Shows On Sale
On Sale Now
John Legend A Legendary Christmas @ The Met 12/4
Dave Matthews Band @ WFC; 12/11
Dawes @ Fillmore – 2/1
St Paul & The Broken Bones – Fillmore 2/16
Shows This Weekend
Friday Saturday & Sunday
Love Never Dies at the Academy Of Music (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera)
Davy Knowles, Anders Osborne @ Ardmore Music Hall
Simple Minds @ Tower Theater
Swift Technique, Black Masala @ MilkBoy
Great Lake Swimmers, Joshua Hyslop @ Johnny Brenda’s
Conjunto Philadelphia, Jesse Colin Young @ World Cafe Live
Mustasch, Beitthemeans @ Kung Fu Necktie
Cameron Esposito @ Underground Arts
Honne @ The Foundry
Kashmir – Led Zeppelin Trib. @ The Levoy Theatre
Liz Phair @ Union Transfer
Martin Barre @ Sellersville Theater
Kansas @ Keswick Theatre
Pat Metheny @ Merriam Theater
Friday & Saturday
Tim Dillon @ Helium Comedy Club
Moshe Kasher @ Punchline Philly
“Rock Allegiance” From Ashes To New, Bullet For My Valentine, Insane Clown Posse, Bad Wolves, Limp Bizkit, Fozzy, The Fever 333, Of Mice & Men, Gwar, Blacktop Mojo, Stone Broken, Bad Omens, Skillet, Devour The Day, Sylar, Knocked Loose, Papa Roach at Wiggins Waterfront Park & BB&T Pavilion
The Struts, Spirit Animal, White Reaper @ TLA
The Glorious Sons, Welshly Arms, Charming Liars @ The Fillmore Philadelphia
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Bleachers, The Wonder Years, The Unlikely Candidates, Two Feet @ Xfinity Live!
Thrice, The Bronx @ North 7th (Electric Factory)
Nothing, Smut, Swirlies, Big Bite @ Union Transfer
Troye Sivan @ Tower Theater
Brian Fallon @ Keswick Theatre
Uada, Imperial Triumphant, Panzerfaust, Bane @ Kung Fu Necktie
Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds, Castle Black, Gringo Motel @ The Barbary
The Misters @ Bourbon & Branch
Winterpills @ Hopewell Theater
Bruce In The USA – Trib. to Bruce Springsteen @ Musikfest Cafe At ArtsQuest Center
Kathy Griffin @ Merriam Theater
J. Cole, Young Thug @ Wells Fargo Center
Bless The Dead, Eyes Of The Living @ The Barbary
2 Cellos @ Borgata Event Center
Dwight Yoakam @ Hard Rock Casino
Tim Reynolds And TR3, Ascension Drive, Millennials @ World Cafe Live
The Baylor Project @ Christina Cultural Arts Center
Rehasher/ Pilfers @ Kung Fu Necktie
The Artisanals @ 118 North
The Bul Bey @ Johnny Brenda’s
Madeleine Peyroux @ Sellersville Theater
Sun-Dried Vibes, The Ries Brothers, Oogee Wawa @ MilkBoy
Chelsea Cutler @ The Foundry
Oshun @ Underground Arts
Arlo Guthrie @ Keswick Theatre
The Soft Machine @ TLA
The Australian Pink Floyd Show @ Parx Xcite Center
Modest Mouse @ Borgata Event Center
Goodman Fiske @ Hard Rock Casino Lobby bar
Phil Collins @ Wells Fargo Center
Lykke Li @ Union Transfer
Hypoluxo, Mavis The Dog @ Kung Fu Necktie
What’s going on at MMR?
Nick McIlwain at First Friday at the corner of Bridge and Main in Phoenixville with Piazza Subaru & Valley Forge Harley Davidson 6:30pm-8:30pm
Steve will be out at the PAWS Mutt Strut at the Naval Yard, Broad St., Phila, PA w. Ardent Credit Union the Annual PAWS Mutt Strut! Dogs and the people who love them will enjoy a 1.5 mile scenic walk through The Navy Yard to raise money for PAWS’ efforts to save Philadelphia’s homeless animals.When: Saturday, October 6, 2018. Check-in begins at 9am; start strutting at 11am! The dog walk and fall festival includes: a pet costume contest, talent contest, “Ask the Vet & Trainer” booths, agility course, photo booth, paw print/painting station, adoptable dogs, live music, food trucks, and more! Registration is $25 per person (FREE for children 12 and under) and includes a PAWS eco-bag and dog bandana to commemorate the event. There will also be plenty of free parking. Check-in begins at 9am; start strutting at 11am.Looking to adopt? Dozens of PAWS dogs waiting for loving homes will be on hand. Come meet your new best friend! Raise money for PAWS: Every Mutt Strut registrant receives a personalized fundraising page. Ask family, friends, and colleagues to support your efforts on behalf of Philadelphia’s homeless animals and bring us closer to becoming a no-kill city. For more information and to register, visit pawsmuttstrut.org.
