The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has declared October as Mural Arts Month. Throughout the month, there will be plenty of opportunities to participate in the program. A free trolley tour of Philadelphia’s murals will be available on October 19th from 15th street and Locust street. Reservations are required since space is limited and can be made by calling 215-925-3633 or by emailing email@example.com. If that event becomes full, self guided audio tours of “The Mural Mile” leave daily from The Gallery on 9th and Market streets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experience the murals at a self-set pace while learning tidbits and interesting facts about the prominent Philly artwork and the artists. Price is $20.
Laurel Hill Cemetery is already in the Halloween season, bringing ghost stories to the stage October 17th through 19th. All performances begin at 7pm. “Not Ready for the Afterlife Players,” a theater group, will take the stage at the cemetery to act out the stories of those buried there. Bring blankets or chairs to set up in between the graves. Admission is $20.
Tuesday 10/8 Earl Sweatshirt TLA Show at 8:00 $20 All Ages
The youngest and perhaps most hyped member of the Odd Future contingency, Earl Sweatshirt is affirmatively back on the map with his first headlining tour. After disappearing into the ether just as Odd Future began to gain steam, the 19-year-old Earl has returned with a decidedly more mature and focused LP entitled “Doris.” The borderline misogyny of his previous LP has been replaced with a welcome portion of introspection (specifically on track “Chum”), while his razor sharp wordsmithery remained.
Saturday 10/12 Title Fight, Balance and Composure, Cruel Hand Union Transfer Doors at 6:00, Show at 6:30 $15 All Ages
Following in the footsteps of Texas Is The Reason, Title Fight is the latest alternative rock group to put forth a release under the banner of legendary hardcore label Revelation Records. Entitled “Spring Songs,” the mopey subdued vocals and fuzzy washed out guitars on “Be a Toy,” the first track off the record to stream online, seem to indicate that the 7” will be consistent with the bands transformation from a melodic hardcore act to shoegaze aficionados. To promote the effort, they’re going on tour and taking an eclectic slew of artists with them, including Balance and Composure (fresh off the release of their new LP “The Things We Think We’re Missing”) and Cruel Hand.
Sunday 10/13 The Spits Kung Fu Necktie Show at 8:00 $12 in advanced, $14 at the door 21+
Break out the leather jackets and get ready to pogo like it’s 1977. The 21st century’s answer to the Ramones, The Spits are bringing back single speed power chord driven punk rock, and they’re doing it damn well. The Kalamazoo based garage punk quartet are hitting the road to promote their latest release “Kill The Kool.”
Influential photography is on display from Oct. 11 until Dec. 31 at the National Constitution Center. The images are brought together in chronological order and within an exhibit named “Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs”. This will show each Pulitzer Prize winning photograph since 1942, which is makes up more than 150 photographs. The exhibit, which is making its way worldwide, was originally created by the Newseum in Washington D.C.
Throughout the summer, Eakins Oval, in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art was transformed into The Oval, a pop up park on the Ben Franklin Parkway. It hosted a variety of activities, such as food trucks, a life size chessboard, and even a “beach.” Originally scheduled to end Aug. 18, the park events have been extended for two weekends in the fall. This weekend, Oct. 10 through Oct. 13 will be the last chance to visit the park. The theme is “Harvest at the Oval, The New Shape of Fall,” featuring fall themed food vendors, a PHAIR open market, petting zoo and more.
Ever wondered what it looks like inside of a true artist’s studio? Now you can get the chance with the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. The yearly tour will be taking place on October 5-6 for the East Broad Street section and then Oct. 19-20 for the West Broad Street end.More than 300 artists will be holding sections at venues and those interested can create their own itineraries at philaopenstudios.org. There is a vast amount of options to choose from when it comes to planning which studios to see. There will be sculptures, ceramics, paintings and much more for viewing. It is encouraged for those participating to explore the neighborhoods after they are done with viewing at the venue to see new places in the area.
Greensgrow Farms will host its 6th Annual Subaru Fall Festival at 2501 E. Cumberland St. on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event, which is free to the public, will celebrate rurally grown foods in an urban setting. The festival will have farm animals, a chili competitions, crafts, music and more for its attendees to enjoy. There will also be a demonstration by Philadelphia Magazine’s 2013 Best Chef Rich Landau, along with other demos from restaurants and local chefs. Festival goers can expect demonstrations on making their own vanilla extract and soda making. Vendors include Philly Cow Share, Abena’s Kitchen, Local 215 Truck and more.
Saturday, Sept. 28 offers a chance for those new to Philadelphia, or for those who have never taken the time to see all Philly has to offer, to explore some of Philadelphia’s top tourist sites for free. Lead by members of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, The Great Tour runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone interested is invited to join or leave the 12 hour walking tour whenever they please. Starting in historic Old City the tour will cover sights like the Liberty Bell, the Water Works and Eastern State Penitentiary.
From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on that same Saturday, a food truck block party will take place on Catharine Street in South Philly. Food trucks will be split into savory eats and sweet eats. Chances to win raffles and donate will also be available.
It was announced that more than thirty of Philadelphia’s most popular shops will gather together under one roof on Oct. 6 to make a shopping lover’s dream come true. The event will be hosted by Philly Mag Shops at Crane Arts, 1400 N. American St. from noon to 4 p.m. Participating retailers include J Brand, Rag & Bone, Third Street Habit and more. Stores will set up pop-up shows selling clothing, jewelry and other accessories with discounts as incentives. Tickets to the event are $25, and can be purchased online through eventbrite.com.
9/17 Yeah Yeah Yeahs River Stage at Great Plaza, Penn’s Landing Show at 7:30 $47.35 All Ages
Karen O’s and her Cheshire grin will once again be gracing Philly with her presence. In addition to a Brooklyn show on the Sept. 19, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have included Philadelphia in a pair of one off dates. Guttural noises, an array of colorful costumes, and a smorgasbord of tunes spanning the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s entire stellar discography are almost certainly in the cards.
9/20 Deerhunter, Crystal Stilts Union Transfer Doors at 10, show at 10:30
Fresh off the release of their lo-fi, garage rock inspired LP Monomanic is the eclectic and mysterious Deerhunter. Combining a hearty pop background with a range of proto-indie influences spanning the likes of My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth, Deerhunter is a rather unique entity. Joining them will be Brooklyn post punks and reverb aficionados Crystal Stilts.
9/22 Congenital Death, Drug Church, Rain Dance, In Between, Grower, The Amblulars The Barbary Doors at 6, Show at 7:30 $10 All Ages
Post hardcore quintet and side project of Self Defense Family frontman Patrick Kindlon Drug Church will be hitting the road in support of their debut LP “Paul Walker.”Borrowing in no small part from 90s stalwarts such as Handsome and Quicksand, Drug Church are bringing their grungy sensibilities to The Barbary. Tourmates Rain Dance and In Between will be performing as well. Headlining will be hometown heroes/blast beat connoisseurs Congenital Death.
Shopping Day Out on the Parkway is Sept. 21st. From noon until 6 pm that Saturday, everyone is encouraged to enjoy Philly Fashion Week for free. Local Philadelphia boutiques and retailers will set up stalls, along with food trucks for hungry shoppers in the oval of the Parkway. There will also be music throughout with DJs playing hour sets. Peruse through and enjoy the outdoor festival and the fashion Philly has to offer.