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2015 Fall Fun Guide

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Summer’s rays have finally slipped away for another season, replaced by the crisp air and the heady scent of bonfires. Whether it’s family-friendly fun under the fall foliage or savory sips at Oktoberfest, we’ve got a list of the area’s festivities.

*This article is from 2015. You can view our October 2018 events round up here.*

Scarecrow Festival Display at Peddler’s Village

Through Oct. 5

Stroll around Peddler’s Village, and check out the creative scarecrows created by area shops. Vote for your favorite by picking up a ballot at one of the shops or restaurants.

Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. Visit www.peddlersvillage.com or call (215) 794-4000.

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

Through Nov. 8

With over 100 tons of pumpkins on display and many available for purchase, Linvilla has plenty of pumpkin fun in store. Check out the maze, take a hayride through the orchard and pumpkin patches, or visit the jack-o’-lantern exhibit.

137 W. Knowlton Road, Media. Visit www.linvilla.com or call (610) 876-7116.

Apple Festival & Pie-Eating Contest at Linvilla Orchards

Sept. 26-27

Take part in the pie-eating contest, taste-test varieties of apples, listen to live music, and enjoy games. Attendees can pick their own apples, including Golden Delicious, Stayman Winesap, Fuji, Pink Lady and Granny Smith.

137 W. Knowlton Road, Media. Visit www.linvilla.com or call (610) 876-7116.

Hayrides to the Witches House at Linvilla Orchards

Select dates, Sept. 26-Oct. 30

Take the kids on this fun hayride, full of stories. It concludes with a campfire and a sampling of cider and marshmallows.

$9. 5:30-8 p.m. 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media. Visit www.linvilla.com or call (610) 876-7116.

Fall Harvest Festival at Highland Orchards

Weekends through Oct. 31

Every weekend, Highland Orchards will host family-friendly events, including face painting, scarecrow building, sand art, and hayrides. They will also offer shuttles for apple and pumpkin picking.

100 Marshallton-Thorndale Road, West Chester. Visit www.highlandorchards.net.

Fall Harvest at Milky Way Farm

Sept. 26-Oct. 31

With roughly eight acres of pumpkin patch, yielding some 25,000 pumpkins, there are plenty to pick from. Take a free hayride to the patches on weekends, or stroll through the patch during the week. Check out the corn maze, too.

521 E. Uwchlan Ave., Chester Springs. Visit www.milkywayfarm.com.

Fall Foliage Express

Sundays, Sept. 27-Nov. 22

Travel through the Chester Creek Valley on a 90-minute train ride, and take in the bright colors of autumn, while passing through historic stations and rolling farms.

230 E. Market St., West Chester. Visit www.westchesterrr.com.

Scarecrow Walk & Design Contest at Morris Arboretum

Oct. 3-25

Take a walk among the 30-plus scarecrows on display, and vote for your favorite. This year’s theme is “Famous Art & Artists.” Partake in the Fall Festival Oct. 3-4 by making your own scarecrow, painting a pumpkin, or trying different varieties of apples.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia. Visit www.morrisarboretum.org or call (215) 247-5777.

Fall Foliage Trains on New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

Weekends, Oct. 3-Nov. 1

Take a two-and-a-half-hour, 35-mile train ride through Bucks County, and watch the fall colors pass by.

Tickets required. Departs from New Hope Station or Warminster Station. 32 W. Bridge St., New Hope. Visit www.newhoperailroad.com or call (215) 862-2332.

Fall Harvest & Great Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 4

There will be plenty of activities on tap, including tractor rides, pumpkin picking and painting, and entertainment.

Rain date: Oct. 11. The Willows, 490 Darby Paoli Road, Villanova. Visit www.radnor.com.

Harvest Festival at Reading Terminal Market

Oct. 17

Savor the flavors of fall as the streets around Reading Terminal turn into an urban farm. There will be hayrides, a pumpkin patch, live music, and a beer garden.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia. Visit www.readingterminalmarket.org or call (215) 922-2317.

Pumpkin Days Celebration at Tyler Arboretum

Oct. 17-18

Pick pumpkins, create scarecrows or crafts, and take a hayride, among other family-friendly activities.

$11/nonmember adults, $7/kids. 515 Painter Road, Media. Visit www.tylerarboretum.org or call (610) 566-9134.

The Great Pumpkin Carve

Oct. 22-24

Enjoy the intricate designs of pumpkins carved by over 60 carvers, along with live music and hayrides. All pumpkins are grown in Chadds Ford and weigh between 150 and 400 pounds.

$10/adults, $5/kids ages 7-17. 1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford. Visit www.chaddsfordhistory.org or call (610) 388-7376.

Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village

Nov. 7-8

Indulge in everything apple. This annual festival will feature apple butter, apple cider, apple zeppoles, apple fritters, and caramel-covered apples. Bushels of apples will be available for purchase. Festivities will also include an apple-pie-eating contest.

Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. Visit www.peddlersvillage.com or call (215) 794-4000.

JUST FOR ADULTS

Oktoberfest Tyler Style Beer Tasting

Sept. 24

Taste the flavors of fall at Tyler Arboretum with a sample of beers from Pinocchio’s Beer Garden To Go, paired with gourmet pizzas and bluegrass music.

Must be 21 or older. $30/nonmembers. 6-8 p.m. 515 Painter Road, Media. Visit www.tylerarboretum.org or call (610) 566-9134.

Narberth Oktoberfest

Oct. 3

Try local beers while enjoying the atmosphere under the festival tents in Narberth. There will also be a pig roast and live music. Attendees will receive a souvenir mug. Proceeds benefit the Narberth Volunteer Fire Department.

Must be 21 or older. $45. 5-9 p.m. Narberth Park, 80 Windsor Ave., Narberth. Visit www.narberthonline.com.

Trick or Treat Tastings at Chaddsford Winery

Oct. 10-Nov. 1

Sip on a variety of wines paired with candies. Attendees will receive a souvenir glass.

Reservations required. 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford. Visit www.chaddsford.com or call (610) 388-6221.