10 Memorable Things To Do In Philadelphia During October

10 Memorable Things To Do In Philadelphia During October

Philly is home to tons of cool fall-themed festivals and events this October - this is stuff you don't want to miss.

Fall is my very favorite time of year. The weather gets chilly, the leaves start falling and changing color, and one of my very favorite holidays is on it's way (hint: it's Halloween, which is awesome). Autumn brings along with it beautiful foliage, spooky ghosts, boots, and lots and lots of pumpkin-flavored food. I've learned that living in a city during the fall season is proving to be way more fun than I thought. Here's a little list of a few things coming up in October in Philadelphia that I definitely don't want to miss!

1. Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

OK, so I might be lying when I say I don't want to miss this one - I totally do. It's as terrifying as it sounds. One of the nation's top-rated Halloween attractions is right here in old Philadelphia. The Eastern State Penitentiary is one of the most famous prisons in the country, and now stands as a museum and serves as a heart-stopping haunted attraction. Patrons are free to do a tour, and if you're up for it, get scared courtesy of 200+ performers and 11 acres of utterly horrifying attractions.

Runs from September 16th to November 5th. View the full schedule here!

2. Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill

From October 21-22, the little town of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia is transformed into the magical world of Harry Potter, complete with screenings of the films, scavenger hunts, and a pub crawl where you can get some butterbeer and more drink specials! (Guess where I'll be!!!!) Apparently, SEPTA's Chestnut Hill West regional rain line even turns into the Hogwarts Express for the weekend! I've also heard that costumes are encouraged!

See more here!

3. Old City Fest

If you're an art nerd like I am, come out on October 9th to Old City, Philly's historic district, to check out local artists and designers, restaurants, theaters and tons of culture. You can find all of the vendor information here.

4. Opera on the Mall

On October 2nd, enjoy an HD performance of Philadelphia Opera, located on Independence Mall! Lawn chairs and a picnic is what you'll want for this event, so bring some yummy treats and listen to live music. Plus, the event is open to pets! (I'd like to say I'm going for the music, but really, it's more for the puppies.) And don't worry, there's a rain date!

5. Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience at Longwood Gardens

This one's already been running for a little while, but go see it before it's over on October 29th! Located in Longwood Gardens, check out the beautiful botanical gardens and a moving, choreographed light show after the sun goes down.

More info here!

6. Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

If you've ever wondered what the inside of an artist's studio looks like, now's your chance to find out! (It's really super cool.) The second and fourth weekends in October, over 300 local artists open their studios to visitors to get a behind-the-scenes view of how Philly's most beautiful art is made. There are artist talks, galleries, demonstrations and even a few workshops! Philly features self-guided and traditionally guided tours of the neighborhoods and studios.

Check out more information here! Go support your local artists!

7. Philadelphia Film Festival

One of the things I'm most excited for is Philadelphia's own Film Festival, running October 20th through the 30th, there are tons of cinemas city-wide screening dozens of films from all over the world. The festival screens prize-winning films, shorts, animated movies, and even documentaries. Check out the catalogue for more information!

8. Ciao Philadelphia: Italian Cultural Month

Alright, I lied. This is what I'm the most excited for! Philadelphia is home to one of the largest Italian-American communities in the country (plus one, with me!), and Caio Philadelphia is a month-long festival of over 70 events! There are concerts, wine tastings, film screenings, and lots and lots of food. If you see me there, say hi! (I'll totally be there.)

Check out everything that's happening here!

9. True Tales from the Tombs: Mischief Night by Firelight

As if the Laurel Hill Cemetery weren't creepily beautiful enough at night, here we go making it even creepier. On October 28th, head over to meet some of the cemetery's most memorable "residents" (some pretty cool local famous folks are buried here - such as Thomas McKean, a signer of the Declaration of Independence). Stop by and the actors will make the past come to life, along with some light refreshments.

Find more here.

10. Night Market Philadelphia: Navy Yard

If you haven't been exploring to the Navy Yard yet, you definitely should. Take a walk down South Street to visit the sight of beautiful lights strung up on the ships and enjoy some really, really good food trucks. On October 6th, head over for lots of food, music, and the culture of Philly!

These are only a few of the cool things going on in Philly in October. Look for even more on visitphilly.com!

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If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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