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Top Fall Harvest Festivals

Get your fill of apple butter and hay rides 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 this season.

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

Shady Brook Farms Pumpkin Fest

Dates: Through 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.

Linvilla Orchards Pumpkinland

Dates: Through November 3

Favorite fall traditions come together at Linvilla Orchards’ annual Pumpkinland Festival in Media. Beginning on September 14, Pumpkinland opens for the season with a corn maze, straw maze, pick-you-own-apples and a pumpkin ring toss. Throughout the duration of the festival, live music, pie eating contests, a Halloween costume parade also entertain children and adults alike.

Yardley Harvest Day

Date: September 21

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 21, downtown Yardley welcomes folks for its annual Harvest Day in Bucks County. In typical harvest celebration fashion, expect live performances, pumpkin painting and art vendors in addition to a car show, a harvest market and ghost tours of the Continental Tavern, a former stop of the underground railroad.

Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Festival

September 21-22

A variety of fall happenings take place during the weekend of September 21 and 22 at Peddler’s Village in Bucks County. Its annual Scarecrow Festival brings pumpkin pie eating contests, pumpkin painting, scarecrow-making workshops and live music and to the grounds for a full two-days of family-friendly fun.

Autumn Bounty Festival at Terrain

Date: September 28

Terrain, the brainchild of the Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters group, presents an Autumn Bounty Festival beyond city limits in Glen Mills. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., turn pumpkins into planters, take part in pumpkin and gourd crafts, create fall foliage sun prints, enjoy freshly-dipped caramel apples and more. The full day of hands-on autumn-inspired crafts also incorporates non-autumn events as well. Enjoy a cocktail sampling made in mason jars, learn about framing artwork receive tips from schooled interior designers. Access to the festival is free, but shopping-related items are pay as you go.

Brandywine Valley Harvest Festival

Dates: October 5-6

The 11th annual Brandywine Valley Harvest Festival returns for multiple days of live music, wine tastings, food truck bites and games at a number of participating wineries along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail. Participating wineries include Chaddsford Winery and Penns Woods Winery.

PumpkinFest at Franklin Square

Date: October 5

Franklin Square is all about fall fun during the third annual PumpkinFest on October 5. The event helps raise funds to maintain the park, which is one of Philadelphia’s most picturesque settings. Guests of all ages partake in festivities such as a costume parade, pumpkin painting, pony rides, spooky mini-golf, carnival games, cupcake decorating and more. Plus, admission includes unlimited rides on the historic Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel.

Morris Arboretum’s Fall Festival

Dates: October 5-6

From 10 a.m to 3 p.m. on both October 5 and 6, Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill invites guests to paint pumpkins, make scarecrows and indulge in apple confections all within the arboretum’s grounds which are sure to be full of festive fall foliage.

Apple Butter Frolic

Date: October 5
Location: The Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, Pa.

Celebrate 40 years of the Apple Butter Frolic on Saturday, October 5, 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.

Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival

Date: October 12

Reading Terminal Market is undoubtedly one of the best places to savor the bounty of fall, and on October 12, visitors are invited to do just that during the Harvest Festival. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a portion of Filbert Street is closed to traffic and transformed into an urban farm, complete with hay bales and corn stalks. Kids and adults walk through an on-site pumpkin patch, ride an authentic farm tractor and enjoy freshly prepared donuts, candy apples and other seasonal treats.

Family Tip: Filbert Street will be closed to traffic to make way for an authentic hay ride around the market.

Fall Festivities at The Oval

Date: October 12

The Oval, the parkway’s well-loved pop-up park hosts a full day and night of fall activities on October 12. From noon to 4 p.m., paint pumpkins, embark on a hayride throughout the green space, enjoy food from a number of food trucks. After the daytime happenings, don your best Halloween costume for the chance to win the best dressed award at an evening party from 4 to 9 p.m. Also groove around The Oval to the tunes of area DJs at the evening portion of the event.

Franklin Square Pumpkin Fest

Date: October 20

Get your fill of Square Burger and tons of other harvest fest treats at this family fundraiser for Franklin Square. Be sure to check out the costume parade, Halloween-themed mini golf, pumpkin painting and and all the other festive attractions they have in store.

PumpkinFest 2013

Dates: October 20-21
Location: Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, Doylestown, Pa.

The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown hosts another year of the hugely popular Pumpkin Fest which is presented by the CB Cares Educational Foundation for the first time. At the event, which begins at 4 p.m., watch 20 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 at 7:30 p.m. and watch the freshly-carved pumpkins illuminate at dusk. Admission is $20 per car.

Pumpkin Days Celebration at Tyler Arboretum

Date: October 19
Location: Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd, Media, Pa.

On October 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 while enjoying some sips and snacks of the season at the Pumpkin Days Celebration.

Pennypacker Mills All Hallow’s Eve Fall Festival

Date: October 19

Look out for fall activities like cider press churning, hay pile jumping, corn shucking and more at this year’s All Hallow’s Eve Fall Festival at the historic Pennypacker Mills in Schwenksville.

Chrysanthemum Festival

Dates: October 26-November 24

More than 20,000 blooming chrysanthemums take over Longwood’s four-acre conservatory during the Chrysanthemum Festival. Longwood’s experts have trained these fall favorites, creating cascades of color drape the Conservatory walls like flowery waterfalls.

Peddler’s Village Apple Festival

Dates: November 2-3

It’s all about the apples at the Peddler’s Village Apple Festival. Get your fill of apple butter, cider, dumplings, pie and more while browsing through local crafts.

Insider Tip: Come hungry and try your luck at the apple pie-eating contest.

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