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25+ Harvest Festivals in Philadelphia for Fall 2017

Hayrides, fruit picking, pumpkin carving, pies of all kinds and so much more

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From hayrides to apple pie to pumpkin carving sessions in the crisp autumn air, it’s hard to beat the awesome tastes, sights and experiences that fall brings each year.

This is particularly true in the Philadelphia area, where harvest festivals abound. In celebration of autumn’s bounty (pumpkins, gourds, apples, squash and more), numerous parks, farms and markets host harvest festivals to salute the season.

Picture pumpkin picking at Linvilla Orchards, scarecrow making at the Morris Arboretum, cider drinking and fall crafting at Historic Stenton and beyond. Take a peek and get ready for a ton of fall fun with our top picks for harvest festivals in the Philadelphia region for fall 2017.

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Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Display

Stroll through some creative scarecrow displays this fall at Peddler's Village in Bucks County. — A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia

Through October 29, 2017

Scaring birds yet welcoming humans, this annual display — the 38th such — of hay-stuffed funny folks is a Bucks County must-do. Stroll through Peddler’s Village, take in all of the scarecrows on display (including some fun Game of Thrones scarecrows this year!) and then vote for your favorite.

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Highland Orchard Harvest Weekends

Through October 31, 2017 (weekends only)

Join Highland Orchards in West Chester for a season filled with apple and pumpkin picking, plus fun activities to partake in after your harvesting endeavors are complete. Coming with a crowd? Consider calling ahead to schedule a group hayride, which ends with a campfire. Apple cider doughnuts and other baked treats will be available for purchase to sweeten the experience.

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Hellerick's Family Farm Fall Harvest Festival

Through October 31, 2017

Bucks County’s Hellerick’s Family Farm offers 18 acres and more than 40 activities — including pumpkin rolling, hayrides, a tractor tire tunnel and a five-acre corn maze — during its Fall Harvest Festival. Among the new attractions for this year’s fest are pumpkin bowling, tug of war and Lincoln Log building.

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Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

Enjoy fall at Linvilla Orchards with a slew of festive activities taking place at Pumpkinland. — Photo courtesy Linvilla Orchards

Through November 5, 2017

Favorite fall traditions come together at Linvilla Orchards‘ annual Pumpkinland in Media. Beginning in September, Pumpkinland opens for a season that includes straw bale and cornfield mazes, live music and entertainment, hayrides, train rides, pony rides, face painting, apple picking and jack-o’-lantern displays. Plus, don’t miss the annual costume parade on Sunday, October 29!

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Fall at Varner Farms

Collegeville's Varner Farms promises wagon rides, a flashlight maze and more this fall. — Photo courtesy Varner Farms

Pumpkin Patch: Starts on September 23, 2017
Flashlight Maze: Through October 21, 2017 (weekends only)

Head out at night to wander your way through Varner Farms’ Flashlight Maze, a true fall experience. Before the sun goes down, visitors can also hop on a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch where pick-your-own opportunities await. Which pumpkin will you choose for your next jack-o’-lantern?

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Fall at Shady Brook Farms

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PumpkinFest: Through October 31, 2017

Get in the fall spirit at Shady Brook Farm’s Apple Fun Days and PumpkinFest, featuring wagon rides to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch for pick-your-own opportunities. The season also ushers in a slew of other activities at the farm, including a giant corn maze, jumping pillows and more.

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Milky Way Farm Pumpkin Harvest

Pick your own pumpkins and find your way through a corn maze at Milky Way Farm this fall. — Photo courtesy Milky Way Farm

Through October 29, 2017 (weekends only)

Free hayrides, a pick-your-own pumpkin patch and a corn maze await at Chester County’s Milky Way Farm during its Pumpkin Harvest weekends. Choose from pumpkins spread out across seven-plus acres before scoping out the other fall harvest treats from the farm, including decorative gourds, Indian corn, crook-neck pumpkins, squash and corn stalk bundles.

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Winding Brook Farms' Autumn Agritainment

Winding Brook Farms hosts a number of events during the whole month of October. — Photo courtesy Winding Brook Farms

Through October 29, 2017 (select dates)

All throughout October, Buck’s County’s Winding Brook Farms host various events, including the fifth annual Car, Truck and Tractor Show, pumpkin patch walks, the Night Chills Haunted Hayride, the Corn Walk of Horror and the Haunted Hay Maze.

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Harvest Fest at Elmwood Park Zoo

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Celebrate fall at the Elmwood Park Zoo during its annual Harvest Fest, filled with entertainment and live performances. — Photo courtesy Elmwood Park Zoo

Through November 5, 2017 (Sundays only)

This fall, Norristown’s Elmwood Park Zoo hosts its annual Harvest Fest, featuring carnival games, bonfires with s’mores, activities, live performances, bison feedings and much more. The fest is free with zoo admission and unfolds from 12-3 p.m. each Sunday through the first weekend of November.

