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The Best Fall Festivals to Enjoy with Your Family

by | Sep 30, 2021 | Entertainment, Fall, Just for Fun!

School is back in session, activities and sports have ramped up, and pumpkin spice is everywhere, but hands down, one of our favorite ways to spend our fall days is to take the family to a fall festival or special event. 

From local township favorites in Ambler, Radnor and Upper Merion to some unique festivals that are just a short drive away in Lancaster or Jim Thorpe, you’ll find food, games, live music and so much more!  (Think: Hot Air Balloons!) And, don’t forget the many local farms who also hold fall events and attractions on most autumn weekends – you can find them in our directory here. Are we missing one of YOUR favorites? Email us at info@elementaryconnections.com and let us know! 

OCTOBER EVENTS

Saturday, October 2nd, 11am-6pm
Amblerfest
Main St. Ambler PA

Celebrate the fall season all along Main Street! Ambler restaurants and businesses will have special offerings all day. Expect over 90 vendors and 10 food trucks lining Butler Avenue and plus kids rides, a beer garden, live music performances on 2 stages all day and more! 

Saturday, October 2nd, 8am-3:30pm
Haverford Township Day
Darby Road Havertown PA

Join us for a community celebration that includes a parade, live music and entertainment, great food, flea market and craft fair and fun rides for the kids! 

Saturday, October 2nd, 12pm-6pm
Fall Festival at Lucky Penny Farm
Lucky Penny Farm, 320 Wawa Road, Media, PA

Lucky Penny Farm invites families for a day of Fall fun! There will be live music, food, local craft vendors, games for the kids, raffles, and of course, animals!

Saturday, October 2nd, 11am – 4pm (Raindate Oct 3rd)
Pennypack Fall Festival and Arts & Crafts Show 
Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Rd, Philadelphia, PA

This annual event returns with over 40 crafts vendors set up in the parking lot at the nature center. There will also be cider pressing demonstrations, pumpkin painting, and other fun for the whole family.

Saturday, October 2nd, 11am – 3pm
Hatfield’s Rocktoberfest
School Road Park, 1619 School Road, Hatfield, PA 19440

Come out to experience live music, pumpkin painting, inflatable obstacle course and plenty of crafts, vendors, kids activities and food trucks. 

Saturday, October 2nd, 3pm-7pm
Upper Merion Township Community Fair and Fall Festival
Heuser Park, 694 West Beidler Road King of Prussia, PA

The annual Upper Merion Township Community Fair & Fall Festival is back this year and you will not want to miss the fun! There will be food, fall fun, music and even fireworks at dusk!

Sunday, October 3rd, 10am – 5pm 
Parktoberfest, Elkins Park
8000 High School Road, Elkins Park, PA 

The much loved Arts in the Park returns this year as “Parktoberfest” – You’ll find accomplished artisans in many categories, live music all day, food trucks and a beer garden!

October 1st – 30th, 10am – 6pm 
Scarecrows In the Village
Peddler’s Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope PA 

This beloved autumn tradition continues starting September 6 and runs for 8 weeks! One hundred hand-crafted scarecrows dot the brick pathways of scenic Peddler’s Village. Vote on your favorite scarecrows and enjoy live entertainment, unique shops and tasty offerings from local restaurants. 

Friday – Sunday,  October 1st – 3rd, October 8th – 10th (Hours Vary)
Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
Morey’s Pier, 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ

Welcome autumn with a down the shore flair! For four weekends at the end of September through early October, enjoy German-themed food and beer at an outdoor biergarten at Jumbo’s Pub, plus live entertainment, family activities, and of course thrilling rides for the whole family!

Friday – Sunday, October 8th – 10th, 12pm-8pm
Harvest Weekend, Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th St, Philadelphia, PA

This fun 3-day experience embraces the autumn season for visitors of all ages – think hay bales, pumpkins and more! Live entertainment includes local bands and DJs, a professional pumpkin carving demonstration, apple cider making, circus performers and more! Food offerings include bratwurst, Bavarian pretzels and much more.

