Fall Fun Continues: Free and Affordable Fun Things to Do in, Around and Outside Philly for Nov. 1 to 3

We have you covered for free or affordable fall fun this weekend from the shore to the suburbs

Philadelphia and its surrounding counties always have something going on.

Halloween is over but the fall fun continues with apple festivals, a cider and beer festival, fall craft show and more. The bike expo, comic convention and tattoo expo also round out the events happening this weekend.

So much to do for a variety of interests. We’ve found the top free (and affordable) choices of what to do this weekend, Nov. 1 to 3, in Philly and New Jersey.

What: First Fridays

Old City art galleries, studios, shops and eateries are welcoming guests to check out the Philadelphia neighborhoods art scene.

Where: Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia

When: Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free to Roam

What: Peddler’s Village Apple Festival

This two-day festival features all things apples from apple pies, to apple cider, live music, shopping, kids’ activities and more.

Where: Peddler’s Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope

When: Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

What: Nerdtino Expo 2019

The first East Coast Latinx comic book convention will feature panels, signings, cosplay, comic book readings and more.

Where: Taller Puertorriqueno, 2600 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia

When: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: $25

What: Philly Bike Expo

From cycling enthusiasts to commuters to people just looking to learn more about biking, this expo has something for everyone.

Where: PA Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia

When: Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: From $15, children under 12 free

What: Cape May Restaurant Week

Enjoy a three-course meal for a set price at a variety of participating restaurants in Cape May.

Where: Various restaurants

When: Through Sunday

Cost: $35

What: The Great Cider and Beer Festival

Celebrate fall with pumpkin beers, fall lagers, apple bobbing, pie eating, a family fun zone, live music and more at this block party on South 11th Street.

Where: Hawthorne’s Beer Cafe, 738 S. 11th Street, Philadelphia

When: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

What: PECO Free First Sunday Family Day

The legendary Barnes Foundation collection will be opened to families for special actiivites including kaleidoscope making, story time, performances and conversations.

Where: Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

When: Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free to families with children under 18

What: The Atlantic City Tattoo Expo

The East Coast’s longest running tattoo expo features the country’s most-talented tattoo artists. Attendees can get tattooed by a variety of artists, enter tattoo contests and shop. There will be lots of live entertainment and games as well.

Where: Bally’s Hotel and Casino, 1900 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ

When: Friday from 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Tickets start at $20

What: Fall Crafts and Collectibles Show

Browse the wide variety of vendors selling handmade crafts, seasonal decorations, gift ideas and more.

Where: Cape May Convention Hall, Beach Ave. at Stockton St., Cape May, NJ

When: Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $2

What: Trail of Two Cities

Run or walk in this race over the 9th Street Bridge from Ocean City to Somers Point.

Where: Ocean City Transportation Center, 945 Haven Ave., Ocean City, NJ

When: Saturday at 8 a.m.

Cost: Free to watch

What: Philadelphia Veterans Parade

Honor our veterans and watch as 150 organizations march in the Veterans Day Parade. Vet Fest continues as a paratrooper lands at Independence Mall at 12:30 p.m. and continues until 4 p.m. where there will be food, live music, kids’ activities and more.  

Where: Juniper and Market streets, down Market Street to 5th Street, Philadelphia

When: Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

What: Blooms and Bamboo

This new exhibit brings bamboo art and bamboo installations to the conservatory. 

Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa.

When: through Nov. 17

Cost: Varies

What: Jack’s Pumpkin Glow

Numerous hand-carved pumpkins will illuminate Fairmount Park. Marvel at the artistic pumpkins and get inspired to create your own at home.

Where: West Fairmount Park, 5201 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia

When: through Sunday

Cost: $23 for adults

What: Ghost Ship Hologram

A 90-foot-tall "ghost ship" will be projected docked along the Delaware River near the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

Where: Race Street Pier, N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

When: Wednesdays through Sundays from 7 to 10 p.m. through Nov. 3

Cost: Free

You will soon see a difference below the Benjamin Franklin Bridge as a ghost ship hovers over the water just in time for Halloween.

WhatTerror Behind the Walls

One of the country’s most popular Halloween attractions returns with more creepy zombies and ghosts that pop out as you explore the abandoned halls of this former penitentiary.

Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia

When: Friday through Nov. 19 on select dates and times

Cost: Varies

What: Dinosaurs Around the World

Visit with dozens of animatronic dinosaurs as you discover and learn about things like volcano activity and fossils.

Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences

When: Through Jan. 20

Cost: From $7 in addition to general admission 

The Dinosaurs Around the World exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is now open for all ages.
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