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Montgomery County’s Best Kept Secrets Tour: Running through Oct. 29, the tour offers 32 stops for shopping, food, events, raffles, prizes and more. Tickets are $9. Call (267) 329-9032, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.shopmontcotour.com.
Full of flavor
Valley Forge Casino Resort: The Philadelphia Taste Festival of Food, Wine and Spirits runs 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22, and noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 23. Highlights include appearances by Ayesha Curry and “Shark Tank”’s Kevin O’Leary, chef demonstrations, tastings, seminars and food-centric exhibits. For tickets, visit www.gourmetshows.com. The casino is at 1160 First Ave., Upper Merion.
Glencairn Museum: Activities at the Medieval Festival 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 include stained glass, illuminated manuscripts, music and instruments, pilgrim’s quest activities, weaponry, tapestries and Gutenberg-style printing demos. Plus, visit the museum’s galleries and tower. Admission is $10, $8 for seniors 65+ and students, free for members and children 3 and under. Come in medieval costume to win a prize. Glencairn is at 1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn. Call (267) 502-2990 or visit www.glencairnmuseum.org.
Peter Wentz Farmstead: How did the Wentz family live around sharing their house with George Washington and his staff? What was the farm like at harvest time? Find out during “Harvest Hard Won” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15. Suggested donation is $2 per person. The historic site is off of Shearer Road, Worcester.
Rosenbach Museum and Library: “The Art of Ownership: Bookplates and Book Collectors from 1480 to the Present” is on display through Jan. 15. Their function is to indicate the owner of a book, but in some cases, they’re small works of art that tell much about their owners, including ancestry, occupation, interests, artistic tastes and philosophy. The Rosenbach is at 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, noon to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $10, $8 for seniors 65+, $5 for students and children. Call (215) 732-1600.
In the house
Mt. Airy Learning Tree: “At Home in the German Township,” a house tour to benefit Historic Germantown, starts at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 16 at 6601 Greene St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 the day of the tour. Call (215) 843-6333.
What’s it worth?
St. David’s Golf Club: The Main Line Committee for the Philadelphia Orchestra invites you to “Notable or Not?”, a Freeman’s International fine art, antique and jewelry appraisal event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at 845 Radnor Street Road, Wayne. Get tickets at www.notableornot.com.
Delaware County Studio Tour: Artists from around Delco open their studios to the public 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16. For a map and more information, see www.countystudiotour.com.
James A. Michener Art Museum: “Shifting the Limits: Robert Engman’s Structural Sculpture” goes on view in the Fred Beans Gallery Oct. 22-Feb. 5. The museum is at 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Learn more at www.michenerartmuseum.org.
Wayne Art Center: It’s a celebration of the body with “The Nude, Mirror of Desire: Paul DuSold and Scott Noel” in the Davenport Gallery, “The Nude Figure” juried exhibition in the Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Gallery and “Sculpting the Figure Work by the Students of Jennifer Frudakis” in the Walter J. Miller Student Gallery, all from Oct. 16-Nov. 19. The center is at 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne. Visit www.wayneart.org.
James A. Michener Art Museum: For a century the museum was used as the Bucks County Prison. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. you can spend “A Night in the Slammer” Oct. 20. The Halloween celebration includes tastings from Doylestown Brewing Co. and Boardroom Spirits, music by DJ Alex Vance, art making, scavenger hunts, haunted tours and more. Cost is $15, free if you come in costume. All guests must be 21+ and have a valid ID; cash bar. Make reservations at (215) 340-9800, ext. 120. The museum is at 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown.
University of the Arts: The University’s 140th anniversary celebration, “The Maker’s Moment,” gets underway at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 with a gala featuring Philadelphia native and “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr., and performances by UArts ensembles at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. At noon Oct. 17 at the Merriam Theater, UArts will inaugurate David Yager as its president in a ceremony which will feature dance and musical performances, as well as the awarding of honorary doctorate of fine arts degrees to Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee and film producer Ron Yerxa (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “Cold Mountain”). For tickets, visit www.uarts.edu.
Norristown Cedar Club: On Oct. 15, the Greater Norristown Art League celebrates its 75th anniversary with a Diamond Jubilee Dinner & Dance from 5-10 p.m. at the club, 810 W. Germantown Pike, East Norriton. The event is open to the public and tickets are $3. Go to www.gnal.org or call (610) 539-3393.
Fall for fun
Riverbend Environmental Education Center: Shiverfest offers fun for the whole family 4 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 15, including reptiles, birds of prey, Franklin Institute science shows, pumpkin decorating and more. Check it out at 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne. Visit www.riverbendeec.org.
Collegeville Oktoberfest: It’s an afternoon of German food, libations and fun from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 15. The site is across from the Trappe Shopping Center on the Speaker’s House grounds at 151 W. Main St., Trappe. For dessert, guests can take part in a Pie Palooza tasting contest of unlimited homemade pie. Five pints of beer, food, samplings and pie are included in the ticket price of $40. Tickets are $20 for youths 12 to 20 and for designated drivers. For children 6-12, tickets are $10. Entertainment includes a German band, a Revolutionary War reenactment and colonial kids’ games, along with guided behind-the-scene tours of the Frederick Muhlenberg house. Tickets can be reserved at www.collegevilledevelopment.org. For more information, contact email@example.com or (610) 454-1050.
