2017 Fall Fun Guide

From hayrides to Oktoberfest celebrations, there’s something for everyone.



9/9

Oktoberfest at Elmwood Park Zoo

Over 40 breweries will be sampling craft brews, wines and ciders at the 10th annual Oktoberfest. There will also be live music, games, food and, of course, the zoo.

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. Visit www.elmwoodparkzoo.org.

9/9 – 11/5

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

An annual favorite, Linvilla Orchards takes pumpkin picking seriously. Take a hayride to the patches and grab one, or a few, of these quintessentially fall gourds to decorate the house or carve for Halloween.

137 W. Knowlton Road, Media. Visit www.linvilla.com.

9/9 – 11/4

Corn Maze at Linvilla Orchards

On weekends throughout the fall, adventurous spirits can wend their way through this two-acre maze, traversing nearly a mile of paths.

137 W. Knowlton Road, Media. Visit www.linvilla.com.

9/11 – 10/29

Scarecrow Competition and Display

Heads to Peddler’s Village for a day of family fun this fall. The quaint shops and surrounds will be bedecked in autumn regalia, including plenty of scarecrows. Pay a visit on Sept. 16 or 17 for the Scarecrow Festival, complete with scarecrow-making workshops, live music and pumpkin painting. 

2400 Street Road, New Hope. Visit www.peddlersvillage.com.

9/16

Oktobearfest

Head to the Philadelphia Zoo for it’s inaugural take on Oktoberfest. There will be over 100 beers to sample, food trucks, live music, games and admission to the zoo.

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia. Visit www.philadelphiazoo.org.

9/17 – 10/1

Fall Foliage Express

Sundays this fall, hop aboard the Westchester Railroad and meander through Southeastern Pennsylvania countryside, taking in the golden leaves.

230 E. Market St., West Chester. Visit www.westchesterrr.com.

9/22 – 10/29

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

Sesame Place transforms into a Halloween wonderland this fall. Halloween-themed shows and a parade are among the highlights.

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne. Visit www.sesameplace.com

9/22 – 10/30

Hayrides to the Witches’ House

The little ones will adore this fun hayride, which traverses the orchard’s property, making a stop at the Witches’ House, where stories, jokes and treats are plentiful.

137 W. Knowlton Road, Media. Visit www.linvilla.com.

9/22 – 11/11

Terror Behind the Walls

A favorite for those looking for a frightful adventure, Terror Behind the Walls takes visitors into the depths of the Eastern State Penitentiary. Visit the many attractions, including Quarantine 4D, where the walls seems to come to life, and Lock Down: The Uprising, where creatures from the depths emerge.

2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia. Visit www.easternstate.org.

9/23-24

Apple Festival

This favorite fruit for fall gets its very own weekend dedication at Linvilla. Attendees can pick their own apples in the orchard, participate in a pie-eating contest and take in live entertainment.

137 W. Knowlton Road, Media. Visit www.linvilla.com.

9/23

Ardmore Oktoberfest

Cricket Avenue transforms into a veritable beer garden, complete with entertainment from the O’Fenders and James D. Oompah Band, German food from McCloskey’s Tavern, John Henry’s Pub and Jack McShea’s, and, of course, lots of beer.

Cricket Ave., Ardmore. Visit www.destinationardmore.com.

9/24

Downingtown Fall Fest

This one-day event brings together the community for a fun street fair atmosphere. Vendors and live entertainment are among the highlights.

Green Street and E. Pennsylvania Ave., Downingtown. Visit www.downingtownfallfest.com.

10/1

Fall Harvest and Great Pumpkin Patch

Radnor’s quintessential fall extravaganza has a bit of everything: hayrides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, moon bounces and live entertainment.

Willows Park, 490 Darby Paoli Road, Villanova. Visit www.radnor.com.

10/7

Fall Harvest Festival

Step back in time and experience autumn the way the settlers would have at the Newlin Grist Mill’s festival. Artisans and tradesmen will demonstrate techniques used in everything from iron making to blacksmithing to baking. There will also be hayrides, games and pumpkin painting.

