Farms and attractions throughout the Philadelphia region celebrate the fall harvest season in a big way each year.
Fresh-baked apple cider doughnuts, warm seasonal pies, homemade ice cream, crisp pumpkin ales and other flavors of fall draw crowds to events like South Street Fall PumpkinFest, the Peddler’s Village Apple Festival and Highland Orchards’ Harvest Weekends.
A variety of top attractions — including Linvilla Orchards, Shady Brook Farms, Morris Arboretum and even Reading Terminal Market — delight both locals and visitors eager to pick out the perfect pumpkin, assemble a scarecrow, explore a fun corn maze and admire beautiful fall foliage.
And with activities like pumpkin painting, apple picking, potato-sack racing and pumpkin bowling, there’s a ton of family fun to be had at harvest festivals as well.
Check out our top picks for fall events and festivals below.
September & October 2018
Wagons await to shuttle eager visitors to the pumpkin patch for pumpkin picking daily during September and October at Varner Farms, a charming, family-owned farm in Collegeville. In addition to pick-your-own opportunities, visitors can explore a five-acre corn maze. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31 (Halloween!), the farm hosts a free Candy Carnival, featuring kid-friendly activities and plenty of treats.
Where: Varner Farms, 746 S. Trappe Road, Collegeville
More than 100 tons of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes are just a part of this annual months-long celebration of all things fall at this popular attraction in Media. Harvest hayrides, a corn maze, apple picking, live music, a jack-o’-lantern exhibit and fall treats — like apple cider donuts and caramel apples — round out the autumn fun.
Where: Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media
Fall arrives at Peddler’s Village with the two-day Scarecrow Festival, a full weekend of autumnal events at the Bucks County attraction. Events include scarecrow-making workshops, pumpkin painting, live music and seasonal shopping. Guests can also peruse the grounds and vote for their favorite scarecrow during the Scarecrow Competition and Display.
Where: Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
September 15 – October 31, 2018 (select dates)
Shady Brook Farm’s FallFest starts in mid-September with its Apple Fun Days programming (September 15-30, 2018, Saturdays and Sundays) and ramps up in October during PumpkinFest (October 5-31, 2018). Activities include wagon rides to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch for pick-your-own adventures; pig races; a corn maze; local craft beer and wine from Rose Bank Winery (for the adults!); and so much more. Visitors can even stay late on select evenings for moonlit pumpkin picking and corn-maze wandering at PumpkinFest After Dark.
Where: Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley
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September 15 – November 3, 2018 (Saturdays & Sundays)
There’s endless fall fun to be had at Highland Orchards in West Chester this harvest season. Pumpkin picking, apple picking, hayrides, a hay-bale maze and more attract visitors from all over to the farm on Saturdays and Sundays, as do the fabulous pies and apple cider doughnuts for sale at the bakery.
Where: Highland Orchards, 1000 Marshallton Thorndale Road, West Chester
The good times roll across 18 acres at Hellerick’s Family Farm Fall Harvest Festival. More than 45 activities beckon visitors to the Bucks County farm, including pick-your-own pumpkins, gourds and squashes; a five-acre corn maze; hayrides; pumpkin bowling and potato-sack races.
Where: Hellerick's Family Farm, 5500 N. Easton Road, Doylestown
Crowds gather at Pretzel Park to fete all things fall at the Manayunk Harvest Festival. Local musicians provide the soundtrack to a day filled with tasty food from a slew of vendors, shopping and seasonal activities.
Where: Pretzel Park, 4300 Silverwood Street
September 29 – November 18, 2018
From September through October, kids can play among scores of pumpkins — including one that weighs more than 800 pounds! — at Longwood Gardens’ Pumpkin Playground (September 29 – October 31). Later on in the season, the fall-blooming chrysanthemum is the focal point of the attraction’s Chrysanthemum Festival (October 25 – November 18, 2018), which returns with more than 17,000 colorful chrysanthemums formed together to create orbs, columns and more. Also returning this year? The Thousand Bloom Mum, the festival centerpiece made up of more than 1,500 meticulously arranged yellow flowers.
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
September 30 – October 29, 2018 (Saturdays & Sundays)
Milky Way Farm in Chester Springs hosts Pumpkin Harvest Season for five weekends this fall. Visitors to this annual autumnal attraction can hitch a hayride to the farm’s expansive pumpkin patch — which produces nearly 25,000 pumpkins in a fair-weather year — and purchase pumpkins off the vine, visit young farm animals, trek through a corn maze and indulge in freshly made ice cream from Chester Springs Creamery.
Where: Milky Way Farm, 521 E. Uwchlan Avenue, Chester Springs
October 6-28, 2018 (Saturdays & Sundays)
Visitors to Merrymead Farm in Montgomery Country can find fall spirit in spades at the dairy farm’s 35th annual Harvest Days, which take place every Saturday and Sunday in October. Quintessential harvest-fest activities — hayrides, a cornfield maze, pumpkin painting — paired with Merrymead’s hand-dipped ice cream and fresh seasonal pies delight crowds year after year.
