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A slew of offerings are popping up this week as we drift into the new season here in Philadelphia. A local comedian gives us some lo-fi tunes to get in the quirkiest of spooky moods, Tiny Dynamite gets into the spirit with its own Oktoberfest, and the Morris Arboretum posts up with a long list of events for October. Then, BalletX and friends dance it up on the pier, Delco Arts Week returns, and there’s a block party happening at the Paul Robeson House courtesy of Theatre in the X and company.
Fall at the Morris Arboretum
September 29-November 8
Morris Arboretum, 100 East Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia
The Arboretum has autumn-themed offerings lined up through November—and beyond. Starting this week, a handful of events launch the season, including a scarecrow walk, a wine and cheese “after-hours wander,” and weekly garden-inspired culinary courses.
Dancing on the Pier
Friday, September 30, 5-7pm
Cherry Street Pier, 121 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia
BalletX prepares for its 2022-2023 season with a free evening of dance, and they’re bringing friends, too: Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Chocolate Ballerina Company, Dance eXchange & the Dream Team, and Metropolitan Ballet Company, will perform alongside the BalletX crew. Be sure to register online before you go!
Oktoberfest with Tiny Dynamite
September 30-October 2, 6:30pm
Physick House Garden, 321 South 4th Street, Philadelphia
Tiny Dynamite kicks off October with a weekend gathering featuring performances from some of Philly’s homegrown actors. Audiences have new comic scenes, short stories, and more to look forward to—all in the spirit of autumn and Halloween.
2022 Revolutionary Germantown Festival
Saturday, October 1, 10am-4pm
Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia
The Revolutionary Germantown Festival celebrates over 40 years this weekend, commemorating the area’s history with family-friendly activities including tours and performances throughout the day.
The Mummy Forgot the Chips
Streaming online, performing live on Saturday, October 1, 4pm
El Bar, 1356 North Front Street, Philadelphia
Need some lo-fi tracks to get you in the spooky spirit? Philly comedian Joe Moore has the answer for you with The Mummy Forgot the Chips, a collection of Halloween novelty songs. You can check out the album on Bandcamp (a pair of singles are available now, with the album officially releasing on October 1), and see Joe Moore performing several times this month, including this weekend.
The August Wilson & Beyond Block Party
Saturday, October 1, 12-5pm
Paul Robeson House, 4951 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Join Theatre in the X, the August Wilson & Beyond Seminar, and the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance for an afternoon of free food, activities, and performances. Register online before attending.
Delco Arts Week
Delco Arts Week is back with nine days celebrating the arts in Delaware County. Events include the Fall Fest at Smedley Park, a nature printing workshop, theater performances, film screenings, an arts market, and more.
Vision & Spirit: African American Art
October 1-February 19, 2023
African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia
AAMP’s latest exhibit features more than 100 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and mixed-media works of over 40 African American artists from the 19th and 20th centuries.
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