Fall Events and Festivals in Pennsylvania

Here in Pennsylvania, the arrival of autumn is marked by vibrant foliage, crops bursting at the seams, and a touch of chill in the air. Adding to the natural beauty of the season are events and festivals that help celebrate this special time of year. Experience farms transformed into playgrounds with apple picking and harvest festivals or connect with nature by observing migrating birds and butterflies. Whatever you choose, you’ll find that everywhere you look in PA is adorned with brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows.

To see a full list of the events and festivals happening this summer, check out the visitPA website.

1. Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Hear ye, hear ye! Revel with a colorful cast of characters and indulge in fine local ales at this mesmerizing recreation of a 16th-century country festival in the heart of PA Dutch Country. The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire features more than 90 stage shows daily, including a Final Joust showdown to conclude each day. This year’s central drama will be driven by the ever-present threats of France and Spain in the wake of Queen Mary I’s death. A new queen will be coronated, Princess Elizabeth Tudor.

When: Aug. 3-Oct. 27 (Weekends)

Where: Manheim

Cost: Costs vary for adults, Free for children ages 4 and under

2. Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

Take a magical journey back to the old days with the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival. As you walk about the fairgrounds, hundreds of authentically dressed merrymakers create the illusion of a 16th century festival. Look on with bated breath as chivalrous knights compete in a joust or join in the medieval fun and learn from artisans who have perfected their craft. And don’t forget about the food! From turkey legs to baked goods, you’ll be feasting like royalty.

When: Aug. 17-Sept. 22 (Weekend)

Where: Pittsburgh

Cost: $22 for adults, $11 for children ages 5-12, free for children ages 5 and under

3. Tailgating Festival

Tailgating Festival

Celebrate autumn and tailgate season at the Tailgating Festival, located in the heart of Lancaster County. See the sports-themed scarecrows throughout the village and vote for your favorite; savor a tasty sample of homemade tailgate foods; tap your toes to a Dixieland Band; and compete in a Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Filling Contest.

When: Sept. 20-21

Where: Intercourse

Cost: Free admission

4. Whispering Pines Festival in the Woods

Whispering Pines Festival in the Woods

Enjoy the Cabot countryside as you stroll through the Whispering Pines Festival in the Woods. Shop outstanding antique dealers, talented artisans, and many passionate vendors that take pride in their products; walk around the beautiful farm; and listen to live music.

When: Sept. 21-22

Where: Cabot

Cost: $7 for adults, free for children under 12 and service men and women

5. Riverside Festival of the Arts

Riverside Festival of the Arts

The two-day 23rd annual Riverside Festival of the Arts promises a lively celebration of the Easton arts community. Bring the family out for live music, art exhibits, performances, crafts, stilt-walkers, food trucks, workshops, and competitions.

When: Sept. 21-22

Where: Easton

Cost: Free admission

6. Kinzua Bridge State Park Fall Festival

Kinzua Bridge State Park Fall Festival

Enjoy this year’s Kinzua Bridge Fall Festival with live musical entertainment, vendors, food, pony rides, and a terrific view of the Kinzua Bridge. Try your hand at cone dipping, leaf printing, and apple cider, and explore the Kinzua Bridge Visitors Center and Pennsylvania Wilds gift shop.

When: Sept. 21-22

Where: Mount Jewett

Cost: Free admission

7. Washington & Greene Counties’ Covered Bridge Festival

Washington & Greene Counties’ Covered Bridge Festival

Explore and celebrate PA’s rich history and soak in the sights of the beautiful countryside across 10 different festival locations at Washington and Greene Counties’ Covered Bridge Festival. Watch historical reenactments, participate in arts and crafts, listen to live music, and taste homestyle food.

When: Sept. 21-22

Where: 10 festival sites in Southwestern PA

Cost: Free admission

8. Gratz Fair

Gratz Fair

Farms, families, and fair fun are the motto for the 146th annual Gratz Fair. Come out for agriculture and competitive exhibits, entertainment, carnival rides, and games.

