October is here and spooky season is in full swing! Get your frightening fix with this week's batch of brand new events at Eastern State, Colebrookdale Railroad and many more of Montgomery County's best destinations.
Featured Events & Festivals
SEARCHLIGHT SERIES: FIRSTHAND STORIES
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
Firsthand Stories of People Impacted by Prosecution and Prison: A Panel Discussion Co-Hosted with FAMM
More than 2 million people are in prison in America, yet we rarely encounter their stories or perspectives. Join us to hear from individuals who have served long prison sentences, someone waiting for a loved one to come home, and a former prosecutor now advocating criminal justice reform.
APPLE BUTTER FROLIC
Mennonite Heritage Center
This popular autumn festival, hosted by the Mennonite Heritage Center, has been enjoyed by the local community for over 40 years. The frolic is an opportunity to learn how Mennonites and their neighbors lived 100 or more years ago, with folk craft demonstrations, horse and wagon rides, and delicious Pennsylvania German food.
FALL FARM DAYS
The Amish Farm and House
We are an educational farm museum, we make learning fun! Fall Farm Days is our way of showing what the fall season is like on a farm. Read the list below for the complete list of fall activities.
- activities: pumpkin chunking, pumpkin painting, face painting, corn maze, buggy and hay rides.
- artisans: blacksmith, farrier, woodcarver, and clay artist
- food sampling: apple sauce, apple cider, butter churning, and various fall foods from Amish country.
On Saturday and Monday Fisher’s Harness shop will be on our farm demonstrating how they make their genuine leather goods. This is an authentic Amish experience that you don’t want to miss!
COFFEE WITH A COP
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
Eastern State Penitentiary is proud to partner with the Philadelphia Police Department for Coffee with a Cop. Join officers from North Philadelphia’s 22nd District for an informal conversation—over coffee—about issues that matter to you. Coffee with a Cop is a national movement to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve.
Green Lane Park
Jostling along in a hay wagon, smelling the rich scent of harvested straw, is one of the season's richest pleasures for kids of all ages. Green Lane Park will be beautifully dressed for two departures, one at 4 p.m. and the other at 6 p.m. A singalong should chase away any late-afternoon chill that may happen to settle in.
Beer, Wine & Spirits Events
KING OF PRUSSIA BEERFEST ROYALE
A celebration of local craft and international beer, King of Prussia Beerfest Royale is suburban Philadelphia’s must-attend beer festival of the fall. The event features more than 100 craft and international beers, inspired dishes from King of Prussia’s best restaurants, and live bands on two stages, all under grand tents at the King of Prussia Mall.
The Donnerstag Happy Hour occurs Thursday, October 4, while Saturday, October 6 hosts two 3.5 hour sessions starting at 12 and 6 p.m.
Ambler Main Street
Ambler's Oktoberfest celebrated 25 years in 2016. Once again in 2017, Butler Avenue will be lined with more than 90 vendors and 10 food trucks. The event also features live musical entertainment on two stages, kids rides, and of course, the beer garden.
The Main Line’s first Oktoberfest returns to the Narberth Park location for the first time since 2015. The $45 ticket price includes live music, beer and wine, and festival food, including a pig roast, turkey, pretzels, brats & sauerkraut, dessert, and more.
The round-trip journey that the Colebrookdale Railroad makes between Boyertown and Pottstown is ordinarily a scenic, relaxing and beautiful trip. But each fall, when the early sunset causes shadows to puddle beneath the thickets, the effect can be unsettling. Add a few spooky stories - and perhaps an errant moan floating across the countryside - and the trip takes on a special Halloween feel. Our Eerie Limited highlights Boyertown as "one of the most haunted small towns in America." This evening train explores the stories of local hauntings, historic incidents, and amusing and astounding happenings along the Colebrookdale Railroad.
HAUNTED RIVER CRUISES
Independence Seaport Museum
Join us for Philadelphia's only Haunted River Cruise! A cruise where you'll be spellbound and plunged into Delaware River legends of pirate ghosts, the Jersey Devil, and other "Phantoms of the River." A pirate narrator will dredge up the darkest of tales while cruising the haunted river aboard Patriot Harbor Lines.
