TOP SEPTEMBER EVENTS
Valley Forge & Montgomery County
September is one of the busiest month of the year for Montgomery County, with fairs, festivals and major events happening throughout. We've picked out 28 of them that we'll think you'll like.
Skippack Village is easy to walk, features an abundance of excellent food and has gathered artisans who create one-of-a-kind fashions and household accents. This two-day sale, scheduled to coincide with foliage that is just on the verge of starting to color, is a prime opportunity to delve into Skippack's shopping appeal.
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
At the yearly Duryea Day celebration, the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles displays upwards of 700 restored cars in the open-air glory of Boyertown Community Park. More than just a chance to ooh and aah, this is a juried show where vehicle owners vie for prizes (and bragging rights). The event also features a browsable flea market.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ART
Elmwood Park Zoo
Elmwood Park Zoo is a Montgomery County "draw" for animal lovers of all ages. But this event takes that distinction literally. Here's a chance to paint one of the zoo's highest-profile animals (take a wild guess who it is!), with instruction led by a trained artist. Refreshments are via cash bar, and every budding Picasso leaves with a unique painting.
GREATER PHILADELPHIA HOME SHOW
Valley Forge Casino Resort Event Center
Home improvement experts will give their tips and tricks at the Valley Forge Casino Resort on how to remodel and renovate your home. Companies are displaying their designs and offering their resources to help inspire others.
PHOENIXVILLE BLUES FESTIVAL
Ten well-known blues artists will be in the groove for the Phoenixville Blues Festival. Various food and art vendors will be onsite to complement the harmonic guitar riffs.
26TH ANNUAL WINGS 'N WHEELS
From vintage aircrafts and automobiles to modern-day planes, learn the history of these vehicles. The 26th Annual Wings ‘N Wheels, hosted at Wings Field, will give attendees the opportunity to get a birds-eye-view with sightseeing flights. Food, music and children's entertainment is also included in this jam-pack event.
Opening September 10
Act II Playhouse
With the constant media coverage of this year's election, maybe it's time to step back from the rhetoric and take a wry view of it all. Act II Playhouse presents Electile Dysfunction, an original comedy cracking jokes at both parties. If you can't make the opening September 10-11 weekend, Electile Dysfunction runs into October.
THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE & FRIENDS
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
The gang is all here! Join Thomas the Tank and friends are taking over Morris Arboretum for the weekend. See some of your favorite characters ride along the Garden Railway. The quarter-mile train track is decorated with natural, handmade houses and other structures.
The programming at Pennypacker Mills captures the grandeur and quaint sophistication of the late-Victorian era, making its annual craft marketplace especially appealing. Set against the backdrop of its wide porch and cool shade trees, this outdoor celebration of handmade furnishings, accessories, accents and accompaniments is a glorious way to spend a fall Saturday.
PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL QUILT EXTRAVAGANZA
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
With over 600 quilts be on display and over 200 vendors set to attend, the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center is the place to find the perfect quilt to keep cozy this winter. Expert quilt makers and tools to make your own decorative pieces will be there to help inspire.
NEXT TO NORMAL
Opening September 15
Playcrafters of Skippack
This family-centric rock musical being presented by Playcrafters of Skippack won a 2012 Pulitzer Prize for drama. It's the tale of an on-the-go clan (and, in a stroke of art-meets-life, the cast is primarily made up of members of one family) trying to keep things together while helping their bipolar mother. The original Broadway production ran nearly 800 performances.
LIBERTY PRO RODEO
LuLu Shriner Arena
Experience the excitement of professional rodeo at the LuLu Shriners Arena. Bull riding, barrel racing and saddle bronc riding are just some of the exhilarating events you'll see in this weekend-long celebration of cowboys and cowgirls.
Montgomery County's neighbor to the north offers two days that are stuffed with fun. A number of scarecrow-making demos are scheduled throughout the festival, with pumpkin-painting and other children's activities on tap.
Lower Gwynedd Twp
The first ever Pike Fest will bring the community members of Lower Gwynedd Township and the surrounding communities together. Artisons, vendors, local musicians and restaurants are providing the entertainment and food for this one-day event. Bring the family as there will be amusements, inflatables and more. Pike Fest is located on Bethlehem Pike near Spring House, where there will be free parking.
