by Betsy Natter

Fall Festivals

Country Fair
When: Sept. 15, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Central Schwenkfelder Church, 2111 Valley Forge Rd., Lansdale, PA 19446

Spread throughout the church’s large grounds, enjoy a variety of activities including a live auction, railway display, games for the kids and live music. A variety of food stands, a used book sale, fresh floral stand, baked goods, used clothing rooms and handmade sewn items are all for sale.

Skippack Days Arts & Crafts Festival
When: Oct. 6 & 7, 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Skippack Pk. (Rt. 73), Skippack, PA 19474

Browse the 45th annual festival in the quaint Skippack Village, both in store and on the sidewalks. Juried fine artists and craftsmen, live music, food vendors and artesian food purveyors. Parking throughout the village.

Community Fair & Fall Festival
When: Oct. 6; 11 am – 3 pm
Where: Upper Merion Township, Heuser Park, 694 W Beidler Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Fun for the entire family including wagon rides to the Pumpkin Patch and pumpkin painting, pony rides, inflatables, games, live music and performances, crafts to make and purchases. Visit with Upper Merion’s local clubs, service organizations, non-profits and businesses. Kids will love the Township Fire Trucks and Rescue Vehicle Expo too!

Autumn Festival
When: Sat., Oct. 6, 12 to 5 pm
Where: Windlestrae Park, 1147 Kenas Rd, North Wales, PA 19454

Annual fall festival sponsored by Montgomery Township. A wide variety of activities for all ages including inflatable amusements, hayrides, pumpkin decorating, a petting zoo, pony rides, a corn maze and police and fire department demonstrations.

Fall Fest Weekends
When: Weekends in October
Where: Northern Star Farm, 112 East Third Ave., Trappe PA 19426

Two kinds of fun all weekend long. Daytime Family Fun runs from 10 am to 5 pm and includes hayrides, pumpkin patch, a goatwalk, corn mazes, apple slingshots, farm animals, cider and donuts. The nighttime fun begins at 6:45 pm and includes private party options with moonlight hayrides and fire pits for s’mores!

Harvest Days
When: Weekends in October
Where: Merrymead Farm, 2222 S Valley Forge Rd, Lansdale, PA 19446

Huge pumpkin, squash and gourd selection for fall decorating. Take a hayride, explore the corn maze, visit the animals and enjoy farm fresh ice cream. Baked goods, cider and a large variety of local apples and mums for sale as well.

Freddy’s Fallfest
When: Weekends in October
Where: Freddy Hill Farms, 1440 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, PA 19446

From noon to 5 pm enjoy hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pig races, kiddie cornstalk maze, pony rides, kid’s crafts, fall fun foods, homemade ice cream and mini-golf!

Narberth Scavenger Hunt
When: Sat., Oct. 13, 7 pm
Where: beginning behind Greeks Next Door – 237 Haverford Ave, Narberth, PA 19072

Team scavenger hunt for adults through the community of Narberth, complete with Viking helmets, a phone app and karaoke. Register online here by Oct 7. Cost is $25 per person. Expected to sell out, so register early!

Apple Festivals/Picking

Montgomery County is fortunately surrounded by many great orchards for Pick Your Own (PYO) fruit. Load the family into the car and head out to one of these great spots for a day of apple picking. Many sites offer other fun fall activities, food, farmers’ market options, and cider. Check their websites for your favorite varieties and prime picking dates. Apples are available through October.

Linvilla Orchards – 598 Linvill Rd., Media, PA 19063 –Apples, peppers, corn, tomatoes and more. Food, hayrides, barnyard animals and a playground too.

Weavers Orchard – 40 Fruit Ln, Morgantown, PA 19543 – 22 varieties of apples, 7 types of pears and fall raspberries. Market with produce, flowers, baked goods and ice cream. Fall festival too. Open Mon. – Sat.

Frecon Farms – 501 S. Reading Ave. Boyertown, PA 19512 – Picking for apples, pears and pumpkins, weekends Sept. & Oct. Enjoy an applewood fired pizza and live music while picking. Farm stand down the road sells bakery items, kombucha and apple cider donuts. Food concession and cidery also available while picking.

Highland Orchards – 1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Rd., West Chester, PA 19380 – Ride the shuttle to the orchard and pick in apple bags. Farm Market with produce and bakery. Apple cider donuts! Playground and picnic area.

Apple Harvest Fest
When: Sat., Sept. 15, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Moyo, 4335 West Skippack Pk., Schwenksville, PA 19473

Relax and celebrate fall with live music, food trucks, yoga, healing therapies, kids’ activities and apples. Enjoy handcrafted cider from the cidery at Frecon Farms.

