37 September Events and Festivals in Pennsylvania

Here in Pennsylvania, the arrival of autumn is marked by vibrant foliage, crops bursting at the seams, and breaths you can see. Adding to the season’s natural beauty are events and festivals celebrating this special time of year. Experience farms transformed into playgrounds with apple picking and harvest festivals while we await PA to be adorned in brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows everywhere you look.

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

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1. Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

jousting Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival
Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival | Credit: GO Laurel Highlands

Take a magical tour through time and legend and a day filled with merriment at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival. Marvel at the skill of chivalrous knights and their brave steeds compete in exciting jousting competitions, savor the aroma of crisp turkey legs, delectable steak on a stake, and freshly baked bread, and revel amongst the costumed merrymakers at this 16th Century Medieval Amusement Park. Good King Henry awaits your arrival!

When: Sept. 4 – Oct. 10, weekends

Where: West Newton

Cost: $24 for adults, $12 for children ages 5-12, free for children ages 5 and under. Discounted tickets can be found on the website.

2. Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

pirates sword fighting
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Suit up for another year of jousting knights and royal delights for this year’s Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. The grounds of Mount Hope Estates are once again transformed into 16th-Century England, alive with the music, stunts, and theatrical performances of the day. Enjoy delectable treats from the Royal Kitchens and quench your thirst at one of the Pourhouses, all while Sir Walter Raleigh fights to keep England’s newest colony in the New World from those who threaten the land and village!

When: Sept. 4 – Oct. 31, weekends and Labor Day Monday

Where: Manheim

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

3. Spartansburg Community Fair

Spartansburg County Fair
Spartansburg County Fair | Credit: Stacey George

The 99th annual Spartansburg Community Fair features fun for the entire family! There are children’s activities, entertainment, music, rides, baking contests, tractor pull, horse pulls, agricultural exhibits, plus a wide variety of food and attractions. The fair culminates on Sep. 11 with a parade that includes floats, marching bands, antique cars and tractors, and horses and ponies in their parade finery.

When: Sept. 6-11

Where: Spartansburg

Cost: Ticket prices vary

4. Farmers and Thresherman’s Jubilee

Antique machinery takes center stage at the 69th Farmers and Threshermens Jubilee. Admire amazing agricultural machines of yester year - from ponderous steam engines and early gasoline tractors to horse- and dog-powered machines, then enjoy parades, demonstrations, tractor- and horse-pulling competitions, quilt show and sale, apple pie contest, live music, a Kids Day, arts and crafts sales, home-style foods, and the fan favorite Outhouse Dash!

When: Sept. 8-12

Where: New Centerville

Cost: $5 for Adults, Children under 12 free

5. Annual Chile Pepper Festival

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Annual Chile Pepper Festival | Credit: Alicia Quinn

Catch the hottest event this fall at the Annual Chile Pepper Festival, the largest event of its kind in the U.S. This year, 13 new vendors join the roster of more than 50 returning participating businesses – all featuring their finest hot sauces and other delicious fare. There are crafts, a Jalapeno eating contest, and chile pepper field excursion. Enjoy the free samples at this fiery fall festival!

When: Sept. 10-11

Where: Bowers

Cost: $4 suggested donation

6. Mountain Craft Days

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Mountain Craft Days | Credit: GO Laurel Highlands

The 51st Mountain Craft Days is a fun-filled festival dedicated to preserving and promoting the historic arts and crafts of Somerset County. Demonstrating the talents of artisans preserving these nearly forgotten traditions, you'll find coopers crafting casks from wooden staves, blacksmiths hammering red-hot iron, and spinners, dyers, and weavers transforming wool and flax into fanciful fabrics among the more than 125 craft booths. Rounding out the fun are a dozen different music performances and a variety of traditional foods all nestled within the beautiful wooded grounds and meadow.

