12+ Major Reasons To Visit Philly In Fall 2018

Grand openings, holiday happenings, festivals and more come to Philly this fall...

The fall season brings crisp air, changing leaves and a ton of awesome festivals and events to Philadelphia.

Neighborhoods across the city celebrate the arrival of sweater weather with community-centric fall festivals (OutFest, Old City Fest), where residents and visitors alike can enjoy seasonal food and drink, family-fun activities, live music and more.

A few big attractions are set to open this season, too, including the year-round, multifaceted space Cherry Street Pier; restored concert and events venue The Met Philadelphia and artisan market The Philadelphia Bourse.

Of course, staying overnight in Philly is probably the best way to take in all of these awesome autumn happenings — and the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package can help visitors score $193 (!) worth of perks.

Scroll down for our top reasons to visit Philadelphia this fall.

Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

Hotel Monaco PhiladelphiaPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through November 30 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, a $25 gift card to the must-visit Reading Terminal Market, free Philly-themed mini-golf at Franklin Square and a $10 Lyft credit. How's that for a deal?

Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

When:Through Friday, November 30, 2018
Where:Various locations including The Logan Philadelphia, 1 Logan Square

www.visitphilly.com

Explore Public Art During Mural Arts Month

Dreams, Diaspora, and Destiny is Philadelphia's first augmented reality mural.Dreams, Diaspora, and Destiny mural in West Philadelphia | Photo by S. Weinik for Mural Arts Philadelphia

All month long, Mural Arts Philadelphia honors its 3,800 works of public art with trolley tours of neighborhood gardens, mosaics and a lineup of free and pay-what-you-wish events.

Explore Public Art During Mural Arts Month

When:September 26 - November 3
Where:Various locations including 5300 Lansdowne Avenue
Cost:Varies by event; Many are free

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Celebrate LGBTQ History Month

PrideDay in PhiladelphiaPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

October is LGBTQ History Month and throughout the month, attractions and groups across the city celebrate the occasion with festivals (Outfest!) and other special events.

Celebrate LGBTQ History Month

When:All October Long
Where:Various locations including Outfest, 13th & Locust Streets
Cost:Varies by event

www.lgbthistorymonth.com/

Have a Boo-tiful Halloween in Philadelphia

Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

There is plenty of fun to be had throughout October as Halloween festivities begin popping up in the city and across the countryside, too. Check out Halloween-night parties, pumpkin picking, creepy movie screenings, haunted houses and so much more all throughout the City of Brotherly Love.

Have a Boo-tiful Halloween in Philadelphia

When:All October Long
Where:Various locations including Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue

www.visitphilly.com

Shop, Dine and Stroll at Old City Fest

Old City FestPhoto courtesy Old City Fest

Every fall, Old City Fest celebrates Old City’s maker population with crafts, exhibitions and demonstrations along the closed-to-traffic thoroughfares. In addition to arts events, the restaurants, bars and shops of Philadelphia's Historic District take it outside for alfresco eats, drinks and shopping.

Shop, Dine and Stroll at Old City Fest

When:Sunday, October 7, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where:3rd & Arch Streets
Cost:Free, pay as you go food and drink

www.oldcitydistrict.org

Explore the New Cherry Street Pier

Cherry Street PierRendering courtesy Groundswell Design Group for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

The revitalization of once-vacant public spaces continues in Philadelphia this fall with the opening of Cherry Street Pier on October 12. The $5 million makeover transforms the 55,0000-square-foot Municipal Pier 9 into an accessible, egalitarian, year-round, mixed-use space for artist studios, shopping, performances, dining, drinking, working and relaxing in an innovatively designed public space, including an open-air park at the pier’s end.

