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Fun Fall Activities in the Philly/South Jersey area

Free and inexpensive activities that fit a student’s budget

The Delaware Valley comes alive every fall! People are home from their Jersey shore vacations and the summer heat is fading. If you are a student in this region, you may want to take advantage of the many fall festivals and events taking place.

The Harris School of Business is proud to be in the greater Philadelphia region, with campuses in Upper Darby, Voorhees, and Cherry Hill. We are offering this short guide to the region’s fall activities. We hope our students can find the time to attend one or two of these great events.

Philadelphia United Jazz Festival
Don’t miss this annual jazz festival in center city Philadelphia. The schedule of artists is available online, and the venues include Relish, Warm Daddy’s, Paris Bistro and other locations. The program on Saturday September 17 is free from 2pm to 6pm! (September 14-18)

Mexican Independence Day Festival
This free event is taking place on Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. Come enjoy the music, food, arts, and crafts right along the Delaware River. (September 18 from 2pm to 7pm)

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival
Are you a foodie? If you love trying different kinds of food, you will enjoy this StrEAT festival. You can choose from over 50 food trucks with some of the region’s most creative chefs! Also take a few moments to browse through the shops on Manayunk’s main street. The event is free to attend, but you have to pay as you go when you purchase food from the vendors. (Sunday, September 18)

Philly Free Streets
Here’s a brand new event for Philly! On Saturday morning September 24, seven miles of streets through 15 neighborhoods will be closed off to traffic. People will be able to walk on the streets and participate in fitness activities, educational programming, and the enjoyment of walking without any car traffic. The closed-off route will include parts of South Street, MLK Jr. Drive, and Black Road in Fairmount Park. (September 24, 8am to 1pm)

Brazilian Day Festival
Come experience the sounds, tastes, and sights of Brazilian Day on Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. The festival will celebrate Brazilian culture and history. It’s free and open to the public. (Sunday, September 25, noon to 6pm)

Uhuru Book Fair and Flea Market at Clark Park
The Uhuru Book Fair and Flea Market takes place in Clark Park in West Philly. The event supports programs for the African American community and includes poetry, author meet-and-greets, music, food, and a variety of vendors. (September 24)

Cooper Fall Fest
Cooper Health recently opened a Family Medicine and Behavioral Health Center at Camden County Community College in Blackwood, NJ. Come on out on September 24 for free health screenings, cooking demonstrations, and other family fun events. (September 24, 1pm to 4pm)

Evesham Harvest Fest
The Evesham Harvest Fest in Marlton, NJ features over 90 handcrafters and artists. There are plenty of food vendors and lots of live music. If you love the creativity of local artists and musicians, come on out and see what they have to offer. (Saturday, September 24, 10am-4:30)

The Philadelphia region has so much to offer! There’s no time like the present to try a new food, learn about a different culture, listen to some live music, or just socialize with your friends at a fall festival. If you’ve never been to any of these events, why not try something new this year?