20+ Fall Festivals Hitting Philly This Weekend, October 1-4

Midtown Village Fall Festival
This weekend, more than a dozen major festivals hit Philadelphia and the surrounding towns including the Midtown Village Fall Festival (shown here). (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Philadelphia, prepare to jump right in to fall festival season: more than 15 festivals arrive this weekend, from October 1 through 4.

Sandals and tanks may have to be swapped for sneakers and sweaters, but the chance to have a ball in the great outdoors hardly ended with summer.

The festivals kick off on Thursday night with Night Market, a fabulous foodie affair with more than 50 food trucks, local beer, live music and more, as it hits Fishtown for the first time ever. On Saturday and Sunday, festivals hit Philadelphia streets with Bloktoberfest in Graduate Hospital, the Midtown Village Fall Festival in Center City, the annual Revolutionary Germantown Festival in Germantown, the annual Fall for the Arts Festival in Chestnut Hill and more.

For our full guide to all of the fantastic festivals hitting Philly this fall, click here.

Read on for our 20-plus festival picks for this weekend.

1. Night Market Fishtown

The festival-filled weekend kicks off on Thursday with Night Market’s first-ever food truck festival in Fishtown at Girard and Frankford avenues. Enjoy a variety of eats from food trucks, local beer, music and more. Note that Night Market is rain or shine.

When: Thursday, October 1, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Frankford and Girard avenues
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2. Midtown Village Fall Festival

Explore the restaurants and shops along 13th Street during the annual Midtown Village Fall Festival, a blockbuster festival that brings tens of thousands of people to the bustling neighborhood. The massive block party features music, food, sidewalk sales, beer gardens and much more.

When: Saturday, October 3
Where: 13th and Chestnut streets
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3. Bloktoberfest

Taking over a stretch of western South Street every autumn, Bloktoberfest brings in big bands and a bevy of craft beer providers to make for a true neighborhood festival that’s free to attend.

When: Saturday, October 3
Where: From Broad to 18th streets on South Street
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Bloktoberfest Philadelphia
Bloktoberfest returns to Graduate Hospital with craft beer, delicious food, live music and shopping. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

4. Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival

Update: Due to inclement weather, this festival has been cancelled. More than 140 teams race fiberglass dragon boats, complete with heads and tails, on a 500-meter course on the Schuylkill River during this annual fall event that draws thousands of participants and spectators.

When: Saturday, October 3 Cancelled
Where: Kelly Drive
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5. Opera on the Mall

Update: Due to inclement weather, this festival has been postponed until Friday, October 16. This Saturday, Opera Philadelphia presents the 2015 edition of Opera on the Mall, a free HD broadcast of the opera La traviata on the iconic grounds of Independence Mall. Online registration is required.

When: Saturday, October 3 Friday, October 16
Where: Independence National Historic Park, 1 N. Independence Mall W.
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6. Ambler Oktoberfest

Downtown Ambler celebrates fall with its annual Oktoberfest, which is complete with a beer garden, food, shopping, music, kid-friendly activities and more. The festivities last all day long on Saturday, October 3.

When: Saturday, October 3
Where: Butler Avenue in Ambler
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7. Roxtoberfest

UPDATE: This festival has been postponed until Saturday, October 10. The neighborhood of Roxborough celebrates Oktoberfest with Roxtoberfest, an afternoon-long festival for the whole family. Adults can enjoy beer gardens and local beer, and the whole family can enjoy carnival rides, music, games and more.

When: Saturday, October 3 Saturday, October 10
Where: Ridge Avenue between Green Lane and Leverington Avenue
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International Dragon Boat Festival
Cheer on local teams at the Dragon Boat Festival on the Schuylkill River this Saturday. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

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8. Revolutionary Germantown Festival

History goes on full display during the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, a day-long festival that celebrates the rich history of the historic neighborhood. The celebration features costumed characters, live music, food and drink culminating with a reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia.

When: Saturday, October 3
Where: 6400 Germantown Avenue
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9. North Philly Block Party

UPDATE: This festival has been postponed until October 18. Mural Arts’ Open Source festival presents an afternoon-long block party right next two two Open Source artists’ pop-up open-to-the-public bodega space. Throughout the festival, you can feast on food from local restaurants, groove to live music, mingle with the artists and more.

When: Saturday, October 3 Sunday, October 18
Where: 2200 N. 8th Street
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10. Riverfront Ramble

UPDATE: This festival has been postponed, date TBD. Now in its 11th year, the annual Riverfront Ramble in Chester is the largest riverfront festival in Delaware County. Held on the Wharf at Rivertown on the Chester Waterfront, the annual outdoor festival features an antique car show, live performances, food and craft vendors and much more.

