Fall Festivals in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s autumn festivals salute everything from explosive displays of fall foliage and historic covered bridges to feasts inspired by crowd-pleasing crops, including apples, potatoes, pumpkins, and mushrooms.
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Brighten your itinerary with one of these Pennsylvania fall festivals, where you’ll discover delicious seasonal eats, arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, and kid-friendly activities.


Hotel Hershey® Wine & Food Fest
Hershey, Dutch Country Roads
September 11-13, 2015
Savor fine food and wine and participate in a local winery tour, Bordeaux-blending class, special wine dinner, and tasting featuring more than 50 international and domestic wines and culinary samples from award-winning chefs.

Mushroom Festival
Kennett Square, Philadelphia and the Countryside
September 12-13, 2015
Expect "tons of fun(gi)" in the Mushroom Capital of the World, including a mushroom soup cook-off, Cute-as-a-Button (Mushroom) Baby Photo Contest, Mushroom Run/Walk, cooking demonstrations and educational seminars from celebrity chefs, and the National Fried Mushroom Eating Championship.

Peanut Butter Festival
New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Wilds
September 18-20, 2015
Watch the crowning of the Peanut Butter Festival Queen, and participate in a mountain-bike race, 5K run, classic car and motorcycle rally, and more. Don’t miss the Subway sandwich-eating contest and peanut-butter bake-off.

Pennsylvania Bowhunters Festival
Forksville, Upstate PA
September 18-20, 2015
Join thousands of bowhunters as they participate in events designed to entertain and prepare archers for the upcoming hunting season. Shooting targets include the famous Forksville Running Deer, mechanical bears and turkeys, and small running game.

Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival
Langhorne, Philadelphia and the Countryside
September 19, 2015
Watch 44 teams participate in the cherished Chinese tradition of dragon-boat racing and cultural performance at this inaugural festival at Core Creek Park.

Flax Scutching Festival
Stahlstown, Laurel Highlands
September 19-20, 2015
Highlights of the 108-year-old festival include demonstrations of flax scutching and linen cloth production from flax plants, a dramatic reenactment of an American Indian raid, and displays of antique farming equipment.

Washington & Green Counties’ Covered Bridge Festival
Multiple locations, Pittsburgh and its Countryside
September 19-20, 2015
Celebrate picturesque covered “kissing bridges,” a symbol of small-town America, at 10 different bridges in Washington and Green counties (there are nearly 30 in total). Watch historical reenactments, feast at the food stands, and admire the beautiful architecture. Find more covered bridges in Pennsylvania >>

Central PA Ragtime Festival
Rockhill Furnace, The Alleghenies
September 25-27, 2015
Ragtime concerts by professional and budding musicians, silent-film showings, and trolley rides from the Rockhill Trolley Museum highlight the Central PA Ragtime Festival.

Fabulous 1890s Weekend 
Mansfield, Pennsylvania Wilds
September 25-26, 2015
Mansfield, home of the first high school football game (Sept. 28, 1892), celebrates its proud sports heritage with a replay of the historical game. The old-fashioned festival also has a 1890s museum, balloon rally, and 19th-century-themed parade.

Wine Country Harvest Festival
North East, Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region
September 25-27, 2015
Toast to North East’s wine harvest with events in three different parks; activities include wine tasting, grape-stomping demonstrations, and a Bed Race & Parade.

Reading Pretzel Festival
Reading, Dutch Country Roads
September 26, 2015
Home to seven pretzel factories (the most in the world), Reading also hosts an entertaining festival saluting the twisted treat. Taste tons of pretzel-inspired dishes and locally brewed craft beer, and learn about the area’s pretzel manufacturers.

McConnells Mill Heritage Festival
Portersville, Pittsburgh and its Countryside
September 26-27, 2015
A historic gristmill (a mill that grinds grain into flour), which operated from 1852 to 1928 in the community, is the focus of this event in McConnells Mill State Park. Costumed vendors sell goods inspired by the period, and guests can tour the mill and groove to bluegrass music.

