15 Best Festivals and Shows in Philadelphia during October 2018 - Kid 101

15 Best Festivals and Shows in Philadelphia during October 2018

Oktoberfests, fall festivals, and the Dragon Boat Festival will have locals and visitors taking advantage of the cooler weather before the winter chills set in. Artists like Maroon 5, J Cole and Young Thug, Florence and The Machine and Twenty One Pilots are all breezing in on their US tours, while the Broadway Hit Fiddler on the Roof brings some magic to the stage. And because it is Halloween month there are pumpkin fests and trick or treating activities for kids by the wagonful.

Midtown Village Fall Fest

About: The Midtown Village Fall Festival attracts thousands of visitors to 13th Street and across several surrounding blocks in Midtown Village. They come to experience a variety of activities including multiple stages of live entertainment, food and beverage sampling, merchant and vendor displays, crafters, children’s activities, and more.

When: Saturday, October 6 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm.

Where: 13th Street and Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Contact: 215-670-4323

Cost: Free

Florence and the Machine

About: The High as Hope Tour comes to Philadelphia, with British singer Florence Welch still demonstrating her powerful voice, but now with a little more wisdom in the lyrics that explore her angst, acknowledging that she needs to touch down. Listen to Sky Full of Song as she seeks the calm. High as Hope is her fourth studio album.

When: Sunday, October 14 at 7:00 pm.

Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Contact: 215-336-3600

Cost: From $45

South Street Pumpkin Fest

About: There will be trick or treating and horse and wagon hay rides on the cobblestone-lined streets around Society Hill and South Street neighborhoods.

Rides are free and begin at the edge of the Shambles at 2nd and Lombard. Enjoy getting lost in the straw bale maze on South Street that will challenge kids and their parents. Philadelphia’s School of Circus Arts/Airplay Entertainment will perform some amazing aerial feats, and magicians will have visitors astounded with their illusions. Kids activities include the free make and take crafts, pie-eating contests, and there are costume contests for under 14’s. There is also a best Jack O’ Lantern contest – bring along the carved pumpkins as well as some gently used winter coats to distribute to those in need.

When: Saturday, October 27 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm.

Where: Headhouse Square on Lombard and 2nd Streets, Philadelphia

Contact: 215-413-3713 or email info@southstreet.com

Cost: Free. Please bring a coat to donate

Night Market Point Breeze

About:  Organized by the Food Trust this is the final Night Market of the year at Point Breeze. Enjoy the food ranging from tacos to pizza, ice cream, and everything in between. Modeled on the popular night food markets in Asia, Point Breeze provides a lively gathering with delicious food, locally crafted beverages, outdoor seating, and live music. It also serves as a venue for food entrepreneurs to get themselves better known as the event attracts people from all over the city.

When: Thursday, October 4 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Where: Point Breeze – 20th and Federal, Philadelphia PA 19146

Contact: 215-575-0444 – The Food Trust

Cost: Free

The Glow – A Jack o’ Lantern Experience

About: Visit to see over 5000 hand-carved pumpkins in single displays and forming massive larger than life displays. The walk itself takes between 30 to 45 minutes and tickets are sold at 30-minute intervals to ensure you can have a leisurely stroll. Fall beverages and food will be served, so stay and enjoy some seasonal treats that could involve cinnamon, pumpkin pie, hot chocolate and lots more. Your favorite movie stars, superheroes and even some princesses come to life, through the jack o’ lantern magic, plus there are thrilling dinosaurs. The experience is not frightening for kids but does have some Halloween magic.

When: October 4-28

Where: West Fairmont Park, 5201 Parkside Avenue

Contact: 203-900-5052

Cost: $30 per person, kids 2 and under free. Visit the website to find out how to get rewards and earn points towards free or discounted tickets.

Old City Fest

About: Designers, artists, entertainers, and restaurateurs combine their talents to make for an interesting day filled with creative talent, music, great eats and fun things to do for everyone including kids.

When: Sunday, October 7 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Where: cross several blocks of North 3rd Street and Arch Street, Philadelphia

Contact: 215-686-8446

Cost: Free

Oktoberfest at 23rd Street Armory

About: This is as close to a Munich style festival as it gets in the US with a 16 000 square foot area inside the fortress-like structure decorated with blue and white ceilings, authentic trestles and benches imported from Germany, and a lofted stage for the musicians. Expect to hear The Heimatklange Band on Friday and Saturday night and Melina and the Oompahs on Saturday afternoon. There will be plenty of beer at this over 21 event and many food concessions with a hearty festival fare. Send the kids with the grandparents to watch a show or concert, while you enjoy some adult company and traditional music. Prost!

When: October 5-6 Friday, October 5 from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Saturday, October 6 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm.

Where: 23rd Street Armory, 22S 23rd Street, Philadelphia

Contact: via Facebook

Cost: $25 per person general admission includes 1 liter of beer, a large Bavarian pretzel, and table service. VIP options available.


