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October 15, 2014

PHeaSt Unites Philly’s Best Chefs and Growers for an Evening of Farm-Fresh Food, Friday, October 17

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society hosts its annual fresh food-driven tasting event at The Navy Yard this Friday, October 17. (Photo courtesy PHS)

If you’re a fine food aficionado in Philadelphia, here’s an event you can’t miss. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) brings back its popular culinary event, PHeaSt for the third year.

From 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, October 17, the PHS warehouse at the Navy Yard will be transformed into a culinary fan’s dream. This industrial-chic party will offer delectable dishes based on collaborations between our region’s best chefs and best growers.

Guests will even get to cast votes for their favorite culinary creations to receive the People’s Choice Award. A lucky few guests will be randomly selected to receive gift certificates to the most popular restaurants.

IndeBlue, Davio’s Barren Hill Tavern, Bank and Bourbon, R2L and Square 1682 are just a few of the restaurants that will serve up farm-fresh, mouth-watering dishes. Drinks will be provided by Charlie was a sinner, La Colombe, Mac’s Tavern and Spodee Wine, among others.

Rounding out the lineup, garden partners will include Earth’s Keepers, Bubbe’s Backyard, Weaver’s Way Co-op Farm and many more.

PHeaSt has sold out every year so far, so get your tickets today.

General admission costs $150 per person ($135 for PHS members). For VIP access – which includes early admission, a private culinary demo and a special gift – the price goes up to $300 ($275 for members).

All proceeds will benefit the PHS City Harvest program, which helps provide locally grown food to more than 1,200 families in need each week during the growing season.

Making this a feel-good feast.

Third Annual PHeaSt
When: Friday, October 17, 7-10 p.m.
Where: The Navy Yard
Cost: General admission $150 ($135 for PHS members); VIP admission $300 ($275 for PHS members)
More info: www.phsonline.org

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October 15, 2014

The Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival Takes Over Filbert Street This Saturday, October 18 With Hay Rides, A Beer Garden, And Tons Of Seasonal Treats

Reading Terminal Market

Filbert Street in front of Reading Terminal Market closes to vehicular traffic for its annual Harvest Festival. (Photo courtesy Reading Terminal Market)

Hold on to your pumpkins. This Saturday, October 18, Reading Terminal Market celebrates the fall harvest season in a big way with its annual afternoon-long Harvest Festival.

Recently named one of the best public spaces in America, Reading Terminal is one of the greatest public markets in the country with more than 6 million visitors annually.

Come see why so many flock to the market this weekend when the annual fest brings the best of rural Pennsylvania within the city’s limits for the day.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Filbert Street between 11th and 12th streets will be closed to vehicular traffic to make way for family-friendly harvest-season fun, transforming a city block into an urban farm complete with corn stalks, a pumpkin patch, hay bales and — even hayrides.

This year, in addition to the family-focused happenings, Molly Malloy’s takes care of the beer-loving crowd by bringing its craft brews outside to host an outdoor beer garden .

Of course, a market fest would not be complete without an abundance of eats. Many of the vendors of Philadelphia’s expansive indoor farmers’ market takes their goods outside to peddle seasonal treats.

Look for ribs from Down Home Diner, sweet potato baked goods from Keven Parker’s Soul Food Café, roasted lamb from Border Springs Farm, turkey legs from The Original Turkey, as well as fall sweets like chocolate-covered apples from Chocolate by Mueller and autumnal ice cream from Bassetts Ice Cream.

And the sweetest news of all? Admission to the festival is totally free.

Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival
When: Saturday, October 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch streets
Cost: Free
More info: www.readingterminalmarket.org

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October 15, 2014

The First-Ever ’Staches And Spirits Event Brings Hairstyles And Whiskey To The Historical Society Of Pennsylvania, Thursday, October 16

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

This curly haired man with muttonchops and a mustache would fit right in at the ’Staches and Spirits party this Thursday at the Historical Society. (Photo courtesy Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

The goatee. The beehive. The Rachel. History has given us some pretty memorable hair — and facial hair — styles.

Join the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to celebrate these iconic looks during its first-ever ’Staches and Spirits party this Thursday, October 16.

