Calling all shoppers!
This Sunday, October 5 marks the annual Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival, a welcoming of autumn through local art vendors, food, music and more.
The family-friendly festival celebrates its 30th year with a carefully curated collection of art, all of which is available for purchase, in addition to a public art project that will remain on view through October 18.
To make the most of your hang out in Chestnut Hill, check out Visit Philly’s guide to the town, too.
Read on for our guide to the festival.
The festival will fill six blocks of Germantown Avenue from Willow Grove Avenue on the South side to Rex Avenue at the top of the hill. The street will be completely closed to vehicular traffic for the duration of the festival and dedicated to pedestrian crafting, shopping, dining and hanging out.
The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the festival is completely free, just pay for art, food and drinks as you go.
New this year, the festival promises a public art project that will remain on view at the Children’s Park at the Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences through the Harry Potter Festival on October 18.
In addition to handmade art, guests will also find live music at two stages — at the 8200 block of Germantown Avenue and the 8700 block. Also look forward to kid-friendly activities — games, crafts and more — along the avenue.
Lining Germantown Avenue, more than 165 art vendors will showcase their work. Shop everything from water color painting and photography to jewelry and sculptures.
The festival spotlights the work of not only local makers, but crafters from across the country, too. Guests can look forward to a wide contingent of makers — some coming all the way from New Mexico.
Certain vendors will even have make and take crafts for youngsters.
The restaurants of Chestnut Hill are getting in on the festival action and dishing fine eats and drinks to the crowds.
McNally’s Tavern will be serving up its one-of-a-kind take on a Philly cheesesteak, the Schmitter. A sandwich with lots of steak, cheese, fried onions, tomatoes, grilled salami served on a Kaiser roll.
For those looking to sip cold brews, head to Iron Hill Brewery for house-brewed craft beer. For sweets, hit up Bredenbeck’s Bakery and Ice Cream Parlor and for a BYOB dinner after the festival head to Mica.
Food vendors will fill the cobblestone streets as well. Indulge in quintessential festival fare like funnel cake, soft pretzels, cotton candy, ice cream, hot dogs and hamburgers.
Getting There and Staying Over
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.
Turn the festival into an excuse for a weekend getaway or staycation and take advantage of the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package which provides guests with two nights at a hotel, free hotel parking and a welcome gift.
Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival
When: Sunday, October 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Germantown Avenue between Willow Grove and Rex Avenues
More info: www.chestnuthillpa.com