Late summer and early fall are the perfect times to explore Cumberland Valley. Not only is the weather enjoyable, but festivals and events are plentiful and our farms offer a variety of goodies to take home or pick yourself. View a collection of fun activities below and fill your weekends with local events and locally-grown food.
Festivals & Events
Uprise Festival @ Shippensburg Fairgrounds - September 13 & 14
This outdoor music festival celebrates 15 years of family fun and Christian music in 2019 with almost 40 bands, along with food, merchandise and family-friendly activities including a petting zoo.
Fall Fest & Bluegrass Festival @ Stony Ridge Park - September 21
Fall Fest and the Bluegrass Festival have merged this year to bring a great day of fun and musical entertainment to visitors. Guests can enjoy activities including a hay maze and hayrides, inflatables for all ages, and face painting. Entertainment includes chainsaw carving, BMX Pro Riders Stunt Show, live music, dance routines, and Martial Arts & Tae Kwon Do demonstrations. Admission and parking are free.
Harvest of the Arts @ Downtown Carlisle - September 28
Harvest of the Arts hosts 100 juried artists exhibiting works in all mediums including pottery, photography, paintings, wood, glass, jewelry, and metal. Plan to experience the art, live music, large food court, and Kids' Alley, which provides non-stop children's fun.
New Cumberland Apple Festival @ New Cumberland Borough Park - September 28
Welcome apple season with homemade crafts, food vendors, an apple pie contest, and entertainment.
Oktoberfest @ U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center - October 4-6
Join the Carlisle Barracks for a good time filled with entertainment, carnival games and rides, and the unveiling of the official brew of the Army War College.
Garden Harvest Day @ Kings Gap - October 6
Celebrate fall on the mountain with comfort food, apple cider pressing, apple butter making, pumpkin painting, bird feeder building, children's games and crafts, hayrides, self-guided mansion and garden tours, and more.
Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest @ Adams-Ricci Park - October 12 & 13
A two-day community event featuring crafts, food, games, contests, and entertainment. The weekend's activities include pumpkin carving, whoopee pie eating contest, pumpkin pie baking contest, and paint a pumpkin.
U-Pick Farms & Markets
Paulus Farm Market in Mechanicsburg - Fun at the farm includes tubes, tires, and tunnels. Kids can explore the Construction Zone, Dirt Diner, or the Wooden Tractor and let their imagination run wild. You can also visit the animals, shop for produce or pick-your-own flowers and pumpkins.
Paulus Orchards in Dillsburg - Visit in September and October with the entire family for the themed five-acre corn maze, wagon rides, pedal karts, tube slides, a corn shed, and play area. You can also pick pumpkins.
Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses in Mechanicsburg - Fall fun includes hayrides, field games, hay slides, a corn maze and more. Ashcombe also offers a variety of classes, a large garden center, and a gift shop.