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Florence + the Machine, Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair, Kilt Fest, Rocky Horror Show, and other events around Philadelphia, Oct. 12-18

Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair, Kilt Fest, Rocky Horror Show, and other events around Philadelphia, Oct. 12-18

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East Passyunk Antique and Vintage Market and Second Saturday Sidewalk Sale

East Passyunk will be bustling all day long this Saturday as 50-plus antique and collectible vendors take over the neighborhood's main namesake avenue. An array of businesses will also be participating in a sidewalk sale through 4 p.m. Once the shopping festivities come to an end, the folksy John Train Duo will begin a performance at the Singing Fountain, unfolding from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Grace Dickinson

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 1746 E. Passyunk and the surrounding area along East Passyunk Avenue, pay-as-you-go,


Lost Bread Co. Talk and Taste

Yeast and dough master Alex Bois of Lost Bread Co. is teaming up with malter Mark Brault of Deer Creek Malt and potato supplier Vince Finazzo of Riverwards Produce to lead a bread-making discussion with WHYY on Thursday. Come out to learn about the craft while also sampling candied potato chips, pretzel shortbread, and other grain-based treats. — G.D.

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, WHYY 150 N. 6th St., $25,

Haunted Food Tour

If the best part of October is having an excuse to eat all the pumpkin-spice and apple-flavored dishes you've missed year-round, this series of tours is for you. Explore the Manauynk Canal and Philly's Northwest, stopping at more than six locations for food tastings. You can expect to leave full. —Thea Applebaum Licht

11:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Chew Philly Food Tours. $29-$72. 215-600-4891,


HollyWoodlands: Buffy in the Cemetery

Gather in the Woodlands in your finest Buffy-themed attire to compete in a costume contest, eat s'mores, and watch three particularly spooky episodes of the paranormal teen series. There's no better way to celebrate this scary show than in The Woodlands Victorian-era cemetery: even a vampire would be unnerved. — T.A.L.

6 to 11 p.m. Friday, the Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Ave. $5 recommended donation. 215-386-2181,


Minefaire: The Ultimate Minecraft Experience

After breaking another Guinness World Record this year in L.A. for the largest convention for a single video game, Minefaire: The Ultimate Minecraft Experience now returns to the area for two days full of Minecraft fun. Test your skills in a family-oriented escape room, don a Minecraft outfit to compete in the costume contest, get your game on in the live gaming arena, enter a Minecraft virtual reality experience, and more at this gamers' paradise. — G.D.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks, $49 and up (free for children 2 years old and under,


apocalypse Weekend

Performers of color from around the country will converge this weekend for two days of laugh-out-loud fun designed to celebrate and address diversity in the world of comedy. Friday night features a free improv jam while Saturday holds two separate ComedySportz POC matches, an improvisational game where players use audience suggestions to create comedic scenes and songs. — G.D.

10 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, Friday is free, Saturday is $15-$20, CSz Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom St.,


Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair

Browse from pottery, jewelry, furniture, clothing, glassworks, and more at the three-day Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair. The biannual event draws 150 juried artists together from across the country to Center City's most popular public park. — G.D.

Oct. 12-14, Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut Streets, free,


Rocky Horror Show

Settle in for an evening with transvestite Dr. Frank N. Furter, his "perfect" creation Rocky, and a bunch of other crazy creatures with Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show, running for one full week at the Bucks County Playhouse. The humorous musical was the inspiration for the 1975 classic cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, so it's destined to make for an entertaining live theater experience. — G.D.

Through Oct. 28, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope, $60 and up,


Please Touch Museum’s OutFest Family Festival

Join the Please Touch Museum in celebrating LGBTQ families and the many ways that families come together through a variety of programming this Saturday. Storytelling and art sessions designed to encourage self-expression will take place, as will a scientific discussion on light and color and a musical parade that will conclude the day. — G.D.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, free with admission,


Bark-or-Treat Trail at Franklin Square

There's no better time to sport a matching outfit with your pup than at Franklin Square's fido-friendly trick-or-treat event. Dress in costume along with your favorite furry pet, and come out to enjoy a variety of treats and activities around the park. — G.D.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th St., free,


