KYW To-Do List: Autumn is alive with witches, wizards and more for Oct. 18-20

Holli Stephens
October 18, 2019 - 5:00 am
Wizard and Witches Festival in Chestnut Hill.

Courtesy of Chestnut Hill Business District

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If the advent of pumpkin spice lattes in August didn’t already alert you, autumn has arrived.

Now that we’ve neared the middle of the season, it’s time for the spooky and scary to make their debut. Witches and wizards from the Harry Potter canon take over Chestnut Hill once again, and Boo at the Zoo returns with a trick-or-treat safari — just don’t tell the Sanderson sisters.

With a Halloween bar crawl across Center City on the calendar and Vegan Restaurant Week underway, it’s hard to imagine what life was like for Philly’s founder William Penn, but the city plans to shed some light on his life while celebrating his 375th birthday on Friday.

For much more ghostly — or non-frightening — things to do in Philly and the burbs this weekend, scroll through this edition of The KYW To-Do List, or listen to our top picks below.


Wizard and Witches Festival in Chestnut Hill.
Courtesy of Chestnut Hill Business District

EVENT: Witches and Wizards Festival

DATE/TIME: Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Chestnut Hill

DETAILS: A Quidditch tournament, a Harry Potter conference, a wizard’s warehouse and more awaits you at this festival. There will also be activities like bat pumpkin crafting, spooky spider making, face painting and a slow-motion photo booth. Check out the website for a full list of activities.

PRICE: Free to attend; some ticketed activities


EVENT: Harvest Festival at Reading Terminal Market

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: 1100 block of Filbert Street, Philadelphia 

DETAILS: The festivities include a hay ride around Reading Terminal Market, live music, and animals from the Philadelphia Zoo. There will also be a fire truck to climb on, a beer garden and various foods to taste.

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Autumn Alive!

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Quakertown, 312 West Broad St.

DETAILS: Watch the Broad Street Pet Parade and shop local crafts and businesses during this fall festival. There will be live entertainment on two stages, a beer garden and activities for kids. 

PRICE: Free to attend



Harvest Roll from Tomo
Courtesy of Tomo

EVENT: Last chance for Philly Vegan Restaurant Week

DATE: Through Saturday

WHERE: Various restaurants across city

DETAILS: Restaurants across the city are offering special menu items or a prix fixe vegan menu until Saturday. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Misfit Manor, a rescue that rehabilitates and finds homes for at-risk animals. 

PRICE: Prices vary


EVENT: 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest

DATE/TIME: Friday, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 11:30 p.m.

WHERE: 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: There are three opportunities to celebrate at the fourth annual Armory Oktoberfest. The fortress-like structure will be transformed into an authentic Munich festival tent. There will be traditional food, beer and live music all weekend.

PRICE: General admission is $25; VIP is $70; UBER VIP is $85


EVENT: Philly Soca Wine Sampling and Pop-up

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 3 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Belmont Mansion, 2000 Belmont Mansion Drive, Philadelphia

DETAILS: Eat. Drink. Wine. Sample some new flavors, including coconut, dragon fruit, mango and guava. For $10, you can get samples and get the history of more than 10 different wines, as well as a souvenir wine glass. 

PRICE: Pop-up is free to attend; wine sampling is $10


EVENT: Halloween Bar Crawl

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 3 to 11 p.m.

WHERE: First registration is 3 p.m. at Fox & Hound, 1501 Spruce St. Second registration is 4:30 p.m. at Voyeur, 1221 Saint James St.

DETAILS: Grab your costume and some friends for this festive bar crawl around Philadelphia. There will be a prize for the top costume and entertainment at select venues.

PRICE: Single-ticket general admission begins at $29.99; cheaper group rate is available



AIDS Walk Philly in 2018.
David Muse

EVENT: AIDS Walk Philly

DATE/TIME: Sunday starting at 7 a.m.

WHERE: Kick-off begins at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

DETAILS: This 5K raises awareness that HIV and AIDS are still serious issues in our communities. Donations go toward assisting people living with HIV and organizations providing HIV services. 

PRICE: Pre-registration is free; participants are encouraged to raise at least $50


EVENT: The Witch Market

DATE/TIME: Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Pretzel Park, 4300 Silverwood St., Manayunk

DETAILS: The intimate space brings together tarot and poetry readings, 15 strange shopping vendors, and sweet treats. 

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Moonlit Fun

DATE/TIME: Friday and Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: The Market at DelVal, 2100 Lower State Road, Doylestown

DETAILS: Come out for a night of festivities including moonlit wagon rides, a giant corn maze, bonfires, s'mores kits — plus more food and beverages for purchase. 

PRICE: Admission is $10



Boo at the Zoo
Courtesy of the Philadelphia Zoo

EVENT: Boo at the Zoo

DATE/TIME: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 Girard Ave., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Put on your costume and get ready for a trick-or-treat safari. Take a walk through the zoo’s Extinction Graveyard and learn about the extinction of species around the world. There will be hot apple cider, a hay bale maze and more. If you can’t make it this weekend, Boo at the Zoo will be back Oct. 26 and 27. 

PRICE: Included with zoo admission and free for zoo members


EVENT: William Penn’s 375th Birthday

DATE/TIME: Friday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Philadelphia City Hall

DETAILS: Philadelphia is throwing a birthday party for its founder, and you’re invited. There will be music, handouts of historical information, a Mural Arts project and more. 

PRICE: Free to attend



Broadway Philadelphia's RENT
Amy Boyle

EVENT: Broadway Philadelphia’s "RENT"

DATE: Friday to Sunday

WHERE: Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

PRICE: Prices vary from $45 to $129


EVENT: Twenty One Pilots

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 8 p.m.

WHERE: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

PRICE: $39.50 to $89.50 


EVENT: Live at the Library Vol. 2

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Join the Free Library of Philadelphia for the second installment of its new music series, featuring local, activist-led discussion with an intimate free concert. This week features guest speaker Mike O-Bryan of The Village of Arts and Humanities and a performance by ill Fated Natives.

PRICE: Pre-registration is free


EVENT: Stargaze Masquerade

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus is putting on their signature fundraiser for an evening of music in support of outreach. Your ticket gets you dinner, an open bar, silent and live auctions, a dance party and entertainment. 

PRICE: $200