By: Amy Hopf, Digital Content Associate

School is back in session, pumpkins are slowly showing up on stoops, and the weather is finally starting to cool down… autumn is almost here!

Our parks, playgrounds, and recreation centers are celebrating the changing seasons with a variety of fun fall festivals. See what’s going on this month, and stay tuned for even more later in the season!

Fall Fine Art Show

The Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show is Philadelphia’s premiere and distinctive outdoor fine art experience. The art show will feature art professionals and talented students from local art schools in the center of the square.

Where: Rittenhouse Square (1800 Walnut St., 19103)
When: September 14-16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: To RSVP or learn more, visit the Facebook event page.

Fall Family Festival

Hang out with family (or friends, or neighbors!) at the 8th Annual Fall Family Festival. Hosted by Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, this festival will feature music, snacks, and arts & crafts, as well as family medical information.

Where: Penn Treaty Park (1301 N. Beach St., 19125)
When: September 15, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: Learn more on CCTC’s Fall Fun Festival Facebook event.

Fall Flea Market

Campbell Square will hold a fall flea market this September. The cost is $15 to host a space. Come shop and meet your neighbors!

Where: Campbell Square (2535 E. Allegheny Ave., 19134)
When: September 16, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: RSVP on the Facebook event.

A tractor takes a group for a ride

Fall Festival and Arts & Crafts Show

Enjoy an afternoon of seasonal games, pumpkin painting, apple cidering, crafts, and more at this annual festival. Admission is free, with activities pay-as-you-go (typically $0.25 to $1.00). Food and pumpkins will also be available for sale.

Where: Pennypack Environmental Center (8600a Verree Rd.,19115)
When: September 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: To learn more, visit the Facebook event.

Manayunk Harvest Fest

Bring your family to enjoy a full day of live music, seasonal activities, food vendors, and all things fall in Pretzel Park and all along Main Street.

Where: Pretzel Park (4300 Silverwood St., 19127)
When: September 29, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: Learn more at

Harvest Fest

Gorgas Park will have a Harvest Festival, jam-packed with pumpkins, scarecrow making, food, games, and more!

Where: Gorgas Park (6300 Ridge Ave., 19128)
When: October 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: RVSP on the Facebook event.

A list of other events in Philly parks, playgrounds, and recreation centers.