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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. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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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