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Midtown Village Fall Festival

Midtown Village Fall Festival

Celebrate on 13th Street during the Midtown Village Fall Festival. Credit: J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Fall in Philadelphia means beautiful changing leaves, fantastic outdoor festivals and harvest celebrations.

Prepared to be frightened during Terror Behind the Walls – the largest haunted attraction in the country – at Eastern State Penitentiary, celebrate the grand opening of the new Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk and discover the artwork of acclaimed director David Lynch at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Browse our Top Fall Festivals and the Top 25 Harvest Festivals for more ways to enjoy the season. Check out more upcoming events, exhibitions and exciting openings below.

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  • Midtown Village Fall Festival

    Food, drinks and outdoor fun on 13th Street

    Celebrate on 13th Street during the Midtown Village Fall Festival.

    Saturday, October 4
    Held every autumn, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is one of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor events.

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  • Night Market — Chinatown

    Philadelphia’s favorite street festival closes out its year in Center City

    The last Night Market of the season is set for Thursday, October 2 in Chinatown.

    Thursday, October 2
    The last Night Market of the season is set in Chinatown. Expect the great food selection that Night Markets have been known for, as well as lion dancing and kung fu.

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  • Revolutionary Germantown Festival

    A special day to discover America’s history along Germantown Avenue

    Reenactors at the Revolutionary Germantown Festival.

    Saturday, 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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  • Chestnut Hill Fall For The Arts Festival

    A picturesque fall festival of food, art, music and more

    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.

    Sunday, October 5
    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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  • First Friday

    Monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia

    On the first Friday evening of every month, the streets od Old City fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries.

    Friday, October 3
    Want proof of Philadelphia’s happening art scene? On the first Friday evening of every month the streets fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries, most of them open from 5 until 9 p.m.

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  • Dilworth Park

    Undergoing renovations to become one of the city’s great green spaces

    Rendering of the renovated Dilworth Plaza, opening in 2014.

    Opened September 4
    Located at the foot of City Hall, Dilworth Park Dilworth Park has undergone a major — and awesome — transformation into a modern and welcoming outdoor space.

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  • Manayunk Restaurant Week

    Bi-annual dining celebration on Main Street Manayunk

    September 28 to October 10
    Every spring and fall, Manayunk celebrates its diverse dining scene with the Manayunk Restaurant Week, featuring special three-course menus at 22 area restaurants.

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  • Terror Behind the Walls

    Premier haunted house in Philadelphia’s historic prison

    Terror Behind the Walls

    September 19 to November 8
    The massive Eastern State Penitentiary — a gothic, castle-like structure in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood — is home to one of the nation’s largest and most ambitious haunted attractions, Terror Behind the Walls.

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  • Autumn’s Colors and Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens

    Celebrate fall with chrysanthemums, music and more

    Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors.

    September 6 to 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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  • David Lynch: The Unified Field at PAFA

    First major U.S. art exhibition for the renowned filmmaker

    David Lynch: The Unified Field is a comprehensive look at the renowned filmmaker’s art and artistic process.

    September 13 to January 11
    A comprehensive look at the art of David Lynch at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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  • Midtown Village Fall Festival

    Food, drinks and outdoor fun on 13th Street

    Celebrate on 13th Street during the Midtown Village Fall Festival.

    Saturday, October 4
    Held every autumn, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is one of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor events.

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  • Chestnut Hill Fall For The Arts Festival

    A picturesque fall festival of food, art, music and more

    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.

    Sunday, October 5
    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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  • Night Market — Chinatown

    Philadelphia’s favorite street festival closes out its year in Center City

    The last Night Market of the season is set for Thursday, October 2 in Chinatown.

    Thursday, October 2
    The last Night Market of the season is set in Chinatown. Expect the great food selection that Night Markets have been known for, as well as lion dancing and kung fu.

    View More
  • Revolutionary Germantown Festival

    A special day to discover America’s history along Germantown Avenue

    Reenactors at the Revolutionary Germantown Festival.

    Saturday, 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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  • Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill

    A magical celebration of wizards and Quidditch

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

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  • Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village

    Weekend celebration of the orchard harvest in Bucks County

    Apple pies, apple butter, apple cider, apple fritters, carmel apples–find these treats and more during the annual Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village.

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  • Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography

    Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts first major retrospective of the American photographer in nearly five decades

    Anna Attinga Frafra, Accra, Ghana, 1964 (negative and print).

    Discover the powerful works of American photographer and filmmaker Paul Strand (1890-1976) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the first major retrospective of his work in nearly 50 years.

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  • Fishtown RiverCity Festival

    Annual riverside celebration of the Fishtown neighborhood

    Celebrate the Fishtown neighborhood during the RiverCity Festival at Penn Treaty Park.

    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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  • Old City Fest

    Two streets in Old City will transform from quiet cobblestone thoroughfares into alfresco eating-and-entertainment meccas for Old City Fest, which takes place on Sunday, October 12.

    Two streets in Old City will transform from quiet cobblestone thoroughfares into alfresco eating-and-entertainment meccas for Old City Fest, which takes place on Sunday, October 12.

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  • The Liberty Medal at the
    National Constitution Center

    Annual award recognizing those who strive for liberty

    The Liberty Medal is awarded by the National Constitution Center to individuals who strive to secure liberty for people all over the world.

    The Liberty Medal is awarded by the National Constitution Center to individuals who strive to secure liberty for people all over the world. Recipients include men, women and organizations responsible for shaping and guiding the world.

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