Now that autumn’s right around the corner, Pennsylvania’s getting ready to celebrate with a vast array of fall festivals – from paying homage to peanut butter to a day outdoors at a traditional carnival. Visit one or more of these 15 unique fall festivals in Pennsylvania for an unforgettable autumn experience.
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1. Peanut Butter Festival – New Bethlehem
Celebrate that delicious all-American treat, peanut butter, at New Bethlehem's annual Peanut Butter Festival, slated for September 18 through September 20 this year. The vibrant festival features a full schedule of events, including a 5K race, an inflatable carnival, a hot dog eating contest, and much more.
2. Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival – Langhorne
Enjoy the crisp autumn air as a boater or as a spectator at the second annual Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival at Core Creek Park on September 24. Numerous area restaurants and other vendors will also be on hand to sell their food and goods during the festival.
3. Kinzua Bridge State Park Fall Festival – Kane
Stop by Kinzua Bridge State Park on September 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, for the annual Fall Festival. Festival goers can browse vendors selling arts, crafts, and food while listening to live music that will be performed throughout the day. Admission is free.
4. Penn's Colony Festival – Saxonburg
Go back in time when you visit the annual Penn's Colony Festival, which runs from September 17 through 25 this year. Enjoy a plethora of activities, including battle reenactments, living history presentations, children's games, and a marketplace.
5. Washington & Greene Counties Covered Bridge Festival
Experience the quintessential charm of Pennsylvania's covered bridges at the annual Washington & Greene Counties Covered Bridge Festival, which will take place on September 17 and 18. Each of the 10 historical bridges - including the Brownlee Bridge (pictured above), Henry Bridge, and White Bridge - will feature activities and entertainment, such as wagon rides, reenactments, face painting, and a petting zoo. The free festival goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
6. Lyon's Fiddle Fest – Lyons
Celebrate the 33rd annual Lyon's Fiddle Fest on September 18, slated for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lyon's Park. Festival goers can listen to bands, including Crow Hill and Remington Ryde, or browse the many craft and other vendors during the daylong festival.
7. Mount Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival – Mount Pleasant
While the day away at the Mount Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival, which goes from September 23 through the 25. The festival features something for everyone: glass making demos, entertainment, and contests. Be sure to stop by the parade that marches down Main Street starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
8. Bloomsburg Fair – Bloomsburg
Head to Bloomsburg for one of the state's most popular fairs. The Bloomsburg Fair runs from September 24 to October 1. Festival goers will find plenty to do from traditional festival rides, games, and food to carriage rides, helicopter rides, and the sky ride.
9. Potato Fest – Ebensburg
Climb aboard the Tater Express Shuttle with Potato Fest as your final destination. The shuttle departs from Admiral Peary Vo-Tech and Central Cambria Pennsylvania Highlands Community College regularly from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on September 24. Enjoy live entertainment. Indulge in your favorite potato dishes. Browse the vendors selling their handcrafted products.
10. Central PA Ragtime Festival – Rockhill Furnace
Embrace the tradition of ragtime music at the Central Pennsylvania Ragtime Festival, slated for September 23 to 25. The three-day festival features morning workshops, evening concerts, and a musical.
11. Fabulous 1890s Weekend – Mansfield
Turn back the clock to the 1890s when you travel to Mansfield, the site of the first nighttime football game for the Fabulous 1890s Weekend, slated for September 23 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and September 24 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The weekend - which features hot air balloon rides, an apple pie baking contest, a fashion show, and a parade - culminates with fireworks.
12. Reading Pretzel Festival – Reading
Make your way to First Energy Stadium in Reading at 11 a.m. on September 24 where the fourth annual Reading Pretzel Fest kicks off for the day. Listen to live performances throughout the day as you sample some of the country's best pretzels.
13. Erie VegFest
Erie Veg Fest welcomes festival goers to celebrate the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle. Slated for September 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Zem Zem Shrine Club, Veg Fest will feature delicious food and presentations throughout the day.
14. Harvest Fest - Orrtanna
Toast the short autumn days at Harvest Fest at the Adams County Winery on September 24 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. A full afternoon of activities, including grape stomping and live music, is planned.
15. Autumn Leaf Festival – Clarion
Kick off the fall season at the Autumn Leaf Festival in Clarion, which runs from September 24 to October 2. One of the state's largest autumn celebrations, the Autumn Leaf Festival features carnival rides, cultural nights, and a farmer's and a crafter's show.
These unique fall festivals in Pennsylvania promise the perfect way to celebrate the season. Autumn also provides the ideal backdrop for a road trip to these
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