5 Philly Fall Festivals You Won't Want to Miss

By Shaylin Heller | October 10, 2019 | Culture

Fall is in full swing—the temperature is quickly dropping and the leaves have turned beautiful shades of red, orange and brown. You’re going to want to pack your flannels, boots, and scarves and dive into all the fall fun Philadelphia has to offer. These 5 festivals will be dishing out art, culture, delicious food and booze all season long.

Morgan’s Pier Fall Fest Events, through 10/26


Just because the weather is getting cooler doesn't mean the outdoor parties have to stop. Bundle up because Morgan's Pier is serving enough drinks and food to keep you warm and your belly full. Snack on crispy flatbreads and savory sandwiches, and tingle taste buds with Autumn-inspired cocktails. For a bit of added fun, start the weekend early with game night Wednesdays and karaoke Thursdays. 221 N. Columbus Blvd. morganspier.com/2019events

OctoberFEAST at Peddler's Village, 10/12-13

Break out your Lederhosen for a weekend filled with beer and bratwurst at Peddler’s Village 5th Annual OctoberFEAST. This festival will be filled with food, beer, and authentic live German music performances. So get ready to cheers with your authentic German beers from Earl’s New American, and craft beers from Free Will Brewing Company. You won't be hungry when food trucks are ready to cater to your every hunger need—including DonutNV, Mama’s Meatballs, El Tlaloc and many more. Free, 2400 Street Road, New Hope, peddlersvillage.com/event/octoberfeast

Old City Fest, 10/13


Old City Philadelphia, America's most historic square mile is celebrating its neighborhood with a fun-filled day of art, design, fashion, food, creativity, and culture. The streets will be captivated with live music, runway fashion shows and street performers— including Philly's very own Almanac Dance Circus Theatre. Come ready to shop till you drop because vendors will display their best crafts, home decor, statement-making apparel, and other must-have local finds. Oh, and bring your appetite for plenty of tastings from the neighborhood’s restaurants. Free. N. Third and Arch Streets, oldcitydistrict.org/oldcityfest

Hawthorne’s Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival, 11/2

Sip on cider, ale, and wine all day long at the annual Hawthorne’s Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival. When you’re not enjoying over 75-plus fall-inspired drinks, you and the family can bob for apples, eat your weight in pie and dance to live music from local bands and DJs. And no fall outfit is complete without your friendly companion, so leash up your fall festival loving pups to celebrate. Free, 11 am to 8 pm, 738 S. 11th St. (click here)

River Beer Garden at Race Street Pier, through 11/3


Fall turns the Delaware River into one of the most beautiful sceneries in Philadelphia—and now you can experience the best of it thanks to the River Beer Garden. Decked out in fairy lights and hammocks, the garden is perfect for an evening of relaxing amongst friends. Grab a drink from the Mainstay Independent Brewing Company, or taste Rodin’s vegan spiced pumpkin sandwiches. End the evening with Lost Bread Co.’s shortbread cookies. Times vary, Race Street Pier, N. Christopher Columbus Blvd. riverbeergarden.com

Photography by: Photo courtesy of Morgan's Pier; by Kyle Ober; courtesy of River Beer Garden