30+ Fall Harvest Festivals in Philadelphia in 2016
Hayrides, fruit picking, pumpkin carving, pies of all kinds and so much more
From hayrides to apple pie to pumpkin carving sessions in the crisp autumn air, it's hard to beat the awesome tastes, sights and experiences that fall brings each year.
This is particularly true in Philadelphia, where harvest festivals abound. In celebration of autumn’s bounty — pumpkins, gourds, apples, squash and more — numerous parks, farms and markets host harvest festivals to salute the season.
Picture apple picking at Highland Orchards, scarecrow making at the Morris Arboretum, cider drinking and fall crafting at Historic Stenton and beyond. Take a peek and get ready for a ton of fall fun with our top picks for harvest festivals in the Philadelphia region for your fall calendar.
Pumpkinland Festival at Linvilla Orchards
September 10 - November 6, 2016
Favorite fall traditions come together at Linvilla Orchards’ annual Pumpkinland Festival in Media. Beginning in September, Pumpkinland opens for a three-month season that includes straw bale and cornfield mazes, live music and entertainment, hayrides, train rides, pony rides, face painting, apple picking and jack-o-lantern displays. Plus, don't miss the annual costume parade on Sunday, October 30!
Enjoy fall at Linvilla Orchards with a slew of festive activities taking place at the Pumpkinland Festival. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Highland Orchards Fall Apple Festival
Every weekend from September 10 to October 30, 2016
Join Highland Orchards in West Chester for a season filled with apple and pumpkin picking, plus fun activities to partake in after you pick. Coming with a crowd? Consider calling ahead to schedule a group hayride, which ends with a campfire. Apple cider doughnuts and other baked treats will be available for purchase to sweeten the experience.
Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Festival, Competition and Display
Festival: September 17-18, 2016
Display: September 10 - October 30, 2016
Enjoy a weekend of family fun with scarecrow-making workshops, pumpkin-pie-eating contests and live music during the annual Scarecrow Festival, Competition and Display, an annual tradition at Peddler’s Village. At the center of the celebration is a scarecrow competition, where over 100 fantastic, hay-stuffed creations vie for the public's vote. Cast yours before October 10 to help determine the winner!
Make your own scarecrow, eat lots of pumpkin pie and more at the family-friendly Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Festival. (A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia)
Hellerick's Family Farm Fall Harvest Festival
September 17- October 31, 2016
Bucks County's Hellerick's Family Farm offers 18 acres and more than 30 family-friendly activities — including pumpkin rolling, corn chute slides, a tractor tire mountain and a five-acre corn maze — during its Fall Harvest Festival. On Friday and Saturday nights, the farm offers moonlit hayrides and flashlight corn maze challenges, along with campfires to cozy up next to afterward.
Chaddsford Winery’s Harvest Festival
September 17-18, 2016
It’s harvest time at Chester County’s Chaddsford Winery, the biggest winery in Pennsylvania. Taking place in the heart of the scenic setting that painter Andrew Wyeth made famous, Chaddsford’s Harvest Festival offers guided tours, wine sampling, live music and wines by the glass from the outdoor wine bar. Local food trucks will also set up shop. Festival admission is free and food and drinks are pay-as-you-go.
Toast the arrival of fall at Chaddsford Winery's Harvest Festival. (Photo courtesy Chaddsford Winery)
September and October 2016 (select dates)
Horse wagon rides, mini-donkey wagon rides and toy pony rides (for the kids) are among the fun, animal-piloted activities you can partake in at Collegeville's Varner Farms this fall. Pumpkin painting, scarecrow making and corn maze adventuring are among the other festivities that await visitors, too.
Collegeville's Varner Farms promises wagon rides, a flashlight maze and more this fall. (Photo courtesy Varner Farms)
Milky Way Farm Pumpkin Harvest
September 26 - October 30, 2016
Free hay rides, a pick-your-own pumpkin patch and a corn maze await at Chester County's Milky Way Farm during its Pumpkin Harvest weekends. Choose from pumpkins spread out across seven-plus acres before scoping out the other fall harvest treats from the farm, including decorative gourds, Indian corn, crook-neck pumpkins, squash and corn stalk bundles.