When: Sept. 15-21

Where: Gratz

Cost: Costs vary

9. Harmony Grange Fair

Harmony Grange Fair

Test your knowledge on livestock and agriculture at the Harmony Grange Fair, a longstanding community favorite throughout the generations. Gather the family for a day full of rides, concessions, and live entertainment in Clearfield County.

When: Sept. 17-21

Where: Westover

Cost: Free admission

10. Bloomsburg Fair

Bloomsburg Fair

Don’t miss the largest agricultural fair in the Keystone Stone — the 1634th annual Bloomsburg Fair. Hit the grandstand each evening for top-notch musical acts; explore the livestock, poultry, and rabbit exhibits; and peruse the craft stands.

When: Sept. 20-28

Where: Bloomsburg

Cost: $8 for adults, free for children under 12

11. Rally at the Rock

Rally at the Rock

Bid adieu to another riding season with a final ride in the Allegheny mountains of central Pennsylvania. The three-day Rally at the Rock features open-trail riding, a guided night ride through the park, food, vendors, and family-friendly entertainment.

When: Sept. 27-29

Where: Patton

Cost: Costs vary

12. Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival

Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival

Celebrate Celtic heritage in the Lehigh Valley during the 32nd annual Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival. The festival starts with the “Showing of the Tartan” parade and keeps going with entertainment by artists from around the world.

When: Sept. 27-29

Where: Bethlehem

Cost: Free admission

13. Mount Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival

Mount Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival

Become a part of autumn tradition when you attend the annual Mount Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival. The event celebrates the area’s glassmaking history and ethnic diversity and features glass making demonstrations and spectacular fireworks.

When: Sept. 27-29

Where: Mount Pleasant

Cost: Free admission

14. WineFest

WineFest

Sample the best wines from the Erie region and experience a weekend celebration of music, art, and the fruits of the vine. The Wine Country Harvest Festival — affectionately known as WineFest — has continued to improve with age, just like fine wine!

When: Sept. 27-29

Where: North East

Cost: Costs vary

15. Carbon County Oktoberfest

Carbon County Oktoberfest

Get down Bavarian-Style at the Carbon County Oktoberfest. Celebrate the fall season with seasonal brews, belly-filling bites, and the best view of Blue Mountain. Bring your dancing shoes to move to live Oompah music in the authentic beer garden.

When: Sept. 28-29

Where: Palmerton

Cost: Free admission

16. Autumn Leaf Festival

Autumn Leaf Festival

Experience small town culture as you watch the renowned Clarion Hospital “Tournament of Leaves Parade” at 66th annual Autumn Leaf Festival. Join more than 500,000 to catch thrills on carnival rides, watch a tractor show, interact with farmers, and browse craft vendors.

When: Sept. 28-Oct. 6

Where: Clarion

Cost: Free admission

17. Fall Carlisle

Fall Carlisle

Calling all collector and classic automotive enthusiasts! The Fall Carlisle is one of the largest automotive swap meets in the world, celebrating all things automotive. Come out to buy, sell, and trade with fellow passionate motor heads; admire classic automobilia; and say goodbye to the swap meet season.

When: Oct. 2 – 6

Where: Carlisle

Cost: Costs vary

18. King of Prussia Beerfest Royale

King of Prussia Beerfest Royale

Find out what’s pouring at the King of Prussia Beerfest Royale, a beer-tastic event too big for just one day of celebration. The festivities include a tasting and pairing happy hour, games, music, food, and hoppy happiness.

When: Oct. 3 – 5

Where: King of Prussia

Cost: Costs vary

19. Covered Bridge and Arts Festival

Covered Bridge and Arts Festival

Celebrate the arts at the annual Covered Bridge and Arts Festival in Elysburg. Situated in the beautiful surroundings of Knoebels Amusement Resort, the event boasts nearly 350 crafters, vendors with regional delicacies for meals, wagon rides, and scenic guided tours of local covered bridges. Don’t miss Saturday’s “Fun Auction,” which features works of local craftsmen, and Sunday’s antique car show.

