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POSTED: Friday, October 17, 2014, 4:21 PM
Spend your Sunday with the Philly Homebrew Outlet (photo courtesy of Philly Homebrew Outlet)

More festivals are a-coming. On Sunday, Oct. 19, a group of fellas who know how to hold down a party, The Philly Homebrew Club (1447 N. American St.), is throwing their 8th Annual Made On American Street Festival providing guests off all ages with quality entertainment all can have a blast with. 

Beginning at 1 p.m., the Philly Homebrew Club brewed up some fresh autumn beers for those of age to enjoy, welcoming the seasonal tastes of the next few months in store. As you wash down some craft brews, enjoy live music by the band Shakedown and if you have kids … they can jam out by jumping on a giant bouncy castle.

As for the food — we wouldn’t leave you hanging here. If one food pairs great with street festivals and beer it's barbecue, and what’s even better is that it’s a barbecue competition. Get a taste of lip-smackin’ ribs from participating stations of four culinary amateurs, experts, and everything in between as they try to smoke their way to first place. So you’re at this event, you clearly love booze and food, but do you consider yourself a pit master? Grab a team and register online for a chance to win prizes and some new barbecue-loving fans.

POSTED: Friday, October 17, 2014, 2:35 PM
Guests go trick or treating at the East Passyunk 2nd Annual Fall Festival and Spooky Saturday, on Saturday, October 26, 2013. (HughE Dillon/

Grab your brood and hit the town! The last two weekends before Halloween are filled to the brim with fall festivities for fun-seekers of all ages.

The ultimate farm-to-city event closes down Filbert Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with hay rides, a pumpkin patch, tractors and eats from Reading Terminal Market (12th and Filbert Streets) during their Harvest Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Don’t feed the animals: Trick or treat around the Philadelphia Zoo (3400 W. Girard Ave.) on Saturday, Oct. 18Sunday, Oct. 19, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 for Boo at the Zoo. Other wild activities include a scavenger hunt, costume parade and pumpkin patch, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. all weekend.

POSTED: Friday, October 17, 2014, 3:00 AM
The Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular comes to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center today. (Photo via Facebook)

Some people wait a lifetime for five moments like this.

For a sports fan’s dream: The first day of the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular runs from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (100 Station Ave., Oaks, Pa.). Today’s all-star guests include Bernie Parent, Darren Daulton, Pete Incaviglia, Fergie Jenkins and Von Hayes.

For a block party: Dance all night in honor of the launch of Mural Arts’ year-long Philly DJ Mural Project. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today get down to the sounds from DJs RJD2 and DJ Cash Money on 13th St. between Chestnut and Sansom Streets.

POSTED: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 1:27 PM
Participants in the annual Philadelphia AIDS Walk. (Photo: Patrick Hagerty)

Thursday, October 15th

The dance party Sissy Hop is back at The Dolphin Tavern (1539 S. Broad St.) with this month’s Monster Mash A-Go-Go. Party goers will be able to get their groove on to the best queer pop, rock and most importantly, soul. Guest DJ Scopitone will be joining resident Nolita Selector of Cutn Paste. Vintage inspired Halloween costumes are encouraged. Doors at 10:00pm. $5 cover.

Friday, October 16th

POSTED: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 12:13 PM
Alek Jaunzemis and Manna Pourrezaei (right) of Philadelphia look at a chambered nautilus as Evangeline Strafford of Reading shops. (APRIL SAUL / Staff Photographer)

Like putting gas in a car is necessary to make it run, putting fun into your weekends makes them worth remembering. Get ready to Instagram real hard, you won’t want to forget a moment.

Back for the 23rd year is the Philadelphia Film Festival, showcasing films from biggie directors (Alejandro Gonzales, Jean-Marc Vallee), A-list actors (Bill Murray, “St. Vincent,” Zach Galifianakis, “Birdman), documentaries (“I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story”), world narratives (“Force Majeure”) and more at various theaters around the city from Thursday, Oct. 16 through Friday, Oct. 24.

A trifecta of deliciousness comes in the form of the Festival of Food, Wine and Spirits at Valley Forge Casino Resort (1160 1st Ave., King of Prussia). See food demos from reality-TV favorites from Bravo’s “Top Chef” Nicholas Elmi and “Next Food Network Star” Nicole Gaffney. Grab a bite from “Zagat Restaurant Row,” stacked with favorites like Pacific Prime and The Iron Room. The festival runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19.

POSTED: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 3:00 AM
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: Comedian Hannibal Buress speaks onstage at Hilarity for Charity NYC Cocktail Party at The Jane Hotel on April 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok (Getty Images for Hilarity For Charity)

You get what you wish for.

For lo-fi sounds: The second annual (and Kickstarter funded) 8static Festival begins tonight at the First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) featuring musicians who create tunes using old video game software and other tech goodies. Doors open at 6 p.m.

For a harvest: Hammonton Arts Center (219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, N.J.) is holding a Third Thursday event, starting at 6 p.m., with spirit conjuring, adult pumpkin decorating contest, refreshments and more.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 4:07 PM
The Room (photo courtesy of Bryn Mawr Film Institute)

If you’ve already worn yourself out with hayrides and haunted attractions, but still want more horror this month, there are plenty of opportunities to catch some spooky theater and cinema, from retro classics to chilling J-Horror flicks.

Make note of these upcoming screenings (if you dare):

If you’re not a gory horror fan, but still appreciate some monster-themed flicks, Theatre N at Nemours (1007 N. Orange St., Wilmington, Del.) is hosting a Midnight Musical series that pairs perfect with the Halloween season. On Saturday, Oct. 18 lovers, monsters, and a hilarious transvestite perform the remarkable “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and on Saturday, Oct. 25 Dr. Frankenstein’s grandson takes on his own experiments during “Young Frankenstein”.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 1:32 PM

It’s all wizards and wands, potions and spells, Quidditch and butterbeer in Chestnut Hill on Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18. Over the course of two days, the neighborhood gets Hogwarts-ified for the most magical of weekends.

Get intellectual on Friday, Oct. 17 for Chestnut Hill College’s (9601 Germantown Ave.) Harry Potter Conference. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., speakers well-versed in Harry Potterspeak will rock your world with insightful presentations on topics like “Harry Potter and the Meaning of Life,” gender roles in the series, music, psychology, and even politics.

Later in the day on Friday, Oct. 17, the Woodmere Art Museum (9201 Germantown Ave.) presents its Bales of Cornwall straw maze from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (and again all day on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), where young ones can meander through the transformed maze as it becomes wizardized.

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