September 21, 2012
‘Tis the season to enjoy the fabulous fruits of fall: apples, pumpkins, squash, sweet potatoes and more.
The Philadelphia area is teeming with fall fun for all ages, and because we know you’ll be wanting to get your festival fill, we’ve pulled together our top picks for harvest festivals to catch this year. Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments.
• Shady Brook Farms Pumpkin Fest: Now through October 31, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley. Shady Brook Farms in Yardley is harvest central, with wagon rides, pick-your-own pumpkins and apples, giant corn maze and face painting.
• Longwood Gardens Chrysanthemum Festival: Now through November 18, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square. See the colors of fall and more than 20,000 mum blooms at this year’s Chrysanthemum Festival featuring creative horticultural displays of all shapes and sizes.
• Pumpkin Land Harvest Festival: Now through November 4, Linvilla Orchards, 137 W.Knowlton Road, Media. Each month of the festival has its own event calendar of fall-centric activities. But throughout the fest, you’ll find displays of giant, ornate scarecrows and piles upon piles of pumpkins. Note: Be sure to check out the Autumn Moon Hayrides featuring marshmallow roasting and apple cider.
• Yardley Harvest Day Festival: September 22, Canal Street and East College Avenue, Yardley. The 43rd Annual Yardley Harvest Day Festival will be happening in historic downtown Yardley featuring 127 artisans and craftsmen as well as a ton of amazing food vendors.
• Brandywine Valley Wine Trail Harvest Festival: September 29-30, October 6-7, Various wineries, Chester County. Featuring wine tastings and hayrides around the vineyards, the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail Harvest Festival will help you find all the best ways to warm up to fall.
• Apple Butter Frolic: October 6, The Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, HarleysvilleThis 39th annual festival pays homage to Pennsylvania Dutch culinary traditions featuring food, family-friendly activities, arts and crafts, horse and buggy rides and farming demonstrations. Some enticing fare to expect: homemade chicken pot pie, ground cherry pie and funnel cake.
More harvests festivals, below.
• 38th Annual Quiet Valley Farm Harvest Festival: October 6-7, Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg Old-time crafts, food, raffles, games, pony rides and skills demonstrations are just some of the cool attractions at this year’s Quiet Valley Harvest Festival. Note: check out the Civil War Encampment for re-enactments, history and local heritage.
• 21st Annual Blackwood Pumpkin Festival: October 7, Blackwood Library, 15 S. Black Horse Pike, Blackwood. All of the best components to a fall festival in one: food, games, contests, pony rides, face painting, shopping, hayrides and more activities for all ages.
• WBA Fall Pumpkin Festival: October 13, Victory Fields, behind Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Colonial Drive, Lafayette Hill. An event-filled day sponsored by the Whitemarsh Business Association Festival will feature rock-wall climbing, hayrides, pumpkin decorating and more. Proceeds go to a Scholarship Fund for Plymouth Whitemarsh High School.
• South Jersey Pumpkin Show: October 12-14, Salem County Fairgrounds, 760 U.S. 40, Woodstown.The 9th Annual Pumpkin Show is jam-packed with fall-inspired fun. Note for country music enthusiasts: get in on the line dancing Friday and Saturday nights.
• Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival: October 13, 12th and Arch Streets. Featuring fresh produce, wines, cheeses and much more of this year’s Pennsylvania harvest, Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival will celebrate fall by shutting down Filbert Street for hayrides and other festive activities and filling the market will fall flavors.
• Buck’s County Pumpkin Fest: October 15-16, Fonthill Park, Swamp Road (Route 313), Doylestown. This pumpkin festival has become a staple fall activity for the region. With gigantic pumpkin carvings, food, fun and games, this is a festival for all ages.
• Pumpkin Days Celebration at Tyler Arboretum: October 20, Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd, Media. Check out some gorgeous fall foliage while enjoying some sips and snacks of fall at Pumpkin Days. Don’t miss the haunted house, scarescrow-making, moon bouncing and other fun activities.
• Franklin Square Pumpkin Fest: October 20, Franklin Square. Get your fill of Square Burger and tons of other harvest fest treats at this family fundraiser for Franklin Square. Be sure to check out the costume parade, Halloween-themed mini golf, pumpkin painting and and all the other festive attractions they have in store.
• Pennypacker Mills All Hallow’s Eve Fall Festival: October 20, Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville. Look out for fall activities like cider press churning, hay pile jumping, corn shucking and more at this year’s All Hallow’s Eve Fall Festival.
• Peddler’s Village Apple Festival: November 3-4, Peddler’s Village, Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. Apples are clearly the theme at Peddler’s Village Apple Festival. Check out live entertainment and pie-eating contests while you enjoy apples, apple cider, apple fritters, apple zeppoles, caramel apples and apple butter.