15 fun things to do in Philly this weekend

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JASGP Shofuso House Roof Tour
Through Oct. 22
Shofuso Japanese House & Garden
Lansdowne Drive and Horticultural Drive

Shofuso House’s unique Hinoki bark roof is set to be restored this month—and is quite a precise process for installation, with more than 100 Japanese workers set to install the roof. JASGP Executive Director Kim Andrews hosts tours of the site with a display of woodworking tours and the materials used for the roofing.

Arts @ Night at the Piazza
Oct. 13, 6 p.m.
Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons
1001 N. Second St.

Part market, part live-arts showcase, Arts @ Night will put 20 artists on full display, with drag performances, firebreathers, aerialists, burlesque dancers and other performance artists. Enjoy the shows with noshes from El Camino, Gunners Run and Crabby’s Café, along with a beer from Urban Village.  Philly’s Foxes’ Maria Topcatt emcees.


Taste of Ardmore
Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m.
Ardmore Toyota
219 E. Lancaster Ave.

Ardmore Initiative hosts this pick-and-choose spread of food and drink—fine chocolates to seasonal beers—whipped up by Bam Bam Seoul Kitchen, Besito Mexican, The Bercy, Dad’s Hat, Tired Hands, Marokko and others. A homebrew competition will also take place—all inside Ardmore Toyota’s showroom.


Puetro Rico Fundraiser
Oct. 14, 6 p.m.
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar
200 S. 12th St.

The Gayborhood bands together to raise funds for ConPRmetidos, a Puerto Rican organization raising funds for the rebuilding effort on the island after Hurricanes Irma and Mario wreaked havoc. The event includes performances from 16 performers, most of whom are drag queens–including Areola Grande, Allison Wonderland and Zephyra Rivers.

Pumpkin Ball
Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Hope Ridge Farm
Aquetong Road, New Hope

A gay-ol’-time fall festival held on the warm and inviting grounds of Hope Ridge Farm, this New Hope staple event is headlined with a drag show hosted by Miss Pumpkin, plus a live DJ with a raffle and a costume contest to spotlight the evening’s scariest and funniest outfits. Tickets include cocktails and light bites.

AIDS Walk Philly
Oct. 15, 6:30 a.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th St. and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia hosts the 31st edition of AIDS Walk Philly, a walk and 5K run that raises funds for AIDS Fund and has attracted more than 30,000 people in past years. A donation tent opens promptly at 7:30 a.m.


Made in Philadelphia Market
Oct. 13 through Oct. 15
Dilworth Park
1 S. 15th St.
Pay as you go

Vendors from around the region set up shop at Dilworth Park to show off photos, jewelry, crafts and décor. The park’s Oktoberfest also returns through Oct. 15, featuring seasonal beer, live music, bourbon tastings and a stein-holding contest.


Coming Out Week Storytime at Please Touch
Oct. 12 through Oct. 15, 1:30 p.m.
Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic
$19 (Free with admission)

To commemorate Coming Out Week, adults and kids alike listen to songs and stories about acceptance. Storytelling takes place in the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Grr-ific Exhibit on the first floor.

Poe Reading
Oct. 13, 6 p.m.
The Rosenbach
2008 Delancey Place

‘Tis the season to indulge in the best of Edgar Allen Poe’s chilling poems and short stories. Settle in with a reading of “The Raven” and a Poe-themed cocktail.


Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Through Oct. 22
The Sedgwick Theater
7137 Germantown Ave.

Quintessence Theatre Group shares its imagining of Eugene O’Neill’s great American play about a New England family that gathers and engages in a deep-dive of their past—ultimately leading to disaster, in ways that are thought-provoking and sometimes humorous. Barrymore winner E. Ashley Izard stars as Mary Tyrone.

The Sleeping Beauty
Through Oct. 22
Academy of Music
240 S. Broad St.

With an uplifting and optimistic tone, Angel Corella’s version of “The Sleeping Beauty” is a visual feast of happily-ever-afters and extravagant costuming. Immerse yourself in a musical score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.


Blues Traveler
Oct. 13, 8 p.m.
Theatre of Living Arts
334 South St.

John Popper notably leads this “roots-rock” band—performing blues rock, folk and Southern rock–with his harmonica. The Princeton, N.J.-based band broke through in the ‘90s with the hit “Run-Around.”

West Side Story Fundraiser Concert
Through Oct. 15
The Philadelphia Orchestra at Verizon Hall
300 S. Broad St.

Yannick Nezet-Seguin’s and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s performances of “West Side Story” will now use the occasion to collection donations for Puerto Rican hurricane relief. The orchestra invites attendees to consider the relevant parallels to be drawn between the themes of the music and the challenges the island territory faces, economically and societally.

Tish Honojosa
Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
World Café Live
3025 Walnut St.

Austin, Texas, singer-songwriter Honojosa’s soft voice tends to build power as it climbs through a song, shining light on powerful acoustic-heavy English- and Spanish-language songs. Think of this as Austin City Limits in a Philly venue.


Hollywoodlands Screenings
Oct. 14, 6 p.m.
The Woodlands
4000 Woodland Ave.
$10 suggested donation

The Woodlands continues its HollyWoodlands double-feature series with a Halloween edition, contrasting the goofy ghost story of “Ghostbusters” with the sheer horror of “Poltergeist.” Fire pits will be around with all the tools for s’mores and a live musical performance will precede the first screening.


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