The onset of autumn reminds us there are plenty of things to celebrate: the end of unbearable summer heat and the revival of our fall favorites like sweater weather, colorful foliage, and a busy social calendar. Here, we lined up 10 festivals the City of Brotherly Love offers to ring in the season.
An annual fling right in Center City District is the popular Midtown Village Fall Festival that draws in over 50,000 attendees a year to kick off autumn. Food and drink vendors line the surrounding blocks between Market and Chestnut streets, while musicians and entertainers perform live on four different stages so guests can jam all day long. 13th and Chestnut streets, 215-670-4323
Over Columbus Day weekend, Philly will celebrate the city's first annual Oktoberfest held at 23rd Street Armory. The facility will be outfitted in authentic German decor—Bavarian blue and white ceilings, and benches imported from Germany—and guests can indulge in traditional bites and brews served by Hofbräuhaus. Plus, one lucky guest will even win a trip to Germany. 22 S. 23rd St., 267-909-8814
Coming up on its ninth year, Fishtown’s RiverCity Festival aims to promote local businesses and unite the community by showcasing Fishtown’s unique culture. Over 100 local art and food vendors will post up at historic Penn Treaty Park as musicians perform on the main stage. This family-friendly affair also has something for everyone, including arts and crafts and various inflatable obstacles. 1301 N. Beach St., 215-634-5300
There's no better way to honor Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhood than by bringing out its best for an outdoor food, culture, and entertainment fest. Over 100 businesses, artists, and crafters will converge to showcase galleries, restaurants, local designers, retailers, and more that are fitting for all ages. Third and Arch streets
Coming back for its second year on the banks of Schuylkill River, East Falls Autumn Street Festival will boast a variety of entertainment including food trucks, craft vendors, live music, and its famed beer garden. Hosted by the East Falls Fire Department and East Falls Community Council, the fun-filled event will also feature a pet costume contest. Midvale Ave.
Local restaurants have been competing for years on the best cheesesteak, Philly's signature dish. At the annual Cheesesteak and Food Festival, meet 50 competitors for a sample of each and every one of their eats. Cheesesteak connoisseurs can also check out the craft beer garden, play carnival games, and enjoy live music. Cooking demonstrations will also be available for VIP attendees, while the rest of the festivalgoers can enjoy an appearance from the beloved Phillie Phanatic. Citizen’s Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Fans of the wizarding world of Harry Potter can head to Chestnut Hill's ultimate tribute to J.K. Rowling's fictional world. The two-day extravaganza kicks off with a fall maze at Woodmere Art Museum, and features Defense Against the Dark Arts classes, Sorting Hat demonstrations, and a Quidditch tournament. Of-age festivalgoers can also treat themselves to butter beer and muggles brew throughout the day. Rex Ave. to Willow Grove Ave., Chestnut Hill
Longwood Garden’s annual festival delivers a spectacle of natural beauty with more than 17,000 chrysanthemums on display, which have been carefully nurtured and grown by expert horticulturists. Marvel in the various displays, including the Thousand Bloom Mum, a chrysanthemum work of art with 1,500 flowers—its the largest of its kind grown outside of Asia. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000
Complete with hayrides, a straw bale maze, pumpkin painting, and more, South Street Pumpkinfest is a true ode to everything fall. Whether you're there to partake in arts and crafts or enjoy a captivating performance from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, this is one you can't miss. South Street Headhouse District
Head to Peddler’s Village for the ultimate fall soirée. Celebrate everything apple by indulging in endless desserts like apple butter, apple fritters, and fresh bushels straight from the orchard. The event will also host countless local orchards, 60 juried artisans, live entertainment, and an apple pie eating contest. Peddlers Village, New Hope, 215-794-4000