West Philly weekend: Fall festivals, tree giveaway, Day of the Dead, Hot Taco Massacre

October 31, 2014


Photo by Eva Jacobs.

This weekend is not only about Halloween (that said, you can check Halloween events here). A bunch of other fun community events are being held this Saturday and Sunday, including food-centered events (End of Season Fall Market, Vegan Day celebration, a taco fundraiser), a tree giveaway and a couple of fall festivals. For more upcoming events or if you want to submit an event, go to our Event listings.


Saturday, Nov 1 

• End of Season Market Celebration & Tree Giveaway

Neighborhood Foods Farm (53rd & Wyalusing), 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Photo courtesy Urban Tree Connection.

Urban Tree Connection (UTC) and Neighborhood Foods (NF) invite neighbors to an end-of-season market, featuring fall farm produce, $3 chicken platters (cooked by NF Coop Members Gale and Nicole) with potluck sides, vendors, and giveaways: recycling bins and yard trees provided thanks to a grant from TreePhilly. You can also bring your own food or items to sell. There will be 50 trees available for property owners with yards – an open (unpaved) area on private property – and are absolutely free. They come with a free planting demonstration, educational materials, and a bag of mulch from the Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center. Several species will be available, ranging from large shade trees to medium-sized trees to smaller fruit trees. A full list of available species can be found here. To reserve your tree and for species list, contact Karen: 215‐900‐1292 or 


• Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) Celebration

Penn Museum (3260 South Street), 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Photo courtesy Penn Museum.

This Saturday, the Penn Museum presents the third annual Day of the Dead Celebration. Throughout Mexico and around the world, Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) brings family and friends together to pray for and remember loved ones who have died. The celebration includes pageantry, traditional music and dance, storytelling and puppetry, paper maché artistry, sugar skull and mask making, face painting, special foods and more.

Guests can also view colorful altars (ofrendas) designed by regional community groups, and a large Day of the Dead altar created by the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia and the Mexican Cultural Center, co-organizers of the event, with the help of local artist Cesar Viveros. The event is free with Penn Museum admission ($15, general admission; $13, seniors [65+]; $10, children [6-17] and full-time students [with ID]; $2 ACCESS Card holders; free to children under 5, members, active U.S. Military, STAMP and PennCard holders). For more information, go here


• World Vegan Day Celebration

Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall (University of Pennsylvania, 3417 Spruce Street), 2 – 5 p.m.

November 1 is World Vegan Day and the Penn Vegan Society (Facebook page) will have a celebration open to the public. There will be food tasting and items for sale from the following vegan restaurants: ABC Cakes, Pure Fare, Shakti Catering, Koliyan and Naturally Sweet Desserts.


Sunday, Nov 2

• Fall Festival at Malcolm X

Malcolm X Park (51st and Pine), 1 – 3 p.m.

Vineyard Community Church invites families and children to a free Fall Festival in Malcolm X Park this Sunday. There will be fall crafts, games, and snacks to enjoy.


• Hot Taco Massacre 2 Fundraiser

Honest Tom’s Taco Shop (261 S 44th Street), 6 – 9 p.m.

Can tacos help Bartram’s Garden’s Farm? It depends on you, neighbors. Join Tom at his shop this Sunday for the “Hot Taco Massacre 2” Fundraiser, featuring “brutally spicy taco specials.” All proceeds will benefit the Community Farm and Food Resource Center at Bartram’s Garden (Facebook page). There will be some cool T-shirts for sale, too (check Honest Tom’s Facebook page for more info).


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