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The Top 36 Fall Harvest Festivals
in Philadelphia and the Countryside

Get your fill of pumpkins, hay rides and more during the autumn harvest

In celebration of autumn’s bounty — pumpkins, gourds, apples, squash and more — numerous parks, farms and markets host harvest festivals to salute the season. And after a few months of humid weather, the crisp fall air can’t come soon enough.

From happenings promising hayrides within the city limits to apple picking celebrations at a number of countryside farms, fall is being honored in a big way in 2014.

We’ve rounded up our top picks for harvest festivals in the Philadelphia region for your fall calendar.

Listings below are in chronological order:
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Milky Way Farm Fall Harvest

September 27 - October 30

Chester County's Milky Way Farm plays host to fun Pumpkin Harvest weekends, which include free hayrides to the pumpkin patch as well as young farm animals, farm fresh ice cream, a corn maze and other fall products including gourds, Indian corn, crook-neck pumpkin, squash, corn stalk bundles, miniature pumpkins and many fall decorative items.
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Brandywine Valley Harvest Festival

September 27-28; October 4-5

Celebrate the 2014 vintage along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

As summer turns to fall, the wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail invite you to participate in the annual rite of the harvest. Last year’s crop is already turning into wine, so it’s time to celebrate with two weekends (September 27 and 28 and October 4 and 5) of tastings, concerts, picnics, hayrides, grape stomping, vineyard tours and art exhibits.
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Varner Farms

September 27 - October 31

Horse wagon rides, tractor wagon rides, pumpkin painting and scarecrow making await visitors at Collegeville's Varner Farms this fall. It all culminates in the Candy Harvest on Halloween night, when children can do 20 activities — and receive candy after each one.
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Vendemmia Festival

September 28

The Vendemmia Festival celebrates a time-honored tradition of South Philadelphia, where sharing homemade food and drink with family and friends is a favorite pastime. Named after the Italian word referring to the harvest of the grapes, the festival is the region’s largest and oldest event dedicated to the art of home winemaking and is a fun afternoon of wine sampling, tasty Italian delicacies and live music.
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Autumn Bounty Festival at Terrain

September 28

Terrain, the brainchild of the Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters group, presents an Autumn Bounty Festival beyond city limits in Glen Mills. From noon to 6 p.m., turn pumpkins into planters, take part in pumpkin and gourd crafts, create autumn wreaths and more. The festival is free, but shopping-related items are pay as you go. Bonus: 10% of the day's retail sales will be donated to the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County.
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Elmwood Park Zoo Harvest Fest

September 28 - November 9 (select dates)

Norristown's Elmwood Zoo plays host to its annual Harvest Fest, featuring games, crafts, food specials, rides, scarecrow-building, hay-bale and corn mazes, animal interactions, bison feeding and much more. The fest is free with zoo admission.
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Shady Brook Farms PumpkinFest

September 29 - October 31

Get in the fall spirit at Shady Brook Farm’s PumpkinFest, with more than a month of family-friendly pumpkin picking, hayrides, games and hands-on activities in Yardley.
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Frankford Avenue Harvest Fest

October 3

On First Friday in October, head to the New Kensington Community Garden Center for the Frankford Ave. Harvest Fest, which caters to children and adults alike. From 4-8 p.m., look forward to pumpkin carving, music, featured local artists and other kids’ activities. Come 8 p.m., the craft beer comes out, as do more fall treats.
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Apple Butter Frolic

October 4

Celebrate 41 years of the Apple Butter Frolic on Saturday, October 4, in Harleysville in Montgomery County. The Pennsylvania Dutch culinary tradition features food, family-friendly activities, arts and crafts, horse and buggy rides and farming demonstrations. Some enticing fare to expect: homemade chicken pot pie, ground cherry pie and funnel cake.
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Freddy Hill Farms' Farmfest

October 4 - 26 (select dates)

Weekends in October mean it's time for Farmfest at Lansdale's Freddy Hill Farms. Pick your own pumpkin after taking a hay ride to the pumpkin patch, get lost in the corn maze and shoot down a giant slide, then enjoy a round of mini-golf and top off of the day with some homemade gourmet ice cream made onsite with fresh milk and cream.
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Merrymead Farm Harvest Days

October 4 - 26 (select dates)

This family-owned and operated dairy farm in Montgomery County welcomes visitors on Saturdays and Sundays in October for its Harvest Days. Attendees can look forward to hayrides and wagon rides, a 700-foot cornstalk tunnel, a five-acre cornfield maze and more.
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Winding Brook Farm Autumn Agritainment

October 4 - 26 (select dates)

Winding Brook Farm in Warrington has a host of fun fall-related activities on weekends through October, including a hay rides, a pumpkin patch, fall food and more. Just don't get stuck in the corn maize, or the farm's "corm cops" will have to come escort you out.
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Cheltenham Community Harvest Festival

October 11

The 24th Annual Cheltenham Community Harvest Festival, held at the Curtis Arboretum in Wyncote in Montgomery County, promises fun for all ages, including hayrides through the arboretum, a craft fair, arcade games, a food court and more. Stick around till after dark for a grand fireworks display.
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Hop Angel Brauhaus Applefest

