12th Annual Gravedigger’s Ball: Laurel Hill Cemetery’s annual ball will be held on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Crystal Tea Room. The fundraiser is thrown by the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a nonprofit, which has existed since 1836. According to the cemetery’s website, 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 of 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, and a tax-deductible benefit for each ticket sale. To purchase, visit www.gravediggersball.org.
The Philadelphia Film Festival: The Philadelphia Film Society hosts the 25th annual festival from Oct. 20-30. The festival showcases independent and foreign films at venues throughout the city. Industry professionals include Academy Award winning directors and actors who participate in post-screening panels. There are VIP parties, receptions and other events. The opening night party will celebrate M. Night Shyamalan who will receive the PFS’s Lumiere Award. Regular screenings cost $13 ($10 for PFS members), while weekday matinees before 5 p.m. cost $8 ($5 for PFS members). Visit filmadelphia.org/festival to see more info.
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 popular Harry Potter Pub Crawl. The conference is free and open to the public. Visit www.harrypotterconference.com 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. The festival stretches down Germantown Avenue. At the college, the annual Quidditch Tournament takes place. The festival and tournament are 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. Visit www.linvilla.com for more details.