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October Events and Festivals in Pennsylvania

1. Fall Carlisle

Calling all collector and classic automotive enthusiasts! The 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.

When: Oct. 2 – 6


Where: Carlisle

Cost: Costs vary

2. King of Prussia Beerfest Royale

Find out what’s pouring at the King of Prussia Beerfest Royale, a beer-tastic event too big for just one day of celebration. The festivities include a tasting and pairing happy hour, games, music, food, and hoppy happiness.

When: Oct. 3 – 5

Where: King of Prussia

Cost: Costs vary

3. Covered Bridge and Arts Festival

Celebrate the arts at the 38th annual Covered Bridge and Arts Festival in Elysburg. Situated in the beautiful surroundings of Knoebels Amusement Resort, the event boasts nearly 350 crafters, vendors with regional delicacies for meals, wagon rides, and scenic guided tours of local covered bridges. Don’t miss Saturday’s “Fun Auction,” which features works of local craftsmen, and Sunday’s antique car show.

When: Oct. 3 – 6

Where: Elysburg

Cost: Free admission

4. HarvestFEST

Celebrate fall in a Big Valley way. From pumpkins to crafts to apple dumplings, the HarvestFEST has it all. Be sure to bring the kids for live music, pony rides, and face painting activities.

When: Oct. 4 – 5

Where: Reedsville

Cost: Free admission

5. Springs Folk Festival

Pay tribute to the arts, skills, and labors of our forefathers at the 63rd annual Springs Folk Festival. Watch weaving, hewing logs, and threshing grain demonstrations; take a hayride; and enjoy Pennsylvania Dutch sausage meals.

When: Oct. 4 – 5

Where: Springs

Cost: $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-18, free for children ages 5 and under

6. Applefest

Enjoy the beauty of Franklin’s fall season with Applefest, a celebration of everything apple. There will be cider press making, an apple pancake breakfast, and a visit from Johnny Appleseed himself. Stop by on Sunday to check out a display of hundreds of antique and classic cars and trucks.

When: Oct. 4 – 6

Where: Franklin

Cost: Free admission

7. Confluence Pumpkinfest

The fall foliage season isn’t complete without the Confluence Pumpkinfest. Join the celebration for family-friendly activities, including the largest pumpkin contest, the Pumpkinfest Queen Pageant, and antique tractor show.

When: Oct. 4 – 6

Where: Confluence

Cost: Free admission

8. Oktoberfest

Experience German culture done Pennsylvania-style at Oktoberfest in Bethlehem. Sample brews from large Yuengling Beirgartens, listen to live polka, get your fill of authentic German food, and watch axe-wielding lumberjacks of the Great Lakes Timber Show.

When: Oct. 4 – 6 and 11 – 13

Where: Bethlehem

Cost: Free admission

9. Smicksburg Fall Festival

Take a beautiful scenic drive through the rolling hills of Amish Country on your way to the annual Smicksburg Fall Festival. Celebrate the season with fall merchandise, live entertainment, demonstrations, and fall foliage.

When: Oct. 5 – 6

Where: Smicksburg

Cost: Free admission

10. Portersville Steam Show Fall Fling

Take a step back in time to embrace history and heritage at the Portersville Steam Show Fall Fling. The unique festival replicates a wide variety of agriculture from the 1920s, featuring tractor pulls, steam engines, train rides, crafts, a flea market, and live demonstrations.

When: Oct. 5 – 6

Where: Portersville

Cost: $5

11. Delmont Apple 'N Arts Festival

Find handmade items from local crafters and eat delicious food, hot apple cider, and homemade apple treats at the annual Delmont Apple 'N Arts Festival. Featuring more than 150 arts and crafts vendors and 30 food vendors, this family craft show welcomes between 30,000-40,000 attendees each year.

When: Oct. 5 – 6

Where: Delmont

Cost: Free admission

12. Pennsylvania Apple & Cheese Festival

Travel to the family-friendly Manley-Bohlayer Farm for the Pennsylvania Apple & Cheese Festival. The largest show of its kind, the event features entertainment suitable for all. Catch juggling tricks; discover the world of magic; make apple butter, cider press apple, and cheese desserts; and sample wine and cheese.

