15 things you gotta do in Bucks this weekend (Oct 12-15)

Do you know what tomorrow is? Yes, it’s finally Friday, but it’s also (dare I say it)…Friday the 13th!

If you are superstitious, just avoid the usual: don’t walk under a ladder, avoid black cats crossing your path, and whatever other silly mumbo jumbo is out there. You’ll have better luck checking out all the fall activities and food specials happening this weekend. For instance, there are a few ways to get your hands on some Bratwurst and German beer if you missed Oktoberfest, and don’t forget about picking pumpkins and apples. 

Events are listed in chronological order

1Pasta and Painting at New Hope Winery

Thurs, Oct 12, 6:30 pm
New Hope Winery
6123 Lower York Rd., Levittown, PA

Join your friends for pasta and painting while you sip on wine at The Pour House in New Hope Winery. For $45, you get an assortment of pasta, a glass of wine, instruction and all supplies needed to create your very own “Autumn Sky” wineglass.

Limited seats, so purchase your tickets ahead of time. They may be purchased in advance at the winery.

2Spaghetti Dinner

Fri, Oct 13, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Delaware Valley Fire Company
75 Headquarters Rd., Erwinna, PA

No need to cook this Friday night. Instead, enjoy a comforting spaghetti meal at the Delaware Valley Fire Company this Friday, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Cost for adults $10, seniors $9, emergency personnel $9, children six to 12 are $7 and children under six are free. Also, take-out is available and costs $11.

3Cocktails at the Castle

Fri, Oct 13, 6:30 – 10:30 pm
Mercer Museum

Nibble while you wander through the fascinating Mercer Museum on Friday, October 13. This annual event takes place in the Mercer Museum and features delicious food from local restaurants and caterers. It is so cool! For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. The event benefits the museum’s education and preservation programs.

4Salem International Dinner and Concert

Fri, Oct 13, 4 – 7 pm, 7 pm concert
Salem United Church of Christ
186 E Court Street, Doylestown, PA

Salem United Church of Christ is hosting an international dinner buffet, followed by a concert featuring Lori Rosolosky and Claudia Pellegrini. The event is $20 for adults, and children 12 and under are $5.

5Ottsville Fall Festival and Season Finale

Sat, Oct 14, 10 am – 4 pm
Linden Hill Gardens
8230 Easton Rd., Ottsville, PA

Linden Hill Gardens is hosting its fall festival and season finale sale this weekend. This event provides a venue for over 20 artisans offering one-of-kind items. Get a head start on holiday shopping and purchase locally made arts, crafts, and edible treats (yummy, yummy food!). Also, stop by for pumpkins and out-of-the-ordinary gourds.

64th Annual FARE Festival

Sat, Oct 14, 1 – 5 pm
The Fuge
790 Falcon Circle, Warminster, PA

FARE is a unique festival where you’ll find over 100 vendors of whiskey, spirits, beer, wine, and food to go with it. Food purveyors will offer a variety of samples, and this year, they have expanded the festival to the newly remodeled second level. This is multi-level experience, including the outdoor area with cigar rollers and a tent. Food trucks will also be on site to sell other foods and desserts. 

The event is put on by FARE Festival with the Doylestown Fire Company No. 1, a 100 percent volunteer firehouse. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the firehouse. Also, there will be ATMs on site. Check out EventBrite for tickets. 

7Lansdale Annual Oktoberfest

Sat, Oct 14, 11:30 am – 5:30 pm,
White’s Road Park
400 White’s Road, Lansdale, PA

Local residents in Lansdale and Bucks County can enjoy live music, fun activities, performances by dance troupes, plus delicious food and beverages at Lansdale’s annual Oktoberfest. This weekend, check out all the international flair, and hang out with friends and family. Admission is free.

8Froehlich’s Farm Fall Festival

Sat – Sun, Oct 14-15, 10 am – 4 pm
Froehlich’s Farm
3143 York Rd., Furlong, PA

Froehlich’s Farm is kicking off the harvest season with its Annual Farm Fall Festival, right there on the farm on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm, and throughout the month of October. 

Here’s what you can do: pick pumpkins from the patch, take a hayride through the farm, build your own scarecrow, sit by the bonfire, roast some s’mores, and eat some tasty food. There are other special events happening this year, so check out the farm’s website for more information. 

9OctoberFEAST at Peddler’s Village

Sat and Sun, Oct 14-15, 11 am – 5 pm
Peddlers Village, New Hope, PA

Raise your beer and grab a Bratwurst to celebrate the 3rd annual OctoberFEAST in Peddlers Village this Saturday and Sunday. You’ll find German food, drinks, and live music. Here’s a breakdown of the festivities: 

  • The beer garden tent features Free Will Brewing with PV Fest, a Märzen-style Amber Lager with a malt profile and “restrained hop bitterness.” Free Will will also have Crisper Kölsch, a clean and crisp cold-fermented ale brewed in keeping with the German tradition; a Pilsner, a hopped-up version of a German classic; and their Kragle, a West Coast style IPA that’s hoppy with piney overtones and a dry finish. 
  • Earl’s New American will serve Paulaner Oktoberfest, Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse and Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest.
  • The Cock ’n Bull tent will serve up a lineup of tasty Bavarian dishes like Brat-dogs on pretzel rolls, Currywurst, potato pancakes and apple sauce, and more. 
  • For dessert, treat yourself to freshly made cinnamon apple donuts from the Cinnamini Donut Truck.
  • A wine and spirits garden features Chaddsford Winery and Hewn Spirits
  • Live music is all weekend long, including high-energy German music and the Philadelphia German Brass Band on Sunday, from 12 – 4 pm.

