15 fun things to do in Philly this weekend

Don't miss the Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival this weekend. | Provided


College Night at the Barnes
Oct. 19, 6 p.m.
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The Barnes partners with Campus Philly to throw this soiree for students, with included access to the collection. Featured here: live music, performances and lots of mingling.

Consumed: Tales from the Candy Crypt
Oct. 19 through Oct. 28, various times
Shane Confectionary
110 Market St.

Tour guides take you through a 45-minute walkthrough of Shane’s kitchen and shop while teasing out the stories of 19th-century authors, monsters and characters—while detailing historical “curative candies,” as well as handing out a few bon-bons and some Hair of the Dog before sending you on your way. This event is recommended for kids 10 and older.

Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival
Oct. 21, 10 a.m.
Reading Terminal Market
51 N. 12th St.
Pay as you go

Reading Terminal Market aims to bring the charm of suburban fall festivals to the city, putting together a pumpkin patch, painting, live music—even a hayride. Seasonal delights using locally grown and picked apples will also be available for purchase.

Great Hall Dinner
Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave.

In tandem with the Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill, St. Paul’s fills its chapel with long tables and costumed versions of the series’ most colorful characters. Anticipate a menu of, among others hearty delights, shepherd’s pie and butter beer–with vegetarian options available.

St. Benjamin’s Benefit
Oct. 21, 6 p.m.
Saint Benjamin Brewing Company
1710 N. Fifth St.
Pay as you go

Fall beers, pumpkin carving and an adult bounce house are the name of the game at this block party hosted outside Saint Benjamin’s brewery. The block party is thrown in support of hurricane relief for Hurricane Maria.


Give Kids Sight Day
Oct. 21, 8:30 a.m.
Jefferson Alumni Hall
1020 Locust St.

Wills Eye Hospital hosts nearly four hours of free eye screenings and as many as two free pairs of eyeglasses—no insurance necessary. Show up promptly at 8:30 a.m. for registration.

Cricket BOO
Oct. 21, 9 a.m.
Cricket Avenue, Ardmore

Ardmore goes all-out for the kids with this festival of trick-or-treating, pumpkin-decorating, games, parades and a seemingly endless variety of crafting opportunities. Plus, light refreshments—with build-your-own candy treat bags, of course.

Spooky Mini Golf
Through Oct. 30, 6 p.m.
Franklin Square
200 N. Sixth St.

Franklin Square transforms into its own fall fest all month with the combination of a “spooky” mini-golf setup—filled with fog lights and theme music—and a pumpkin patch that’s free for kids 10 and younger. “The Lightning Bolt Express” also makes its way through the park.


Philadelphia Film Festival: Flesh and Blood
Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m.
The Prince Theater
1412 Chestnut St.

Philly native Mark Webber stars in and directs this pseudo-documentary that’s described as “hyperrealistic”—acted out, but based on Webber’s own experiences. Covering addiction, bullying, death and activism, this is not a film for the faint of heart.


Philly Pops Star Wars
Oct. 20 through Oct. 22, various times
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 S. Broad St.

The Philly POPS kick off their 2017-18 season with a tribute to “Star Wars”—just in time for the mood to strike, with the latest film to debut in December. Vibe to the epic music of John Williams, with the first half of the concert stocked with scores from all his popular films, and the second loaded with all the “Star Wars” numbers fans will be familiar with.

Ben Folds
Oct. 20, 9 p.m.
The Fillmore Philadelphia
29 E. Allen St.

“The Sing-Off” judge and alt-pop artist hits the road for an international tour through early next year, with Philadelphia as his second stop. He’s best known for the ‘90s ballad “Brick,” though has taken on other recognizable projects behind the scenes since—like producing Amanda Palmer’s first album.


Drag Show of Azkaban
Oct. 21, 10 p.m.
The Victoria Freehouse
10 S. Front St.

A cheeky take on the Harry Potter universe, eight drag queens—including Bev, Aloe Vera and Iris Spectre—stitch together a hilarious show with Professor McGonagall, Bellatrix Lestrange and Moaning Myrtle, among others.

Philly Drag Awards
Oct. 22, 8 p.m.
Voyeur Nightclub
1221 Saint James St.

The best of Philly’s drag scene—from Philly Drag Wars, in particular—come together for this night of celebration, handing out awards for Best Emcee, Best Comedy Queen, Best Lipsync Artist and more. Formalwear is suggested.


Richard Lewis
Oct. 19 through Oct. 21, various times
Helium Comedy Club
2031 Sansom St.

The legendary comedian, who younger folks may recognize from “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” built his comedy career—spanning film and several TV appearances on Fox, NBC and other networks–on self-deprecating humor about neuroticism and Jewish culture. Lewis will perform two shows on Friday.


Wrestling Jerusalem
Through Nov. 5, various times
Suzanne Roberts Theatre
480 S. Broad St.

A one-man show written and performed by Aaron Davidman, he performs 17 characters in this relatable journey to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The piece, which has also been made into a film, is meant to spark an approachable conversation about the ongoing challenge.

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