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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
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 tense relationship between King Henry VIII and France’s King Francis I at the height of Henry’s power in 1520. Questions will be answered. Character will be tested. Legends will be made. Don’t miss it!

When: Aug. 4-Oct. 28

Where: Manheim

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

2. Juniata County Fair

Juniata County Fair
Juniata County Fair

Bring the family out to the classic 164th annual Juniata County Fair for children's activities, entertainment, music, rides, and agricultural exhibits.

When: Sept. 1-8

Where: Port Royal

Cost: $4

3. Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

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: Sept. 1-3; 8-9; 15-16; 22-23

Where: Pittsburgh

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

4. Spartansburg Community Fair

Spartansburg Community Fair
Spartansburg Community Fair

The Spartansburg Community Fair — now in its 97th year — offers family fun, rides, entertainment, agricultural and home-making exhibits, truck and tractor pulls, a demo derby, and great fair fare.

When: Sept. 3-8

Where: Spartansburg

Cost: $4 for adults, free for children ages 12 and under

5. Waterford Community Fair

Waterford Community Fair
Waterford Community Fair

Commemorate the efforts and hard work of the local agricultural community at the Waterford Community Fair. Learn about the industry through agricultural exhibits, catch a thrill on carnival rides, and attend pull events at the track and grandstand area.

When: Sept. 3-8

Where: Waterford

Cost: $4 for adults, free for children ages 8 and under

6. Farmers and Threshermens Jubilee

Farmers and Threshermens Jubilee
Farmers and Threshermens Jubilee

Learn about the early machines of agricultural life ­— from ponderous steam engines and early gasoline tractors to horse- and dog-powered machines during the Farmers and Threshermens Jubilee. The country festival also offers arm wrestling contests, tractor and horse pulling competitions, a quilt show and sale, and homestyle foods.

When: Sept. 5-9

Where: Rockwood

Cost: $2.50 for adults, free for children ages 11 and under

7. Edinboro Highland Games & Scottish Festival

Edinboro Highland Games & Scottish Festival
Edinboro Highland Games & Scottish Festival

Experience the 25th annual Edinboro Highland Games & Scottish Festival, featuring music, the sound of massed pipe bands marching, fantastic food, awesome athletics, beautiful dance, kids' games, and an array of gift and clothing vendors on the campus of Edinboro University.

When: Sept. 6-9

Where: Edinboro

Cost: Free

8. Chile Pepper Festival

Chile Pepper Festival
Chile Pepper Festival

How much heat can your taste buds handle? Get hot with the 23rd annual Chile Pepper Festival in the Lehigh Valley. The fiery fun features samples and vendors with hot products like honey, sauces, jams, and popcorn.

When: Sept. 7-8

Where: Bowers

Cost: Free admission, pay as you go

9. Pittsburgh Irish Festival

Pittsburgh Irish Festival
Pittsburgh Irish Festival

Discover the rich cultural awareness of Irish history and tradition at the 28th annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival. Try your hand at axe throwing, sample Irish foods, and enjoy items like Guinness chocolate and fudge, Keogh’s potato chips, Mileeven Honey with Jameson, and soda bread.

When: Sept. 7-9

Where: West Homestead

Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, students, public safety/military, free for children ages 12 and under

10. Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Fest

Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Fest
Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Fest

The only thing that pairs better with wine than food is live jazz. Enjoy a smooth evening at the 12th annual Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival. The event features smooth sounds by recording artists from across the country, wine samples from some of central PA’s top wineries, and food vendors.

When: Sept. 7-9

Where: Harrisburg

Cost: $50

11. York Fair

York Fair
York Fair

Did you know the traditions of fairs began with the York Fair in 1765, 11 years before the nation was founded? Honor the legacy with a visit to the 10-day extravaganza, featuring agricultural and animal displays, cooking contests, entertainment, harness racing, amusement rides, and games.

When: Sept. 7-16

Where: York

Cost: $8 for adults, $4 for students and children (ages 6-18), free for children ages 5 and under

12. Saxonburg Festival of the Arts

Saxonburg Festival of the Arts
Saxonburg Festival of the Arts

Bring the whole family out to enjoy the best in arts and crafts, music, art demonstrations, and food at the 33rd annual Saxonburg Festival of the Arts.