When: Oct. 3 – 6

Where: Elysburg

Cost: Free admission

20. HarvestFEST

HarvestFest

Celebrate fall in a Big Valley way. From pumpkins to crafts to apple dumplings, the HarvestFEST has it all. Be sure to bring the kids for live music, pony rides, and face painting activities.

When: Oct. 4 – 5

Where: Reedsville

Cost: Free admission

21. Springs Folk Festival

Springs Folk Festival

Pay tribute to the arts, skills, and labors of our forefathers at the 63nd annual Springs Folk Festival. Watch weaving, hewing logs, and threshing grain demonstrations; take a hayride; and enjoy Pennsylvania Dutch sausage meals.

When: Oct. 4 – 5

Where: Springs

Cost: $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-18, free for children ages 5 and under

22. Applefest

Applefest

Enjoy the beauty of Franklin’s fall season with Applefest, a celebration of everything apple. There’ll be cider press making, an apple pancake breakfast, and a visit from Johnny Appleseed himself. Stop by on Sunday to check out a display of hundreds of antique and classic cars and trucks.

When: Oct. 4 – 6

Where: Franklin

Cost: Free admission

23. Confluence Pumpkinfest

Confluence Pumpkinfest

The fall foliage season isn’t complete without the Confluence Pumpkinfest. Join the celebration for family-friendly activities, including the largest pumpkin contest, the Pumpkinfest Queen Pageant, and antique tractor show.

When: Oct. 4 – 6

Where: Confluence

Cost: Free admission

24. Oktoberfest

A traditional performance at OktoberfestOktoberfest

Experience German culture done Pennsylvania-style at Oktoberfest in Bethlehem. Sample brews from large Yuengling Beirgartens, listen to live polka, get your fill of authentic German food, and watch axe-wielding lumberjacks of the Great Lakes Timber Show.

When: Oct. 4 – 6 and 11 – 13

Where: Bethlehem

Cost: Free admission

25. Portersville Steam Show Fall Fling

Portersville Steam Show Fall Fling

Take a step back in time and embrace history and heritage at the Portersville Steam Show Fall Fling. Replicating a wide variety of agriculture from the 1920s, this unique festival features tractor pulls, steam engines, train rides, crafts, a flea market, and live demonstrations Enjoy fresh apple cider and fall festivities while strolling through the vintage village in Portersville.

When: Oct. 5 – 6

Where: Portersville

Cost: $5

26. Smicksburg Fall Festival

Smicksburg Fall Festival

Take a beautiful scenic drive through the rolling hills of Amish Country on your way to the 30th annual Smicksburg Fall Festival. Celebrate the season with fall merchandise, live entertainment, demonstrations, and fall foliage.

When: Oct. 5 – 6

Where: Smicksburg

Cost: Free admission

27. Delmont Apple 'N Arts Festival

Delmont Apple 'N Arts Festival

Find handmade items from local crafters and eat delicious food, hot apple cider, and homemade apple treats at the annual Delmont Apple 'N Arts Festival. Featuring more than 150 arts and crafts vendors and 30 food vendors, this family craft show welcomes between 30,000-40,000 attendees each year.

When: Oct. 5 – 6

Where: Delmont

Cost: Free admission

28. Pennsylvania Apple & Cheese Festival

Pennsylvania Apple & Cheese Festival

Travel to the family-friendly Manley-Bohlayer Farm for the Pennsylvania Apple & Cheese Festival. The largest show of its kind, the event features entertainment suitable for all. Catch juggling tricks; discover the world of magic; make apple butter, cider press apple, and cheese desserts; and sample wine and cheese.

When: Oct. 5 – 6

Where: Canton

Cost: $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 13-18, free for children ages 12 and under

29. Bedford Fall Foliage Festival

Bedford Fall Foliage Festival

Make your way to the crisp mountains of central Pennsylvania for the annual Bedford Fall Foliage Festival. Browse the work of more than 400 artists and craftsmen, make scarecrows, and watch an antique car parade.

