WEEKEND EVENTS: Explore an Oktoberfest or enjoy a taste of Harry Potter’s world

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Winetober Fest: The dog-friendly wine tasting event with live music runs 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 10 in Skippack Village, Route 73. Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 for VIP tickets), $30 the day of the festival ($35 for VIPs). When you arrive, check in at After5 Gifts, 4038 Skippack Pike. Call (610) 584-1155 or visit www.winetober.com.
Mercer Museum: “Cocktails at the Castle … A Savory Exploration to Benefit the Mercer Museum” features restaurant fare, desserts, a silent auction and music 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the museum, 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown. Tickets are $150, $125 for members. Visit www.mercermuseum.org to purchase tickets or call (215) 345-0210, ext. 132.
Heritage on parade
Puerto Rican Day Parade: It steps off at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 with music, dancing and floats, beginning in downtown Philadelphia at 16th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and grandstanding at Logan Square. After the parade, all are welcome to festivals hosted by city and state officials at American Street and Lehigh Avenue.
Halloween time
North Wales Area Library: Costumes are encouraged for children and adults for the Hogwarts School atmosphere of “The Magical Library: Enter the World of Harry Potter” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3 at the library, 233 S. Swartley St., North Wales. Cost is $5 per child, $15 per family, free for adults. For details, call (215) 699-5410 or see www.northwaleslibrary.org.

A display is seen at the North Wales Area Library leading up to “The Magical Library: Enter the World of Harry Potter” event Oct. 3. Photo by Mark C. Psoras - Digital First Media

A display is seen at the North Wales Area Library leading up to “The Magical Library: Enter the World of Harry Potter” event Oct. 3.
Photo by Mark C. Psoras – Digital First Media

Spring Mountain Ski Area: Scream Mountain, which features adventures such as a haunted hayride and walk, and Heart of Darkness Tours with zip lining, opens Oct. 9 and continues (weather permitting) 6:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, plus Thursday Oct. 29, through Oct. 30. Spring Mountain is at 757 Spring Mount Road, Upper Salford. Tickets are $25 for the walk and hayride (which includes a trip up the ski lift) or $18 for the hayride only. There are discounts for groups of 20 or more and active duty military families. For reservations and more information, call (610) 287-7900 or check www.springmountainadventures.com.
Elmwood Park Zoo: Boo at the Zoo runs noon to 3 p.m. weekends Oct. 10-31 at the zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. Enjoy live entertainment, costume contests, costume parades, trick-or-treat stations and more. Harvest Fest is included with zoo admission of $14.95, $10.95 for seniors and children 3-12, $12.95 for students. For more information, contact guest services at (610) 277-3825, ext. 222 and check www.elmwoodparkzoo.org.
Sesame Place: The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular runs weekends through Nov. 1, with three Halloween shows, a maze, “Sesame Street” character hayrides and more. The park is at 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne. Save $20 when you buy tickets online at www.sesameplace.com.
Rock show
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center: A quote attributed to Les Paul states he wanted his guitars to be “seen, touched and played,” rather than put behind glass in a museum. One of Paul’s friends, Jim Wysocki, honors Paul’s 100th birth anniversary with an assortment of instruments from the music legend’s personal collection at the second annual All Things That Rock Fest 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 at the center, 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence. The event also features appearances by original Kiss lead guitarist Ace Frehley, Steven Adler of Guns ‘N’ Roses; Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Asia; Lita Ford; Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot, Gene Cornish of The Rascals; E Street Band alumnus Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez; and David Uosikkinen of the Hooters; plus more than 100 vendors buying, selling and trading rock ‘n’ roll collectibles. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (610) 389-1807 or visit www.allthingsthatrockfestival.com.
