October Events

Valley Forge & Montgomery County, PA

October means country fairs, beer and wine festivals, Halloween haunts and some of the biggest events of the year coming to Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pa. We’ve picked our favorite events that we know you won’t want to miss.

Special Events

KOP Beerfest


October 3 & 5
Presented by KOP BID

King of Prussia’s premiere beer fest is back and bigger than ever! Craft and international brews from all corners of the world will be pouring Thursday night for Donnerstag Happy Hour and twice on Saturday. Performances from Nick Greeley and the Operators as well as Swift Technique will be happening on both days.


September 20 - November 9
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Terror Behind the Walls, America’s largest haunted house, is called “perfect for Halloween” by The New York Times, named #1 in the nation by Forbes, and featured on NBC’s TODAY Show. Terror Behind the Walls takes place inside the massive, castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary and is consistently ranked among the top haunted attractions in America.

All proceeds from Terror Behind the Walls benefit the preservation of Eastern State Penitentiary, a National Historic Landmark. Terror Behind the Walls does not affect operation of the historic site, which remains open for tours every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm



October 4 - 6
Skippack Village

Through the centuries, the town of Skippack has managed to shirk the tides of change. Well-mannered streets in colonial trimming lined with boutiques are a perpetual reminder of the village's permanence. Skippack Days itself is a perennial tradition stretching back over four decades. This closely knitted festival is brimming with artistic sophisticated as well as an impressive array of local resident artists. It is no small guess then that the annual Skippack Days is an artisan dream come true.


October 5
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.


October 11 -  13
Downtown Boyertown

PICKFEST, Celebrating 12 years, returns to the historic downtown Boyertown Area this year with expanded venues and local merchant participants.  This expansion has prompted a name change to PICKFEST Music / Art & Agriculture Crawl.  This FREE festival is a celebration of American roots at its best and builds community awareness for all that Boyertown has to offer, from its rich heritage and agricultural significance to its thriving artistic community and nationally recognized historical rail line.

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Beer, Wine & Spirits Events


October 6
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.


October 5
​Pottstown Memorial Park

Come out and sample gourmet grilled cheese from approximately 15 local restaurants, caterers, and organizations, shop cheese vendors, and enjoy the music of the Daisy Jug Band.  Or just relax in the beer garden and enjoy a brew!  And your vote will help determine the definitive grilled cheese champion in this hard-core competition.


October 5 - 26
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust

The rich fragrances of fall in the Secret Valley delight the senses while locally-produced autumn snacks and ciders available on board warm the soul. Our 1920s Deluxe Coach, Dining Car, First Class Parlor Car, and Open Car -The Secret Valley Explorer- provide the ideal way of experiencing the unique scenic gifts the Secret Valley has to offer. Two-hour round trip departing and arriving in Boyertown, Pennsylvania.


October 9th - 26th
Molly Maguire's Irish Pub

Join Molly Maguire's in Phoenixville in celebrating the arrival of autumn with brand new menu items, live music, and special events through the month of October!

Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant & Pub, centrally located at the corner of Bridge & Main in the heart of downtown Phoenixville, is one of the finest authentic Irish Pubs in the entire Philadelphia area. Our Phoenixville restaurant menu offers outstanding Irish cuisine, mouth-watering desserts, a full bar with a fantastic craft beer selection, daily happy hour specials, and live entertainment & events every week! But don't just take our word for it, see for yourself what people are saying about the best Irish Pub and restaurant in Phoenixville.


October 13
Gypsy Blu

CHICK or TREAT?! On Sunday, October 13th, join us at Gypsy Blu in Ambler, PA for Brunch is a Drag - Gypsy Blu!

This month, you’re in store for hilarious Halloween themed performances and over the top costumes by some of the Tri-State area's best Drag Entertainers! From Glamorous Ghouls to Wickedly Beautiful Witches, get ready to experience Halloween bigger and better than ever... Drag Queen Style! You can expect to see parodies and performances based on your favorite Halloween Characters, Songs, and Movies!

