Saturday, November 3, check in at 9am, walk at 11am. FDR Park. Help the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society save lives by participating in the 6th annual Mutt Strut. Animal lovers and their dogs will walk 1.5 miles in FDR Park as a fundraiser for PAWS’ lifesaving programs – including adoption, medical care, and foster programs – and hopefully find some shelter pets new homes. Registration costs $25 ($10 for kids 12 and under).
Saturday, November 3, 1-4pm. Penn Museum, 3260 South Street. Celebrate Mexican culture and the traditions of Dia de los Muertos at a family-friendly afternoon of traditional music, storytelling, arts & crafts, and other fun activities. Artist Cesar Viveros has created a special Mexican Day of the Dead Altar just for the occasion and visitors can learn about the various dedications placed upon the ofrenda (altar). Local dance group Fuego Novo will perform a new Maya-themed dance at 1:30 and again at 3:30, when they will be joined by Casa Monarca for a presentation about Dia de los Muertos traditions.
Sunday, November 4, 4-5:30pm. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th Street. As part of the 215 Festival, Next American City will moderate a discussion among writers who feature and study cities through fiction. The event will open with readings from panelists Brooklyn-based writer Emma Straub and novelist Diane McKinney-Whetsone. Also joining the panel discussion are Temple Journalism professor and writer Lori Tharps, Penn Urban Studies professor Paul Farber, Philadelphia poet Linh Dinh, and Hidden City Daily co-editor Nathaniel Popkin. Free, RSVP requested.