Fall Pennsylvania Festivals in 2016
We currently have listed dates for more than 30 fall festivals in PA in 2016. That is more than we have in most other states. So if you live in or near Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, you are in luck. There is probably a number of things to do this autumn that you can pack into your calendar. If you don’t find the right food or beer festival for your taste on this list, don’t forget to also check out the celebrations of Oktoberfest in PA. There are now quite a few German festival options on that list as well. If we are missing any festivals, please let us know!
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
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Green-Dreher-Sterling Fair – Newfoundland, PA – August 26 – September 4, 2016. This is an amazing event with all types of activities and live entertainment. Also see a Truck Pull, Tractor Pull, Scarecrow Contest, and Turkey calling contest.
Lancaster Craft Beer Fest – Lancaster, PA – August 27, 2016
4th annual event. The beer garden is the block surrounding Lancaster Square and Binns Park. 30+ breweries and 70+ beers. Food court, vendors and live music.
Great Allentown Fair – Allentown, PA – August 30 – September 5, 2016
KISS will be there on September 1st for its Summer American “Freedom to Rock” Tour and Meghan Trainor will be there on September 3rd for “The Untouchable Tour.”
Cornstock Festival – Tunkhannock, pA – September 2-4, 2016
A three day celebration of acoustic and roots music set in Northeast Pennsylvania.
La Festa Italiana – Scranton, PA – September 2-5, 2016
A celebration of culture and cuisine over Labor Day Weekend.
Pocono Garlic Festival – Shawnee, PA – September 3-4, 2016
35 garlic stations of food to try at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area. 10 AM to 6 PM. Advance ticket sales are from May until early September. Arts & crafts, entertainment, garlic eating contest, chopped garlic cooking competition and children’s area with petting zoo and more entertainment.
Kipona Festival – Harrisburg, PA – September 3-5, 2016
100th Anniversary of Kipona at RiverFront Park & City Island. Native American Pow Wow, Festival of India, live music, fireworks, food trucks, and more.
Polish American Festival – Doylestown, PA – Sept 3-5 & 10-11, 2016
The 51st annual festival runs from noon to 8 PM. Admission is $12 per person, which includes unlimited midway rides but not extreme rides. Crafter’s Village will have handmade items such as jewelry, quilts, dolls, toys, bags, children’s clothes and decorations. Polish and American food including Pierogi, Potato Placki, Grilled Kielbasa, and Golabki. Two stages of entertainment with live music, dancing and more.
Schuylkill Wine Festival – Hegins, PA – September 4, 2016
Local winery tasting, live entertainment, table decorating contest and more. Tickets are $12 (advanced) and $15 (gate). Admission includes wine tasting bracelet, glass, chance to win a wine basket
Hanover Chili Cook Off – September 4, 2016
A day of award winning chili and music raising funds for local charities.
Chile Pepper Festival – Bowers, PA – September 9-10, 2016
21st annual event. Jalapeno eating contest, salsa contest, field excursion, live music and more. Admission by suggested donation.
Northern Appalachian Folk Festival – Indiana, PA – September 9-11, 2016
Dedicated to preserving the music, art and culture of the Northern Appalachian region. Kid’s Alley includes carnival games, arts & crafts, square dancing and more.
Dauphin County Jazz and Wine Festival – September 9-11, 2016
10th anniversary at Fort Hunter Park. Weekend passes are $30 in advance and $40 at the door.
A Fair in the Park – Pittsburgh, PA – September 9-11, 2016
An annual contemporary art and craft festival in Mellon Park that has been running for nearly 50 years.
Hay Creek Festival – Berks County, PA – Sept 9-11, 2016
Enjoy the apple specialties and fall air at the peak harvest. Free admission and parking with donation requested.
Milton Harvest Festival – Milton, PA – September 9-17, 2016
A tradition since 1977. Parades, pageant, 28 mile bike race, scarecrow contests, 5K run, arts & crafts.
York Fair – York, PA – September 9-18, 2016
America’s first fair was held in the historic Old Town of York in 1765.