If you’re looking for flawless make-up, incredible costuming, and an all around great afternoon for your family & friends, then throw on some glitter and Drag yourself to Brunch is a Drag! Brunch is a Drag features a FABULOUS rotating cast of the Tri-State Area’s Top Drag Performers and our events have even included former stars from the HIT TV SHOW, Rupaul’s Drag Race!


October 13
​Ardmore Music Hall

Funky Brunch & Market is an indoor craft fair and vendor market series hosted at the Ardmore Music Hall. The event features a variety of local vendors, brunch menu, and live music. Admission for the event is free, and all ages are welcome.


October 13
Historic Yellow Springs

Bring a chair or a blanket and join us for the first annual MemBREWfest at Historic Yellow Springs! A fun filled afternoon with live music in the courtyard, craft beer, spirits, and food tasting from local breweries, distilleries, restaurants, and food trucks.  Stroll over the the Lincoln building and check out the Celebrating Clay Exhibition and Sale.

Free tasting glass to the first 250 people through the door!


October 31
Valley Forge Casino Resort


TASTE! PHILADELPHIA Festival of Food, Wine & Spirits is a premier food, wine, spirits, and everything culinary-related festival. The event features an extensive array of food-centric exhibitors, live cooking demonstrations by regional and national chefs, culinary workshops, and appearances by note-worthy celebrities. Not to mention, all the food for sampling paired with all the wine, spirits and brews for tasting. This is a one-of-a-kind event for anyone who loves to eat, drink, cook or entertain! 

Yoga at the Brewery

November 2nd
Tannery Run Brew Works

All-Level Yoga Class at Tannery Run with local yogi Suzie Liggett and friends. Your weekend just got brighter with this breath and balance filled workout for body, mind, and spirit. Bring your mat and water, and don't miss this wonderful experience.

Ticket price includes yoga class and 1 beer, cider or Beermosa of your choice.

Saturday, November 2 is FAMILY YOGA day. Bring the whole fam for a stretchy session.

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Energizing Events

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Beginning October 13 - 14, 20 -  21 & 27 - 28 
Elmwood Park Zoo

LAST CHANCE: Celebrate Halloween all month long at the Elmwood Park Zoo during Boo at the Zoo. Each Saturday and Sunday in October, children are encouraged to dress up in their best costumes and bring their trick-or-treat bag for an afternoon of fun.


October 8​
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust

THE BEST FOLIAGE IN PENNSYLVANIA! Spectacular autumn colors and the rich fragrances of fall in the Secret Valley delight the senses while locally-produced autumn snacks and ciders available on board warm the soul. Our 1920s Deluxe Coach, Dining Car, First Class Parlor Car, and Open Car -The Secret Valley Explorer- provide the perfect hayride on the rails. Two-hour round trip departing and arriving in Boyertown, Pennsylvania.


October 4
Colebrookdale Railroad

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.


October 23
Black Powder Tavern

Black Powder Tavern to Host Paranormal Investigation of Ghosts and Goblins for Halloween

Expert Psychic to Share Paranormal Investigation Techniques and Discoveries of Spirits at Historic Main Line Tavern

Guests will Learn How to Connect with Loved Ones in The Afterlife

The Black Powder Tavern, a historic restaurant in Wayne dating back to the American Revolution – which is said to be 'haunted' – will host a special Paranormal Investigation Dinner Wednesday, October 23 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. to explore paranormal activity. The event will include a delicious three-course meal.

The dinner will reveal whether the Black Powder Tavern is indeed haunted, which spirits 


October 4 - 30
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.  

Climb aboard with ISM and Patriot Harbor Lines for a cruise where you're spellbound in Delaware River legends of pirate ghosts, the Jersey Devil and other “Phantoms of the River.” Our very own pirate narrator will dredge up the darkest of tales while we cruise this haunted river. This 1.5 hour cruise includes approximately 1 hour of story telling. Drinks available for purchase during the cruise.


October 3 - 23
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust

Board our Brill Motorcar for an expedition into one of the most scenic and historic regions in the northeast. Once the province of pioneers and patriots, the Colebrookdale is your ticket to a verdant land lost in time.

Our 1930s gasoline-powered self-propelled motorcar is sure to please all.  This little car gives you a closer look and a different perspective of the line.