Explore the New Cherry Street Pier

When:Opens Friday, October 12
Where:Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Boulevard

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Eat Your Way Through The Bourse

Aerial view of The BoursePhoto courtesy of The Bourse

The Historic District’s circa 1895 commodities exchange transforms into an artisan market in the style of Chelsea Market. The new incarnation of the burnished, Victorian-era member of the National Register of Historic Places promises an experience befitting Philadelphia’s current and centuries-old reputation as a city of makers. Among the 29 tenants in the mix: Mighty Melt (grilled cheese), Lalo (Filipino), Scoop de Ville (ice cream), Bonatsos Flower Shop, Bluebird Distilling, Prescription Chicken (soup), Chaat and Chai (Indian) and Chocodiem (chocolate).

Eat Your Way Through The Bourse

When:Soft Opening, September 2018; Grand Opening, October 2018
Where:The Bourse Building, 111 S. Independence Mall
Cost:Pay as you go

www.theboursephilly.com

Cheer on the Rowers at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

Head of the Schuylkill RegattaPhoto courtesy Visit Philadelphia

College rowers, high school crews, elite athletes and world champions take to the water for the two-day Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. The sporting event regularly welcomes more than 25,000 spectators who line Kelly Drive to cheer on rowers during the 2.5-mile race, which makes for a festive environment all along the Schuylkill River.

Cheer on the Rowers at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

When:October 27-28, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: A 2.5-mile stretch of the Schuylkill River, including at the Playing Angels Statue, Kelly Drive and Fountain Green Drive
Cost:Free

www.hosr.org

Get Festive with the Philly Holiday Festival

Rothman Rink at Dilworth ParkPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The Philly Holiday Festival celebrates all-things holiday in Philadelphia with weeks of seasonal fun at some of the city’s classic holiday attractions, including the Franklin Square Holiday Festival featuring the Franklin Square Electrical Spectacle, the Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Comcast Holiday Spectacular and so much more. Stay tuned for more info.

Get Festive with the Philly Holiday Festival

When:November 9, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Where:Various locations including Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.phillyholidayfestival.com

Run the Philadelphia Marathon

Philadelphia MarathonPhoto courtesy the Philadelphia Marathon

With a fast course that winds through the city’s historic attractions, past the stunning Philadelphia Museum of Art and along scenic Boathouse Row, the Philadelphia Marathon is one of the country’s premier — and most scenic — running events. The weekend also includes the Rothman Institute 8K race, a half-marathon, a Kids Fun Run and the two-day Health and Fitness Expo.

Run the Philadelphia Marathon

When:November 16-18, 2018
Where:Various locations including Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

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Kick Off The Season at the 6ABC/Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving Day ParadePhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The nation’s first Thanksgiving Day Parade keeps the tradition going every year. The parade, produced by 6ABC and sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts, wows the crowds with fancy floats, giant balloons, talented marching bands and other festive entertainment along JFK Boulevard and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Kick Off The Season at the 6ABC/Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade

When:Thursday, November 22, 8:30 a.m. - noon
Where:Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

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Rock Out at The Met Philadelphia Opening

Rendering courtesy Live Nation

The North Broad Street venue that first opened its doors in 1908 after being designed by William H. McElfatrick and built by opera impresario Oscar Hammerstein I, the Metropolitan Opera House is being restored to offer major live performances once again — this time, courtesy of Philadelphia-based Live Nation. The $56 million project includes full-service dining, a variety of VIP experiences and space to host large corporate events.

Rock Out at The Met Philadelphia Opening

When:Opens December 2018
Where:The Met Philadelphia, 858 N. Broad Street

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Root for Your Team at the Army-Navy Game

Army-Navy GamePhoto courtesy Lincoln Financial Field

Are you ready for another matchup between two of the most fierce rivals in all of sports? The Army-Navy Game returns to Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field. Cadets, midshipmen, current service members, veterans and fans gather to cheer on the United States Military Academy as they take on the United States Naval Academy on the football field.

Root for Your Team at the Army-Navy Game

When:Saturday, December 8, 3 p.m.
Where:Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way

www.armynavygame.com

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