Art on view
Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center: In October, the MRAC will host “Art Travels with the Northwest Artists’ Collective,” with works in oil, acrylic, and mixed media. The opening reception will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 in the gallery, 419 Green Lane, between Mitchell and Pechin streets, Philadelphia. The NAC is comprised of artists from the northwestern neighborhoods of Philadelphia, including Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy, Roxborough, Germantown and others. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free (donations encouraged). For more information, see www.mrartcenter.org or call (215) 482-3363
Meeting of families
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: PAFA celebrates the arts with a free Family Arts Festival noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 on Lenfest Plaza. It will feature free admission to the museum; dance, musical and art-inspired performances; live animal drawing and art-making projects; locally-made ice cream; a digital photo booth; face painting for the whole family and free snacks. The academy is at 118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. See www.pafa.org/familyfest.
Glencairn Museum: A Family History Tour & Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 celebrates Family History Month. Tour the family symbols built into the Pitcairns’ 1930s home, then show and share your own family heirloom or photo with historian Judith McDowell. Make reservations at (267) 502-2990.
Lego magic
Mercer Museum: Builders of all ages are invited to “LEGO Castle Adventure,” the new feature exhibit, from Oct. 3-Jan. 17 at the museum, 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown. Construct your own LEGO castles, enter a LEGO Kingdom, explore a giant castle full of secret passageways, see a LEGO dragon, climb a lookout tower, construct a virtual castle and test its defenses with a catapult, joust on play horses and more. Admission is $14, $12 for seniors 65+, $6 for youths 6-17. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Go to www.mercermuseum.org.
Time warp
Cliveden: The 6400 block of Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, is where the anniversary of the Battle of Germantown is celebrated with the Revolutionary Germantown Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3. Events include a period encampment, food on Germantown Avenue, a beer garden at Upsala, children’s activities with the sites of Historic Germantown at Upsala, an appearance by George Washington, The MacGregor Pipe Band, a Battle of Germantown reenactment, a children’s muster, a presentation by Ned Hector the African-American Revolutionary War soldier, an Oktoberfest celebration at Grumblethorpe and open houses at the Historic Germantown sites.
Music highlights
Montgomery County Community College: The Lively Arts Series presents vocalist Ramakrishnan Murthy, accompanied by R.K. Shriramkumar on violin and Arun Prakash on mridangam at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Science Center Theater, DeKalb Pike and Morris Road, Whitpain. Prior to the performance, Sruti will present a free Bala Bhavam vocal concert at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 in the Science Center Theater. Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul take the stage at 8 p.m. Oct. 10. For tickets, call (215) 641-6518 or visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts.
The college welcomes a multimedia “Funding the Future” financial literacy concert by the rock band Gooding takes place at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Science Center Theater, with a simulcast to the college’s West Campus in Pottstown. Admission is free. To learn more, visit goodingmusic.com/for-good/financial-literacy-tour.
Opera on the Mall: Check out a free HD broadcast of the performance of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” featuring West Chester resident Stephen Powell as Giorgio Germont, and staged by Opera Philadelphia, at the Academy of Music. The pre-show for “Opera on the Mall” starts at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 on Independence Mall. Look for the giant outdoor screen in the shadow of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Reserve your space at www.operaonthemall.org.
Delaware Valley University: The Lenape Chamber Ensemble begins its 41st season with music for strings, harp and piano by Beethoven, Saint-Saens and Schubert at 3 p.m. at the university’s Life Sciences Auditorium, Butler Avenue at the State Street exit off the Route 611 bypass, Doylestown. Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors and students, $5 for children. Call (610) 294-9361.
Gwynedd Friends Coffeehouse: The season opens with Latin American group Eco Del Sur (Echoes of the South) at 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Gwynedd Friends Meetinghouse, Route 202 and Sumneytown Pike, Lower Gwynedd. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and a $5 donation is suggested to support the musicians. Light refreshments are available at a modest cost. Call (267) 421-9394 or visit www.gwyneddmeeting.org/coffeehouse.html.