When: Oct. 5 – 6 and 12 – 13

Where: Bedford

Cost: Free admission

30. National Apple Harvest Festival

National Apple Harvest Festival

Indulge your sweet tooth with pie-eating and apple-bobbing contests at the National Apple Harvest Festival, where Southern PA has been celebrating the apple for more than 50 years. Take a hayride, visit the petting zoo, ride a pony, check out antique and classic cars, watch chainsaw carving, and purchase apple memorabilia.

When: Oct. 5 – 6 and 12 – 13

Where: Biglerville

Cost: Costs vary

31. Fall Foliage Festival

Fall Foliage Festival

Watch the picturesque town of Jim Thorpe come alive with entertainment, old-fashioned train rides, arts and crafts, ethnic food, and antiques during the annual Fall Foliage Festival. Listen to music at venues all over town and explore quaint shops and restaurants. Climb aboard a steam train for a unique view of the Pocono Mountains’ best fall foliage.

When: Oct. 5 – 6, 12 – 13 and 19 – 20

Where: Jim Thorpe

Cost: Free admission

32. 29th Annual Fall Pumpkin Fest

29th Annual Fall Pumpkin Fest

The largest fall festival in northwestern Pennsylvania at the state’s largest glacial lake, Conneaut Lake. Enjoy food vendors, hundreds of artisans and crafters, music and watch a large pumpkin dropped on a car.

When: Oct. 11 – 13

Where: Conneaut Lake

Cost: Free

33. Johnny Appleseed Festival

Johnny Appleseed Festival

Relive the history of the impressive logging boom era at the 14th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival, where the skills of old are the competitive events of today. From the wine tasting event, crafts, antique appraisals, and apple pie baking contest to chain saw carving, professional lumberjack competition, and fireworks, the Johnny Appleseed Festival is packed with fall fun.

When: Oct. 11 – 13

Where: Sheffield

Cost: Free admission

34. Fort Ligonier Days

Fort Ligonier Days

Commemorate the Battle of Fort Ligonier, a key engagement of the French and Indian War at the 60th annual Fort Ligonier Days. On the grounds of the Fort, you’ll find a living history encampment showing frontier life, military tactics, drills, cannon firing, handmade items, and music from 1758.

When: Oct. 11 – 13

Where: Ligonier

Cost: Free admission

35. Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Enjoy harvest time on the farm at the 45th annual Harvest Festival in Stroudsburg. Learn about heritage crafts and traditional skills such as spinning, weaving, broom making, scrapple making, apple butter making, basket making, and candle making; take a horse-drawn wagon ride; and interact with French and Indian War reenactors.

When: Oct. 12 – 13

Where: Stroudsburg

Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-12

36. Harvest and Heritage Days

Harvest and Heritage Days

Roll into fall with the Harvest and Heritage Days in historic Honesdale. Take part in seasonal fun, including pumpkin painting, horse-drawn hayrides, railroad train excursions, an antique car cruise, and a farmers market.

When: Oct. 12 – 13

Where: Honesdale

Cost: Free admission

37. Autumn Timber Festival

Autumn Timber Festival

Catch a glimpse of nature’s splendor at the Autumn Timber Festival in East Stroudsburg. Enjoy lumberjack competitions, watch blacksmith and saw mill demos, and see chainsaw sculptures.

When: Oct. 12 – 13

Where: East Stroudsburg

Cost: Costs vary

38. Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest

Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest

Nothing says fall like orange leaves and the return of pumpkin flavor. The two-day Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest brings the community together for pumpkin carving, a whoopie pie eating contest, a pumpkin pie baking contest, and pumpkin painting activities.

When: Oct. 12 – 13

Where: Enola

Cost: Free admission

39. Harvest Days Festival

Harvest Days Festival

Mark your calendar for the Harvest Days Festival, Landis Valley's oldest and largest family event. The two-day event is perfect for a family affair, featuring exhibits, horse-drawn wagon rides, and a children's discovery tent. Taste heirloom varieties of apples and watch them become apple butter and cider, witness wool go from sheep to shawl, and pick a pumpkin to decorate.

When: Oct. 12 – 13

Where: Lancaster

Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for children ages 6-11, free for children ages 5 and under

40. Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Make your way to the Harvest Festival in Waynesburg for historic demonstrations of 19th and 20th century life and industry. Watch artisan vendors recreate homespun crafts, including woodworking, and primitive crafts and reenactors demonstrate military life during the Civil War era.