Marisa will be out at Neumann University’s Studio Day with an open house to check out the new equipment, 1 Neumann Drive, Aston, PA. (and Andre Gardner) 10:30am-12:30pm
Live bcast at Rock Allegiance at BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ noon-midnight
The Struts concert (and soundcheck/MnG) at TLA on South Stree
Pierre will host the Philadelphia Out of the Darkness Suicide prevention Walk starting at The Philadelphia Museum of Art – Check-in/Registration: 6:30, Opening Ceremony: 7:30, Walk Begins: 8:30, Walk Ends: 11am. Walk 3 miles together to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention. When you walk you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025. Raised $458,841 Goal $800,000. Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the event. AND – with a $10 donation, you can pick up an AFSP Pooch bandana at the Paws for Prevention Tent. $458,840.57 has been Raised, with 5,160 Participants and 588 Teams afsp.donordrive.com
Jacky Bam Bam and Nick McIlwain will be out with the MMaRmy at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Dover International Speedway from 1pm-4pm
What’s Going on in the Movies?
New This Week:
Venom (PG-13) Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Scott Haze
A Star Is Born (R) Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, Sam Elliott
Chasing the Blues (PG-13) Limited Jon Lovitz, Ronald L. Conner, Anna Maria Horsford, Grant Rosenmeyer, and Chelsea Tavares Two rival record collectors attempt to con an old lady out of a rare, but cursed, 1930s Blues record
Still in Theaters:
The Old Man & the Gun (PG-13) Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover
Hell Fest (R) Bex Taylor-Klaus, Reign Edwards, Amy Forsyth, Tony Todd
Night School (PG-13) Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Brooke Butler, Taran Killam
Smallfoot (PG) Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common
The House with a Clock in it’s Walls (PG) Jack Black, Cate Blanchett
Peppermint (R) Jennifer Garner
The Nun (R) Taissa Farmiga, Demian Bichir, Bonnie Aarons
Rocky Horror Picture Show @ The Piazza at Schmidts 7pm. Costumes and audience participation are VERY encouraged. Festivities include costume contest, pre-show, and prop bags for sale with everything you’ll need for participation! Bring a chair and come early to get a good spot! livepiazza.com
Happening Around Town:
Through October 27
Longwood Gardens Illuminated Fountain
Now–August 31 Thursdays–Saturdays at 9:15 pm
September 6–October 27 Thursdays–Saturdays at 8:15
Our Illuminated Fountain Performances offer a spectacle unlike any other. Find a place to sit—or stand back in awe—as water in all shapes, sizes, and heights combines with music and infinite colors. Before or after the 30-minute show, stroll through the five-acre garden for a nighttime experience evoking old world charm. longwoodgardens.org
Through November 25
Treetop Quest 51 Chamounix Drive in West Fairmount Park an aerial adventure park features ropes courses and zip lines. Info at: treetopquest.com
Through November 10
Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary 2027 Fairmount Avenue Cost:$19
Opening Weekend: The Discovery Center in East Fairmount Park
A formerly abandoned reservoir in East Fairmount Park has become The Discovery Center 3401 Reservoir Drive, a brand new (and free!) outdoor space opening on Friday that features a walking trail, a climbing wall, an aerial teams challenge course, exhibitions and observation decks. DiscoveryPhila.org
Philly Fashion Week brings pop-up runways, shopping events and special fashion showcases to venues across the city. A free trend show at Dilworth Park on Friday features looks from luxury brands and live entertainment at Various locations including Philadelphia City Hall, 1400 John F. Kennedy Boulevard: PhillyFashionWeek.org
Indian Summer Weekend in Ocean City New Jersey Music Pier and boardwalk table sales. 9am – 5pm from 5th – 14th Streets on Asbury Ave. Over 400 crafters, food vendors, music and more. On Saturday in the evening, fireworks over the boardwalk from 6th – 14th Streets starting at 9pm. For more information call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. oceancityvacation.com
Fall Home Shows Find Experts, Inspiration & More. Friday 11a-8p, Saturday 10a-8p Sunday 10a-6p.