When: Sept. 10-12

Where: Somerset

Cost: $9 for adults; $5 for children 6-17; Free for children under 5

7. Saxonburg Arts Festival

After a year’s hiatus, the 35th Saxonburg Arts Festival is back and even better than ever! Joining forces this year with Sprankle’s Oktoberfest celebration, the arts festival showcases a wide variety of art work and crafts from artists and artisans, live entertainment, delicious food, entertaining performances, photo exhibits, and contests, with the ever-popular PolkaMeisters returning to Octoberbest!

When: Sept. 10-12

Where: Saxonburg

Cost: Ticket prices vary

8. The Doylestown Art Festival

Doylestown Arts Festival
Doylestown Arts Festival | Credit: Visit Bucks County

The arts and culture take center stage at the 30th annual Doylestown Arts Festival. Featuring 160 juried local and regional artists, live music on five stages, and live art and interactive demonstrations from both artists and the town’s cultural institutions, there is something for everyone to enjoy. You can even indulge your inner Rembrandt with hands-on activities that range from a mini kids zone and face painting to sand art and wetplate photography!

When: Sept. 11 & 12

Where: Doylestown

Cost: Free admission

9. Night Lights Sky Lantern Festival

air lanterns released in to sky at night
Pocono Raceway Night Lights | Credit: Pocono Tourism

Pack the lounge chair, blanket, games, snacks, and water and get ready for a night of fun, complete with delicious food, music, and games, as you adorn the night sky with your own personal rice paper lantern at the Night Lights Sky Lantern Festival at the Pocono Raceway. Send a decorated, 100 percent biodegradable lantern into the night sky to join thousands of others adorned with hopes, dreams, and messages for an undeniably magical and unforgettable experience!

When: Sept. 11-12

Where: Long Pond

Cost: $49 tickets include entry and lantern kit for ages 7+; children 6 and under do not require a ticket

10. McClure Bean & Soup Festival

Started by a group of Civil War veterans to honor veterans of all wars and now in its 130th year, the McClure Bean and Soup Festival has turned into a fun and inspirational event for all who attend. The bean soup-making itself is a sight to behold – eight men each stirring two 35-gallon, soup-filled kettles over a battery of wood-fired furnaces in shifts lasting two hours and twenty minutes! Along with the wonderful soup, there are amusement rides, concessions, displays, contests, entertainment, a parade, Fair Queen and court, and a Civil War re-enactment.

When: Sept. 12-18

Where: McClure

Cost: Free admission

11. Fall Fest

Despite its new name and location, this year’s Fall Fest in St. Marys promises the same great food, crafts, entertainment, pancake breakfast, and farmers market as its predecessor, the Bavarian Fall Fest. Now held behind the Depot Street Parking Garage, the fest features 60 vendors including Applewood BBQ & Grill, Valley Glass Art, Trout Unlimited, Elk County Laser, Dimmick's Roadway Café, and Deb's All Occasion Chocolates!

When: Sept. 17-19

Where: St. Marys

Cost: Varies

12. Erie's Wild Rib Cook-Off & Music Festival

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Erie's Wild Rib Cook-Off & Music Festival | Credit: Chris Temple 

Get your taste buds ready for Erie’s Wild Rib Cook-Off & Music Festival! Enjoy delicious BBQ prepared to perfection by the National Touring Rib Cooking Teams, live music on the Main Stage, artist and crafts booths, a variety of vendors, drawings and contests, individual dining tables for your group, and beer on the plaza. Previously held in early summer, this year’s event is the perfect end to summer’s BBQ season!

When: Sept. 15-18

Where: Erie

Cost: Free admission

13. Tailgating Festival

Celebrate autumn’s tailgating and harvest season with a two-day food festival full of food, music, fun, and shopping at Kitchen Kettle Village’s Tailgating Festival. Spy Olympic-themed scarecrows throughout the village, then vote for your favorite. Savor a tasty sample of homemade tailgate foods at one of the grills or restaurants. Tap your toes to a Dixieland Band or other live music. Be sure to wear your favorite sports jersey or other attire for more tailgating fun!