Freddy Hill Farms: The 30th annual Freddy’s Fall Fest continues noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October at 1440 Sumeytown Pike, Towamencin. Highlights include hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pig races, a cornstalk maze and giant slide, pony rides, refreshments, sand art and button art, and more.
Merrymead Farm: Harvest Days continue 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays in October at 2222 S. Valley Forge Road, Worcester. Check out the activities schedule at www.merrymead.com/fall-highlights.html.
Pennypacker Mills: The All Hallow’s Eve Fall Festival is set for 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 15. Paint pumpkins, make fall crafts, shuck corn, press apples for cider and enjoy tractor pulled hayrides and refreshments. Suggested donation is $2 per person. Pennypacker Mills is at 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township.
Autumn Alive: Quakertown’s Autumn Alive runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 (rain date Oct. 22). Activities on Broad Street, from Fourth Street to Hellertown Avenue, include a pet pageant, a cupcake contest, crafters and vendors, beer and wine tasting, a Pokemon Go Challenge, a scarecrow contest and live entertainment.
Peddlers Village: OctoberFEAST offers German food and drink, live music, moon bounces and other family entertainment 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15-16. Check it out near the intersection of Routes 263 and 202, Lahsaka. Visit www.peddlersvillage.com.
White’s Road Park: Kicking off Lansdale Oktoberfest Oct. 15 will be a PennSuburban Chamber of Greater Montgomery County/Variety — the Children’s Charity family-friendly Firkin 5K race at 10 a.m. Participants receive race bags with local coupons and giveaways, and the first 200 registrants get a printed shirt. Individual awards will be earned; each handcrafted by a child with a physical or cognitive disability. Race details and registration can be found at www.pennsuburban.org/5k or call (215) 362-9200. Runner registration is $40 through race day, and $25 for each walker. Oktoberfest, which has an international flair, features live music, performances by dance troupes, and food and beverages.
Parkside Place: Upper Gwynedd Township’s Fall Fest happens 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 in the complex off of Sumneytown Pike. New this year are hay rides and a petting zoo. Attractions also include children’s crafts, entertainment, games, food and a car show. Prizes will be given for kids who show up in costume.
Upper Salford Township Park: The township marks its 275th anniversary with a celebration event 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 (rain date is noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 16) in the park at the corner of Schwenksville and Salford Station roads. There will be music, crafts, food, a historic trolley tour and a car show with antique cars, street rods, muscle cars, trucks, sports cars and antique tractors from 1900-1990.
Norristown Farm Park: On Oct. 16 at 2 p.m., create your own scarecrow. Join the contest to see who can make the scariest, most original and the best overall scarecrow. Bring your own scarecrow clothes and scarecrow head. The park will provide the straw. Cost is $5 per scarecrow. All ages are welcome and pre-registration is required. Meet outside the park office.
At 1 p.m. Oct. 17, learn more about the change of seasons at the park. Walk to find color matches, hear a seasonal story and make a fall craft. Adults and children ages 3 and up are welcomed to attend the “Colors of Nature” event. Pre-registration is required and is $5 per child.
Call (610) 270-0215. Norristown Farm Park is at Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike in East Norriton.
Strasburg Rail Road: The fourth annual Steampunk unLimited event Oct. 14-16 is an immersive experience into Steampunk culture, including musical entertainment, fashion, sideshows, vendors, authors, historians, food, a Victorian Ball and more. Festivities kick off 6 p.m. Oct. 14 and continue 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 15 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16. Ticket packages include $56 for adults and $40 for children for a three-day pass, $46 for adults and $30 for children for Saturday-Sunday passes, $20 for Friday only, $40 for Saturday only and $30 for Sunday only. Attendees do not have to dress in Steampunk gear. Regular attractions will also operate during Steampunk unLimited at the railroad, 301 Gap Road, Ronks. Visit http://strasburgrailroad.com/steampunk or call (717) 687-7522.
BucksMont Indoor Sports Center: The Cat Fanciers Association Cat Show is held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 at 2278 North Penn Road, Hatfield. Admission is $6, $5 for children, military and seniors, free to children under 10.
Green Lane Park: Learn about the beavers that live in the park with “Leave It to Beaver” at 5 p.m. Oct. 15. Register for this free program for ages 5 and up at (215) 234-4528. Wear sturdy footwear and meet at the stone picnic pavilion in the Deep Creek area of the park, 2144 Snyder Road, Marlborough Township.
Schuylkill Canal Park: Bark in the Park begins with a dog walk at 1 p.m. Oct. 16 at Lock 60. The day continues through 4 p.m. with demonstrations, seminars and dog contests. Call (610) 917-0021 to register for free.
Upper Schuylkill Valley Park: Meet the park’s resident owls at 10 a.m. Oct. 21 with “What a Hoot,” for ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Suggested donation is $4 per child. Register by Oct. 19 at (610) 948-5170.
