Who else is feeling overwhelmed by all the events happening in October? Here’s a list of our top 7. Hope to see you there!

1) Unsung at the Rail Park (Friday, October 7, 6-9PM) One of the creepiest installations we’ve seen in a long time. The event is one night only, featuring the work of sound artist and composer Nadia Botello and video artists Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib’s. It examines the forgotten voices of women in the Callowhill neighborhood using projections and giant fog machines.

2) This is a 3 parter. Spring Arts PHL Exhibition Opening (Saturday, October 8, 5-7PM), Spring Arts PHL Walking Tour with Streets Dept (Saturday, October 8, 4-5PM), Pearl Street Block Party hosted by the Asian Arts Initiative (Saturday, October 8, 1-5PM): Start the day off with a stop at the Pearl Street Block Party to get your hands dirty with some mural making, great food, and arts and crafts. Walk about 4 block northeast to 990 Spring Garden to see a special exhibition of works by the Spring Arts muralists: Kid Hazo, Ryan Beck, Miriam Singer, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Hawk Krall, and Martha Rich. Want to learn more about this outdoor rotating art gallery? Take a guided tour with Conrad Benner of Streets Dept.

3) Old City Fest (Sunday, October 9, 11AM-6PM) Dozens of Old City restaurants, bars and shops + galleries and independent artists fill Old City streets with shopping, music, and activities.

4) Home Is Where You Place It (Monday, October 10, 5-7PM) Our sister company Exit is celebrating one of Philly’s newest placemaking spots — Innovation Plaza in University City. Sp0t Burger will be on hand for some delicious bites (pay-as-you-go) and free drinks provided by sponsors Dock Street Brewery and New Liberty Distillery.

5) GLOW in the Park (Wednesday, October 19, 6-9:30PM) One of our favorite annual events for one of our favorite partners. Be a Park Champion.

6) Nightscape at Longwood Gardens (through October 29) It’s called a light and sound experience but we’d categorize it as a stoner’s paradise. Wander through the gardens and conservatories at night to see Klip Collective’s patented 3D projection technology animate topiaries, make huge dragonflies swoop across a lake, and turn lily ponds into washes of colored lights.

7) Terror Behind the Walls (through November 5) This may be a pain-in-the-ass event for residents of Fairmount, and it can be ridiculously expensive, but it’s one of the coolest experiences in the city. If you’ve never been, go on an off-hour and be prepared to scream (or just close your eyes and hold onto the person in front of you).

EXTRA: Don’t forget to register for the J2+Mural Arts A First Look at a Fresh Look on October 13, 6-9PM. Get a chance to see how branding works — the good, the bad and the great.

Photo by Kat Kendon for Mural Arts

unsung at the rail park