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
This outdoor music festival returns to the Shippensburg Fairgrounds for another year of family fun and Christian music with almost 40 bands on three stages, along with food, merchandise, and family-friendly activities including a petting zoo.
Harvest of the Arts - September 25, 2021
Harvest of the Arts in Downtown Carlisle 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 a Kids' Alley with non-stop children's fun. The festival also features Meeting of the Marques, a display of automobiles as mobile art.
Welcome apple season with homemade crafts, food vendors, an apple pie contest, and entertainment in New Cumberland Borough Park.
Sunflower Festival - September 25, 2021
The annual Sunflower Festival at Meadowbrooke Gourds' farm in Carlisle features craft vendors, food trucks, an Oops sale, musical entertainment, and 50 acres of sunflowers free for the picking.
Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest - October 9 & 10, 2021
A two-day community event in Adams-Ricci Park, Enola, featuring 250 vendors, food, games, contests, kids' activities, and entertainment.
Destination Carlisle's Halloweekend - October 15-17, 2021
Downtown Carlisle's family-friendly weekend event features a pumpkin patch, games, spooky photo opportunities, ghostly entertainment, and trick-or-treating on Spooky Saturday.
Fall Furnace Fest - October 16 & 17, 2021
This two-day family-friendly festival at Pine Grove Furnace State Park features food and craft vendors, live musical entertainment, historical demonstrations, hayrides, pumpkin carving, scarecrow making, and the famous Legend of the Hairy Hand and Pumpkin Float on Fuller Lake
U-Pick Farms & Markets
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. In October, Paulus offers daily hayrides and the Pumpkin' Chunkin' cannon is open the last two weekends of the month.
Visit in September and October with the entire family for the themed five-acre corn maze, wagon rides, and a children's play area that includes a mega slide, straw bale mountain, little log houses, pedal karts, corn shed, and more. You can also pick apples and pumpkins.
Ashcombe Fall Harvest offers a number of weekend events including apple, scarecrow, and pumpkin-themed weekends with fun hayrides and games. Ashcombe also offers a variety of classes, a large garden center, and a gift shop.