Events 10/11-10/17: Site/Sound at the Rail Park, Ghost Ship on the Waterfront, Spit Spreads Death at the Mutter Museum, Made in Philly Fall Market, Vegan Restaurant Week & More!

Some of the most interesting things happening across the region from Friday, October 11th to Thursday, October 17th. Share your event by tweeting us @citywidestories or tagging us on Facebook.


Back and Song: Film Installation

Through October 27th

Girard College

2101 S College Ave

Cost: Free

Back and Song is a meditative four-channel film and art installation by filmmakers Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young, produced by Philadelphia Contemporary and Thomas Jefferson University, which considers the labor and care provided by generations of black healers–doctors, nurses, midwives, morticians, therapists, and health aides–and their histories of contribution to, and resistance of, the flawed and discriminatory structures of Western medicine.

Ghost Ship: Waterfront Arts Debut Installation

Through November 3rd

Wednesdays  through Sundays

7 – 10pm

Race Street Pier

Cost: Free

Inspired by the nuanced and complex history of the Delaware River in the 1700s, Biangle Studio created the site specific, three-dimensional light and water-based public art installation Ghost Ship. The 18th-century ship appears on the Philadelphia Waterfront as Ghost Ship for the month of October to shine a light on the shared history of the Delaware River, and reflect on its role in shaping Philadelphia today. Take a self-guided audio tour along Race Street Pier into the landscape and social history of the Delaware River as you experience Ghost Ship. The recorded reflections of local experts and artists speak to the river’s importance to Philadelphia with diverse stories from before colonization to present day.


Made in Philadelphia Fall Market

October 11-13th

Dilworth Park 

1 S 15th St

Cost: Free

Treats, trinkets and crafts galore! The Made in Philadelphia Fall Market returns to Dilworth Park for a weekend-long celebration of art and small businesses. Featuring a unique lineup of local artisans, visitors are encouraged to browse and buy one-of-a-kind pieces found exclusively at this diverse pop-up. 


The Rhythm Club

October 11th

Warehouse on Watts 

923 N Watts St

Cost: $10 – $12

Music lovers, rhythm seekers and dancers unite for an experience interweaving genres, cultures and movement. DJ Royale will deliver a mix of dance rhythms, global sounds and soulful beats alongside drummer Joey Stix and percussionist Pierre Xan. Intended to take the listener across a spectrum of mood and sound, this hybrid gathering offers something special for both live music fans and dance club dwellers. 


Site/Sound: Installations Performances, Night Two

October 12th

The Rail Park

990 Spring Garden

Cost: Free

The Site/Sound festival combines large-scale art installations created through sound and light projection by three teams of Philadelphia artists, cutting-edge live performances of new music, discussions on the use of public art in creating great public spaces, and fun and engaging activities and experiences designed by community organizations from neighborhoods along the current and future Rail Park. Across all three sites, the festival will present a diverse mix of Jazz, Folk, World, Contemporary Classical, Soundscapes, and Electronic music, as well as dance and performance art. 


Philly Hard Cider & Doughnut Fest

October 12th

JJ Bootleggers 

35 S 2nd St

Cost: $25

Part bar hop, part sweet celebration, the official kick off to fall season has arrived! Featuring five bars and restaurants, premium hard cider and 2,000 doughnuts.


Indigenous Peoples’ Day Philly 2019

October 12th

Penn Treaty Park 

1301 N Beach St

Cost: Free

IPD Philly will bring together the community for a celebration of song, dance, beautiful art, and traditional foods. Additionally, IPD Philly will acknowledge and honor the Lenni-Lenape of today, whose traditional homelands are where Philadelphia now stands. This year, IPD Philly will present the work of local Indigenous artists and offer interactive programs that encourage guests to engage with educators to learn about Indigenous traditions and culture.



October 13th


Cost: Free

The largest National Coming Out Day in the world is held right here in Philadelphia. Join Philadelphia Pride in the Gayborhood for six hours of nonstop entertainment, carnival attractions, and over 150 vendors.


Philly Vegan Restaurant Week Launch Party & Bake Sale

October 14th

Tattooed Mom

530 South St

Cost: Free

Philly Vegan Restaurant Week runs October 13-19th, and will feature more than 30 restaurants. Enjoy the launch party at Tattooed Mom featuring the Beyond Mom’s Meatloaf Sammy and vegan baked treats. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Misfit Manor.


Harry Potter Movie Trivia

October 14, 2019


Goose Island

1002 Canal St

Cost: Free

See if you’ve got what it takes to be a prefect at Harry Potter (Movie) Trivia during FIVE rounds of Ordinary Wizarding Levels that will challenge your memory.


Bad on Paper Podcast LIVE!

October 17th

Punch Line Philly 

33 E Laurel St

Cost: $25.50 – $40.50

Bad on Paper gives you a weekly dose of books, banter, and folks you should be following. 30-something reading enthusiasts and real-life besties Grace Atwood and Becca Freeman host a monthly book club featuring a read they promise you won’t be able to put down. In between, they’re joined by guests for conversations on careers, dating, fashion, and more. This special live show of Bad on Paper podcast will feature special guests. 


Spit Spreads Death Exhibit Opening

October 17th

Mutter Museum

19 S 22nd St

Cost : Free

The Mütter Museum will launch exhibit, Spit Spreads Death, on October 17th to commemorate the 1918-19 Philadelphia influenza pandemic that killed 20,000 people and the patriotic parade that helped spread the disease. More than just an exhibition, this comprehensive project will feature digital interactives, 200+ photographs and documents, personal stories, historical and public health information, and an art film created by Blast Theory with footage shot at the September 28, 2019 parade.