The Biggest Fall Events & Festivals Hitting Philadelphia in 2016
Experience the tastes, holidays and happenings of autumn in Philly
Fall in Philadelphia means cool air, colorful foliage, tasty seasonal fruits and vegetables and some of the year’s most popular events. From September through November, find events and festivals of every kind beckoning you to enjoy the delights of the season.
This fall, scare yourself silly during Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary, sample fare from top food trucks during Night Market Philadelphia, explore new cinematic worlds during the Philadelphia Film Festival, enjoy the top Oktoberfests and harvest festivals of the year and more.
Read on for a full list of autumn events and fests in Philadelphia that'll keep you busy all season.
Night Market Philadelphia: Pennsport
September 1, 2016
Night Market Philadelphia, one of the best celebrations of street food and neighborhoods in the city, brings its second-to-last pop-up fest of the season to Pennsport in September. This is the very first time that the market will unfold in the space under I-95 at Front and Snyder streets. Explore the neighborhood while you enjoy eats from the top food trucks in the city.
Grab awesome eats from some of the best food trucks in the city during Night Market in Pennsport. (Photo courtesy The Food Trust)
Supper Sessions on the Avenue
Wednesdays in September 2016
This September, set aside your Wednesday evenings for Supper Sessions on the Avenue, a brand new series that will transform Germantown Avenue every week. Replacing the annual Mt. Airy Street Fare, this food-centric event closes the 7100 block of Germantown Avenue to traffic from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., enabling you to grab a table under the stars and enjoy the autumn weather over food and drinks from 11 different restaurants and bars. Live music will accompany the experience and a number of area business and organizations will welcome visitors with extended hours.
Supper Sessions on the Avenue brings delicious alfresco eats to Germantown Avenue every Wednesday in September. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll
September 8, 2016
Score $1 bargains during University City’s Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, an annual event showcasing neighborhood deals on eats from local restaurants, theater tickets, home goods and more. The event takes place between 43rd and 52nd streets and features the local businesses along the continuously growing commercial corridor.
Grab goods for only $1 during the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll this September. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
Fringe Festival 2016
September 9-24, 2016
Each year, the Fringe Festival brings local, national and international art to Philadelphia with a more-than-two-week-long extravaganza drawing upwards of 40,000 people. For its 20th year, the 2016 festival will run 17 consecutive days with shows in more than a dozen neighborhoods in and around the city. This year’s lineup features 15 world-class productions curated by festival organizer FringeArts, over 150 independently produced shows, a full-slate of late night entertainment (much of it free!) and an ever-larger selection of online-only artwork.
Fringe Festival 2016 boasts more than 1,000 performances by national and international artists. (Photo courtesy Mike Ermilio for Tangle Movement Arts)
Philadelphia Honey Festival
September 9-11, 2016
One of the sweetest festivals of the season, the Philadelphia Honey Festival brings three days of free, bee-related activities to three locations in Philly. Learn about the importance of bees in our ecosystem through honey extraction demonstrations, hive talks and other programming designed to explore the buzzing bug that supports our food supply.
Get involved in three days of bee-related activities during the Honey Festival. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Honey Festival)
South Philly Sausage Fest
September 10, 2016
A meaty, beer-filled event, the South Philly Sausage Fest celebrates food and the Point Breeze neighborhood of South Philadelphia. This year's festival features 10 restaurants, 10 local craft breweries, a ton of live musical performances, arts and crafts vendors and a play area for kids. Note: This is a ticketed event, with proceeds being donated to the nonprofit Newbold Community Development Corporation.
A ticket to the South Philly Sausage Fest gets eats from 10 local restaurants and more. (Photo courtesy South Philly Sausage Festival)
Autumn's Colors at Longwood Gardens
September 10 – November 20, 2016
Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn's Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors. Longwood’s landscapes glow with shades of yellow, orange, purple and red trees. Golden honey locusts and ginkgoes, scarlet sweet gums and sourwoods and ruby northern red oaks add bursts of color. For the kiddos, the Garden Railway and Pumpkin Playground adds extra excitement to the beautiful season at this 1,000-plus acre oasis.
Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn's Colors, a festive showcase of fall. (Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens)
Scarecrow Festival, Competition and Display at Peddler's Village
Display: September 10 - October 30, 2016
Festival: September 17-18, 2016
Whether you want to learn how to make your own scarecrow, participate in a pumpkin pie-eating competition or simply view masterful scarecrow creations (and vote for your favorite!), the annual Scarecrow Festival at Peddler's Village delivers. Click here to reserve a spot in one of the scarecrow-making workshops!
Make your own scarecrow or admire other's creations at Peddler's Village Scarecrow Festival (A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia)
Phoenixville Blues Festival
September 10, 2016
The 7th annual Phoenixville Blues Festival brings 10 bands to Reeves Park in Phoenixville for a day of free live music. Various vendors will be set up along the perimeter of the park for you to score delicious bites to eat, and a playground and plenty of play space is available in the park to let your kids run free.
Enjoy a day of live music completely free of charge in the heart of Phoenixville at the Phoenixville Blues Festival. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
Kennett Square Mushroom Festival
September 10-11, 2016
Kennett Square’s 31st annual Mushroom Festival puts the fun in fungi during a weekend of music, food, contests, exhibits and activities in the “Mushroom Capital of the World.” The annual fest is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors, with events that include a National Fried Mushroom Eating Championship, an antique and classic car show, a 5k run/2-mile 2alk winding past local mushroom farms, an amateur mushroom cook-off and more.
Visit the "Mushroom Capital of the World" during the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival and enjoy a variety of tasty mushroom treats. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
Doylestown Arts Festival
September 10-11, 2016
The Doylestown Arts Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, bringing 160 juried artists to the area. Along with a ton of vendor booths, five stages will be set up to host live bands ranging in genre from rock to jazz to folk music. Plus, two designated food areas will hold an array of food trucks and eats from local restaurants.
Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards
September 10 - November 6, 2016
Favorite fall traditions come together at Linvilla Orchards’ annual Pumpkinland Festival. On September 10, Pumpkinland opens for the season with a corn maze, a straw bale maze, pick-your-own-apples and live music. Throughout the duration of the festival, hay rides, pony rides, jack-o-lantern displays, face painting and more also take place to entertain children and adults alike.
Fall fun for the entire family awaits visitors during Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Campus Philly CollegeFest
September 10, 2016
Philadelphia welcomes back thousands of college students during its annual Campus Philly CollegeFest, a citywide day of discounts, giveaways, entertainment and free admission to eight different museums. The festival is centered at Dilworth Park, where you can catch free performances presented by the Kimmel Center, grab a bite to eat from one of the food vendors and meet with an array of local businesses.
September 11, 2016
Come out for one of the largest environmentally focused festivals in the area to shop and learn from dozens of vendors stationed in the historic Headhouse Square for the day. While you're there, enjoy eats from a variety of local vendors, free musical performances, live demonstrations, kid-friendly activities and more.
Shop, learn and eat at GreenFest Philly, an environmentally focused festival. (Photo courtesy Clean Air Council)
Feria del Barrio
September 11, 2016
Serving as one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino arts and culture, the annual Feria del Barrio brings together thousands of community residents from throughout the Philadelphia region for a free, family-friendly event featuring some of the world’s most renowned musical artists. Look forward to Latin music and dancing, authentic bites to eat and handmade arts and crafts for sale.
Experience Feria del Barrio, one of the city's biggest celebration of Latino culture. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
Philadelphia United Jazz Festival
September 14-18, 2016
The Philadelphia United Jazz Festival brings five days of jazz to four different venues throughout the area, including South Jazz Parlor, Relish, Paris Bistro and Warmdaddy's. Now in its fourth year, the fest promises performances from some of the best jazz talent in the city. Visit the event's official website to stay up to date on the festival schedule.
Enjoy some of the best jazz Philly has to offer at the Philadelphia United Jazz Festival. (Photo courtesy The Philadelphia United Jazz Festival)
Fall Fest at Spruce Street Harbor Park
September 16-18, 2016
Spruce Street Harbor Park — everyone's favorite world-renowned seasonal park on the Delaware River — welcomes autumn this year with Fall Fest. In addition to fall-themed activities and live music, brew lovers can look forward to a daily rotating selection of beers broken out into three categories: beers of Philadelphia (Sept. 16), beers of Pennsylvania (Sept. 17) and beers from surrounding states (Sept. 18).