Where: Merrymead Farm, 2222 S. Valley Forge Road, Lansdale
Freddy Hill Farms, another family-owned-and-operated farm in Montgomery County, takes fall fun to new heights during Freddy’s Fallfest. Every weekend in October, guests can hop on hayrides, pick out the perfect pumpkin, stroll through a new-for-2018 cornfield maze, watch energetic pig races and go on pony rides. The farm’s two mini-golf courses, batting cages, driving range and ice-cream parlor — serving more than 30 flavors of delicious and fresh homemade ice cream — get a lot of action during Fallfest as well.
Where: Freddy Hill Farms, 1440 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale
The Newlin Grist Mill — established in 1704 — throws a one-day harvest festival with a historic twist that includes demonstrations on milling in the grist mill, blacksmithing, candle making and apple-cider pressing. Pumpkin painting, hayrides, music by the Colonial Revelers and English-country dancing by the Heritage Dancers round out the entertainment. Also on tap: beer at the Colonial Tavern from Twin Lakes Brewing Company and food-truck fare.
Where: Newlin Grist Mill Park, 219 Cheyney Road, Glen Mills
Every fall, the Apple Butter Frolic commemorates Mennonite heritage and Pennsylvania Dutch culture with this widely cherished festival in Harleysville. An apple-sausage-and pancake breakfast kicks off the day’s activities, which include folk-craft demonstrations, tractor and wagon rides, farming tutorials, 18th-century hearth cooking and more. In addition to fresh apple butter, a variety of apple-based and Pennsylvania German foods are available for purchase.
Where: Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville
The Subaru Fall Festival at Greensgrow Farms in Kensington aims to please all ages with its live music, craft market, potato-sack races, pumpkin painting, applebobbing and two seasonal food competitions — one for chili and one for apple pie. On top of all that, there’s fare from local food trucks and beer from a Philadelphia Brewing Company beer tent.
Where: Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland Street
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Stunning red, yellow and orange leaves fill Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill every autumn, making it a prime location for fall celebrations. Fall Family Weekend (October 6-7, 2018) promises activities like scarecrow making, pumpkin decorating and apple sampling. Visitors can also stroll through the Scarecrow Walk to view and vote on their favorite original scarecrow designs through Wednesday, October 31.
Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E.Northwestern Avenue
Set at the scenic Curtis Arboretum, the 28th annual Cheltenham Community Harvest Festival presents a craft fair, arcade-style games, pumpkin decorating, sack races, a needle-in-the-haystack dive for prizes and a food court. The event ends with a fabulous fireworks show.
Where: Curtis Arboretum, 1250 W. Church Road, Wyncote
Beloved Center City attraction Reading Terminal Market transforms the street just outside its doors into a corn-stalk-and-hay-bale-covered urban farm during its Harvest Festival. Guests can jump on a tractor for a hay ride around the market, enjoy fall beer at the beer garden, taste seasonal food from market vendors and listen to live music.
Where: Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
The eight wineries that make up the Bucks County Wine Trail team up to show off this fall’s grape harvest. Guests can hop from vineyard to vineyard and sample award-winning wines and unfermented fresh grape juice during the two-day Harvest Celebration.
Where: Various locations including Rose Bank Winery, 258 Durham Road, Newtown
There are countless pumpkins for painting, ears of corn for shucking and apples for pressing at the All Hallow’s Eve Fall Festival. The fest takes place on 170 fertile acres of farmland at Pennypacker Mills — the site of a former Pennsylvania governor’s historic family home — in Schwenksville.
Where: Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville
Phoenixville’s affinity for the season’s most popular crop is apparent at this annual family-fun event. A pumpkin-pie-eating contest, a pumpkin-painting contest, pumpkin derby races and an activity-filled carnival supply hours of entertainment in the neighborhood’s bustling downtown.
Where: 1 South Main Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460, USA
Franklin Square invites the whole family — especially kiddos 10 and under — to a pop-up pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin and decorate it for free. Afterward, visitors can stick around and play a spooky round of mini-golf.
Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Tyler Arboretum’s radiant fall foliage makes for a beautiful backdrop to this two-day celebration of autumn. Visitors can fashion a scarecrow from scratch, take a hayride, pick out pumpkins and participate in crafts and games.
Where: Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media
Headhouse Square’s fall festival is a day of shopping, live music, seasonal bites and brews, circus performances, horse and wagon hayrides and face painting. Children 12 and under can also trick or treat along South Street.
Where: Headhouse Square, 2nd and Lombard streets
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Visitors indulge in old-fashioned country apple butter, apple cider, apple dumplings, apple fritters, caramel-dipped apples and pie-eating contests at this annual festival celebrating fall’s favorite fruit in Peddler’s Village.
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Grand openings, seasonal celebrations, arts showcases and more come to Philly this fall