Kickoff the holidays early at Peddler’s Village, become a wizard at the Mercer Museum and explore the Michener Art Museum’s latest exhibition this weekend in Bucks County! 

Peddler’s Village invites families to welcome the holiday season early with free hot chocolate, tree ornament crafting, mini-lightings, a meet-and-greet with Mrs. Claus and more during their Kick Off to the Holidays! Live the life of a wizard at the Mercer Museum's Wizarding Academy with potion classes, “house sorting”, tabletop Quidditch and other magical activities. Check out larger-than-life sculptures during the Michener Art Museum’s latest exhibition, The Janis Project!

Check out our guide below for details on this weekend’s must-see events around the County. Stay up-to-date on what’s coming up next week with our Upcoming Events calendar.

Friday, November 9

The Rivals production image

The Rivals at the Bristol Riverside Theatre

The Rivals, the famously funny farce with Mrs. Malaprop, is now a hilarious new musical. Be the first audience to experience this Broadway-bound, world premiere with book and lyrics by two-time Tony nominee, Peter Kellogg, and music by two-time Richard Rodgers Award-winner, Stephen Weiner.

When: November 9 – 11, check online for showtimes

Where: Bristol Riverside Theatre

Cost: $46 - $54

Kick Off to the Holidays at Peddler’s Village

Start the season of celebrations at the Kickoff to the Holidays in Peddler’s Village. Festive fun, caroling and mini-lightings lead up to the Village-wide Grand Illumination Celebration next weekend!

When: November 9, 6 – 9 p.m.

Where: Peddler’s Village

Cost: Free to attend

Once Upon a Time… Exploring the World of Fairy Tales at Mercer Museum

Step inside the larger-than life pages of beloved fairy tales from around the globe including Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Jack and the Beanstalk during the Mercer Museum’s “Once Upon A Time… Exploring the World of Fairy Tales” exhibit. Check out this Friday’s “Twilight Tales” special event!

When: November 9 – 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Mercer Museum

Cost: Free with museum admission

 “The Janis Project” Debut at the James A. Michener Art Museum

Marvel at the striking large-scale sculptures by the talented Frank Hyder during the debut of the Michener’s latest exhibition, “The Janis Project”. Make sure to check out “30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018” as well, a special exhibition that invites visitors to learn new stories about familiar works of art and discover objects from the Museum’s vault that have never before been on display.

When: November 9 – 11, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: James. A Michener Art Museum

Cost: Free to attend

"I Hate Hamlet" at the Bucks County Playhouse

Hot Hollywood actor Andrew Rally, star of a recently cancelled TV series, arrives in New York to play “Hamlet” in Central Park and moves into the outrageously Gothic Greenwich Village apartment once owned by John Barrymore. While Andy loves the city, the theater and stardom … he hates “Hamlet.”

When: November 9 – 11, check online for showtimes

Where: Bucks County Playhouse

Cost: $40 - $80

Holiday Craft Show at Aldie Mansion

Visit the Historic Aldie Mansion as more than 95 of the area's most talented artisans display and sell a wide collection of Holiday Craft Creations in the magnificent venue!

When: November 9 – 11, 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Aldie Mansion

Cost: $4

Fonthill Castle’s Escape Room

Mystery and intrigue await all those who dare to enter Fonthill Castle’s Escape Room. Discover Henry Mercer’s connection with the legend of Bluebeard and solve the puzzle that awaits you in an uncharted room at the top of the castle’s tower! Reserve your spot online, tickets sell out fast!

When: November 9 – 10, check online for tour times

Where: Fonthill Castle

Cost: $40

2nd Fridays: Kinky Quizzo and A Food Truck

Join the Naked Brewing Co. for 2nd Friday festivities! Enjoy a hysterical night of Kinky Quizzo while you indulge in delicious brews and food truck foods.

When: November 9, 8:30 – 11 p.m.

Where: Naked Brewing Co.

Cost: Free to attend

The Goblet of Poison at Peddler’s Pub

Visit Peddler’s Pub for a night of magic and murder as you investigate a deadly crime in the school of Hagmoles. Enjoy a delicious meal to compliment your night of solving the murder mystery! Reservations are required.

When: November 9 – 10, 7 p.m.

Where: Peddler’s Pub

Cost: $69.95

Wizarding Academy for Adults at Mercer Museum

Mercer Museum’s adults-only wizarding event offers a window into the magical world of wizards and witches! Get “sorted” into your house, create a personalized wand, take a potions class, play tabletop Quidditch, sip on themed cocktails, compete in the Wizarding Costume Contest and so much more!

When: November 9, 6 – 9 p.m.

Where: Mercer Museum

Cost: $50

Bucks County’s First Art Hotel

The Centre Bride Inn is presenting Bucks County’s inaugural Art Hotel venture to the area’s community of art enthusiast far and near.