Dock Woods Community: Amici Opera Company presents Massenet’s “Thais” at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the chapel at Dock Woods. Enter from Woods Drive, Towamencin. Tickets are $20. For information, call (215) 224-0257.
Philly Pops: A “Sinatra: A Centennial Celebration” program is presented at 8 p.m. Oct. 9, 3 p.m. Oct. 10 and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. A bonus Oct. 11 performance by Deana Martin features songs, and stories about her father (Dean Martin), “Uncle Frank” and the Rat Pack at 8 p.m. in the Perelman Theater. See www.kimmelcenter.org for tickets or call (215) 893-1999.
Cheltenham Center for the Arts: Jazz Bridge presents their “First Wednesday Neighborhood Concert Series — Jazz in Cheltenham” at the center, 439 Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 with vocalist, M’Balia Singley and her band. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. Call (856) 858-8914 or (215) 517-8337 or visit online at www.jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
Fall festivities
Skippack Days: The 44th year of this annual event features crafts, food, family fun, jewelry, a vendor sale, artwork and live entertainment 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 3-4 in Skippack Village.
Montgomery Township Autumn Festival: From noon to 8 p.m. in William F. Maule Park at Windlestrae, off Kenas Road, enjoy amusements and carnival games, a corn maze, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making, a petting zoo and pony rides, crafters and vendors, food, fireworks, music by The Mango Men and more. Fees apply to some of the attractions. For a schedule, visit www.montgomerytwp.org/department/division.php?fDD=5-72.
Freddy’s Fallfest: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October mean the Amazing Cornstalk Maze and Giant Slide, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pig races, pony rides, food, sand and button art and more at Freddy Hill Farms and Freddy’s Family Entertainment Center, 1440 Sumneytown Pike, Towamencin. Check the details at www.freddyhill.com/events.
Merrymead Farm: Harvest Days 2015 is held Saturdays and Sundays in October. Activities include hayrides, wagon rides for children, a cornstalk tunnel, children’s games, pumpkin painting, face painting, inflatables, the Harvest Slinger, a cornfield maze, food and weekday hours for the cornstalk tunnel (If you’re planning on going in the evening, bring a flashlight). Get more information at www.merrymead.com/fallHarvest.php.
Apple Butter Frolic: The 42nd annual Apple Butter Frolic is held 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3 on the grounds of the Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Franconia Township. The Frolic offers an idea of how people in this area lived 100+ years ago, and other activities. Attractions include an apple foods tent, an apple baking contest, folk craft demonstrations, Pennsylvania German foods, children’s activities, horse and wagon rides, historic farming demonstrations and more. Admission is $8 for ages 13+, $2 for children 6-12. A pancake and apple sausage breakfast gets the event started early from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Cost is $8, $4 for children 8 and under. Park at Indian Valley Middle School and Indian Valley Faith Fellowship Church, both on Maple Ave., Lower Salford, with shuttle to the nearby Frolic on the MHC campus. For more information, call (215) 256-3020 or email info@mhep.org.
SteelStacks: A free Oktoberfest festival takes place Oct. 2-4 and 9-11 at SteelStacks, 1010 Founders Way, Bethlehem. The entertainment includes live music on two stages, food, beer, an Oktoberfest 5K, a keg tap with D.G. Yuengling & Son President Dick Yuengling, dachshund races, children’s games and activities, stein races, barrel rolling competitions, quoits and even Masskrugstemmen, the German test of strength and endurance in which individuals hold two full mugs of beer straight in front of them for as long as they can. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 8 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit www.steelstacks.org/oktoberfest.
Rocktoberfest: Hatfield Township’s annual Rocktoberfest will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3 in Clemens Park on Fairgrounds Road. The festival will feature a car and motorcycle show, vendors, children’s activities, food, crafts, music and more.
Midtown Village Fall Festival: Noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 3, explore the restaurants and shops along 13th Street at Chestnut Street, Philadelphia and enjoy a block party, which features music, food, sidewalk sales, beer gardens and more.