Terror Behind The Walls
September 16 – November 5, 2016 on select dates
Celebrate the upcoming Halloween season by testing your nerves at Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls, a spooky haunted house inside a history-rich, abandoned prison. Designed to be high-startle, Terror Behind the Walls includes Hollywood-quality special effects and lighting, digital sound, animatronic creatures and custom props. Over 200 performers participate in six separate attractions on the 11-acre complex, creating one scary experience.
Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show
September 16-18, 2016
Now in its 89th year, the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show holds the distinction of being the nation’s oldest outdoor original artwork show. The area in and around Rittenhouse Square fills with work made by more than 100 artists from across North America. With many fine artists selected to participate, attendees can look forward to a variety and diversity of techniques, mediums and subject matter.
Take in awesome works of art at the nation's oldest outdoor art show. (Photo courtesy Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show)
Brauhaus Schmitz’s Oktoberfest Street Festival
September 17, 2016
Held in front of Brauhaus Schmitz on the 700 block of South Street, the annual Oktoberfest Street Festival brings a Bavarian buffet and a ton of beer options to South Street. Get your face painted, don a flower crown, listen to oom-pah music, watch German dancers and more during the eight-hour celebration. And if you can’t wait to get the party started, Brauhaus Schmitz invites you to partake in events going on all week leading up to the final Oktoberfest extravaganza.
Take part in a huge German Oktoberfest in the heart of Philadelphia at Brauhaus Schmitz’s Oktoberfest Street Festival. (Photo courtesy Brauhaus Schmitz)
Oktoberfest 2016 at Frankford Hall and Fette Sau
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Fishtown's busy beer garden Frankford Hall teams up with neighbor Fette Sau for a fantastic day of beer and classic German fare, including Bavarian pretzels, frankfurters, bratwurst and more. Games, dancers, DJs and live music will add to the 10 full hours (12-10 p.m.) of Oktoberfest fun. Beer-drinkers can look forward to authentic pours, like Paulaner Oktoberfest, Paulaner Hefeweizen, Bitburger Pilsner, Hofbrau Dunkel Lager and Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen.
Rock ’n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon
September 17-18, 2016
The Rock ’n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon & 5K returns, bringing together fitness and music for its 39th year of pavement-pounding in Philadelphia as part of a nationwide series. At each mile marker of the 13.1-mile and 3.1-mile races, runners are greeted with live music from Philly bands. Local cheerleading squads will also be on site providing choreographed encouragement.
Thousands of runners — and tons of live bands — pack the streets of Phbilly during the Rock ’n’ Roll Philadelphia Marathon. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon)
PECO Multicultural Series
Mexican Independence Day Festival: September 18, 2016
Brazilian Day Festival: September 25, 2016
Two awesome festivals hit Penn's Landing this month as part of the PECO Multicultural Series. First up is the Mexican Independence Day Festival, a celebration of Mexican culture through music, food, dancing and more. Later in the month, the Brazilian Day Festival unfolds, honoring Brazilian Independence Day through a series of on-stage performances showcasing samba, forró, capoeira, samba-reggae and other rhythmic dances, alongside vendors serving up a variety of authentic eats.
Celebrate Mexican and Brazilian culture with dance, food, music and so much more during two PECO Multicultural Series events this fall. (Photo by Matt Stanley for DRWC)
Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival and Restaurant Week
Festival: September 18, 2016
Restaurant Week: September 19-30, 2016
Manayunk celebrates its diverse dining scene during the biannual StrEAT Food Festival and Restaurant Week. The foodie celebration kicks off with a festival that brings more than 50 of the city's top food trucks, local vendors and Manayunk shops to Main Street. Lasting for two weeks following the StrEAT Food Festival, Manayunk Restaurant Week features special three-course menus at an array of area restaurants for an enticing price point between $15 and $35 per person.
Visit Manayunk during the StrEAT Food Festival and Restaurant Week for a huge culinary celebration. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
Chestnut Hill Fall For The Arts Festival
September 25, 2016
Each year, Chestnut Hill welcomes autumn with the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival, a day of art, music, great food, boutique shopping and family fun. More than 150 talented artists from throughout the country display and sell their creations in media ranging from watercolor paintings to jewelry. Live music, children’s rides and food options complement this free, alfresco event.
