Pack up your white pants, break out the boots & grab a PSL because it’s finally fall. While I truly love summer, I’m ready for the crisp weather & participating in all the fun fall things. Well good news for me and all fellow fall-lovers, Philly is jam packed with autumn activities. Whether you’re looking for a fun date or a day with your friends, here are 7 things you have to do in Philly this fall.
(September 10-November 6, Media)
Kick off your fall season with some pumpkin patches, apple picking & hay rides. Located in Media, PA, Linvilla Orchards has a little bit of everything and something for everyone. Their website advertises: “Enjoy live music and entertainment, hayrides, train rides, pony rides, face painting, straw bale and cornfield mazes, pick-your-own apples, candy and caramel apples, Jack-o-lantern exhibit and our annual Costume Parade.” Aka the quintessential fall outing–and the perfect backdrop for you basic Instagrams (no shame).
(select days* September 16-November 5, Eastern State Penitentiary)
If you’re into haunted houses, head over to Eastern State Penitentiary for Terror Behind the Walls. Featuring six attractions, this massive haunted prison is ranked among the top haunted houses in the country. It’s fully interactive, completely terrifying and the best way to get in the Halloween spirit. Just be prepared to be scared out of your mind.
(September 17, South Street)
Hosted by Brauhaus Schmitz on the 700 block of South Street, this is one Oktoberfest you won’t want to miss. Enjoy music, a Bavarian buffet and of course, a ton of beer. If this 8-hour extravaganza isn’t enough for you, Brauhaus Schmitz is holding events all week long leading up to the main event. Lederhosen not included.
(Festival: September 18, Restaurant Week: September 19-30, Manayunk)
Come hang out in the Yunk, and try food from over 50 Philly food trucks. There’s a little big of everything, but you’ll find each vendor will feature a dish with this festival’s special ingredient—apple! You can also peruse the local Manayunk shops and vendors while listening to live street music. Then immediately following the StrEAT Fest, is Manayunk’s restaurant week. Enjoy all of Manayunk’s awesome restaurants for a steal. Win-win.
(September 24, location TBD)
Inspired by the no-traffic streets during the Pope’s visit this past year, Philly will be closing up to nine miles of streets so you can freely walk (or jog, jump, bike, dance, etc.) through Center City for a whole day. Be sure to keep checking their website for specific road closures!
(October 7,The Navy Yard)
Thanks @phsgardening for inviting us back as a restaurant partner for #PHeaSt. Such a beautiful night filled with amazing chefs and farmers all collaborating for a great cause! So excited to see many #vegan dishes featured too! Shout out to @m.e.i_l.y & @atepp expediting at our table 🙌 #koliyanphilly #phillyvegan #cambodianfood
I am a big fan of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (mostly because of their awesome pop up gardens) and this fall they’re holding their annual PHeaST event which features local growers and chefs for a true garden-to-table experience. It is a little pricey for a ticket, but all proceeds go to the PHS City Harvest program, which provides healthy produce for Philadelphia families in need. Plus it’s a unique experience and a totally different way to spend a night out!
(October 15, Citizens Bank Park)
What’s more Philly than a cheesesteak? This day-long event obviously features local cheesesteak vendors, but will also include Philly food trucks, a craft beer garden, carnival games and live music. And for you cheesesteak die-hards, there’s also a cheesesteak eating contest. One whiz with, please.
Bonus! Because I’m type-A and loooveee organization, I made this Google calendar of all the fun fall events! (Want it too? Click on one of the events & say “copy to my calendar.” Magic!)
Here’s to all these fun autumn activities & fall Instagrams you know you’re gunna take. &.