Fall Guide: What to do this fall

The recent string of 80-degree days may have created a little confusion with the seasons, but there is no doubt fall has arrived. Besides the silence coming out of Citizens Bank Park, colorful leaves are starting to fall to the ground. Add the eye-catching Halloween decorations around the neighborhood, and the scene is set for exciting days ahead. For those looking for fun things to do, here is a rundown of headliners, community events, Halloween-themed activities and more.


Oct. 12

Katy Perry with Noah Cyrus: Before she steps in front of the cameras on ABC’s “American Idol” reboot, Witness The Tour. You will likely hear this award-winning artist “Roar.” 7 p.m. $45.50-$195.50. Wells Fargo, 3601 S. Broad St. wellsfargocenterphilly.com.

Oct. 13

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull: Pitbull’s Globalization is worldwide, but this week he’s live in South Philly with his buddy Enrique. 7 p.m. $29.95-$149.95. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. wellfargocenterphilly.com.

Oct. 15

Renee Fleming, a 2013 Grammy Award-winner for Best Classical Vocal Solo, has been billed as “the people’s diva” and performed at Buckingham Palace. Now the soprano is ready to captivate the Verizon Hall audience. 8 p.m. $59-$149. Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org.

Oct. 20–22

Philly Pops A Stars Wars Celebration is described as a thrilling tribute to the popular space fantasy franchise in, believe it or not, its 40th anniversary year. The show features the music of Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy award-winning artist John Williams. 8 p.m. Oct. 20. 3 p.m. Oct. 21–22. $35-$158. Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org.

Oct. 22

Eddie Lang Day 2017 is the seventh annual event celebrating the life and music of this former South Philadelphia resident, also known as the father of jazz guitar. Proceeds benefit the Eddie Lang Scholarship program. 2 p.m. $5-$15. Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org.

Oct. 27

Brad Garrett and Rita Rudner, the iconic comedic duo, are ready to do what they do best — deliver a night of laughs. 9 p.m. $69-$79. The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. sugarhouseentertainment.com.

Powerhouse 2017: Travis Scott, Migos, Rick Ross, French Montana, Meek Mill along with several other rap and R&B superstars will be in the house, more specifically, the Wells Fargo Center. 6 p.m. $69.99-$250.99. 3601 S. Broad St. wellsfargocenterphilly.com.

Oct. 29

Fall Out Boy: Do you hear the Mania? In this care we are talking about the American pop punk band’s current tour. 7 p.m. $30.50-$70.50. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. wellsfargocenterphilly.com.

Nov 2

Imagine Dragons: Do you feel the thunder? On this night fans will hear the “Thunder” as fans will be singing along. “First things first …” 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$79.50. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. wellsfragocenterphilly.com.

Nov. 3

Engelbert Humperdinck is celebrating his 50th anniversary tour. We are talking about the legendary performer who has sold more than 140 million records, including 35 platinum. 9 p.m. $49-$69. The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. sugarhouseentertainment.com/events.

Nov. 10

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, the five-time Grammy-nominated contemporary blues group, comes to Philly fresh off its latest release “Lay It On Down.” 9 p.m. $49. The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue. sugarhouseentertainment.com/events.

Nov. 13

Janet Jackson: Her name ain’t baby, it’s Janet, Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty. The pop star’s State of the World Tour is sure to include some “Nasty” and many of her other hit songs. 8 p.m.

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. wellsfargoenterphilly.com.

Community Events

Oct. 13

Francis Scott Key Elementary School Back to School Movie Night Fundraiser will teach students the importance of giving back as proceeds from the event will go toward disaster relief for Mexico and Puerto Rico. Besides “The Boss Baby,” the school will be collecting donations and selling pizza, egg rolls, snacks and drinks. More than 50 percent of the Key student body are English language learners, with many of the children having families in the affected areas. 5:30–7:30 p.m. Rain date is Oct. 20. 2230 S. 8th St. 215–400–8251.

Oct. 14

Capitolo Park Fall Flea Market will have lots of vendors and live music. $25 per spot, $45 for two. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9th and Federal streets (across from Pat’s and Geno’s). Rain date is Oct. 21. capitolofleamarket.com.

Shot Tower Fall Festival will include pizza, snacks, face painting and games. Costumes are encouraged. There will be a 50/50 raffle drawing at 1 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free to attend. Shot Tower Playground, Front and Carpenter streets. facebook.com/ShotTowerPlayground.

The Ed McBride Block Party keeps the outdoor festival season going with live music, wiffle ball and corn-hole tournaments, food, a beer garden, games/activities for the kids, giveaways and more. The wiffle ball tournament will consist of three-person teams while the corn-hole tournament will have two members per team. The $25 per person entry fee includes a T-shirt and discounted drinks. Winning teams will receive a trophy and their team name on the Ed McBride Cup. The event is being hosted by Moonshine Philly on East Moyamensing Avenue between Mifflin and McClellan streets. Free to attend. Moonshine, Chef Big Rube’s Famous Fried Chicken, Uncle Oogies and Hog Face BBQ are some of the confirmed participants. All proceeds will benefit EOM and its youth athletic program. Noon-8 p.m. (rain date is Oct. 15).facebook.com/events/338309313258451.

