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Family-Friendly Main Line Fall Festivals

Enjoy autumn at one of these fun events.

Family-Friendly Main Line Fall Festivals

Slip on your boots and grab a pumpkin spice-flavored food, because fall is here. There are a ton of great Main Line fall festivals to keep you and your family having fun all autumn long. Thanks to this list, you won’t miss a thing. 

Pumpkinland

Mid September – Early November

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

 

Linvilla Orchards has got the autumn season covered with Pumpkinland. A giant display of pumpkins scatters along the orchard and there will be straw bale & cornfield mazes, hayrides, pick-your-own apples, live music, and more! Stay all day to make the drive worth it- and don’t miss the evening Witch’s Hayride and the Autumn Mood Hayride.

Scarecrow Festival

Festival: September 14-15
Display: September 9 — October 27

41 Peddler’s Village Road, Lahaska

 

The drive to Peddler’s Village will be worth it for this unique fall competition. A weekend of fall family fun including scarecrow-making workshops, pumpkin painting, live musical entertainment and children’s activities. The festival hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on both days. While you’re enjoying the festival, stroll around to see the Scarecrows in the Villageshowcasing creative and colorful scarecrows designed by members of the public. The scarecrows are on outdoor display from Monday, September 9 through Sunday, October 27. The public is invited to vote for the winners for the first three weeks of the contest.

 

Family Fun Days at Weaver’s Orchard

Saturdays & Columbus Day, September 14 – October 26th 2019

Weaver’s Orchard, 40 Fruit Lane, Morgantown

 

Enjoy Fall Family Fun Days on Saturdays mid-September to the end of October. These festivals feature food, hay rides, pick-your-own fruit and plenty of kids’ activities. Kids will love face painting, obstacle courses and the clown. A Family Fun Day will also be held on Columbus Day Monday!

Among the kids activities are old favorites like pumpkin painting, face painting, the inflatable obstacle course, the farm play area with farm animals, and the meet-and-greet with Petunia the Clown, The MEGA SLIDE, barrel train, straw pale play area, and so much more. Add in the fall favorites of food, pick-your-own apples and hay rides, and you can’t go wrong.

 

South Wayne Porchfest

September 14, 11:30 am – 5 pm

Midland Avenue, St. Davids Road and Windermere Avenue, Wayne

 

South Wayne Porch Fest is approaching its 3rd year, providing PorchFest-goers of Wayne with a Saturday of music from Acapella to Zydeoc. Be a part of South Wayne’s 3rd Annual PorchFest. Our PorchFest has everything from A Capella to Zydeco. As you stroll Midland Avenue, St. Davids Road and Windermere Avenue, you’re bound to hear something that catches your ear, your imagination, and probably your heart.  Open your lawn chair or blanket or just sit on the lawn and enjoy the day’s musical fare.

 

Radnor Fall Festival

September 15

101 West Lancaster Ave., Wayne

 

For over 25 years, the communities of Wayne and Radnor have come together to celebrate the fall season with great food and shopping. Along with the many vendors who will set up during the festival, there will be a sidewalk sale where you can find deals at all your favorite shops along Lancaster Avenue, plus FREE portraits from our friends at Ivory Tree Studio. There will be carnival rides, live music, and performances by dancers from local studios! NEW this year- a big Ferris Wheel for everyone to enjoy!

 

Ardmore Oktoberfest

September 28, 2 – 8 pm

NEW Location in Schauffele Plaza, Ardmore

 

This family-friendly festival celebrates the great food and beer of Germany and the gorgeous fall season. Downtown Ardmore will come alive with traditional German fare, brews, and entertainment – for the WHOLE family! This year’s event will feature a VIP Beer Garden (with two different VIP tickets:-The individual VIP ticket, $50/each, and the family/group VIP ticket, $80/each. Each offers access to the exclusive VIP beer garden, beer tickets to be used anywhere at the event, meal vouchers, souvenir, and MUCH MORE!  Limited VIP tickets are available and must be purchased HERE prior to the event. Ticket holders must show ID and bring their ticket to be admitted.); German, local, and seasonal beer and cider favorites; traditional German food; Live Entertainment; Bringing the little ones?  No problem! Ardmore Oktoberfest is kid-friendly with activities for the whole family. Keep in mind: Ardmore Oktoberfest is a cash only event. 21+ guests cannot purchase alcohol without first securing an age identification wristband for $1 at the entrance. Non-VIP ticket holders do not need to purchase entrance tickets.

