Bloktoberfest, an all-ages, free-to-attend celebration of beer, food, music and Philly will be returning for its fourth year on Saturday, Oct. 13, from noon to 8 p.m., taking over four blocks of South Street between Broad Street and 18th Street. In partnership with the South of South Neighborhood Association, South Street West Business Association and Bella Vista Beer Distributors, Bloktoberfest will once again showcase a wide selection of beer by craft breweries from around the country, food from neighborhood vendors and food trucks, and multiple stages of live music featuring nationally recognized and emerging local acts. The event is not for profit, with beer proceeds directed back into a variety of local charities and programs.
South Street, Broad to 18th streets
Saturday, Oct. 13, 12-8 p.m.
Pay as you go
Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival
Autumn is here, and that means it is harvest time at Reading Terminal Market. This October the Market celebrates the foods of the Pennsylvania harvest with loads of fresh, local produce, cheeses and wines, hay rides, and games. Filbert Street will be transformed into an urban farm and closed to vehicle traffic. Families are invited to climb on an authentic farm tractor for a hayride around the Market and enjoy hot apple cider and award-winning Pennsylvania wines. There will be locally grown autumn harvest fruits and vegetables, a sidewalk barbecue of bratwurst, knockwurst and other specialty sausage sandwiches, and for those with a sweet tooth, there will be chocolate, caramel and candy-dipped apples. Bluegrass band Special Delivery will provide entertainment throughout the day.
12th and Arch streets
Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pay as you go
Third annual Cheesesteak Challenge
In honor of the third anniversary of Square 1682 and Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, the restaurant and hotel invite you to participate in their third annual Cheesesteak Challenge: High Steaks! Block Party on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. To pay homage to Philadelphia’s signature dish, Square chef Guillermo Tellez has recruited a total of 12 top area chefs and Kimpton executive chefs to share their own rendition of the iconic sandwich. The event will give hundreds of attendees the chance to sample cheesesteaks from top toques in Philadelphia, with the majority of proceeds going to Philadelphia Academies. The charity is dedicated to expanding life and economic options for Philadelphia public school students through career-focused programming, preparing them for employment and postsecondary education. Live entertainment will be provided by Technical V (aka “The Boys in Blue”), and Victory Brewing Co. will sponsor the event. The “Judges’ Choice” cheesesteak will be selected by a panel of local food personalities, journalists and Philadelphia heroes. Guests of the event will determine the “Peoples’ Choice” award.
Sansom Street between 16th and 17th streets
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2-5 p.m.
Admission: $25, includes all cheesesteaks
“Stoker’s Dracula,” a One-Man Show
Come see the bloodthirsty fiend of legend as he stalks through America’s oldest residential street, Elfreth’s Alley. Actor and writer Josh Hitchens brings the monster to life with his stunning one-man show, “Stoker’s Dracula,” a spine-tingling adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic Victorian novel. With words taken from the very pages of this Gothic masterpiece, “Stoker’s Dracula” brings you the chilling horror and scintillating mystery of literature’s greatest vampire. Terror and intrigue against the backdrop of Elfreth’s Alley’s haunting charm wait for you Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The performance runs approximately 70 minutes with no intermission. Tickets for this event are limited! Patrons are reminded that this is an outdoor performance and to dress accordingly.
Elfreth’s Alley Museum, 124 Elfreth’s Alley
Saturday, Oct. 13, 8-9:30 p.m.
Calling all guys and dolls! Put on your best Roaring ’20s attire (if you please) and kick up your heels to kick off the National Constitution Center’s dazzling, world-premiere exhibition, “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition”! Step back in time to the Roaring ’20s as the Center transforms into a swinging speakeasy, complete with Jazz Age music by the Ben Mauger Orchestra, Lindy Hop and Charleston lessons and themed photo opportunities. Guests will enjoy authentic cuisine and a variety of whiskey cocktails as well as Batch 19 lager inspired by the last batches of beer brewed before Prohibition.
National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.
Thursday, Oct. 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Admission: $40, 21+