Weekend Picks: Bloktoberfest, Cheesesteak Challenge, Reading Terminal Harvest Festival, Design Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill’s Fall For The Arts Festival, Open Air’s Closing Weekend And More

Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights are the very last time Open Air will light up the night skies above the Parkway with the patterns made by 24 of the world's most powerful searchlights. Make sure you don't miss it. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)

It’s one of those fun fall weekends packed with street festivals, arts happenings and food fetes fit for all palates and preferences. Be sure to follow us on Twitter throughout the weekend for help in planning what to do. And check out this week’s Weekend Picks, below, for a helpful day-by-day guide.


Friday, October 12

Neighborhood guides to BYOBs in Philadelphia

Shacktoberfest 2012 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Design Philadelphia TalkBack: Arden Theatre’s Next to Normal

Planetarium on the Parkway: Open Air and Franklin Institute

Fashion Styling Studio at Three Sirens Boutique

Cocktails and Conversation with Nora Kogan at Scarlett Alley

Fall theater in Philadelphia: what to see, and where

SoMoS multimedia performance in El Barrio

Second Friday on Lancaster Avenue

Spooky Mini Golf at Franklin Square (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Pizzeria Stella Pizza Week — Closing Day!

Center City District Restaurant Week — Closing Day!

Now Open: Red Owl Tavern and Stratus Lounge at the Hotel Monaco on Independence Mall

Rock ‘N Roll on the Patio at Trax Restaurant & Cafe in Ambler

Building a Masterpiece: Frank Furness’ Factory for Art at PAFA (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Shipwreck! Winslow Homer and the Life Line at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Maya.2012: Lords of Time at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Saturday, October 13

Reading Terminal Market’s 12th Annual Harvest Festival

Bloktoberfest 2012

Before the Bridge Music Festival

Stoker’s Dracula at Elfreth’s Alley Museum

Fall 2012 Guide To Gorgeous Foliage In The Philadelphia Region

Gear up for Halloween with our all things Halloween roundup

The Sartorialist at the Barnes Foundation!

Philadelphia Orchestra Free Season Preview Concert

Free concert at FDR Park Featuring Andrew Lipke and Railroad Fever

New Leash on Life USA Casino Royale Night

OktoPBRfest at Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant

Three Potato Four Antique Mill and Warehouse Sale

Terror Behind the Walls (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Katie Baldwin: There are Two Stories Here at the Print Center (Fri, Sat)

Color Motion: Edna Andrade Prints at the Print Center (Fri, Sat)

Weekend Picks continues below.

Roy Lichtenstein In His Studio at the Gershman Y (Fri, Sat)

Fall Guide To Hiking And Biking In The Philadelphia Region

Ghost-Hunting Workshop at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Second Saturday on East Passyunk Avenue: Design Philadelphia

Ralph’s of South Philly now open at Sheraton Valley Forge

Studio 34 and Anonymous Bodies II art collective present JUXTaPOSE! la deuxième partie

Celebrate Living Beyond Breast Cancer with Knit Wit

Hiro Sakaguchi Artist Talk at Seraphin Gallery

Brunch to Save the Music at Cantina Los Caballitos

Phila Flea Markets Presents: An Antique & Vintage Market Under The Pavilion At Historic Headhouse Square

Sunday, October 14

Chestnut Hill’s 28th Annual Fall for the Arts Festival

Open Air (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

Uwishunu’s Top Picks For The Best Brunch In Philadelphia, Fall 2012

DesignPhiladelphia(Fri, Sat, Sun) Closing Day!

Longwood Gardens Chrysanthemum Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Forgotten Philadelphia at the Fairmount Welcome Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Drury Beer Garden celebrates being named one of America’s best beer gardens by Food & Wine

Franklin Institute’s Dead Sea Scrolls (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

Sculpere Workshop and Jewelry Sale at Adorn Boutique

Royal Tavern’s 10th Anniversary (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Square 1682’s Cheesesteak Challenge: High Steaks

Fall Family Day at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Michele Courchene Trackman — A Life of Art, Love, and Healing at Mt. Airy Art Garage (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Secret Cinema presents SCOPITONE PARTY screening and talk at Phoenixville’s Colonial Theater

TASTE Philadelphia Food & Wine Festival

Arden Kids’ Crew: Showtime Workshop

Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections at the Mercer Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Flower to Tower 5K Run/Walk at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Ela Introduces Brunch

Making Books at the Institute of Contemporary Art

Rolling Stones at Calderwood Gallery — Opening Day!

“Philadelphia Open House” Insider Tours (Fri, Sat, Sun)



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