When: Oct. 5 – 6

Where: Canton

Cost: $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 13-18, free for children ages 12 and under

13. Ghosts & Goblins 2019

Prepare to be spooked! The 36th annual Ghost & Goblins is triple the terror and triple the fun! Lincoln Caverns and Whispering Rocks offers evening terror tours and Saturday family friendly tours through the haunted caves. Each ticket includes three haunted experiences, including the newest addition – the haunted hayride!

When: Oct. 5, 11 – 12, 18 – 19, 25 – 26

Where: Huntingdon

Cost: Costs vary

14. Bedford Fall Foliage Festival

Make your way to the crisp mountains of central Pennsylvania for the annual Bedford Fall Foliage Festival. Browse the work of more than 400 artists and craftsmen, make scarecrows, and watch an antique car parade.

When: Oct. 5 – 6 and 12 – 13

Where: Bedford

Cost: Free admission

15. National Apple Harvest Festival

Indulge your sweet tooth with pie-eating and apple-bobbing contests at the National Apple Harvest Festival, where Southern PA has been celebrating the apple for more than 50 years. Take a hayride, visit the petting zoo, ride a pony, check out antique and classic cars, watch chainsaw carving, and purchase apple memorabilia.

When: Oct. 5 – 6 and 12 – 13

Where: Biglerville

Cost: Costs vary

16. Fall Foliage Festival

Watch the picturesque town of Jim Thorpe come alive with entertainment, old-fashioned train rides, arts and crafts, ethnic food, and antiques during the annual Fall Foliage Festival. Listen to music at venues all over town and explore quaint shops and restaurants. Climb aboard a steam train for a unique view of the Pocono Mountains’ best fall foliage.

When: Oct. 5 – 6, 12 – 13 and 19 – 20

Where: Jim Thorpe

Cost: Free admission

17. Skippack Days Arts & Crafts Festival

Make the pilgrimage to Skippack Village for one of the most anticipated fall festivals of the year. The annual Skippack Days Arts & Crafts Festival features artisans and crafters, great food, and live entertainment lining the Village streets.

When: Oct. 6 – 7

Where: Skippack

Cost: Free admission

18 Johnny Appleseed Festival

Relive the history of the impressive logging boom era at the 14th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival, where the skills of old are the competitive events of today. From the wine tasting event, crafts, antique appraisals, and apple pie baking contest to chain saw carving, professional lumberjack competition, and fireworks, the Johnny Appleseed Festival is packed with fall fun.

When: Oct. 11 – 13

Where: Sheffield

Cost: Free admission

19 Fall Pumpkin Fest

Join in on the family fun at the 29th annual Fall Pumpkin Fest in Conneaut Lake. The three-day event is jam packed with rides, great food, giant pumpkin drops, entertainment, artisans and crafters, and bluegrass music.

When: Oct. 11 – 13

Where: Conneaut Lake

Cost: Free admission

20. Fort Ligonier Days

Commemorate the Battle of Fort Ligonier, a key engagement of the French and Indian War at the 60th annual Fort Ligonier Days. On the grounds of the Fort, you’ll find a living history encampment showing frontier life, military tactics, drills, cannon firing, handmade items, and music from 1758.

When: Oct. 11 – 13

Where: Ligonier

Cost: Free admission

21. Harvest Festival

Enjoy harvest time on the farm at the 45th annual Harvest Festival in Stroudsburg. Learn about heritage crafts and traditional skills such as spinning, weaving, broom making, scrapple making, apple butter making, basket making, and candle making; take a horse-drawn wagon ride; and interact with French and Indian War reenactors.

When: Oct. 12-13

Where: Stroudsburg

Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-12

22. Harvest and Heritage Days

Roll into fall with the Harvest and Heritage Days in historic Honesdale. Take part in seasonal fun, including pumpkin painting, horse-drawn hayrides, railroad train excursions, an antique car cruise, and a farmers market.

