Over 40 Things to do Around the Main Line this October
From Halloween celebrations to music and beer festivals to our Women on the Move luncheon, here’s what’s happening this month.
The 2018 King of Prussia Beerfest takes place Oct. 4 and 6. Photo courtesy of King of Prussia District.
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Week of October 1-7
Laverne Cox: Ain’t I A Woman: My Journey to Womanhood
Oct. 2, Glenside
Actress and LGBT activist Laverne Cox heads to the Keswick Theatre with her Ain’t I A Woman: My Journey to Womanhood tour, where she discusses how race, class and gender impact trans women.
Autumn’s Colors at Longwood Gardens
Oct. 4 – Nov. 18, Kennett Square
Coinciding with its annual Chrysanthemum Festival, Autumn’s Colors showcases the hues of the season. Take a walk in the meadow, explore the many mums or see the final performances in the Main Fountain Garden for the year.
Unionville Community Fair and Farm Show
Oct. 5-7, Kennett Square
Discover the many agricultural efforts in the region at the Unionville Community Fair and Farm Show.
Chester County Day House Tour
Oct. 6, Chester County
Now in its 78th year, the Chester County Day House Tour will explore 16 homes, plus six public landmarks in northeastern Chester County, all in benefit of Chester County Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Newlin Grist Mill Fall Harvest Festival
Oct. 6, Glen Mills
Newlin Grist Mill hosts its annual Fall Harvest Festival, which explores life in the 18th century.
KOP Beerfest Royale
Oct. 4 & 6, King of Prussia
Now in its seventh year, the KOP Beerfest Royale will have more than 100 craft and international beers, local restaurants and live music.
Paoli Blues Fest
Oct. 6, Paoli
The Paoli Blues Fest returns to Paoli Presbyterian Church with plenty of smooth sounds.
Phoenixville Food Festival
Oct. 6, Phoenixville
Taste the very best of the borough at the Phoenixville Food Festival, as it takes over the 100 and 200 blocks of Bridge Street.
St. David’s Country Fair and Auction
Oct. 6, Wayne
The longest running church fair in the country, St. David’s Country Fair & Auction returns for the 167th time.
Brandywine River Museum of Art Barks and Brews
Oct. 6, Chadds Ford
Dust off your lederhosen for this dog-friendly Oktoberfest celebration at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, featuring craft beer from Two Stones Pub, live music and classic German cuisine.
MLAR Gran Fondo
Oct. 6, Chester Springs
Main Line Animal Rescue hosts its third annual cycling fundraiser, complete with an after-party with beer from Conshohocken Brewery, live music and pet adoptions.
38th Annual Media Food & Crafts Festival
Oct. 7, Media
Get a taste of the region’s local purveyors and crafters at the 38th Annual Media Food & Crafts Festival.
46th Annual Marshalton Triathlon
Oct. 7, Marshalton
Fancy testing your body’s limits? The 46th Annual Marshalton Triathlon puts athletes through their paces.
Fall Harvest and Great Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 7, Villanova
The Willows Park hosts Radnor Townships’ Fall Harvest and Great Pumpkin Patch.
Week of October 8-14
43rd Annual Immaculata University Golf Invitational
Oct. 8, Gladwyne
Now in its 43rd year, Immaculata University will host its invitational golf outing at the Philadelphia Country Club. The day is complete with breakfast and lunch. Proceeds help students in need of financial aid.
Bigger Than You Launch Party
Oct. 11, West Chester
Main Line resident and former Women on the Move honoree, Kelly Roach, will host a party for her latest book, Bigger Than You, at align.Space in West Chester.
Pennsylvania Conference for Women
Oct. 12, Philadelphia
The Pennsylvania Conference for Women returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, featuring talks from international human rights attorney Amal Clooney and comedian and disability activist Maysoon Zayid.
Philly Cheesesteak & Food Fest
Oct. 13, Philadelphia
Celebrate the City of Brotherly Love’s most iconic dish during the Philly Cheesesteak Festival, which features over 40 food vendors, live music, a beer garden and a cheesesteak eating competition.
Oct. 13, Kennett Square
The 21st annual Kennett Brewfest, which benefits Historic Kennett Square, includes more than 90 breweries, live music, food trucks and more.
Oct. 13, Phoenixville
Phoenixville hosts its first-ever Oktoberfest celebration with libations from local breweries like Sly Fox Brewing Co., Iron Hill Brewery, Stable 12 Brewing Co., Crowded Castle, Root Down Bewing Co. and Conshohocken Brewing.
Light the Night Walk
Oct. 13, Wayne
Head to Wilson Farm Park to help raise funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at its annual Light the Night Walk.
