Beer, Art and a ‘Happy Place’: Things to Do in, Around and Outside Philly for Oct. 4 to 6

We have you covered for free or affordable fun this weekend from the shore to the suburbs.

Philadelphia and its surrounding counties always have something going on. Hope you’re hungry because this weekend is filled with food festivals! King of Prussia has a beer festival and Media, Wildwood, Sea Isle, Havertown and Center City all have food and craft festivals taking place this weekend. You can also take a trip to the "Happy Place" at the King of Prussia Mall.

We’ve found the top (and affordable) choices of what to do this weekend, Oct. 4-6, in Philly and New Jersey.

What: King of Prussia Beerfest Royale

This beer festival hosts craft brewers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and more. Taste their fall samples and enjoy some festival-ready food along with live music.  

Where: King of Prussia Mall parking lot, 160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA

When: The main event is Saturday from 3:30 p.m. (for VIPs) to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Tickets start at $50 ($15 for non-drinkers)

Beerfest Royale outside the King of Prussia Mall is being called the biggest party in the suburbs, featuring food, music and exclusive beer Saturday.

What: Find Your 'Happy Place'

The Happy Place is a bright, interactive, immersive and Instagram-ready pop-up exhibition featuring themed rooms, including a "Pot of Happiness" ball pit.

Where: King of Prussia Mall, upper level of the Plaza between Dick's Sporting Goods and H&M, 160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA

When: Saturday through Jan. 5

Cost: $30 for adults, $20 for children, free for 3 and under

What: Philadelphia Furniture Show

Craftspeople will showcase their creations ranging from modern to vintage-inspired items.

Where: 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd St., Philadelphia

When: Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $12 weekend passes, $15 day of show and $8 student tickets

What: First Friday Movie in Philadelphia

Movies: Bucket of Blood and Night of the Living Dead (double feature)

Where: Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

Cost: $5 cost includes tour of house

What: Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival

Racers of all skill levels are welcome on the Schuylkill River for this annual race of Chinese dragon boats. Colorful boats, manned by teams, will paddle all day in different heats.

Where: Kelly Drive, Philadelphia

When: Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free to watch

What: Haverford Township Day

Enjoy food, arts and crafts, inflatable rides for kids, a parade, live music and more at this annual community event.

Where: Darby Road, Havertown, Pa.

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Free

What: End Childhood Cancer Walk/Run

Alex's Lemonade Stand is taking its battle to end childhood cancer to the streets Saturday in South Philly. You can register in person.

Where: Marine Parade Grounds, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Broad St. and Intrepid Ave., Philadelphia, PA

When: Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m.

Cost: Free to walk, $20 to run (Donations will also be accepted)

Help end childhood cancer alongside the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation on Saturday at the Philadelphia Navy Yard by walking or running and raising money for an amazing cause.

What: Revolutionary Germantown Festival

Enjoy food, drinks and live music at this festival but the main event will be the reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within Philadelphia city limits.

Where: Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

What: Midtown Village Fall Festival

Start Fall off right with food, drinks, games, live music, sidewalk sales and much more.

Where: 13th and Chestnut streets, Philadelphia

When: Saturday from noon to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

The artwork on display inside Philadelphia's Old City Jewish Art Center shows what its like to battle cancer and to be the loved one of those lost to cancer.

What: Italian Festival and Parade

Enjoy the parade at 2 p.m. and then feast on food and enjoy live music at Kix McNutley’s

Where: 63rd Street and Landis Avenue, Sea Isle City, NJ

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

What: The Wildwoods Food and Music Festival

Two stages of live music, food, crafters, a beer garden, games, kids activities and more fill this festival at the shore.

Where: Wildwood and Schellenger Ave., Wildwood, NJ

When: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

What: Jack’s Pumpkin Glow

Numerous hand-carved pumpkins will illuminate Fairmount Park. Marvel at the artistic pumpkins and get inspired to create your own at home.

Where: West Fairmount Park, 5201 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia

When: Saturday through Nov. 3

Cost: $23 for adults

What: Autumn Crafts and Collectibles Show

Stroll through the crafters and collectors displaying and selling their wares.

Where: Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, NJ

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

What: Wildwoods Boardwalk 5K Pumpkin Run

Adults and families can participate in a variety of races and walks to benefit the Lunch with Lynch Foundation and Education Foundation of Cape Trinity Catholic. 

Where: Wildwood Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ

When: Saturday at 10 a.m. Rain or shine

Cost: $25 for adults to race, free to watch

What: Annual Media Food and Craft Festival

Stroll downtown Media and taste all that the restaurants have to offer. You won’t leave hungry.

Where: State Street, Media, Pa.

When: Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

What: Philadelphia Mini Marker Faire

Enjoy this family-friendly showcase of inventions, creativity and resourcefulness.

Where: Pennovation Center, 3401 Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia

When: Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $20 at the gate

Laura Chenault, co-chair of the Philadelphia Mini Maker Faire, and Chris Sweeney, an educator and artist participating in this year’s event, talk about the hands on event that celebrations innovation of all sizes.

What: Paws for the Cause

This dog walk will also feature food, music, professional pet photos, kids activities and more to help raise money for cancer research.

Where: Fox Chase Cancer Center in the Reimann Lot

When: Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon

Cost: $20

Paws for the Cause hits the streets this weekend. Dog owners will be able to do what would be a normal routine of walking their dogs, but this time to raise funds for cancer research. The annual walk takes place Sunday at the Fox Chase Cancer Center.

What: Ghost Ship Hologram

A 90-foot-tall "ghost ship" will be projected docked along the Delaware River near the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

Where: Race Street Pier, N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

When: Starts Friday, Wednesdays through Sundays from 7 to 10 p.m. through Nov. 3

Cost: Free

You will soon see a difference below the Benjamin Franklin Bridge as a ghost ship hovers over the water just in time for Halloween.

What: Mural Arts Month

Stroll the streets of Philadelphia or take a trolley tour this month and explore Philadelphia’s many artworks and the positive impact the program has had on the city.

Where: Varies locations

When: October

What: LGBT History Month

Throughout October there will be events and festivals celebrating the LGBT community.

Where: Varies locations

When: October

What: Blooms and Bamboo

This new exhibit brings bamboo art and bamboo installations to the conservatory. 

Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa.

When: through Nov. 17

Cost: Varies

WhatTerror Behind the Walls

One of the country’s most popular Halloween attractions returns with more creepy zombies and ghosts that pop out as you explore the abandoned halls of this former penitentiary.

Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia

When: Friday through Nov. 19 on select dates and times

Cost: Varies

What: Hispanic Heritage Month

Philadelphia will honor and celebrate the Hispanic culture and heritage at a variety of events this month.

Where: Various locations

When: Through Oct. 15

What: PHS Pop Up Garden

Throughout the summer this garden will host creative events, planet exchanges, arts and crafts for the kids and flower crown Fridays.

Where: 15th and South Street, Philadelphia

When: Open through October, Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight and on Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free to enter

What: Dinosaurs Around the World

Visit with dozens of animatronic dinosaurs as you discover and learn about things like volcano activity and fossils.

Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences

When: Through Jan. 20

Cost: From $7 in addition to general admission 

The Dinosaurs Around the World exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is now open for all ages.
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