Kilt Fest

Join in a celebration Scottish, Irish, Celtic, and Gaelic culture at the two-day Kilt Fest, where sporting your best kilt is highly encouraged. A lineup of 10 bands will perform throughout the festival and live bagpipe music will certainly abound. Other activities in which to partake include a kilt run, a fictional medieval battle, and a kilt contest, while a beer garden serving up locally made Celtic craft brews and a variety of food vendors will also be on-site. — G.D.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 1195 Florence Columbus Road, Bordentown, N.J., $10-$20,


Maroon 5

Before America's favorite disco band plays 2019's Super Bowl or Nov. 10's Philly Fights Cancer event (benefiting Abramson Cancer Center at the Navy Yard) along with Jerry Seinfeld, or singer Adam Levine runs back to judging NBC's The Voice, Maroon Five does something novel – they just play a gig for a regular paying crowd. — A.D. Amorosi

8 p.m. Friday, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street, $49.50-$149.50,

Los Lobos

The great Chicano rock (and soul and norteno and so much more) band from East L.A. has been at it for 40-plus years. One day justice will be served and they'll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Maybe. In the meantime, the songs of the David Hidalgo- and Cesar Rosas-fronted fivesome (which includes Abington native Steve Berlin) about the struggles within brown-skinned immigrant communities, such as "Will The Wolf Survive?" and "One Time, One Night" resonate more than ever. — Dan DeLuca

8 p.m. Friday at the Colonial Theater, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. $39.50-$59.50. 610-917-1228,

Amyl & the Sniffers

Australian pub rockers Amyl & the Sniffers, fronted by singer Amy Taylor, are a hyper energetic live band who take old-school DIY punk principles to heart: They wrote, recorded, and released their debut EP in a total of 12 hours. Signed to ATO Records and counting Jarvis Cocker of Pulp among their fans, they appear to be headed for big things. This all-ages early show at a South Philly record store, which also features Brooklyn punks Surfbort, as well Philly bands Mack Enemy and Chronic Anxiety, ought to be a blast. — D.D.

5 p.m. Friday, Beautiful World Syndicate, 1619 E. Passyunk Ave., $10.  

Florence + the Machine

Even at her most restrained, Florence Welch can't help but let her voice convey power and authority. Although most of this year's High As Hope avoids the power ballads and cathartic anthems that were the centerpieces of the three previous Florence + the Machine albums, it still showcases her thrilling and dramatic contralto. She'll have no problem filling the cavernous space of the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, whether she's singing a nearly a cappella song such as the lovely new "Sky Full of Song" or older exhilarating hits like "Dog Days are Over" or "Shake It Out." Even when singing about heartbreak, Welch is an optimist at heart, and she turns her shows into communal celebrations. Brooklyn's Grizzly Bear opens. — Steve Klinge

7 p.m. Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center, 3602 S. Broad St. $39.50-$99.50. 215-336-3600,

Molly Burch

"I don't need to scream to get my point across," Molly Burch quietly sings on her song "To The Boys." "I don't need to yell to know that I'm the boss." First Flower, the subtle and swoony second album by the Los Angeles-raised and now Austin, Texas-based indie torch singer successfully grapples with personal anxiety and heartbreak and is an impressive step forward in confidence and sophistication from last year's promising debut Please Be Mine. — D.D.

8 p.m. Monday at Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. $12. 215-739-9684.

Public Image Ltd.

John Lydon – the once and former Johnny Rotten – moved from the nihilistic, politicized Sex Pistols to music more dub-inspired than punkish, with lyrics that were more personal, shadowy, and emotional when he started Public Image Ltd. 40 years ago. Though he had a terrible time of maintaining PiL at first (with pals Keith Levine and Jah Wobble), a happier Lydon now oversees a surprisingly cheery collaborative ensemble, has been happily married for decades, and has a 40th anniversary box set and documentary film – both named The Public Image is Rotten – to show off in the spirit of celebration. — A.A.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., $35,

Black Joe Lewis

Since emerging from Austin, Texas, a little more than a decade ago, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears have not tried to win any awards for flash or decorousness. Led by singer-guitarist Lewis, the ensemble delivers what you could call garage R&B. On the group's new album, The Difference Between Me and You, that approach encompasses everything from heavy blues-rock to punchy, horn-accented soul, and lean, snarling roots-rock, all delivered with gritty intensity. — Nick Cristiano

With Vulgarakas, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore. $18 in advance, $20 day of show, $30 seated. 610-649-8389.