Over 25 Things to do in the Philadelphia Suburbs this October

From house tours to food festivals to Halloween celebrations, you won’t want to miss these events.



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Pennsylvania Conference for Women

Oct. 1-2, Philadelphia

Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert and award-winning actor Ava DuVernay are among the keynote speakers at this year’s Pennsylvania Conference for Women, which is held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Unionville Community Fair

Oct. 2-6, Unionville

The Unionville Community Fair returns for its 95th anniversary, celebrating the region’s agriculture with exhibits, a beer and wine garden, a farm show and an escape room. For the first time, it will also host a car and truck show.

Matilda: The Musical

Oct. 2-27, Media

Roald Dahl’s classic story about a young girl and the power of imagination comes to life this month at the Media Theatre.

Skippack Days

Oct. 4-6, Skippack

The village of Skippack celebrates its heritage with the annual Skippack Days Craft Festival, featuring regional artisans and crafters selling everything from pottery to jewelry to garments.

 

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Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Oct. 4 – Jan. 12, 2020, Philadelphia

The National Museum of American Jewish History celebrates a legendary Supreme Court Justice with its latest exhibit based on the New York Times bestselling book of the same name. Traversing Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life, from student to women’s rights advocate to second woman to ever sit on the highest court in the land, it pays homage to a true trailblazer.

Chester County Day House Tour

Oct. 5, Various locations

Now in its 79th year, the Chester County Day House Tour benefits the Women’s Auxiliary to Chester County Hospital’s Heart to Heart Pledge.

Fall Harvest Festival

Oct. 5, Glen Mills

Newlin Grist Mill’s Fall Harvest Festival takes visitors back in time to the colonial era and includes demonstrations of papermaking, blacksmithing and more. There will also be hayrides.

Phoenixville Food Truck Festival

Oct. 5, Phoenixville

Sample cuisine from some of the area’s best food trucks during the Phoenixville Food Truck Festival, which takes over parts of Bridge and Main streets.

St. David’s Country Fair and Auction

Oct. 5, Wayne

The longest running church fair in the U.S. returns for its 167th year, bringing with it second-hand finds, food and kids activities to St. David’s Episcopal Church.

Media Food and Crafts Festival

Oct. 6, Media

Now in its 39th year, the Media Food and Crafts Festival highlights the borough’s boutiques and restaurants, plus handcrafted goods.

Radnor’s Fall Harvest and Great Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 6, Radnor

Pick a pumpkin, make a scarecrow or just enjoy the season at Radnor’s Fall Harvest and Great Pumpkin Patch at the Willows.

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Wings and Wheels

Oct. 11, West Chester

Wings for Success’s Wings and Wheels will be held at the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester and includes food, drinks, live music, luxury cars on display, plus a silent auction.

Light the Night Walk

Oct. 12, Wayne

Lace up your sneakers and head to Wilson Farm Park for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light the Night Walk, benefiting research for blood diseases.

Comic Con for Kids

Oct. 12-13, Oaks

The inaugural Comic Con for Kids heads to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, complete with gaming, cosplay and social media celebrities.

Dilworthtown Inn Wine Festival

Oct. 13, West Chester

The Dilworthtown Inn Wine Festival features over 100 wines, craft beers and hard ciders to taste, all in benefit of the Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital.

West Chester Chili Cook-Off

Oct. 13, West Chester

The Rotary Club of West Chester hosts the 17th annual West Chester Chili Cook-Off.

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Plein Air Brandywine Valley

Oct. 13-18, West Chester

During this event, artists will paint the Brandywine Valley en plein air. Visitors can watch them work at Marshalton Inn on Oct. 15 or explore their work at a reception at Winterthur Museum in Delaware on Oct. 18. The event benefits nonprofit organization Children’s Beach House.

Salute to Chester County Women of Achievement

Oct. 16, Newtown Square

March of Dimes hosts its Salute to Chester County Women of Achievement at Aronimink Golf Club. This year’s honorees are Maryanne Parsons, Sandra Knapp, Dr. Karen Pinsky and Kathryn Evans.

Main Line Today’s Women on the Move

Oct. 17, Drexel Hill

Main Line Today’s Women on the Move luncheon celebrates the 20 Power Women featured in our October issue. Highlighting the event is a fireside chat between NBC10’s Tracy Davidson and WMMR’s Kathy Romano. Get tickets here

Great Pumpkin Carve

Oct. 17-19, Chadds Ford

Drawing visitors from near and far, the Great Pumpkin Carve is an epic three-day celebration of the iconic jack-o-lantern. Over 70 artists will carve their giant pumpkins, which will then be displayed at the Chadds Ford Barn Visitors Center.

Chase for Open Space

Oct. 19, Coatesville

ChesLen Preserve’s Chase for Open Space gives runners a number of challenging options, from a two-mile walk/run to 5k and 10k options, followed by a party.

Hocus Pocus at Ambler Theater

Oct. 19, Ambler

Cult classic Halloween film, Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, will take over the screen at the Ambler Theater for a special showing.

Lights Festival

Oct. 19, Kennett Square

Ever wanted to experience the Siamese Loi Krathong festival? No need to head to Chiang Mai thanks to the Lights Festival, which will hold its own lantern festival at Plantation Field in Kennett Square.

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Pour the Core

Oct. 19, Philadelphia

Pour the Core returns to the Navy Yard, featuring over 75 hard ciders, a donut-eating contest, food trucks and more.

Clover Market

Oct. 20, Bryn Mawr

The roving Clover Market makes a stop in Bryn Mawr, bringing with it a slew of shopping opportunities.

Exploring Launch Party

Oct. 24, Villanova

King of Prussia’s Erik Strid of Concentus Wealth Advisors will celebrate the launch of his new book, Exploring: Replacing an Outdated Paradigm for the “Retirement Years” at Main & Vine.

Shipley Shops

Oct. 24-26, Bryn Mawr

Over 40 retailers will be in one place for the 59th annual Shipley Shops, which benefits the Shipley School.

Penn Medicine Radnor Run

Oct. 27, Radnor

Participants can compete in a five-mile race or a one-mile fun run or walk through Encke Park, which benefits lung cancer research.

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