Bucks & Montgomery County Fall Home Show at The SportsPlex at Warminster 654 York Road, Warminster PA. BucksMontCoHomeShow.com
South Jersey Fall Home Show at Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone 601 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees, NJ 08043 www.njhomeshow-vc.com
First Friday in West Chester. Shops and boutiques are open late on the First Friday of each month to show off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware items! Browse the in-store specials and enjoy complimentary refreshments while you explore the variety of unique items each shop has to offer. For store information and location, see the complete retail directory. Info at downtownwestchester.com #WCFirstFriday
17th Annual Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival 8 AM – 5 PM 2200 John B. Kelly Drive, Philadelphia PA 19129
Yu Gi Oh Regional Tournament Registration: 8-10AM Tournament Begins: 10AM at the Pennsylvania Convention Center-Ballroom B (Above Grand Hall) PAConvention.com
At the Insane Inflatable 5K at Citizens Bank Park it’s not all about running, what we care about most is you having a #CrazyFun day. Just show up ready to make some Crazy Fun memories with your friends and family, we’ll do the rest. When it’s time to take on our GIANT inflatables, feel free to be a kid again; you’ll laugh until you cry! insaneinflatable5k.com
Midtown Village Fall Festival from noon to 8pm. This annual neighborhood celebration on Chestnut St centered around 13th Street with more than 100 vendors, five stages, karaoke, craft beer gardens, food and drink and more. midtownvillagephilly.org/
The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, Rest in Peace 5K is a unique and challenging run through Laurel Hill Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark located in Philadelphia. You’ll be in a cemetery during October so now isn’t the time to get shy about your costume creativity. Grab your partner or your friends and beat out the competition for Best Couple or Group Costume or try for Best Overall Costume. Following the run, join us for our after-party featuring free beer, spooky treats, and great music! Prizes will be given out for best costumes and to the winners of the run. Don’t forget your wallets! Buy some raffle tickets for a chance to win some top-notch prizes. rip5k.org/
Feminist Flea and Craft Fair @ Underground Arts 10am-4pm
Saturday, Sunday & Monday
Indigenous Peoples Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution, it is a weekend celebration of indigenous peoples and cultures, in partnership with the Oneida Indian Nation. amrevmuseum.org/events/indigenous-peoples-weekend
Old City Fest, which runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday along Arch Street and Third Street, celebrates the art, fashion and food scenes of Philadelphia’s Historic District
Philadelphia OutFest celebrates the largest National Coming Out Day celebration in the world (!) on Sunday from noon to 7pm in the Gayborhood. The fest offers drag shows, a high-heel race, games, bar crawls, dance parties and shopping. noon – 6 p.m. Where: 13th and Locust streets Cost: Free WWW.PHILLYGAYPRIDE.ORG
Union HOME vs Minnesota United
Flyers @ Colorado Avalanche; 9pm
EAGLES HOME vs Minnesota Vikings: 4:25pm
Kathy’s Fall Activities
Fall is filled with beautiful colors, great weather and endless activities. I love taking part in all the season has to offer. Years ago, I started a fall tour of farms and other family-friendly events surrounding the season. Each week, I’d take my son to do a few different activities. Now that he’s in school, we have less time to do all of the great fall happenings. So this year, we’ll be visiting a few of our favorite places, but we’re also excited to add all new activities to our list!
I’ll be posting on social media @kathyromano11, so follow along with me! Don’t forget to tag me in your fall activity posts and use the hashtag #kathysfallactivities
1) Visit your favorite Farm: Start the fall tour off with a day at your favorite local farm for a hayride, apple & pumpkin picking, a corn maze and a delicious treat! My 2 favorite farms are Shadybrook Farm in Yardley, PA and MerryMead Farm in Lansdale, PA.
Shadybrook: has great Halloween attractions and fall festival vibe. There is so much to do! Our favorite attractions the giant bounce pillow! The have a bunch of bounce houses, pig races and apple/ pumpkin pick-ing. At the end of September, it turns into a haunted farm! But during the day the attractions are no scare. So kids can walk through the houses without being scarred for life. My 7 year old loves the 3D house and mommy loves the beer garden! I was intro-duced to Jacks Hard Cider at Shadybrook’s beer gar-den! Hint: if you have little kids go during the week, its much less crowded and the kids can spend more time on the moon bounces and other attractions! My son says they have delicious chocolate milkshakes!
MerryMead: The kids LOVE the corn maze at this farm! My son spends a VERY long time exploring inside the corn maze. They have lots of animals to see and feed. The hayride is a scenic tour around their beautiful farm. “The Lighting of the Great Pumpkin” event (Saturday Sept 29th at 5:30pm) is a lot of fun. It can get crowded, so get there early! There’s lots to do here. You won’t be bored. They have a nice selection of pumpkins both large and small. We love spending time at this farm, however, I will make the drive there solely for the delicious ice cream they sell in their market. They sell it by the cone or the gallon!
