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Feeling Fall- Festivals, Food, and Family Fun

Whether you prefer pumpkins or apples, or maybe even beer, we've got fall fun for you!

Once back to school is upon us many make the mental switch from summer to fall. And this fall we are excited for all the celebrations that are BACK, even if some have been modified for safety. Here are the things we are looking forward to the most this upcoming season!

 

Fall Festivals & Family Fun Days

Scarecrows In The Village

September 6 – October 30
41 Peddler’s Village Road, Lahaska

An autumn tradition continues starting September 6! For eight fun-filled weeks, one hundred scarecrows dot the brick pathways of our autumn-tinted Village. Some are inspired by famous characters, some are humorous, some are scary – but all of them are carefully handmade by Philly-area residents and organizations.

Village visitors are invited to vote on their favorite scarecrows during the display, which begins on September 6. Voting continues through October 11, and the scarecrows will be on view through October 30. The creators of the winning scarecrows receive prizes.

 

South Wayne Porchfest

September 11, 11:30 am – 5 pm
Midland Avenue, St. Davids Road and Windermere Avenue, Wayne

As this year is the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the festivities will begin at 11:30 am with a memorial and tribute to our first responders. Musical acts will begin promptly at noon. There will be a map available as the date gets closer, but for reference the area where you can find performances is on St Davids Road from the corner of St. Davids and Orchard Way to the corner of Windermere Ave. and Louella Ave. In addition, the 300-400 blocks of Midland Ave. between Pembroke Ave. & St. Davids Road will host performances. These streets will be closed to motor vehicles. That’s a beautifully walkable 7/10th  of a mile of music from Noon to 5 pm!

 

Johnny Appleseed Day

September 11, 10 am – 3 pm
40 Fruit Lane, Morgantown

Johnny Appleseed Day is all about pick-your-own apples. Join Weaver’s Orchard for pick-your-own apples and storytelling with Johnny Appleseed himself. They’ll have plenty of apple treats, including caramel apples, baked apple desserts, and apple cider!

 

Narberth Music & Arts Festival, Plus Dog Parade

September 12, beginning at noon
Haverford Avenue, Narberth

The Narbark Dog Parade begins, followed by music, food and drinks on Haverford at 3 pm.

 

Devon Fall Classic

September 15- 19
23 Dorset Road, Devon

The Devon Fall Classic is back at the Devon Horse Show’s historic show grounds! Featuring the Take2 Thoroughbred Jumper and the $25,000 Devon Fall Classic, this event also offers food, shopping, live entertainment. It’s fun for the whole family!

 

Family Fun Days at Weaver’s Orchard

Stay tuned for 2021 official dates and updates!
Weaver’s Orchard, 40 Fruit Lane, Morgantown

Autumn at Weaver’s will be different this year because of Covid, but the market and tent will be open with all of their fall offerings, and they are excited to offer an expanded garden center, pumpkin displays, seasonal favorites at Kim’s Cafe, outdoor seating, pony rides, pick-your-own fruit, and animals on display like alpacas, goats, and chickens! This year, there will be no entrance fees, but there will be a fee for your individual food and garden center purchases, pony rides, pick-your-own experience and the photo tour.

 

Pumpkinland

Mid September – Early November
Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

 

Pumpkinland is open from mid-September through early November and takes center stage at Linvilla Orchards. Larger than life figures and scarecrows illustrate the legends and lore of the harvest season, featuring local history and some of the many stories of pumpkins and apples. Test your navigation skills in the straw bale and cornfield mazes and Pick Your Own fall apples. Grab some candy and caramel apples and see the Linvilla jack-o-lantern exhibit!

This year they will continue with tickets for the daytime activities (see below) as well as Autumn Moon, Harvest, and Witch’s Hayrides to help better accommodate the number of visitors throughout the day. Tickets are required for ages 1 and older.  11 months and under are complimentary. Find a huge selection of straw bales, corn shocks, toys and fall decorations of all kinds. Linvilla does not do Pick Your Own pumpkins.  Their pumpkins are pre-harvested.

 

Radnor Fall Festival

September 19, 12 – 4 pm
North Wayne Avenue, Wayne

The Wayne Business Association is proud to be hosting this award-winning family event once again! Plan to enjoy fun for the whole family with local vendors, live entertainment, kids fun with moon bounces, rock wall and small amusements, and more!

 

Harriton Farmstead Fair

September 25, 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.

 

Fall Foliage Express at West Chester Railroad

Fall Foliage Express: September 26; October 3, 10, 17; and November 7, at 12 pm and 2 pm
230 E Market St., West Chester

Enjoy a brisk fall afternoon along the picturesque Chester Creek Valley from their heated train as you take a 90 minute journey back in time to the village of Glen Mills and return.

 

Fall Harvest and Great Pumpkin Patch

October 10, 1 – 4 pm
The Willows, Radnor

 

Radnor Township presents their Annual Fall Harvest and Pumpkin Patch featuring tractor rides, pumpkin picking, pony rides, inflatable corn maze, food, music, and more fall themed activities! Radnor residents- register in advance to get your large pumpkin for free!

Longwood Gardens

Various dates for different celebrations
1001 Longwood Dr., Kennett Square

Crysanthemum Fesitval: Big, bold colors and thousands of carefully nurtured and trained chrysanthemums abound during this imaginative display serving as the largest and oldest of its kind in North America. Throughout othe Conservatory, specialty chrysanthemum forms from fanciful clouds to sculptural spirals not only showcase our horticultural savvy but help preserve an ancient Asian artform that Longwood is beyond proud to perpetuate.

