It’s October–the air is getting chillier, evenings are arriving sooner, hearty stews and spiced ciders are starting to satiate the palate, and pumpkins are in season! What better time is there to celebrate the fall season than at Philadelphia’s Harvest festivals? Listed below are local events filled with fall-frolicking fun for all ages:
Harvest Festival at Reading Terminal Market
October 15, 10am-4pm, Admission is free.
This weekend, taste the newly harvested fall bounty, stroll through pumpkin patches, and enjoy hay rides around Filbert Street’s transformed “urban farm” at Reading Terminal Market.
Monster Pumpkin Madness & Country Fair at The Market by Shady Brook Farms at Del Val
October 15 & 16, 11am-4pm, Admission is free.
This fall, family-friendly event is filled with arts & crafts, inflatable rides, a tasty pig roast, pumpkin contest and more! Shady Brook Farms is also hosting Pumpkinfest, a harvest festival celebrated at their farm’s main location daily through October 31st from 11am-4pm. Admission to Pumpkinfest is $12.
Buck’s County PumpkinFest at Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
October 15 & 16, 12pm, Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under, and free for children under 2.
Observe expert carvers fashion giant pumpkins into masterpieces, indulge in tasty treats, groove to live music and have the little ones immerse themselves in fun and educational children’s activities. Proceeds benefit The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania drug & alcohol prevention and recovery programs.
Spooktacular Fall Festival and Haunted House Opening at The Village of Arts and Humanities
October 22, 1pm-6pm
The Village’s Spooktacular Fall Festival includes family-friendly crafts, great food, hay rides, a scarecrow making contest and the scariest haunted house in the city! Watch fashion and dance performances by Village teens and indulge in fall flavors with chocolate and wine tasting from John & Kira’s Chocolates.
2011 Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village
November 5 & 6, 10am-6pm, Admission is free.
Love apples? If you do, then you’ll love the annual Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village. Enjoy a myriad of apple treats–from apple dumplings and fritters to apple butter, cider and more. There’s even an apple pie eating contest! Bushels of apples will be available for purchase.
Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards
Through November 6, 8am-8pm Sunday to Thursday, 8am-9pm Friday & Saturday, Admission is free.
Escape away to Pumpkinland in Delaware Valley! Explore local history and harvest lore, see pumpkins diverse in shapes and sizes and experience live music and family-friendly activities at Linvilla Orchards. Don’t forget to try out the cornfield maze!
Autumn’s Colors at Longwood Gardens
Through November 20, Admission is $18 for adults, $8 for students & children aged 5-18, and free for children under 5.
“Autumn’s Colors”, Longwood’s Harvest celebration, is teeming with fun-filled activities for the whole family! Live concerts, guided walks and horticulture lessons for children are offered during the harvest season. Be sure to stop by the Chrysanthemum Festival where over 20,000 buds are in bloom. If the little ones still have lots of energy, look no further than playtime in the gardens’ Pumpkin Playground–open daily from 9am-5pm until November 1st.