Calendar: Oct. 18-24

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18Comedy | Philadelphia Brewing Comedy


Comedy | Philadelphia Brewing Comedy

This chameleon of a brewery is always hosting something different. Come this time for a comedy show by Dan Perlman of TruTV and MTV fame. He’s played in Philly quite a few times before, so we’re sure he’ll know how to warm us up. | 7:30 pm. $11.30. Philadelphia Brewing Co., 2440 Frankford Ave.

Music | Karaoke Gung Show: Halloween Spectacular

Skeletor hosts this karaoke showdown where participants have to sing before the gong gets banged. Get your words out before you’re faced with the inevitable bang. If you’re lucky, he’ll like you. | 9 pm. Free. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Music | Space Cowboy

Take your protein pills and put your helmet on. This is set to be a wild ride through some synth and cosmic music. Be a part of this maiden voyage through sight and sound. | 10 pm. Free. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave.

Festival | 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest

So many Oktoberfests, so many decisions to make… This 2-day festival gives everyone the chance to come check it out by choosing which session you could make it to. Get ready for traditional Oktoberfest grub, exciting live music and a vibe like you’re actually in Munich. | 7:30 pm. $25. 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd St.

Discussion | Born on the MOVE

Mike Africa Jr. will be here to tell us moving stories of his life. He was born in prison to parents who had been serving forty years. He’ll be sharing everything to benefit the MOVE organization, who was the victim of the 1985 bombing by the Philadelphia Police on Osage Ave. | 8 pm. $25. Making Worlds Bookstore, 210 S. 45th St.

Fundraiser | Gravediggers’ Ball

Show your support for the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, who help keep spooky traditions alive every single year. Show up to this fundraiser in stuffy black tie attire, or choose to go the costume route. Either way, your attendance has been highly requested. | 7 pm. $250. Mutter Museum, 19 S. 22nd St.

Music | Hope and Fury: Worldtown Soundsystem

Powerful changes can be made through music. This local concert series has a different message every time – this time around, it’s speaking up against gun violence. Join Worldtown Soundsystem – a high-energy house band – and city Councilmember Cherelle L. Parker in the fight. | 6:30 pm. Free. La Colombe, 1335 Frankford Ave.

Music | Street Metal Massacre 2: Pre-Fest

Get a little preview of a gruesome metal show that’s to come. Headbang to the audible hell sounds of several local metal bands that will come to pay tribute to the Halloween spirit. | 8 pm. $20. Foto Club, 3743 Frankford Ave.


Food & Drink | Pour the Core

Get lost in a sea of hard cider tastings at this annual festival. Try your tastebuds with over 75 different kinds of cider, as well as a doughnut eating contest and plenty of other mouth-watering food options. The perfect event to get you in the fall spirit with some delicious spirits. | 1:30 pm. $50. The Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad St.

Art | Legends of Hip-Hop Art Exhibit

Portraits of the trailblazers of hip-hop will be on display at this unique exhibit. Pay some respect to those who have paved the way for thousands of hip-hop artists today. Their efforts and memories will never go unnoticed. | 2 pm. $3-$15. Philly Art Collective, 253 N. 3rd St.

Music | Charli XCX

This pop queen delivers anything but an ordinary performance. Her songs are all about partying, loving yourself and just being a fucking star. They’re all messages we could definitely get behind. | 8 pm. $35. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.

LGBTQ | Wig in a Box

This drag show will pay tribute to songs from some of the most exhilarating broadway shows. Expect queen Mimi Imfurst to sing selections from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Rent, Rocky Horror and more. | 7:30 pm. $20. Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St.

Festival | Harvest Festival

Fall in Philadelphia gives us so many reasons to celebrate. Appreciate all the autumn offerings from Philly area farms at this outdoor festival. Filbert Street will be shut down to make way for all the festivities in store. | 10 am. Free. Reading Terminal Market, 1200 Arch St.

Interests | Cat Town Vintage Market

Get your paws on some one-of-a-kind clothes for a one-of-a-kind cause. Over twenty vendors will be selling vintage garments to support Cattown Animal Rescue. We have too many strays running around Philly that deserve to be taken care of and loved. | 11 am. $5. The Digs Sandbox, 1616 N. Beach St.

Music | World Singing Day

The entire world is going to be belting out their favorite songs on this day. Join the Sister Cities Girlchoir for a gathering all about finding positivity and community through music. Be an important part of this eighth annual global gathering. | 10:30 am. Free. Palmer Park, 1701 Frankford Ave.

Learn | PHLbloggers Small Business Summit

Small business owners seriously make the world go ‘round. The best way to get some tips on how to succeed in business is to listen to your peers. The speakers at this event only have the best in mind for you. | 9 am. $50. Old City Collective, 222 Race St.


Music | Cursive

We all learned how to write cursive in elementary school. We should’ve all learned who this band is at the same time, but we weren’t cool kids. They’ve been writing rock music since 2000 on serious topics like divorce, sex and the meaning of life. | 8 pm. $20. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.

