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Not only does autumn spread beautiful fall foliage across the region, but it also brings a ton of fantastic outdoor festivals, harvest celebrations and more to enjoy as pleasantly crisp weather starts to settle in.
Scare yourself silly during Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary, reach for a slightly more soothing and certainly sweet experience at the Philadelphia Honey Festival or perhaps take pleasure in the abundance of merrymaking that can be reaped from one of the many Oktoberfests taking place this season.
As some believe, there are two seasons – fall and waiting for fall. Now that it’s finally here, we certainly can’t wait to experience all that this season brings to our City of Brotherly Love!
A top notch spot for sky-high views of Philadelphia and the surrounding region
From high atop the 57th floor of Liberty Place, visitors to the One Liberty Observation Deck will be gobsmacked by the 360° landscapes that stretch for miles while also hearing tidbits of Philadelphia’s past and its evolution into a major American city.
A Philadelphia holiday tradition since 1956
A perfect family outing, the Macy’s Christmas Light Show has been a Philadelphia tradition since 1956. More than 100,000 lights combine to create snowflakes, ballerinas and reindeer floating beyond the four-story-high velvet curtain in the Grand Court.
Seasonal park on the Delaware River Waterfront
Through February 28, 2016
A winterized riverfront park, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with recycled shipping containers, a heated tent, holiday trees, fire pits and plenty of cozy seating.
Get into the holiday spirit in the heart of Philadelphia
Through December 27, 2015
Philadelphia will once again transform into a European wonderland for the annual Christmas Village at Love Park, an outdoor holiday market located in the heart of Center City.
Brilliant bright display inspired by the imagination of Benjamin Franklin
November and December 2016
Festive lights, winter treats and holiday cheer will fill historic Franklin Square all season long for its all-ages (and completely free!) holiday festival and light show.
A must-see holiday tradition in the lobby of the Comcast Center
Through January 3, 2016
Shown on the state-of-the-art Comcast Experience video wall at Comcast Center, The Comcast Holiday Spectacular is a family-friendly holiday tradition featuring the sights and sounds of the season. The 15-minute show takes visitors on a festive, musical journey.
Three months of ice skating right next to City Hall
Through February 28, 2016
The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park is back for a second season with skyline views while skating and a new heated tent.
Experience a unique, first-time look into the science and technology behind Finding Nemo, Toy Story and more
March 12 – September 5, 2016
Experience a unique, first-time look into the science and technology behind Pixar’s beloved animated movies.
How a 13th-century Mongolian warrior changed the world
Through January 3, 2016
The treasures and stories of Genghis Khan’s 13th-century Mongol Empire debut in Philadelphia when the Genghis Khan exhibit opens at The Franklin Institute, showing visitors how this warrior nomad had such a profound impact on world politics.
Sculpture mirrors Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture
Through Spring 2016
The bilingual version of one of Philadelphia’s best-known landmarks is on display on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a limited time only.
A day of discounts, giveaways, entertainment and free admission to museums
September 11, 2016View More
Philadelphia welcomes back college students during Campus Philly CollegeFest, a day of discounts, giveaways, entertainment and free admission to museums.
Most affordable festival returns to West Philadelphia
October 8, 2016View More
The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll is returning this year for an evening of live music and $1 deals.
Weekend celebration of the orchard harvest in Bucks County
November 5-6, 2016View More
Apple pies, apple butter, apple cider, apple fritters, caramel apples – find these treats and more during the annual Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village.
An epic celebration of food, music and beer in Graduate Hospital every fall
October 15, 2016View More
Taking over a stretch of western South Street every autumn, Bloktoberfest brings in big bands and a bevy of craft beer providers to make for a true neighborhood festival that’s free to attend.
Sip, savor and stroll along Germantown Avenue
September 2016View More
Sip, savor and stroll your way through Mt. Airy during Street Fare, an evening of food and fun along Germantown Avenue.
Food, drinks and outdoor fun on 13th Street
October 1, 2016View More
Held every autumn, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is one of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor events, featuring eight hours of tasty food, drinks, live entertainment, shopping and more.
Multiple beer tents, traditional eats, live music and more
Fishtown’s popular beer garden Frankford Hall teams up with neighbor Fette Sau to host one of the city’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations with a day-long block party on Frankford Avenue.View More
City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts
September 9-24, 2016View More
For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features hundreds of must-see performances each September.
Free, outdoor performance screening on Indepedence Mall by Opera Philadelphia
October 1, 2016View More
Now in it’s sixth year, Opera on the Mall is a free, big-screen HD broadcast performance from Opera Philadelphia in front of Independence Hall.
An immersive garden-wide after-dark installation
August 3 – October 29, 2016View More
The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark in the summer and fall of 2016 with the return of the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience.
Come face-to-face with lifelike, roaring, moving dinosaurs
June 25, 2016 – January 16, 2017View More
Dinosaurs Unearthed at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University allows museum-goers to embark on a multi-sensory adventure that involves moving, life-size animatronic versions of everyone’s favorite prehistoric creatures.
Two temporary outdoor escapes with food, beer and more
Through September 30, 2016View More
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Gardens are back, transforming two outdoor areas into a gorgeous, landscaped community spaces.
Happiest hours all summer long
Through September 28, 2016View More
Happy hour is more joyful in the summer thanks to Center City District Sips, when more than 90 bars and restaurants offer discounted drinks and appetizers every Wednesday evening.
Experience a taste of Colonial tavern life
May 26 – December 29, 2016View More
The over-21 set can sing along to 18th-century drinking songs, enjoy stories of the drinking traditions of Colonial times and sample drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.
Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival coming to a neighborhood near you
Thursday, September 1, 2016View More
A popular series of outdoor street festivals, Night Market Philadelphia is a seasonal celebration of food, music and community held in the city’s vibrant neighborhoods.