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October Festivals and Events in Philadelphia

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October Festivals and Events in Philadelphia

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

Special Section: Halloween Events

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
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.

River City Festival
When:
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
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.

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
When:
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
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
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.

Outfest
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.

Design Philadelphia
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.

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
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.

Peoplehood
When:
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.

Special Section: Halloween Events

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