From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., guests will get exclusive access to a one-night-only display of some of the best hairstyles throughout the ages.

Attendees are encouraged to come coiffed with their best ’dos and ’staches for a chance to win one of two $100 vouchers from Southwest Airlines, too.

Raffle tickets will also be sold on site with prizes from local museums, small businesses and neighborhood salons.

Throughout the evening, WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey will offer a special tasting. Attendees can also enjoy beer, wine, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets cost $25 each and are available online now. This hair-raising event is only open to guests 21 and older.

’Staches & Spirits
When: Thursday, October 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street
Cost: $25
More info: www.hsp.org

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October 15, 2014

Celebrate Fall At Bartram’s Garden’s Harvest Festival And River Adventure Day, This Sunday, October 19

Bartram's Garden

Spend your Sunday at Bartram’s Garden as it celebrates autumn with a harvest festival and river adventure day on Sunday, October 19. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Celebrate autumn’s bounty at Bartram’s Garden this weekend as the historical botanic garden celebrates fall with a Harvest Festival and River Adventure Day on Sunday, October 19.

From 1 to 4 p.m., enjoy hay rides, a youth fishing derby, free canoeing along the Schuylkill River and much more. The festival celebrates the Community Farm and Food Resource Center at Bartram’s Garden with a variety of free fun on land and on the water.

Get in the fall spirit with pumpkin carving and an apple cider press.

Also enjoy eats from local vendors, watch a catfish cooking demonstration, face painting, games and more.

Best of all, entry to the festival is completely free.

Harvest Festival and River Adventure Day at Bartram’s Garden
When: Sunday, October 19, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard
Cost: Free
More info: www.bartramsgarden.org

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October 14, 2014

The Harry Potter Festival Returns To Chestnut Hill This Weekend, Oct. 17-18, Transforming The Neighborhood With A Hogwarts Express Train, Costume Contest, Magic Classes, Quidditch And So Much More

Harry Potter Philadelphia

The Harry Potter Festival arrives in Chestnut Hill this Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18. Are you ready for a spellbinding weekend? (Photo courtesy Warner Bros.)

Wands at the ready, Philadelphia! Harry Potter Festival Weekend is back.

The annual blockbuster Harry Potter Festival returns to enchant Chestnut Hill this Friday, October 17, and Saturday, October 18, for two days of spellbinding events that magically morph the neighborhood into the fictional world created by author J.K. Rowling.

Coinciding with two major Chestnut Hill College happenings, the weekend welcomes both the second annual Harry Potter academic conference on Friday, October 17, and the fifth annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Quidditch Cup Tournament on Saturday, October 18.

Beyond the academics and sports, Harry Potter Festival Weekend happenings in the neighborhood range from a bar crawl and film screenings to sorting hat demonstrations and a scavenger hunt.

Read on for our guide to the events, specials and magical merriment hitting Chestnut Hill this weekend.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17

Festivities take off on Friday, with a range of events featuring literature, libations and live music. Here are the top happenings during Harry Potter Weekend on Friday evening:

• Wizard Rock Concert

At Chestnut Hill College at 7 p.m., fans can catch a live show, the Wizard Rock Concert, featuring Harry and the Potters and Lauren Fairweather at Sorgenti Arena at Chestnut Hill College.

Organized by Chestnut Hill College Chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance, concertgoers can expect Harry Potter-themed lyrics set to rock ’n’ roll beats.

Tickets to the concert are $7 and available online or at the door (subject to availability).

• Harry Potter Pub Crawl

From 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday night, ticket-holders to the now sold-out pub crawl will pop in and out of pubs along Germantown Avenue like McNally’s Tavern, Campbell’s Place and the Tavern on the Hill. Costumes are highly encouraged, and tee shirts and wristbands will be distributed to all participants.

Note: even though the pub crawl is now sold out — tickets were limited — all participating bars and restaurants will be open for regular business on Friday night during the Pub Crawl and the crawl technically ends at 9 p.m. So, even without a pub crawl wristband, you can still stop in one of the neighborhood establishments to enjoy a wizardly brew!

