Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

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    12th Annual Gravedigger’s Ball: Laurel Hill Cemetery’s annual Gravedigger’s Ball will be held 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Crystal Tea Room. The fundraiser is thrown by the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a nonprofit devoted to preserve and promote Laurel Hill Cemetery. The ball supports “the ongoing accessibility, preservation and interpretation of historic Laurel Hill Cemetery.” General admission tickets are $200, which includes an hour and a half open bar and hors d’oeuvres (cash bar begins at 8:30), full dinner service with wine and dessert, complimentary parking, live music and a raffle. Tickets are tax-deductible. To purchase, visit

    The Philadelphia Film Festival: The Philadelphia Film Society hosts the 25th annual festival from Oct. 20 to 30. The festival showcases independent and foreign films at venues throughout the city. Industry professionals include Academy Award winning directors and actors who often participate in post-screening panels. There are VIP parties, receptions and other events. The opening night party celebrates M. Night Shyamalan who will be presented with PFS’s Lumiere Award. Regular screenings cost $13. Weekday matinees before 5 p.m. cost $8. Visit to see the film schedule, ticket options and to purchase.

    Harry Potter Festival: Chestnut Hill transforms into Harry Potter’s world Oct. 21-22. Friday includes an academic conference at Chestnut Hill College and the Harry Potter Pub Crawl. The conference is free and open to the public. Visit for the schedule. On Saturday, the town of Chestnut Hill becomes Hogsmeade, the magical town from the series. Attendees from Philadelphia can take SEPTA’s Chestnut Hill West regional rail line, which will become the Hogwarts Express, complete with actors playing characters. At the college, the annual Quidditch Tournament takes place. The festival and tournament is free and open to the public.

    Linvilla Orchards Family Fun: Running through Nov. 6, the Delaware Valley farm turns into Pumpkinland. Complete with scarecrows, pumpkins and apples, this festival celebrates the fall season. Tons of pumpkins will be on display, there is a cornfield maze, plus live music, pony rides, face painting, and fall favorite treats like caramel apples. Visit for more details.

    Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens: More than 16,000 chrysanthemums will be on display across Longwood Garden’s four acres. The fall beauties will drape walls in the conservatory, bringing blooms of color to the gardens. The centerpiece is the Thousand Bloom chrysanthemum, which features 1,500 arranged flowers. Take in the largest display of its kind grown outside of Asia. The flowers are on display until Nov. 20. Tickets are $20. Visit to purchase and see everything else the gardens has to offer.