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Merrymead Farm Harvest Days

Score caramel apples, cider doughnuts and other apple treats at Merrymead Farm this fall. — R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Farm Harvest Days: Through October 29 (weekends only)

Family-owned-and-operated Merrymead Farm in Montgomery County welcomes visitors on Saturdays and Sundays in October for its Harvest Days celebrations. Attendees can look forward to hayrides and wagon rides, pumpkin painting, a five-acre cornfield maze and more spread out across this dairy farm’s expansive grounds. Prior to the weekend fest, head to the farm on September 29 for the Lighting of the Great Pumpkin, a day of storytelling, live music, hayrides and other fall fun.

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Fall Fest at Morgan's Pier

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— Photo by A. Ricketts for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Through October 28, 2017 (weekends only)

For the third year in a row, Morgan’s Pier in the Historic District brings harvest to the waterfront with its third annual Fall Fest. Attendees can look forward to a fall menu, seasonal beers and specialty cocktails, pumpkin carving, DJ-spun tunes, live acoustic performances and a number of one-off events, including an Oktoberfest celebration (October 7), a Dog Yappy Hour (October 8) and a Halloween party (October 28).

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Fall at Morris Arboretum

Scarecrow Walk: Through October 31, 2017

There are few better places to celebrate fall than in the beautiful, red- and orange-hued groves of the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill. Now in its 18th year, the Fall Festival event on October 7 and 8 welcomes families to the gorgeous grounds to create a scarecrow, paint a pumpkin and enjoy samples of different apples. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Morris Arboretum Scarecrow Walk, where you can vote on your favorite of more than 30 scarecrow designs. Leading up to the festival, the arboretum also hosts the Korean Harvest Festival, a celebration of modern and traditional Korean culture including music and tours of the spot’s Korean plant selection.

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Fall at Longwood Gardens

From a Pumpkin Playground to the Chrysanthemum Festival, Longwood Gardens comes alive with color this season. — Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens

Pumpkin Playground: Through October 31, 2017
Chrysanthemum Festival: Through November 19, 2017

The ultimate color crescendo hits Longwood Gardens this fall with the annual Chrysanthemum Festival, sweeping the gardens’ indoor grounds with a rainbow of floral shades. The centerpiece of the show is a Thousand Bloom Mum, made up of more than 1,500 meticulously arranged yellow flowers on one plant. Tickets are free with garden admission. Additionally, bring the kids out to the Pumpkin Playground, where you can snap a festive fall family photo in front of an 800-pound (!) pumpkin. Other all-ages activities will also unfold at the garden’s Children’s Corner.

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Farmfest at Freddy Hill Farms

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Starting October 7, 2017 (weekends only)

Weekends in October mean it’s time for Farmfest at Lansdale’s Freddy Hill Farms. Pick your own pumpkin after taking a hayride to the pumpkin patch, get lost in the corn maze and hit a few homers in the batting cages. Afterward, enjoy a round of mini-golf and top off the day with some homemade gourmet ice cream made onsite with fresh milk and cream.

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Phoenixville Pumpkinfest

Phoenixville's annual fall bash highlights its namesake crop with games, music, pie-eating contests and more. — Photo courtesy Phoenixville Pumpkinfest

October 21, 2017

Phoenixville‘s Pumpkinfest is all about its namesake harvest crop. From pumpkin-pie-eating contests to pumpkin-painting contests to pumpkin derby races, the fest makes it easy to fill up on pumpkin fun all day long. A carnival with games, live music and other entertainment will also add to the day’s excitement.

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Cheltenham Community Harvest Festival

October 21, 2017

The 27th annual Cheltenham Community Harvest Festival promises fun for all ages, including hayrides, a craft fair, arcade games, pumpkin decorating, sack races, a food court and more. Stick around until after dark for a grand fireworks display.

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Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival

The Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival offers hayrides, a beer garden, snacks and more. — Photo courtesy Reading Terminal Market

October 21, 2017

Filbert Street just outside of Reading Terminal Market gets turned into the ultimate urban farm for the market’s Harvest Festival. Look forward to a beer garden featuring fall brews and snacks, a farm tractor offering a hayride around the market, a pumpkin patch for photos, live music, seasonal treats and more.

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Pennypacker Mills All Hallow’s Eve Fall Festival

October 21, 2017

Set on 170 acres of bucolic farmland, Pennypacker Mills is home to a mansion of a former Pennsylvania governor and his family. Each year, it welcomes visitors to enjoy fall activities like pumpkin painting, crafting, tractor-pulled hayrides, a chance to turn the apple cider press and more at the All Hallow’s Eve Fall Festival.

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Pumpkin Patch at Franklin Square

There's plenty of fun for the entire family at Franklin Square during its one-day, pop-up Pumpkin Patch. — G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

October 21, 2017

If you’ve got little ones in your life 10 years old and under, take them to Franklin Square on October 21 to pick out a pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch. Kiddos can then decorate a pumpkin and take it home for free. Plus, the Lightning Bolt Express Train will host rides around the square.

