Northwest Philadelphia goes back in time on October 6th for the Revolutionary Germantown Festival! From 10 AM to 4 PM, families will see history come alive through fun activities and two reenactments of the Battle of Germantown staged by 200 troops. Admission is free!
The Revolutionary Germantown Festival is a community-wide event that commemorates the Battle of Germantown, which took place on October 4, 1777. Although Washington and his men lost the battle, the festival celebrates the fight for independence with interpreters and reenactors from around the country. Families can also engage in other activities (subject to change) on Cliveden’s grounds and visit other sites in Historic Germantown, eleven of which were standing and involved in the battle. After the festival, visit Historic Grumblethorpe for Battle Bash, the annual party open to the public where the British celebrate their victory.
During the festival, Germantown Avenue will be closed between Upsal and Johnson Streets. Street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods on a first come, first serve basis. Visitors can travel to Cliveden using SEPTA-the 23, H, and XH buses travel by Cliveden as well as the Chestnut Hill East and West Regional Lines. We recommend that visitors bring sunscreen, bug spray, and their own ear plugs or headphones for auditory protection during the two reenactments of the Battle of Germantown. Cliveden’s grounds and Carriage House are wheelchair accessible; the terrain outside may pose a bit of a challenge as there is a hill, gravel and grass.