Fall Festivals Guide
The days may be getting shorter and the temperatures are getting cooler but there are plenty of activities and fun to be had. There is something for everyone in the city or the suburbs. As we bid summer adieu, get festive and celebrate local art, food, music, and crafts. ~ Edited by Melony Roy
October & November Fun-
Midtown Village Festival
Noon to 8:00PM
Admission is free
Midtown Village is preparing for its 6th Annual Fall Festival, streets will be blocked off from 13th Street between Chestnut and Walnut streets; Sansom Street between Juniper and 12th Streets; and Drury Lane will all be closed to traffic. Festival goers can stroll the streets and enjoy a variety of food and drinks, live music, shopping, and activities for both children and adults. Participating restaurants and bars include El Vez, Barbuzzo, Raw, Sampan, McGillan’s Old Ale House and many more.
Brandywine Harvest Festival
Passports are $30
Brandywine Valley Wine Trail
632 Baltimore Pike
Chadds Fords, PA 19317
Celebrate the harvest at the Brandywine Valley Wine Trails with two weekends of tastings, concerts, picnics, hayrides, grape stomping, vineyard tours, and art exhibits. The vineyards participating include: Twin Brook Winery, Penns Woods Winery, Black Walnut Winery, Chaddsford Winery, Kreutz Creek Vineyards, and Paradocx Vineyard.
Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival
Admission is free
Enjoy a Sunday filled with art, music, food, shopping, and family fun at the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival. Over 200 artists from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region display a variety of artwork including oils, watercolors, etchings, photography, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, and accessories. Germantown Avenue is transformed into an outdoor arts and crafts marketplace. It will be closed to all vehicular traffic between the 8000 and 8600 blocks. Chestnut Hill parking lots will offer a special $5 all-day rate.
Philadelphia Film Festival
October 20th- November 3rd
Cinephiles rejoice! The Philadelphia Film Festival will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The nearly two week festival will feature hundreds of films from around the world, special guests, and events. Plan ahead, tickets are available online but many screenings sell out quickly.
First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art
Christ Church Neighborhood House
2nd Street above Market
Tickets go on sale in September
Now in its 10th year, the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art is the only festival of its kind in the world. Everyone has a story to tell, and that sharing our stories connects us with each other and the world. First Person Arts transforms the drama of real life into memoir and documentary art to foster appreciation for our unique and shared experience. Enjoy documentary film premieres, over 30 live performances, workshops, author meetings, art exhibits, and special events across old city.