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.
September 7 — 24, 2017
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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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
October 20 — 21, 2017
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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!
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!
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!
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!
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.