Living or visiting the city of Philadelphia does not usually conjur up images of country hayrides, pumpkin carving, cider-drinking or decorative haybales and cornstalks. That is, unless you've made your way down to Filbert Street to participate in the Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival. This yearly tradition closes off Filbert Street in front of Reading Terminal Market to showcase a celebration of food, festivities and fun.
If locally grown, seasonal produce; autumnal decorations; harvest delicacies; and fun fall activities sound good to you, you'll also love the fact that they happen right in the heart of the city. No long ride to a country farm, no getting lost on the way, no one complaining about the ride. Yet you get all the benefits of a true farm visit.
Dive into the colors of fall at the Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival — Photo courtesy of Tambako The Jaguar
Feel like you're walking through the fields with hay bales and corn stalks, pumpkins and gourds. Grab a sip of apple cider or bite into a sweet candy apple. See real farm tractors, catch a hayride or two or tap your foot to some live bluegrass music while you do so. You can also shop for fall items for yourself or someone you know. It's the most country fun you'll have within the city limits of Philly!
Still not sure you want to attend? Picture yourself participating in a pie-eating contest, joining your family in making seasonal crafts and games or eating delicious fall foods. Reading Terminal Market is well-known for its awe-inspiring fresh produce and delicious foods. When you give them a theme and follow it up with decorations, tunes, activities and people looking to have fun, you've got the foundation for a great celebration that's perfect for friends, family, coworkers, neighbors and anyone else you may know.
This fall festival is the perfect place for a fun, seasonal photo! — Photo courtesy of Reading Terminal Market / Uwishunu
Gather the kids, call up the grandparents, phone the friend you haven't seen in awhile and make it a date to attend this enjoyable event together. There's not many better ways to spend a fall Saturday in October than sharing in the sounds, scents, sights and savory flavors of autumn.
If cost has you thinking you might want to just hang back at home, you'll appreciate that admission to this event is completely free. Scheduled this year for Saturday, Oct. 18, the event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and promises to be something you won't want to miss.
Take advantage of what is usually a great time of year for sunny weather with crisp, pleasant temperatures to take in this fantastic seasonal event.