29 Festivals Coming To Philadelphia This Fall | Philly Views
August 24, 2017

29 Festivals Coming To Philadelphia This Fall

Written by Kiley Price

Fall is quickly approaching and that means more than just the arrival of Pumpkin Spice lattes and bonfires.

This year, there are tons of festivals headed to Philly that are offering countless activities, foods, music, and more. Get excited for a whole season of festival hopping as we say goodbye to summer and welcome in the fall.

Here is a comprehensive list of all of the festivals and big events coming to Philly this fall.


Made in America

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

September 2 to 3


Back for it’s 5th year, the Made in America Music Festival will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with major headliners, including Jay Z, J-Cole, and the Chainsmokers. Inside the festival, there will be food, beer gardens, and rides.


Labor Day Volksfest

9130 Academy Road 

September 2 to 4

$6 to $11

Enjoy the oldest “Volksfest” in the US hosted by the Cannstatter Volksfest-Verein, a German-American club in Philadelphia. There will be German beer, crafts, dancing, rides, and games to celebrate. Prost!


The Blue Corn Lifestyle Festival

September 3

The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing


Help keep Mexican indigenous traditions alive at this festival, promising food and good times to promote a sustainable lifestyle.



September 7 to 24


Various Prices 

A ton of different shows and exhibitions all month long, showcasing talents from all over the Philadelphia community. Some of the shows include immersive animations, hilarious comedians, and revolutionary dance performances.


We Are Connected Kick-off Festival

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

September 8


Wish a Happy 100th Birthday to the Benjamin Franklin at the kick-off event of Parkway 100. Parkway 100 is a year-long celebration honoring the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and all that it means for the Philadelphia community. At this event, there 100 free activities including crafts, a mural unveiling, and admission to the Franklin Institute, Art Museum, and more.


Center City District Restaurant Week

Restaurants Across Center City

September 10 to 19

$20 to $35

Eat a three-course lunch or dinner from some of the best restaurants in Center City during this week.


Mexican Independence Day Festival 

The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing 

September 10


Come out and celebrate Mexican Independence Day with authentic food, dancing, arts, live performances, and more.


Festival O

Shows at different venues throughout the city

September 15 to 25

Price Varies 

Seven opera shows all throughout the city will be performed over 12 days. This event strives to connect Philadelphia through operatic music.



Bainbridge Street, between 3rd and 5th streets

September 10


Over 100 exhibitors and vendors will take over Bainbridge streets selling local greens, teaching about sustainable living, and putting on fun activities about going green.



Philadelphia Zoo

September 16


Check out the animals at the zoo while drinking some of the finest beer options Philadelphia has to offer at the first annual Oktobearfest. Several bears will be in attendance.


South Street Oktoberfest

700 Block of South Street

September 16


Back for its ninth year, German beers, live Oom-Pah music, authentic food from Brauhaus Schmitz, and more will take over South Street in this Oktoberfest event.



Frankford Hall

September 16


All-day block party hosted by Frankford Hall. Think steins, German fare, and good times.



Brazilian Day

The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

September 17


#braziliandayphl #BrDayPHL #philly

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An installment of the PECO Multicultural Festival Series, Brazilian Day will have food, art, music, and more from Brazilian culture.


Fiera Del Barrio

N 5th Street Between Huntingdon and Somerset Streets 

September 17

Dozens of vendors and performers from throughout the area have teamed up to celebrate Latino arts and culture through music, dancing, and authentic bites.


Opera on the Mall

Independence National Historical Park

September 23


A free screening of Opera Philadelphia’s performance of Mozart’s comedy “The Marriage of Figaro” right in front of Independence Hall.


Cheesesteak and Food Festival

Citizens Bank Park

September 23

$45 to $65

Decide who has the best cheesesteak in Philadelphia from over 40 vendors while listening to live music, sipping on a craft beer, and taking a photo with “Cheesy the Cheesesteak.”


Fall for the Arts 

Germantown Avenue 

September 24


Welcome in the fall with a day of arts, music, seasonal treats, and shopping all along Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill.


Oktoberfest Live!


September 30


Sixth Annual event with giant beer garden and German-style Oktoberfest beer tents. There will also be games, food trucks, music, and more.



Various Venues throughout Philadelphia

October 5 to 14


Over 100 events will be scattered throughout Philly all centered around innovative designs, including fashion shows, book signings, classes, and exhibits.


Midtown Village Fall Festival

13th Street from Market to Locust Streets

October 7


It's a busy, beautiful day in Midtown Village! Come out and join us!

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One of the biggest fall festivals in Philly. You will find live music, foods from all over the city, drinks, and local artists selling their work.



October 7

Ridge Avenue between Lyceum and Leverington avenues


@mikejerrick hanging out at #Roxtoberfest with the homebrewers!

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Sip on some local brews, snack on food truck eats, and play some carnival games all along Ridge Avenue.


Old City Fest 

Old City

October 9


Businesses and organizations in Old City are teaming up for an outdoor festival with food, shopping, music, and fun.



The Gayborhood in Midtown Village

October 8


Sponsored by Philly Pride, Outfest will celebrate National Coming Out Day in the Gayborhood with drag shows, bar crawls, music, and more.



South Street West

October 14


Food trucks, musical performers, and beer can all be found at this event in the middle of October.


Fishtown RiverCity Festival

Penn Treaty Park 

October 14


Did we mention we have a lot of AMAZING VENDORS? #rivercityfest

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A free festival to unite the community and everything that makes Fishtown so unique. There will be food, drinks, activities, and live performances to raise money for neighborhood revitalization.


Philadelphia Film Festival 

Various Locations Throughout Philly

October 19 to 29

Various Prices

Back for its 26th year, the Philadelphia Film Festival will showcase critically-acclaimed films for ten days straight.


Harry Potter Festival

Germantown Avenue

October 20


Enter the wizarding world of Harry Potter without leaving Philadelphia at Chestnut Hill’s Harry Potter Festival. There will be fortune tellers, aerialists, drinks, food, and a costume contest.


Boo at the Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo

October 21, 22, 28, 29


Dress up in a costume and bring your family to the zoo for a day of trick or treating.


Thanksgiving Day Parade

Various Locations throughout Philly

November 23


Watch the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the US with gigantic floats, marchers, performances, and, of course, Mummers.

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