WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Get ready for Bike Night in Lansdale, Oktoberfest at Elmwood Park Zoo, Chadds Ford Days, Lansdowne Arts on the Avenue and more

A scene from last year’s Lansdowne Arts on the Avenue.
A scene from last year’s Lansdowne Arts on the Avenue. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Lansdale Bike Night: The Blue Comet Motorcycle Club hosts the 22nd annual Bike Night 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 9 on West Main Street in Lansdale. Highlights include live music, vendors and food. Admission is free. The rain date is noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 10. Visit www.bluecometmc.com/bn.

Valley Forge Marketplace: A Family Fun Day & Car Show — with classic, antique and muscle cars, hot rods, custom trucks, modified and stock bikes — will fill Valley Forge Marketplace’s parking lot 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16. The rain date is Sept. 17. Proceeds benefit the West Norriton Township Police Association, who help provide flu shots to the elderly, support an annual food drive, Toys for Tots, and contribute to township little league teams. There will be children’s amusements, food, beverages and water ice. Raffle items include prizes such as a Weber grill, an Element 32-inch smart TV, an Amazon Echo, an Amazon Fire Stick, as well as gift cards from Chick-Fil-A and Marshall’s. There will also be a 50/50 drawing. Valley Forge Marketplace is at 600 S. Trooper Road, West Norriton. Call (610) 630-0977.

Oktoberfest

Cheers at the zoo: Elmwood Park Zoo’s Oktoberfest is set for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. The event features over 40 breweries sampling their beers, wines and ciders.

Oktoberfest gives guests a chance to explore Philadelphia’s powerful craft beer culture with selections from local breweries such as Tröegs, Victory, Evil Genius, and Prism. In addition to the local brews on tap, national and international breweries will be in attendance as well.

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Guests will also enjoy the party games placed throughout the zoo. Mechanical bull rides are available to the guests brave enough for the challenge. Live music will be provided by local rock band Great Big House, and DJ A-Run will be playing dance hits all afternoon.

Food will be available for purchase, as the zoo’s Treetop Café, Petrucci’s Ice Cream, and Sarape’s On-The-Go will on hand with a variety of offerings.

Guests will also have opportunities to hand feed the zoo’s giraffes and bison. Tickets to each of the feedings will be available for purchase at the event.

General Admission tickets to Oktoberfest are available for $49 per person, $45 per zoo member. Early admission tickets, which grant access to the event at noon, are available for $69 per person, $65 per zoo member. All guests will receive a complimentary tasting glass with each ticket purchased.

Tickets can be purchased online at epzoktoberfest.com, or by calling 610-277-3825 x 229.

Oktoberfest is a 21-and-over event only. The zoo will be closed to regular admission on Sept. 9, and will re-open to the general public on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Pause to remember

National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum: The thousands of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center twin towers will be remembered at a commemorative service at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the museum’s Steelworkers’ Memorial, which has a center piece of one of the twin towers’ steel tridents. The day will include bell ringing to mark the events of that tragic morning, music from the Lukens Band and free museum admission with exhibits and videos featuring the World Trade Center and 9/11. The museum is at 50 S. First Ave., Coatesville.

Culinary discovery

St. Philip Orthodox Church: The 2017 International Food Festival features cuisine from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Greece, Lebanon, Romania and Russia from noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 15-16 at the church, 1970 Clearview Road, Hilltown Township. There will also be church tours, children’s activities, a gift bazaar, live music and an iconography display. Visit www.st-philip.net/festival.

Salter’s Fireplace & Artisan Shops: EGGfest showcases food cooked on the Big Green Egg grill 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16 at 11 N. Market St., Hatfield. Happenings include a rib contest, music by The Dave Mell Band, a basket raffle, games and more.

Historic Sugartown: Shugart’s Sunday BBQ & Blues will be happening 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 17. Enjoy food, local brews and spirits, live music by The Dukes of Destiny and family fun beneath the backdrop of Historic Sugartown’s circa 1880 general store and circa 1860 Worrall House. Admission is $40, $12 for children 3-10. Visit www.historicsugartown.org or call (610) 460-2667. Historic Sugartown is at the corner of Sugartown, Spring and Boot roads in Malvern. Event parking is located at 260 Spring Road.

Pair with wine

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church: The fifth annual Wine on the Hills event happened noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at St. Peter’s, 1530 Augsburg Drive, Hilltown. There will be 10 wineries, a craft beer garden, food, exhibitors, vendors, live music from The Big Shots, Toby Mochel and A Few Good Men. Advance tickets are $20, $30 at the gate, $5 for designated drivers, $4 for youths 13+. For tickets contact Mike at (215) 453-2051 or go to www.hilltownfirerescue.org.

Going down in history

Morgan Log House: Tavern Night is held Sept. 15, combining local food, drink and history at 850 Weikel Road, Towamencin. Tickets are $40, $70 per couple, and $30 for non-drinking, designated drivers. VIP ticket perks are an hour of extra fun starting at 5:30 p.m. and including sampling food from the Morgan Log House hearth, a special commemorative glass and a complementary six-month membership. VIP tickets are $65. The event is for adults 21+. Tickets are available at www.morganloghouse.org.