Haverford Music Festival – Havertown, PA – September 10, 2016
A family music festival that serves as the primary fundraiser for the Haverford Township Civic Council.
Steel City Big Pour – Pittsburgh, PA – September 10, 2016
Taste of Dormont – Dormont, PA – September 10, 2016
Sample foods from local restaurants and try PA wines and beers. Music from the Good Guys Duo. Hours are 5 – 9:30 PM. Tickets are $32.50 per person.
Pennsylvania Endless Mountains Fiber Festival – Harford, PA – September 10-11, 2016
Breed display, free demonstrations, workshops, contests and silent auction.
Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival – Gettysburg, PA – September 10-11, 2016
Live music, art, food and wines from 25 different PA wineries. Located at the Gateway Gettysburg Complex.
Kennett Square Mushroom Festival – Kennett Square, PA – September 10-11, 2016
31st annual event in the Mushroom Capital of the World. Held on the weekend after Labor Day. Attendance is estimated at up to 100,000 guests.
Erie Irish Festival – September 16-18, 2016
A weekend of Irish music and Celtic energy at St. Patrick’s Church.
New Bethlehem Peanut Butter Festival – New Bethlehem, PA – September 16-18, 2016
Located at Gumtown Park. Carnival, Mountain Bike Race, 5K Race, Health Walk, Parade, Classic Car Cruise, Tractor Show, Motorcycle Rally and Stage Entertainment. Free admission.
Butler Fall Festival – Butler, PA – September 17, 2016
Newtown Beerfest – Newtown Borough, PA – September 17, 2016
Beer Tasting, Live Music, Food & Fun at The Stockings Works.
Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Festival – Lahaska, PA – September 17-18, 2016
A weekend of family fun including scarecrow competition, scarecrow-making workshops, pumpkin pie-eating contests, pumpkin painting, live musical entertainment and children’s activities. Free admission and parking. Workshop Fee is $30 per scarecrow with a maximum of 4 people per scarecrow.10 AM – 6 PM.
Great Lakes International Film Festival – Erie, PA – September 22, 2016
15th annual event featuring independent digital films.
Celtic Classic – Bethlehem, PA – Sept 23-25, 2016
The U.S. National Highland Games Championship where Professional Highland Athletes from across the U.S. compete
Ebensburg Potato Fest – Edensburg, PA – September 24, 2016
25th annual event celebrating Cambria County potatoes. Arts, crafts, live music, entertainment and more. Free admission.
Mount Pocono HarvestFest – Mount Pocono, PA – September 24, 2016
Food, crafts, children’s activities and entertainment at the Pocono Mountain Volunteer Fire Company Carnival Grounds.
Pippinfest – Fairfield, PA – September 24-25, 2016
Community yard sale on Saturday. Sunday has a drive-in car show, swap meet, quilt show, pottery display, food, music and more. Free admission and free parking.
Bloomsburg Fair – Bloomsburg, PA – September 24 – October 1, 2016
The 160th annual event will be one of the largest agricultural fairs on the east coast. Total attendance topped 400,000 in 2014. Livestock, antique tractor pull, carnival, horse racing, carriage rides and more.
Autumn Leaf Festival – Clarion, PA – September 24 – October 2, 2016. A local classic for over 60 Years. This is a 9 day internationally award winning festival that attracts over 500,000 people. Lots of fun things to do like a Kiddies Parade, Autorama, Parade, Junior Olympics, Tractor and Truck show, and did we mention lots of food and live entertainment.
Downingtown FallFest – Downingtown, PA – September 25, 2016
Beer garden, BMX show, food and craft vendors, and more.
Scranton Fringe Festival – September 29 – October 2, 2016
Midtown Village Fall Festival – Philadelphia, PA – October 1, 2016
A popular autumn street festival in Center City on 13th Street.
Bridge Bust – Columbia, PA – October 1, 2016
An arts and crafts festival on Veterans Memorial Bridge across the Susquehanna River.
Delmont Apple ‘n Arts Festival – October 1-2, 2016
A festival for apple and craft enthusiasts at Shields Farm.