Enjoy great shopping, food and more at the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival. (Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill Visitor's Center)
Philly Free Streets
September 24, 2016
Approximately nine miles of Center City streets will be closed to traffic for Philly Free Streets. Inspired by the car-free zone that took place in the city during Pope Francis’ visit in September 2016, the day-long event aims to inspire new ways to walk, bike, skate, celebrate and simply enjoy city living. Specific street closures are to be announced.
On Saturday, September 24, the inaugural Philly Free Streets day brings an urbanist’s dream to the City of Brotherly Love. (Photo courtesy Philly Free Streets)
The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place
September 24 - October 30, 2016
Kids come in costume for The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place. Whether it’s Elmo’s Silly Bones Spooktacular Dine, Zoe’s Monster Mash Dance Party, The Count’s Batty Birthday Bash or Grover’s Not So Spooky Birthday Bash, every weekend features rides, two new Halloween shows, mazes and everyone’s favorite furry creatures.
Enjoy fun-filled events for the whole family at Sesame Place this fall. (Photo courtesy Sesame Place)
September 24, 2016
One of the largest towns on the Main Line in the suburbs of Philly, Ardmore hosts an Oktoberfest celebration this September. Enjoy Oktoberfest weiss, IPAs and local brews from Tired Hands Brewing Company with pierogies, brats and other delicious eats. Face painting, moon bounces and a cookie-decorating setup will be available for the kids and two live bands will supply music.
Fill up on brews, brats and other eats at the Ardmore Oktoberfest, where live music plays all day long. (Photo courtesy Destination Ardmore)
UpToberfest Oktoberfest at Uptown Beer Garden
September 24-25, 2016
Cheers with a one-liter boot stein during the two-day Oktoberfest at Uptown Beer Garden. The Center City alfresco drinking destination will serve up a variety of local and imported lagers alongside classic German eats, including pretzels, wurst, schnitzel and spazel. As you savor the food and drinks, also enjoy live music and an array of games that invite you to fire up some friendly competition.
Uptown Beer Garden in Center City Philadelphia transforms into a classic Oktoberfest for a weekend in September. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade
September 25, 2016
Celebrate on the streets of Philadelphia with a day of music, dancing and fabulous floats during the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. Marking its 54th anniversary, the annual parade is the city’s oldest and largest outdoor event celebrating Puerto Rican and Latino heritage.
The annual Puerto Rican Day Parade heads down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this September. (Photo courtesy El Concilio)
Mural Arts Month
September 30 - October 31, 2016
Each October, Mural Arts Month honors the Mural Arts Program’s more than 3,800 works of public art in different ways. In addition to walking and trolley tours of the Ninth Street Stock Exchange project, neighborhood gardens, mosaics and more, a roster of free and pay-what-you-wish events includes a one-night-only sound and light installation in the tunnels under the in-development Rail Park with composer Nadia Botello and visual artists Matthew Suib and Nadia Hironaka, the unveiling of Mural Arts’ first rotating outdoor gallery and festivals in South Philly, Bartram’s Garden and along the Spring Garden Street Bridge.
Midtown Village Fall Festival
October 1, 2016
Held every autumn, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is one of Philadelphia’s biggest annual street festivals. Now in its 11th year of throwing down in Midtown, the fest unfolds along and around 13th Street with an all-day affair packed with tasty food, drinks, live entertainment, shopping and more.
Celebrate fall at the Midtown Village Fall Festival, one of Philly's biggest street festivals. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
Revolutionary Germantown Festival and Grumblefest
October 1, 2016
History goes on full display during the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, a day-long festival featuring costumed characters, live music, food and drink, culminating in a reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia. Head down Germantown Avenue after the "battle" for Grumblefest, an Oktoberfest celebration at the garden of the historic Grumblethorpe house featuring Oktoberfest food, beer, live music, and more.
Reenactors prepare for "battle" at the Revolutionary Germantown Festival. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
Go West! Craft Fest
October 1, 2016
The Go West! Craft Fest returns to The Woodlands in West Philadelphia this October. While browsing through handmade items from more than 80 vendors, festival-goers enjoy performances by acrobats, musicians and other performers. Kids can engage in free crafting activities, and hungry patrons can dig in to fare from local restaurants and food trucks.