When: Sept. 17-18

Where: Intercourse

Cost: Free admission

14. Chainsaw Carvers’ Round-Up

artist carving a wooden block with chainsaw
Chainsaw Carvers’ Round-Up | Credit: visitPAGO

The Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts once again plays host to the Chainsaw Carvers’ Round-Up. Watch as some of the region’s most skilled chainsaw carvers transform immense logs into beautifully crafted pieces of art all weekend long. Auctions of completed pieces are held on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with registration for each auction beginning at 3 p.m.

When: Sept. 17-19

Where: Leeper

Cost: Free admission

15. Peanut Butter Festival

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Peanut Butter Festival | Credit: visitPAGO

Home to a peanut butter manufacturing facility for three-quarters of a century, it is no wonder New Bethlehem is celebrating this storied food at the 25th annual Peanut Butter Festival. The festival features fun for the whole family including a parade, classic car cruise, the All Things Peanut Butter Cook Off, Chef Zack’s Surprise Eating Contest, live stage entertainment, mountain bike race, fireworks, crafters, food vendors, 5K race, PB Queen, and “Cute-as-a-Peanut” Contest.

When: Sept. 17-19

Where: New Bethlehem

Cost: Free; there is a charge for event entries.

16. Greensburg's Craft Beer Week

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Greensburg's Craft Beer Week | Credit: GO Laurel Highlands

Craft beer lovers, this festival is for you! Craft Beer Week is a 10-day, multi-venue celebration of craft beer, showcasing Greensburg area’s breweries, restaurants, and local businesses with a multitude of craft beer-centric events. Sample 60+ craft beers at the festival’s signature event, Home Brew + Chill (ticket required), where 20 home brewers compete to see which beer is crowned champion.

When: Sept. 17-26

Where: Greensburg

Cost: Free admission

17. Big Dave Vet Homecoming

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Big Dave Vet Homecoming | Credit: JoAnne Marshall

Celebrate motocross heritage and remember “Big Dave,” one of the giants of motocross and off-road racing, with two days of unique racing fun and a wide selection of classes for all skill levels and ages at the 31st Annual Big Dave Vet Homecoming. You won’t want to miss the GP Moto-X Country Racing on Saturday that combines elements of off-road racing and motocross into one unique competition!

When: Sept. 18-19

Where: Mount Morris

Cost: $25 for adults (11+); Free for kids 10 & under; Additional fees for vet and support classes

18. Fall Harvest Fair

Be transported back in time with a trip to Historic Schaefferstown’s Fall Harvest Fair. All weekend long the Alexander Schaeffer Farm comes alive with period artisans, crafts, cooking, cider-pressing, farm-life demonstrations, and unique entertainment!

When: Sept. 18-19

Where: Schaefferstown

Cost: Members – Free, Non-members – $5 per person, supervised children under age 12 free.

19. Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival

Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival
Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival | Credit: GO Laurel Highlands

Get an exclusive look into the labor-intensive process of turning flax fibers into linen just as our ancestors did in the days before textile mills and Eli Whitney’s cotton gin at the Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival. Along with an education in linen-making and all-things flax, the festival offers great homemade food, crafts, antique farm equipment, live music, and civil war and covered wagon encampments!

When: Sept. 18-19

Where: Stahlstown

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

20. Washington & Greene Counties’ Covered Bridge Festival

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Washington & Greene Counties’ Covered Bridge Festival | Credit: JoAnne Marshall​​​​​

If you love the romance and nostalgia surrounding covered bridges (and who doesn’t!), the Washington & Green Counties’ Covered Bridge Festival is where you want to be this mid-September. Kick off your fall season with delightful arts and crafts, home-style food, historical exhibits, and live entertainment surrounded by the beautiful scenery of southwestern Pennsylvania at the festival’s 10 locations, each with its own, unique charm.