Please Note: Our motor car is not handicap accessible, we apologize, but for this expedition, we CANNOT accommodate wheelchairs or walkers.


October 22 - 29
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust



Come experience a unique train and help us rid our forest of the zombies.  Join our partner, Laser Quest, who will provide the Blaster Packs, to locate the zombie camp that is along our tracks. Our mission: Blast the zombies, however, some of them will be blasting back at you!

Don't want to be a blaster? Come on the train as a non-participant spectator and watch the fun!

Train leaves at 7:15 PM, refreshments available. This fun experience is about an hour long. Blasters must be 12 years or older and it is limited to 50 hunters per train.

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Historic Events



March 1 - November 3
Bryn Athyn Historic District

Explores themes of sacred and celestial imagery in the traditional arts of the Pennsylvania Dutch, with special emphasis on the decorated barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania. This exhibition, which features actual examples of barn stars, decorated objects, and related images, is guest curated  by Patrick Donmoyer, director of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University. Donmoyer is the author of Hex Signs: Myth and Meaning in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars (2013). The Heritage Center and Glencairn Museum will collaborate on a full exhibition catalog for the Glencairn exhibition. 


October 5
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.

This event is free and open to the public. No reservations required.


October 12
Pottsgrove Manor

Learn about the different types of colonial-era candles and hand-dip your own at Pottsgrove Manor’s Candlemaking Workshop, Saturday, October 12. The first workshop will run from 10 a.m. to noon, and the second workshop will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Fall days mean long winter nights are on their way. Bring light into your home with handmade candles! Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School will teach participants the basics of candle making. Learn about the differences between tallow, beeswax, and bayberry candles. A morning workshop and afternoon workshop will be offered, so you can find the perfect time to visit Pottsgrove Manor for this hands-on program.



October 17
Independence Seaport Museum

Climb aboard with Independence Seaport Museum and Battleship New Jersey for Deck-to-Deck: Ship Tours. Offered quarterly, the tour will explore National Historic Landmark ships Cruiser Olympia, Submarine Becuna, and Battleship New Jersey after hours. Guides will dive into the Navy through the ages, and how engineering, gunnery, and crew life changed (or didn’t change) over time. Visitors will have the exclusive chance to experience parts of all three ships that are rarely accessible to the general public. Must be at least 13 years old to participate. 

The October 17 tour will focus on gunnery and fire control, and it will involve ladders.

Tickets available here.


October 19
Pottsgrove Manor

Meet Pottsgrove Manor staff and volunteers at the Potts family cemetery on Saturday, October 19, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for a day of service.

Pull out weeds and rake leaves to uncover the overlooked history of the Potts family burial plot. Meet at 230 Chestnut Street in Pottstown to learn about the final resting place of John and Ruth Potts along with many of their descendants while helping the cemetery look its best. Volunteers are asked to dress for gardening and weeding work and are encouraged to bring their own hand tools. Help preserve this special piece of Pottstown history with Pottsgrove Manor.

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Special Events

Maggie Rogers


October 4
Skyline Stage @ The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Acclaimed producer/songwriter/performer Maggie Rogers released her Capitol Records debut album, Heard It In A Past Life, on January 18, 2019. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Top Album Sales chart. Her new single, “Light On,” is out now. Written by Rogers, the song was produced by Greg Kurstin + Kid Harpoon + Rogers and premiered as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Apple Music’s Beats 1. Heard It In A Past Life includes the song that introduced Rogers to the world, “Alaska,” which has accrued over 100 million global combined streams to date. The album also contains the follow-up singles “Fallingwater,” praised by NPR as “a celebration of the terrifying yet thrilling process of change” and “Give A Little,” which Pitchfork hailed as “cathartic pop song about empathy and unity.”


October 10
Ursinus College

La Vie en rose (La Môme), (French, 2007).

An unconventional biopic of the great singer Edith Piaf who, tormented by personal tragedy and alcoholism, became famous for her iconic song, “Non, je ne regrette rien.”

All films will be shown in Olin Auditorium at 7 p.m. And are introduced by Ursinus faculty followed by refreshments and a discussion.

This event is free and open to the public. 


