Philadelphia Open Studios Tours
What: Indulge voyeuristic tendencies and peek inside the work spaces of dozens of artists.
Why: For a more curated look, hop on the guided trolley ride ($40).
When: West of Broad St., Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m.; east of Broad St., Oct. 20 & 21, noon-6 p.m. Trolley tour, Sun. & Oct. 21, 1-5:30 p.m.
Where: Locations at philaopenstudios.org. For trolley tour reservations, call 215-546-7775 ext. 10 or email email@example.com.
Sittin’ Back with Slo ’n Shakey
What: Ortlieb’s Lounge’s house band covers bluesy legends such as Leadbelly and Muddy Waters for free.
Why: It’s almost like being in a honky-tonk.
When: Ongoing. Thurs., 9 p.m.
Where: 847 N. Third St. (267-324-3348).
Hotel Monaco Opens
What: Impress visiting relatives with reservations at the boutique hotel replete with in-room spa services, Japanese soaking tubs, and bike rentals.
Why: Pretend you’re a tourist and have drinks beside the 30-foot fireplace at Stratus, the rooftop lounge.
When: Mom refuses your air mattress accommodations.
Where: 433 Chestnut St. (215-925-2111).
What: Homesweet Homegrown author Robyn Jasko stirs heirloom cocktails for sampling, plus free workshops (pumpkin carving, cider pressing) and music.
Why: Celebrate the fact no one will see your stomach for months and shovel in the cookies, ice cream, and pierogies.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland St. (215-427-2780).
Photo: Bernadette Dye / Courtesy of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours