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Happy October! Start your month with a healthy dose of culture. Whether it’s exploring the arts or a new culture, there’s no shortage of these events this week. Tag your events out and about in the Philadelphia area with #ThisWeekinPhilly.

Monday, October 2

  • The Barnes Foundation’s month-long 5th anniversary celebration is in full swing! Join the architects that built the Philadelphia campus for a discussion with Pulitzer Prize–winning architecture critic Inga Saffron. Mingle at a cocktail party before the lecture starts at 6:30 p.m.
  • Now through March 2018, visit The Franklin Institute’s Terracotta Warriors exhibit. Take a journey to China and see one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in history. Alongside ten excavated warriors, take an interactive look at more than 160 artifacts including weapons, precious pieces, and more.

Tuesday, October 3

  • Be prepared for endless amounts of inspiration and female empowerment at this year’s PA Conference for Women.* The event sold out in two days, but you can live stream keynote speaker, Michelle Obama, takes the stage with writer and executive producer Shonda Rhimes.  
  • It’s opening night of Kinky Boots at The Kimmel Center! From now until October 8, Inspired by true events, this uplifting musical is based on the hits by Grammy and Tony Award-winning star, Cyndi Lauper.

Wednesday, October 4

  • As the oldest event of its kind in the country, DesignPhiladelphia highlights the work of thousands of local creative professionals. The 9-day design festival starts with the Kickoff Party at 6 p.m. at the Dorrance H. Hamilton Building.  
  • Join a panel at UPenn’s School of Social Policy & Practice. The evening’s discussion will focus on Female Empowerment for Global Social Change featuring three prominent international advocates.

Thursday, October 5

  • The Food Trust’s popular Night Market returns to the Italian Market for the first time in five years. Taste from new food vendors including Isgro Pastries, Papermill Fresh Asian Kitchen, Cappuccio’s Meats, Babalouie BBQ, and more.
  • King of Prussia Beerfest Royale features the district’s finest beers, spirits, and restaurants. The Thursday Donnerstag is from 5:30 – 9 p.m. Tickets include unlimited 2 oz. beverage samples, unlimited food samples, a keepsake mug, a complimentary cigar, and live entertainment.

Friday, October 6

  • Enjoy Chaddsford wines and hard cider in the Wine Garden at Collins Park. Located at 17th and Chestnut, this is the perfect hideaway oasis to relax after a long week in the city.
  • Join Chill Moody* and friends (including our owner, Kate Marlys) for The Cosign at Heritage for First Friday. The NoLibs party will feature live music, speaker appearances, and artwork.
  • Wind down at La Colombe’s First Friday with happy hour beats by DJ Kitten Because I Scratch. Then, Flounder Warehouse will take over through the night with pop music. RSVP in advance for a free drink ticket.
  • Get into the fall spirit at The Glow, a must-see autumn wonderland. It features enchanting landscapes of more than 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins transformed into beautiful figures and structures.  
  • The Kimmel Center and Painted Bride Center hosts Philadelphia’s 20th annual FirstGlance Film Festival, celebrating independent films since 1996. The weekend-long event debuts original indie premieres from around the world.

Saturday, October 7

  • Rain or shine, one of the biggest block parties of the year is taking place in Midtown Village starting at 12 noon. Enjoy live music, beer gardens, arts & crafts for the kids, and some of the city’s finest foods.  
  • Keep the festivities going at the 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest. Celebrate in the 16,000 sq. ft. hall decorated in authentic German-imported decor with live entertainment. Drink delicious beers like Hofbräuhaus and enjoy traditional foods like meats, cheeses, pretzels, and more by Chef Jeremy Nolen.
  • It’s Aromatherapy Weekend at Hot Yoga Philadelphia.* Day 1 focuses on the basics of essential oils. Then, return on Sunday for ChakraAroma Therapy. Each day will include a brief lesson followed by a yoga class incorporating the application of oils.
  • Celebrate Greek culture at the big Greek Agora Festival in Cherry Hill, NJ. Since 1974, Saint Thomas Greek Orthodox Church has been showcasing their proud traditions, delicious foods, and great wine.

Sunday, October 8

  • It’s the battle of the birds as the Arizona Cardinals come to Lincoln Financial Field. Bleed green and cheer on the Philadelphia Eagles (even though we’re rooting for hometown rookie, Haason Reddick, as he returns back to Philly for the first time as an NFL pro)!
  • Pumpkin Smash at City Tap House University City is back. $10 tickets includes a limited edition Pumpkin Smash glass and a complimentary pour of Dogfish Head Punkin Cask from the 200 lb. real pumpkin cask. Plus, try from any of the 25 other delicious pumpkin beers while there’s live music, games, and more.
  • Drexel University hosts a concert with a cause. Roots, Rock & Research benefits the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at World Cafe Live. This event brings together a diverse community of autism supporters, music lovers, neighbors, researchers, friends and family.


* PA Conference for Women, Chill Moody, and Hot Yoga Philadelphia are clients or partners of Philly PR Girl.