From fall festivals to Halloween events and more, there are lots of great events on the Philadelphia October events calendar.
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.
When: Sept. 10-Nov.
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
When: October 1, 2011
Where: Midtown Village
Live music, food, drinks, children's activities and even sumo wrestling are promised at this day-long festival.
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
When: 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
When: October 2, 2011
Where: Morris Arboretum, Chestnut Hill
Enjoy scarecrow building and pumpkin painting, along with the arboretum's spectacular fall foliage and flowers.
When: Oct. 2, 2011
Where: Upper Gwynedd Township Park, North Wales
Follow the Wissahickon Creek along an 8-mile run.
An afternoon of wine, beer, food and music benefiting the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours
When: 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
When: 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
When: October 8, 2011
Where: The Schuylkill River
A big day of rowing races on the river.
When: 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.
When: October 13-23, 2011
Where: Locations citywide
This event celebrates design in many forms with tours, special events, lectures and.
AIDS Walk and Run
When: October 16, 2011
Where: Art Museum Steps
This large walk/run raises money for and awareness of HIV prevention and awareness.
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
When: October 22-23; 29-30, 2010
Where: The Philadelphia Zoo
Free with zoo admission, this costume party features trick-or-treating, games and crafts.
When: October 23, 2011
Where: Clark Park
A community-focused parade and play.
Hansel and Gretel Costumed Opera
When: Oct. 29-30, 2011
Touch of Classics! is bringing Humperdinck’s opera Hansel & Gretel to the Rotunda during Halloween Weekend.