Opera in the suburbs
Dock Woods: Amici Opera Company stages Verdi’s “Ernani” at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the chapel, off of Woods Drive, Towamencin. For tickets, call (215) 224-0257.
Elmwood Park Zoo: Boo at the Zoo will include trick-or-treat stations, costume contests, parades, education stations, live animal shows, live performances and carnival games noon to 3 p.m. weekends in October. Zoo admission is $16.95, $12.95 for seniors and children 3-12, $14.95 for students. The zoo is at 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown.
Harleysville Rotary Club Halloween Parade: Registration and line-up is at 10 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Indian Valley Middle School, Maple Avenue, Lower Salford. Judging will be at 10:30 a.m., and the parade will start at 11. The parade will end at the Harleysville Community Center, where free food and drinks will be provided by the Rotary and Jaycees of Harleysville. “Toys for Tots” will be collected along the parade route. Contact (215) 256-7615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historic Sugartown: “Sugartown at Sundown” offers lantern tours with a spooky fall flair 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21-22. Enjoy hot apple tea punch and treats from Simpson House Tea Room in the Carriage Museum at the end of your tour. The lantern tours will take place at 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30, and will last approximately one hour. Pre-registration is required by going to www.historicsugartown.org or calling (610) 640-2667. Admission is $10, $8 for children 6-10. Not recommended for children under age 6. Sugartown is at 690 Sugartown Road, Malvern.
Halloween in Manayunk: Oct. 22 on Main Street, Cotton Street, Venice Island and Pretzel Park will feature trick or treating, kids crafts, a dog costume parade, a kids costume parade, pumpkin carving and painting, a cornstalk maze, face painting, games and more. Call (215) 482-9565 or email email@example.com.
West Laurel Hill Cemetery: It’s an evening 3K race at 6:30 p.m. (check-in at 4) October 22 called Run 4 Your Life, with proceeds benefitting MANNA. Registration fee is $35. West Laurel Hill is at 215 Belmont Ave., Philadelphia. Go to www.mannapa.org/run4urlife.
Fort Mifflin: One of the top ten most haunted sites in America, according to Travel Channel, there’s an Open Investigation Evening for paranormal investigation 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 14. Bring your own equipment, or just your cell phone flashlight, and learn tips from experienced investigators. There will be hot beverages and light refreshments. Cost is $45 per person; advance tickets required.
Candlelight Ghost Tours are offered every half-hour from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 15, 21 and 29. Tickets are $20, $15 for children 12 and under. Fort Mifflin on the Delaware is at Fort Mifflin and Hog Island roads, Philadelphia. Call (215) 685-4167 or visit www.fortmifflin.us.
Academy of Music: Pennsylvania Ballet presents “Cinderella” through Oct. 23 at the Academy, Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia. For tickets, call (215) 893-1999 or go to www.paballet.org.
Concerts to catch
30 Main: Rocktoberfest is held noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 in Berwyn. The fun features local bands, Oktoberfest beer and food. Proceeds benefit Foundation for Learning in Tredyffrin/Easttown, which serves preschool through high school students facing barriers to educational success. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $35 for two-hour food and drink packages. Get more at www.30mainberwyn.com.
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel: At 7:45 p.m. Oct. 22, there will be a performance by violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner. The program will feature Beethoven, Debussy and other composers. Tickets are $30, free for students through age 23. Keneseth Israel is at 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park. Call (215) 887-8700.
Indian Valley Public Library: One String Willie demonstrates the diddley bow at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford. Admission is free.
World Café Live: LiveConnections opens their 2016-17 season as the boundary-crossing trio of harpist Bridget Kibbey, clarinetist Benito Meza and percussionist Samuel Torres team up to present music by composers who immigrated to the United States from South America. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 Upstairs at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $18, $13 for students. Check http://liveconnections.org/kibbey.
Zellerbach Theatre: Trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, and the E-Collective, performs a concert of funk, R&B and blues at 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $25-$55. Visit www.pennpresents.org.
Kimmel Center: Philly Pops presents “Elvis: The King’s Songbook” at 8 p.m. Oct. 21, 3 p.m. Oct. 22, and 3 and 7 p.m. Oct. 23 in Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. For tickets, call (215) 893-1999 or visit www.phillypops.org.
Montgomery County Community College: Weather permitting, Oct. 17 will be a free community night at the college’s observatory and observation deck from 8 to 10 p.m. The observatory and observation deck are in the Advanced Technology Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. If cloudy skies or rain is possible, call (215) 641-6460 an hour before the event for information about any possible cancellation.
New Hope Eagle Fire Company: Jimmy Carroll and Tyler Rothrock star in a comedy night to benefit the Kick Leuk Foundation at 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at the firehouse, 46 N. Sugan Road, New Hope. Tickets are $20 and beer and wine will be available. Call (267) 374-0732.
Bucks County Playhouse: The fall Visiting Artists Series presents a stand up comedy night with Butch Bradley and Dennis Ross at 8 p.m. Oct. 15. Tickets range from $12-$35. Bucks County Playhouse is at 70 S. Main St., New Hope. Visit buckscountyplayhouse.org or call (215) 862-2121.