October 2011 Philadelphia Events – Phillies, Mummies, and More


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This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we’ll be adding more October 2011 Philadelphia Events, throughout the month. As the shadows lengthen, and the beautiful leaves of fall in Pennsylvania share their radiance, there will be more events listed, so please check back frequently for updates… Here’s a current sampling…

Through October 30, 2011 - The Big Bang Musical at the Kimmel Center, with Tony Braithwaite and Ben Dibble – A Highly Hilarious Romp Through World History

The Big Bang Musical is playing at the Kimmel Center’s Innovation Studio, through October 2011. It is a hysterical history, with brilliant co-stars Tony Braithwaite and Ben Dibble. Don't miss it! Here's our Review of the October 20 performance of The Big Bang Musical.

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - The Stars & Stripes Canteen – A 1940s USO Party Hosted By the National Constitution Center

the National Constitution Center is opening its latest temporary blockbuster exhibit, with this special event, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Grand Hall will be transformed into a patriotic-themed time capsule of the 1940s, with guests encouraged to dress in 1940s attire, featuring swing dancing lessons and swing music from the era. It is scheduled to celebrate the imminent opening of Fighting for Democracy: Who is the “We” in “We the People”? , and provides an exclusive chance to see the exhibit, before it opens to the public.

Tickets are $25 for museum members, and $30 for non-members (ages 21+) and includes a chance for early access to Fighting for Democracy. You can call 215.409.6700 for more information.

Now, you can also read our account of the The Stars & Stripes Canteen, as a great time was had by all.

Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America Continues at the National Constitution Center, Through January 12, 2012

Due to popular demand, the remarkable, intriguing, and eerie traveling exhibit, known as Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America, has fortunately been extended, through January 12, 2012, by the National Constitution Center .

This is a can't-miss exhibit, which we highly recommend. In addition, your admission fee to see Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs also includes access to the rest of the many cool gadgets and attractions of the national Constitution Center, such as the live "Freedom Rising" performance in the theater.

The 3rd Annual Bloktoberfest 2011 Will Take Place on Saturday, October 15th, 2011, From Noon to 8 PM - This Is A Free Event

Important: Note that the geographical location in 2011 is different, than the 2010 version. This year, there will be no fewer than three blocks of South Street closed to traffic, from Broad to 17th. The family activities, from noon to 5PM will be focused on the 1600 block of South Street.

There will also be additional choices, in terms of craft beer and food vendors, than last year.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 – Sunday, October 23, 2011 - Rock of Ages Will Arrive at the Merriam Theater

If you have nostalgia for the era of big hair, hair bands, Rubiks’ Cubes, and other staples of 1980s life in America, this is undoubtedly the show for you. Set in 1987, Rock of Ages is “a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of iconic rockers Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more.” This is the National Tour of the five-time 2009 Tony Award® winner, and has come directly from Broadway.

You can also read our rave Review of Rock of Ages at the Merriam Theater, as we attended the Tuesday, October 17 performance.

You can purchase tickets ranging in price from $20 to $100; matinee performances can save you some money. Tickets are now on sale, and can be purchased over the phone at 215.893.1999, online at kimmelcenter.org/broadway, at the Kimmel Center box office, located at Broad & Spruce Sts. (open daily 10 am to 6 pm) or at the Merriam Theater box office.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Presents Blockbuster Temporary Exhibit - Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus – Every Day in October 2011

The latest big-time temporary exhibit is Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus, which will be there until October 30, 2011.

This is the first time since 1932, that a significant number of works by the 17th-century Dutch Master will be on display in Philadelphia, so it's probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Ticket prices vary, depending on when you go and various discounts are offered. Timed tickets are needed; you can learn more about Rembrandt ticketing at the official site, or by calling 215.763.8100.

October 2011 Philadelphia Events - the Philadelphia Museum of Art Hosts Art After 5 Programming, To Celebrate The End of the Week, Each Friday Night

Each Friday evening in October 2011, you can enjoy live entertainment at the remarkably beautiful Philadelphia Museum of Art. To celebrate the end of the week, the Art Museum plays host to its "Art After 5" entertainment, from 5:00 PM to 8:45 PM. It’s easily accessible on foot, or via the purple Phlash trolley from Center City (although note that the Phlash stops running around 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM; i.e., you can take it to the Art Museum, but you’ll need to cab it back afterwards).

