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How To Celebrate Fall

Shu Hua Li October 29, 2018

What do you think about when fall arrives? What do you associate it with?

Fallen leaves? Cold? Wind?

Or autumn? Pumpkin Spice? Halloween? Oranges and Reds? Warmth?

Whether you like it or not, fall enters like an unavoidable old friend coming to say hello every year. Traditionally, the fall season in the U.S. is marked from Labor Day to Thanksgiving. Below is some information about fall traditions in the U.S. and fall festivals that may be helpful for you to spend the fall with fun and amazing experiences.

Apple Picking

Apple picking is a family activity for many American families. Many farms or orchards will conduct apple-picking activities to invite families to pick up apples. You can pick apples from trees directly, and your apples will be charged by the weight. Besides apple picking, some farms conduct other activities such as pumpkin picking, corn picking, etc.

Pumpkin

In the U.S., pumpkin, especially the large, orange pumpkin, is the most common and representative feature in fall and plays an important role in the fall months. You will see not only ripen pumpkin but also pumpkin-flavored everything. Pumpkin pie is one of the typical traditional fall desserts in the U.S. As time goes by, more and more pumpkin-flavored food appears such as pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin spice lattes. Fall is incomplete without pumpkins.

Halloween

What do you think of when someone says fall? Halloween! Halloween is originally from the Celtic festival of Samhain, and it has become one of the most common and important festivals in the U.S. Halloween occupies a specific position especially in kids’ mind. Halloween costume parties, trick-or-treating, pumpkin lanterns, apple bobbing–these symbols are twisted together, and knit into the final impression of what Halloween is.

Fall Events and Festivals in Philadelphia in 2018

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards (September 8th – November 4th, 2018)

Corn mazes, harvest hayrides, apple picking, live music shows, and over 100 tons of pumpkins are waiting for you. Come with your families or friends and try their apple cider donuts and caramel apples!

Location: 137 Knowlton Rd, Media, PA 19063

Source: Tom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary (September 21st – November 10th, 2018)

If you are a haunted house enthusiastic, Eastern State Penitentiary may be a good choice for you. This is one of the most popular and attractive haunted houses, and it has officially returned for the fall season. Try not to lose your voice and beware of the zombies, spooky nurses, and ghosts around the corners!

Location: 2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Broadway in Philadelphia

There are three Broadway productions in Philadelphia this fall. “Love Never Dies” debuted in the early October, “Fiddler on the Roof” will follow in late October, and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” arrives in late November.

Location: 240 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mural Arts Month (All of October)

Mural Arts Philadelphia honors its 3800 public arts in public with trolley tours of neighborhood gardens, pay-what-you-wish events, etc.

Location: one of the addresses is 3501 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (Drexel University URBN Center)

Source: Longwood Gardens

Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens (October 25th – November 18th, 2018)

This year, Longwood Gardens will release over 1700 chrysanthemums to their customers. Get more information from their official website.

Location: 1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348

James Beard Foundation’s Taste America tour at The Rittenhouse (November 2nd, 2018)

The James Beard Foundation brings chefs from around the U.S. to participate in cooking demonstrations for the Taste America Series.

Location: The Rittenhouse, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square

6ABC/Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade (November 22nd, 2018)

The nation’s first Thanksgiving Day Parade happens every year! The parade is produced by 6ABC and Dunkin Donuts will sponsor it this year. Festivals, balloons, and entertainment along JFK Blvd and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway are waiting for you.

Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway