Eight Essential Fall Festivals Hitting Philadelphia In One Huge Weekend, October 3 & 4

Midtown Village Fall Festival
The weekend of October 3-4 welcomes a bunch of great festivals to Philadelphia including the Midtown Village Fall Festival (shown here). (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

With the official arrival of autumn — the first day of the season is September 23 — celebrations throughout the Philadelphia region take on a decidedly seasonal vibe with Oktoberfests, fall harvest fests and more filling the calendar.

On October 3 and 4, particularly, Philadelphia and the surrounding area will overflow with more than eight major fall festivals in a single weekend, including some of the biggest fests of the year — the Midtown Village Fall Festival and Bloktoberfest in Graduate Hospital.

Below, we’ve highlighted eight blockbuster events happening over that festival-filled weekend. For even more festivals on that same weekend and beyond, click here for our full guide to the more than 50 fall festivals hitting Philly this season.

Mark your calendars as your read our eight picks for festivals happening on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4.

Midtown Village Fall Festival

The Midtown Village Fall Festival is always one of the most talked about and populated festivals of the fall festival season. Explore the restaurants and shops along 13th Street and enjoy the massive block party, which features music, food, sidewalk sales, beer gardens and much more.

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

From Broad to 18th streets on South Street, the Graduate Hospital neighborhood celebrates its food, dining and shopping scenes — and the city’s food, dining and shopping scenes — with plenty of local beer, live music from area bands, food trucks and more.

When: Saturday, October 3
Where: From Broad to 18th streets on South Street
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Bloktoberfest Philadelphia
Graduate Hospital hosts Bloktoberfest, its annual Oktoberfest celebration. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

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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Opera on the Mall

This fall, Opera Philadelphia will once again host Opera on the Mall, a free HD broadcast of the opera La traviata on the iconic grounds of Independence Mall. Many guests of the event bring pets, picnics and friends to make the most of the evening. Note that free registration is required and the number of available tickets is limited. Click here to register for Opera on the Mall.

When: Saturday, October 3
Where: Independence National Historic Park, 1 N. Independence Mall W.
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King of Prussia Beerfest Royale

German beer takes the spotlight at the King of Prussia Beerfest Royale, which transforms the mall parking lot into a two-day festival with more than 50 national and international breweries, food, music and more. Tickets are limited, so reserve your spot in advance.

When: October 1 and 3
Where: The Court at the King of Prussia Mall, 690 W. Dekalb Pike
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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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Beerfest Royale
Raise a stein! The King of Prussia Beerfest Royale returns on October 1 and 3. (Photo by Weld-Photography for King of Prussia Business Improvement District)

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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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.

When: Sunday, October 4
Where: From Willow Grove to Rex Avenues on Germantown Avenue
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Puerto Rican Day Parade
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway welcomes the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade on October 4. (Photo courtesy Concilio)

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