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Top Fall Festivals in Philadelphia

Best autumn happenings featuring the sights and tastes and autumn

Fall in Philadelphia means cool air, colorful foliage, tasty seasonal fruits and vegetables and some of the year’s most popular events.

Scare yourself silly during Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary, sample top food trucks during Night Market Philadelphia or explore new cinematic worlds during the Philadelphia Film Festival.

The biggest event of the fall is a historic visit from Pope Francis (September 26-27), but Philadelphia has plenty of great events and festivals to keep you busy all season long.

Read on for more of our favorite festivals happening in Philadelphia this fall.

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Philadelphia Honey Festival

Philadelphia Honey Festival

September 11-13, 2015

The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild presents the Philadelphia Honey Festival for all lovers of things sweet and local (aka everyone!). From September 11-13, the Wagner Free Institute of Science, Wyck Historic House and Garden and Bartram’s Garden open their doors to the honey connoisseurs of Philadelphia.
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Campus Philly CollegeFest

Campus Philly College Day

September 12, 2015

Philadelphia will welcome back thousands of college students during its annual Campus Philly CollegeFest, a city-wide day of discounts, giveaways, entertainment and free admission to museums and more. Continuing a 20-year tradition, museums and attractions along the Parkway, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will be offering free admission to students with college I.D.
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Autumn’s Colors and Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens

Autumn

September 12-November 22, 2015

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. Be sure to explore the recently opened 86-acre Meadow Garden, featuring three miles of trails through a gorgeous expanse of wildflowers.
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Phoenixville Blues Festival

September 12, 2015

More than 10 blues artists take the stage at the annual Phoenixville Blues Festival on September 6. The free festival keeps guests grooving all day long. With regional musical acts, and talented youth performers also take the limelight for portions of the day. Pair the performances with eats from the numerous vendors and you’re set for some late-summer fun.
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Northern Liberties Music Festival

September 12, 2015

Live music fills Liberty Lands Park in Northern Liberties on Saturday, September 12 for the Northern Liberties Fall Music Festival. Bring a blanket and enjoy food truck fare and live tunes from an array of musicians. The fun is slated to begin at 4 p.m.
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Philadelphia United Jazz Festival

September 12, 2015

Enjoy a day of live jazz and during the annual Philadelphia United Jazz Festival and Celebration in Graduate Hospital. The free fest on South Street features two blocks of food and shopping and more than 15 performers including the Apreggio Philadelphia Freedom Jazz Orchestra and the US Army Jazz Big Band.
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Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

The Kennett Square Mushroom Festival is a major draw for families.

September 12-13, 2015

The mushroom is elevated to rock-star status during the annual Mushroom Festival. The Mushroom Capital of the World puts the fun in fungi with a weekend of culinary events, amusement rides, mushroom farm tours, a street fair, entertainment, an antique car show and more.
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Doylestown Arts Festival

Doylestown Arts Festival

September 12-13, 2015

The free two-day Doylestown Arts Festival takes place in the heart of beautiful Doylestown Borough in Bucks County. This annual festival has grown to include more than 150 exhibitors and a food court. Diverse entertainment is presented at numerous locations throughout the downtown area. The festival is set for September 12 and 13.
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Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

Linvilla Orchards

September 12-November 8, 2015

Favorite fall traditions come together at Linvilla Orchards’ annual Pumpkinland Festival in Media. On September 12, Pumpkinland opens for the season with a corn maze, a straw maze, pick-your-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.
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Greenfest Philly

September 13, 2015

Honor Mother Nature at Greenfest Philly located in Headhouse Square, between Pine and South Streets on 2nd. Now in its 10th year, the festival features music, food, green wares and lessons on how to preserve the planet by living sustainably.
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Mexican Independence Day Festival

PECO Multicultural Series at Penn

September 13, 2015

The sights, sounds and tastes of Mexico take over the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing during the Mexican Independence Day Festival. This free celebration features arts and crafts, Mexican rock bands, face painting, Mexican food, dancing and more.
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Feria del Barrio

Feria del Barrio

September 13, 2015

Feria del Barrio returns to the El Centro de Oro section of North Philadelphia Philadelphia for its 31st year celebrating family, art and Latin American heritage. The free, annual event offers live entertainment, including art demonstrations, music, dancing and children’s games. Bring an appetite as the festival features delicious dishes highlighting Latin American cuisine.
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Constitution Day