10Scarecrow Making

Sat and Sun, Oct 14-15, 11 am – 4 pm
The Market at DelVal
Lower State Rd., Doylestown, PA

Want to enjoy making your very own scarecrow without having to clean up all of the hay and extra mess? DelVal will help. All you need to bring is the creativity and they will supply the rest. Create a fall tradition with family this Saturday and Sunday, from 11 am – 4 pm. It’s $25 to make a scarecrow, or $15 if you bring your own clothing. Reservations are recommended so call 215.230.7170. 

Also happening this weekend: wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, pumpkin picking, a giant corn maze, family fun, and more. Fall fun admission is $6 for adults, $8 for children. Pick your own pumpkins are $0.59 per lb. And if you are hungry — remember, the market is stocked with fresh food like sandwiches and snacks and fresh produce, too! 

11Firehouse Breakfast

Sun, Oct 15, 7:30 am – 12:30 pm
Perkasie Fire Co.
Fifth and Arch St., Perkasie, PA

Support a local firehouse by heading to the Perkasie Fire Company this Sunday 7:30 am – 12:30 pm. The menu includes eggs, pancakes, waffles, sausage, bacon, scrapple, home fries, onions and mushrooms. Cost for adults is $7, children ages 4 – 12 years old is $3.50, and children three and under are free. There will be a 50/50 drawing at the breakfast.

12River Reads

Sun, Oct 15, 10 am – 4 pm
Prallsville Mills

The historic Prallsville Mills will once again be the backdrop for the River Reads book festival on Sunday, October 15 from 10 am – 4 pm. Book lovers of all ages can meet and mingle with authors, attend workshops and readings and learn a little local history.

River Reads will feature Bonjour Creperie, wine tastings by Unionville Winery and children’s activities, face painting, blind date with a book sales to benefit the Mill, and the chance to win a book-themed t-shirt from indie bookseller, The Book Garden.

River Reads was created by author Brandi Megan Granett. A passionate supporter of all things literary, Granett is an English professor, author, writing coach and contributor to the Huffington Post Blog. Call 215.968.4004 for more information. 

13Porter Palooza

Sun, Oct 14, 1 – 6 pm
Bucks County Brewery
31 Appletree Lane, Pipersville, PA

It’s time for the 2nd Annual Bucks County Brewery Portapalooza! An amazing lineup of six craft beers, great music and awesome food. Here’s what you will find:

  • First on the list is the Baltic Porter, a whopping 12% ABV brew. It’s a lush porter with notes of chocolate and coffee.
  • Then it’s the Barley Nectar Vanilla Porter. This beer also blends very well with our house made root beer to create a concoction they call R2P2.
  • Next in line is a beer that perfectly melds chocolate and citrus: Cacao Nib Orange Porter.
  • Continuing down the tap line we come to a fan favorite: Cappuccino-Tiramisu Porter.
  • No 1970’s birthday party would be complete without a pint of Neapolitan Ice Cream Porter to go with the namesake cake. It turns out blending vanilla, chocolate and strawberry creates a perfect porter.
  • Finally the Maple Bacon Porter. Yepp, they did it!

And to make the day even more paloozarific, they will have Tim’s BBQ, providing the eats.

14Ghost Tour and Whiskey Tasting

Sun, Oct 15, 6:30 pm
New Hope, PA

Check out this spooktacular event this Sunday, sponsored by Dram Devotees of Bucks County. The event features stops at six different supernatural sites, the first five of which will include its own terrifying tale and complimentary whiskey pairing! The sixth and final stop will be at the old paper mill, Triumph Brewery, where they will soothe your unease with a Halloween craft cocktail.

For those that are not yet aware, the streets of New Hope are notoriously haunted, quite possibly the most haunted town in America. Located along the scenic Delaware River, New Hope has history dating back to before the Revolutionary war. The event is rain or shine.

15Farmers Markets in Bucks County and nearby

For a full listing of farmers markets in Bucks County and nearby, CLICK HERE.

Stop by your area market to pick up everything to fit your foodie needs. And check out our full list of farmers markets around Bucks County (with some in Montgomery and Hunterdon County too).

The Doylestown Farmers Market: Fresh ginger is still available with the stalk and leaves. The stalks can be used like lemongrass in your recipes. Grab them now while they’re available and freeze for the upcoming holiday baking season. Also there are tons of apples available, along with other seasonal produce.

The Chalfont Farmers Market is going until October 28 from 8 am – 12 pm. Stop by for some great local produce!

Bucks County Taste Dinner Club Upcoming Events

In the works…

James & Jamie – Local restaurateur and chef James Seward (Bowman’s Tavern, Bowman’s North) and Jamie Hollander (Jamie Hollander Gourmet) are teaming up to make us one wonderful dinner. TENTATIVE DATE: Saturday, November 11. Details coming.

Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm (Winter 2018)

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