The Go West! Craft Fest bring shopping, food and live entertainment to The Woodlands this fall. (Photo courtesy Go West! Craft Fest)
Morris Arboretum’s Fall Festival and Designer Scarecrows
October 1-2, 2016
What better place to celebrate fall than in the beautiful, red- and-orange-hued setting of the Morris Arboretum. Now in its 17th year, the Fall Festival and Designer Scarecrows event invites families to come out and create a scarecrow, paint a pumpkin and enjoy local apples, among other activities set to take place at the arboretum.
Make a scarecrow, paint a pumpkin and more at the Morris Arboretum’s Fall Festival and Designer Scarecrows annual celebration. (Photo courtesy P. Meyer for the Morris Arboretum)
October 1, 2016
The town of Roxborough celebrates Oktoberfest with Roxtoberfest, unfolding along Ridge Avenue between Lyceum and Leverington avenues. In addition to plenty of food and drink options, the fest brings live music, life-sized board games, an array of children’s activities and other activities to keep the entire family entertained all afternoon long.
Opera on the Mall
October 1, 2016
Now in its sixth year, Opera on the Mall is a free, big-screen HD broadcast performance from Opera Philadelphia. Bring chairs, a blanket and a picnic dinner for an alfresco evening filled with beautiful live music on Independence Mall in Historic Philadelphia.
Join fellow opera lovers for a free, broadcast performance on Independence Mall. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
Ambler Main Street Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Downtown Ambler transforms into a traditional Bavarian festival scene during its 25th annual Oktoberfest. Over 90 vendors and 10 food trucks are set to line Butler Avenue and surrounding side streets, along with rides for the kiddos, a beer garden, musical performances on two stages, arts and crafts stations and more.
Celebrate Oktoberfest in downtown Ambler with 90+ vendors, rides, live music, and more. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Sample beers from more than 90 craft breweries during the 2016 Kennett Brewfest. The day-long festival features top brews from around the country, live music and tasty food. The event also raises funds for Historic Kennett Square, a nonprofit dedicated to keeping the Kennet Square area thriving.
October 1-2, 2016
Skippack goes into full party mode for the annual Skippack Days, the biggest event on the town's calendar. Thousands of visitors who appreciate handmade goods stroll the mile-long stretch where hundreds of artisans offer original crafts, jewelry, art and other items. Music, food and family activities round out the festivities.
Shop for jewelry, art and more at the annual Skippack Days. (R. Kennedy For Visit Philadelphia)
October 6-16, 2016
The entire city celebrates DesignPhiladelphia, one of the largest design festivals in the nation with 85 events representing 400 nationally recognized designers. Each fall, the Philadelphia Center for Architecture hosts exhibits, lectures, workshops and demonstrations that highlight architecture, fashion, furniture, multimedia and urban-planning design at venues all around town.
A slew of events unfold throughout the city during DesignPhiladelphia, a celebration of designers from across the nation. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadephia)
King of Prussia Beerfest Royale
October 6 & 8, 2016
The parking lot at the King of Prussia Mall transforms into a German beer oasis at the annual Beerfest Royale, a two-day event consisting of more than 100 types of beer from 50-plus national and international brewers, food from area restaurants, live music and a cigar lounge. Tickets are limited, so reserve your spot in advance by clicking the button below.
The annual Beerfest Royale creates a German beer oasis right in the King of Prussia Mall parking lot. (Photo courtesy King Of Prussia Beerfest)
Night Market Philadelphia: Navy Yard
October 6, 2016
The Navy Yard marks the final destination of the 2016 Night Market Philadelphia series. As one of the largest and best celebrations of street food and city neighborhoods, don't miss out on your opportunity to experience a market this year! While you're there, explore the expansive waterfront Navy Yard as you enjoy eats from some of the top food trucks in the city.
The Navy Yard is the last destination for the Night Market Philadelphia 2016 season. (Photo courtesy Night Market Philadelphia)
October 7, 2016
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) presents its popular culinary event PHeaSt for the fifth year, bringing another huge garden-to-table dining experience to the Navy Yard. Sample dishes sourced from local ingredients courtesy of some of the region's top restaurants, sip on cocktails and craft beers and speak with growers firsthand to get your own gardening tips.