Pick your own pumpkins and find your way through a corn maze at Milky Way Farm. (Photo courtesy Milky Way Farm)
Morris Arboretum’s Fall Festival and Designer Scarecrows
October 1-2, 2016
There are few better places to celebrate fall than in the beautiful, red- and orange-hued groves of the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill. Now in its 17th year, the Fall Festival and Designer Scarecrows event welcomes families to the gorgeous grounds to create a scarecrow, paint a pumpkin and enjoy local apples, among other activities.
Apple Butter Frolic
October 1, 2016
Celebrate 43 years of the Apple Butter Frolic 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. Expect a variety of Pennsylvania German fare – which last year included homemade chicken pot pie and funnel cake! – and baked goods to enjoy, alongside an apple-baking contest that's sure to fill the air with mouthwatering scents.
Farmfest at Freddy Hill Farms
Weekends in October 2016
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. Afterward, enjoy a round of mini-golf and top off the day with some homemade gourmet ice cream made onsite with fresh milk and cream.
Bucks County Wine Trail Harvest Celebration
October 8-9, 2016
Experience the beauty of autumn out in the vineyards during the Bucks County Wine Trail Harvest Celebration. In addition to trying a variety of local wines, visitors can sample fresh-pressed grape juices that have not yet fermented into wine.
Harvest Fest at Elmwood Park Zoo
October 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 2016
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.
Celebrate fall at the Elmwood Park Zoo during its annual Harvest Fest filled with entertainment and live performances. (Photo courtesy Elmwood Park Zoo)
Shady Brook Farm PumpkinFest
October 13, 20, 26 and 27, 2016
Get in the fall spirit at Shady Brook Farm’s PumpkinFest, with a month of family-friendly pumpkin picking, hayrides, pedal go-carts, barnyard animal petting, pig races and other hands-on activities in Yardley. Stick around for PumpkinFest After Dark, featuring extended hours and a moonlit corn maze.
Merrymead Farm Harvest Days
Saturdays and Sundays in October 2016
Family-owned-and-operated Merrymead Farm in Montgomery County welcomes visitors on Saturdays and Sundays in October for its Harvest Days celebrations. Attendees can look forward to hayrides and wagon rides, a 700-foot cornstalk tunnel, a five-acre cornfield maze and more spread out across this dairy farm's expansive grounds.
Score caramel apples, cider doughnuts and other apple treats at Merrymead Farm this fall. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Cheltenham Community Harvest Festival
October 15, 2016
The 26th annual Cheltenham Community Harvest Festival promises fun for all ages, including hayrides, a craft fair, arcade games, pumpkin decorating, sack races, a food court and more. Stick around till after dark for a grand fireworks display.
The Cheltenham Community Harvest Festival brings a jam-packed day full of live entertainment, hayrides, pumpkin decorating and more. (Photo courtesy the Cheltenham Community Harvest Festival)
Hop Angel Brauhaus Apple and Baconfest Weekend
October 15-16, 2016
Sweet apples and salty bacon fill the menu at Hop Angel Brauhaus, a German-themed restaurant and bar in Fox Chase, during its Apple and Baconfest Weekend. Expect a wide range of menu specials, ciders and seasonal treats for your taste buds.
Pennypacker Mills All Hallow’s Eve Fall Festival
October 15, 2016
Set on 170 acres of bucolic farmland, Pennypacker Mills is home to a mansion of a former Pennsylvania governor and his family. Each year, it welcomes visitors to enjoy fall activities like pumpkin painting, kid's crafts, tractor-pulled hayrides, a chance to turn the apple cider press and shuck corn and more at the All Hallow’s Eve Fall Festival.
Giant piles of hay, pumpkin painting and other fun activities create a festive environment at the All Hallow's Eve Festival. (Photo courtesy Pennypacker Mills)
Sand Castle Winery Winetober Fest
October 16, 2016
Sand Castle Winery and its picturesque Bucks County vineyards host a celebration of wine and German-styled food. Stay up to date on details for this year's event as they're released by clicking the button below.
Celebrate the arrival of fall at Sand Castle Winery's Winetober Fest, where Oktoberfest meets wine. (Photo Courtesy Visit Philadelphia)
October 17, 2016
Phoenixville's Pumpkinfest is all about its namesake harvest crop. From pumpkin carving contests to pumpkin painting contests to pumpkin derby races, cooking competitions and more, the fest makes it easy to fill up on pumpkin fun all day long. A carnival, moon bounce, games and other entertainment are also expected this year. Visit the official website by clicking the button below to stay up to date on details surrounding the free fall festival as they're released.
Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens
October 22 – November 20, 2016
Gaze in awe at more than 16,000 expertly arranged chrysanthemums in Longwood Gardens' four-acre conservatory during the Chrysanthemum Festival. Longwood’s experts train these fall favorites, creating cascades of color that drape the conservatory walls like flowery waterfalls. The centerpiece of the festival is Longwood's coveted Thousand Bloom chrysanthemum, featuring more than 1,500 perfectly arranged flowers — the largest of its kind grown outside of Asia.
Autumn Winemaker’s Dinner at Crossing Vineyard
October 22, 2016
Bucks County’s Crossing Vineyard and Winery, a family-owned vineyard dedicated to environmentally sustainable growing techniques, has a real treat for wine lovers this fall. The Harvest Winemaker’s Dinner features a five-course, seasonal menu paired with award-winning wines from the vineyard. Winemaker Tom Carroll Jr. will be there to share his thoughts on the 2016 growing season and for attendees to nerd out over all things wine and ask all grape-related questions.
Welcome fall with a five-course meal paired with award-winning local wine at Crossing Vineyards. (B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)
Hop Angel Brauhaus Harvest Weekend
October 22-23, 2016
Hop Angel’s festival season continues with its Harvest Festival, which celebreates seasonal eats and wet-hopped beers. What are wet-hopped beers, you ask? These brews use hops fresh off the vine that don't go through a drying process. Wet-hopped beers can typically be made only once a year here in the states, making for a special tasting experience.
Pumpkin Patch at Franklin Square
October 22, 2016
If you've got little ones in your life under 10 years old, take them to Franklin Square on October 22 to pick out a pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch. Kiddos can then decorate a pumpkin and take it home for free. Plus, the Lightning Bolt Express Train will host rides around the square.
There's plenty of fun for the entire family at Franklin Square and its one-day, pop-up Pumpkin Patch. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
South Street Headhouse District Fall Pumpkin Fest
October 29, 2016
Celebrate all things fall at the annual South Street Headhouse District Fall Pumpkin Fest at the historic Headhouse Shambles. Enjoy hayrides, pumpkin painting, crafts, live entertainment and more.
Crowds pack the Headhouse District for the Fall Pumpkin Fest. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Historic Stenton’s Halloween Harvest Festival
October 29, 2016
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 crafting activities, pumpkin painting, a spooky cellar tour and more to keep the entire family entertained.
People of all ages gather at Historic Stenton for crafting, a spooky cellar tour and more during its Halloween Harvest Festival. (Photo courtesy Stenton)
West Goshen Community Park Annual Harvest Day Celebration
October 30, 2016
Fall activities at West Chester's West Goshen Community Park Annual Harvest Festival include pumpkin decorating, a scarecrow contest and hayrides. To score free admission (and do a good deed), bring a dry good item (deodorant, shampoo, toilet paper, socks, new shirts, etc.), which will be given to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Coatesville.
Find hayrides, pumpkin-decorating and more at the annual West Goshen Harvest Day celebration. (Photo courtesy West Goshen Park and Recreation)
Peddler’s Village Apple Festival
November 5-6, 2016
Apple pies, apple butter, apple cider, apple fritters and caramel apples – find these treats and more during the annual Apple Festival at Peddler's Village. While you're there, bring home a bushel of apples picked fresh from the orchards.
Hundreds come to enjoy fresh apples and apple-filled treats at the annual Peddler’s Village Apple Festival. (Photo courtesy Peddler's Village)