Do you have the fear of missing out (FOMO)? Then you don’t want to “miss out” on this read. With social events constantly going on in the world around us, especially those in college, we often feel the need to attend all of them. Seeing friends have a good time is something we don’t want to miss out on. Whether it be at a sporting event or house party off campus, we want to be a part of it, whether it’s first hand or through social media. Our advice – don’t always worry about it. These types of social functions occur regularly, and will always be going on throughout the course of the year. Instead, break away from the status-quo, and check out these seasonal events in the Philadelphia area that you’ll be sure to “fall” in love with.

Photo by Julia Olaguer

Terror Behind The Walls

With Halloween right around the corner, Terror Behind the Walls offers the perfect opportunity to get in the spooky spirit. Located at the historic Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, this historic prison is home to the country’s largest haunted house. Open throughout the month of October, you’re sure to have a scary good time at this seasonal attraction.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Harry Potter Festival

Thought that the Harry Potter series was entirely fictional? Think again! Located in the neighborhood of Chestnut Hill in North Philly, hundreds of “Potter” fanatics take to the streets for the annual festival celebrating the novels and films. Taking place on October 21 and 22, festivities include everything from wands and wizards to real-life quidditch tournaments. Get out and feel the magic in the air at this fantasy meets reality event.

Photo by Julia Olaguer


Lastly, how could we discuss fall events in Philly without throwing in an Oktoberfest celebration. On October 14 from noon to eight, on 18th and South street, is held one of the best. Bloktoberfest, like most events of its kind, has a very wide variety of seasonal foods and craft beers, spread out over multiple blocks. Additionally, Bloktoberfest annually features free live music on an event stage; headlining this year is Bent Knee!


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