Enjoy an epic garden-to-table dining experience at PHS's annual PHeaSt event. (Photo courtesy PHS)
Philadelphia's First Annual Oktoberfest at 23rd Street Armory
October 7-9, 2016
The castle-esque 23rd Street Armory will get a makeover for Columbus Day weekend, transforming into an authentic Munich festival tent for Philadelphia's First Annual Oktoberfest at 23rd Street Armory. Bavarian blues and whites will paint the ceilings, while authentic festival tables and benches imported from Germany will furnish the floor along with a lofted stage area for live bands. Hofbräuhaus will supply the beer and German fare will flow from the kitchens.
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours
October 8, 9, 22 and 23, 2016
Ever wonder what an artist’s studio really looks like? Philadelphia Open Studio Tours allows everyone a chance to take a sneak peek inside the city’s most creative spaces. For two weekends in October, artists around the city open their studios to curious visitors, inviting them to talk, check out how they work and purchase artwork.
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours gives you a chance to take a sneak peek inside artists' studios across the city. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Fishtown RiverCity Festival
October 8, 2016
Celebrate fall in Fishtown during the annual RiverCity Fall Festival at scenic Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware River Waterfront. The annual neighborhood festival, presented by the Fishtown Neighbors Association, is a free celebration of local music, food and businesses in Fishtown.
The Fishtown RiverCity Festival brings a free celebration of local music, food and businesses in Fishtown. (M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Old City Fest
October 9, 2016
Artists, crafters, designers, techies, entertainers and restaurateurs all come out to celebrate the neighborhood’s creative spirit during the Old City Festival. Activities, exhibits and programs throughout several blocks along North 3rd Street and Arch Street cater to both families and the over-21 crowd.
From the artists to the chefs to the entrepreneurs, celebrate the folks that make Old City thrive during the Old City Fest. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
October 9, 2016
OutFest, part of the National Coming Out Day Festival, is the largest event of its kind in the world. The 10-block party packs in the fun with drag shows, games, bar crawls, music and shopping. However, it’s the main stage at 13th and Locust streets in the Gayborhood that serves as the centerpiece of the festival, featuring lively entertainment such as the high-heel race.
The 10-block Outfest brings an epic party to the Gayborhood as part of the National Coming Out Day Festival. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
Oktoberfest at Dilworth Park
October 12-16, 2016
Beer, food, live music and fun activities are set to fill Dilworth Park for its multi-day Oktoberfest celebration. The beer fest starts after work on Wednesday, October 12 at the park's Saultoberfest Beer Garden and continues on throughout the week. On both Saturday and Sunday, the festival kicks off at noon with music from local DJs and performers.
A five-day Oktoberfest takes over Dilworth Park this October. (Photo courtesy Dilworth Park)
Chinatown Night Market Yè Shì
October 13, 2016
Head to Chinatown for a festive food truck affair during the Chinatown Night Market Yè Shì. Many of the area's top food trucks will gather together, while an array of live bands, karate-demonstrators and dance performers take to the stages to form a lively – and certainly delicious – night.
A variety of eats and entertainment fill the streets of Chinatown during the Chinatown Night Market Yè Shì celebration. (J. Kaczmarek for Visit Philadelphia)
October 15, 2016
Graduate Hospital’s Bloktoberfest returns for a day of all-ages fun on South Street. The celebration features a wide selection of craft beer from around the country, delicious food from local restaurants and food trucks, live music and entertainment and family-friendly activities. Beer proceeds from the neighborhood event are reinvested into community schools, projects and area organizations.
Sip on craft beer and savor local eats at the annual Bloktoberfest in Graduate Hospital. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Philly's Cheesesteak and Food Fest 2016
October 15, 2016
Last October, Philadelphia finally hosted its first festival devoted entirely to the cheesesteak. The highly anticipated event is set to return this year with an expanded amount of awesome offerings, including other favorited Philly eats such as hoagies, roast pork sandwiches, pretzels, water ice and more!
Several of city's signature sandwiches and other favorite eats take centerstage at Philly's Cheesesteak and Food Fest 2016. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
East Falls Autumn Street Festival
October 15, 2016
Back for its second year, the East Falls Autumn Street Festival returns to the banks of the Schuylkill River for an afternoon full of food truck fare, beer garden lounging, local craft shopping and live music listening. A kids’ zone will keep the little ones entertained, and the Fire Department will have firetrucks available for kids to explore, equipment to try on and simulated fire-fighting demonstrations.
