Fall in the Cumberland Valley means changing foliage, parades, festivals, pumpkins and more! See where you can enjoy the autumn season this October.
American Craft Week is the nation's largest annual craft celebration with the purpose of raising appreciation for handmade American craft and helping to build the craft economy. Cumberland Valley is rich in artists and artisans that will invite you in this October to witness their craft. Events range from artists-in-action, special demos, unique shopping events, children's programs and more.
Dates: October 5-14, 2018
Location: Throughout Cumberland Valley
A two-day community event featuring crafts, food, games, contests and entertainment. Enjoy a relaxing day of fun for the entire family. There will be approximately 250 crafters, community groups and business vendors for you to visit. The weekend's activities include pumpkin carving, whoopee pie eating contest, pumpkin pie baking contest and paint a pumpkin.
Date: October 6-7, 2018 • Time: Saturday 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM; Sun 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Adams-Ricci Community Park
Address: 100 East Penn Drive, Enola
Phone: 717-732-0711 • Website: www.pennsboropumpkinfest.com
3. Roundtop Oktoberfest
Join Roundtop for the first-ever Roundtop Oktoberfest at Roundtop Tubing/Mountain Adventures! Enjoy a great selection of beers & German food, as well as live music from Polkadelphia from 3pm-6pm. Bring the kids & purchase them wristbands for our Mountain Adventures climbing structures and zip lines, too!
Dates: October 13, 2018 • Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: Roundtop Mountain Resort
Phone: 717-432-9631 • Website: http://www.skiroundtop.com/event/roundtop-oktoberfest
The Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral marks the end of the swap meet season each year and is an absolute must-attend event for thousands of enthusiasts who travel to Carlisle from all points of the globe to buy, sell and celebrate all things automotive. This is a fun-filled weekend the entire family will enjoy. While exploring the 150 acres and 8,100 vending spaces, you will marvel at one of the largest automotive swap meets in the world. Carlisle is the place to purchase any of the 2,000 vehicles at the car corral where you can slip behind the wheel and get a feel for the vehicle. Even better, you can deal directly with the car owner to work out the best price. This is where you can buy, sell and trade with total confidence.
Date: October 3-7, 2018 • Time: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM: closes at 3:00 PM on Sunday
Location: Carlisle Fairgrounds
Address: 1000 Bryn Mawr Rd., Carlisle
Phone: 717-243-7855 • Website: www.carlisleevents.com/carlisle-events/carlisle-fall-swap-meet-corral-auction/default.aspx
This annual event features food and craft vendors, live musical entertainment, environmental education programs, historical demonstrations, hayrides, pumpkin carving, scarecrow making, kid's crafts and campsite decorating. Come Saturday evening for the famous Hairy Hand and Pumpkin Float on Fuller Lake. There is no charge to enter the park and attend the festival itself.
Dates: October 20-21, 2018 • Time: Saturday 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Sunday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Address: 1100 Pine Grove Road, Gardners
Phone: 717-486-7174 • Website: http://www.pinegrovefriends.org/
This is a great opportunity for the military community to interact with the public in a positive and fun venue. Many service members have spent countless tours of duty in Germany and reflect fondly on their time abroad. There will be entertainment, games, activities, carnival rides, and the unveiling of the official brew of the Army War College in the beer and wine garden. There will be numerous food vendors as well as an indoor arts & crafts fair (Saturday only).
Visitors can also choose to participate in a variety of contests including a stein holding contest, a kids' apple pie eating contest, a keg toss, a wife-carrying contest, a hot dog eating contest, and a sauerkraut eating contest. Visitors enjoy free admission. There will be a free shuttle and taxi service with stops at Keystone Arms, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle High School, Dickinson College, and Comfort Suites Downtown Carlisle.
Dates: October 4-7, 2018 • Time: Thursday & Friday 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Saturday 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Sunday 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center / USAHEC
Address: 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle
Phone: 717-245-4069 • Website: www.carlisleoktoberfest.com
7. KASHMIR: The Live Led Zeppelin Show!
Kashmir, the nation's #1 Led Zeppelin tribute show, it is the most authentic representation of Led Zeppelin on the modernnational touring scene. Each of the 4 band members assumes their individual role with pinpoint accuracy. Kashmir possesses the live stage show, sound, and likeness to bring audiences and fans back to the days when the mighty Led Zeppelin ruled the musical landscape.
8. Cumberland County Best Kept Secrets Tour
A shopping/food and fun adventure featuring 40 unique small businesses. This event is set up like a home or garden tour. You'll travel place to place enjoying all of the special free things (refreshments, games, gifts, demos, etc.) the businesses have planned for you. Plus each place has given you a valuable coupon. What a fun way to explore! Tickets are $10.00 with $1,00 per ticket donated to Carlisle C.A.R.E.S.
Date: October 11-27, 2018 • Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Cumberland County
Phone: 717-516-8659 • Website: https://bestkeptsecretstour.com/
9. Sunflower Fest
Meadowbrooke Gourds has planted about 75 acres of sunflowers that are expected to be at their peak for this festival. The best part is that you can pick them for free! This event will also have the last Oops Sale for the year where you can get some of your favorite designs at a big discount. There will also be horse-drawn wagon rides, Nomad Cuisine will be serving food, and the Warehime's Pumpkin Patch is right down the road for pick-your-own pumpkins.
Dates: October 6-7, 2018 • Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Meadowbrooke Gourds
Address: 125 Potato Road, Carlisle
Phone: 717-776-6029 • Website: https://mbgourds.com/
An old-fashioned, fun-filled, family event. Tasty treats, antique and classic cars, antique farm equipment, orchard tours, pony rides, apple memorabilia, 300+ arts and crafts vendors, petting zoo, hay rides and kids country barn are just some of the highlights of this event. The festival is held rain or shine during the first two weekends in October. Admission includes parking and shuttle service plus all attractions and exhibits on 6 stages. No pets allowed on the fairgrounds.
Dates: October 6-7 & 13-14, 2018 • Time: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: South Mountain Fairgrounds
Address: 615 Narrows Road, Biglerville
Phone: 717-677-9413 • Website: www.appleharvest.com