Autumn events begin a bit early offering spicy scents, fall colors, and seasonal light fright for children and adults. Whatever your sense of autumn, be ready to take it all in. Vibrant foliage, mind-bending mazes, spicy scents, spooky masks, alas the pumpkin season is upon us.
Saturday events to flow and glow
Saturday, September 20th, offers up two autumnal opportunities for not-to-be-missed fall fun. For all ages, the Brandywine region is the setting for a unique canoe trip. The Fall Foliage Canoe Trip at Brandywine Creek State Park requires registration by September 17th for this streaming opportunity. Interested groups meet at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford at 9:30 am. You are encouraged to bring water, a snack, and be dressed to get wet – although canoe tipping is not really in the plans. Paddle, glide, listen and observe the beauty of autumn in the making. Before being guided down the Brandywine River, instruction will be provided of some canoe basics and set your expectations. The fall foliage in vibrant colors, the gentle pull of the Brandywine and sounds of nature will surround adventurers as they flow. September 20th is also celebration of the Frankford Hall Octoberfest in Fishtown. Frankford Avenue, in Northern Liberties, will be shut down for an outside family friendly, Philadelphia-styled Octoberfest autumn carnival. A fine fare thee well to summer, this outdoors event stretches from Girard Avenue to Shackamaxon Street. There will surely be an extensive variety of beer, favorite Bavarian foods and friendly fun along Frankford Avenue. Live music, dancing, and giant pretzels, oh my.
Scares and stares
The 35th Annual Scarecrow Festival is held Saturday and Sunday, September 20th and 21st at Peddler’s Village. This longstanding event includes autumn-themed family fun including pumpkin pie-eating contests, pumpkin painting, and scarecrow-making workshops that include building materials and guidance to create your own life-size take home souvenir. There is live music throughout the day with variety to please all preferences for jazz to children’s dance fun, banjo, classic rock , soft rock and more. The festival also includes, as you well assumed, a cornucopia of fall favorite foods and delectable treats, plan to enjoy some there and some for taking home. The festival funs form 10:00 am until 6:00 pm both dates with free admission and free parking. The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular event at Sesame Place begins Saturday, September 20th and runs through Saturday, October 26th. Spooky yet silly, this event offers not-so-frightful fun for children of all ages to come in costume. There are new Halloween shows this year and the new Cookie’s Monster Land for shocking giddiness. There are also hayrides, The Count’s Un-haunted Castle Maze and other Halloween mazes for younger visitors for pure fake-hair raising foolishness. Of course, there will also be a Halloween Parade with everyone in costume including the special favorites of all visitors’ furry friends. Startlingly delightful.