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Top Fall Festivals

Enjoy the sights, tastes and scares of fall in Philadelphia

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 Penitentiary, sample top food trucks during Night Market Philadelphia or explore new cinematic worlds during the Philadelphia Film Festival.

The fall festival season is perfect for sampling the bounty of the autumn harvest or seeing what’s next in the world of fashion.

Continue reading for more of our favorite festivals happening in Philadelphia this fall.

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Spruce Street Harbor Park Fall Fest

Spruce Street Harbor Park

September 19-21

Hit up Philadelphia’s lauded pop-up park on the Delaware River Waterfront for a celebration with fall-themed regional craft beers, food trucks, daily live music and kids-crafting activities from September 19-21. The beer selections at the floating Blue Anchor restaurant will represent a different mid-Atlantic area each day: Friday will showcase beers from New Jersey and Delaware, Saturday highlights beers from Pennsylvania and Sunday focuses on beers from Maryland. Add to that fall-themed food, a specialty cocktail of red sangria with cranberries and oranges, a full stage lineup throughout the weekend and family-friendly activities like face painting, jugglers, print making, flower crown workshops, and drawing classes, and you’ve got an event for the whole family.
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Autumn’s Colors and Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens

Autumn

September 6-November 23

Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors, and the Chrysanthemum Festival, when more than 20,000 blooming chrysanthemums take over Longwood’s four-acre conservatory.
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Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

Linvilla Orchards

September 13-November 2

Bring the kids to Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards for a display of more than 100 tons of pumpkins, live music, hayrides, scarecrows, a corn maze and much more.
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The Philadelphia Collection

September 17-24

Fashion-forward Philadelphians, take note. The style-centric Philadelphia Collection returns this year from September 17 to 24 with a number of fashionable events throughout the city. Put on your finest attire and head out for a week full of fashion shows, trunk shows, lectures, panel discussion, movies and more.
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PHS Fall Festival

PHS Fall Festival

September 20

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society welcomes the fall season during the annual PHS Fall Festival at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
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Jenkintown Festival of the Arts

Jenkintown Festival of the Arts

September 21

Local artists, musicians, and vendors will pack the streets of Jenkintown for an afternoon of fun during the Jenkintown Festival of the Arts.
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Radnor Fall Festival

September 21

Downtown Wayne celebrates fall with an outdoor festival complete with rides, music, art vendors, food, a dog show and more. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the fest, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m.
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Closing Weekend at Spruce Street Harbor Park

September 26-28

Spruce Street Harbor Park is going out with a bang. The park officially closes on Sunday, September 28, and on closing weekend, the Delaware River Waterfront Corp has set up awesome weekend-long celebration as a thank-you to all of its visitors throughout 2014. Look forward to music, games and chances to win Spruce Street Harbor Park prizes, plus a free concert on Saturday night from 7-10 p.m. from local musicians Bardo Pond, Spacin’ and Needle Points.
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Campus Philly CollegeFest

Campus Philly College Day

September 27

College students return to Philly in grand fashion during Campus Philly CollegeFest on Saturday, September 27.
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Brandywine Valley Harvest Festival

Brandywine Valley Harvest Festival

September 27-28; October 4-5

As summer turns to fall, it’s harvest time at the region’s wineries. Last year’s crop is already turning into wine and, once again, it’s time to celebrate the harvest in the Brandywine Valley.
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New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival

September 27-28

Browse works from more than 200 artists during the 21st annual New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival. The free, outdoor festival features paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, photography and more.
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Downingtown FallFest

Victory Beer

September 28

The fifth-annual Downingtown FallFest welcomes more than 5,000 guests for a day filled with festive events, including live music, food vendors, craft activities and displays from local businesses. The festival is presented by Victory Brewing Company, so expect a stellar beer garden with delicious brews and bites.
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Pumpkinfest at Shadybrook Farm

September 28

Get in the fall spirit at Shadybrook Farm’s PumpkinFest, more than a month of family-friendly pumpkin picking, hayrides, games, hands-on activities and much more.
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Vendemmia Festival

September 28

Wine of all sorts fill Girard Park on September 28 for the annual Vendemmia Festival. Sample an array of red and white wines while celebrating the local winemaking scene. Tickets start at $50.
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Night Market Chinatown

Night Market — Chinatown

October 2

Philadelphia’s supreme food truck festival returns for the last Night Market of 2014. Join the city’s top food trucks in Chinatown an evening of fantastic eats, craft brews and live music.
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Fall at Franklin Square

Franklin Square

October 3-31

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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Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival

October 4

Stroll up Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River for an unusually colorful and dramatic regatta, the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival, Philadelphia’s annual celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition.
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Revolutionary Germantown Festival

Revolutionary Germantown Festival

October 4

You are never far from history when in Germantown, one of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods. That’s never more true than during the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, a day-long festival that celebrates the rich history of Germantown and features the annual reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia.
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Fishtown RiverCity Festival

Fishtown RiverCity Festival

October 4

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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Bacon Festival at Xfinity Live!

October 4

Bacon has long outgrown its label as a breakfast staple and could now be considered a cultural icon. Xfinity Live! is celebrating the joy of salty, crispy, fatty foodstuff during the inaugural Bacon Festival. The day-long block party will feature bacon-centric foods from local food trucks and restaurants, the 2014 Pennsylvania Bacon-Off, a bacon eating competition, cocktails, live music and more.
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Morris Arboretum Fall Festival

Morris Arboretum

October 5-6

Design your own scarecrow, build a giant Lego owl, enjoy fall eats and more family-friendly fun at Morris Arboretum during the annual Fall Festival. The seasonal celebration includes pumpkin painting, live music and special animal visitors from Elmwood Park Zoo.
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Chestnut Hill Fall For The Arts Festival

October 6

Each year, Chestnut Hill welcomes autumn with the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival, a Sunday full of art, music, great food, boutique shopping and family fun.
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DesignPhiladelphia

October 9-17

Every fall, the city celebrates the historic role of design in the region while showcasing the innovation yet to come during DesignPhiladelphia.
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Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival

October 12

Established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, Reading Terminal is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Today, this indoor foodie paradise is a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and meats to artisanal cheeses and incredibly delicious desserts and baked goods. It’s also home to the “best sandwich in America.”
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Outfest

Outfest in Philadelphia

October 12

A National Coming Out Day (NCOD) Festival that attracts over 30,000 people to the region.
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Old City Fest

October 12

For the first time ever, the city’s Old City neighborhood presents Old City Fest, a full day of food, music and shopping from the neighborhood’s businesses including Franklin Fountain, Scout Vintage and Smak Parlour. The festival is presented in celebration of DesignPhiladelphia’s 10th anniversary, but certainly has a vibe of its own.
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The Philadelphia Film Festival

PFF 22

October 16-16

The Philadelphia Film Festival celebrating its 23rd anniversary this fall with nearly two weeks of films, guests and special events to satisfy even the most ardent cinephile.
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Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill

Harry Potter Festival

October 17-19

There will be wizardry and wonder in the air this October as Chestnut Hill transforms for the Harry Potter Festival.
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Conshohocken Beer Festival

October 18

On October 18, join 40(!) breweries — from Philadelphia-area favorites like Yards and Sly Fox to national mainstays like Rogue and Founders and more — for the Conshohocken Beer Festival, which will also include live music, great food and more. Plus, in the week leading up to the festival, Conshohocken area restaurants and bars will be hosting a series of events, including tap-takeovers, pairing dinners and tastings.
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Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

October 25-26

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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