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Fall for the Season: Family-Friendly Philly Fall Festivals

Make fall fun with one of these festivals.

The weather is cooler and the leaves are turning, so that means it’s time for Philly fall festivals! Whether you’re in the city or just outside, September and October are beautiful times to be outside. Enjoy autumn to the fullest with this handy list.

The Fringe Festival

September 7 — 24, 2017

Visit website for varying locations


This city-wide festival is back this fall, and better than ever. The Fringe Festival showcases local and national artists of a variety of media. This year you can catch 15 unique productions curated by FringeArts. There is plenty of nighttime entertainment, and collaborations with local museums.

South Philly Sausage Fest

September 30, 2017, noon — 8 pm

West Passyunk Avenue, from South Broad to 15th Street, Philadelphia


Good food, good beer, and even better people! Head down to South Philly to sample a variety of meats and beers from ten restaurants and ten local breweries. You can sit back and relax with the great people of community as you listen to live music and enjoy your delectable meal. There’s even an area for children! This is a ticketed event, with proceeds going to charity.


September 9 — November 5, 2017

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media


You want fall? Linvilla Orchards has got the autumn season covered with Pumpkinland. Pick apples, find a pumpkin, take a hayride, and even try the apple slingshot. Plus, there’s a big playground and plenty of other activities. It can be a scene, especially on the weekends, so plan accordingly.

Scarecrow Festival

Festival: September 16 — 17, 2017
Display: September 11 — October 29, 2017

41 Peddlers Village Road, Lahaska


The drive to Peddler’s Village will be worth it for this unique fall competition. Competitors can construct their own scarecrow at home to be entered in the annual contest. As a viewer you can stroll through the display and vote for your favorite! During the Scarecrow Festival weekend, you learn to make your own scarecrow, chow down in a pumpkin pie eating contest, and paint your own pumpkin to bring home!

Terror Behind The Walls

September 22 — November 11, 2017


Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia

Terror Behind The Walls at the Eastern State Penitentiary has become synonymous with the spooky fall season for all of Eastern Pennsylvania. Step into this haunted house constructed inside a historical prison. Each year claims to be scarier than the last, so definitely bring some friends along for the screams!

Brauhaus Schmitz’s Oktoberfest Street Festival

September 16, 2017, noon — 8 pm

718 South St., Philadelphia


South Street’s Bauhaus Schmitz hosts this celebration of Germany and all the good food, beer, and culture it has to offer. Enjoy some of the county’s best foods while listening to some live music and enjoying other live entertainment like German dancing. Check their website for a week’s worth of celebrations leading up to the big day!

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival and Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week: September 15 — 24, 2017

Main Street, Manayunk


During Restaurant Week, you can explore some new places and sample their tasting menus for a great price. 

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place

Weekends, September 22 — October 29, 2017

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne


Bring your little ones to enjoy a day of spooky magic at Sesame Place. During weekends from September 22 — October 29, the kids can come in costume and meet their favorite characters. There will be some special Halloween shows, parades, and a kid-friendly maze, as well as all the usual rides and attractions! The drive is well worth it!

PECO Multicultural Series Brazilian Independence Day

September 17, 2017

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia


Celebrate Brazilian independence with another amazing festival presented by PECO. During this festival you can learn more about Brazilian culture while noshing on some authentic Brazilian dishes.

Chestnut Hill Fall For The Arts Festival

September 24, 2017, 11 am — 5 pm

Germantown Avenue, between Willow Grove and Rex Avenue


This festival welcomes the season by bringing together the community as well as artists from around the county. Enjoy a day of delicious food and fun for the family including some rides for children. Browse the work of many talented vendors where you’ll find beautiful jewelry, clothing, and home goods.

Night Market Philadelphia: Italian Market

October 5, 2017

Ninth Street between Wharton and Fitzwater, Philadelphia


Night Market is a moving festival of food, fun, and community in the Philadelphia area. This year the festival will end with one last autumn hurrah at the Italian Market. Enjoy delicious food from local restaurants while strolling around one of Philly’s culinary hubs. 

Midtown Village Fall Festival

October 7, 2017

13th and Chestnut streets


Kick off October with shopping, food, live entertainment and more right in center city! This fall festival will be celebrating for the 12th year and is expected to bring in more guests than ever. Grab some food from your favorite restaurant or sample from somewhere new, and the day with the family!


October 7, 2017

Ridge Avenue and Green Lane, Roxborough


One of many Oktoberfest celebrations in Philadelphia this year, Roxtoberfest aims to bring some unique events to their festival including life-size board games, dunk tanks, and more! Of course you’ll enjoy some traditional German food and a wide selection of beers. There will be a variety of activities for children, so bring the whole family!

Applefest at Fox Chase Farm

October 21, 2017, noon — 4 pm

8500 Pine Road, Philadelphia


Get a taste of the country at this lovely event at city-owned Fox Chase Farm. Kids can paint pumpkins, make apple cider, apple butter, and candles, and enjoy petting zoo, crafts, and music. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids. If you’ve never been to this northeast Philly gem, there’s no better time.

Harry Potter Festival

October 20 — 21, 2017

Check website for various locations


It’s possible you’ve already seen this festival garnering attention on social media, and for good reason. This festival celebrating one of the greatest literary series of our children’s lifetime is expected to have a huge turnout! Chestnut Hill is the perfect place to temporarily become the wizarding world we all love — the Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail line will even become the Hogwarts Express, with character lookalikes onboard! Enjoy events like a horcrux hunt, costume parade, and Potter pub crawl. We’ll end this event with a Quidditch tournament, and of course there will be plenty of Potter-themed treats served up throughout the weekend!

Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens

October 7 — November 19, 2017

1001 Longwood Dr., Kennett Square


Longwood is back to cover another season in light and beauty. The Chrysanthemum Festival honors the flower through beautiful and unique displays throughout the garden including the Thousand Bloom chrysanthemum. This display features over 1,000 flowers in full bloom and is quite a sight to see! There are plenty of delicious restaurants in downtown Kennett Square, so if this is a bit of a drive for you, grab some dinner and relax before heading home!

Head of The Schuylkill Regatta

October 28 — 29, 2017

Between Kelly Drive and Fountain Green Drive


This festivals brings together rowers of all abilities. From high school rowers to college rowers, professional and beginner, there is a ton to watch along the gorgeous views of the autumn Schuylkill River. Cheer on your favorites during the 2.5-mile race and learn something new about rowing!

South Street PumpkinFest

October 28, 2017


South Street’s Headhouse District is bringing the PumpkinFest this year with hayrides, face painting, and more. Bring the whole family to enjoy an afternoon of classic autumn fun. There will be live music to entertain and lots of fall treats to go around!

Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village

November 4 — 5, 2017, 10 am — 6 pm

41 Peddlers Village Road, Lahaska


We have this venue twice on the list, because they just can get enough of fall! Their apple festival is back this year and they’re cooking up more apple treats than ever. Sample apple butters, apple pies, and apple dumplings while enjoying a crisp fall day in the village.


Photograph by R. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia. 


  • Katherine Fisher September 14, 2017

    Night Market in the Italian market sounds awesome – your blurb indicates it is at Front and Snyder, but their website says 9th and Washington (which makes sense).

  • Gwyneth K. Shaw September 18, 2017

    Fixed! Thank you for pointing that out!

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