October Festivals and Events in Philadelphia

Celebrations and Special Events in October

From fall festivals to Halloween events and more, there are lots of great events on the Philadelphia October events calendar.

Mural Arts Month

When: All month long

Where: Throughout the city

It's always a good time to take in the city's 3,000+ murals, and never more so than October, with tours, new mural dedications and special events throughout the month.

Pumkinland at Linvilla Orchards

When: Sept. 10-Nov.

6, 2011

Where: Linvilla Orchards

Pumpkinland is a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the season, with scarecrows, a cornfield maze, live entertainment, hayrides, train rides, pony rides, face painting, and of course, all the pumpkins you could ever want.

Midtown Village Fall Festival
October 1, 2011
Where: Midtown Village

Live music, food, drinks, children's activities and even sumo wrestling are promised at this day-long festival.

River City Festival
October 1, 2011

Where: Penn Treaty Park

The River City Festival features a 5k run, local restaurants and artists selling their wares, live music, children's activities and more.

Pennypack Farm Harvest Festival
October 1, 2011
Where: Pennypark Farm, Horsham, PA

Activities at this festival include pumpkin painting, scarecrow building, games, food, and more.

Fall Festival at Morris Arboretum
October 2, 2011
Where: Morris Arboretum, Chestnut Hill

Enjoy scarecrow building and pumpkin painting, along with the arboretum's spectacular fall foliage and flowers.

Wissahickon Trail Run

When: Oct. 2, 2011

Where: Upper Gwynedd Township Park, North Wales

Follow the Wissahickon Creek along an 8-mile run.

Sippin' by the River
October 2, 2011
Where: Penn's Landing

An afternoon of wine, beer, food and music benefiting the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours
October 1-2 and October 15 & 16, 2011for studios east of Broad
Where: Various art studios

For two weekends in a row, Philadelphia artists will open their studio doors to the public.

First Friday 500
October 7, 2011
Where: Old City; other locations city-wide

Shops and galleries open their doors, some offering free appetizers, wine and entertainment.

Navy Day Regatta
October 8, 2011
Where: The Schuylkill River

A big day of rowing races on the river.

October 9, 2011
Where: 11th to 13th streets between Walnut and Spruce streets

This huge coming out day consists of an all-day neighborhood block party with a dance area, performances and much more.

Design Philadelphia
October 13-23, 2011
Where: Locations citywide

This event celebrates design in many forms with tours, special events, lectures and.

AIDS Walk and Run
October 16, 2011
Where: Art Museum Steps

This large walk/run raises money for and awareness of HIV prevention and awareness.

Pumpkin Patch

When: Oct.22-23, 2011

Where: Franklin Square

Crafts, rides on Lightning Bolt Express, and more. See Historic Philadelphia for more activities at Franklin Square

Boo at the Zoo
October 22-23; 29-30, 2010
Where: The Philadelphia Zoo

Free with zoo admission, this costume party features trick-or-treating, games and crafts.

October 23, 2011
Where: Clark Park

A community-focused parade and play.

Hansel and Gretel Costumed Opera

When: Oct. 29-30, 2011

Where: Rotunda

Touch of Classics! is bringing Humperdinck’s opera Hansel & Gretel to the Rotunda during Halloween Weekend.