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September 04, 2015

15 Philly area festivals to visit this fall

From pumpkins to beer to Harry Potter, we're celebrating it all

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Fall FEstivals Visit Bucks County/Visit Philadelphia™

Don't miss the many fall festivals coming to the Philadelphia area this year.

Though you wouldn't know it from the weather, fall is here - well, at least according to the many (many) fall festivals heading our way. As soon as the beach chairs are packed away, the streets of Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs spring to life with local vendors, live music and tons of food. In an effort to wade through the myriad ways you might spend your upcoming weekends, we've compiled a list of the fall festivals we're most excited for below.

30th Annual Mushroom Festival

Mushroom Festival
(G. Widman/Visit Philadelphia™)

There's plenty to do at this three-day festival, like dance in the streets and see the community parade Friday or check out the Old Fashioned Carnival all weekend. The main street fair and grower's exhibit runs Saturday and Sunday, where you'll find shopping, amateur mushroom cooking competitions, eating contests, culinary demonstrations, live entertainment and more.

Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13
Hours vary | $3 ages 12 and up
101 South Union St., Kennett Square PA

South Philly Sausage Fest

For the inaugural Sausage Fest, Cafe y Chocolate, Chaat and Chai, Chucks Homemade Water Ice, Grubhouse, Philly Pretzel Factory and Taproom on 19th will be serving up sausage-related foods. Conshohocken, Philadelphia, Point Breeze, St. Benjamin, Sly Fox and Weyerbacher brewing companies will be on hand, too.

Saturday, September 12
Noon-8 p.m. | Pay-as-you-go
West Passyunk Ave. at Broad St.


Learn how to live sustainably at this festival featuring over 100 exhibitors and vendors. Vegetarian and vegan-friendly food trucks, live music, demonstrations, children's activities will be interspersed with conservation organizations who can teach visitors all about living a green life. 

Sunday, September 13
10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Pay-as-you-go
Headhouse Square
2nd Street between Pine and Lombard Streets

Fall StrEAT Festival

Streat Festival
(JPG Photography/

Over 50 of the Philly area's favorite food trucks will swarm Manayunk's Main Street for a day of eating and drinking. Sidewalk sales will add to the shopping experience and a beer and wine garden will be open. Participating vendors will be highlighting apples with their dishes for a seasonal touch. It's all a preamble to Manayunk Restaurant Week, which begins Monday, September 14.

Sunday, September 13
11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Pay-as-you-go
Main Street, Manayunk PA


Brauhaus Schmitz is bringing their party back bigger than ever, extending this year from the 700 Block of South Street to the 800 block with spillover to Kater and Rodman Streets. They'll be serving 10 German beers and German food on a pay-as-you-go basis. Expect to see the Liter Lift Competition, German dancers, Live Oompah Music, face painting, games and more.

Saturday, September 19
Noon-8 p.m. | Pay-as-you-go
South Street from 7th to 8th Street

Newtown Beerfest

This tasting event will include beers from local and national breweries like 21st Amendment, 2SP, Coronado, Elysian, Flying Fish and dozens more. Live music and food will accompany all that drinking, of course. Grab a "First Tap" pass for $75 and you'll get into the event 90 minutes before the public.

Saturday, September 19
2-5:30 p.m. | $40
The Stocking Works
410 S. State St., Newtown Borough PA

Scarecrow Festival

Scarecrow Fest
(Anthony Sinagoga/Visit Bucks County)

The Peddler's Village scarecrow competition will be on display September 14 through November 1, but its accompanying festival includes a weekend of pie-eating contests, pumpkin decorating, live music and activities for the kids. Scarecrow-making workshops are available, supplies included, throughout the weekend, too. 

Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20
10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Free admission & parking
Peddler's Village
Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska PA

Radnor Fall Festival

Now celebrating its 22nd anniversary, this festival will include face painting, a dog show, rides, food, art for sale, live music and magic tricks. The Valley Forge Military Academy Marching Band will also perform.

Sunday, September 20
1-5 p.m. | Free admission
North Wayne Ave., Downtown Wayne PA

Jenkintown Festival of the Arts

This juried art show includes jewelry, crafts, photography, mixed media, glass, painting and pottery by local artists. Singer-songwriters, jazz combos, R&B artists, modern rock bands and more will provide the live musical performances. Tickets for the accompanying Brewfest beer tasting can be bought online for $30 per person.

Sunday, September 20
1-6 p.m. | Free admission
Jenkintown Town Square
Leedom St. & Greenwood Ave., Jenkintown PA


Now in its sixth year, food, live music and beer will take over South Street for this festival. As in previous years, proceeds from beer sales during the festival will go directly to the hosting neighborhood. 

Saturday, October 3
Noon | Pay-as-you-go
South Street, Broad to 18th St.

10th Annual Midtown Village Fall Festival

Midtown Village Festival
(J. Fusco/Visit Philadelphia™)

Fifty thousand people, 40 arts & crafts vendors and 30 restaurants are expected to join the landmark anniversary for this festival. Live music, food and activities for children will fill the enclave of shopping and dining that is Midtown Village. 

Saturday, October 3
Noon-8 p.m. | Free admission
Broad to 11th Street, Market to Spruce Streets 

Fall For the Arts Festival

Chestnut Hill transforms into a massive artists' marketplace with the work of over 150 artists from the Mid-Atlantic region. From paintings and photography to sculptures and pottery, if you've got some decorating to do this is the place to be. Two stages of live entertainment, children's rides and food complete the scene. 

Sunday, October 4
11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Free admission
Germantown Ave., between Willow Grove and Rex Avenues, Chestnut Hill PA

Old City Fest

This art-focused festival is returning for its second year. Nearly 15,000 people attended last year for a day of fashion, culture, design and food throughout the historic area. 

Sunday, October 11
Noon | Free admission
3rd & Arch Streets

Harry Potter Festival

Harry Potter Festival
(Anthony Sinagoga/Visit Philadelphia™)

Fans come in from all over the region to celebrate the "Harry Potter" series for a weekend. Children in costumes, photo opportunities with characters from Harry's world, a Quidditch tournament, a sell-out pub crawl and the academic conference at Chestnut Hill College make it the perfect festival for both wizards and Muggles. 

Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18
Hours vary | Free admission to most events
Germantown Ave., between Willow Grove and Rex Avenues, Chestnut Hill PA

Apple Festival

Peddler's village Apple
(Anthony Sinagoga/Visit Bucks County)

Two days of a juried artisan show, live entertainment, pie-eating contests and tons of apple-themed food fills this weekend festival. You'll find country apple butter, apple cider, apple fritters and caramel apples all in one place. How about them apples?

Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8
10 a.m. | Free admission & parking
Peddler's Village
Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska PA