Harry Potter Festival Weekend

Get those costumes ready: the Harry Potter Festival transforms Chestnut Hill into a magical world on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18. (Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill Business Association)

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October 14, 2014

Last Call: The PHS Pop-Up Garden Closes Its Doors For The Season This Sunday, October 19

PHS

It’s almost closing time for the PHS Pop-Up Garden which ends its run on Sunday, October 18. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Grab some friends and head out for an alfresco beer! It’s last call for the PHS Pop-Up Garden on South Street.

The popular beer garden closes its doors on Sunday, October 19, but not before hosting a variety of alfresco fun in addition to serving up plenty of outdoor food and drinks.

Tonight, October 14, enjoy live acoustic music from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and groove to beats from DJ Adrian Hardy from 8 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15.

On the final day of this year’s PHS Pop-Up Garden, October 19, head out for a closing party kicking off at 3 p.m.

Every day though October 19 enjoy bites from food trucks including Oink and Moo, Say Cheese and Kami. The full food truck schedule is available right here.

Plus, it’s supposed to be pretty warm over the next few days with highs in the mid-to-low 70s through Friday — talk about perfect beer garden weather.

Click here for our full guide to the city’s beer gardens.

Last Call: PHS Pop-Up Garden
When: Closes on Sunday, October 19
Where: PHS Pop-Up Garden, 1438 South Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.phsonline.org

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October 14, 2014

OktoberFestivus Takes Over Franklin Square With A Beer Garden, Food Trucks, Spooky Mini Golf And More, Saturday, October 18, 5-10 P.M.

Franklin Square

The first-ever OktoberFestivus hits Franklin Square this Saturday, October 18 with craft beer, food trucks, twilight mini-golf and more alfresco fall fun. (Photo courtesy Franklin Square)

Historic Philadelphia’s charming family-friendly playground Franklin Square generally draws kids, history buffs and lovers of SquareBurger’s signature Cake Shakes.

This Saturday, October 18, though, fans of beer gardens and food trucks should report to the historic park for OktoberFestivus, an evening-long beer-fueled bash from 5 to 10 p.m.

More than half a dozen of Philly’s top trucks will pull up along the historic square to dish out street food, and a pop-up beer garden in cooperation with Old Eagle Tavern will keep the craft brews flowing.

Look forward to food truck fare from a lineup including Jerry’s Kitchen, Dadz Grilled Cheez, Mamas Meatballs, Seoulful Philly, Oink and Moo BBQ, The Cow and the Curd, and What’s In This?

The good folks of Old Eagle Tavern in Manayunk will be on hand to host a beer garden with libations from local Barren Hill Brewery and Tavern including OMG “Oh My Gourd” Pumpkin Biere de Garde, Good & Plenty (a sweet dark ale) and apple cider sangria.

Plus, Starr Restaurants’ SquareBurger at Franklin Square will remain open throughout the festivities to satisfy any Cake Shake cravings.

For those who want a little Halloween-themed action, Franklin Square’s annual Spooky Mini Golf is in effect from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through October 31 (including October 18). The entire mini-golf course takes on a creepy vibe with fog, lights, music and surprises.

There’s no admission fee for the festival, and all food and beverage can be purchased from participating vendors. Note that regular ticket fees apply to both mini-golf (adults are $9, children 3-12 are $7) and the Parx Liberty Carousel ($3 for anyone over 3 years old).

Don’t miss out on one of Philadelphia’s final Oktoberfests of the season!

OktoberFestivus at Franklin Square
When: Saturday, October 18, 5-10 p.m.
Where:Franklin Square, 6th and Race streets
Cost: Free admission, pay as you go food and drink, tickets required for mini-golf and carousel
More info: www.historicphiladelphia.org

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October 14, 2014

Tech In Motion Hosts A Gaming Expo Complete With Demos, Speakers, Networking And More, This Thursday, October 16 At Impact Hub Philly

Tech in Motion hosts a Video Game expo featuring demos, drinks and a presentation from an established member of the gaming community, this Thursday, October 16.(Photo courtesy Olivia Christina Photography)

Tech in Motion hosts a Video Game expo featuring demos, discussion and a chance to listen to an established member of the gaming community, this Thursday, October 16.(Photo courtesy Olivia Christina Photography)

This Thursday, October 16, Tech in Motion Philly turns video gamers’ dreams into reality with a Gaming Expo at Impact Hub Philly.

