Witches and Wizards Weekend: Free and Affordable Fun Things to Do in, Around and Outside Philly for Oct. 18 to 20 - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Witches and Wizards Weekend: Free and Affordable Fun Things to Do in, Around and Outside Philly for Oct. 18 to 20

We have you covered for free or affordable fun this weekend from the shore to the suburbs



    Free Fun You Won't Want to Miss This Weekend

    If you are looking forward to a fun-filled weekend you can help celebrate William Penn's 375th birthday in City Hall. For Saturday, you can enjoy the Harvest Festival at the Reading Terminal and get a free flu shot on Sunday to help mark of the 100th anniversary of the city's epidemic.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 18, 2019)

    Philadelphia and its surrounding counties always have something going on. Halloween is fast approaching and the witches, wizards and boos at the zoo have arrived! Boo at the Zoo, Chestnut Hill’s Witches and Wizards Weekend, a Halloween parade and dance party and more fall fun is all taking place this weekend. We’ve found the top free (and affordable) things to do this weekend, Oct. 18 to 20, in Philly and New Jersey.

    Tips on Shopping for Halloween CostumesTips on Shopping for Halloween Costumes

    Halloween shopping is in full swing. As you search for the perfect costume, NBC10 Responds and Erin Coleman have tips for avoiding a fright at the cash register.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019)

    What: Boo at the Zoo

    For three weekends in October, "America's first zoo" becomes a Halloween haven with hay mazes, trick-or-treating and more. Kids are encouraged to wear Halloween attire!

    Where: Philadelphia Zoo, 34th Street and Girard Avenue, Philadelphia

    When:  through Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Cost: Included with zoo admission


    What: Witches and Wizards Weekend

    This two-day event is filled with wizardry with straw mazes, scavenger hunts, pub crawls and more

    Where: Various locations in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia

    When: Friday and Saturday

    Cost: Free to attend

    Get Spooky at the Witches and Wizards Festival This WeekendGet Spooky at the Witches and Wizards Festival This Weekend

    Chestnut Hill's Witches and Wizards Festival begins Friday night and features themed shops, circus performers, a straw maze and a Quidditch tournament.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 18, 2019)

    What: Philadelphia Film Festival

    Enjoy 11 days and more than 100 films at this annual festival that showcases a variety of filmmakers.

    Where: Various locations

    When: through Oct. 27

    Cost: $15


    What: Halloween Parade and Family Dancy Party

    Check out the costumes, floats, music, mascots and more at the parade and then enjoy a dance party in the street.

    Where: Landis Avenue between 45th and JFK Blvd., Sea Isle City, NJ

    When: Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

    Cost: Free


    What: Fabulous 50s and Beyond Celebration

    Enjoy a 50s-themed dance party on Friday night and then a street festival with classic cars, crafts, live music, food and more on Saturday.

    Where: Wildwoods Convention Center and Fox Park, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood NJ

    When: Friday from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

    Cost: $16 for dance party, free street festival


    What: Reading Terminal Market's Harvest Festival

    Taste the fall flavors of the area as the street outside the iconic Reading Terminal Market is transformed into and urban farm and market. There will be hay rides, arts and crafts, live music and plenty of food to eat.

    Where: Outside the market on the 1100 block of Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA

    When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Cost: Free


    What: Oktoberfest

    The Independence Seaport Museum will celebrate Oktoberfest with German dancing, German beer, light fare and more. Tickets include admission to the museum and performance.

    Where: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

    When: Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m.

    Cost: $18 for adults, $14 for children


    What: Bonfire on the Beach

    Enjoy a bonfire on the beach with live entertainment, food and fun under the stars

    Where: 1st and Surf Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ

    When: Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m.

    Cost: $10, children under 12 are $2


    What: Pumpkin Festival

    Celebrate all things fall with food, music, pumpkin painting and more.

    Where: Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 Route 9 S., Cape May, NJ

    When: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Cost: Free


    What: Indoor Antique & Vintage Market

    Find that special something at the indoor flea market brought to you by Phila Flea Markets.

    Where: Cherry Street Pier No. 9, 121 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 

    When: Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Cost: Free, but bring that cash to buy something


    What: Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

    Check out the studios of Philadelphia’s most talented artists at this two-weekend event. See what they are working on in a variety of mediums.

    Where: Various locations

    When Saturday and Sunday

    Cost: Free


    What: AIDS Walk Philly

    Participate in this walk/run to support zero new HIV/AIDS infections, deaths and stigma.

    Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art steps, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

    When: Sunday from 7 to 10:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free to watch


    What: Find Your 'Happy Place'

    The Happy Place is a bright, interactive, immersive and Instagram-ready pop-up exhibition featuring themed rooms, including a "Pot of Happiness" ball pit.

    Where: King of Prussia Mall, upper level of the Plaza between Dick's Sporting Goods and H&M, 160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA

    When: through Jan. 5

    Cost: $30 for adults, $20 for children, free for 3 and under

    Finding Your 'Happy Place' at King of Prussia MallFinding Your 'Happy Place' at King of Prussia Mall

    The Happy Place is an Instagram-ready limited time experience at the King of Prussia Mall. NBC10's Miguel Martinez-Valle got a preview Friday.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 4, 2019)

    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 Nov. 3

    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

    Cost: Free

    Halloween 'Ghost Ship' Projects Below Ben Franklin BridgeHalloween 'Ghost Ship' Projects Below Ben Franklin Bridge

    You will soon see a difference below the Benjamin Franklin Bridge as a ghost ship hovers over the water just in time for Halloween.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 4, 2019)

    What:Mural Arts Month

    Stroll the streets of Philadelphia or take a trolley tour this month and explore Philadelphia’s many artworks and the positive impact the program has had on the city.

    Where: Varies locations

    When: October


    What:LGBT History Month

    Throughout October there will be events and festivals celebrating the LGBT community.

    Where: Varies locations

    When: October


    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

    Cost: Varies


    WhatTerror 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

    Cost: Varies


    What: PHS Pop Up Garden

    Throughout the summer this garden will host creative events, planet exchanges, arts and crafts for the kids and flower crown Fridays.

    Where:15th and South Street, Philadelphia

    When:Open through October, Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight and on Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

    Cost:Free to enter


    What: Dinosaurs Around the World

    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 

    'Dinosaurs Around the World' Roars at Philly Museum'Dinosaurs Around the World' Roars at Philly Museum

    The Dinosaurs Around the World exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is now open for all ages.

    (Published Monday, July 15, 2019)