When: Oct. 12 – 13

Where: Honesdale

Cost: Free admission

23. Autumn Timber Festival

Catch a glimpse of nature’s splendor at the Autumn Timber Festival in East Stroudsburg. Enjoy lumberjack competitions, watch blacksmith and saw mill demos, and see chainsaw sculptures.

When: Oct. 12 – 13

Where: East Stroudsburg

Cost: $12.50 for adults, $8.50 for children ages 5-12, free for children ages 4 and under

24. Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest

Nothing says fall like orange leaves and the return of pumpkin flavor. The two-day Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest brings the community together for pumpkin carving, a whoopie pie eating contest, a pumpkin pie baking contest, and pumpkin painting activities.

When: Oct. 12 – 13

Where: Enola

Cost: Free admission

25. Harvest Days Festival

Mark your calendar for the Harvest Days Festival, Landis Valley's oldest and largest family event. The two-day event is perfect for a family affair, featuring exhibits, horse-drawn wagon rides, and a children's discovery tent. Taste heirloom varieties of apples and watch them become apple butter and cider, witness wool go from sheep to shawl, and pick a pumpkin to decorate.

When: Oct. 12 – 13

Where: Lancaster

Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for children ages 6-11, free for children ages 5 and under

26. Harvest Festival

Make your way to the Harvest Festival in Waynesburg for historic demonstrations of 19th and 20th century life and industry. Watch artisan vendors recreate homespun crafts, including woodworking, and primitive crafts and reenactors demonstrate military life during the Civil War era.

When: Oct. 12 – 13

Where: Waynesburg

Cost: Free admission

27. Country Fall Festival

Stroll the sidewalks of historic Zelienople and Harmony during the Country Fall Festival. Catch live entertainment, watch historic encampments, browse antiques, and shop a farmers market.

When: Oct. 12 – 13

Where: Zelienople and Harmony

Cost: Free admission

28. Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Christmas Festival

Get an early start on your Christmas decorating and holiday shopping at the 25th annual Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Christmas Festival in Washington. Browse the finest crafts from more than 230 booths, sample holiday cinnamon-roasted almonds, and take a photograph with Santa Claus.

When: Oct. 18 – 20 and 26 – 27

Where: Washington

Cost: $6 for adults, $5.50 for seniors, $1 for children ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and under

29. Pumpkin Glow

Hershey Gardens lights up the night for the annual Pumpkin Glow – a family-friendly, Halloween-themed event. Kids are encouraged to bring a flashlight, dress in costume, and collect candy along the pathway of more than 200 carved jack-o-lanterns.

When: Oct. 18 – 19 and 25 – 26

Where: Hershey

Cost: Costs vary

30. Pocono Food Truck & Art Festival

Satisfy your appetite with the Pocono Food Truck & Art Festival, featuring a lineup of more than 25 vendors. Try the best food on wheels ranging from sweet and savory to spicy and delicious, and cast your vote for your favorite truck. Start your holiday shopping early and browse artwork from the region’s most talented painters, crafters, photographers, and sculptors.

When: Oct. 19 – 20

Where: East Stroudsburg

Cost: $12.50 for adults, $8.50 for children ages 5-12, free for children ages 4 and under

31. Fall Furnace Fest

Fall into the fall season with Fall Furnace Fest, a two-day family weekend event featuring food and craft vendors, live musical entertainment, environmental education programs, historical demonstrations, hayrides, pumpkin carving, scarecrow making, crafts, and campsite decorating.

When: Oct. 19 – 20

Where: Gardners

Cost: Free admission

32 Canal-O-Ween

Enjoy the spirit of Halloween at this week-long celebration of jack-o-lantern lighting. Canal-O-Ween embraces the natural beauty and fun of the season with Carve-O-Thon - the carving of more than 300 pumpkins in three hours. Bring your own pumpkin or carve one at the festival to join in on the fun!

When:Oct. 27 – Nov. 2


Cost:Free admission

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