Hang out by the Schuylkill River River for great food, music, and more. (Photo Courtesy East Falls Local)
Historic Bristol Day
October 15, 2016
Historic Bristol Day brings a family-friendly street fair packed with arts and crafts, food vendors, entertainers, children’s games, a sailing regatta and Colonial characters, all celebrating the town’s connection to the Delaware River.
Celebrate the history-rich town of Bristol during the annual, family-friendly Historic Bristol Day. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Conshohocken Beer Festival at the A.A. Garthwaite Stadium
October 15, 2016
Join dozens of breweries — from Philadelphia-area favorites to national mainstays — for the Conshohocken Beer Festival, which also includes live music, great food and more.
Philadelphia Film Festival
October 20-30, 2016
The 25th Philadelphia Film Festival showcases the best in independent and foreign cinema in theaters and venues around Philadelphia. Attendees will have the opportunity to take in short films, feature-length films, animated movies and special guest appearances.
View films of all sorts during the 25th Philadelphia Film Festival, a showcase of independent and foreign cinema. (Photo courtesy Prince Theater)
Harry Potter Festival
October 21-22, 2016
The wizards of Hogwarts take over Chestnut Hill during the Harry Potter Festival. The quaint area transforms into a mini-Hogsmeade with a costume parade, Horcrux Hunt, Dumbledore’s Powers Maze, Potter Pub Crawl and more. It all culminates with dozens of Quidditch teams competing for the Golden Snitch in the annual broomstick-laden tournament.
Calling all Muggles! The Harry Potter Festival takes over Chestnut Hill each year with a festival that invites your imagination to run wild. (A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia)
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.
Head of the Schuylkill Regatta
October 29-30, 2016
Bringing together more than 7,000 athletes and upwards of 25,000 spectators, the festive two-day Head of the Schuylkill Regatta features a 2.5-mile rowing race along the scenic Kelly Drive section of the Schuylkill River. College crews, high school crews, master rowers, elite rowers and previous world champions come together for an inclusive event that allows both highly experienced and brand-new rowers to hit the water together. Cheer them on as you take in the picturesque fall regatta.
Crew teams of all levels meet at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta for a scenic race down the Kelly Drive section of the Schuylkill River. (Photo courtesy Head of Schuylkill Regatta)
South Street's PumpkinFest
October 29, 2016
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, live music and more.
Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village
November 5-6, 2016
It’s all about the apples at the Peddler’s Village Apple Festival. The annual fruit fest honors the seasonal treat with old-fashioned country apple butter, apple cider, apple dumplings, apple fritters, caramel-dipped apples and pie-eating contests.
Enjoy an array of delicious apple treats at the Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village. (A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia)
First Person Arts Festival
November 7-19, 2016
Every November, folks from all walks of life come together to share their stories on stage during the First Person Arts Festival. Past participants have included everyone from musicians Toni Morrison and Talib Kweli to celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson to actress Janeane Garofalo to political activist Angela Davis. Beyond storytelling, the 13-day celebration includes food events, workshops and more.
Storytelling takes centerstage at the annual First Person Arts Festival. (E. Vonie for Visit Philadelphia)
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
November 10-20, 2016
The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival aims to educate and expose the Philadelphia region to films about Asian Americans and by Asian Americans via an abundance of awesome screenings and events. Multiple films are shown at different locations throughout the city each of the 10 days throughout the festival – all at a price under $10.
Movies screen at venues citywide during the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, which aims to expose viewers to Asian American film. (Phone courtesy International House)
Cyclocross at Sly Fox Brewery
November 13, 2016
Sly Fox Brewing Company raises a pint to the Belgian tradition of cyclocross and beer with its second-ever Sly Fox Cyclocross hosted at the Pottstown brewery location. More than 100 cyclists and a ton of spectators will come together for a day of bicycle racing, beer and food.
Catch heated bike races while enjoying a pint and a bite to eat during the second-ever Sly Fox Cyclocross. (Photo courtesy Sly Fox Brewery)
November 18-20, 2016
With a fast course that winds through the city’s historic downtown, past the stunning Philadelphia Museum of Art and along the scenic Boathouse Row, the Philadelphia Marathon is one of the country’s premier running events. The weekend also includes an 8K race, half-marathon, a Kids Fun Run and the well-attended Health & Fitness Expo.
The Philadelphia Marathon is one of the country’s premier running events, winding its way by many of the city's coolest attractions. (Photo Courtesy Philadelphia Marathon)