Fantasia: The Sketchbook Tour
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 Thick, and Tank.
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
Now -Nov. 3
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.
Boo at the Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo
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.
The Kingdom Choir
Following their show-stopping performance of “Stand By Me” at the Royal Wedding in 2018, London’s The Kingdom Choir will bring their infectious joy and inspiration to the Merriam Theater.
Erykah Badu Concert
The Met Philadelphia
A lyrical poetess of the first order and one of the leaders of the neo-soul movement, Erykah Badu lays it on the line. Her music is raw, honest, and real. This is definitely one show that’s not to be missed.
Pennsylvania Ballet: New Works
Be the first to see three new ballets created for Pennsylvania Ballet. In November, we present world premieres from some of the dance world’s most exciting choreographers – Garrett Smith, Juliano Nunes, and Yin Yue.
Black Violin: Impossible Tour
Academy of Music
Classically trained string instrumentalists Wil Baptiste (Viola) and Kev Marcus (Violin), returns to Philadelphia. With influences from Shostakovitch and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, Black Violin breaks all the rules, fusing classical with modern hip-hop, rock, R&B, and Bluegrass music.
Nov. 14-Dec. 8
This show is fresh, funky, bold, fun and challenges your imagination like no other circus. Universoul Circus embraces and celebrates the unique and familiar aspects of urban pop culture globally by bringing them center stage with a cast of intentional performers that reflect cultural diversity of the world in which we live. Visit universoulcircus.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’s greatest achievement (founding of the National Bank) and his romantic downfall (the Reynolds affair). Call (215) 893-1999 or visit kimmelcenter.org.