Constitution Day

September 17, 2015

Admission to the National Constitution Center will be free during the 228th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17. Constitution Day features special events, educational activities, timely constitutional conversations with federal judges and an inspiring naturalization ceremony. Join historic special guests at noon to sing Happy (227th) Birthday and enjoy a slice of cake in the Grand Overlook Hall.
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Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

September 17, 2015

After a successful summer event in June, the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll is returning in September for an evening of live music and $1 deals. Businesses between 43rd to 51st Streets set up shop for the evening, offer $1 specials including food, gifts and services. Throughout the evening, enjoy street performances, live music and more.
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Mt. Airy Street Fare

Mt. Airy Street Fare

September 17, 2015

Foodies come out in big numbers for the annual Street Fare: Sip, Savor Stroll, featuring some of the city’s best restaurants and gourmet food trucks, artisans and entertainers—all turning Germantown Avenue into a giant party. The foodie fest runs from 6 to 10:30 p.m.
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Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

September 18-20, 2015

From September 18 to 20, more than 100 artists set up shop at Rittenhouse Square for its annual fall Fine Art Show. The historic festival dates back to 1932 when art students displayed their work from trees throughout the park. The festival now features artwork by local art students as well as professional artists.
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PHS Harvest Fest

PHS Fall Festival

September 18-20, 2015

Held over three days at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's two pop-up gardens, 15th and South Streets and 9th and Wharton Streets, the PHS Harvest Fest is a family-friendly celebration of the season. Enjoy music, crafts, kid-friendly activities, garden displays, Quizzo hosted by Johnny Goodtimes and much more during the weekend festivities.
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Go West! Craft Fest

Go West! Craft Fest

September 19, 2015

On September 19, the Go West! Craft Fest returns to The Woodlands in West Philadelphia. While browsing through handmade items from more than 70 vendors, festival goers enjoy performances by jugglers, hoop dancers and acoustic musicians. Kids engage in free crafts-related activities, and hungry patrons dig in to fare from local restaurants and food trucks.
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Frankford Hall Oktoberfest

September 19, 2015

Frankford Hall and Fette Sau team up to once again present an epic Oktoberfest celebration with games, family-friendly fun, beer, German food specials, live oompah music and much more.
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Night Market: Fishtown

Philadelphia Night Market

October 1, 2015

Philadelphia's preeminent festival of street food and neighborhood pride closes out 2015 with its first-ever event in the Fishtown neighborhood. Join thousands on Frankford Avenue for an evening of great food, live music, craft beer and more.
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Fall at Franklin Square

Franklin Square

October 2-31, 2015

Franklin Square hosts a number of familiy-friendly fall events in October including Spooky Mini Golf, pumpkin picking, and a Treat-or-Treat Trail for the little ones.
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Revolutionary Germantown Festival

Revolutionary Germantown Festival

October 3, 2015

History goes on full display during the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, a day-long festival that celebrates the rich history of the historic neighborhood. The celebration features costumed characters, live music, food and drink culminating with a reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia.
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Roxtoberfest

October 3, 2015

The town of Roxborough celebrates Oktoberfest with Roxtoberfest, an afternoon-long festival for the whole family. Adults can enjoy beer gardens and local beer, and the whole family can enjoy carnival rides, music, games and more.
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Riverfront Ramble

riverfront ramble

October 3, 2015

Now in its 11th year, the annual Riverfront Ramble in Chester is the largest riverfront festival in Delaware County. Held on the Wharf at Rivertown on the Chester Waterfront, the annual outdoor festival features an antique car show, live performances, food and craft vendors and much more.
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Ambler Main Street Oktoberfest

October 3, 2015

Downtown Ambler turns into a traditional Bavarian festival with its 24th annual Oktoberbest featuring a beer garden, great food, live music, art work, hand-crafted items and rides for the kids all day long.
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Skippack Days

October 3-4, 2015

The usually laid-back town goes into full party mode for the 42nd annual Skippack Days, the biggest event on the calendar. Thousands of visitors who appreciate handmade goods stroll the mile-long stretch where more than 450 artisans offer original crafts, jewelry, art and other items. Music, food and family activities round out the festivities.
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Chestnut Hill Fall For The Arts Festival

Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival

October 4, 2015

Chestnut Hill transforms into an outdoor arts and crafts marketplace during the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival. More than 150 talented artists from throughout the country display and sell their creations in media ranging from watercolor paintings to jewelry. Live entertainment, children’s rides and alfresco dining round out the excitement during this free event.
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35th Annual Media Food & Crafts Festival