Part of its recurring Drinks and Demos event, Tech in Motion hosts this special edition event featuring key members of the gaming community in addition to demos from gaming companies, refreshments and a DJ spinning favorite video game tunes.

Representatives from both local and national video game companies will be in attendance for demos and discussion, including keynote speaker Chris Melissinos, an avid gamer and influential member of the gaming community. Melissinos created The Art of Video Games exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, has authored gaming books and has spoken at the Game Developers Conference, PennyArcade Expo, JavaOne and more.

Come on out to mix and mingle with members of Philadelphia’s tech community and established gamers while sipping drinks from Ole Smoky Moonshine and ShawneeCraft Brewing Company.

The event is free, but registration is required. Click here to secure your spot.

Tech In Motion’s Gaming Expo
When: Thursday, October 16, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Impact Hub Philly, 1227 N. 4th Street
Cost: Free, but RSVP required
More info: www.meetup.com/TechinMotionPhilly

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October 14, 2014

Pennsylvania Ballet Opens Its 51st Season With Press Play, The Directorial Debut Of New Artistic Director Ángel Corella, October 16-26

Pennsylvania Ballet

See the first program curated by Pennsylvania Ballet’s new artistic director this month in Press Play: The Directorial Debut of Ángel Corella, October 16-26. (Photo by Alexander Iziliaev for Pennsylvania Ballet)

The curtain goes up on the 51st season of the Pennsylvania Ballet this month, and adding to the thrill of a fresh fall season, our city’s exceptional company welcomes a new artistic director, Ángel Corella.

At the end of the company’s 50th season, longstanding artistic director Roy Kaiser stepped down after 35 years with the Pennsylvania Ballet. After a worldwide search, internationally renowned dancer and director Ángel Corella was appointed to the post this past summer.

Corella’s reputation as a dynamic principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and artistic director of Barcelona Ballet precede him, and there’s little doubt he’ll serve as an excellent leader here in Philadelphia.

This month, Pennsylvania Ballet launches its 51st season with a glimpse of what’s to come in the first program curated by its new artistic director, Press Play: The Directorial Debut of Ángel Corella, October 16-26 at the Academy of Music.

A mixed bill, the four works that make up the program should give audiences an impression of Corella’s point of view. The diverse program includes George Balanchine’s dynamic Allegro Brillante, Christopher Wheeldon’s intimate Liturgy, Jerome Robbins’ masterly Other Dances and Alexei Ratmansky’s bold Jeu de Cartes.

Tickets for this fall opener start at just $25 and are available online.

For students, note that $15 Student Rush tickets are available at the box office one hour prior to every performance. Seating is subject to availability, and one ticket can be had per valid student ID.

Join in extending a warm welcome to the new artistic director of our city’s tremendous ballet troupe.

Press Play: The Directorial Debut of Ángel Corella
When: October 16-26
Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost: $30-$125
More info: www.paballet.org

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October 14, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra Is Set To Perform A Free Concert For College Students, Tonight, October 14 At The Kimmel Center

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Tonight, October 14 at 8 p.m., the Philadelphia Orchestra performs a free concert for college students in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. (Photo by Chris Lee courtesy Philadelphia Orchestra)

College students, listen up!

The Philadelphia Orchestra starts its eZseatU program, a discounted Orchestra membership for college students, with a free concert tonight, October 14 in Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center.

Beginning at 8 p.m., college students (with a valid full-time student ID) are invited out for a free night of music performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Following the concert, guests are encouraged to hang out in Commonwealth Plaza for even more music and refreshments.

Tickets are completely free, but music-lovers must register online and bring their printed ticket in order to gain entry. Click here to register for your ticket.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free College Concert
When: Tuesday, October 14, 8 p.m.
Where: The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost: Free
More info: www.philorch.org

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