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50+ Awesome Fall Events & Festivals in Greater Philadelphia in 2021

Fall 2021 in Greater Philadelphia welcomes the return of many of the region’s signature seasonal celebrations: Scarecrows in the Village at Peddler’s Village, Autumn’s Colors at Longwood Gardens and the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in the heart of Center City.

In addition to these fall classics, Philadelphia is welcoming the season with some new and/or renewed events and attractions. For starters, Eastern State Penitentiary is putting a twist on its long-running Halloween programming. Now called Halloween Nights, the festival-style event features 15 attractions of the spooky and non-spooky variety, with plenty of good food and drink thrown in for good measure.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is set to mount its Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror exhibit in an unprecedented collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art. And artist and Philadelphia native Miguel Antonio Horn unveils Contra Fuerte, turning a nondescript Philadelphia alley into a thought-provoking meeting spot.

And for outdoor enthusiasts, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation debuts the central portion of its Delaware River Trail, providing a protected lane for exercisers and non-car commuters on the east side of Columbus Boulevard between Washington Avenue and Spring Garden Street.

When it’s time to take a break after days spent touring the town, visitors can do so at the city’s newest hotels, including the Guild House Hotel, a boutique property in a National Historic Landmark building. Another great option for spending a night or two is the ever-popular Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, which includes hotel parking and buy-one-get-one-free tickets for nearly 30 attractions, many of which are hosting special exhibits this fall.

While you’re out exploring this fall, remember that things look a bit different right now. Masks and other safety measures remain required or encouraged at many public spaces and attractions, and advance registrations and tickets are highly encouraged. Read more about COVID-19 and Greater Philadelphia here.

Note: This article was last updated August 2, 2021.

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