When: Sept. 18-19

Where: 10 festival sites in Greene and Washington counties

Cost: Free admission

21. Apple Days

In celebration of all things apple, the historic Burnside Plantation is once again the site for Historic Bethlehem’s 8th Annual Apple Days. Enjoy your favorite fall activities including bobbing for apples, kids crafts, petting zoo and pony rides (small additional costs), hay bale maze, cooking and colonial demonstrations, live music, apple dessert culinary contest, and doughnut-eating contests for both kids and adults. You can even build your own scarecrow!

When: Sept. 18-19

Where: Bethlehem

Cost: $10 for adults ages 18+; $5 for children 17 and under

22. Gratz Fair

Farms, families, and fun are all on the ticket for the 2021 Gratz Fair. Delighting fair-goers since 1873 and the largest agricultural fair in Dauphin County, enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides and games, food, and loads of agricultural exhibits – sure to delight fair-goers of any age!

When: Sept. 19-25

Where: Gratz

Cost: Costs vary

23. Harmony Grange Fair

The Harmony Grange Fair features fun for the entire family and all walks of life. There are livestock competitions and agricultural exhibits sure to delight farmers and non-farmers alike. There are rides, and exciting live entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, including nightly tractor & truck pulls. And, of course, there is delicious fair foods, including a chicken BBQ!

When: Sept. 21-25

Where: Westover

Cost: Free admission

24. Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival

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Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival | Credit: Alicia Quinn

Whether or not you or your ancestors hail from the Emerald Isle, celebrate Irish heritage and culture in grand style at the 34th Annual Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival. The streets of Bethlehem fill with the sounds of Irish music, piping, and dance with six stages of continuous entertainment featuring international, national and regional Celtic artists. Cheer on your favorite Irish athlete at a variety of highland games and pick up authentic Irish merchandise for everyone on your list.

When: Sept. 24-26

Where: Bethlehem

Cost: Free admission

25. Marienville Oktoberfest

Marienville Oktoberfest Cars
Marienville Oktoberfest Cars | Credit: VisitPAGO

Ring in the fall season at the Marienville Oktoberfest! Activities include craft and food vendors, entertainment, bike races, tractor races, parade, pet parade, pumpkin bowling, a cornhusking contest, car show, business and home decorating contest, costume contest, and pumpkin decorating contest.

When: Sept. 24-26

Where: Marienville

Cost: Free admission

26. Mount Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival

For three magical days each fall, the streets of Mount Pleasant are transformed into festive walkways to celebrate the area’s rich glassmaking history and ethnic diversity at the Mount Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival. Enjoy this autumn tradition with more than 100 vendors, glassmaking demonstrations, great food, live entertainment, contests, crafts, jewelry, clothing, and a parade down Main Street.

When: Sept. 24-26

Where: Mount Pleasant

Cost: Free admission

27. Rally at the Rock

off road vehicles parked
Rally at the Rock

Say goodbye to yet another riding season during Rally at the Rock at the Rock Run Recreation Area. This three day celebration of spectacular ATV, UTV, and dirtbike- off-road riding features rides the park’s 150 miles of trails, guided tours of the park, food, vendors, and entertainment.

When: Sept. 24-26

Where: Patton

Cost: Costs vary

28. WineFest

Wine lovers – this one’s for you! The Wine Country Harvest Festival, or “WineFest,” showcases the expertise of northeast PA’s winemakers and grape growers. Part street fair, part arts and crafts festival, part music festival, and part harvest festival, it’s a weekend celebration of music, art, and, of course, the featured event – wine! Here is your chance to sample 100 different wines from more than a dozen area wineries and even try your feet out at a bit of grape stomping!

When: Sept. 24-26

Where: North East

Cost: Costs vary

29. Bloomsburg Fair

gaint wheel decorated with lights
Bloomsburg Fair

The 166th annual Bloomsburg Fair is one fair goers from near and far wait for each year. Featuring live entertainment by award-winning artists including this year’s headliners Jon Pardi, Brad Paisley, Pat Benatar with Neil Giraldo, Darci Lynne & Friends, and Chicago (additional tickets needed), there’s also plenty of free live performances. Enjoy a variety of fun rides, delicious food, carnival games, exhibits, shows, harness races, truck and tractor pulls, a monster truck race, and even a fiddle contest!

