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October Community Digest

We greatly appreciate all the neighbors, partners, vendors, businesses, and sponsors who have contributed to the planning of this year's Girard Avenue Street Festival - unfortunately we have made the decision to postpone tomorrow's festival due to weather.

We encourage everyone to visit businesses on Girard Avenue this weekend if possible! The mix of longtime and new business-owners makes the corridor one of the city's most unique and diverse. There will be street closures on Girard due to SEPTA construction in the coming weeks, and our support will be essential to helping businesses through the disruption.

October is always a lively time in the Art Museum District - looking forward to connecting with neighbors through events across the month. Read below for more.

In this issue:

Upcoming Events

September Deals, Specials & Announcements

Neighborhood Job Openings

Community News


Girard Ave Street Fest POSTPONED

Please support the businesses, vendors and artists who planned to participate this weekend! You can find the full list here.


Great Eastern State 5K Breakout Race

The Great Eastern State Breakout Race* returns on Saturday October 1st and will include a 5K and Kids Fun Run. Sign up in person on Friday Sept 30th from 5-7pm at Love Your Stoop on Fairmount Ave.

CoreFitness thanks their top tier sponsors: Urban Saloon and Retro Fitness.

Join the post run party at Urban Saloon - doors open to the neighborhood at 10am.

*Follow @breakout5k on Instagram for weather related race updates.


Philly Fall Cleanup

There are several volunteer opportunities to help clean up our neighborhoods throughout the city. Find one near you.




Spring Garden

To join the Spring Garden community, register here.



A new group has been created to clean up the Fairmount neighborhood. Follow @fmtneighbors on Instagram or email details.


Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary

Select nights, September 23 through November 12. Tickets start at $34.

Halloween Nights is an immersive experience featuring five thrilling haunted houses — plus historic tours, themed bars, live entertainment, and more — inside the massive, abandoned complex of Eastern State Penitentiary. All proceeds from Halloween Nights benefit the preservation and interpretation of Eastern State Penitentiary, a National Historic Landmark. New for 2022! Nightmares (Haunted House) brings you face-to-face with the creatures that lurk in the shadowy corners of your most unsettling dreams. Big Top Terror (Haunted House) winds through the grounds of a twisted carnival with menacing characters at every turn. Then, stop for a drink and carnival eats at the Bizarre Bar (Themed Bar) where fire dancers, knife throwers, and other acts will be on hand to entertain. Learn more and purchase tickets at


Deals, Specials & Announcements

Click here to see all the latest deals, specials & announcements from your favorite Art Museum District businesses!


Neighborhood Job Openings

View our Neighborhood Job Board to see the latest job opportunities in the Art Museum District.


Community News

Lemon Hill Neighbors Association


Parkway Council Parkway Presents: Fall 2022

Thursdays this fall, 6:00 pm, 10/6 and 10/13, enjoy the final two free performances on the Parkway! Find the full schedule at


16th Annual Halloween Festival and Fairmount Parade

The 16th Annual Halloween Festival and Fairmount Parade will take place on Sunday October 30th from 3pm-5pm at the Philly Art Center at 2333 Fairmount Ave.

All Ages are welcome, come in costume. Parade will begin at 4:45pm!


Coming Soon to the Brown Street Lawn: Bache Martin’s Annual Movie Night!

On Friday, October 21st, Bache Martin’s Home and School Association will be hosting a movie night on the Brown Street lawn behind the Eastern State Penitentiary. Bache Martin’s student council has selected the family-friendly animated feature The Bad Guys for this year’s film. The gathering will begin at 6:00pm, with ice cream from Over the Moon and beer from Bar Hygge available for purchase. We’ll show It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown at dusk for our littlest viewers, and then continue with our feature film. Proceeds from Movie Night will support Bache Martin Mutual Aid, a funds and supplies program that brings the school community together to pool resources and support each other.


Girard Avenue Closures

Don't forget to check out our latest blog post sharing important information about the Girard Avenue SEPTA track renewal work. The street will be closed at times in October, November and December, but all businesses and sidewalks will be open throughout.

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