids, usual zoo admission for adults, October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave.
- Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride, $15-$20, through October 31, 1835 Middletown Rd, Glen Mills, PA.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
The Detroit singer-songwriter makes pristine, ’90s-style rock ’n’ roll — with hints of Belly, Lemonheads and other dreamy, ice cream-cool guitar-pop bands. Get there on time for Fred Thomas and Common Holly.
$12, 7:30 p.m., Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St.
Re-enacting a Revolutionary Battle in the Context of 21st Century Gun Violence
Temple professor Dr. Aaron Sullivan will lead a discussion on “the Revolutionary War and its consequences.” Community discussion to follow.
Pay-what-you-wish, 7-9 p.m., Historic Germantown, 5501 Germantown Ave.
You might recognize this L.A.-based standup/writer/actor from his role as Jered on HBO’s Insecure.
$16, 10 p.m., Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th St.
Repo’s Anniversary and Halloween Party
The beloved South Street record store hosts live music by Shadow Band and DJ Grey Haas. They’ll also play the vinyl reissue of John Carpenter’s Halloween soundtrack. Beer by Quaker City Shrubs and Narragansett. Support your local record shop.
Free, 5-9 p.m., Repo Records, 506 South St.
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood
The veteran Whose Line is it Anyway? improvisers pull original comedy out of thin air (and audience suggestions).
$39.75-$59.75, 8 p.m., Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Ave, Glenside, PA.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
Portland Cello Project
The Portland “alt-classical” ensemble will perform music from Radiohead’s OK Computer, and other selections.
$30, 8 p.m., Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.
The SNL writer/comedian returns for two standup shows at Good Good.
$16, 8:30 & 10 p.m., Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th St.
Spiral Q’s annual parade is a celebration of righteous causes and puppetry. Starts at the Paul Robeson House and ends up in Clark Park.
Free, 1-4 p.m., Paul Robeson House, 4951 Walnut St.
John Dwyer and co. are veterans at this garage rock thing. They dropped Smote Reverser in August.
$20, 7:30 p.m., Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.
It’s a pricey proposition, but Wells Fargo Center is hosting Flyers vs. the Devils in the afternoon and Sixers vs. Magic at night, and you could theoretically go to both. Hell, maybe you could hide in a trashcan between games and watch the crew perform one of those classic ice-to-hardwood transitions. Not recommended. Gritty will eat you.
Flyers vs. the Devil, 1 p.m., $35-$180; Sixers vs. Magic, 7:30 p.m., $21-$197, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
See the new restoration of Satoshi Kon’s 1997 animated psychological thriller. Warning: Yeah it’s a cartoon, but it ain’t for kids.
$12, 7:30 p.m., PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.
It’s week seven and the world champion Philadelphia Eagles are playing the Carolina Panthers, which has been a professional football team since 1995, according to Wikipedia.
$110-$495, 1 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way.
Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass at the Merriam Theater
The This American Life host/producer leads a multimedia presentation about his career in storytelling and his creative process.
$29-$129, 3 p.m., Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.
AAMP Commune: Spirit Featuring Ruth Naomi Floyd
Ruth Naomi Floyd (jazz vocalist, composer, photographer) leads a conversation around the theme of “spirit.” Show up early to see the museum’s exhibition, Cotton: The Soft Dangerous Beauty of the Past.
$15, 1-2 p.m., the African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.
Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist
This new exhibition celebrates the work of Berthe Morisot, a woman who made a name for herself in the male-dominated Impressionist art world.
Museum admission $25, runs October 21-January 14, Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.