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Upper Gwynedd Fall Fest: The 20th annual festival is held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Parkside Place Complex off Sumneytown Pike. For a nominal fee, there will be activities such as children’s crafts, entertainment, games and food. Free hay rides will be given throughout the day and check out the annual Car Show. You’re encouraged to attend Fall Fest in costume; those who arrive in their Halloween attire will be awarded a spooktacular prize. Pets are also welcome; dogs in costume receive a special doggie treat. Call (215) 699-7777, ext. 211.
Collegeville Oktoberfest: This inaugural event happens 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Collegeville Shopping Center parking lot, where guests can enjoy sampling beer and wine, plus German and barbecue small plate signature dishes from the borough’s independent restaurants and food vendors. Tickets are $25 for those over 21, $15 for Ursinus students (with school ID), $10 for those under 21 and designated drivers.
Pennypacker Mills: The All Hallow’s Eve Fall Festival features pumpkin painting, hayrides, kids crafts, refreshments and more from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township.
Peddler’s Village: Celebrate fall at the first OctoberFEAST 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 17. The twist on the traditional German festival features a Beer, Wine and Spirits Garden; Bavarian food specialties, live music, kids’ entertainment and family friendly activities. The village is near the intersection of Route 202 and 263, Lahaska. Visit www.peddlersvillage.com or call (215) 794-4000.
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.
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.
SteelStacks: A free Oktoberfest festival takes place Oct. 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.
Ardmore Oktoberfest: The fifth annual Ardmore Oktoberfest and Fall Family Festival is scheduled for 2 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10. There will be German food, German beer and live German music in a festival area on Cricket Avenue.
Awbury Arboretum: Harvest Festival at Awbury runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Awbury Education Center, 901 E. Washington Lane, Philadelphia. The free event includes live music, pumpkin painting, food, hayrides and children’s activities.
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.
Kimmel Center: Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania will hold a Big Night Out Gala, in honor of its 100th anniversary, at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. The Big Night Out Gala will feature a reception; appearances by Marlon Wayans, Mo’ne Davis, Third Eye Blind and Macy Gray; an awards ceremony and a silent auction. For more information, visit www.makeitbig100.org/big-night-out-tickets.
Fun to learn
Green Lane Park: “Flight of the Falcon” features live birds of prey demonstrations at 1 and 3 p.m. Oct. 10. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Check it out at the park amphitheater. “Leave It to Beaver” on Oct. 17 examines the adaptations of beavers, their aquatic engineering and a short hike. Pre-registration is required for this free all-ages program by calling (215) 234-4528. The main park entrance is at Snyder and Deep Creek roads, Marlborough Township.
Peter Wentz Farmstead: What traditional chores were there for the autumn on a colonial farm during the Revolution? Check out “Harvest Hard Won” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17 at the historic site at 2030 Shearer Road, Worcester. Suggested donation is $2 per person. Call (610) 584-5104.
Academy of Natural Sciences: Thousands of seashells will be on display and for sale at the Philadelphia Shell Show and Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17-18 at the Academy, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. The show features competitive displays by collectors and amateur scientists and an international shell market with shell jewelry, books, knickknacks and more. Visitors also can enjoy live animal shows, learn about the anatomy of sea creatures by watching a dissection, and sift through a sandy beach for shells to take home. Admission is $17.95, $13.95 for children 3-12. For more visit www.ansp.org.
Montgomery County Community College: A free Community Night at MCCC’s observatory and observation deck is scheduled for 8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 12. The observatory is on the third floor of the Advanced Technology Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. In the event of inclement or questionable weather, call the observatory hotline at (215) 641-6460 an hour prior to the event for possible cancellation information.
Adventure Aquarium: The aquarium and the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds presents the seventh annual African Penguin Awareness Weekend, a festival which creates awareness for endangered African penguins in the wild Oct. 10-12. Programming includes penguin feeds, a behind-the-scenes penguin video, penguin foot painting demonstrations, information on saving penguins in the wild and more. The aquarium is at 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, N.J. Admission is $25.95, $18.95 for children 2-12. Call (856) 365-3300.
Pets day out
Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park: Bark in the Park kicks off with a dog walk at 1 p.m. Oct. 18. Tour the trails, and enjoy demonstrations, seminars and dog contests. Admission is free. Call (610) 917-0021. The park is at 400 Towpath Road, Mont Clare.
Indian Valley Farmers Market: A Pet Parade starts at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Marketplace at Telford Station, Penn Avenue and Main Street, Telford. Check out www.stmainst.org.
‘Alice’ at 150
The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia: The opening week of the “Down the Rabbit Hole: Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland” exhibit features Lewis Carroll’s original illustrated manuscript, on loan from the British Library, from Oct. 14-18. The Rosenbach is at 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia. Learn more at www.rosenbach.org/learn/exhibitions/down-the-rabbit-hole.
Gershman Y: A “Laughing to Life! A History of Jewish Humor” series is held at 7 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 15-29 at Broad and Pine streets, Philadelphia. Tickets for this jukebox of jokes are $10 each or $25 for the whole series. Visit www.gershmany.org or call (215) 545-4400.
From around the world
Ursinus College: “Presenting Childhood and Adolescence in Film” is the theme of this year’s International Film Festival series. The Japanese film “Linda, Linda, Linda,” with English subtitles, is shown free at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Olin Auditorium, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville. Stick around for a post-movie discussion.
Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival: Oct. 16-17 Potter fans of all ages can enjoy a weekend of film screenings, sorting hat demonstrations, a scavenger hunt and much more. Get the complete schedule at http://chestnuthillpa.com/showcase/harry-potter-festival.
Fonthill Museum: Grover Silcox’s dramatic performance of “The Tell-Tale Heart” and a tour of Henry Mercer’s castle at East Court Street and Route 313, Doylestown, gets underway 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Registration is $20 and is required by calling (215) 348-9461.
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.
Art on view
Berman Museum: “Tyger, Tyger: Lynn Chadwick and the Art of Now” is on view through Dec. 22 at the art museum on the campus of Ursinus College, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville. Chadwick was a post-World War II British sculptor that specialized in welded iron works. Her works are juxtaposed with related drawings, paintings, sculpture and photography by a select group of international contemporary artists. A reception is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 15. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Nov. 26-30). Admission is free.
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.
Penn View Christian School: The Liberty Belles Barbershop Chorus presents “A Night of Belles and Gongs,” including a gong-style talent show with participants from the community at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the school, 420 Godshall Road, Franconia Township. Tickets are $15, $12 for children under 12. Go to www.thelibertybelleschorus.com or call (215) 450-3853.
Montgomery County Community College: The Lively Arts Series presents 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.
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. Oct. 11 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.
Indian Valley Public Library: Finger-style acoustic guitar player Peter Biedermann performs a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.
Opera on the Mall: Check out a free HD broadcast of the performance of Verdi’s “La Traviata” staged by Opera Philadelphia at the Academy of Music. The pre-show for “Opera on the Mall” starts at 5:30 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.
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.
Behind the scenes
Old German Township House Tour: Go inside some of the area’s most historic and notable private homes in Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy and Germantown from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 18. This year’s tour theme is “Home Design: Antique to Contemporary” and features six homes. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Call (215) 843-6333 or visit http://mtairylearningtree.org/historic-house-tour.
The Philadelphia Collection: Continuing through Oct. 14 is a City of Philadelphia celebration of its annual fall fashion event series. For a complete calendar of events, visit www.thephiladelphiacollection.org. Also, go to www.facebook/thephiladelphiacollection and find fashion inspiration on pinterest/philacollection.