Amidst the falling leaves, and the crisp, brisk October air, you can make the short trip from Center City to 26th and the Parkway, and take in the following events, on these dates:

Friday, October 7 - AMLA Quintet
Friday, October 14Jimmy Amadie
Friday, October 21 - East Gipsy Band
Friday, October 28 - Halloween Dance Party

Your Art Museum admission for that day also includes the event.

These events are free, with your paid admission for that day.

Only Through October 23, 2011 – Last Chance to See Mummies of the World – The Largest Collection of Mummies Ever Assembled in the World – at the Franklin Institute

Mummies of the World is the largest and most significant assembly of mummified remains ever created, for a single museum exhibit. It opened at the Franklin Institute, located at 20th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, on Saturday, June 18. Fortunately, it will be open for visitors until October 23, 2011. You can call 215.448.1200 for more information.

Throughout October 2011 - Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary in Fairmount, Ranked Top Haunted House in America

Although this is not our taste in entertainment – for those of you that like haunted houses, the Gothic, Fairmount fortress of Eastern State Penitentiary offers what haunted-house aficionados deem the top one in the nation. It starts in late September, continues through October, and into early November. New for 2011 are Tuesday nights, and After Dark VIP Tours.

In addition, we continue our permanent, standalone Guide to Terror Behind the Walls, which we'd recommend that you consult, for any questions. We also have our updated, 2011 version of the schedule, hours, and pricing, which varies from day to day, so check it out… 2011 Update to Terror Behind the Walls

Throughout October 2011 – Catch the Phillies in October – If Not at Citizens Bank Park, Then At A Local Bar or Restaurant

If you’re not one of the 44,000 or so per game, with the inestimable privilege of attending the home playoff games at Citizens Bank Park, you can still join in the fun. Most establishments will have the games on their flat screens, so you can still wear Phillies gear and cheer on the local club, as the 102-win team – the best-ever – pursue the franchise’s third World Series title, and second in four years.

The team is currently facing the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series... the remaining schedule for this series...

Tuesday, October 4 – Game 3 - Phillies @ St. Louis, 5:00 PM

Wednesday, October 5 - Game 4 - Phillies @ St. Louis, 6:00 PM

Friday, October 7 - Game 5 - St. Louis @ Phillies, 8:30 PM (if necessary)

But if you are one of those lucky folks with playoff tickets, you might want to take a look at our customized guides to getting to the ballpark and back, with minimum time and hassle… we have our SEPTA to Citizens Bank Park Guide, and our Driving to Citizens Bank Park Guide

Saturday, October 1 - Revolutionary Germantown Festival Offers A Trip Back to the Revolutionary War

On Saturday, October 1, the 234th Anniversary of the Battle of Germantown will take place. The re-enactors and living history presenters provide a great educational – and entertaining – portrayal of the clash between the Continental Army of George Washington, and the Royal Army of General Sir William Howe. The original battle, a victory for the British, took place in October 1777, as Washington attempted to surprise Howe’s outpost at Germantown, at that time a suburb, of what was then British-occupied Philadelphia.

We have two very high-quality Germantown pages.

One, composed for 2010, has all the detailed info on the events. You'll need to consult the official site for the exact 2011 schedule, but our descriptions remain accurate, and we also have a set of FAQs on the Battle of Germantown. You can find it at our Guide to Revolutionary Germantown Festival.

For more information, and the detailed re-enactment schedule, you can visit the official site – the Revolutionary Germantown Festival.

The other is a highly detailed account of the play-by-play that went on back in October 1777, as the Americans and British vied for control of Philadelphia - the colonial capital - and its countryside. You can find this history in The Battle of Germantown: A History.

Saturday, October 1 – Sunday, October 2, 2011 – Enjoy Skippack Days, On Its 40th Anniversary, at Skippack Village in Central Montgomery County

One of our favorite places in the suburbs, is the quaint town known as Skippack Village. From 10 AM – 6 PM, enjoy vendors, food, live music, etc., at the Annual Skippack Days festival, as there will be plenty of activities from one end of the town to the other, on Route 73 – Skippack Pike. You can call 610.584.3074 for more information.


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