Top Fall Festivals in Philadelphia
Celebrate fall with festivals, food, fashion, music and more
Fall in Philadelphia means the air is cool and crisp; seasonal fruits and vegetables transform local cuisine; hues of orange, red and brown dominate the landscape; and tens of thousands of people gather at spots all over the region for awesome autumnal festivals.
Whether revelers don their Harry Potter-style glasses and broomsticks (Harry Potter Weekend), set out to watch ancient Chinese sea vessels race along the Schuylkill River (Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival) or enjoy Grammy Award-winning musical acts (WHYY Connections Festival), there’s something to celebrate all season long in Philadelphia.
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Check out our top fall festivals, below:
Dates: October 18-November 22
Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the drive-in movie theater with The Awesome Fest at Eakins Oval. For five Friday nights, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will host double-feature drive-in screenings at The Oval.
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Date: November 2
Location: 12th & Arch Streets
Love it or hate it, scrapple is a quintessential part of a traditional Pennsylvania breakfast. During Scrapple Fest, taking place at the Reading Terminal Market on November 2, scrapple brands offer product samples and Reading Terminal Market chefs compete to determine the best scrapple dish in the market.
Dates: Through November 12
From September 15 to November 12, Global Philly 2013 aims to shine the light on Greater Philadelphia’s global influences and strengths through a series of more than 55 events held throughout the City of Philadelphia and the surrounding region. Look for internationally themed affairs spanning arts and education to sports and dining.
Dates: November 6-16
The only festival of its kind in the world, the 12th annual First Person Arts Festival, presented by Penn’s Master of Liberal Arts Program and Harmelin Media, returns November 6-16. The celebration dedicates 10 days to the power of personal stories told through genres such as storytelling, theater, writing, dance and more at venues throughout the city.
Dates: November 13-14
Presented by the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, GEOfest is a two-day festival featuring illustrated talks from renowned explorers and travelers. This year’s events, which take place on November 13-14, include a visit with brat-packer-turned-travel-writer Andrew McCarthy; the city-wide GEObowl, where grade-school students answer questions about global geography and culture; and a talk by professional photographers who will share images of Philadelphia and the world beyond.