9 things to do in Philly this weekend, Oct. 15-18

9 things to do in Philly this weekend, Oct. 15-18
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Harry Potter Festival

Friday and Saturday

Chestnut Hill

Pay as you go 215-247-6696


Charming Chestnut Hill transforms into the magical world of Harry Potter. Grab your broom for the Quidditch Cup Tournament and stick around for the film screenings (of course!), sorting hat demonstration and scavenger hunt. Sadly for those who haven’t signed up already, the themed pub crawl is sold out.



Friday, 7 p.m.

The PHS Warehouse at the Navy Yard

5201 S. 13th St.

$150 to $300, 215-988-8800


Splurge on one of the most delicious events of the year, organized by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to benefit the City Harvest Program. Local farmers and seasoned regional chefs team up to turn fresh produce into delectable dinners.

Conshohocken Beer Festival

Saturday, 1 p.m.

725 Conshohocken Road,Conshohocken

$10 – $45, 610-952-4968


You won’t want to miss this celebration of suds featuring beers from over 50 breweries, with local brewers well represented.


Weeding Out the Stoned

Thursday, 9 p.m.


531 N. 12th St.

$5 to $8, 267-519-9651


There are 24 comedians and all but one are stoned — and it’s up to the audience to determine who to score prizes. “Officer” Alex Grubard administers sobriety tests, with audience participation.

Wanda Sykes

Sunday, 7 p.m.

Keswick Theatre

291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside

$48 to $98, 215-572-7650


Wanda Sykes can make pretty much anything funny. Whether she’s talking about gay marriage, her kids or getting a bikini wax, she’s intelligent, witty — and often vulgar.


‘Zazie Dans le Metro’

Friday, 8:30 p.m.

International House

3701 Chestnut St.

Free, 215-387-5125


In this French New Wave film, a bright and cocky 10-year-old girl comes to Paris to visit her uncle, and a sequence of absurd events ensue. Director Louis Malle packs farcical happenings and visual effects into his wacky comedy.


City Abandoned

Through Oct. 31

Athenaeum of Philadelphia

219 S. Sixth St.



Philly photographer Vincent D. Feldman presents 28 large-format black and white photos detailing the stories behind abandoned buildings.

‘Christopher Knowles: In a Word’

Through Dec. 27

Institute of Contemporary Art

118 S. 36th St.

Free, 215-898-7108


Christopher Knowles’ ICA installation incorporates incantation-like rhythms, typed out permutations in language, reconstructed song lyrics, and sculptures. The pieces here are collaborations with theater director Robert Wilson.


Opera on the Mall

Friday, 7 p.m.

Independence National Historical Park

5th and Chestnut Streets

Free, 215-893-3600


Opera Philadelphia’s annual outdoor big-screen broadcast draws both opera-lovers and those who have never seen one — and gets raves from both groups. Bring blankets and snacks and settle in on the mall to watch Verdi’s “La traviata.”