Colebrookdale Railroad's dinner-and-show trains have been a solid hit, offering everything from magicians to murder mysteries to musicians. The September 17 run, however, is something that overflows with retro-cool. It's an old-fashioned train robbery, complete with bad guys, sacks of cash, a heroine in distress and of course, a dashing hero. The evening's meal features appetizer, salad, roast beef and dessert.
CAROUSEL OF FLAVOR
The 2015 edition of this Pottstown highlight attracted more than 6,000 attendees, all eager for a taste of the town and the chance to view artistic creations of local vendors. Proceeds benefit the ongoing restoration of the 1902 carousel, which is slated to open later this fall.
FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Jenkintown Town Square
For the past 17 years, the Jenkintown Community Alliance has held a juried art show, attracting creative folks from all over to vie for prizes. The general public has flocked to the event as well, eager to view paintings, photographs and sculpture, all while sipping crafted brews, sampling bites from local restaurants and enjoying the gorgeous fall weather.
NARBERTH FALL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Live bands will be rocking downtown Narberth for its annual Fall Music Festival. From 2 to 7 p.m., here the sounds of the region's best bands while browsing Artists Alley for the best in local shopping.
CHRISTOPHER LLOYD GOES BACK TO THE FUTURE
Great Scott! Actor Christopher Lloyd, whose comic genius brought Dr. Emmett Brown to life in this sci-fi, comedy classic, takes the Keswick Theatre for an evening that's sure to propel forward at 88 mph. Lloyd will tell some behind-the-scenes stories of the production and take a few audience questions before the flux capacitor kicks into gear for a screening of the original film.
NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Lend a helping hand for America in the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the nation's 600 million acres of public lands. National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. This year, join park staff, partners and your neighbors and learn about and give back to Valley Forge National Historical Park.
SOUDERTON ART JAM
Souderton Borough Park
Amid the art, food, music, beverages and kid-centric activities, this year's Souderton Art Jam features programming related to the global effort 1,000 Poets for Change. Using the power of text read aloud in a public forum, the group hopes to enact social change for the betterment of communities worldwide.
PAOLI BATTLEFIELD HERITAGE DAY
Paoli Battlefield Historic Site
It's the 4th annual Paoli Battlefield Heritage Day, with reenactors bringing to life the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, The Civil War, The Spanish American War, World War I and World War II. The day-long event also includes food, games, demonstrations and - hold your ears - live firing exercises.
CAN JAM MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Sly Fox Brewery invites you to the biggest free concert party of the year. Enter the KanJam tournament. lift off in a hot air balloon, courtesy of the US Hot Air Balloon Team, and enjoy some of Sly Fox's craft brews.
The Ardmore Initiative is throwing an early Oktoberfest party this year. Seasonal beverages such as Oktoberfest Weiss join traditional foods like bratwurst to offer a tasty break from the action. Younger attendees will enjoy moon bounces, face painting and cookie decorating.
HARRITON PLANTATION FAIR
Everyone will enjoy a day of historical fun at the Harriton Plantation Fair. For history buffs, there are reenactors and historic tradesmen. Kids will love the pony rides, sheep-herding demos and musket fire. And food fans can dig into a roasted chicken and ribs lunch.
NATIVE AMERICAN DAY
Norristown Farm Park
Come down to Norristown Farm Park for the annual Native American Day. Lee Hallman, president of the Indian Artifact Collectors Association, displays artifacts that have been around for hundreds of years. If you have your own relics, bring them for free appraisals. Other presenters will discuss Lenape culture and work methods. Kids are welcome, for games and crafts.
Opening September 28
Memphis, April 3, 1968. Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is visited by an irreverent and mysterious maid who inspires him to question his spirituality and legacy. Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning drama is hailed by Entertainment Weekly as "daring, rousing and provocative."
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Opening September 30
Steel River Playhouse
This winner of five Tony Awards in 2012 is a fanciful, special-effect-charged spin on the Peter Pan tale. The talented Steel River Playhouse cast of 12 tackles 100 swashbuckling, magical, energetic roles, singing and dancing their way through an action-packed plot with plenty of heart. In reviewing the original Broadway production, the New York Times gushed: "...this show never stops flying."