2) Canal-O-ween: is a nice stroll down the historic Delaware canal in Yardley, Pa. It’s lined with over 300 Jack-o-lanterns. You can take part in the family friendly Carve-o-thon (Sunday October 28th from 12pm-3pm) and have a pumpkin on display. Bring your tools and carve one of your own large pumpkins or a smaller pumpkin that will be supplied. The Jack-o-lantern stroll kicks off on Sunday Oct 28th and runs through Nov 3rd.
3) Chaddsford Winery – Adult Trick or Treat: Kids like candy! Adults like alcohol! This is a perfect activity for wine and halloween lovers. As you weave your way through the festive winery grounds you’ll make stops at 5 Halloween themed pairing stations. Wine, beer, and cocktails will be served along with other goodies. The winery’s adult trick or treat will be Saturdays and Sundays from Sept 29th – Oct 28th. You get 20% off any bottle purchases if you’re wearing a costume.
4) Witches & Wizards weekend: Formally known as the Harry Potter Festival, the newly named Witches & Wizards weekend will take place this year despite rumors that it was cancelled. After a Warner Bros crackdown on festivals, the organizers were forced to rename the event. In addition to the name change there will be a number of things that will make the festival a bit different. The 2 day event on Oct 19th & 20th turns Chestnut Hill into an enchanted magic filled haunt. New this year, Germantown Ave will remain open to traffic. Unlike previous years, where numerous street closures caused traffic jams and long walks for people attending, there will be no street closures. The event kicks off with a Pub Crawl on Friday. Saturday seems to be more family friendly. No word on where everything and everyone will go with no streets being closed. But fire-breathers, zombie dance parties, a costume parade and contest, hay rides, the return of the Chestnut Hill College Quidditch tournament and Woodmere Art Museum Straw Maze, and more are still being promised!
5) Pumpkin Succulent Workshop: Floral and Hardy of Skippack Garden Center is offering a number of fall related activity classes and events including Family Day (Oct 20th), Wood Pumpkin Painting (Sept 29th & Oct 13th) Kids Halloween Mini Garden Workshop (Oct 27th) and the one I’m most interested in is the Pumpkin Succulent workshop (Oct 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th).
6) The Glow: A Jack O Lantern Experience: is a huge and elaborate carved pumpkin display in Fairmount Park. There are larger than life illuminated pumpkins including a special tribute to the 2017 Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. 5000 beautifully hand carved jack-o-lanterns line 1/3 of a mile walk through the park. Its an evening event that runs from Oct 4th – Oct 28th.
7) Peddler’s Village Scarecrow festival: The scarecrows are only part of the attraction in this popular scenic Bucks County spot. Peddlers Village is a great place to go on a sunny day. It’s filled with shopping, restaurants, and beautiful scenery! The scarecrows will be on outdoor display from Sept 10th – October 28th.
8) Otts Mum Mountain: Otts Exotic Plants in Schwenksville plant their mum hill in the beginning of July. The best times to visit are when the mums are in full bloom, which is normally the first 2 weeks of October. Last year they peaked later in October, closer to Halloween. You can stroll up the hill of thousands of mums or through it in a tunnel. The rainbow of fall colors makes for amazingly beautiful pictures. But that’s not the end of it! Make sure you visit the massive greenhouse filled with exotic plant displays and an indoor tropical mountain complete with a waterfall. Then make your way to the adjoining greenhouses to purchase their exotic plants. This hidden gem is opened Monday through Saturday 9am-8pm and Sunday 9am-6pm!
9) Hurricane Hill Farm: This farm, located in Coatesville and known for their Sunflower hayride and 5 acre corn maze, has dedicated this year’s maze to the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles! The Corn Maze, shaped as a green football player, opens early this year (September 15th) and will be open on Saturdays and Sundays until November 4, 2018. The “Under Dog” maze is a smaller corn maze for the younger kids. In addition to a hayride through the gorgeous sunflower field, there are hayrides to the pumpkin patch, a John Deere Harvestor slide, giant pumpkin jump pad, paintball shooting gallery, and a goat walk and more farm animals to see.
10) Franklin Fright: The Franklin Institute does science right! They also do spooky science right! They are having a frightful yet fun family friendly event on Saturday Oct 27th from 10am-3pm. The iconic giant heart will be haunted for the day. The event also includes blacklight karaoke, Slimy ghost bubbles, smoky demons and Halloween themed food in the Witches Kitchen. Make (and take home) your own slime and the ball explosion are sure to be the kids favorite! The event is free with general museum admission.
I hope you take part in some of this year’s picks on my Fall Activity list! Please tag me in your social media posts @kathyromano11 and use the hashtag #kathysfallactivities
Look out this winter for my all new Holiday Activity list coming soon!