219 Cheyney Road, Glen Mills. Visit www.newlingristmill.org.

10/7-31

10th Annual Scarecrow Walk and Design Contest

Those looking to unleash their inner creativity can participate in Morris Arboretum’s annual scarecrow challenge, but they must register before Sept. 27. For those who want some inspiration for home, meander the grounds and take in the “Halloween Spooky Favorites”-themed scarecrows.

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia. Visit www.morrisarboretum.org.

10/7-31

Pumpkin Playground

Have an impromptu photo shoot among the many gourds on display in the Children’s Corner at Longwood Gardens. They’ll also be displaying an extra-large, 800-pound pumpkin in the vegetable garden.

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square. Visit www.longwoodgarden.org.

10/7 – 11/19

Chrysanthemum Festival

Longwood Gardens transforms its conservatory into an autumnal oasis. Expert gardeners help care for the Thousand Bloom Mum, which boasts more than 1,500 flowers.

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square. Visit www.longwoodgarden.org.

10/14

Harvest Days Celebration

Get a glimpse of the past at the Mill at Anselma. Interpreters will offer demonstrations to give insight into different trades.

1730 Conestoga Road, Chester Springs. Visit www.anselmamill.org.

10/14

Gravediggers’ Ball

Up your formalwear game at this masque, benefiting Laurel Hill Cemetery. The not-so-spooky ball features cocktail hour, dinner, live music and auctions.

SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia. Visit www.gravediggersball.org.

10/14-15

OctoberFEAST

Can’t make it to Oktoberfest in Germany? Try an equally delicious, but more local option at Peddler’s Village. The third annual event will have German food and plenty of drinks.

2400 Street Road, New Hope. Visit www.peddlersvillage.com.

10/14-29

Great Pumpkin Express

On weekends throughout October, experience the wonders of fall aboard the West Chester Railroad.

230 E. Market St., West Chester. Visit www.westchesterrr.com.

10/19-21

Great Pumpkin Carve

Over 60 local artists turn simple gourds into works of art. Lit up and displayed around the grounds of the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barn Visitors Center, this three-day event is magical.

1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford. Visit www.chaddsfordhistory.org.

10/20-21

Soul Crawl: Haunted Halloween History Tours

Nothing says spooky quite like wandering a cemetery at night. Do just that at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s flashlight-lit tour.

3822 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia. Visit www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org.

10/21,22,28,29

Boo at the Zoo

Kids are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes for this fun event at the Philadelphia Zoo. Learn about extinct species, explore a hay bale maze and enjoy seasonal treats.

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia. Visit www.philadelphiazoo.org.

10/26-28

Dracula: A Gothic Mystery

Bram Stoker’s Dracula comes to life at Laurel Hill Cemetery, amid the plots and headstones.

3822 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia. Visit www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org.

10/27

Halloween Lantern Tours

Take a spookier glance at the Mill at Anselma after dark.

1730 Conestoga Road, Chester Springs. Visit www.anselmamill.org.

10/28

Halloween Parade and Extravaganza

The Ambler Theater hosts a family-friendly pre-Halloween event. Kids can dress up and go trick or treating, decorate a pumpkin and listen to live entertainment.

108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Visit www.amblermainstreet.org.

10/28

53rd Annual Delaware County Halloween Parade

Kids big and small can break out the costumes and parade them around Media.

Downtown Media. Visit www.visitmediapa.com.

10/29

Costume Parade at Linvilla Orchards

Get double duty out of this year’s Halloween costume and the chance to earn bragging rights at Linvilla’s parade.

137 W. Knowlton Road, Media. Visit www.linvilla.com.

10/29

Fall Family Day: Halloween Picnic and Parade

Pack a picnic and head to Laurel Hill Cemetery for scenic views of the city. Nosh amid the headstones and partake in games, arts and crafts and more.

3822 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia. Visit www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org.

11/4-5

Apple Festival

Now in its 44th year, this long-time family favorite features everything apple.

2400 Street Road, New Hope. Visit www.peddlersvillage.com

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