To-Do List: Blocktoberfest; new Exile show; 215 Festival; PHEAST & more

Blocktoberfest 2012, via South Street West's Facebook page
Blocktoberfest 2012, via South Street West’s Facebook page
  • Blocktoberfest, a massive celebration of beer, will be between Broad and 18th Streets for its fifth year in a row, noon to 8 p.m. Craft breweries from all over the country, food and live music. As if that’s not enough, this year’s pumpkin beer station will expand into a Pumpkin Beer Express Zone for pumpkin beverage fans. For those who are curious, the event is nonprofit, with beer proceeds going to a variety of neighborhood initiatives addressing education, green space and public safety.

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  • The 215 Festival is taking over East Passyunk Oct. 17 through Oct. 20. For readers who missed our post on the event, the festival will feature spoken, written and visualized word performances and workshops. For a full event schedule, visit the website here. Philebrity is also giving East Passyunk Avenue a bookstore for the day. The pop-up bookshop by Spiral Bookcase it will be selling books written by 215 Fest-featured authors at the Singing Fountain on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Want to win FREE tickets to Theatre Exile’s production called “Cock”? You can enter to win free tickets by signing up for our weekly newsletter. The show opened with previews on Oct. 17 and runs through Nov. 10. The play follows the journey of John, who’s trying to find out what he wants out of life when he falls in love with a woman after taking a break from his boyfriend.


  • Pennsylvania Horticultural Society presents Pheast, a festive night out at the Navy Yard, Friday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.- 10 p.m. Chefs collaborate with local farms, organic cocktails and dancing Aimee Olexy of Talula’s Garden, Daniel Stern of R2L, Al Paris of Heirloom, Mitch Prensky of Supper, and Rafael Gonzalez of the Fountain Restaurant at Four Seasons. The event will benefit PHS’ City Harvest program, which helps feed more than 1,000 families a week. Order tickets online at

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  • The Terror Film Festival is presenting its eighth annual installment Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19. The line up includes 28 short films and 3 feature films in the horror, science fiction,fantasy, thriller, and dark drama genres over the course of three days. Meet the actors and creators of the films. Enjoy free food, free giveaways and attend the Claw Awards hosted by Princess Horror. Order tickets at the website

– Ruthann Alexander, @RuthannAlexande