 

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place

September 20 – November 3

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

Bring your little ones to enjoy a day of spooky magic at Sesame Place. During select dates from September 20 through November 3. Guests can swing, fly and cruise on Count von Count-themed mechanical rides, enjoy special Halloween-themed shows, trick-or-treating around the park, an ALL-NEW maze, pumpkin decorating and see everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume! Don’t miss our Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade with ten fantastic floats all decked out for the season with music and dancing that will have everyone joining in the fun. The parade features exciting performances about Halloween fun including trick-or-treating, dressing in costume and doing the “Jack-O-Lantern Jump”! Stay until 7:30PM every Saturday or 8:00PM on Fridays in October during Spooktacular to see the special night time version of the parade – the sky will light up with not-too-spooky Halloween-colored lighting!

 

Fall Foliage Express & The Great Pumpkin Express at West Chester Railroad

Fall Foliage Express: September 29, October 6 & 13, November 2, 3, 9, and 10, noon and 2 pm
The Great Pumpkin Express: October 26 & 27, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm

230 E Market St., West Chester

 

Climb aboard the West Chester Railroad chain for the Fall Foliage Express and enjoy a 90-minute ride along the picturesque Chester Creek Valley. You can order lunch to enjoy ahead of time online! Sit back and enjoy the ride with the family. Don’t forget your camera! 

The Great Pumpkin Express gets you in the mood for Halloween. Kids and parents are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes! Treats will be given to children during our short layover at the historic Glen Mills station. While at Glen Mills riders will be able to choose a small 6 inch pumpkin to take home! Riders of all ages will be able to enjoy the fall foliage along the Chester Creek Valley during the 90-minute journey to Glen Mills and back. A fun event for the whole family to enjoy!

 

Paoli Blues Fest

Setpember 28, 11 am – 6 pm

Paoli Presyberian Church, 225 South Valley Road, Paoli

 

The blues fest comes to Paoli each fall to entertain us with the incredible blues musicians from our community. Come in your dancing shoes to dance the afternoon away. Enjoy some great food and browse the many local vendors!

 

The 29th Annual Harriton Farmstead Fair

September 28, 10 am – 4 pm

500 Harriton Road, Bryn Mawr

 

This major event in Lower Merion Township features crafts, antiques, sheep herding, pony rides, historic house tours, children’s games, muskets and soldiers, blacksmiths, stone carvers, cabinetmakers, spinners, skep [beehive] weavers, Bluegrass music, falconry and other birds of prey, and much more.  The Fair also features the Harriton Attic Treasures Booth, which is the best flea market on the Main Line, the Harriton Farm stand featuring flowers and organic produce (some of which is from the Harriton garden).   Lapps Country Market will be roasting chickens and ribs for lunch.  The historic 1704 house will be open for tours during the day.   Don’t miss the day!

All of these activities and your contributions help to assure Harriton’s continued operation as an historic site.

 

Blooms & Bamboo at Longwood Gardens

October 3 — November 17

1001 Longwood Dr., Kennett Square

 

Autumn is here … and with it comes a debut exhibit, the masterful Blooms & Bamboo: Chrysanthemum and Ikebana Sogetsu Artistry. Prepare to be wowed by towering bamboo art forms and enchanting arrangements by international artists. Autumn also brings a painted landscape of ever-changing color, imaginative play with pumpkins and the Garden Railway, and creative chrysanthemums meticulously grown into gorgeous forms throughout the Conservatory. The Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum—a single plant bearing more than 1,000 perfect blooms on a single stem—makes its dazzling debut October 24.

 

 

Photograph by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia.  

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