It’s almost the time of year again when Philadelphians can bust out their jackets and plaid shirts to enjoy some much-needed cooler weather. For students, one of the best parts about going to school in Philadelphia is enjoying the fall weather, while walking to class and being able to take advantage of everything the city has to offer – especially when it comes to events and activities from Halloween through Christmas. But don’t worry, there’s no need to drive all the way to Linvilla Orchards or Shady Brook Farms to enjoy pumpkins, apple cider, and Halloween festivities. Most of the best fall events this year are only a few subway stops away from Temple! We’ve created a list of five fun ways to get the most out of Fall in Philly, without breaking the bank (so you’re still able to splurge on an awesome costume).
Schuylkill Banks Trail
Spending an afternoon on the Schuylkill Banks is the best way to take in the skyline while walking along the Schuylkill River. With tons of dog-friendly places to sit, there’s always a big crowd on the weekends running, biking, rollerblading and walking. Additionally, a donation-based yoga class meets in a grassy area by the water on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. This is a fun and affordable way to get active outside before the winter turns us all into couch potatoes. If yoga isn’t your thing, grab some friends, bring some snacks, and enjoy a picnic at Schuylkill Banks. Surrounded by rich fall foliage and great skyline views, the Schuylkill Banks Trail is an Instagram-worthy destination fit for a perfect fall day.
Rittenhouse Farmers Market
Nothing screams “fall” quite like a fabulous farmers market. Open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Rittenhouse farmers market starts in May and closes the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The Saturday market is filled with different local vendors, including orchards and family-owned farms selling fresh fruits and veggies. You’ll be sure to find fresh-baked goods, pumpkin pies, and flora that will provide you with the apple orchard feel without leaving center city. The best part about enjoying this farmers market is that you also get to support small businesses and farmers by buying local.
Midtown Village Fall Festival
With live music, food from area restaurants, craft vendors, sidewalk sales and so much more, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is the perfect way to kick-off fall. The event is free and pay-as-you-go, so you get all the festival fun without a pricey entry fee. The festival takes place Saturday, October 6 from 2-8 p.m, so there’s plenty of time to sleep in and still make the most out of your Saturday.
Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival
If you’re looking for a real taste of the City of Brotherly Love, head to The Reading Terminal Market this fall. Besides the local merchants and vendors selling everything from over-the-top donuts to flavorful Indian food, you might not know Iovine Brothers Produce offers a special student discount. Use your Student ID and get 10% off locally grown fresh fruits and veggies on Wednesday and Sunday. While you’re picking out some crisp fall produce, make sure to check out the Market’s Harvest Festival, which takes place on Saturday, October 13. Filbert Street, (adjacent to the market) transforms from a city street to farm with hayrides, bales of hay, and even a beer garden.
Mural Arts Month
In addition to farmers markets and festivals, Philly is also known for is its incredible murals throughout the city. Many murals are the work of local artists and are painted in commemoration of famous Philadelphia events and people. During October, Mural Arts Philadelphia will host numerous events and parties throughout the city. Most of the programs will be free, including Barnes on the Block, which is a pay-as-you-go event with food trucks and live art. A slew of free outdoor events incorporating Philly’s rich art culture is the perfect way to embrace the new season with your friends without overspending.