When: Oct. 12 – 13

Where: Waynesburg

Cost: Free admission

41. Country Fall Festival

Country Fall Festival

Stroll the sidewalks of historic Zelienople and Harmony during the 35rh annual Country Fall Festival. Catch live entertainment, watch historic encampments, browse antiques, and shop a farmers market.

When: Oct. 12 – 13

Where: Zelienople and Harmony

Cost: Free admission

42. Pumpkin Glow

Pumpkin Glow

Hershey Gardens lights up the night for the annual Pumpkin Glow – a family-friendly, Halloween-themed event. Kids are encouraged to bring a flashlight, dress in costume, and collect candy along the pathway of more than 200 carved jack-o-lanterns.

When: Oct. 18 – 19 and 25 – 26

Where: Hershey

Cost: Cost varies

43. Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Christmas Festival

Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Christmas Festival

Get an early start on your Christmas decorating and holiday shopping at the 25th annual Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Christmas Festival in Washington. Browse the finest crafts from more than 230 booths, sample holiday cinnamon-roasted almonds, and take a photograph with Santa Claus.

When: Oct. 18 – 20 and 26 – 27

Where: Washington

Cost: $6 for adults, $5.50 for seniors, $1 for children ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and under

44. Pocono Food Truck & Art Festival

Pocono Food Truck & Art Festival

Satisfy your appetite with the Pocono Food Truck & Art Festival, featuring a lineup of more than 25 vendors. Try the best food on wheels ranging from sweet and savory to spicy and delicious, and cast your vote for your favorite truck. Start your holiday shopping early and browse artwork from the region’s most talented painters, crafters, photographers, and sculptors.

When: Oct. 19 – 20

Where: East Stroudsburg

Cost: $12.50 for adults, $8.50 for children ages 5-12, free for children ages 4 and under

45. Canal-O-Ween

carved pumpkins
Canal-O-Ween

Enjoy the spirit of Halloween at this week-long celebration of jack-o-lantern lighting. Canal-O-Ween embraces the natural beauty and fun of the season with Carve-O-Thon - the carving of more than 300 pumpkins in three hours. Bring your own pumpkin or carve one at the festival to join in on the fun!

When: Oct. 27 – Nov. 2

Where: Yardley

Cost: Free admission

46. Peddler’s Village Apple Festival

Peddler’s Village Apple Festival

Taste Bucks County as you celebrate the season at Peddler’s Village’s 46th Annual Apple Festival. Tour the village as you celebrate the season with the area’s best apple-themed treats, with activities that will entertain the whole family!

When: Nov. 2 – 3

Where: Lahaska

Cost: Free admission

47. PA Bacon Fest

PA Bacon Fest

Hear that sizzle in the pan? That’s the sound of bacon, the centerpiece of the PA Bacon Fest in Easton. Escape the crowd and grab a beer and a bite to eat in the Pigskin Lounge, tease your taste buds with a Bacon & Brew tasting, or fight for the crown in the bacon eating contest.

When: Nov. 2 – 3

Where: Easton

Cost: Free admission

48. The National Dog Show Presented by Purina

The National Dog Show Presented by Purina

Paws up for the National Dog Show Presented by Purina, the most widely viewed dog show in the nation. If you’re a dog enthusiast, make the trip to Oaks for two days of athletic dogs, family-friendly activities, and hands-on fun.

When: Nov. 16 – 17

Where: Oaks

Cost: $16 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-12, free for children ages 3 and under

49. TASTE! Festival of Food, Wine & Spirits

TASTE! Festival of Food, Wine & Spirits

Snag your ticket for an all-inclusive passport to culinary travels at the TASTE! Festival of Food, Wine & Spirits in Lancaster. Start your savory journey with palate-pleasing samples, then sip your way through an impressive selection of wines, spirits, and craft beers. Afterward, take a seat to be entertained by up-and-coming chefs.

When: Nov. 15 – 16

Where: Lancaster

Cost: Costs vary

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