Celebrating fall with family fun at Awbury Arboretum


Awbury Arboretum’s annual Fall Festival on Sunday promises to be a great day of live music, delicious food and fun things to do. 

Thousands of people are expected to gather for Awbury’s biggest event of the year, featuring hayride tours of the historic 56-acre grounds and a farm market filled with local apples, pumpkins and other produce. Kids can enjoy arts and crafts while adults browse stands from over 20 local vendors. 

You may also be able to pick up some unique gifts for the upcoming holiday season. Awbury’s own bees will also have their wares available – including local honey, candles, teas and salves. 

The food will also be local. There’ll be a beer garden hosted by Germantown’s own Attic Brewing. Erdenheim’s Flat Belly Veg, the Calaveras Street Tacos and the Hardy Funnel Cakes food trucks will be there with a wide choice of food options. For anyone who prefers to prepare their own taste treat, there will be an open fire and s’mores to go with it. 

Since no festival is complete without live music, Philly’s seriously silly funk band Johnny Shortcake will be furnishing that, as will the 14-piece brass band the West Philly Orchestra.

“The Farm at Awbury will be buzzing with activity," said Awbury Arboretum Executive Director Sara Stevenson. "Harvest Fest captures the spirit of the fall season in our community. The local vendors and partners will provide engaging activities and delicious food. And adults and children alike will love the hayrides, Awbury’s scenic fall foliage, the s’mores pit, the Awbury Cluck Patrol, and the meandering goats.”

Awbury Arboretum, located at 6336 Ardleigh St. in Germantown, dates back to the 19th century and features historic buildings, gardens, meadows and woods.

The festival is the arboretum’s headline event in its mission to connect its urban community with nature. It celebrates the many neighbors, artisans, growers, and stewards who champion its grounds every day of the year, and brings together an ever-expanding community of organizations, including Weavers Way Co-op, The Philly Goat Project, The Tiny House of Happiness, The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, Many Hands Apothecary, the Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s Master Gardeners program, The Philadelphia Handweavers Guild, Philly Forests, and the newly launched S(treet)work project.

The event runs from 11 to 4 p.m. For more details and tickets, visit Awbury.org.