by Betsy Natter

The crisp air, gorgeous foliage, spooktacular Halloween adventures, delicious comfort food, and so much more bring Montgomery County to life in the fall. With so much to do, bookmark this handy fall guide to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun!

Fall Festivals

Country Fair

When: Sept. 21, 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. 4, 4-9 pm, 5 & 6, 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Skippack Pk. (Rt. 73), Skippack, PA 19474

Browse the 46th 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. 5; 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. Fun for the whole family!

Autumn Festival

When: Sat., Oct. 12, 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 amusements, hayrides, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making, crafters and food vendors.

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. 12, 5:30 pm check-in, Hunt begins at 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.

Tabora Farm & Orchard

1104 Upper Stump Rd., Chalfont, PA 18914

Explore the variety of apples for sale and picking! Check out the on-site bakery, specialty foods, deli and winery too!

Apple Butter Frolic

When: Sat., Oct. 5, 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. 18 and Sat. Oct. 19
Where: Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill, PA 19118

Formerly known as the Harry Potter Festival, this event will include a ticketed pub crawl on Friday night, extended hours at local businesses with sales/specials. Saturday’s events include costumed actors on the streets, a wizarding run, a quidditch tournament,  an haunted escape room, fire breathing, face painting, a dark magic scavenger hunt and more Halloween delights on the Hill.  Check the website for complete programming and ticket information.

Witches of Narberth

When: Sat., Oct. 26, 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., Oct. 4 or Oct. 25, 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. 22 or Oct. 29, 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. 19, 1 – 4 pm
Where: Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville, PA 19473

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

Ideas for Fall Fitness

Healthy Kids Running Series
www.healthykidsrunningseries.org

When: Sept. 7 – Oct.19 (5 weeks), 3:00 or 4:00 pm depending on location
Where: – Upper Providence Township- Anderson Farm Park, 499 Hopwood Rd., Collegeville, PA 19426

– Upper Salford Park, Salford Station Rd., Schwenksville, PA 19473

– Kenilworth Park, 1206 Scherfel Blvd., Pottstown, PA 19465

– 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. Check the program website here for a complete listing of locations (several spots countywide), dates and times.

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. 26, 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, pet/fitness related vendors, food trucks, dog activities and a costume contest. Dogs are welcome to attend all events.

Shinrin Yoku: Forest Bathing for Health

When: Sat., Sept. 28, 8:30 – 11:30 am
Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118

Learn about this ancient practice that is now supported by scientific research as you move slowly through the beautiful grounds of Morris Arboretum. Led by a trained guide you will learn about the healing benefits of mindful connection with nature to improve immune function, reduce cortisol levels, increase cognition and memory and improve mood.

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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