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5 ways to make the most of the fall in Philadelphia


Temperatures are at their peaks, schools are back in session, and summer Fridays are no more; Fall is almost here. That may be bad news for some, but for Philadelphia residents it’s cause for celebration, as a Philly fall is hard to compete with.

Members at our Philadelphia homes — Common at Broadridge, Common Frankford, and Common Civic — have front row tickets to all of the Philly fall festivities, and believe us when we say this fall is jam-packed with activities for just about everyone.

With so much to do as the leaves turn brown, we’ve put together a guide to help you make the most of fall in Philadelphia.

Get in the Halloween spirit

Whether you’re an amateur historian, aspiring architect, or someone looking for a seasonally-appropriate scare, the first-ever Halloween Nights at the Eastern State Penitentiary hosts experiences for all interests. Haunted houses, s’mores and stories around the campfire, themed bars, and walking tours give Halloween Nights a definite edge on other spooky events. Not into being scared? Have no fear, the event has plenty of fun, all-ages attractions as well as an Al Capone-themed lounge to calm your nerves at. Halloween Nights runs from September 24th through November 13th and tickets start at $34.

Cruise the all-new Delaware River Trail

Walkers, joggers, cyclists, outdoorsy-types and people who just love fresh air: this one’s for you. The Delaware River Trail is slated for completion this fall! With separate, protected lanes for cyclists and pedestrians, this trail allows for riverside jaunts as the temperature drops. Hit the trail for a workout, or grab a speculoos latte from Herman’s Coffee and enjoy a leisurely stroll with friends along the water. In the words of Carrie Bradshaw: you can always gossip to get your heart rate up!

Get retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

70 years ago a new car cost $1,500, the color-TV had barely been invented, and American contemporary artist Jasper Johns was putting paint to canvas for the first time. This fall, his seven-decade career is being celebrated at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with a first-of-its-kind retrospective. The retrospective begins September 29th, and visitors have until February 13th, 2022, to see the collection of sculptures, paintings, and sketches–plenty of time for multiple visits. Museum entry is $25 for adults, though admission is pay-as-you-wish every Friday night.

Fill up during Latinx Restaurant Week

Many small businesses have been severely impacted by Covid-19, with independent restaurants and bars continuing to feel that impact. To support Latinx-owned restaurants and honor the individuals that have worked tirelessly to keep their doors open, Philadelphia’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting Dine Latino Restaurant Week from October 11th-15th. The participating restaurants — Alma del Mar, Laz Cazuelas near Common at Broadridge, and Que Chula es Puebla near Common Frankford, among many others–are offering free appetizers and desserts to visitors. Support delicious, Latinx-owned restaurants this fall, then…

Veg out at Common

Sometimes when the mid-fall Philadelphia chill sets in and the coziness of your couch is calling to you, there’s no place like Common. Bundle up with a blanket, a book, and some homemade hot cocoa on your rooftop deck, throw on a movie that feels like fall (basically anything by Wes Anderson) with your roommates, and plan out all the ways you’ll make the most of your Philadelphia fall.

The leaves might change but Common’s attainable rates and unbeatable amenities are here to stay. Schedule a tour and discover why Common is the best way to live in Philly.

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