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October 3, 2013

The Chestnut Hill Fall For The Arts Festival Returns This Sunday, October 6 Taking Over Six Blocks Of Historic Germantown Avenue With Food, Drink, Music, Shopping And More

Germantown Avenue welcomes six blocks of art vendors, live music, food and general fall fun at the annual Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival. (Photos courtesy Chestnut Hill)

The quaint neighborhood of Chestnut Hill kicks-off October with the first of numerous festivals it has coming down the pipeline this month (enter Harry Potter Weekend).

The Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival returns to the cobblestone streets of the town on Sunday, October 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a full day of art-centric fun.

Look forward to a wide variety of art and shopping vendors, live entertainment, craft-making stations, children’s carnival rides and bites from some of Chestnut Hill’s most-loved restaurants.

Access to the festival is completely free, just pay for desired items from artisan vendors on a pay as you go basis.

The Layout

The annual Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival transforms Germantown Avenue into a haven for art, music, food and autumnal celebrations.

For the duration of the festival, Germantown Avenue from Willow Grove Avenue to Rex Avenue (8000 to 8600 blocks of the avenue) will be closed to vehicular traffic and open to the festivities of the Fall for the Arts festival.

Find vendor booths, live entertainment, craft stations, carnival rides and more all along the street.

The Vendors

Artists and crafters all the way from New Mexico are slated to be in attendance at this year’s festival. Find booths from more than 150 artisans selling items including oil paintings, etchings, photography, sculptures, pottery, wood crafts, jewelry and more.

Food vendors abound as well. Indulge in quintessential festival fare like funnel cake, soft pretzels, cotton candy, ice cream, hot dogs and hamburgers.

The Restaurants

Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill is home to a slew of delicious restaurants. Festival goers, don’t sleep on Chestnut Hill’s restaurant scene. In addition to mobile eateries set up along the festival, stop into a restaurant along the avenue for Saturday brunch, lunch or dinner.

Our picks? Cake for a sunny setting, fresh baked goods and an onslaught of yummy sandwiches, Iron Hill Brewery and restaurant for bunches of home-brewed beer, Mica for imagined cocktails and a decadent dinner and Heirloom for a BYOB meal.

McNally’s Tavern will be serving up its one-of-a-kind take on a Philly cheesesteak, the Schmitter. A sandwich promising lots of steak, cheese, fried onions, tomatoes, grilled salami served on a Kaiser roll.

Family-Friendly Activities

Children can look forward to carnival rides, craft-making stations throughout the festival, a rock climbing wall, hula hoops, face painting and more.

Children can make and take crafts like rainbow bracelets and even ride around the festival via a free train ride.

Also, many of the vendors at the festival will specifically cater to children’s clothing and toys.

Getting There

Chestnut Hill is easily accessible via public transportation. Hop aboard either the SEPTA Chestnut Hill East train line or the Chestnut Hill West train line. Both are just about a 30-minute train ride from Center City and leave you mere steps from the festivities on Germantown Avenue.

For those who choose to drive, look for select $5 parking lots along Germantown Avenue.

Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival
When: Sunday, October 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Germantown Avenue between Willow Grove and Rex Avenues
Cost: Free
More info: www.chestnuthillpa.com

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