Terror Behind the Walls
Eastern State Penitentiary
Thrill-seekers celebrate Halloween season by testing their nerves at Eastern State Penitentiary’s annual haunt, one of the country’s most popular, inside an abandoned prison. Call (215) 236-3300 or visit easternstate.org.
Glow: A Pumpkin Wonderland
On select autumn evenings, visitors can stroll through hand-carved jack o’lanterns lighting up Fairmount Park while master carvers demonstrate their skills. Visit glowpumpkin.com/philadelphia.
Philadelphia Clef Club of
Jazz and Performing Arts
A memorial celebration of life in remembrance of Mary Lyerly Alexander, first cousin of renowned saxophonist John W. Coltrane will be held at the Clef Club. The Philadelphia jazz community will present an “all-star” musical tribute for the cultural icon. The concert will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call Carla Washington at (215) 893-9912.
Concert with Charles Tolliver
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz
and Performing Arts
Start the weekend off with the live concert series, Jazz Cultural Voices featuring the Charles Tolliver 4tet. The concert will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are necessary for the event. Call (215) 893-9912 or visit clefclubofjazz.org.
Boo at the Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo
Oct. 12-13, Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27
The Philadelphia Zoo hosts its annual, three-weekend trick or treat safari, welcoming costumed kids to explore the nation’s first zoo in search of animals, candy, hot apple cider, a hay bale maze, and a giant pumpkin wall. Call (215) 243-1100 or visit philadelphiazoo.org.
Renee Chenaut Fattah’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia documentary
Written, produced and narrated by veteran Philadelphia journalist and lawyer Renee Chenault Fattah, this documentary compassionately tells the stories of African Americans and Hispanics who are affected, the communities that support them and the call to action from a growing band of researchers, scientists, and community leaders who see hope on the horizon.
Philadelphia Film Festival
This annual festival showcases the best independent and foreign cinema — shorts, features , animated and guest-accompanied films — in theaters and venues around Philadelphia. Though this event is sold out, the festival still has a few “rush” tickets available on the day of some films. Call (267) 239-2941 or visit filmadelphia.org.
The Art of Improvisation
2212 Spruce St.
Trinity Center for Urban Life presents Performances for Young People the ARt of Improvisation with pianist Everett P. Williams Jr. Call (215) 732-2515 or visit trinitycenterphiladelphia.org.
Wells Fargo Center
Power 99’s annual concert is back! This event wll feature today’s biggest hip-hop and R&B artists including Migos, Lil Baby, Da Baby, Jeezy, Megan Thee Stallion, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, PnB Rock, Jaquees, SaWeetie, and Afro B. Call (800) 298-4200 or visit wellsgfargocenterphilly.com.
The Liacouras Center
Known for the hits “Enough,” “Bittersweet,” “Lose to Win,” and “When I See You,” this R&B singer and former American idol winner will be gracing the stage to perform all of her hits live. Special guests will be R&B singers Bonafyde, Robin Thicke and Tank. For more information, go to www.liacourascenter.com.
Pat Steir Silent Secret Waterfalls: The Barnes Series
The Barnes Foundation
In the first installation o paintings on view in the Annenberg Court, the Barnes Foundation presents 11 seven-foot-tail oil paintings by American artist Pat Steir. Call (215) 278-7200 or visit barnesfoundation.org.
The Barnes Foundation
Oct. 27-Jan. 12
The Barnes Foundation showcases painting, sculpture and photography by important and influential African-American artists of the past three decades. Call (215) 278-7200 or visit barnesfoundadation.org.
Hamilton the Musical
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash comes to the Forrest Theatre and the city of its namesake Alexander Hamilton’s greatest achievement (founding of the National Bank) and his romantic downfall (the Reynolds affair). Call (215) 893-1999 or visit kimmelcenter.org.
A Small Fire
Suzanne Roberts Theatre
Oct. 23-Nov. 10
Philadelphia Theatre Company’s 45th Anniversary Season kicks off with the Philadelphia premiere of Obie Award eecipient Adam Bock’s meticulously crafted drama “A Small Fire,” starring two-time Tony and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth. For more details, go to philatheatreco.org or call (215) 985-0420.