Meet Me on South Street
South Street is back, y’all! Every Thursday through the end of October, score food and drink deals at dozens of South Street bars and restaurants, in addition to special shopping and arts experiences as part of the Meet Me on South Street series. Each week has a distinct theme, so check the official South Street Headhouse District website for the latest info on weekly events and specials. Every Thursday through October 27, 2022, in various locations including Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South Street.
Light installations by Bruce Munro
A decade after British artist Bruce Munro first exhibited at Longwood Gardens, he returns with Light: Installations by Bruce Munro, comprising eight installations situated both indoors and outdoors. Don’t miss works like Field of Light, featuring 18,000 illuminated stemmed orbs lit by fiber optics along Longwood’s Large Lake, and a giant sphere made of 1,820 recyclable bottles in the East Conservatory. Visitors to the attraction can also enjoy illuminated fountain performances — set to different music each night — on Thursdays through Sundays through October 30, 2022, at Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square.
Mural Arts Month
In addition to a pop-up mural museum at the Independence Visitor Center, the month-plus celebration features: New mural dedications throughout the city. Special mural walking tours (and a running tour, too!) The family-friendly Mural Arts Fest in LOVE Park (October 1, 2022). Weekly artist meet-and-greet happy hours at Yards Brewing Company (Thursdays in October), and Mural making workshops for the little ones at the Please Touch Museum (select Saturdays in October). Plus: On October 24, 2022, artists unveil Freedom Constellations: Philadelphia — a series of interactive murals visible through the magic of augmented reality. The central piece features 170-foot-tall portraits of young adults who have been impacted by the juvenile justice system “projected” in the clouds above Philadelphia. September 28 through October 31, 2022, at various locations including Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market Street.
Delco Arts Week
Concerts, free performances, exhibits and a sprawling festival are on the calendar during Delco Arts Week, an annual campaign to showcase and support the county’s arts and culture scene. Some big events for 2022: the Lansdowne Arts on the Avenue Festival (October 2, 2022) and the Fall into the Arts Festival in Glen Mills (October 8, 2022). Stay tuned to the official event calendar for a growing list of shows and programs. At various locations including East Baltimore & North Lansdowne avenue, Lansdowne. October 1-9, 2022
Take flight — or simply enjoy the views from the ground — at this gravity-defying fall festival in Chester County. Over the course of two days, more than 20 hot air balloons take to the skies for tethered and untethered flights offering sweeping views of the surrounding area. Back at ground level, grab a drink in the beer garden, let the kiddos run wild in the kid zone and enjoy live music from local bands. Festival admission is included with the purchase of a balloon ride, or can be paid for separately for non-riders. Willowdale Steeplechase Grounds, 101 E. Street Road, Kennett Square, October 8-9, 2022.
Old City Fest
This celebration in the streets of America’s most historic square returns after a three-year hiatus. Expect a festival stage with live music, a family fun zone, a bevy of pay-as-you-go food and beverage options from Old City faves, and hand-crafted goods from local designers, retailers and galleries. North 3rd Street from Market Street to Race Street and Arch Street from 2nd Street to 4th Street, Sunday, October 9, 2022, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This six-day music festival is spread among some of Philly’s most iconic music venues, including The Ardmore Music Hall, World Cafe Live, Johnny Brenda’s and Milkboy. Acts include Mannequin Pussy, Low Cut Connie, Screaming Females and Ron Gallo. In all, 21 bands hit the stage during the event, which benefits local musicians and music education programs. Various locations including The Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore. October 10 to 15, 2022.