The 10 Best Fall Festivals in Pennsylvania!

During the fall season, Pennsylvania is a magical place. Towns transform to celebrate and enjoy the beauty of autumn—with fairs, parades, fireworks, and a whole lot more. Festive cuisine, crafts, and events are aplenty. Celebrate it all this season in the Keystone State. Here are our picks for the top 10 fall festivals.

1. Pennsylvania Apple & Cheese Festival, Canton, PA

Taking place over the first weekend in October, the Apple & Cheese Festival is a celebration of all things delicious. Visitors to this family-friendly festival may enjoy making apple butter, pairing wine and cheese for tastings, live entertainment, chainsaw carving, and more—all amidst some truly breathtaking fall scenery.

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2. Mansfield Heritage Festival, Mansfield, PA

Fall is football season, and the Heritage Festival in Mansfield celebrates its kickoff by replaying the first nighttime football game in America. It’s by an affair for the whole family, which includes a crafts exhibit mom will love, a parade for the kids, rides, music, and of course, tasty treats for everyone in attendance. Oh, and let's not forget—the fireworks finale!

3. The Annual Autumn Leaf Festival, Clarion, PA

If we had to name the biggest attraction at Clarion’s autumn leaf festival, it would have to be the “Tournament of Leaves Parade,” which also happens to be the state’s biggest daytime parade. The festival itself, which features craft vendors, a carnival, and fireworks attracts over 500,000 attendees each year over the span of nine days. This internationally award-winning event is one not to miss this season, that’s for sure.

4. Bloomsburg Fair, Bloomsburg, PA

Spread over 236 acres, the Bloomsburg Fair is, without question, the Keystone State’s biggest agricultural fair. Fairgoers have opportunities to view a variety of animal exhibits, arts and crafts vendors, and taste a wide array of delicious fair treats. But the highlight each year has to be the top-quality musicians, who entertain at the grandstand every night.

5. Bedford Fall Foliage Festival, Bedford, PA

Drawing approximately 70,000 attendees every year, the Bedford Fall Foliage Festival is a popular attraction. More than 400 artisans and craftspeople descend on Bedford’s square accompanied by live music and food galore. Fort Bedford Park features an antique car show and scarecrow making. In an effort to stick with the season’s spooky theme, the festival also organizes popular murder mystery evenings.

6. Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival, Jim Thorpe, PA

Jim Thorpe’s Fall Foliage Festival is a celebration of all things fall over three weekends in October. Beautiful fall foliage makes for a perfectly picturesque backdrop against live entertainment, antique train rides, arts and crafts shows, antiques, and flavorful fall food. The festival doesn’t stop after the town square, either—in fact, shops and restaurants celebrate with live music too. To cap off the weekends, the opera house will host live entertainment every Saturday night during the festival.

7. Applefest, Franklin, PA

Apple aficionados adore Franklin’s annual Applefest, which features hundreds of arts and crafts booths, live music and entertainment, an antique car show, fresh food, and all things apple. Apple activities include cider press making, apple pie eating contests, and an apple pancake breakfast.

8. Cherry Crest Farm Harvest Festival, Ronks, PA

The Harvest Festival at Cherry Crest Farm delights both young and old visitors every Saturday with its five-acre corn maze, face painting, scarecrow making, pony rides, and pumpkin decorating. Festivalgoers can also enjoy picking their own ears of corn to pop in the microwave at home at this mum-covered farm.

9. The National Apple Harvest Festival, Arendtsville, PA

The National Apple Harvest Festival has been drawing people to Pennsylvania with tasty treats, awesome live music, arts and crafts, demonstrations, and more for more than 50 years. The festival takes place over the first two weekends in October and packs enough activities and entertainment to make the whole weekend memorable.

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10. Wands & Wizards, Philadelphia, PA

Drawing a crowd each year is the Chestnut Hill neighborhood’s Harry Potter-themed festival, now being called Wands & Wizards. There’s a pub crawl, butterbeer galore, quidditch matches, chocolate frogs, and more. Make your way to this Harry Potter festival for an unforgettable experience this fall.

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