Autumn in Philadelphia is magical for a lot of reasons: the seasons are changing, Halloween decorations are popping up, and fall festivals are in full-swing. We put together a list of our favorite festivals to help you plan fun things to do in Philadelphia during the month of October.
- Midtown Village Fall Festival – October 7, 2017
One of the many great things about fall festivals is visiting different neighborhoods around the city. The Midtown Village Fall Festival is no exception. Located on 13th Street and spanning across multiple blocks in Center City, the festival will feature food, drink, and shopping vendors, as well as multiple stages for live performances. Also, from this neighborhood it is easy to take public transportation. Hop on the train to your favorite spots like Geno’s, and grab a famous Philly cheesesteak!
- Old City Fest – October 8, 2017
Old City, one of Philadelphia’s most picturesque and historic neighborhoods, throws a fun-filled festival in October. The neighborhood is known for its ties to art and design, so this event is great if you are an artist, love art, or if you are somewhat interested in art. Old City Fest showcases local artists, designers, galleries, creative groups, restaurants, retailers, and culture.
- Philadelphia Film Festival – October 19 to 29, 2017
If you and your crew are looking for something a little different for an autumn activity, the Philadelphia Film Festival might be perfect for you! In theaters and venues around the city, there will be screenings of top independent and foreign films. The festival is held over 10 days with short, feature-length, and animated movies shown throughout.
- Autumn’s Colors and Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens – October 7 to November 19, 2017
Do you love flowers and watching the leaves change in the fall? You will not want to miss the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens this season, where attendees will see the largest exhibition of these flowers in the country. The main event during the festival is Longwood’s “Thousand Bloom” chrysanthemum, comprised of more than 1,500 yellow flowers on one plant.
The festival is free with the $23 admission to Longwood Gardens. While visiting you can also check out Autumn’s Colors, where the gardens are overflowing with yellow, orange, purple, and red from the golden honey locust, scarlet sweet gums and sourwoods, ruby northern red oaks, and more.
Check out each event’s website for information about parking, vendors, and more. Attending these festivals can be tricky with the crowds, but if you prepare yourself it can be much easier to get around. And of course, the best way to wrap-up a day in Philadelphia is with a famous Philly cheesesteak from Geno’s Steaks. Visit us anytime, as we are open 24/7!