Revolutionary Germantown Festival
History goes on full display during the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, a day-long affair that celebrates the rich history of the historic neighborhood on Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The festival features costumed characters, live music, food and drink culminating with a reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia.
The day’s events are centered at Cliveden, the summer home of the Loyalist Chew family and the location of General George Washington’s failed attempt to liberate Philadelphia from British control in 1777.
The all-ages celebration features costumed characters, live music, food and drink.
The Revolutionary Germantown Festival largely takes place at Cliveden, but over the years has spanned more than a dozen additional historic attractions along Germantown Avenue, including Concord School & Upper Burying Ground, The Germantown White House, Johnson House Historic Site, Germantown Mennonite Meeting House and more.
The festival is jam-packed with events and all-ages activities throughout the day, including a George Washington meet-and-greet, tours of the Cliveden mansion, performances by the MacGregor Pipe Band and more.
The Revolutionary Germantown Festival commemorates the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia.
— Photo courtesy Historic Germantown
The day starts early with an 8:30 a.m. muster and a 9 a.m. march from historic Grumblethorpe up Germantown Avenue to Cliveden, where the battle begins at 10 a.m. The Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers will lead hands-on activities all day at the rain-or-shine event, and the Cliveden museum will be open for tours.
A storyteller spins 18th-century tales and a presentation at historic Upsala by Ned Hector, an African American Revolutionary War soldier, lead up to the annual reenactment at 3 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring sunscreen and bug spray to enjoy a distraction-free reenactment!
Guests can head down Germantown Avenue after the “battle” for Battle Bash, the official after-party at the historic Grumblethorpe house featuring re-enactors from the battle, food, beer, live music and more.
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