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The Top 32 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 with hayrides in the city limits to apple-picking celebrations at a number of countryside farms, fall is being honored in a big way in 2015.

Below, 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 26 - October 31, 2015

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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Elmwood Park Zoo Harvest Fest

September 27 - November 1, 2015 (select dates)

Norristown's Elmwood Park Zoo plays host to its annual Harvest Fest, featuring games, activities, live performances and much more. The fest is free with zoo admission.
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Varner Farms

Through October 31, 2015

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 participate in 20 activities — and receive candy after each one.
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Shady Brook Farms PumpkinFest

October 2 - October 31, 2015

Get in the fall spirit at Shady Brook Farm’s PumpkinFest, with a month of family-friendly pumpkin and apple picking, hayrides, games and hands-on activities in Yardley. Stick around for PumpkinFest After Dark, featuring extended hours and a moonlit corn maze.
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Apple Butter Frolic

October 3, 2015

Celebrate 42 years of the Apple Butter Frolic on Saturday, October 3, 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 3-25, 2015 (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 3-25, 2015 (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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Vendemmia Festival

October 4, 2015

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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Wycombe Vineyards Harvest Celebration

October 10-11, 2015

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 Winetober Fest

October 11, 2015

On Oct. 11, 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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Winding Brook Farm Autumn Agritainment

October (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 17, 2015

The 25th 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 17-18, 2015

It’s all apples all the time at Applefest at the Hop Angel Brauhaus, a German-themed restaurant and beer bar in the Fox Chase neighborhood in the Northeast. Expect a wide range of apple beer and cider, including Cape May Brewing Company's Apple Bomb and Kurant Honey Cider.
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Pumpkin Days Celebration at Tyler Arboretum

October 17-18, 2015

Pick your own pumpkins, make your own scarecrows and more

On October 17 and 18 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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Harvest Festival at Bartram’s Garden

October 18, 2015

Pumpkin carving, face painting, cooking and canning workshops, cider pressing, seed saving and farm tours are what’s on the docket for Harvest Festival at Community Farm & Food Resource Center at Bartram’s Garden on October 18.
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PumpkinFest at Moravian Tile Works

October 24, 2015

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 tasty fare and more. Admission is $20 per car.
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Autumn Winemaker’s Dinner at Crossing Vineyard

October 24, 2015

Bucks County’s Crossing Vineyard, a family-owned vineyard dedicated to environmentally sustainable growing techniques, has a real treat for wine lovers on October 24: a Harvest Winemaker’s Dinner. Winemaker Tom Carroll Jr. will be present to share his thoughts on the winery’s 2015 wines, and attendees will enjoy a five-course seasonal menu — paired with award-winning wines, of course.
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Hop Angel Harvest Festival

October 24-25, 2015

Hop Angel’s festival season continues with its Harvest Festival celebrating freshly harvested food — as well as wet-hopped harvest beers — on both October 24 and 24.
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South Street Headhouse District Pumpkin Fall Fest

October 25, 2015

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, circus performances, live music and more. Shopping from PHAIR, a weekly open-air market at the Shambles, will round out the fun.
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West Goshen Community Park Annual Harvest Festival

October 25, 2015

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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Historic Stenton’s Halloween Harvest Festival

October 31, 2015
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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 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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Longwood Gardens Pumpkin Playground

Through Late October

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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