About: The music lineup includes Sponge, Trilogy, Rock Bottom, Robbie Boothe, The Gods Hate Texas, Spoiler Alert, The Urge, Outside the Wire, Taboo, Sage, North Point HS Jazz Band, and La Plata HS Marching Band. The kid zone will have activities like a moon bounce and face painting, among others. There will be food and drink vendors, including a beer garden so get ready for a rocking good time.

When: Saturday, October 6 from 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm.

Where: La Grange Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646

Contact: via Facebook

Cost: Tickets are $10 per person, kids 12 and under FREE.

Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Fest

About:  Look forward to around 150 teams racing colorful dragon boats, and exciting races where synchronicity is more important than strength – a perfectly synchronized team will almost always beat a less coordinated yet stronger team. Watch for the drummer in each boat as they set the beat for the paddlers. Thousands of spectators line the banks of the river to watch the paddlers battle it out for top honors. There will be food and beverage vendors in the area.

When: Saturday, October 6 from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm.

Where: The Schuylkill River Loop, 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Contact: 610-642-2333 or via Facebook and Twitter

Cost: Free to view

Fishtown Rivercity Fest

About: The day starts with a 5K fun run – just to build up an appetite for all the delicious offerings from the food trucks. There will be local bands to entertain the crowds, craft beers, as well as vendors with arts and crafts. Included in the lineup are Huffamoose, Harmony Woods, Eat A Peach, Sixteen Jackies,  Ginger Coyle, and St James and the Apostles. For the kids there is Moon Bounce and an Inflatable Obstacle Course, a Magic Show and the Balloon Circus Show with the Amazing Mr Q, Face Painting by Philly Face Painters. Kids can try their hand at the Pottery Wheel with Yay Clay, spin a Hula Hoop with SpinCo, make some music with the folks from Philly Music Lessons, imagine with the Spells Writing Lab, and get crafty with Spin Art to make fall-themed crafts, and play some free old-fashioned field games.

When: Saturday, October 13 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm.

Where: Penn Treaty Park, 1199 North Delaware Avenue at E. Columbia Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19125

Contact: via Facebook or Twitter

Cost: Free

Maroon 5

About: Maroon Five bring their Red Pill Blues Tour to Boston for one night only. The three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum pop-rock band is based in Los Angeles and has been together for a long time. Red Pill Blues, their sixth studio album, has already yielded the hit Girls Like You that peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard Hot Hundred chart. Julia Michaels will be opening for the band – the 25-year-old singer’s single Issues peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot Hundred.

When: Friday, October 12 at 8:00 pm

Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Contact: 215-336-3600

Cost: From $65

J Cole with Young Thug

About: American hip hop recording artist, J. Cole is on his 34-date tour in support of his chart-topping new album KOD, with special guest Young Thug (Jeffery Lamar Williams), who is fast gaining recognition for his talent. Produced by Live Nation, the tour started off in Miami on August 9 and is making stops across North America. Expect to hear Kevin’s Heart and Motiv8 from his KOD album and favorites from previous albums too. In the lineup for the concert are Jaden Smith, Earthgang, and Kill Edward.

When: Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 pm

Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Contact: 215-336-3600

Cost: $55

Twenty One Pilots

About: American duo, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, formed Twenty One Pilots while still at college and began to put out their own records before being signed in 2013 by Pete Wentz for his Fueled By Ramen label. In 2016 they won a Billboard Music Award for Top Rock Album, Blurryface. Then they won a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group performance in 2017 with Stressed Out, and that’s only two of their 31 awards! Catch them when their Bandito Tour comes to Philadelphia.

When: Sunday, October 28 at 7:00 pm.

Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Contact: 215-336-3600

Cost: From $140

Fiddler on the Roof

About: Bartlett Sher, Tony®-winning director, has a fresh take on the beloved masterpiece, Fiddler on the Roof, set among the Jewish community of a pre-revolutionary Russian village. The story begins when a milkman, consults the traditional matchmaker – and also has a word with God, to assist him in finding good husbands for his five daughters. The North American tour comes direct from Broadway, with a wonderful cast and lavish orchestra to convey the timeless traditions that define faith and family. L’Chaim!

When: October 23 – 28. Show times at 7:30 pm, 8:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 6:30 pm –various days.

Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 1420 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Contact: 215-790-5800

Cost: From $47

Revolutionary Germantown Fest

About: The event is an all ages one where the battle of Germantown will be reenacted. There will be pipe bands and museum tours as visitors learn the story of the battle that took place at Cliveden. Various children’s activities and a beer garden have been organized. The victory party afterwards will have live music, and family-friendly activities while food vendors will feed the hungry throughout the day. Germantown Avenue will be blocked off during the festival between Upsal and Johnson Streets.

When: Saturday, October 6 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Where: Cliveden, and on the 6400 block of Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Contact: 215-844-1683

Cost: Free admission

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