When: Sept. 8-9

Where: Saxonburg

Cost: Free

13. Lantern Fest

Lantern Fest
Lantern Fest

Light up the sky with your highest hopes and fondest dreams at Lantern Fest in Long Pond. Prior to the unforgettable spectacle at sundown, enjoy a slew of activities, including food, live music, a stage show, face painting, s'mores, and balloon artists.

When: Sept. 8-9

Where: Long Pond

Cost: Costs vary

14. Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival

Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival
Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival

Indulge your senses with great wine, food, and music at the Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival. Celebrate the grape harvest and enjoy a fantastic fall weekend in historic Adams County, while you savor flavors from 27 Pennsylvania wineries.

When: Sept. 8-9

Where: Gettysburg

Cost: $20 for participants, $12 for designated drivers and children

15. Mushroom Festival

Mushroom Festival
Mushroom Festival

Take home some of the freshest mushrooms you’ll ever taste from the 33rd annual Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square. Known as the “Mushroom Capital of the World,” this Chester County community celebrates all things mushrooms with two days full of music, mushroom soup cook-offs, cooking demonstrations, educational seminars, children’s rides, and T-shirt design contests.

When: Sept. 8-9

Where: Kennett Square

Cost: $3 for adults, free for children ages 11 and under

16. McClure Bean Soup Festival & Fair

McClure Bean Soup Festival & Fair
McClure Bean Soup Festival & Fair

Started by Civil War Veterans, the 127th annual McClure Bean Soup Festival & Fair offers amusements, rides, concessions, food vendors, and live entertainment. Don’t miss the parade and bean soup!

When: Sept. 10-15

Where: McClure

Cost: Free

17. Albion Area Fair

The 74th annual Albion Area Fair returns with fun, rides, and food. The event features truck, tractor, and horse pulls; animal and produce exhibits; and live music.

When: Sept. 10-15

Where: Albion

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

18. Tailgating Festival

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. 14-15

Where: Intercourse

Cost: Free

19. Hotel Hershey Wine & Food Festival

The Hotel Hershey Wine and Food Festival
Hotel Hershey Wine & Food Festival

Fuel your passion for wine and delicious flavors at the 9th annual Hotel Hershey Wine & Food Festival. Choose from several wine-inspired events that will satisfy your senses and enhance your palate, including pairings, tastings, and guided tours.

When: Sept. 14-16

Where: Hershey

Cost: Costs vary

20. Pennsylvania Bowhunters Festival

Pennsylvania Bowhunters Festival
Pennsylvania Bowhunters Festival

Improve your aim with practice at the Pennsylvania Bowhunters Festival in Forksville. The oldest gathering of bowhunters in the world is a three-day event, offering a wide variety of shooting activities designed to prepare bowhunters for the upcoming archery season.

When: Sept. 14-16

Where: Forksville

Cost: Costs vary

21. Erie Irish Festival

Experience Irish culture through traditional music, food, and entertainment at the Erie Irish Festival. The celebration also includes an Irish-themed art show and opportunities to win prizes through raffles.

When: Sept. 14-16

Where: Erie

Cost: Free

22. Whispering Pines Festival in the Woods

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. 15-16

Where: Cabot

Cost: $5

23. Riverside Festival of the Arts

Riverside Festival of the Arts
Riverside Festival of the Arts

The two-day 22nd 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. 15-16

Where: Easton

Cost: Free

24. Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival

Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival
Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival

Travel back in time at the 111th annual Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival. Learn art of making linen from flax plants, make pinch pots, take a wagon train ride, and learn about the life of soldiers during the civil war encampment. Watch linen-making demonstrations, peruse crafts, and collect antique farm equipment.

When: Sept. 15-16

Where: Stahlstown

Cost: $4 for adults, free for children ages 11 and under

25. Smicksburg Apple Fest

Smicksburg Apple Fest
Smicksburg Apple Fest

An apple a day may keep the doctor away and the Smicksburg Apple Fest has plenty of medicine. Learn how to make different apple products and browse more than 20 specialty shops selling apple pies, apple dumplings, apple fudge, apple cider, and apple butter.