When: Saturday, October 3 Date TBD
Where: Chester City Waterfront
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11. Great Pumpkin Festival at The Institute

UPDATE: This festival has been postponed until Saturday, October 10. Get your pumpkin beer on at The Institute Bar’s annual Great Pumpkin Festival. From 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., the festival pours more than 90 pumpkin beers and ciders, in addition to pumpkin cocktail, and spans both inside and out at the Callowhill bar. Note that the event is ticketed — but tickets include all-you-can-drink booze.

When: Saturday, October 3 Saturday, October 10
Where: The Institute, 549 N. 12th Street
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King of Prussia Beerfest Royale
Raise a glass, enjoy live music and delicious bites at the King of Prussia Beerfest Royale on Saturday, October 3.
(Photo courtesy King of Prussia Business Improvement District)

12. King of Prussia Beerfest Royale

The King of Prussia mall parking lot transforms into a German beer oasis at the annual Beerfest Royale, a two-day event consisting of more than 50 national and international breweries and over 100 types of beer. Tickets are limited, so reserve your spot in advance now.

When: Saturday, October 3
Where: The Court at the King of Prussia Mall, 690 W. Dekalb Pike
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13. Morris Arboretum Fall Festival

Morris Arboretum celebrates fall with two days of pumpkin painting, apple tasting, scarecrow making and more for its annual Fall Festival. Guests can meet animals from the Elmwood Park Zoo and watch a group create a LEGO version of Robert Indiana’s LOVE sign.

When: October 3-4
Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
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14. Craft Phila

Browse items made by a variety of artists at the recurring Craft Phila art market, which takes place just a stone’s throw from Independence Hall. Guests can browse soaps, candles, jewelry, glass, wood and more at the alfresco shopping extravaganza. This outdoor art market is rain or shine.

When: October 3-4
Where: 6th to 7th streets between Chestnut and Market streets
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Germantown
Head to Germantown for the Revolutionary Germantown Festival on Saturday, October 3. (Photo courtesy Historic Germantown)

15. Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

Ever wonder what an artist’s studio really looks like? Philadelphia Open Studio Tours allows everyone a chance to take a sneak peek inside the city’s most creative spaces. For two weekends in October, artists around the city open their studios to curious visitors, inviting them to talk, check out how they work and purchase artwork.

When: October 3-4, 17-18
Where: Various Locations
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16. Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival

Chestnut Hill transforms into an outdoor arts and crafts marketplace during the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival on October 4. More than 150 talented artists from throughout the country display and sell their creations in media ranging from watercolor paintings to jewelry. Live entertainment, children’s rides and alfresco dining round out the excitement during this free event. In the case of rain, the festival will take place on Sunday, October 11.

When: Sunday, October 4
Where: From Willow Grove to Rex Avenues on Germantown Avenue
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17. Vendemmia Festival

Wine of all sorts fill Girard Park for the annual Vendemmia Festival. Sample an array of red and white wines while celebrating the local winemaking scene. Tickets, which start at $50, are available online.

When: Sunday, October 4
Where: Girard Park, 2101 W. Shunk Street
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Opera on the Mall
Opera Philadelphia invites everyone out for an evening of free opera at its annual Opera on the Mall broadcast on Independence Mall on September 27. (Photo courtesy Opera Philadelphia)

18. Art-Reach Fall Festival

Enjoy live music and art at the annual Art-Reach Fall Festival in Fairmount Park. From noon to 4 p.m., enjoy drinks from Victory Brewing and Wawa, bites from popular food trucks like Lil Pop Shop and Farm Truck Philly, crafts, live music, art vendors and more. Note that tickets are required.

When: Sunday, October 4
Where: Ridgeland Mansion, 4100 Chamounix Drive, West Fairmount Park
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19. Puerto Rican Day Parade

Join hundreds of spectators on the streets of Philadelphia for a day of music, dancing and fabulous floats during the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. The annual Puerto Rican Day Parade is the city’s oldest and largest outdoor event celebrating Puerto Rican and Latino heritage.

When: Sunday, October 4
Where: 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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20. Food and Craft Festival in Media

UPDATE: This festival has been postponed until Sunday, October 11. More than 50 restaurants and 75 vendors will set up shop in downtown Media for the annual Food and Craft Festival on October 4. Browse food and goods from local businesses while enjoying live music and family-friendly activities.

When: Sunday, October 4 Sunday, October 11
Where: E. State Street in Media
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21. Family Arts Festival at PAFA

This Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts invites children and adults alike out for its Family Arts Festival, a full day of free fun including crafts, scavenger hunts, performances and hands-on activities.

When: Sunday, October 4
Where: PAFA, 118-128 N. Broad Street
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Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival
This Sunday, the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival brings outdoor shopping, music and family-friendly fun to Germantown Avenue. (Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill Business Association)

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4 comments

  1. Hi Janet,

    We have added the rain dates for the festivals that have announced them. Thanks!

  2. The gray get email box is irritating and covers up half of the website and there is no way to cancel it. NOT VERY USER FRIENDLY (along with a few other choice words!)

  3. Thank you for the feedback, John! We will keep this in mind when making updates to the site.

    Best,
    Jillian

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