October in Philly: What’s Happening This Fall?

Written by on 14.10.21

As things in Pennsylvania start to return to normal as the pandemic slows, you might be looking to take part in some exciting Philadelphia events in October. Whether it’s an all-out party you’re after, some live music or a night at the theater, October in Philly is shaping up to offer plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the city.
Note: Some events may require proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Art, Museums and Culture

The Stories We WearSeptember 25 through June 12

Visit Penn Museum for tickets.

Experience more than 2,500 years of clothing, accessories and fashion trends in this exhibit that explores the history of what we wear.

Crayola IDEAWorks: The Creativity ExhibitionNow through November 25

Visit The Franklin Institute for tickets.

Designed for kids aged five and older, this colorful exhibit features interactive activities for budding young minds.

Jasper Johns: Mind/MirrorNow through February 13

Visit Philadelphia Museum of Art for tickets.

Witness 70 years of iconic landscapes and other works by legendary artists Jasper Johns. This exhibit features more than 90 works.

Scary Halloween Events

The Bates Motel & Haunted HayrideNow through October 31

Visit The Bates Motel for tickets.

The Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride is thought to be one of the best haunted houses in the country. Take in three haunted attractions, challenge yourself in horror-themed escape rooms and try your hand at axe throwing.

Fright FactoryWeekends only, now through October 31

Visit Fright Factory Philly for tickets.

Hang out in the basement of a 120 year old factory and get scared at this event’s three indoor haunted attractions. This event is designed strictly for adults. 

Family Fun

Scarecrows in the VillageNow through October 30

Visit Peddler’s Village for details.

Walk through pathways lined with more than 100 scarecrows, made by Philadelphia residents and organizations, and cast your vote for the best one. 

Pumpkinland at Linvilla OrchardsNow through October 31

Visit Linvilla Orchards for tickets.

Shop for fall and Halloween decorations, buy a pumpkin and enjoy activities such as hayrides and corn mazes.

Spooky Mini GolfNow through October 31

Visit Historic Philadelphia for Tickets.

Spooky Mini Golf is fun for the whole family. Head to Franklin Square to play a round. 


30th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival – October 20 through 31

Visit Philadelphia Film Society for details and event schedule.

Take in the year’s best cinematic releases at venues throughout the city at this world-acclaimed film festival.

Philly Music Fest – October 6 through 10

Visit Philly Music Fest for tickets.

Take in some amazing local music at independent venues throughout the city. The lineup includes The Mezingers, Hop Along, and Alex G.

Concerts and Other Events

Todd Rundgren – October 11 and 12

Visit Ticketmaster for tickets.

Philly’s own Todd Rundgren spawned several pop/rock hits in the ‘70s and earned his spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. See him live at The Fillmore.

Jamie Foxx: Act Like You Got Some Sense Book Tour – October 15

Visit Live Nation for tickets.

Join Jamie Foxx as he celebrates the release of his memoir, ‘Act Like You Got Some Sense.’ Special guests will be joining Jamie live at The Met to share stories and laughs.

Elvis Costello & the Imposters – October 24

Visit Ticketmaster for tickets..

Elvis Costello & the Imposters will be performing live at The Met on the Hello Again 2021 Tour.

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