Pennsylvania Apple ‘n Cheese Festival – Canton, PA – October 1-2, 2016
Art & photography show, juried crafts, food vendors, wine & cheese tasting, apple & cheese desserts, cider pressing, free entertainment, demonstrations and more. Adult admission is $5. Free parking.
Bedford’s Fall Foliage Festival, PA – Bedford, PA – October 1-2 & 8-9, 2016
52nd anniversary event with an estimated 70,000 visitors between both weekends. Antique Car Parade.
The National Apple Harvest Festival – Arendstville, PA – October 1-2& 8-9, 2016
50 years of food, crafts and music on the first two weekends in October. Orchard tours, petting zoo, craftsmen demonstrations, antique cars and more. Held at the South Mountain Fairgrounds.
King of Prussia Beerfest Royale – King of Prussia, PA – October 6 & 8, 2016
The Donnerstag: Happy Hour is on Thursday and Beerfest Royale sessions on Saturday. Tasting mug, beer samples, live music, free parking and more. Event proceeds benefit King of Prussia District.
Franklin Applefest – Franklin, PA – October 7-9, 2016
Enjoy food, free entertainment, arts/crafts, 5K and car show beginning the first Friday in October.
Lehigh RiverFest – October 7-9, 2016
A community of boaters enjoys rapids and festival fun on the Lehigh River.
Houston Pumpkin Festival – Houston, PA – October 7-9, 2016
A community tradition since 1984 loated at the American Legion Post #902 Picnic Grounds. Pumpkin related contests, food & craft vendors, children’s games, parade, music and entertainment. Admission is free.
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm Harvest Festival – October 8-9, 2016
Enjoy harvest on the farm. 42nd annual event. Adult admission is $10 with children ages 3-12 $5.
Autumn Timber Festival – Shawnee on Delaware, PA – October 8-9, 2016
Live music, food & craft vendors, trick dog shows, blacksmithing demos, chainsaw sculptures and children’s activities.
Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest – Enola, PA – October 8-9, 2016
17th annual event. Held at Adams-Ricci Park. Car show on Saturday. Craft vendors, games, inflatables, contests, food and entertainment.
Fort Ligonier Days – Ligonier, PA – October 14-16, 2016
A three day outdoor festival commemorating a key battle in the French and Indian War.
Conneaut Lake Fall Pumpkin Fest – October 14-16, 2016
A weekend of food, crafts and live entertainment in Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Scranton Bonfire Festival – October 15, 2016
Sixth annual bonfire at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces explores the roots of Halloween in Celtic Culture and and raises funds for the Anthracite Heritage Museum.
Head of the Schuylkill Regatta – Philadelphia, PA – October 29-30, 2016
The Schuylkill River near Boathouse Row will have world champions and Olympic medalists competing for the Gold Cup trophy.
Future Events – 2017
If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.
We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!
Great Stoneboro Fair – September 2-7, 2015
Heinz Field Rib Festival – September 3-7, 2015
Taste of Hamburg-er – Hamburg, PA – September 5, 2015
12th annual event. Burger stands, other grub, live music, arts/crafts, and competitions including burger eating contests, mooing contest, Dine and Dash Burgers and Trail Race and more.
Made in America Music Festival – Philadelphia, PA – September 5-6, 2015. One of the largest music festivals and event in the country. Features about 100 live musicians on stages including music by Beyoncé, Nick Jonas, and many more. Held in downtown Philadelphia along Ben Franklin Parkway.
West Alexander Fair – September 7-12, 2015
Pittsburgh Irish Festival – Homestead, PA – Sept 11-13, 2015
Lake Augusta Wine and Brew Festival – Lake Augusta, PA – September 19, 2015. Celebrate libations, music, food and Lake Augusta on the banks of Sunbury.
PA Sweet Potato Festival – Stewartstown, PA – September 26, 2015
14th annual event held at The Wellness Farm from 11 AM until 6 PM. Dig your own sweet potatoes. Contests, games and lots of festival food made from sweet potatoes. Adult admission is $3.
