Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

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Terror Behind the Walls: From Sept. 16 to Nov. 5, Eastern State Penitentiary becomes the home to one of the scariest haunted attractions in the country. The experience includes special effects, lighting and sound straight from Hollywood. There are six attractions with more than 200 performers working to scare you. This year new features include a walk through an 1800s cell block and the prison greenhouse, as well as an interactive experience called the Quarantine. Ticket prices vary but are cheaper online. Prices start at $19. To purchase, visit

Uhuru Book Fair and Flea Market: Clark Park hosts this book fair and flea market to support the African community from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24. Organized by the African People’s Education and Defense Fund, the festival features poetry, spoken word, meet and greets with authors, family friendly events, music and food. There will be speakers and literacy resources available. Rain date is Sept. 25. For more information, visit

Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival: On Sept. 25, venture out to Chestnut Hill to welcome fall with a special festival highlighting more than 150 artists. Art from many mediums including photography, jewelry and watercolors can be seen and purchased. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Germantown Avenue between Willow Grove and Rex avenues will turn into an outdoor festival. Besides the art, explore shopping options of downtown Chestnut Hill, enjoy music and food and children’s rides. Visit for more information.

Downingtown Fall Fest: The annual fall festival features live entertainment, food, Victory Brewing Company Craft beers and shopping from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25. Music includes the kids from School of Rock. The festival takes place on Green Street and East Pennsylvania avenues in downtown Downingtown. The Victory Beer Garden is located on Green Street next to the lake. It’s free to enter and kids can attend as long as they have adult supervision. Visit for more information, including a map of vendors.

Brazilian Day Festival: PECO’s Multicultural Series comes to an end on Sept. 25. From noon to 6 p.m. at the Great Plaza in Penn’s Landing, festivities will celebrate Brazilian Independence Day, highlighting Brazilian culture and traditions. Explore traditional foods and crafts. Visit for more info.