October 4, 2015

Forty restaurants and 75 craft vendors will be on hand for the 35th Annual Food and Craft Festival going down in Media on October 5. Live music and a children’s play area, complete with a giant slide and other games, will round out the event.
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Puerto Rican Day Parade

Parade on the Parkway

October 4, 2015

Join hundreds of spectators on the streets of Philadelphia for a day of music, dancing and fabulous floats during the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. The annual Puerto Rican Day Parade is the city’s oldest and largest outdoor event celebrating Puerto Rican and Latino heritage.
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Chinatown Night Market Yè Shì

October 8, 2015

Chinatown gets in on the food truck festival fun with a Night Market of its own on Thursday, October 8. From 7 to 11 p.m., nosh on bites from top Chinatown restaurants like Bon Chon and Yakitori Boy and enjoy treats from food trucks like the Cow and the Curd, Surf and Turf Truck, Local 215, Ka’Chi and more. Alcoholic beverages will be available at Tango, Yakitori Boy and the Frecon’s Cidery vending area. Live music and entertainment will round out the festival.
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DesignPhiladelphia

DesignPhiladelphia

October 8-16, 2015

Every fall, the city celebrates the historic role of design in the region while showcasing the innovation yet to come during DesignPhiladelphia. During the nine-day festival, approximately 200,000 people are estimated to explore the world of design during more than 120 events held throughout the city. DesignPhiladelphia aims to celebrate and promote Philadelphia a design capital and destination.
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Philly Photo Day

October 10, 2015

Now in its sixth year, Philly Photo Day calls on all residents to capture and share their pictures depicting a day in the life of the city.
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Fishtown RiverCity Festival

Fishtown RiverCity Festival

October 10, 2015

Saturday, October 10, 2015
Celebrate fall in the Fishtown neighborhood during the annual RiverCity Fall Festival at scenic Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware River Waterfront.
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Ardmore Oktoberfest

October 10, 2015

Oktoberfest comes to Ardmore, the largest and most diverse town on the ritzy Main Line stretch of suburbs, on Saturday, October 10. Expect German music, German beer, German food and more at this fun block party on Cricket Ave.
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Outfest

Outfest in Philadelphia

October 11, 2015

Don’t miss Philadelphia’s Outfest, a National Coming Out Day (NCOD) Festival that attracts over 30,000 people to the region. The annual block party embraces the GLBT lifestyle and freedom.
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Opera on the Mall

Opera on the Mall

October 16, 2015

Now in it’s fifth year, Opera on the Mall is a free, big-screen HD broadcast performance from Opera Philadelphia. Bring a chairs, a blanket and a picnic dinner for an alfresco evening on Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall. This year’s Opera on the Mall features a performance of La traviata.
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Conshohocken Beer Festival

October 17, 2015

Join 50+ breweries — from Philadelphia-area favorites like Yards and Sly Fox to national mainstays like Rogue and Founders and more — for the Conshohocken Beer Festival. The sudsy celebration includes live music, great food and more.
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38th Annual Historic Bristol Day

October 17, 2015

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.
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Pumpkin Days Celebration at Tyler Arboretum

October 17-18, 2015

Tyler Arboretum brings tons of fall-centric fun to its grounds in Media with their annual autumn festival. Pick-your-own pumpkins, make-your-own scarecrow and race through an inflatable obstacle course. Check out some gorgeous fall foliage on a hay wagon tour and enjoy some sips and snacks of the season from local food trucks.
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The Philadelphia Film Festival

Philadelphia Film Festival

October 22-November 1, 2015

The Philadelphia Film Festival celebrating its 24th anniversary this fall with nearly two weeks of films, guests and special events to satisfy even the most ardent cinephile.
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Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

October 24-25, 2015

Landlubbers as well as rowers look forward to the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, one of the nation’s largest and most festive rowing events featuring athletes of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to Olympic-level racers.
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Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon & 5K

Philadelphia Rock

October 31, 2015

The Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon returns on Halloween, bringing together fitness, music and spooky good times. The scenic course leads runners down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and along the Schuylkill River before ending with a free concert at Eakins Oval.
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First Person Arts Festival

First Person Arts

November 5-15, 2015

The only festival of its kind in the world, the 13th annual First Person Arts Festival is a celebration of real life. Artists and everyday people from across the country take part in the annual event, sharing their personal stories and experiences.
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