Bloomsburg Fair
BloomsburgValleys of the Susquehanna
September 26-October 3, 2015
Pennsylvania’s largest agricultural show boasts a demolition derby, horse races, helicopter and carriage rides, and hundreds of exhibits, including livestock, poultry and rabbit displays (more than 1,400 animals will be present).

Autumn Leaf Festival
ClarionPennsylvania Wilds
September 26-October 4, 2015
Some of Mother Nature’s most beautiful fall colors surround this festival, which features the gigantic Tournament of Leaves Parade, antique tractor show, and autorama cruise-in.


BethlehemLehigh Valley
October 2-4, 9-11, 2015
The Pennsylvania-style German Oktoberfest is complete with a 100-by-240-foot “festhalle” tent (a signature Oktoberfest shelter), German food, games, polka bands, and all the beer you can drink. 

Allegheny Adventure X-Fest
Johnstown, The Alleghenies
October 3-4, 2015
Mountain bikers, trail runners, kayakers, and fly fishermen flock to Johnstown to enjoy central Pennsylvania’s great outdoors. The area’s “tribes” or networks of adventure-sport enthusiasts host programs, rides, races, and gatherings.

Pennsylvania Apple ‘n Cheese Festival
Canton, Upstate PA
October 3-4, 2015
Head to Manley-Bohlayer Farm for a delicious weekend of apple and cheese desserts, apple displays, and apple butter and cider making. Broom-making, weaving, and blacksmithing demonstrations; chainsaw carving; and a fine arts and photography show also supply entertainment.

Blossburg Fall Festival
Blossburg, Pennsylvania Wilds
October 11, 2015
Adults battle in hot-dog-eating contests, while kids engage in a pie-eating competition. Meanwhile, hay rides and a movie at the Victoria Theatre offer an afternoon of fun for the whole family.

Applebutter Fest
Freedom, Pittsburgh and its Countryside
October 17, 2015
The Vicary Mansion in Freedom, just 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, hosts an applebutter festival every October. Learn how applebutter is prepared in a copper kettle, tour the 1820s mansion (home to War of 1812 Navy sea captain William Vicary), and watch presentations about the experiences of a Civil War soldier.

Punkin Chunkin Howard Volunteer Fire Company Fall Festival
Howard, Pennsylvania Wilds
October 17, 2015
Watch teams launch pumpkins at nearly 100 miles per hour into Bald Eagle State Park’s lake while you enjoy square dancing, pie-eating contests, and hay rides. Smaller pumpkin launchers are available for kids.


Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village
Lahaska, Philadelphia and the Countryside
November 7-8, 2015
An apple-pie-eating contest and a smorgasbord of apple-y treats, including cider, butter, fritters, and zeppoli (deep-fried dough balls), highlight this delicious affair.

More Fall Festivals & Events in PA


Wellsboro Wine and Art Tour, September 18, 2015
Pennsylvania Fiber ArtsFest, Huntingdon, September 18-19, 2015
Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival, September 25-27, 2015
PumpkinFEST, Freeport, Weekends, September 25-October 31, 2015
Fall Fest at Hershey Gardens, September 26, 2015
PotatoFest, Ebensburg, September 26, 2015 
Harvestfest at DelGrossos Amusement Park, Tipton, September 27-28, 2015
Alameda Fall Festival, Butler,September 29, 2015
Reading Liederkranz Oktoberfest, September 30-October 4, 2015


National Apple Harvest Festival, Biglerville, October 3-4, 10-11, 2015
Bedford Fall Foliage Festival, October 3-4, 10-11, 2015
Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival, October 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 2015
Covered Bridge and Arts Festival, Elysburg, October 8-11, 2015
Pennsylvania State Flaming Foliage Festival, Renovo, October 9-11, 2015
Fort Ligonier Days, Ligonier, October 9-11, 2015
Bellefonte Fall Festival, October 17-18, 2015
Fall Furnace Fest at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Gardners, October 17-18, 2015
Shaver’s Creek Fall Harvest Festival, Petersburg, October 24–25, 2015 

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