Tabora’s Great Apple Festival!
When: Sept. 28 & 29, 8 am to 5 pm
Where: Tabora Farm and Orchard, 1104 Upper Stump Rd., Chalfont, PA 18914

Explore the huge variety of apples for sale! Live music, games, delicious food, fun for all! Check out the on-site bakery, specialty foods and winery too!

Apple Butter Frolic
When: Sat., Oct. 6, 9:30 am to 4 pm
Where: Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Rd., Harleysville, PA 19438

Learn about farming history while enjoying apple treats. Pancake & Apple Sausage Breakfast (7:30-10:00 am), apple foods tent, folk craft demonstrations, hearth cooking, PA German food, children’s activities and tractor and wagon rides. Parking at Indian Valley Middle School, 130 Maple Ave., Harleysville, with shuttle to nearby Frolic. Admission fee benefits the Center.

Halloween Fun

Wands & Wizards Night
When: Fri., Oct. 19
Where: Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill, PA 19118

Formerly known as the Harry Potter Festival, this event will include a ticketed pub crawl, extended hours at local businesses with sales/specials, live entertainment, family-friendly programming, and Halloween delights on the Hill.  Check the website for additional programming to be announced for Sat. 20th.

Witches of Narberth
When: Sat., Oct. 27, 1 – 4 pm
Where: Forrest & Haverford Ave., Narberth, PA 19072

Free annual scavenger hunt for kids through the shopping district of downtown Narberth. Search for 13 hidden witches, collect treats and a prize at the end.

Eerie Limited
When: Fri., Sept. 8 or Oct. 5, 6:30 pm
Where: Colebrookdale Railroad, 64 S Washington St, Boyertown, PA 19512

Two-hour trip filled with stories that highlight Boyertown as “one of the most haunted small towns in America.” This evening train ride explores local hauntings, historic incidents, and amusing happenings along the rail line.

Zombie Hunter Train
When: Tues. Oct. 23 or Oct. 30, 7:15 pm
Where: Colebrookdale Railroad, 64 S Washington St, Boyertown, PA 19512

Rid the Zombie Camp along the rail line using Blaster Packs provided by Laser Quest. Trains limited to 50 hunters. Must be 12 or over to participate.

All Hallow’s Eve Fall Festival
When: Sat., Oct. 20, 1 – 4 pm
Where: Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville, PA 19473

Have some old-fashioned fun painting pumpkins, making kid-themed vintage crafts, taking hayrides, bean bag toss, shucking corn, pressing apples to make cider, and jumping in the hay!

Ideas for Fall Fitness

Healthy Kids Running Series

When: Oct. 7 – Nov.4 (5 weeks), 4:30 pm
Where: Upper Providence Township- Anderson Farm Park, 499 Hopwood Rd., Collegeville, PA 19426
When: Sept. 16 – Oct. 14 (5 weeks), 4 pm
Where: Upper Dublin, Wissahickon High School, 521 Houston Rd., Ambler, PA 19002

Five-week running program for kids ages Pre-K to 8th grade offering age-appropriate running events including the 50-yard dash, the 75-yard dash, the 1/4 mile, the 1/2 mile and the one-mile run. Each week, kids compete to win points and end of series awards. $35 for the program.

Try a 5K
There are dozens of 5Ks throughout the area in the coming months. Keep your eyes open for one close to you or start with this fun event for you and your pet.

Howloween 5K & Dog Walk
When: Sat., Oct. 27, 7:30 am to 1 pm
Where: 1 Parkside Place Park, North Wales, PA 19454

This event benefits Home at Last Dog Rescue. It includes a 5K and 1-mile dog walk, 10-15 pet/fitness related vendors, food trucks, dog activities and a costume contest. Dogs are welcome to attend all events.

Gentle Yoga in Nature
When: Sept. 21 & 28 and Oct. 5 & 12
Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118

A gentle yoga series to improve flexibility, focus, and overall well being while enjoying the beauty of the Arboretum. Yoga teacher Sara Trohaugh will provide hands-on guidance for a nurturing experience. Held outdoors weather permitting.

Staying Fit and Healthy in the Garden
When: Wed., Oct. 10, 7 – 8:30 pm
Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118

Learn how the fitness components of aerobic conditioning, flexibility, and strength training can be incorporated into your gardening routine. Also pick up tips on proper lifting techniques, how to avoid injuries while gardening and proper use of tools.

Hike MontCo’s Trails
When: Anytime

Montgomery County has over 60 miles of well-maintained trails throughout the region. Hop on your bike or hike and take in the fall foliage and tranquil waters of our many streams and rivers. Favorites include the Perkiomen Trail, the Pennypack, the 202 Trail or the Wissahickon Green Ribbon Trail. 

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