Fall festivities

scarecrow at Morris Arboretum

WHAT: Autumn at Penn is always bursting at the seams with arts events and outdoor and kids activities. Below is just a sampling of the many events available this month and next.

CELEBRATE THE SEASON: The colors, food and festivities of autumn come alive at the Morris Arboretum’s 10th annual Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All of the events are geared toward families, and include scarecrow-making, pumpkin decorating and face painting. Master falconer Mike Dupuy will be on hand to show off his birds of prey and demonstrate the 4,000-year-old art and sport of falconry. The Weavers Way co-op will also offer a selection of organic, locally grown produce for sale, and Jim Bobb will wax poetic about the benefits of his homegrown honey. Scarecrow-making is an additional $10 fee for members ($12 for non-members), but otherwise, the festival is free with Arboretum admission. www.morrisarboretum.org.

COMING HOME: Penn alumni from all classes are welcome at the 2008 Homecoming celebration, to be held Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. Schools will host open houses, ‘XPN will offer free music concerts, fitness buffs can participate in the annual Homecoming run/walk and, of course, everyone is welcome to cheer on the Quaker football team as they take on Brown at noon on Nov. 2. Tickets for the game run from $8 to $25. Aside from toasting Dear Ol’ Penn, be sure not to miss the tours of the many campus art galleries from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 and from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 1. For registration and a full calendar of events, go to: www.alumni.upenn.edu/homecoming2008.

SCREEN SCREAMS: Only the most devoted of fans can sit in a theater watching 24 hours of gore, slasher and downright spooky modern and classic horror films. Back by popular demand, the 24-hour Horror-thon festival gets rolling in the International House theater at noon on Saturday, Nov. 1, and runs to noon on Nov. 2. While the specifics of the program are a secret, the audience will be treated to some of the biggest horror titles of the last 30 years, plus some rare gems, classic trailers, shorts and other oddities. Last year’s event sold out, so horror buffs should get their tickets early through Ticketweb at 866-468-7619. For more information, go to: www.ihousephilly.org.

WHENEVER WEDNESDAYS: And speaking of “other oddities,” set aside a couple of hours on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. to see Terry Zwigoff’s acclaimed 1995 biography, “Crumb,” which documents the life and times of comix pioneer R. Crumb. This screening—part of the “Whenever Wednesday” series—compliments the R. Crumb exhibition currently at the Institute of Contemporary Art (which runs through Dec. 7). The screening takes place at I-House. Read more about Crumb and the free event at the ICA’s website: www.icaphila.org.

FAIR TRADE: Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the first annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, held on Sunday, Nov. 9, from noon to 4 p.m., at World Cafe Live. Local vendors will sell all sorts of handmade items perfect for the holiday season.

Originally published on October 2, 2008