When: Sept. 15-16

Where: Smicksburg

Cost: Free

26. Kinzua Bridge State Park Fall Festival

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 newly opened Kinzua Bridge Visitors Center and Pennsylvania Wilds gift shop.

When: Sept. 15-16

Where: Mount Jewett

Cost: Free

27. Covered Bridge Festival

Covered Bridge Festival
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. 15-16

Where: Southwestern PA

Cost: Free

28. Gratz Fair

Farms, families, and fair fun are the motto for the 145th annual Gratz Fair. Come out for agriculture and competitive exhibits, entertainment, carnival rides, and games.

When: Sept. 16-22

Where: Gratz

Cost: $8 for adults and children, $4 for seniors and active military

29. Harmony Grange Fair

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. 18-22

Where: Westover

Cost: Free admission, pay as you go

30. Bloomsburg Fair

Bloomsburg Fair
Bloomsburg Fair

Don’t miss the largest agricultural fair in the Keystone Stone — the 163rd 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. 21-29

Where: Bloomsburg

Cost: $7

31. Stone to Steel: Native American Weekend

Stone to Steel Native American Weekend
Stone to Steel: Native American Weekend

Transport 2,000 years in the past to experience pre-contact native life in Southwestern PA during Stone to Steel: Native American Weekend. A temporary Native American village housing more than a dozen re-enactors and demonstrations offers unparalleled insight into life and culture before European settlement. Plus, colonial re-enactors will be running a “Trading Post” in a historic log cabin.

When: Sept. 22-23

Where: Waynesburg

Cost: Free admission, pay as you go

32. Goose Day

Goose Day
Goose Day

Flock to the Juniata River Valley to celebrate Goose Day. Local parks, businesses, and restaurants will get into the spirit by hosting special events, activities, sales, and promotions. Stay tuned for an updated list of this year’s events and activities.

When: Sept. 22-30

Where: Juniata River Valley

Cost: Costs vary

33. Rally at the Rock

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. 28-30

Where: Patton

Cost: Free admission, pay as you go

34. Milford Readers & Writers Festival

Milford Readers and Writers Festival
Milford Readers & Writers Festival

Grab a piece of paper and your pen for the Milford Readers & Writers Festival. Building on the tradition of storytelling and book clubs, the event inspires conversations between book lovers and writers.

When: Sept. 28-30

Where: Milford

Cost: Costs vary

35. Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival

Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival
Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival

Celebrate Celtic heritage in the Lehigh Valley during the 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. 28-30

Where: Bethlehem

Cost: Free admission, pay as you go

36. Mount Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival

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. 28-30

Where: Mount Pleasant

Cost: Free

37. WineFest

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. 28-30

Where: North East

Cost: Free admission, pay as you go

38. Pittsburgh Oktoberfest

Pittsburgh Oktoberfest
Pittsburgh Oktoberfest

Join the fun at the Big Butler Fairgrounds for the Pittsburgh Oktoberfest, a three-day traditional German festival. Enjoy authentic German food, live music, German dancers, craft beer, dog costume contest, a stein challenge, and children’s crafts.

When: Sept. 28-30

Where: Prospect

Cost: Costs vary

39. Sly Fox Can Jam Music Festival

Sly Fox Can Jam Music Festival
Sly Fox Can Jam Music Festival

Get ready to throw some discs at the Sly Fox Can Jam Music Festival. In addition to beer, spirits, and cocktails, the fall fete includes an epic KanJam tournament and a packed lineup of bands playing live throughout the day.

When: Sept. 29

Where: Pottstown

Cost: Free

40. Carbon County Oktoberfest

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. 29-30

Where: Palmerton

Cost: Free

41. Autumn Leaf Festival

Autumn Leaf Festival
Autumn Leaf Festival

Experience small town culture as you watch the renowned Clarion Hospital “Tournament of Leaves Parade” at 65th 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. 29-Oct. 7

Where: Clarion

Cost: Free admission, pay as you go

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