October 11-12

It’s all apples all the time on the weekend of October 11 and 12 at Applefest at the Hop Angel Brauhaus, a German-themed restaurant and beer bar in the Fox Chase neighborhood in the Northeast. From apple brunch to apple beer and cider to activities like keg bowling, it’s sure to be a day to remember. Don’t miss the honey-and-cider-brined roasted pork loin with roasted farm stand root vegetables in a sauce of apples and cranberries.
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Wycombe Vineyards Harvest Celebration

October 11-12

Celebrate the harvest at bucks County’s Wycombe Vineyards. Taste freshly pressed juice and newly fermented wine from the winery’s vineyard, which is situated on a farming estate that’s been in the family since 1925.
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Sand Castle Winery October Wine Fest

October 12

From 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, Sand Castle Winery and its picturesque Bucks County vineyards will host its own harvest celebration. A $30 ticket gets you an Oktoberfest buffet and delicious wines produced using Old World techniques.
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Pumpkin Days Celebration at Tyler Arboretum

October 18-19

Pick your own pumpkins, make your own scarecrows and more

On October 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tyler Arboretum brings tons of fall-centric fun to its grounds in Media. Decorate your own yard with pick-your-own pumpkins and scarecrow-making. Check out some gorgeous fall foliage on a hay wagon tour and enjoy some sips and snacks of the season.
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Hop Angel Harvest Festival

October 18-19

Hop Angel’s festival season continues with its Harvest Festival on October 18 and 19. Celebrating freshly harvested food as well as wet-hopped harvest beers, keep an eye out for a harvest brunch at 10 a.m., an indoor/outdoor party at 3 p.m., whiffle ball and harvest dinner specials, including cider-cured free-range chicken and late-harvest corn and sweet potato chowder.
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Harvest Festival and River Adventure Day at Bartram’s Garden

October 19

Hay rides, local food, a youth fishing derby, free public paddling on the Schuylkill River and more are what’s on the docket for Harvest Festival and River Adventure Day at Community Farm & Food Resource Center at Bartram’s Garden on October 19.
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Paradocx Vineyard A-Maizeing-Wine & Harvest Adventure

October 24 - December 7 (select dates)
Paradocx Vineyard

Unique wines made from homegrown grapes

Paradocx Vineyard has something for both kids and parents this fall with the A-Maizeing-Wine & Harvest Adventure. Children can entertain themselves with a corn maze, slingshot, horse shoes, rope maze and hayrides while adults sip on wine and cider by the glass or wine flights.
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South Street Headhouse District Pumpkin Fall Fest

October 25

Celebrate all things fall at the annual South Street Headhouse District Pumpkin Fall Fest at the historic Headhouse Shambles. Enjoy hay rides, pumpkin painting, crafts from Fleisher Art Memorial’s ColorWheels mobile art studio, storytelling, circus aerial performances, street performances, a magic show, live music and more. Pair your autumnal celebrations with food and drinks from Cavanaugh’s Headhouse, Pbon’s Fresh Phood and Chewy’s food truck. Shopping from PHAIR, a weekly open-air market at the Shambles, will round out the fun. Beyond the festivities at the shambles, a number of area restaurants will be dishing out special deals, too. Visit Tattooed Mom for a special pumpkin cocktail, complimentary wine with entree orders at Spitalieri’s and more.
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PumpkinFest 2014 at Moravian Tile Works

October 25

Doylestown's popular fall fest

The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown hosts another year of the hugely popular Pumpkin Fest, presented by the CB Cares Educational Foundation. At the event, watch artists carve masterpieces into pumpkins of all sizes, listen to live music, indulge in fare from food trucks, catch a movie screening in the meadow and watch the freshly-carved pumpkins illuminate at dusk. Admission is $20 per car.
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Harvest Winemaker’s Dinner at Crossing Vineyard

October 25

Bucks County’s Crossing Vineyard, a family-owned vineyard dedicated to environmentally sustainable growing techniques, has a real treat for wine lovers on October 25: a Harvest Winemaker’s Dinner. Winemaker Tom Carroll Jr. will be present to share his thoughts on the winery’s 2014 wines, and attendees will enjoy a five-course seasonal menu — paired with award-winning wines, of course.
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Historic Stenton’s Halloween Harvest Festival

October 25
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Germantown's harvest festival for the whole family

Historic Germantown gets in on the harvest fun with its Halloween Harvest Festival, held on October 25 at the Stenton House on Germantown Ave. The free event will have games, crafts, pumpkin painting, a spooky cellar tour and more for the whole family.
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West Goshen Community Park Annual Harvest Festival

October 26

Fall activities at West Chester's West Goshen Community Park Annual Harvest Festival include pumpkin decorating, a scarecrow contest and hayrides. For free admission, bring a dry good item ( deodorant, shampoo, toilet paper, socks, new shirts, etc.), which will be given to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Coatesville.
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Longwood Gardens Pumpkin Playground

Through October 31

One of the world’s premier horticultural display gardens

The always-popular Longwood Gardens has something no other harvest festival has: an 800-pound pumpkin on display. Visit Longwood's Pumpkin Playground to see that and visit the outdoor Children's Corner, where kids can move, manipulate and play with a collection of colorful pumpkins.
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