Upcoming Philly Fall Festivals
Find the best spots to get all those fall feels!
As summer fades to fall, it’s time to break out your fave flannels and boots, order a cinnamon flavored caffeinated concoction (ok, get your pumpkin spice, we won’t tell), and mark your calendars for the fall festivals that we’ve all grown to love!
Stay tuned for Halloween events– that’s a whole separate article.
Be sure to check back, as things are constantly changing and being planned—and we don’t want you to miss anything!
Fintastic Fall Days at Adventure Aquarium
September 21 – November 5
1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ
This fall, guests visiting Adventure Aquarium can explore the glow deep below as they dive into an underwater realm filled with gorgeous glowing gourds of all shapes, sizes, and species during the Aquarium’s brand-new Fintastic Fall Days, running September 21 – November 5.
During this fall festival, guests will get the chance to see countless gourd-geous aquatically-themed displays showcased throughout the Aquarium, both floating on the surface and sunken deep below among sharks, rays, and other aquatic animals.
In addition to the fall-themed sights, guests can also check out the Aquarium’s seasonal sensory tables featuring pumpkin slime and other hands-on sensory experiences – all included with admission. For an extra special experience, guests can pay $5 to paint and take home their own pumpkin masterpiece.
September 7 – 24
This year’s Philadelphia Fringe Festival features local, national, and international artists bringing their freshest ideas to neighborhoods across Philadelphia. From 6 Curated performances, to 290+ independently produced shows, to 5 Satellite Festival Hubs, there is something for everyone … everyone open to creatively expanding their perspective, that is. Among hundreds of similar festivals around the world, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, presented by FringeArts, is one of the largest in the United States. FringeArts has become Philadelphia’s home for contemporary performance, presenting progressive, world-class art that pushes the boundaries of art-making and redefines the artistic landscape worldwide.
September 16 & 17
Wyck Historic House (6026 Germantown Avenue) on September 16; and Bartram’s Garden (54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard) on September 17
The Philadelphia Honey Festival brings sweet activities to two different historic locations— Wyck historic home, and Bartram’s Garden. The festival has fun for all ages, with beekeeping demos and talks, live music, food trucks, children’s activities, vendors, a guy with a beard of bees, and much more.
September 30, 11 am–5 pm
The Woodlands, 40th and Woodland avenues
Featuring local wares handmade with care, like artisan jewelry, ceramics, art prints and originals, home wares, clothing, natural bodycare, candles, stationery, children’s gifts, and all sorts of unique treasures. Plus, live music, food trucks, make & take projects and more.
September 1 – October 1
Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Blvd.
Check out Amie Potsic’s “Forest Light and Twilight” a site-specific installation on display at Cherry Street Pier from September 1 through October 1. Part of the 20/20 Photo Festival. All ages. Free and open to the public.
Potsic, a photographer and installation artist, has produced an interactive installation that conjures the enchanted feeling of walking through the woods under the forest canopy in order to inspire environmental awareness.
The piece will suspend from overhead in the main atrium of the Pier extending over 160 feet in length. Created with semi-transparent mesh imprinted with forest imagery, the installation will evoke feelings of walking under the trees. Engaging in an experiential appreciation of our forests, audiences will be inspired to remember and protect our natural spaces.
October 8, 11 am—5 pm
Germantown Avenue, between Willow Grove and Rex Avenues
Welcome the season in Chestnut Hill as the streets and stores fill with festivities and exciting activities. Guests can expect live music, delicious food, games, arts & crafts and more throughout this free, family-friendly event.
Made in Philadelphia Fall Market & Harvest Weekend at Dilworth Park
October 6, 12 – 8pm, October 7, 12 – 8 pm, October 8, 12 – 6 pm
Dilworth Park, 1 S 15th St., Philadelphia
The Center City District is bringing back the “Made in Philadelphia” Fall Market to Dilworth Plaza starting on October 19th! For three days, local vendors will be selling a variety of handmade crafts and locally made products, including photos, art, accessories, apparel, glassware, wood crafts and more!
Center City District prepares to host Dilworth Park’s annual fall festival with entertainment for guests of all ages. Beginning Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8, Harvest Weekend will feature live music, seasonal food and beverage items and activities for families. Attendance is free for everyone.
Dilworth Park’s popular Hay Maze on the Greenfield Lawn will also return on Friday, September 29 ahead of Harvest Weekend. Located on the west side of historic City Hall, the family-friendly attraction brings fall-on-the farm fun to the center of the city. It will be open to the public from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily through October 7, and will close for the season at 6 p.m. on October 8.
In addition to the Hay Maze, Harvest Weekend guests can expect a weekend-long schedule of free activities and entertainment, including local bands and DJs, live pumpkin carving demonstrations and pumpkin painting for children. Strolling performers, including scarecrow stilt walkers and magicians, will also make an appearance throughout the weekend.
September 9 – 21
Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave.
Morris Arboretum & Gardens’ Scarecrow Design Contest is back for the 16th year! This year’s theme is “The 1990s” in celebration of our 90th anniversary as a public garden. It’s your chance to create a scarecrow version of your favorite ’90s musician, icon, or nostalgia for display at the Morris! Scarecrows will be on display from October 1 through October 31. Visitors will vote online for their favorite scarecrow to determine the winners. The top three scarecrows win a cash prize—top prize is $250! (Registration Deadline: September 21)
October 15, noon — 4 pm
8500 Pine Road
Enjoy a day of cider pressing, apple butter making, hayrides, seasonal games, pumpkin painting, music and more. Pumpkins, apples, apple butter and cider for sale.
October 7, 12 – 3 pm
Ridge Avenue between Leverington Avenue and Lyceum Avenue
This 11th annual fall street festival will feature food trucks, craft brews, live music, German-themed entertainment, fun competitions, and activities for kids. We’ll welcome everyone who loves Roxborough onto Ridge Avenue to enjoy local music on the Mainstage and over 70 crafters and community organizations.
Lead photograph courtesy of Center City District, BeauMonde Originals.