Historical Society of Hilltown Township: The 10th annual Historical Festival and Open House runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at 407 Keystone Drive and Bethlehem Pike, Hilltown. Tour the 1800s Hartzel-Strassburger Homestead, the summer kitchen and the Pennsylvania Ramp Barn and Museum. There will be artisans, antique vendors, a Pennsylvania long rifle demo, a youth tin punch craft, farm animals, a silent auction, a bake sale, antique appraisals and more. Call (267) 614-9174.

Chadds Ford Historical Society: Chadds Ford Days, a two-day festival commemorating the 1777 Battle of the Brandywine, is held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at 1736 N. Creek Road, Chadds Ford. Activities include colonial demonstrations, baking at the John Chad House, Revolutionary War reenactors, hayrides, antique cars, an outdoor open-air market, a Tavern Beer Garden, food, live music and more. Tickets are $10, free for children under 18. Visit www.chaddsforddays.com.

Avenue of arts

Lansdowne Arts on the Avenue Festival: The festival happens noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 10 on Lansdowne Avenue between East LaCrosse and Baltimore avenues. Enjoy music, makers, craft brew, food trucks, a YMCA Kids’ Zone and more. For a complete schedule, visit www.lansdowneartsontheavenue.com. Free parking is available on the side streets, at the municipal lot on North Highland Avenue near Baltimore Avenue (behind Dunkin’ Donuts) or in the two SEPTA train station lots.

Hidden gems

Morris Arboretum: A Hidden Gems Tour highlights little-known garden spots throughout the 92-acre arboretum at 11 a.m. Sept. 9 and 23, and Oct. 14 and 28. The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is at 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia. For more information visit www.morrisarboretum.org.

Puppies!

Hatfield Aquatic Center: Dog-A-Poolooza, an event fundraiser for local rescue/animal welfare organizations, allows you to bring your canine friends to the pool for a swim 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 9 (rain date is Sept. 10). Cost is $5, $10 per dog. There will be raffle prizes, silent auctions and the snack bar will be open. Find the waiver and registration form at www.hatfieldtownship.org.

Elvis legacy

Norco Fire Company: Jeffrey Krick salutes Elvis Presley with a show at 8 p.m. Sept. 16 at the firehouse, 144 W. Schuylkill Road, Pottstown. Tickets are $20 and include beer, soda, water and snacks. Call (610) 323-3263 or (610) 906-2808.

Parkway party

Moore College of Art and Design: Moore is joining its neighbors along Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway in launching the 100th anniversary celebration of the parkway 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 8 at 20th Street and the Parkway. Stroll The Galleries at Moore and go back to the time of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and the jazz age greats with live music by Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society. Admission is free. For more on the parkway celebration, check www.parkway100.org.

Get moving

King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company: The sixth annual KPVFC 9/11 Memorial 5K & 1 Mile Walk happens Sept. 9 at the firehouse, 170 Allendale Road, Upper Merion. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the run begins at 9. Visit www.kpvfc.com for online registration and more information.

Sing along

Warminster VE Club: The Franklinville-Schwarzwald Männerchor welcomes you to join in community singing of German folk songs starting at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at 130 Davisville Road, Warminster. Lyrics and translations will be projected onto large screens. A songbook with the notes, lyrics and translations available for purchase. There will also be free dance lessons. Admission is $14 and includes dinner with bratwurst and trimmings, $10 for children under 12. Drinks may be purchased at the VE’s full bars. Call (215) 486-3440 for reservations. Bring your own guitar and help accompany the singing.

Art appreciation

Art Center at Ambler: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 11 artists from the center will take to the streets of Ambler Borough to paint plein air and capture the sights of downtown area. Finished artwork will then be on display at the center’s First Anniversary Celebration the last weekend of October. Interested artists are invited to email info@artcenteratambler.org. The Art Center at Ambler is at 45 Forest Ave., Ambler.

Montgomery County Community College West Campus: “The Art of Recovery: Brush with the Law” is on view through Oct. 28 in the Fine Arts Gallery in North Hall, 16 High St., Pottstown. The exhibition features about 50 artistic creations, including drawings and paintings, by former prisoners and those in recovery from drug addiction who are affiliated with the Brush with the Law program. Admission is free and it’s open 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays. For more information, visit www.brushwiththelaw.org or www.mc3.edu/west-gallery.

Delaware Art Museum: “Tableau: The Art of Richard Cleaver” features medieval-inspired works Sept. 16-Jan. 7 at the museum at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, Del. Constructing his sculptures in clay, Cleaver paints meticulous patterns and applies precious and semiprecious stones to create sumptuously decorated surfaces. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is $12, $10 for seniors 60+, $6 for students and youths 7-18, free on Sundays and from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Call (866) 232-3714 or visit www.delart.org.