Bloktoberfest: On South Street, from Broad to 18th streets, Philadelphia, the Graduate Hospital neighborhood celebrates its food, dining and shopping scenes from noon to 9 p.m. Oct. 3 with local beer, live music, food trucks and more. See www.bloktoberfest.com.
Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival: The outdoor arts and crafts marketplace — with more than 150 artists, live entertainment, children’s rides and alfresco dining — happens 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 in Chestnut Hill on Germantown Avenue from Willow Grove to Rex avenues. Go to http://chestnuthillpa.com/showcase/fall-for-the-arts-festival.
Old City Fest: Celebrate art and design, fashion and food, creativity and culture noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 in Philadelphia’s Old City District. The Design Showcase, opening during Old City Fest and located at The Center for Art in Wood, will feature room settings created by Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design using an eclectic array of furnishings, objects and art. Visit www.oldcitydistrict.org.
Hilltown Township Community Day: Entertainment, fireworks, children’s games, food and fire truck displays will be found 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in Hilltown Township Civic Park, Route 152, Hilltown. There will be a fireworks display at 7:30. Visit www.hilltowncivic.org.
Zion Mennonite Church: The annual Fall Festival runs 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 10 at the church, 149 E. Cherry Lane, Souderton. Activities open to the community are a flea market, crafters, a car show, children’s games, food and more.
Ambler Oktoberfest: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 3 is Ambler Main Street’s 24th annual Oktoberfest, with a beer garden, food, live music, artwork, hand-crafted items and children’s rides on Butler Avenue in the borough, and a few of the side streets.
Perkasie Fall Festival: From noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 4, it’s a chili cook-off, music, vendors, children’s activities, a scavenger hunt, a pie baking competition and more in both downtown Perkasie and in Menlo Park, Third Street and Park Avenue.
North Wales Community Day/Oktoberfest: Celebrate from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Weingartner Park, between Church and Summit streets, with a kids zone, vendors, a talent show, a pie eating contest and live music. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at Church and Second street will hold St. Peter’s Oktoberfest as a part of North Wales Community Day from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 3. There will be German food, wine, a beer garden, music and a 50/50. Call (215) 699-4604 for more information.
Anyone for tennis?
Doylestown Tennis Club: “Game! Set! World!” is a tennis social to raise funds to assist the needy children served by Pearl S. Buck International. It starts at 6 p.m. Oct. 3. You need to register at www.pearlsbuck.org/Tennis to participate in mixed doubles. Entry fee is $50 per person. This event also offers refreshments, raffle baskets and live music.
By design
DesignPhiladelphia Festival: This year’s festival runs Oct. 8-16 and demonstrates Philadelphia’s creative economy, shaped by design, technology and collaborative business practices. On Oct. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m., explore 10 interactive installations along the 1100 block of Pearl Street before it opens to the public. For the full schedule of events, see http://2015.designphiladelphia.org.
The long run, ride
Half marathon: Hatfield’s first OctoHalf Marathon will be held on Oct. 4, with a fun run for children starting at 7:45 a.m., followed by a half-marathon for adults starting at 8 a.m. Runners will pound the pavement through Hatfield township and borough, with registration fees of $15 for kids and $75 for adults. For information, or to register or volunteer, visit www.octohalf.com or email info@octohalf.com.
MS City to Shore Ride: The ride to raise funds for a cure for Multiple Sclerosis is happening Oct. 3-4, with 7,000 cyclists of different ages and multiple starting locations. All routes end in Ocean City, N.J. For information, call (800) 344-4867.
Cinematic imagination
Gershman Y: The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival’s three-day Pre-Fest runs Oct. 10-12, with screenings in both Center City and the suburbs. The weekend features four films, all showcasing stories about survival and the power of the will to live. This theme is further explored at the two-week Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, running Nov. 7-21. Tickets to the Pre-Fest films are $10 each and are available at www.pjff.org or by calling (215) 545-4400.

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