When: Sept. 24-Oct 2

Where: Bloomsburg

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

30. Hawley Harvest Hoedown

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Hawley Harvest Hoedown | Credit: Pocono Tourism

Celebrate fall with great music and festive activities set against a backdrop of gorgeous fall foliage along Hawley’s beautifully decorated streets and festive shop fronts at the Hawley Harvest Hoedown. On Saturday, enjoy a traditional street fair featuring games, crafts, hayrides, live music, pumpkin decorating, and other fun surprises, with the ever popular Fall Crawl pub tour lasting all week long.

When: Sept. 24-Oct. 3

Where: Hawley

Cost: Free admission

31. All Fired Up and Kicking Ash BBQ Competition

chicken wings and pork BBQ
All Fired Up and Kicking Ash BBQ Competition | Credit: visitPAGO

Get fired up because Cameron County Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual All Fired Up and Kicking Ash BBQ Competition. Here’s your chance to prove you have what it takes to kick some ash in the following categories: turkey, pork, ribs, brisket, chicken wings, sides and desserts, with the “Mystery Meat” winner taking home a prize of $500!

When: Sept. 25

Where: Emporium

Cost: Free

32. Oktoberfest 2021

Sorry kids, but this one’s for adults 21 years of age or older. Blue Mountain Resort’s Summit Courtyard outside the Summit Lodge is the place to be for Oktoberfest 2021! Enjoy live music, keg tapping, stein hoisting, traditional German food, and a selection of beer, of course, at this fun and iconic celebration of the season!

When: Sept. 26

Where: Palmerton

Cost: Free

33. Lippencott Alpaca Open House

kids playing with Alpacas
Lippencott Alpacas Open House | Credit: JoAnne Marshall

“Fall in Love” with alpacas and discover fiber, food, and fun at Lippencott Alpacas Open House! Craft and fiber demonstrations will be scheduled throughout the day along with opportunities for close encounters with alpacas. Hayrides, a hay play area, and kids’ activities will keep everyone happily engaged all afternoon long!

When: Sept. 25-26

Where: Waynesburg

Cost: Admission is free

34. The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival

Billed as the world’s largest general store, the folks at Country Junction believe pumpkins, that iconic fruit of fall (and, yes, they are a fruit!), deserve a month-long celebration. From late September through the month of October, pick your perfect pumpkin and enjoy games, hayrides, delicious food, a free petting farm, and jam to free live entertainment on Saturdays at The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival.

When: Sept. 25- Oct. 30

Where: Lehighton

Cost: Free

35. Scarecrows in the Village

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Scarecrows in the Village | Credit: Visit Bucks County

Every fall for more than four decades, Peddler’s Village has hosted Scarecrows in the Village. This fall, a hundred scarecrows dot the winding brick pathways of the autumn-tinted Village for eight fun-filled weeks. Some are inspired by famous characters, while others are humorous and some even scary! Visit to vote on your favorite, with the winners announced on Oct. 11 and on display through the end of October.

When: Sept. 6-Oct. 30

Where: New Hope

Cost: Free

36. Fall Carlisle

Calling all collector and classic automotive enthusiasts! 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. With 8,100 spaces of vendors selling a vast array of automotive parts, accessories, cars, collectibles and memorabilia, it's almost certain you won't go home empty handed!

When: Sept. 29-Oct. 3

Where: Carlisle

Cost: Costs vary

37. Sesame Place Spooktacular

Sesame Place Spooktacular
Sesame Place Spooktacular | Credit: Visit Bucks County

Come in costume for some silly and not-too-spooky fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place! The park is transformed into a family-friendly Halloween haven for guests to enjoy trick-or-treating around the park, Halloween-themed shows, and unique photo opportunities with everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume on their Halloween floats!

When: Sept. 18-Nov. 7

Where: Langhorne

Cost: Prices vary

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