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September Events and Festivals in Pennsylvania

The sun may be setting on summer, but the Happy Traveler knows adventure never ends in Pennsylvania. We’re kicking off September with a three-day weekend in observation of Labor Day, and we’re going to keep checking activities off our bucket list all month long! Tickle your taste buds at a beer and wine event, check out the local scene at a community fair, or take a scenic drive through the backroads to admire our incredible covered bridges. No matter which path you take, know you’re bidding adieu to the summer in true Keystone style.

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

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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