Big Fall Festivals

Come get your apples at the National Apple Harvest Festival this fall

Fall in Pennsylvania means towns across the state invite visitors to soak in the splendor of autumn! Celebrate this colorful season at Pennsylvania’s iconic small town festivals. 

To find even more events that are happening around the state, check out the visitPA events page.

The Pocono Garlic Festival

Pocono Garlic Festival
The Pocono Garlic Festival

The Pocono Garlic Festival, held in the Poconos Sept. 2-3, is a garlic lover’s dream, with over 60 food and craft vendors! In addition to garlicky goodness, visitors can enjoy musical talent, local art displays, and plenty of children’s activities! 

The Pittsburgh Irish Festival

The Pittsburgh Irish Festival

Celebrate Irish history and tradition in Pittsburgh with the Pittsburgh Irish Festival Sept. 8-10. The festival draws more than 25,000 visitors each year to learn about the Irish culture through Celtic dance, music, literature, and other cultural mainstays.

The Whoopie Pie Festival

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Whoopie pies are the dessert of choice at the Whoopie Pie Festival

Head for the sprawling and beautiful grounds of the Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn in Strasburg on Sept. 9 to join the yearly fun of the Whoopie Pie Festival! The festival celebrates one of Lancaster County’s delicious and world-famous Pennsylvania Dutch confectionary icons in a big way through games, contests, music, and general culinary merriment. 

Mother Earth News Fair

Mother Earth news fair
Vendors at the Mother Earth News Fair showcase their organic local produce

Mother Earth News Fair is held from Sept. 15-17 in the Laurel Highlands and features dozens of demonstrations on renewable energy, agriculture, gardening, green building, green transportation, and natural health. Come to learn how to reduce your carbon footprint, shop for sustainable products, and enjoy organic local food and beverages.

The Hotel Hershey Wine & Food Festival

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The Hotel Hershey Wine & Food Festival

The Hotel Hershey Wine & Food Festival is back this year — with even more wine and tasting options! From Sept. 15-17, this festival gives visitors the option to choose from seven different experiences all tailored to fuel the passion for fine wine and delicious flavors. Enjoy everything from a comedy show Friday evening, a vineyard tour on Saturday, the Grand Tasting on Sunday, and more! Grab your friends and family and head to The Hotel Hershey’s Wine & Food Festival this fall.


Wine lovers should head to WineFest in Erie on Sept. 22-24 to sample 100 different wines! You can also enjoy the sounds of entertainers, try your luck at grape stomping, and meander through hundreds of exhibitor tents. 

Ebensburg PotatoFest

Enjoy all things potato  at the Ebensburg PotatoFest on Sept. 30, celebrating one of Cambria County's biggest agricultural exports. Children can enter potato sack races and potato-peeling contests, as well as a Miss Tater/Mr. Tot competition. More than 200 crafters and artisans line the streets for blocks with homemade wares and food of all kinds. Live entertainment, a myriad of crafts, good food (including potatoes!), bingo and face painting are just a few of the fun activities.

The Pittsburgh Pierogi Fest

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The Pittsburgh Pierogi Fest
Photo Credit: Kurt Miller

If you love pierogis, then head to the Pittsburgh Pierogi Fest on Sept. 24 at Kennywood Park! This festival gives visitors the opportunity to try pierogis from more than two dozen restaurants and chefs!

Autumn Leaf Festival

The nine-day international award-winning Autumn Leaf Festival is Sept. 30-Oct. 8, and will attract more than 500,000 people to Clarion in northwestern PA. Events and entertainment include carnival rides, the renowned Clarion Hospital “tournament of leaves parade,” crafters day, an antique tractor show, and much more!

The Autumn Timber Festival

Autmun Timber Festival
Lumberjack competitions are just one element
that you will see at the Autumn Timber Festival

The Autumn Timber Festival is Oct. 7-8 and showcases the beautiful fall foliage season in the Pocono Mountains, featuring lumberjack competitions, blacksmith demonstrations, chainsaw sculptures, live music, children’s activities, and more.

43rd Annual Harvest Festival

Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm is celebrating their 43rd Annual Harvest Festival Oct. 7-8! The 2017 theme is "The Forgotten Arts and Crafts," and will showcase traditional skills and heritage craft demonstrations such as spinning, weaving, yarn dyeing, basket making, and much more. There will also be folk entertainment, country food, pumpkin decorating, and pony rides.

Bedford Fall Foliage Festival

Celebrating its 53rd year, the Bedford Fall Foliage Festival, Oct. 7-8, 14-15, is organized entirely by volunteers and draws an estimated 70,000 attendees annually. Visitors can browse the work of more than 400 artists and craftsmen lining the streets and the square in Bedford and enjoy food and musical entertainment. Celebrating the essence of the season, the festival hosts two murder mystery evenings at Old Bedford Village. In Fort Bedford Park, scarecrow making and the antique car parade are just a few of the activities that make this event so special.

The National Apple Harvest Festival

National Apple Harvest Festival
The National Apple Harvest Festival

The National Apple Harvest Festival, which is held in Adams County during the first full two weekends in Oct. (Oct. 7-8 and Oct. 14-15), celebrates beautiful crafts, great music and wonderful food. The festival has something for everyone with hundreds of arts and craft dealers, demonstrations, contests, food stands and entertainment. 

Elk Mountain Fall Festival and Artists Open House Weekend

Elk Mountain Fall Festival and Artists Open House Weekend take place over Columbus Day Weekend each year and offer a weekend full of fall activity surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Northeastern Pennsylvania. So bring your friends and family and celebrate the fall season Oct. 10-11 with entertainment and harvest favorites!  

Fort Ligonier Days

Fort Ligonier Days
Fort Ligonier Days

Experience live reenactments at Fort Ligonier Days in the Laurel Highlands Oct. 13-15! This three-day fall festival commemorates the Battle of Fort Ligonier, a key engagement of the French and Indian War that was fought on Oct. 12, 1758. In addition to reenactments, visitors can experience the parade, live music, demonstrations, and several craft lots.

Chambourcin Weekend

LV Wine Trail
Vynecrest Winery
Photo Credit: Colin Coleman Photogrpahy

Fall is for foodies in Lehigh Valley! Wine lovers won’t want to miss the chance to explore the nine family-owned & operated locations along the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail during its annual Chambourcin Weekend Oct. 14-15. All nine wineries produce a Chambourcin wine, giving guests the chance to sample several varieties throughout their tours.

The Pocono Food Truck Festival

Food Truck Festival
The Pocono Food Truck Festival

The Pocono Food Truck Festival Oct. 14-15 is home to the best food trucks, art, crafts and live music in the region. The festival features over 25 food trucks from the Pocono Mountains, Lehigh Valley, New Jersey, New York City, and Philadelphia. Festival attendees will also get a chance to cast their vote for the best food truck!

Harry Potter Festival

Have you ever wondered what Butter Beer really tastes like or how it feels to stroll up and down Diagon Alley in search of various wizardry items? Have you wanted to don the Sorting Hat to find out which house you were destined for or better yet, to watch someone catch the Golden Snitch in a high stakes Quidditch match?   If so, wonder no more and plan to attend Chestnut Hill’s Annual Harry Potter Weekend on Oct. 19-21 in Philadelphia!

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