Autumn means glorious foliage—and festivals galore
The weather may finally be cooling down… but the festival scene is just starting to heat up in the Philadelphia ‘burbs! Whether you’re a lover of fine art, craft beer, history, or good old fall fun, you’ll find it all in the area this autumn.
As you’re touring towns, why not take a break to discover all that local musicians, artisans, artists, and makers have to offer?
September 24: Fall for Ardmore (Ardmore, PA)
Get your fill of craft beer, delicious food, and family fun at the first annual Fall for Ardmore event. Enjoy the VIP Beer Garden, live music from popular local bands, sidewalk sales, and pop-up events at Schauffele Plaza, then poke around the charming shops and restaurants of downtown Ardmore, “the Main Street of the Main Line.” Advance tickets to the Beer Garden can be purchased here.
September 24-25: Montgomery County Studio Tours (various towns)
Artists are the soul of Montgomery County — so don’t miss your chance to meet them at the fifth annual Montgomery County Studio Tour. Featuring 30 artists from 15 studios throughout the county, the tour provides an opportunity for visitors to interact with artists and purchase one-of-a-kind artwork ranging from painting, sculpture, jewelry, and photography to clay, glass, paper, and fiber. Check out a map, find artist and studio listings, and design your own self-guided tour here.
September 25: Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival (Philadelphia, PA)
Enjoy a day of art, music, food, and boutique shopping at The Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival. More than 100 artists from around the mid-Atlantic region gather to display their oil paintings, watercolors, etchings, photographs, sculptures, pottery, wood crafts, jewelry, and accessories. Once you’re done browsing, check out the live entertainment and children’s rides and activities, then dine al fresco at one of Chestnut Hill’s hopping restaurants.
October 8: Haddonfield Fall Festival (Haddonfield, NJ)
If historic Haddonfield is on your town list, you won’t want to miss the Haddonfield Fall Festival! Back for the first time since 2019, this family-friendly event is a celebration of community and non-profit organizations that make Haddonfield such a great place to call home. Paint a pumpkin, taste some samples at the chili cook-off, take a ballroom dancing class, play Colonial-era games, learn some tai chi moves, and so much more just across the river in New Jersey.
October 9: Fall Clover Market (Bryn Mawr, PA)
If “Lucky Finds for the Home” are your thing, check out the Clover Market in downtown Bryn Mawr. This popular outdoor pop-up market features a carefully curated group of 90+ vendors selling high-quality handmade products and vintage finds, food trucks, and music. Have little ones in tow? There’s face painting and free crafts for the kiddos.
November 6: Swarthmore Makers Market (Swarthmore, PA)
More than 80 local and regional artisans and other makers take over the town to display their handmade creations at the Swarthmore Makers Market. Why do we love it? In addition to celebrating craftsmanship and design, this unique open-air market features live music and pop-ups from some of our favorite Swarthmore-area restaurants, breweries, and cafes.
Autumn is an excellent time of year to explore the suburbs. Reach out today and we’ll help you plan a few local town tours – with stops at a fall festival of course.