October 11​
Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery & Studio

Boyertown’s Pickfest Music/Art & Agriculture Crawl will be held on October 11-13, 2019, featuring food and beverages for purchase, free musical entertainment, and family-friendly activities throughout the weekend at several locations within a three-block area in the center of Boyertown and the outlying Frecon Orchards and Wilcox Farms.  This FREE festival is a celebration of American roots at its best and builds community awareness for all that Boyertown has to offer, from its rich heritage and agricultural significance to its thriving artistic community and nationally recognized historical rail line.

Saturday October 12, 2019  12:00 PM - 7:00 PM plus after parties - Rail Yard "Main" Stage - behind Durango's and the Other Farm & Forge will feature FREE live music from the Boyertown High School Show Choir, Uncle Jake and the 18 Wheel Gang, Manatawny Creek Ramblers, and The Barren Wells.


October 18
​​Ardmore Music Hall

The music that Wyclef Jean has written, performed, and produced — both as a solo superstar and as founder and guiding member of the Fugees — has been a consistently powerful, pop cultural force for over two decades. In 1996, the Fugees released their monumental album The Score. As a solo artist, Wyclef has released seven albums that have sold nearly nine million copies worldwide, including his 1997 debut The Carnival and 2000’s aptly titled The Eclectic: 2 Sides II a Book. Jean’s 2017 studio album, Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee, his first in eight years, was released on Sept. 15, 2017. The album was named one of the “25 Most Anticipated Albums” of the fall by Billboard Magazine that year. In November 2017, Wyclef also released a mixtape, entitled, “Inspired By…” that paid tribute to the music that inspired him that year. The project received high acclaim from critics and fans alike. In December 2017, Wyclef wrote and performed a song, “Dimelo,” along with X-Factor winners, Rak-Su. The song rose to the top of the charts in less than a week in the UK. Wyclef recently released his newest project, Wyclef Goes Back to School, a collaboration with students he met while touring the United States and visiting colleges across the country, which features singles “Demons Enjoy,” “Baba” and “Faded Butterfly.”


October 19
The Ardmore Music Hall

Tributes to the legends U2 and Eric Clapton. Seated + table options available!


October 19
Keswick Theatre

Peter Bence is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist, recording artist, composer, and producer who holds the Guinness World Record for being the “Fastest Piano Player”. He has taken the Internet by storm with his piano arrangements of Michael Jackson, Queen, and Sia collecting over 500 million video hits and a huge following on YouTube and Facebook over the past 2 years. He has achieved sensational success with his edgy, percussive and expressive playing style that has broken down boundaries between classical and popular music. He takes the piano to a whole new level, which inspires both younger and older generations of musicians and music lovers from everywhere around the world. His live performances are attracting thousands around the world. In the recent two years, he has toured in more than 40 countries on 4 continents and opened 2017’s BBC Proms In The Park in Hyde Park, London for 50,000 people

Dracula at Stoneligh

October 26th
Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden

Grab your blanket or lawn chair and settle in for this unique, open-air theater experience. Philadelphia master storyteller Josh Hitchens: One Man Theatre brings his acclaimed, one-man performance “Stoker’s Dracula” to Stoneleigh just in time for Halloween.

Unlike other adaptations, this 75-minute solo tale of terror uses only Bram Stoker’s original text from journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings.

Gates open at 5:30 pm, bring a picnic dinner to enjoy as the sun sets. Please bring cash for beer and wine. In case of rain, we will hold the event inside of the main house.

Eagles vs Bills Gameday Party

October 27th
Ardmore Music Hall 

Wondering where to watch the Eagles game against the Buffalo Bills? Ardmore Music Hall has you covered! Get tickets for the Eagles viewing party at Ardmore Music Hall on Philadelphia's Mainline today!

See the game on our 150 inch screen! Open bar tickets include 3 hour open bar running from 12:45 - 3:45pm.

$5 Food menu + $15 All You Can Eat Wings! in our house buffalo sauce



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On the Stage

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October 5 - 20
Steel River Playhouse

Musical murder mystery meets its match when the audience chooses the ending in this hilarious and interactive romp of a Whodunnit! What better way to kick off the 2019-2020 season at Steel River Playhouse?