Party | Ecstatic Dance

If you start dancing, you’re going to start smiling – no matter how shitty of a mood you’re in. That’s the goal at this community dance party, where everyone is welcome to show up and move in their own way. Enjoy dance beats from DJ Luminus and get healed with sound by Sean Youngmann. | 6 pm. $15. Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Sq.

Sports | Eagles Tailgate

This isn’t your usual tailgate. Eagles fans will have the chance of a lifetime to dunk a Cowboys fan in a tank of water. Why would you ever want to miss that? | 4 pm. $20. Morris Animal Refuge, 1242 Lombard St.

Food & Drink | Sixth Annual Meatball Challenge

Think you can make the best meatball Philly has ever tasted? Try your luck at this annual cook-off, where everyone from professional chef to home cook are welcome. You don’t have to have culinary skills to attend – tasters are needed to judge the contest, of course. | 3 pm. Free. Tap Room on 19th, 2400 S. 19th St.

Interests | The Witch Market

There’s something in the crisp air that’s just making us want to spend all our money. This is the perfect market to do so. Set in an intimate environment, it will feature a bunch of bewitching craft and food vendors. | 12 pm. Free. Pretzel Park, 4300 Silverwood St.

Fundraiser | AIDS Walk Philly

This city’s history with AIDS support runs deep. Give a donation, get outside and walk in support of those affected by this life-threatening illness. | 7 am. Prices vary. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Fitness | The University City 5K

This fundraising run was found in the honor of Nicholas Pipino, a Drexel student who was murdered outside of a bar he worked at in University City in 1992. Support his honor with a donation and with some athletic effort. | 8 am. $15. 33rd St. and Lancaster Ave.

Music | Toto

This classic rock band has been together for over 40 years now. That may make some of us feel really damn old, and some of us really proud. Their knack for writing hit songs never faded away throughout the decades. | 8 pm. $39.50-$79.50. The Met Philly, 858 N. Broad St.


Music | HomeGrown Open Mic Mondays

This open mic will give all musicians the chance to grow. Come out and share your talents, and you could win some studio time, promotion and radio exposure. | 7 pm. Free. MilkBoy, 401 South St.

Learn | Sip & Seed

Learn all about the healing benefits of CBD at this instructional event. Try CBD infused food and cocktails made by professional local chefs, and find out how to grow your own healthy hemp plant at home. | 6 pm. $25. PHS Pop-Up Garden, 1438 South St.

Discussion | Patti Smith

There are hardly any punk women that could write as many wise words as Smith does. She’s no stranger to writing books on her interesting life, and that’s what she did with her newest release, “Year of the Monkey.” Sit in on a discussion with the author and get your copy. | 7:30 pm. $42-$44. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.

Event | LGBTQ Health Fair

Your health is your wealth, so all you LGBTQ folks out there should check out this event hosted by Independence Business Alliance. You’ll get to meet several health organizations that are working to provide services in the city. | 5 pm. Free. Independence LIVE, 1919 Market St.

Music | Swervedriver

These guys didn’t get all the credit they deserved when they first broke onto the scene in the 90s. However, after a 17-year-gap in albums, this rock-n-roll duo turned some heads with their 2015 release “I Wasn’t Born to Lose You.” | 8 pm. $25. MilkBoy, 1100 Chestnut St.

Comedy | Nurse Blake

This YouTube star makes videos that get all nurses and nursing students laughing. He’s sold out pretty much every show on this comedy tour, but you should still take your chance at getting your spot in the crowd. | 8 pm. $35. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St.

Food & Drink | Ya Gotta Try This

If you tune into Fox 29, this name may sound familiar to you. This tasting party co-hosted by Good Day Philadelphia host Mike Jerrick will feature food from a ton of restaurants that have been featured on the show. | 6:30 pm. $50. Vie by Cescaphe, 600 N. Broad St.

Theater | Star-Love Freedom

The touring cast of Hamilton will be performing at this benefit concert for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Wounded Warrior Project. Each cast member will share their talents in support of the causes being honored. | 8 pm. $40-$150. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.


Music | The Oh Sees

There’s so much to see in this world. This band is one of those that you definitely have to see perform with your own eyes before you die. That is, if you’re into their invigorating take on garage punk. | 8:30 pm. $22. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.

Interests | Market Olympics

It’s only natural to get a little bored on Tuesdays. Fight the feeling by coming out for a night full of board game adventures. Hop from vendor to vendor while playing different kinds of games. | 4 pm. Free. The Bourse, 111 S. Independence Mall East

Family Fun | Trunk or Treat

Have your kids stock up on sweets before the big day. Come out in costume to go from car to car in search of candy. This is an essential Halloween family-friendly event that even the most stubborn of kids would love going to. | 6 pm. Free. Whitman Square, 9711 Roosevelt Blvd.

Interests | Market at the Pop-Up

Shop sustainably at this weekly garden market. Local vendors will be selling fresh produce, baked goods, plants and lots more. It’s always smart to support local farmers and gardeners. | 5 pm. Free. PHS Pop-Up Garden, 1436 South St.

Theater | Dance Nation

This show is probably something like Dance Moms, but better, of course. It’s about a team of pre-teen dancers who find themselves in search of a trophy. The best part may be that the pre-teens will be played by actresses of all ages. | 6:30 pm. $35. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.

