KYW To-Do List: Harvest fest at Hawthornes, tricentennial celebrations in Upper Dublin, and more for Nov. 1-3

Holli Stephens
November 01, 2019 - 5:00 am
Great Cider and Beer Festival

Courtesy of Hawthornes Beer Cafe

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As many before us have said, time flies when you’re having fun — or when you’re incorporating a township.

This year marks 300 since the official formation of Upper Dublin Township in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the community is hosting plenty of family fun to celebrate its historic milestone.

Although other institutions, like the FirstGlance Film Fest in Philadelphia, haven’t been around as long as Upper Dublin, the festival will offer more than 40 indie films for the 22nd year in Center City.

After a flick, grab a beer or cider at Hawthornes on 11th Street for its annual harvest of seasonal drinks, food and live music.

That’s just the start of this jam-packed weekend. For details about 5Ks, mermaids, hikes or puppies, keep scrolling below, or listen to this weekend’s KYW To-Do List for all of the things to do in Philadelphia and the suburbs.



Upper Dublin Township fireworks
Courtesy of Upper Dublin Township

EVENT: Upper Dublin Township Tricentennial Fall Fest

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: 801 Loch Alsh Ave., Fort Washington

DETAILS: This year marks Upper Dublin Township's tricentennial. It was formally incorporated as a township in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1719. This will be the final event of the tricentennial year, and it will go out with a bang. There will be hayrides, a pie bake-off, scarecrow decorating and fireworks.  

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: FirstGlance Film Festival Philadelphia

DATE: Friday to Sunday

WHERE: Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: This film festival is in its 22nd year and will celebrate more than 40 indie films from around the world. There will be a red carpet for opening night, after parties all weekend, and an awards ceremony on closing night.

PRICE: Day passes start at $50



Great Cider and Beer Festival
Courtesy of Hawthornes Beer Cafe

EVENT: The Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Hawthornes Beer Cafe, 738 S. 11th St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: This fourth annual festival celebrates the return of fall with more than 75 seasonal beers and ciders. Pourings are $5 each. There will be a full lineup of food trucks as well as live music, a pie-eating contest and shopping vendors. 

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Apple Festival

DATE/TIME: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Peddler’s Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope

DETAILS: This fall festival will have pony rides, axe throwing, face painting, sand art and more. There will be live music and plenty of apples in all forms. Parking is limited.

PRICE: Admission and most parking spaces are free


EVENT: Manayunk Cocktail Week

DATE: Through Sunday

WHERE: 14 participating locations

DETAILS: More than a dozen bars and restaurants are participating in this cocktail event, including Manayunk Brewing Company, Lucky’s Last Chance and Taqueria Feliz. There will be a variety of cocktail competitions, happy hour specials, tastings, parties and dining pairings to choose from. Check online for drink specials.

PRICE: Prices vary



The Rescue Run 5k
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EVENT: Rescue Run 5K

DATE/TIME: Saturday; registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

WHERE: FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Ave., South Philadelphia

DETAILS: This 5K benefits and promotes dog rescue and adoption. Attendees can meet furry friends that are available for adoption and get information on how to get involved with local animal shelters. For the safety of runners, dogs will not be allowed to run in the 5K.

PRICE: Pre-registration is $35; race day registration is $40


EVENT: Bachata and Salsa on the Rocky Steps

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

DETAILS: This family-friendly dance session kicks off with 20-minute free dance lessons to get you warmed up. Non-stop dancing with some bachata and salsa hits will follow. 

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Harriet Tubman Legacy Hike

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 2 to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Southwest Philadelphia

DETAILS: Reflect on the life and works of Harriet Tubman while exploring trails of a landmark historic site. Prompts will be provided for conversation.

PRICE: Free to attend but registration is required



Adventure Aquarium mermaids
Christy Schultz/Adventure Aquarium

EVENT: Mermaids return to Adventure Aquarium

DATE: Nov. 2 to 10

WHERE: Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey

DETAILS: See mesmerizing real-life mermaids dive into the 550,000-gallon Shark Realm exhibit. Mermaids will also be at the stingray touch pool waving hello to visitors. There will be a meet and greet with the mermaids as well as kid-friendly crafts. Special dates and times are available for members only.

PRICE: Included with general admission; adults are $30, kids are $22 


EVENT: Pennsylvania SPCA Bark and Whine 2019

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

WHERE: 2300 Arena, 2300 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Join the Pennsylvania SPCA for its signature fundraising event to honor animal advocates, engage new supporters, showcase adoptable animals and support the PSPCA’s mission. There will be dinner, dancing, a silent auction and an open bar.

PRICE: Tickets start at $150



Sutton Foster, Brian d'Arcy James and Daniel Breaker perform a song from "Shrek the Musical" onstage during the 63rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2009 in New York City.
Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

EVENT: ‘Shrek the Musical’

DATE/TIME: Through Jan. 5, 2020

WHERE: Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia

PRICE: Prices vary; some shows start at $27


EVENT: Fleetwood Mac

DATE/TIME: Sunday, doors open at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Wells Fargo Center, South Philadelphia

PRICE: Tickets start at $69.50