Looking for fun this fall in Philadelphia? With everything from a Harry Potter festival to Jurassic World exhibit at the Franklin Institute, there is sure to be something for everyone in the family. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a great city to spend a day or a weekend. No matter when you find yourself in Philly this fall, there is sure to be a festival for you.
I live less than 90 miles from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania via an easy drive straight up I-95. We love to visit Philly for its great food, festivals and history. There is not a more vibrant and cultured city for families to visit. This fall Philadelphia is home to a few amazing new festivals and some that have been around for years. Most of my favorites revolve around food, but we are eyeing up the Harry Potter celebration as both my girls love all things Potter.
Fall in Philadelphia for Families
Longwood Gardens – Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience
We love these beautiful gardens just outside the city of Philadelphia. Located in Kennett Square, it is a beautiful drive to the country. It’s worth missing bedtime to treat the kids to Longwood Gardens’ epic after-dark, indoor-outdoor show. Philadelphia-based Klip Collective utterly transforms Pierre S. du Pont’s elegant grounds, topiaries, conservatory and more into a psychedelic adventure space via wild projections and modern music. This fun event runs until October 29, 2016. Tickets are $27 for adults and $17 for children with kids four and under free.
Please Touch Museum – The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head
The Please Touch Museum is fantastic for kids and parents alike. It allows you to get down and dirty and play with everything. You will never tell the kids “don’t touch that,” as they are encouraged to touch everything.
Hasbro’s most popular spud arrives at the Please Touch Museum to teach kids ages three through 10 about outer space, jungle safaris, archaeological digs and ocean life – through hands-on play, naturally. Also not to miss: The museum’s 40th birthday bash, featuring live music, theater performances, cake and 40% off admission on October 2. Tickets to the Please Touch Museum are $17 for ages one and up.
The Franklin Institute presents Jurassic World
The Franklin Institute is a science museum in the heart of Philadelphia. It’s larger than life exhibits are perfect for kids of all ages. Their newest exhibit however is bound to impress the dinosaur fans in your life. Jurassic World will come to life. This epic behind-the-scenes glimpse into the magic of movie-making and dinosaur animation stars whopping versions of big, loud, in-your-face animatronic Brachiosaurus, T. Rex, Stegosaurus and more beasts sure to inspire squeals of delight amid amateur paleontologists and future Spielbergs. November 23, 2016-September 3, 2017. The cost for this event will be $34.95 for adults and $29.95 for kids (ages 3-11) Children under 2 are free.
Harry Potter Festival
The Historic Chestnut Hill neighborhood becomes home to muggles and wizards for one weekend a year. This year’s fest promises to close off Germantown Avenue to car traffic, allowing visitors who arrive via SEPTA’s Hogwarts Express free rein to enjoy a parade, Dumbledore’s Powers Maze, Chestnut Hill College’s Quidditch Tournament and loads of selfies with character lookalikes. Dates of this years festival are October 21-22, 2016. There is no cost to attend, however special activities will have a fees posted to participate.
Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards
Favorite fall traditions come together at Linvilla Orchards’ annual Pumpkinland Festival. On September 10, Pumpkinland opens for the season with a corn maze, a straw bale maze, pick-your-own-apples and live music. Throughout the duration of the festival, hay rides, pony rides, jack-o-lantern displays, face painting and more also take place to entertain children and adults alike.
Our annual trip to Pumpkinland has been a family tradition. Larger than life figures and scarecrows illustrate the legends and lore of the harvest season, local history and some of the many stories of pumpkins and apples.
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. Open from mid-September through early November. Admission is free to the festival; but there is a charge for activities at the Orchards.
Fall Fest at Spruce Street Harbor Park
Spruce Street Harbor Park will be getting a fall-themed makeover for the third annual Fall Fest the weekend of September 16-18. Enjoy FREE pumpkin carving, arts and crafts, a daily rotating selection of seasonal beers, pumpkin-inspired food specials, live music, and more! This is a great event with tons of local breweries showcasing their fall flavors, a perfect adult only event if you want to get out with friends. The festival runs from 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.
With all of the amazing festivals and events in Philadelphia this fall which will you be visiting?