AUDUBON BIRD TOWN BIRD WALKS
Join us for this bird walk scheduled for the mid-fall. We hope to see a few of our summer residents that have not yet left for their wintering grounds. We also expect to see some of our fall migrants stopping over on their southward journey. Of course we will see our year-round resident birds and the arrival of some of our early arriving winter resident species.
ANIMAL HABITAT RESTORATION
Norristown Farm Park
Join Ranger Mike Seasholtz in the ongoing effort to remove invasive plants from the park. Individuals, families, and groups are welcome. Bring work gloves. Loppers, pruning implements, and trowels are handy if you have them. We’ll also be planting some native species which will help improve animal habitat in the park. Pre-registration is preferred; meet at the park office.
CHILD'S PLAY SERIES: COLONIAL DRESS-UP
Peter Wentz Farmstead
Preschoolers will learn what people wore during the 1700s and play dress-up with some costumes. Bring your cameras! Pre-registration required.
Ages 3 & up accompanied by an adult; fee: $5 per child
Joseph Ambler Inn
Open House at the Joseph Ambler Inn. We'll be giving tours of our Corporate Meeting Locations, Hotel Rooms, Corporate Dinner/Event Areas. Complimentary Lunch following tours
CLÍNICA DE MIGRANTES: A SCREENING & TALK
Olin Auditorium, Ursinus College
WHAT SHOULD MATTER TO ME? The documentary Clínica de Migrantes: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness follows the work of the staff of Puentes de Salud, a Philadelphia medical clinic that serves the city’s undocumented immigrant communities.
A screening of the film will be followed by a talk by Dr. Steven Larson, the co-founder and Executive Director of Puentes de Salud.
Upcoming Concerts and Performances
Ain't I A Woman: My Journey to Womanhood
Laverne Cox explores how the intersections of race, class, and gender uniquely affect the lives of trans women of color. Laverne draws from her own personal narrative to share how she has been able to navigate the world and all it's challenges. From growing up in Mobile, Alabama, raised by a single mother in a Christian family, to attending college in New York City to pursue a career as an actress, to finally finding the courage to step into the womanhood she always knew at heart was her destiny, Cox tells the story of the unique challenges along her journey to womanhood, professional achievement, self-acceptance, and love.
12 ANGRY JURORS
October 4 - October 7
Lenfest Theater; Kaleidoscope
In the jury room of a murder trial, the sole dissenter in an 11-1 guilty vote exposes the other jurors’ personal biases and forces a dramatic re-evaluation of the crime. As timely today as it was when it was first written in the 1950’s, 12 Angry Jurors is a compelling and provocative examination of the American judicial system.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
September 21 - October 6
Opening Weekend: Two young gentlemen of leisure, Jack Worthing and his best friend Algernon Montcrieff, have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Unsurprisingly, things start to go awry when their deceptions are discovered.
September 27 - October 13
Playcrafters of Skippack
Who is wearing whose clothes, and why? Would you believe it is all about real estate agents selling a house while they pursue “other interests.” Bring tissues for the tears of laughter, and a score card to keep track of who is who.
October 5 - October 13
The Dramateurs, Inc. at the Barn Playhouse
The Price is the story of estranged brothers, Victor and Walter Franz, brought together at the death of their father, to sell his furniture and other effects. Victor is a policeman of limited means; Walter is a successful business owner. Over the years they have grown apart. Walter's success makes Victor feel inadequate. Walter has trouble understanding why Victor refuses to accept his help. The men try to find some understanding, but it is nearly impossible for them to communicate. Called “…one of the most engrossing and entertaining plays that Miller has ever written.” by The New York Times, The Price is an intimate portrait of family, legacy and the ties that forever hold us together.
THE LAST OF THE BOOMERS
Act II Playhouse, Ltd.
Stand-up comedian Jimmy Carroll has performed in comedy clubs around the country, and on Comedy Central. He brings his observational humor about being part of the Boomer generation to Act II for one night only!
WITH JIMMY CARROLL, FEATURING ANITA WISE & HOST AND MC BUDDY HARRIS