Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

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    True Tales from the Tombs: Mischief Night by Firelight: Spend Halloween weekend at Laurel Hill Cemetery. At 7 p.m. Oct. 28, performers will share true stories from Laurel Hill’s historic tombs. The candlelit tours share details about the most scandalous of the cemetery’s residents. After the tour, which lasts about an hour, enjoy cocktails and seasonal refreshments around fire pits. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring a flashlight. General admission is $20 a person. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online (

    Head of the Schuylkill Regatta: Oct. 29-30 more than 7,000 athletes will converge on the Schuylkill River for the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. The race is a 2.5-mile-long course along the Kelly Drive section of the river. Competitors include crews from high school, college and world champions. Experienced rowers will compete against newbies. Take in the fall sights and smells along the river for the two-day race. Visit for the schedule of events.

    South Street’s PumpkinFest: Fall comes to South Street with the South Street Headhouse District Pumpkin Fall Fest at the Headhouse Shambles. Starting at noon Oct. 29, enjoy pumpkin painting, live music, hay rides and a straw bale maze. The day will also feature late night movies. Businesses on South Street will be open for trick-or-treating from 3-5 p.m. At noon, 2 and 4 p.m., the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts will perform. At 3 p.m. there’s a costume contest for kids younger than 14. Movies kick off with “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” then “Beetlejuice.” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” starts at 9 p.m. For more information, visit

    Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday: East Passyunk’s fall festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29. The day includes free activities for kids and dogs can get treats from Amelie’s Bark Shop. Kids can decorate pumpkins and enjoy other fall and Halloween arts and crafts. BenFM music will be on hand to provide entertainment. There are costume contests staggered by age starting at 11 a.m. A pet costume contest starts at 12:30 p.m. Trick-or-treating starts at 11 a.m. Visit to learn more.

    Boo at the Zoo: The annual Halloween experience at the Philadelphia Zoo is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30. Wear costumes through the Extinction Graveyard to learn about the extinction of species around the planet. Seasonal favorites will be available for purchase like hot apple cider. Impala Lawn has a hay bale maze for kids. Boo at the Zoo is included in the zoo admission; $23 for adults, $19 for kids 2-11. Parking is $16. To learn more, visit