Philadelphia and its surrounding counties always have something going on.
Halloween is over but the fall fun continues with apple festivals, a cider and beer festival, fall craft show and more. The bike expo, comic convention and tattoo expo also round out the events happening this weekend.
So much to do for a variety of interests. We’ve found the top free (and affordable) choices of what to do this weekend, Nov. 1 to 3, in Philly and New Jersey.
What: First Fridays
Old City art galleries, studios, shops and eateries are welcoming guests to check out the Philadelphia neighborhoods art scene.
When: Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: Free to Roam
This two-day festival features all things apples from apple pies, to apple cider, live music, shopping, kids’ activities and more.
Where: Peddler’s Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
When: Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What: Nerdtino Expo 2019
The first East Coast Latinx comic book convention will feature panels, signings, cosplay, comic book readings and more.
Where: Taller Puertorriqueno, 2600 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia
When: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What: Philly Bike Expo
From cycling enthusiasts to commuters to people just looking to learn more about biking, this expo has something for everyone.
Where: PA Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia
When: Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: From $15, children under 12 free
What: Cape May Restaurant Week
Enjoy a three-course meal for a set price at a variety of participating restaurants in Cape May.
Where: Various restaurants
When: Through Sunday
Celebrate fall with pumpkin beers, fall lagers, apple bobbing, pie eating, a family fun zone, live music and more at this block party on South 11th Street.
Where: Hawthorne’s Beer Cafe, 738 S. 11th Street, Philadelphia
When: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The legendary Barnes Foundation collection will be opened to families for special actiivites including kaleidoscope making, story time, performances and conversations.
Where: Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
When: Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free to families with children under 18
The East Coast’s longest running tattoo expo features the country’s most-talented tattoo artists. Attendees can get tattooed by a variety of artists, enter tattoo contests and shop. There will be lots of live entertainment and games as well.
Where: Bally’s Hotel and Casino, 1900 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ
When: Friday from 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Tickets start at $20
Browse the wide variety of vendors selling handmade crafts, seasonal decorations, gift ideas and more.
Where: Cape May Convention Hall, Beach Ave. at Stockton St., Cape May, NJ
When: Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What: Trail of Two Cities
Run or walk in this race over the 9th Street Bridge from Ocean City to Somers Point.
Where: Ocean City Transportation Center, 945 Haven Ave., Ocean City, NJ
When: Saturday at 8 a.m.
Cost: Free to watch
Honor our veterans and watch as 150 organizations march in the Veterans Day Parade. Vet Fest continues as a paratrooper lands at Independence Mall at 12:30 p.m. and continues until 4 p.m. where there will be food, live music, kids’ activities and more.
Where: Juniper and Market streets, down Market Street to 5th Street, Philadelphia
When: Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
What: Blooms and Bamboo
This new exhibit brings bamboo art and bamboo installations to the conservatory.
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa.
When: through Nov. 17
What: Jack’s Pumpkin Glow
Numerous hand-carved pumpkins will illuminate Fairmount Park. Marvel at the artistic pumpkins and get inspired to create your own at home.
Where: West Fairmount Park, 5201 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia
When: through Sunday
Cost: $23 for adults
What: Ghost Ship Hologram
A 90-foot-tall "ghost ship" will be projected docked along the Delaware River near the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
Where: Race Street Pier, N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA
When: Wednesdays through Sundays from 7 to 10 p.m. through Nov. 3
What: Terror Behind the Walls
One of the country’s most popular Halloween attractions returns with more creepy zombies and ghosts that pop out as you explore the abandoned halls of this former penitentiary.
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia
When: Friday through Nov. 19 on select dates and times
Visit with dozens of animatronic dinosaurs as you discover and learn about things like volcano activity and fossils.
Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences
When: Through Jan. 20
Cost: From $7 in addition to general admission