Best for pumpkin-flavored pints on the waterfront…
Through Saturday, October 29, 2022
Morgan’s Pier gets a complete autumn makeover as haystacks, seasonal flowers and even a pumpkin patch spring up at the popular waterfront attraction. Enjoy perfect fall vibes as you imbibe in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Feeling creative? Pick your favorite pumpkin for just $5 or $10 and take advantage of on-site carving kits to make a jack-o’-lantern worthy of any stoop in Philly.
Best for pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, as well as must-try apple-cider donuts…
Through Sunday, October 30, 2022 (weekends only)
Fresh produce is the name of the game during Fall Fest Weekends at Highland Orchards. In addition to pick-your-own apple and pumpkin opportunities, the on-site farmers market is overflowing with fruits and veggies grown nearby. Before you leave, be sure to try one of Highland’s mouthwatering apple-cider donuts.
Best for pumpkin picking and family fun…
Through Sunday, October 30, 2022
Arasapha Farm — home to the super-spooky Bates Motel — serves up more family-friendly fun during the harvest hayride. Kiddos can pick their own pumpkins or hop aboard a hayride to a giant corn maze before jumping on an oversized bounce pillow, climbing through a tractor-themed playground and firing a corn cannon.
Best for pumpkin picking, sunflowers and mild Halloween thrills…
Through Sunday, October 30, 2022 (select dates)
The family-friendly FallFest at Shady Brook Farm features wagon rides, barnyard animals and walk-through attractions without live actors. Pick out the perfect sunflower (while supplies last), or head to the pumpkin patch to grab your favorite gourd. After dark, hop aboard a special wagon ride for a Halloween light show full of friendly fiends and dancing characters. Note: The Eerie Illuminations wagon ride carries an additional cost.
Best for bonding with barnyard pals…
Through Sunday, October 30, 2022 (weekends only)
In addition to seasonal staples like pick-your-own pumpkin opportunities, this Montco farm offers a number of free activities for kiddos and the young-at-heart, including a scavenger hunt, yard games and visits with barnyard animals. Other activities — including paintball, pony rides and an apple slingshot — carry additional charges.
Best for snapping selfies with scarecrows…
Through Saturday, October 31, 2022
It’s (slightly) spooky season at the charming Peddler’s Village, located about a 45-minute drive north of Center City Philadelphia. More than 100 scarecrows (ranging from silly to scary) pop up all over the village as part of an annual competition among local residents and organizations. In between shopping and dining, check out all of the scarecrow creations, and vote for your favorite via a paper ballot or through the village’s mobile app. On October 15 and 16, 2022, visitors can sample beers in the beer garden — in their own custom stein — enjoy fare from food trucks and delight in German brass music and folk dances during the OctoberFeast celebration.
Best for pumpkin picking and hands-on activities…
It’s go-time for the orange gourds at Linvilla Orchards. This two-month celebration features daytime activities like hayrides, straw bale mazes, apple slingshots, pick-your-own pumpkin activities and pony rides. After nightfall, things get slightly spookier with moonlit hayrides around the farm or to the nearby witch’s house.
Best for improvised autumn adventure…
Through Monday, November 28, 2022 (select dates)
This Bucks Country farm is home to plenty of agricultural ingenuity as farm equipment is repurposed for family fun. Before picking your prized pumpkin, climb through the tractor-tire playground, scream and shout in the giant echo tubes, give it a go at the tractor pull, or zip down one of three giant corn chute slides.
Best for post-picking ice cream…
This dairy farm in Chester County offers timed admission tickets for just $5 during harvest season. During your two-hour visit, stroll through a pumpkin patch, meet some of the farm’s beloved animals and wander through a cornfield maze (for an additional charge). After your visit, stop by the on-site Chester Springs Creamery for a scoop or two of homemade ice cream. The creamery’s 48 flavors are named after each cow in the dairy farm’s herd.
Best for young children…
September 24 – October 30, 2022 (weekends only)
Fall Harvest weekends at Bucks County’s Charlann Farms are tailor-made for the little ones. Activities include a jumping pillow, a corn pit, a straw mountain, pumpkin bowling and a straw maze. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Best for pumpkin picking and family-friendly fun…
October 1-30, 2022 (weekends only)
This Bucks County farm offers the quintessential pumpkin patch experience in addition to other kid-friendly activities like inflatable bounce houses, hayrides around the farm, pop-up petting zoos and appearances from princesses and superheroes. While the kiddos play, adults can sip on beverages from nearby wineries.
Best for choosing your own autumn adventure…
October 1-30, 2022 (weekends only)
Fall Harvest Days at this Montco dairy farm are a choose-your-own-adventure affair. Purchase individual tickets to enjoy à la carte activities like a cornstalk tunnel, an apple slingshot and the kiddie wagon train. The farm is also home to a five-acre corn maze.
Best for fall photos…
After exploring the brightly colored Chrysanthemum festival at Longwood Gardens, take the kiddos to the Pumpkin Playground for some pumpkin-themed play and a perfect autumn photo op (included in the price of regular admission). If you stick around after sunset, be sure to check out the beautiful Light: Installations by Bruce Munro exhibit.
This annual event — a fall staple in Harleysville — celebrates Mennonite heritage and Pennsylvania Dutch culture. Enjoy demonstrations about how the Mennonite community lived and worked more than 100 years ago before chowing down on some traditional treats like freshly made scrapple, homemade apple fritters, delicate pies and more. Admission is $10 for adults and $2 for kids age 6-15. Kids under 6 are free.
This free old-school celebration — set at an 18th-century grist mill — highlights historic skill and trade demonstrations like candle making, woodworking and milling. The theme of this year’s event is “Food Traditions Past and Present,” featuring food and cooking techniques from the 18th century. Food trucks are also on site dishing out more modern fare.
It’s fall fun for all ages at City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza as the three-day Dilworth Park Harvest Weekend sets up residence with music from local bands, pumpkin painting and carving demonstrations, circus performers, apple-cider making and a craft market. There’s plenty to eat and drink, including bratwursts, Bavarian pretzels, Troegs and Iron Hill Oktoberfest lagers and specialty cocktails. Each day also features a Hay Maze on the Albert M. Greenfield Lawn. The event is free to attend with pay-as-you-go food and drink.
It’s an afternoon of outdoor fun at Evil Genius, complete with seasonal brews, food trucks, lawn games and even ax throwing. The free event is family- and pet-friendly with pay-as-you-go food, drink and activities.
During this two-day harvest celebration, wineries on the Bucks County Wine Trail host special events surrounding the harvesting process, including tastings of freshly pressed grape juices that haven’t yet fermented into wine. Check with the individual wineries for event times, pricing and tasting information.
The free event offers kiddos age 10 and under the chance to pick their favorite pumpkin and use on-site crafting supplies to make their gourd the scariest or silliest in the patch. Registration is required and opens on Saturday, October 15, 2022.
This free-to-attend pre-Halloween celebration along East Passyunk Avenue features more than 50 craft vendors, seasonal treats and cocktails, and plenty of live music. In addition to the street festival, kids can trick-or-treat at participating businesses up and down the avenue.
Where: East Passyunk Avenue
Take in picture-perfect autumn scenes during this hugely popular annual event at Peddler’s Village. Sip on warm apple cider, enjoy apple-themed treats and buy freshly picked apples by the bushel. Admission to the event is free with pay-as-you go food and drink.