Charles Dickens was in the middle of writing "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" when he died and left the story unfinished. That's no problem for our talented cast – we just ask you, the audience, to vote and determine how the story ends. Was it the restless lover, the mysterious visitors from afar, the music teacher with a secret vice, the overly dramatic wannabe actor, or any of the other characters that sing and dance their way through this unfinished tale?

The murderer could be any one of the clever, crazy characters – you decide, and the cast and orchestra must find a way to finish the story according to the choice you've made!

Set on London's rustic, yet regal, stage of "The Music Hall Royale." This five-time Tony Award winning musical is bound to keep you on your toes. So, kick off your boots, loosen your corsets...and enjoy our season opener!    


October 23 - November 17
Act II Playhouse, Ltd.

Get a front row seat to history! The dramatic true story of the butler who saw four presidencies.
"Fun and gossipy" -Chicago Tribune


October 25 - November 9 
DCP Theatre

Victor Frankenstein, an advanced scientist, develops a gross obsession with the idea of recreating human life. He convinces his companion to assist him in his project, and they both begin their work. The experiment is successful and the power which Frankenstein yields is great. However, it doesn’t take long before he realizes the consequences of his sick actions and the horror which lies ahead. His creature, which first brought a brilliant new perception of life, is only capable of devastating other lives around him. *Production may contain disturbing scenes not suitable for young audience members.  


October 1 - November 8
Montgomery County Community College

The Montgomery County LGBT Business Council is pleased to announce a new traveling History exhibit as part of a state-wide collaboration. The Long Road to LGBTQ+ Equality in Pennsylvania is a traveling history exhibit that chronicles the efforts that activists have undertaken in Pennsylvania to achieve full equality for LGBTQ+ people.

Montgomery County Community College, in association with The Montgomery County LGBT Business Council, will co-host an opening ceremony of the exhibit at Montgomery County Community College's Fine Art Center (The Art Barn) on Friday, October 4th from 5-8 pm. This event will kick off October's LGBT History Month at the college.


October 10
West Laurel Hill Cemetery Conservatory

Enjoy a hilarious double headliner comedy show presented by Soul Joel Productions with host Brendan Donegan and comics Richie Byrne and Missy G Hall. 

VIP tickets include front row seats, open bar with signature cocktail, photo ops with comics and tour of the Betz Mausoleum, West Laurel Hill’s largest mausoleum.

GA tickets include general seating and 3 drink tickets (limited beverage options).


October 12
West Laurel Hill Cemetery Conservatory

Prepare yourself for the most thrilling Halloween retreat of a lifetime … with Vampires! Your retreat director, George, will keep the excitement flowing, but can he keep the blood form doing the same?! Fangs will flash in the dark of night as vacationing vampire couples Edwardo & Ella and Dracula & Lucy fight for what they desire: Lucy dreams of Dracula dropping his ridiculous Transylvanian get-up and dressing like a “normal” vampire; Ella wishes that Edwardo would just bite her already (while she’s young); and the retreat director even has a secret of his own that may lead to his own untimely demise! Who will leave alive? Who will leave dead? Only you can solve the mystery on this vampire vacation! But beware: Once Bitten, Twice Dead!


October 16 - 17
West Laurel Hill Cemetery Conservatory

From disease to disasters, there were many dangers to daily living in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Join us for two evenings of intrigue as we tour the historic grounds of West Laurel Hill and hear stories of the unique, unfortunate and sometimes scandalous ways people have met their untimely deaths.


October 16 - January 10
Montgomery County Community College

MCCC to host Goebel Collection of Eastern University
Featuring prints by Rembrandt, Piranesi, Goya, et al.

Montgomery County Community College will host Inside/Outside: Views from the Goebel Collection of Eastern University from October 16, 2019 to January 10, 2020 at the Fine Arts Center Gallery, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

The exhibition will feature prints from the late Renaissance through mid-1900s focusing on shifting perspectives of inside and outside spaces. The prints include architectural and city views; places of entertainment, commerce and contemplation; and imaginary or invented visions by some of the best known printmakers throughout history including Rembrandt, Piranesi, Goya, and others.



2019 Visitors Guide

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