Saturday Oct. 9th, 12pm-7:30pm
Main Line Oktoberfest
Good Samaritan Field, 212 West Lancaster Ave, Paoli PA

This family-friendly Oktoberfest features games, pumpkin decorating, face painting, and bounce-houses for the kids, plus live music, dancing, German food, and a great beer selection for kids-at-heart. Purchase tickets in advance for a discount! 

Saturday, October 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th, 10am-5pm
Nor-View Farm Fall Festival
Norview Farm, 670 North Henderson Rd. King of Prussia, PA

Nor-View Farm is always a favorite destination for local families. Enjoy the Farm Festival every weekend in October, featuring games, hay rides, food trucks, fresh apple cider, a corn maze, beer garden and much more! 

Saturday, October 9th, 11am – 2pm
Ottertoberfest, Lehigh Valley Zoo
5150 Game Preserve Rd, Schnecksville, PA 

Featuring live and authentic German-style music courtesy of the Happy Dutchmen German Band and an assortment of specialty craft & gift vendors to browse as you make your way around the Zoo visiting the animals! Be sure to swing by our beer tent to enjoy Oktoberfest/Fall style beverages and gourmet food treats.

Saturday and Sunday, October 9th and 10th, 11am – 7pm
Franconia Fall Festival
Franconia Park, 671 Allentown Rd, Telford, PA 

Come out to Franconia Park this weekend to enjoy hay rides, a hay maze, food and craft vendors, and fireworks on Saturday night! Fun times for the whole family. 

October 9th – 24th, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-5pm
Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival
Josiah White Park, 1 Susquehanna Square, Jim Thorpe, PA

There’s lots to love about fall foliage weekends in beautiful Jim Thorpe PA. Experience scenic train rides, handmade arts and crafts, delicious food, free live music, children’s activities, spooky ghost tours and seasonal specials from the many local restaurants, shops and unique galleries. 

Saturday, October 16th, 11am-3pm
Upper Gwynedd Fall Fest 
1 Parkside Place, North Wales, PA

This fun community event at Parkside Place Park features vendors, children’s crafts, hayrides, Touch A Truck, live entertainment, and much more for a fun, fall afternoon!

Saturday, October 16, 2021, 9am-4pm (Rain Date, October 23rd)
Springfield Township Oktoberfest 
The Community Center, 1200 Willow Grove Ave. Wyndmoor, PA

This fun family event is hosted by the Springfield Rotary Club benefits the enhancement of Cisco Park – there is a craft fair, children’s activities including a bounce house, inflatable corn maze, raffle baskets and more!

Saturday & Sunday, October 16th – 17th, 11am-5pm
OctoberFeast, Peddler’s Village

OctoberFeast is a fun weekend event featuring food trucks, beer & wine garden, live entertainment, and family activities in scenic Peddler’s Village, packed with unique shops and restaurants. Stroll among the Scarecrows in the Village ( through October 30th) and enjoy the Philadelphia German Brass Band from 1pm-5pm. Admission and parking are free.

Saturday, October 16, 2021, 12pm-4pm 
Applefest at Fox Chase Farm
8500 Pine Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19111, United States

Hold up on those pumpkins – apples are still in season and you can come and celebrate all things apple at the Applefest at Fox Chase Farm. Enjoy a day of cider pressing, apple butter making, hayrides, seasonal games, pumpkin painting, music and more. Pumpkins, apples, apple butter and cider for sale!

Saturday, October 23rd, 9am-3pm
Bark in the Park 5K and Fall Festival
Rose Tree County Park, 1671 North Providence Rd, Media, PA

Walk or run in this unique dog-friendly 5K with your four-legged best friend or a shelter dog – proceeds benefit the Providence Animal Center. After the 5K, enjoy the Fall Festival that includes dog contests, a vaccine & microchipping clinic, food trucks, local business vendors, raffles, music, face painting, arts & crafts and so much more!

Saturday, October 23rd, 1pm-6pm
Roxtoberfest
Roxborough, Ridge Ave between Leverington Ave and Lyceum Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Ridge Avenue’s sidewalks come alive with fall festivities between Leverington and Lyceum Avenues. Enjoy great food and drink, live music, performances, and kid’s activities. There is fun for all ages at the Roxtoberfest! 

First published September 15, 2021, Updated September 30, 2021