Oct. 13, Philadelphia
No More Kids With Cancer hosts its Purple Ball at the URBN headquarters at the Navy Yard. The event, which includes dinner, dancing and auctions, will be emceed by Tracy Davidson. Proceeds help support childhood cancer research.
Turn5’s Kids Tech Exploration Day
Oct. 13, Paoli
Ecommerce company Turn5 hosts a free day of hands-on science and tech demonstrations for children ages 7-13 at its Paoli campus.
16th Annual Chili Cook Off
Oct. 14, West Chester
Sample a plethora of chili at the 16th Annual Chili Cook Off, which benefits the Rotary Club of West Chester.
18th Annual Buddy Walk and Family Run and Fun Day
Oct. 14, West Goshen
Hosted by the Chester County Down Syndrome Interest Group, participants can walk or run a 5k and then stick around for family-friendly activities including food, music and an auction.
Chester County Beer Garden
Oct. 14, Malvern
For $35, visitors get unlimited refills during the inaugural Chester County Beer Garden, which features 10 local breweries, plus live music and food trucks.
Dilworthtown Inn Wine Festival
Oct. 14, West Chester
Over 100 wines, craft beers and hard ciders will be available to taste at the Dilworthtown Inn Wine Festival, which benefits Neighborhood Health and the Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital.
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens Fall Festival and Picnic
Oct. 14, Devon
Pack a picnic basket for Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens’ Fall Festival, featuring nature crafts, sing-alongs and more.
Week of October 15-21
Salute to Chester County Women of Achievement
Oct. 17, Newtown Square
March of Dimes hosts its annual Salute to Chester County Women of Achievement at Aronimink Golf Club.
Women, Wine, and Tech
Oct. 17, Wayne
Evolve IP and techaWare will host Women, Wine, and Tech to provide local women in the tech industry insight and networking.
Shipley Shops return for the 58th year, featuring 40 premium retailers, all in benefit of the school. The event kicks off with a preview party on the 17th and ends with its Fall Festival on the 20th.
Chestnut Hill Witches & Wizards Festival
Oct. 19-20, Chestnut Hill
Chestnut Hill’s annual Harry Potter-themed festival might have a new name, but visitors can still expect loads of magical fun. From the Brews & Broomsticks Pub Crawl to the 9th annual Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament, this action-packed weekend is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit.
Oct. 19-21, King of Prussia
TASTE! Philadelphia brings together some of the area’s finest gourmet restaurants and chefs at the Valley Forge Casino Resort. Attendees must be 21 and over.
Red Wheelbarrow Trio at World Cafe Live
Oct. 19, Philadelphia
Philadelphia-based classical jazz trio, Red Wheelbarrow Trio, will perform at World Café Live in benefit of CHOP.
Oct. 20, Phoenixville
Celebrate fall’s favorite gourd with pumpkin derby races, pumpkin-flavored treats, pumpkin carving and more at this festival.
Clover Market Bryn Mawr
Oct. 21, Bryn Mawr
The traveling Clover Market makes a stop in Bryn Mawr, bringing with it craft vendors, antiques dealers, original art and more.
Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass
Oct. 21, Philadelphia
Perhaps best known for his work on This American Life, Ira Glass will be at the Merriam Theater to discuss his career, passions and how he’s gotten to where he is today.
Week of October 22-31
2018 Women on the Move Luncheon
Oct. 25, Drexel Hill
Main Line Today celebrates our 2018 Women on the Move luncheon at Drexelbrook with speaker Lisa Thomas Laury.
Wicked Wyeth Walk at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Oct. 26, Chadds Ford
Tour the haunted trails surrounding the Brandywine River and then head to the Brandywine River Museum of Art for cider, s’mores, live music and games during this 21-and-over Halloween event.
Wings for Success’ 20th Anniversary Gala
Oct. 26, Newtown Square
Wings for Success’ 20th Anniversary Gala will take place at Aronimink Golf Club and includes dinner, cocktails, dancing and a silent auction.
Gravediggers’ Ball Fundraiser for Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery
Oct. 26, Philadelphia
The 14th annual fundraising gala returns with an open bar, full dinner, live entertainment and more in benefit of national historic landmark Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Flying Colors Fine Artists
Oct. 26-28, Chester Springs
Flying Colors’ annual art show includes an artist reception on Friday, followed by open houses featuring artists’ work in acrylic, colored pencil, fiber art, pastel, oil and watercolor.
54th Annual Delaware County Halloween Parade
Oct. 27, Media
Celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year as this Delaware County tradition takes over State Street.
41st Annual Penn Medicine Radnor Run
Oct. 28, Wayne
This five-mile USA Track and Field sanctioned race takes runners on a trip through scenic Radnor Township in benefit of the American Lung Association.