Ninth Annual Blocktoberfest is taking over four blocks — South Street between Broad and 18th streets — and will showcase a wide selection of craft breweries from around the country, food from neighborhood vendors and food trucks while energizing local acts entertain the crowd. The event will benefit neighborhood initiatives such as education, green space and public safety. Noon-8 p.m. $15-$25. blocktoberfest.com.

Oct. 15

The Meredith on the Run 5K is a 3.1 mile run/walk that will raise money for the William Meredith Elementary School. This fourth annual event is open to runners and walkers of all ages. The fun run starts at 8:15 a.m. A festival will follow in the schoolyard. The course will go through Queen Village. $15 for Meredith students/$30 for adults. 725 S. 5th St. meredith5k.com.

South Street Renaissance 50-year Reunion is coming together at Club Havana starting at 5:30 p.m. There will be food and drink specials. 340 South St. Email Joel Spivak, joelspivak@comcast.net.

Oct. 20

The 2017 Monthly Movie Series wraps up with a classic — “E.T.” Head down to FDR Park early for some family-friendly fun. Free. 3–9:30 p.m. Movie starts at dusk. Bring a blanket and chair. Broad Street and Pattison Avenue. facebook.com/fdrpark.

Oct. 21

Gloria Dei Old Swedes Church Fall Flea Market will include baked goods, homemade chili and other goodies. Historical church tours available. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Spaces are $25. 915 S. Swanson St. old-swedes.org.

Oct. 22

The 25th Annual Alfonso Cavaliere Memorial Concert will be a night of musical comedy, operatic favorites, Neapolitan songs along with special tributes to Madame Marianne Casiello, founder of the Bel Canto Lyric Opera Co., the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein and more. 5 p.m. South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St. $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students. Free parking will be available in the school parking lot. 215–626–7053.

Oct. 27

Rhythm ’n Brews is a Queen Village community drum circle and social hour. Talk about decompressing after a long work week (prior drumming experience is not necessary). 7:30–8:30 p.m. $10. Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. settlementmusic.org.

Oct. 28

Gold Star Park’s annual Halloween Party will include balloon animals, arts and crafts, a pinata, interactive music and a special surprise. Don’t forget to come in costume. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 613 Wharton St. Rain date is Oct. 29. passyunksquare.org/calendar.


Oct. 12–22

Pennsylvania Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty. This happily-ever-after story told through classical ballet will include elements of enchantment, magic, tragedy and true love. Times and prices vary. The Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org.

Oct. 31-Dec. 17

“It’s A Wonderful Life” is a holiday classic that will entertain the entire family. Enjoy a heartwarming journey set in a 1940’s radio station on a crisp Christmas Eve. Times vary. $35-$40. Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3. 825 Walnut St. walnutstreettheatre.org.

Special Event

Oct. 28

Philly Fights Cancer Round 3 is a star-studded event at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The mistress of ceremonies is the legendary “EGOT” (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winner Whoopi Goldberg. John Legend, “America’s Got Talent” star and cancer survivor Caly Bevier along with Earth, Wind & Fire will perform. Proceeds from Philly Fights Cancer support clinical trials and translational research at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. 6 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Prices vary. Kitty Hawk Drive and South 11th St. phillyfightscancer.org/events/philly-fights-cancer-round-3.


Oct. 13

Taste America: Philadelphia is being billed as a night of culinary stars. Pastry chef Pat O’Malley of the Hungry Pigeon and Nick Elmi of Laurel will join James Beard award winners Marc Murphy, Greg Vernick and Jean-Marie Lacroix and others. 5–10 p.m. Prices vary. Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd St. jamesbeard.org/events/taste-america-philadelphia-dinner.

Oct. 13–15

Taste! Philadelphia is a weekend showcase of the finest in wines, spirits and gourmet foods, and will include appearances by Kathy Lee Gifford and Brian Duffy. 6–10 p.m. Oct, 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4–8 p.m. Oct. 14 and noon-4 p.m. Oct. 15. Tickets start at $60. Valley Forge Casino Resort Event Center, 1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia. vfcasino.com/events/taste-philadelphia.

Nov. 11

If you consider yourself a foodie, Savor Borgata’s Ultimate Food Experience is a can’t-miss event. A-list chefs Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, Wolfgang Puck, Geoffrey Zakarian and Michael Schulson help cap off the two-day food festival. There will be live entertainment, too. 8–10 p.m. $89. The Borgata Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, New Jersey. theborgata.com.

Nov. 15

If sampling some of Philly’s best foods sounds like a delicious idea, pencil in the 11th Annual Taste of Philly on your must-do list. This annual foodie fest, hosted by our friends at Philadelphia Weekly, takes place at the Crystal Tea Room. $35-$60. 100 Penn Square East. upcomingevents.com.