Market Street Festival – Selinsgrove, PA – September 26, 2015.
Ligonier Highland Games – Ligonier, PA – September 26, 2015
Harvest Fest at St. Mary’s – Hamburg, PA – October 2-3, 2015
Fall Festival with homemade foods, great entertainment and fun for all ages. St. Mary Church, 94 Walnut Rd, Hamburg, PA.
Confluence PumpkinFest – Confluence, PA – October 2-4, 2015. Features a 5k run, queen pageant, antique and classic car show, parade, tractor pull, live music, and great food choices.
Bensalem Fall Festival – Bensalem, PA – October 3, 2015
Greater Northeast Philadelphia beerfest – Philadelphia, PA – October 3, 2015. A great day for beer lovers. Held under giant tents at Cannstatter, 9130 Academy Rd., Philadelphia.
Apple & Pumpkin Festival – Monhongahela, PA – October weekends 2015.
Johnny Appleseed Festival – Sheffield, PA – October 9-11, 2015
Fireworks, professional lumberjack competition, food, crafts, apple pie baking contest, antique tractor pull, draft horse pull, wine tasting event, antiques appraisal and music.
Hay Creek Apple Festival – Berks County, PA – October 10-11, 2015. Great family fun at the peak of apple harvesting time. Held at Historic Joanna Furnace off of Route 10.
Bethlehem Harvest Festival – Bethlehem, PA – October 10, 2015
10th annual event. Biergarten, beer/wine/soup tastings, live music and more.
River City Festival – Philadelphia, PA – October 10, 2015. Held at Penn Treaty Park in Philadelphia is this 8th annual festival. Live entertainment by TJ Kong, The Lawsuits, Matt Pond, and many more. Features family fun and great food choices.
Rotary Harvest & Wine Festival – Tunkhannock, PA – October 10, 2015. Live entertainment all day. Features PA Wineries and craft vendors. Held at Lazy Brook Park.
Waterville Apple Butter Festival – Waterville, PA – October 10-11, 2015.
Stroudsburg Harvest Festival – Stroudsburg, PA – October 10-11, 2015. Ran or shine enjoy games, contests, live entertainment, demonstrations, French and Indian War soldier reenactments and so much more. Held at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA.
Sullivan County Fall Festival – Forksville, PA – October 10-11, 2015. Held at the Fairgrounds, 4430 Route 154, Forksville. See National Chainsaw Carving Competition, free entertainment, all type of crafts, demonstrations, and food concessions.
Cheltenham Community Harvest Festival – Elkins Park, PA – October 17, 2015. Enjoy all day music and entertainment, hayrides, a craft fair, inflatable amusements, township vehicles on display, pumpkin decorating, and of course a delicious food court. Stay for the fireworks at dark. Held at Curtis Arboretum, Church Road and Greenwood Avenue in Wyncote.
New Oxford Harvest Day – New Oxford, PA – October 24, 2015. Features local parade, craft show, fun family activities, great food and more.
First Glance Film Festival – Philadelphia, PA – October 2015.
Easton Garlic Fest – Easton, PA – October 3-4, 2015
Terror Film Festival – Philadelphia, PA – October 2015.
Pumpkin Beer Festival – The Institute Bar – Philadelphia, PA – October 10, 2015
Pumpkin Smash – City Tap House – Philadelphia, PA – October 11, 2015
Eerie Horror Film Festival & Expo – Erie, PA – October 16-18, 2015
Beaver Fall Festival and Halloween Hop – Beaver, PA – October 14, 2015
Pittsburgh Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival – Pittsburgh, PA – October 30, 2015
McCoole’s Fall Beer Festival – Quakertown, PA – Fall 2015
Pittsburgh Bellydance Festival – November 6-8, 2015
Competition, workshops and more at the Pittsburgh Dance Center.
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival – Oaks, PA – Nov 6-8, 2015
Juried Fine Art & Craft Festival. Indoors at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Free Parking.
Saint Vincent Festival of Trees – Erie, PA – Nov 25-29, 2015
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