Staff Picks: The Best Events This October

From Philadelphia to Kennett Square, there is plenty going on.

Oct. 17 at the Academy of Music

Recommended by J.F. Pirro

The former Dire Straits frontman arrives in Center City this month, still touring behind Tracker, released this past spring. Knopfler’s eighth solo album further defines his singular sound and catalog of insightful yet down-home, bluesy working-class folk narratives delivered with precise, poetic lyrics. His incomparable guitar picking often makes it sound like the instrument is crying for his subjects. Visit

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Oct. 10 in Kennett Square

Recommended by Danielle Bouchat-Friedman

Think you have a refined beer palate? This event will keep you on your toes, affording the opportunity to make new discoveries with every sip from the more than 90 local and regional craft breweries that participate. Proceeds go to Historic Kennett Square, a nonprofit organization working to keep this suddenly trendy little town a thriving economic and cultural destination. Visit


Oct. 29 at Ardmore Music Hall

Recommended by Hobart Rowland

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One of most enduring things to come out of the ’90s Americana explosion, Trace is the first and best album from the band lead by Jay Farrar. Cofounder of the seminal alt-country band Uncle Tupelo with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Farrar is performing the full album to mark its 20th anniversary reissue. Visit 

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