Interests | Drinks and Dragons

Hop into the RPG world at this open game night. Whether you’re a newbie or a total D&D nerd, you’re welcome to come join the party. Throw back some drinks and get into a Halloween-themed game. | 7 pm. Free. Queen & Rook Game Cafe, 607 S. 2nd St.

Comedy | Whiz City Open Mic

Unlock the comedic talent within you at this open mic. Whether you’ve always known you had it in you or not, get up there and show us what you’re made of. Just try not to tell cheesy jokes. | 8 pm. Free. MilkBoy, 401 South St.

Food & Drink | Taco Showdown

Philly’s finest chefs will go head-to-head to see who can make the best taco. The best part? You get to be the judge. You are obligated to eat as many tacos as you want and provide your honest feedback. | 6:30 pm. $40. Warehouse on Watts, 923 N. Watts St.


Learn | Adulting 101

Being a grown-up responsible for yourself is hard. This event series is designated to give support to those that could use a little help navigating this thing we called life. This month’s discussion is about how to eat healthy during the upcoming holiday season. | 6 pm. $25. Saxby’s, 2300 Chestnut St.

Food & Drink | Brews and Views

Our opportunities to enjoy being outside are dwindling. As the weather gets crispier, this rooftop beer garden will be coming to a close. Come for one of the final days and enjoy a cold one outside before it gets too cold. | 5 pm. Free. Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

Interests | Murder & Mayhem in the City of Brotherly Love

Sarah Cailean is used to getting down and dirty with crime stories. Join the HLN crime correspondent as she discusses all the darkest tales of murder and horror that have occured in Philly. | 7 pm. Free. Devil’s Den, 1148 S. 11th St.

Music | The Body

These guys started out as a typical doom metal band, but have evolved their sound throughout the years. Lots has changed since 1999 – they now infuse hints of dance, hip-hop, blues and more in their unique sounds. | 8:30 pm. $12. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St.

Food & Drink | East Passyunk Witch Craft Beer Crawl

Try all the kinds of witches’ brew you could get your grimey little hands on. Fly up and down the avenue on your old broomstick to see what each bar on the list has to offer for the day. | 5:30 pm. Free. Locations vary along E. Passyunk Ave.

Music | Oliver Tree

Tree’s embarking on a farewell tour that none of us should dare to miss. He’s a true multi-hyphenate, and is a master in indie pop, sketch comedy and producing music. | 8 pm. $25. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St.

Discussion | Andrew Rea

Binging with Babish is the YouTube series that has shown us how to recreate all the foods from movies and TV shows that we’ve always wanted to try. Rea is the man behind the magic, whose face is almost never on camera. Take a look at that beautiful mug as he’s on stage talking through his latest recipe book. | 8 pm. $45. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St.

Music | Delicate Steve

Steve is here to lay it down real easy for you. He does whatever the fuck he wants with his music, and we’re going to like it. We’re lucky that he’s actually good at exploring and doing bizarre things with his sound. | 8 pm. $15. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.


Party | By the Times

The only scary thing is how old we’re getting. Go back to the time where you had less wrinkles at this dance party. Nostalgia-riddled songs from the 80s and 90s will be blasting all night. | 8 pm. $20. Yakitori Boy, 211 N. 11th St.

Party | Ellen Siberian Tiger’s Halloween Bash

This Halloween party has no bells and whistles about it. Just some killer live music from Soul Cannon and Cheeky, and a dance party that will be going on until everybody crawls home. | 9 pm. $12. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

Music | Ghost Quartet

Four singers will be doing some creepy shit in this show. It’s a performance which will make you wonder whether ghosts are actually real. | 8 pm. $25. The Headhouse, 122 Lombard St.

Interests | Stroll the Village

Get some drinks and small bites to benefit Philly PAWS. Bars and restaurants in Queen Village will be donating portions of their earnings to the organization every Thursday. | 5 pm. Free. Locations vary.

Food & Drink | Philly Mag Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival

Over 200 spirits will be available for a grand tasting at this festival. There will also be a Fine Wine and Good Spirits shop on-site, so you can grab a big bottle on your way out. | 6:30 pm. $115. Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Ave.

Party | Welcome to the Freak Show

This Halloween party will be anything but boring. Some spooky and sexy sideshows will be going on all night, along with dark wave music being played all night. | 8 pm. $10. Warehouse on Watts, 923 N. Watts St.

Music | Iya Terra

This reggae band’s name translates to “Higher Ground.” Their fresh take on classic reggae beats has definitely elevated them as one of the current best in the genre. | 8:15 pm. $12. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Learn | Door 19: Death and Taxidermy

Exciting name, huh? Take a look at the museum’s creepiest preserved specimens. You’re welcome to come in costume and hang out at the open bar. | 6 pm. $85. The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

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    Alex is a reporter most passionate about arts and entertainment writing. She has been working for PW since March 2019, where she has been lucky enough to learn more about Philadelphia’s vibrant culture and interview some of her favorite artists, such as The Black Keys.