Garden Railway: A fanciful blend of horticulture, engineering, and lighthearted fun awaits guests of all ages with this very special display located outdoors near the Terrace Restaurant. Each fall, members of the Horticulture, Facilities, and Guest Services departments team up to achieve the not-so-small feat of creating this multi-level world in miniature—complete with a beautiful seasonally changing plant palette. Longwood proudly displays their collection of dozens of locomotives, steam engines, diesel engines, and specialty engines—as well as the ever-popular Thomas the Tank Engine and many of his friends—as they rumble along nearly 500 feet of track amid textural foliage, flowering plants, and woody plants.

Pumpkin Playground: Opening October 9. Visit the Children’s Corner in the Idea Garden for interactive play. Find the perfect opportunity for a festive fall photo amid their whimsical seasonal display of pumpkins, gourds, and corn husk towers.

 

Food Fests

Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

September 11, 9 am -7  pm and September 12, 10 am – 5 pm
600 S. Broad Street, Kennett Square

The Mushroom Festival celebrates mushrooms, mushroom farms and Kennett Square—the Mushroom Capital of the World. Festival attendees can sample a variety of mushroom-centric foods, from fried mushrooms to mushroom soup and many other dishes, and learn about mystical and interesting process of mushroom growing. Attendees can also visit the many craft vendors, many of whom offer mushroom-themed goodies, visit the delightful Kennett Square boutiques, and enjoy a variety of restaurant options in Kennett Square, and more.

 

Ardmore Oktoberfest- Picnic in the Plaza

September 25, 5 – 8 pm
Schauffele Plaza, 99 Cricket Terrace, Ardmore

Prost! Ardmore Initiative presents the 11th Annual Ardmore Oktoberfest. Schauffele Plaza will again be filled with live music, food and music, plus beer garden-style reserved seating. Tired Hands Brewing Company and Levante Brewing will offer several beer selections that include local and seasonal favorites. Sophie’s BBQ will come prepped with a portable smoker to churn out their popular pulled pork and brisket sandwiches and Jack McShea’s will serve German-inspired fare like bratwurst, homemade Bavarian pretzels, and more. Live music and delicious desserts will round out the early evening fun. VIP advance table reservations are $85 per party that includes a dedicated table for three hours for four to eight guests, plus the first four beers to start the night. Tables are only available by advance reservation to limit and ensure the safety of guests. For those wanting to attend without a table reservation, advance beer ticket sales are $24 for four beer tickets, and $45 for eight beer tickets. A limited number of advance beer tickets will be sold for this year.

Dog Days at Chaddsford Winery

September 25, 12 – 7 pm; September 26, 12 – 6 pm

Spend a day at the Winery with your best four-legged friend! Chaddsford is welcoming dog owners and wine lovers alike to take in a weekend of tail-waggin’ treats. Find Chaddsford’s ‘20 Sauvignon Blanc’18 Harbinger and Spiced Apple featured in Puppy Wine Flights ($16 for a 2-ounce pour of each) and Puppy Wine Packs ($52 for all 3 bottles) available for one weekend only.

10% of all Puppy purchases will be going back to Pennsylvania SPCA!

Arrive early to score a free CFW Bandana for your furry friend (available while supplies last)! Of course it’s not required that you bring a dog to the event… that just means you’ll have two free hands to pet the other pups with!

Admission is free with two seating options available:

  • Walk-In Seating:  First-come, first-serve picnic tables in our Grove or BYO-blanket/chairs on our Lawn. Please note: Tasting flights are not available in walk-in seating areas, just wine/beer by the glass or bottle.
  • Reserved (Table Service) Seating: Make a 2 hour reservation for table service.  Guests can purchase tasting flights, wine/beer by the glass or bottle.  Once reservation is over, guests are welcome to move to our walk-in seating areas.

 

KoP Beerfest Royale

October 9
160 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia (under tents in the mall parking lot)

A celebration of local craft and International beer, the 10th Annual King of Prussia Beerfest Royale is the suburban Philadelphia region’s must-attend beer festival of the fall. The #1 ranked festival features over 100 beers, inspired dishes from KOP’s most popular and newest restaurants, live music, photo ops and more. Presented by Budget Maintenance and produced by the King of Prussia District.

 

OctoberFEAST

October 16
41 Peddler’s Village Road, Lahaska

Join Peddler’s Village for OctoberFeast, featuring German-themed food, beverages, live entertainment, and activities. s always, admission and parking are free.

Live Entertainment:
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Philadelphia German Brass Band

Two 30-minute sets
GTV Almrausch

 

Italian American Heritage Festival

October 22, 11:30 am – 6:30 pm
Rose Tree Park, Media

Welcome to the 11th Italian American Heritage Festival in celebration of family, friends, food and fun. Plenty of fun, food, entertainment, bocce ball tournament, children’s field of fun. The Italian Car Exhibit is one of the most popular displays at the festival each year. Check out the cars, chat with the owners and then submit your vote for Best in Show and People’s Choice award. Bocce Courts are available for tournament play and lessons. Performances all day.

 

Fall Food Truck Festival

November 13 and 14
Chaddsford Winery- Check back for more information!

 

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Content Director, Main Line Parent & Philadelphia Family. Email me at pamela@familyfocus.org

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