When: November 9 – 10

Where: Centre Bridge Inn

Cost: Free to attend

Art and Music at Cairn University

Cairn University is hosting a dessert theater performance and art exhibit this weekend! The Cairn Opera Theater invite you to enjoy a complimentary dessert as they perform “The Singing Actor”. Plus, the “Blairstown: My Hometown” art exhibit will be on display all weekend-long!

When: November 9, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. (The Singing Actor) and November 9 – 11, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Blairstown: My Hometown)

Where: Cairn University

Cost: $8 - $15 (The Singing Actor), Free to attend (Blairstown: My Hometown)

Michael Vincent Magic from England

There are very few magicians who possess the magical combination of superlative sleight of hand and great theatrical presentation, Michael Vincent is one of the chosen few. Watch him live at the Smoke & Mirrors Magic Theater!

When: November 9, 7:30 – 9 :30 p.m.

Where: Smoke & Mirrors Magic Theater

Cost: $10

Annual Small Works Show

Make your way to Washington Crossing to peruse the Annual Small Works Show, featuring over 35 artists with new work being displayed regularly.

When: November 9 – 11, check online for times

Where: Canal Frame – Crafts Gallery

Cost: Free to attend

Saturday, November 10

Big names play at Bucks County's Xcite Center, located in Parx Casino.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story at the Xcite Center

Parx Casino welcomes The Simon & Garfunkel Story to the Xcite Center stage! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all of its hit songs!

When: November 10, 8 p.m.

Where: Xcite Center

Cost: $20 - $40

2018 Annual Antiques Show

The Bucks County Antiques Dealers Association proudly presents the 72nd annual Antiques Show. This is the largest antiques show in Bucks County and one of the best in the Delaware Valley.

When: November 10 – 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Event Center by Cornerstone

Cost: $6

Ragtag Theatre’s Cinderella at Bucks County Community College

Follow a poor troupe of "Italian" actors as they present a hilarious musical romp through the well-known fairy tale, Cinderella. Expect to see daff llamas, roller skating fairy godmothers, selfie taking step sisters, Carrol Channing, and furry kicks standing in for the traditional glass slippers!

When: November 10, 3 – 5 p.m.

Where: Bucks County Community College

Cost: $20

Yardley 2nd Saturdays

Experience vibrant and authentic downtown Yardley every Second Saturday evening. Visitors will find specials, events, and activities from a variety of the town’s independent businesses.

When: November 10, 3 p.m.

Where: Downtown Yardley

Cost: Free to attend

Le Nouveau Festival Weekend

Crossing Vineyards and Winery is celebrating the release of their “2018 ‘Le Nouveau’” with wine tastings, live music, string art lessons and plenty of tasty brews to try!

When: November 10 – 11, 12 – 6 p.m.

Where: Crossing Vineyards and Winery

Cost: $18 in advance, $20 at the door

2nd Saturdays with Faraway Guys & On a Roll Food Truck

Taproom favorite, Faraway Guys, will be spending every 2nd Saturday performing live tunes while you enjoy Naked Brewing Co. brews and On a Roll food truck cuisine.

When: November 10, 5 – 10 p.m.

Where: Naked Brewing Co.

Cost: Free to attend

Wanted DOA: Bon Jovi Tribute at the New Hope Winery

Enjoy an authentic Bon Jovi tribute performance by the talented Wanted DOA! Listen to all of Bon Jovi’s most iconic records as you enjoy a glass of wine.

When: November 10, 8 – 10 p.m.

Where: New Hope Winery

Cost: $30

Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Peace Valley Nature Center and Churchville Nature Center

Join the Peace Valley Nature Center or the Churchville Nature Center every Saturday morning for an early morning bird walk with an experienced bird watcher.

When: November 10, 8 – 9:30 a.m. (Peace Valley) & 7 – 9 a.m. (Churchville)

Where: Peace Valley Nature Center & Churchville Nature Center

Cost: Free to attend

Sunday, November 11

Fonthill Castle

Stories and Stuff: Once Upon a Time

In this creative workshop series of ten sessions guided by artist-in-residence Darcy Fair, children ages 6-12 create their own magical stories inspired by fairy tales. Sessions feature live music, read-aloud stories and imaginative play. Reservations are required.

When: November 11, 1 – 2:15 p.m.

Where: Mercer Museum

Cost: Free to attend

Colombian Youth Orchestra Concert

The Red de Escuelas de Musica de Medellin youth orchestra will perform a range of symphonic, choral, tango and traditional Colombian music at Washington Crossing Historic Park.

When: November 11, 2 – 3 p.m.

Where: Washington Crossing Historic Park

Cost: Free to attend

Sunday Crafternoons at Naked Brewing Company

Join the Naked Brewing Company for Sunday Crafternoons! Enjoy discounted drinks and participate in a different arts and crafts project each week.

When: November 11, 4 – 7 p.m.

Where: Naked Brewing Co.

Cost: Free to attend