What to do in the suburbs this weekend


Malvern Stroll
Thursday, 5-8 p.m.; King Street, Malvern; facebook.com/malvernstroll
King Street merchants will keep their doors open with extended hours and sales on the Third Thursday Malvern Stroll. More than 20 shops have goodies on sale for strollers. With fall in the air, when it gets nippy, head into a number of local restaurants for dining deals.

Outdoor Movie Night
Thursday, 8:30 p.m.; 114 South Olive St., Media; visitmediapa.com
Think outdoor movie nights are only for the summer months? Inconceivable! Come watch “The Princess Bride” under the stars. It’s getting chillier at night, so bring your jacket and blanket, but trust that Wesley and Buttercup’s burning love will warm you up.

Plantation Field International Horse Trials
Friday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; $20/carload; Plantation Field, 387 N. Green Valley Rd., Coatesville; 484-883-2917; plantationfieldhorsetrials.com
With more than 285 top-ranked riders, check out the 7th annual horse trials at Plantation Field amid a can’t-be-beat setting. Besides the trials, don’t miss the Sunday tailgate, rock climbing, mechanical bull, face painting and much more. The admission price is per carload per day.

Lend Me a Tenor
Opens Friday, 8 p.m.; $8-$15; The Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore; 610-328-4271; pcstheater.org
It’s 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio, and desperate times for the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. Just a single performance by Tito Merelli, a world-renowned tenor, can save the opera house from ruin. But after Tito passes out from an extra heavy dose of tranquilizers, the tightly wound opera director thinks he’s dead and puts a madcap alternate plan into place. Additional performances through Oct. 4.


Village Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; $5; Middletown Grange Fairgrounds, 557 Penns Park Rd., Newtown; villagefaire.org
Good morrow, gentlefolk of Pennsylvania. Pray you attend the 15th annual Village Renaissance Faire, where you can step back in time by centuries to meet the knights, jousters and jesters ready to entertain and educate. Dost thou fancy fire breathers, hot coal walkers and even dragons? It’s all at the faire.

Downtown Ardmore Open House
Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; downtown Ardmore; ardmoreshops.com
Stroll through Ardmore’s historic shopping district to get the best deals on sidewalk sales, Oktoberfest specials and a trunk show. There will be children’s activities, antique appraisals, concerts, a floral arranging demonstration and even fun footwear customization. Visit the website for the full schedule of events and participating stores.

Justice4PAKids Motorcycle Ride Against Child Abuse
Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; $25; Office Bar and Grille, 1021 N. Morehall Rd., Malvern; justice4pakids.org
Take a stand against child sexual abuse with a beautiful fundraising motorcycle ride through Chester County. Proceeds support Justice4PAKids’ work to protect children and raise awareness of abuse. Post-ride, chow down at the after-party at Office Bar and Grille, where a portion of the bill goes to Justice4PAKids.

Willistown Run-a-Muck and Countryside Bash
Saturday, 2:30 p.m.; $15-$60; Heartwood, 912 Providence Rd., Newtown Square; 610-353-2562; wctrust.org
Get a glimpse at areas of the Willistown countryside not normally open to the public in this 5K run or muck (walk). Even if running isn’t your thing, there is plenty to do after the race with live music, beer and wine, a pet parade, climbing wall and country supper. All proceeds support the Willistown Conservation Trust. But don’t wait: Run registration closes Thursday.

Chester County Restaurant Festival
Sunday, noon-5:30 p.m.; downtown West Chester; 610-436-9010; wcdish.com/restaurantfestival
Chester County’s annual restaurant festival continues to grow every year. Tickle your taste buds with tons of delicious dishes from Chester County restaurants and food vendors. Walk off the calories by making your way around downtown to listen to live music performances at three locations. West Chester’s own QVC will broadcast live from the festival. Don’t forget to vote in the people’s choice cook off or take a load off at the Church Street beer garden.


The Art of Preservation: A Farm to Table Dinner Party
Saturday, 4-8 p.m.; $125; Kirkland Farm, 2510 Old Bethlehem Rd., Springtown; 215-345-7020 ext. 108; heritageconservancy.org
An evening of elegance has a homegrown feeling at this farm to table dinner party. Sit down to cocktails and 12 locally sourced dishes to help preserve farmland in Upper Bucks County. All of the locally produced food is provided by Jamie Hollander Gourmet Foods and Catering.

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