Can’t Miss Main Line Fall Activities
Here’s where you can celebrate the fall season with food, fun and of course costumes.
PUT DOWN THE RAKE! THOSE LEAVES CAN WAIT!
Instead, squeeze the kids into their (this has too many pieces) costumes and catch a parade, grab some seasonal snacks, jump in bounce houses, listen to live music, enter a cornhole tournament, watch pigs race, and so much more, as the Main Line celebrates the fall season.
September 7 – 9
Did you know mushrooms were first cultivated in Kennett Square, and every year they celebrate their fungal history with a festival? Well it’s true and clearly popular since this is its 33rd year. Friday’s visitors can catch the community parade, which is followed by a dance party in the street. Saturday and Sunday are packed with activities like the growers’ exhibit, children’s entertainers, competitions (fried mushroom eating contest anyone?) and demonstrations, plus the chance to sample multiple mushroom varieties.
Bryn Mawr Day
September 8, 9 am—2 pm
7 N. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr
This free family fun event includes firetruck rides, face painting, acrobatic circus performances, petting zoo, pony rides, history tours, live music, and more.
Wallace Township Community Day
September 8, 3:30 – 7 pm
Wagenseller Park, 140 Park Lane, Glenmoore
If you want a more low-key event, this one is for you. The day starts with an informal parade and ends with…you guessed it…BINGO! In between there will be food, live music and lots of inflatables for the kids to jump themselves silly in.
Hayrides to The Sunflowers
September 8 – 9 and 15 – 16
Hurricane Hill Farm, 704 E. Reeceville Rd., Coatesville
Catch the last of these beautiful blooms and get there on a hayride, no less. With four acres to enjoy, visitors can stroll and take photos. Stop by the farm market for some fresh produce on your way out. If you want to get a jump start on fall fun, the corn maze will be open!
Johnny Appleseed Day
September 8, 10 am – 3 pm
Weaver’s Orchard, 40 Fruit Ln., Morgantown
Come celebrate the man credited with spreading apple trees to parts of North America. There will be a story time by the man himself, apple picking, farmyard play area, and the chance to pet some animals. There will be plenty of apple-themed treats including candy apples, caramel apples, and of course apple cider.
September 9, 11 am – 4 pm
E. King St., Malvern
Head to the adorable town of Malvern for their premier fall festival. If you’re taking the kids, head to Burke Park where Song for Seeds will be performing and there will be inflatables, games, balloon artists, and more! When the kids have had their fill, head to King Street and Warren Avenue for live music that adults will enjoy, and some delicious foods being served by local food trucks.
Warwick County Park Community Day
September 15, 10 am – 2 pm
382 County Park Rd, Pottstown
This spectacular park is transformed into a fall wonderland complete with family-friendly activities, crafts, food, and music. There’s a fantastic playground with plenty of picnic tables to hang out at. There are also plenty of opportunities to fish, not to mention horseshoe pits and walking trails.
Exton Park Community Day
September 23, 4 – 8 pm
132 Church Farm Lane, Exton
After getting rained out in July, Exton’s Community Day has been rescheduled, and it comes with all the summer fun. There’s a bike rodeo, face painting, craft vendors, and the always popular collection of trucks kids can climb on, sit in, and explore.
Mt. Cuba Center
September 29 – 30, 10 am – 2 pm
3120 Barley Mill Rd, Hockessin, DE
This place is a gem! If you haven’t been there, this is the perfect time to check it out. Not to miss activities include a make your own grass head to grow at home, and the make your own salamander habitat. Younger children will love the story times where they can learn about why leaves change color and fall to the ground. There will be food trucks, garden tours, and the chance to learn more about the plants native to our area.
October 6, 1 pm
93 Brittany Ln., Glenmoore
Benefiting the Kirra Faith Foundation–a nonprofit helping families through the tragedy of losing a baby–teams of two can enter the tournament for $20. Fun uniforms are encouraged and trophies will be awarded to those in search of cornhole glory. The overall winners will be awarded $250! Spectators can enjoy a variety of foods, carnival style games, face painting, and enter the Chinese auction for the chance to win amazing prizes.
Falling Leaf Fest
October 7, 11 am
Eagleview Town Center, Exton
This sweet spot in Chester County pulls out all the stops to celebrate fall. The day starts with a charity bike race benefiting Cure4Cam. Mid-day visitors can walk among the foliage as they enjoy craft vendors, activities for the kids, and lots of food options from the restaurants on site. If you aren’t in a hurry grab a table by the fountain and enjoy the “Got Talent?” performance while the kids run around in the grassy areas. When they get tired of that, send them over to the pond to look for fish and frogs. Don’t forget to wander to the top of Town Center where you’ll find the beloved Wellington Square Bookstore.
The Fall Harvest & Great Pumpkin Patch
October 7, 1 – 4 pm
The Willows Park, 490 Darby Paoli Rd., Villanova
Recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s award winning fall events, this is a must-do for families in the area. Take a tractor ride and pick a pumpkin, grab a pony ride, listen to live music, and new this year is the mechanical bull and an inflatable Velcro wall.
Family Fun Day
October 7 10 am – 6 pm
Hurricane Hill Farm, 704 E. Reeceville Rd, Coatesville
Come spend the day running through the Eagles-themed corn maze, try the pumpkin jump pad (say that five times fast), shoot off the corn cannon, climb to the top of the hay bales, and of course watch a special pig race. Even better…a portion of ticket costs will benefit the local Rainbow Elementary School.
Marple Township Community Festival
October 9th, 5 – 11 pm, 10th, 12 – 11 pm, 11th, 12 – 5 pm
Veterans Memorial Park, Lawrence Rd., Broomall
Benefiting Marple Township Emergency Services, this three day event boasts games, music, a petting zoo, and so much more!
East Brandywine Fall Festival
October 14, 12 – 3 pm
Easy Brandywine Community Park, Downingtown
Put your kids in their Halloween costumes and head to this community celebration. There will be all the fall favorites: pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, hayrides, games, and food. Don’t leave before you’ve marched in the costume parade–after all you didn’t wrestle them into that six-piece Pokemon costume for nothing.
October 20, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
The funky town of Phoenixville will be at it again, and this time with pumpkins. Watch an expert in a live carving demonstration, paint yourself a pumpkin, enter the pumpkin derby, or play some games at the pumpkin carnival. As always, pop into any one of the amazing restaurants, take time to visit the historic foundry, or stroll the Schuylkill River Trail.
Treehouse World Fall Festival
October 20, 10 am – 4 pm
1442 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester
Everyone’s favorite thrill-seeking hotspot is hosting a fall festival. Climb in the treehouses, do the zipline, paint a pumpkin, play carnival games, and so much more. If you want to save a few dollars buy the tickets in advance.
Frozen Family Fun
October 28, 11 am – 1 pm
Palace Bowling, 977 E. Lancaster Ave, Downingtown
Okay this one is a stretch for “fall” fun, but since Elsa’s involved how can it not be included? Elsa is for all seasons…right? Anyway, grab your princes and princesses (you might want to make a reservation), and bowl a few rounds with the always loved Elsa from the Disney movie Frozen (as if you needed clarification).
November 1 – 4
While this is a four-day event, those with kids will want to stick to the Craft Carnival or the Pet Parade. The Craft Carnival, which takes place on Saturday, will not only have vendors selling handmade goods, but kiddos will have the chance to make something too. The Pet Parade, on Sunday, speaks for itself: grab the family dog, get them all dressed up, and meet at Reeves Park at noon to walk in the parade.
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Photograph by Sarah L. Bender