September 11, 2023

Attendees will enjoy live music, axe throwing, a beer garden, and fall flavors galore

PHILADELPHIA – Harvest Festival at Reading Terminal will take over Filbert Street on October 7 to celebrate fall flavors at the Market. From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., visitors will see the 1100 block of Filbert Street transformed into the ultimate autumn atmosphere with haybales, cornstalks, pumpkins, and mums. Reading Terminal Market’s Harvest Festival is presented by Nemours Children’s Hospital, one of the nation’s largest multistate pediatric health systems.

Filbert Street will be full of fun and food from merchants and Market partners. The festival is free to attend, and food and some activities will be pay-as-you-go. The 1100 block of Filbert St. is covered and activities will be rain or shine. A list of the activities can be found below (as of 9/5):

Pumpkin Painting

Scarecrow Stilt Walker

Axe Throwing

Beer Garden hosted by Molly Malloy’s

Pretzel Twisting Demonstration and Competition hosted by Miller’s Twist

Line Dancing

Blue Grass Band

Whole Pig Roast

There will be no shortage of fall flavors inside and outside the Market. Select merchant specials are highlighted below and will continue to be added on our Harvest Festival webpage:

Candy and Caramel Apples from Mueller Chocolate Co.

Turkey Legs from the Original Turkey

Apple Cider Doughnuts, Pies & Baked Goods from Beiler’s Doughnuts

Whole Pig Roast from Jack McDavid of the Down Home Diner family

Fruit and Vegetable Preserved from Kauffman’s Dutch Market

Popcorn Wagon from Sparrow’s Gourmet Snacks

Smoothie & Cold Coffee Truck from Hatville Deli

Seasonal Ice Cream from Bassetts Ice Cream

Carmel Apple Nachos from Sweet as Fudge Candy Shoppe

Seasonal Churros & Guatemalan Hot Chocolate from El Merkury at the Market

Ciders, Chocolate Covered Pretzels & Gourmet Hot Dogs from The Pennsylvania General Store

The festivities will span the Market inside and out, welcoming locals and visitors for a day of fun, fall shopping, and exploring the 70+ small, family-owned businesses that call the historic public market home. Information on parking and transportation can be found on the Market’s website.

About Reading Terminal Market

One of America’s largest and oldest public markets, the Reading Terminal Market serves as a public trust providing a venue for independent local businesses to showcase the Philadelphia region’s culinary bounty and cultural diversity. Housed since 1893 in a National Historic Landmark building, the Market offers an incredible selection of farm fresh produce, meats and poultry, plus the finest seafood, cheeses, baked goods, confections, flowers, jewelry and crafts. The Market is managed by a not-for-profit as a tenant of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, which has owned the historic Reading Terminal since 1990. In 2014, the American Planning Association named Reading Terminal Market as one of the 10 Great Public Spaces in America and in 2021 and 2022 the Market was voted Best Public Market by USA Today’s 10Best.