Top Fall Harvest Festivals
Get your fill of apple butter and hay rides during the autumn harvest
The changing of the leaves marks the onset of the autumn season and with it, the fall harvest. Get your fill of apple butter and hayrides in a few of our favorite harvest festivals taking place this season.
Dates: Through October 31
Location: Shady Brook Farms, Yardley, Pa.
Shady Brook Farms in Yardley is harvest central, with wagon rides, pick-your-own pumpkins and apples, giant corn maze and face painting.
Dates: Through November 4
Location: Linvilla Orchards, Media, Pa.
Through November 6, Linvilla Orchards transforms into Pumpkinland. Massive scarecrows and fall figures mark the beginning of the harvest season as over 100 tons of pumpkins sprout up in piles around the landscape.
Dates: September 29-30, October 6-7
Locations: Various wineries, Chester County.
Featuring wine tastings and hayrides around the vineyards, the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail Harvest Festival will help you find all the best ways to warm up to fall.
Date: October 6
Location: The Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, Pa.
This 39th annual festival pays homage to Pennsylvania Dutch culinary traditions featuring 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.
Dates: October 6-7
Location: Turkey Hill Road, Stroudsburg, Pa.
Ever want to try your hand at butter churning? Sample Dutch-oven cooking and more at the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm’s Harvest Festival.
Insider Tip: Check out the reenactment of camp life during the Civil War.
Date: October 13
Location: Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets
Featuring fresh produce, wines, cheeses and much more of this year’s Pennsylvania harvest, Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival will celebrate fall by shutting down Filbert Street for hayrides and other festive activities and filling the market will fall flavors.
Family Tip: Filbert Street will be closed to traffic to make way for an authentic hay ride around the market.
Date: October 20
Location: Franklin Square.
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.
Dates: October 20-21
Location: Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, Doylestown, Pa.
Fun-filled family festival features local artists carving giant pumpkins—plus pony rides, petting zoo, inflatable rides, games and other children’s activities.
Date: October 20
Location: Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd, Media, Pa.
Check out some gorgeous fall foliage while enjoying some sips and snacks of fall at Pumpkin Days. Don’t miss the haunted house, scarescrow-making, moon bouncing and other fun activities.
Dates: October 27 – November 18
Location: Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pa.
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.
Dates: November 3-4
Location: Peddler’s Village, Lahaska, Pa.
It’s all about the apples at the 2012 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.