October Events and Festivals in Pennsylvania

Autumn is upon us — with crisp days, cozy nights, fiery foliage, and an abundance of fun fall festivals in Pennsylvania! Whether it’s hayrides, food festivals, pumpkin patches, or train excursions, we’re ready with all the classic events you want to experience this season. Find your favorite plaid shirt, grab something pumpkin-spiced, and get ready to revel in what we’ve got lined up for all you Happy Travelers this October

1. Oktoberfest

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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

2. Ghosts & Goblins 2019

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Prepare to be spooked! The 36th annual Ghost & Goblins is triple the terror and triple the fun! Lincoln Caverns and Whispering Rocks offers evening terror tours and Saturday family friendly tours through the haunted caves. Each ticket includes three haunted experiences, including the newest addition – the haunted hayride!

When: Oct. 5, 11 – 12, 18 – 19, 25 – 26

Where: Huntingdon

Cost: Costs vary

3. 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

4. National Apple Harvest Festival

couple buying beer at 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

5. Fall Foliage Festival

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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

6. 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

7. Fall Pumpkin Fest

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Join in on the family fun at the 29th annual Fall Pumpkin Fest in Conneaut Lake. The three-day event is jam packed with rides, great food, giant pumpkin drops, entertainment, artisans and crafters, and bluegrass music.

When: Oct. 11 – 13

Where: Conneaut Lake

Cost: Free admission

8. 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

9. Harvest Festival

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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

10. Harvest and Heritage Days

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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

11. Autumn Timber Festival

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

12. 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

13. Harvest Days Festival

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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

14. Harvest Festival

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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

15. Country Fall Festival

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Stroll the sidewalks of historic Zelienople and Harmony during the 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

16. Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Christmas Festival

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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

17. 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: Costs vary

18. Pocono Food Truck & Art Festival

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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

19. Fall Furnace Fest

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Fall into the fall season with Fall Furnace Fest, a two-day family weekend event featuring food and craft vendors, live musical entertainment, environmental education programs, historical demonstrations, hayrides, pumpkin carving, scarecrow making, crafts, and campsite decorating.

When: Oct. 19 – 20

Where: Gardners

Cost: Free admission

20. Canal-O-Ween

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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

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