A few ways to spend your week in (and out of) Philly.
Monday, Sept. 28
Grab some friends and escape the room. You’ve heard of the budding puzzle game where participants have a time limit to complete puzzling tasks in order to escape. This is the same thing, except you’re trapped in a mall during the ‘80s. Play Atari, Twister and more great classics at Escape the ‘80s at Steel Owl Room Adventures (1804 East Passyunk Ave.). Groups of 2-12 can book game times between 4 p.m. and midnight.
Straying from their previous electronic-dance stylings, Santa Barbara’s Gardens & Villa recently returned with a new, more guitar and piano-driven work in Music for Dogs. They’re making a stop at Boot and Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) with Tutlie at 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 29
It’s officially fall and that means Linvilla Orchards (598 Linvil Rd., Media) is a goldmine of gourds and other autumn festivities. See pumpkins and scarecrows on display, try out an apple sling, pick your own produce and more between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Comedy, music, nerd culture and beer fanaticism converge at World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.). Musical comedy duo Paul and Storm will perform while attendees will sip on Goose Island beers. The interactive evening begins at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 30
It’s not too late to squeeze in one last river cruise before the nights get a little too chilly. Arrive at the dock at the Independence Seaport Museum (211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.) no later than 5:45 p.m. and sail from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. See the sights from the water, drink some beverages and have a chill Wednesday night.
The Philadelphia Orchestra kicks off their 2015-16 season with a gala and concert highlighting selections from Disney’s Fantasia, set to images of the film. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and is followed by a black-tie dinner, catered by Garces. The lavish evening takes place at the Kimmel Center (Broad and Spruce Streets).
Thursday, Oct. 1
Hey ladies! Shops in Downtown Haddonfield are featuring sales, trunk shows and refreshments from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for Girls Night Out. Pop into the stores on Kings Highway, Tanner Street, Kings Court and Mechanic Street.
Philly’s Marian Hill have that nighttime feel. Jeremy Lloyd’s sexy beats are complimented perfectly by Samantha Gongol’s sweet, yet sultry vocals. The pair comes to Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) for a homecoming show starting at 8:30 p.m. with Heavy Mellow.
Friday, Oct. 2
Instead of examining the potential of life on Mars, this talk at the Wagner Free Institute of Science (1700 W. Montgomery Ave.) will discuss the minerals found on the planet’s surface. What was the planet like when first created? Was there ever water on Mars? Find out starting at 6 p.m.
Poets looking to showcase their work in front of a live audience should compete in The Pigeon’s Poetry Slam. Come at 8:30 p.m. to sign up, though if you’re just watching, the show starts at 9 p.m. Through audience interaction and voting, performers will move onto the next rounds until only one remains. It all goes down at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.).
Saturday, Oct. 3
Use this as a training session before an upcoming Spartan Race, or just challenge yourself a little bit. This intense workout, perfect for both newbies and experienced fitness folks, is free and takes place on the Battleship New Jersey (100 Clinton St., Camden). Learn new techniques and utilize your own body weight at this early-morning sweat fest. It starts at 8 a.m.
The colorful and cultural Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival brings dozens of teams to the Schuylkill to race and put on a show for spectators. Festivities begin at 8 a.m. Head over to Kelly Drive by Boathouse Row to catch all the action.
Sunday, Oct. 4
Clover Market is back in Bryn Mawr (at 7 Bryn Mawr Ave.) for an all-day antique, vintage and art shopping experience from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You’ll be treated to a wide selection of goods, foods and vendors in this rain-or-shine market extravaganza.
You hear all that sound? It’s not a band or a small contemporary quartet, but one classically trained musician who fashioned the “Magic Pipe” and other alternative instruments to fashion a truly unique and all encompassing show. He goes by That 1 Guy (naturally) and he’s playing at MilkBoy (1100 Chestnut St.) at 7 p.m.
For more Things to Do, check out our calendar for the most up-to-date happenings.