Harvest Festivals for Fall 2017

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Milky Way Farm Pumpkin Harvest

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Pick your own pumpkins and find your way through a corn maze at Milky Way Farm this fall. (Photo courtesy Milky Way Farm)
SEPTEMBER 24 – OCTOBER 29, 2017 (WEEKENDS ONLY)
Free hayrides, a pick-your-own pumpkin patch and a corn maze await at Chester County’s Milky Way Farm during its Pumpkin Harvest weekends. Choose from pumpkins spread out across seven-plus acres before scoping out the other fall harvest treats from the farm, including decorative gourds, Indian corn, crook-neck pumpkins, squash and corn stalk bundles.MORE ABOUT MILKY WAY FARM PUMPKIN HARVEST

Highland Orchard Harvest Weekends

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(Photo courtesy Highland Orchard)
THROUGH OCTOBER 31, 2017 (WEEKENDS ONLY)
Join Highland Orchards in West Chester for a season filled with apple and pumpkin picking, plus fun activities to partake in after your harvesting endeavors are complete. Coming with a crowd? Consider calling ahead to schedule a group hayride, which ends with a campfire. Apple cider doughnuts and other baked treats will be available for purchase to sweeten the experience.MORE ABOUT HIGHLAND ORCHARDS

Fall at Varner Farms

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Collegeville’s Varner Farms promises wagon rides, a flashlight maze and more this fall. (Photo courtesy Varner Farms)

PUMPKIN PATCH: STARTS ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
FLASHLIGHT MAZE: SEPTEMBER 29 – OCTOBER 21, 2017 (WEEKENDS ONLY)
Head out at night to wander your way through Varner Farms’ Flashlight Maze, a true fall experience. Before the sun goes down, visitors can also hop on a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch where pick-your-own opportunities await. Which pumpkin will you choose for your next jack-o’-lantern?

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Fall at Hurricane Hill Farm

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(Photo courtesy Hurricane Hill Farm)
CORN MAZE AND FALL MARKET: THROUGH OCTOBER 31, 2017 (WEEKENDS ONLY)
FLASHLIGHT MAZE: OCTOBER 13, 20, 27

Keep it simple with the beginner’s corn maze, or put your super-sleuth skills to the test in the Secret Agent Corn Maze, with three games that lead the way out.

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Fall at Longwood Gardens

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From a Pumpkin Playground to the Chrysanthemum Festival, Longwood Gardens comes alive with color this season. (Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens)

PUMPKIN PLAYGROUND: SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 31, 2017
CHRYSANTHEMUM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 7 – NOVEMBER 19, 2017
The ultimate color crescendo hits Longwood Gardens this fall with the annual Chrysanthemum Festival, sweeping the gardens’ indoor grounds with a rainbow of floral shades. The centerpiece of the show is a Thousand Bloom Mum, made up of more than 1,500 meticulously arranged yellow flowers on one plant. Tickets are free with garden admission. Additionally, bring the kids out to the Pumpkin Playground, where you can snap a festive fall family photo in front of an 800-pound (!) pumpkin. Other all-ages activities will also unfold at the garden’s Children’s Corner.

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Newlin Grist Mill Harvest Festival

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(Photo courtesy Newlin Grist Mill)
OCTOBER 7, 2017
Newlin Grist Mill’s Fall Harvest Festival seeks to bring colonial America alive with a slew of different demos, including milling in the 1704 grist mill, blacksmithing, pottery spinning and English country dancing by the Heritage Dancers. Other activities include pumpkin painting, hayrides, face-painting and beer drinking at the Colonial Tavern (1-3 p.m.) with Twin Lakes Brewing Company.

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Phoenixville Pumpkinfest

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Phoenixville’s annual fall bash highlights its namesake crop with games, music, pie-eating contests and more. (Photo courtesy Phoenixville Pumpkinfest)

OCTOBER 21, 2017
Phoenixville’s Pumpkinfest is all about its namesake harvest crop. From pumpkin-pie-eating contests to pumpkin-painting contests to pumpkin derby races, the fest makes it easy to fill up on pumpkin fun all day long. A carnival with games, live music and other entertainment will also add to the day’s excitement.

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Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

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Enjoy fall at Linvilla Orchards with a slew of festive activities taking place at Pumpkinland. (Photo courtesy Linvilla Orchards)

THROUGH NOVEMBER 5, 2017
Favorite fall traditions come together at Linvilla Orchards’ annual Pumpkinland in Media. Beginning in September, Pumpkinland opens for a season that includes straw bale and cornfield mazes, live music and entertainment, hayrides, train rides, pony rides, face painting, apple picking and jack-o’-lantern displays. Plus, don’t miss the annual costume parade on Sunday, October 29!

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