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South Street Headhouse District Fall Pumpkin Fest

South Street hosts the annual Pumpkin Festival including performances, costume contests and more. — Photo courtesy South Street Headhouse District

October 28, 2017

South Street‘s Pumpkin Fest takes over Headhouse Plaza on October 28 for an afternoon of music, shopping and plenty of other entertainment and hands-on activities for the whole family. Click the button below to stay tuned for more details as they’re released, and get ready for a fun-filled festival sure to put you in the fall spirit.

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Historic Stenton’s Halloween Harvest Festival

October 28, 2017

Historic Germantown gets in on the harvest fun with its Halloween Harvest Festival at the Stenton House on Germantown Ave. The free event will have crafting activities, pumpkin painting, a spooky cellar tour and more to keep the entire family entertained.

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Hometown Harvest Fest at the Philadelphia History Museum

November 2, 2017

Sip seasonal cocktails and enjoy a presentation on Philadelphia’s agricultural history during the Homegrown Harvest Festival at the Philadelphia History Museum on November 2.

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Peddler’s Village Apple Festival

Enjoy fresh apples and apple-filled treats at the annual Peddler's Village Apple Festival. — Photo courtesy Peddler's Village

November 4-5, 2017

Apple pies, apple butter, apple cider, apple fritters and caramel apples – find these treats and more during the annual Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village. While you’re there, bring home a bushel of apples picked fresh from the orchards.

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Brewerytown Garden Harvest Fest

September 23, 2017

Held in a vegetable-fresh setting, the Brewerytown Garden Harvest Fest features live jazz, beer samples from Crime and Punishment Brewing Company, garden tours, an art fair and more. Tickets are $20 at the door ($15 in advance) or $10 if you show up with a new children’s winter coat for donation.

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Newlin Grist Mill Harvest Festival

October 7, 2017

Newlin Grist Mill’s Fall Harvest Festival seeks to bring colonial America alive with a slew of different demos, including milling in the 1704 grist mill, blacksmithing, pottery spinning and English country dancing by the Heritage Dancers. Other activities include pumpkin painting, hayrides, face-painting and beer drinking at the Colonial Tavern (1-3 p.m.) with Twin Lakes Brewing Company.

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Apple Butter Frolic

Head to the Apple Butter Frolic with the whole family to enjoy homemade treats, make crafts and more. — Photo courtesy Mennonite Heritage Center

October 7, 2017

As the annual celebration of Mennonite and Pennsylvania Dutch culture, the Apple Butter Frolic features everything from an apple pie bake-off to homemade scrapple samples to farming demonstrations. Crafting activities and an array of kid-oriented entertainment will round out the one-day festival.

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Subaru Fall Festival at Greensgrow Farms

October 7, 2017

Sample harvest dishes, enjoy live music and crafts, visit the farm stand and bring the family to partake in a variety of children’s activities at the Subaru Fall Festival at Greensgrow Farms in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. There will be tacos, a chili competition, and an apple pie contest. You be the judge.

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Sand Castle Winery Winetober Fest

October 8, 2017

Sand Castle Winery and its picturesque Bucks County vineyards host a celebration of wine and German-styled food on October 8. Admission includes an Oktoberfest-themed spread and a glass of your favorite wine from the winery. Wine by both bottle and glass as well as kolsch beer from Free Will Brewing Company will be available for purchase.

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Manayunk Harvest Festival

October 14, 2017

Head to Pretzel Park near the bottom of the steep streets of Manayunk on October 14 for the Manayunk Harvest Festival, complete with live music like local favorite Ben Arnold, food, shopping and activities such as a fun run, community mural, pumpkin carving and peanut butter face painting.

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Bucks County Wine Trail Harvest Celebration

October 14-15, 2017

Experience the beauty of autumn out in the vineyards during the Bucks County Wine Trail Harvest Celebration. In addition to trying a variety of local wines, visitors can sample fresh-pressed grape juices that have not yet fermented into wine. Nine different area wineries are participating in the two-day event.

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Pumpkin Days Celebration at Tyler Arboretum

October 14-15, 2017

Assemble your own scarecrow, take a hayride through the fall-foliage-filled Tyler Arboretum, partake in crafting and gaming, get your face painted and more at the Pumpkin Days Celebration. Tyler Arboretum’s two-day fest also features a moon bounce, an inflatable obstacle course and, of course, a ton of pumpkins.

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Harvest Festival at Bartram’s Garden

Bartram's Garden's Harvest Festival offers everything from yoga to hayrides. — Photo courtesy Bartram's Garden

October 15, 2017

The annual, free Harvest Festival at Bartram’s Garden invites you to partake in everything from yoga to boating to cooking and canning workshops. Traditional fall festival activities, like hayrides and cider-pressing, will also unfold.

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