Crisp weather mixes with festivals, performances, Halloween celebrations, and a spooky seance to usher in fall in the Cumberland Valley.
See the Top 10 below!
1. Fall Carlisle
The event is an absolute must-attend event for enthusiasts to buy, sell and celebrate all things automotive. With more than 8,000 vendor spaces, visitors will find a vast array of automotive parts, accessories, cars, collectibles, and memorabilia.
Date: October 2-6, 2019 • Time: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Sunday 7:00 AM to Noon
Location: Carlisle Fairgrounds
Address: 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle 17013
Phone: 717-243-7855 • Website: carlisleevents.com
Hosted by Carlisle Barracks, this is a great opportunity for the military community to interact with the public in a positive and fun venue. 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 also be numerous food vendors as well as an indoor arts & crafts fair (Saturday only from 11 am to 4 pm).
Date: October 4-6, 2019 • Time: Friday 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM; Saturday 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM: Sunday 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: US Army Heritage and Education Center
Address: 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle 17013
Phone: 717-245-4069 • Website: carlisleoktoberfest.com
3. Whiskey Rebellion Festival
2019 marks the 225th anniversary of the Whiskey Rebellion. As part of the commemoration of Carlisle’s role in this event, the Cumberland County Historical Society is hosting a series of events that highlight 18th-century life. Enjoy reenactors, a market, music, and educational programming, including a whiskey lecture and tastings. Events on Friday take place at the Old Courthouse in Carlisle and Dill's Tavern in Dillsburg; Saturday's activities take place at Two Mile House.
Date: October 4 & 5, 2019 • Time: Friday beginning at 5:30 PM; Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Two Mile House
Address: 1189 Walnut Bottom Road, Carlisle 17015
Phone: 717-249-7610 • Website: historicalsociety.com
4. Garden Harvest Day 2019
Bring your appetite and spend an afternoon in the fresh mountain air as Kings Gap celebrates the bounty of autumn. A variety of activities for all ages will feature apple cider pressing, apple butter making, pumpkin painting, bird feeder building, hayrides, a mum and pumpkin walk, and more.
5. 21st Annual Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest
A two-day community event featuring crafts, food, games, contests, and entertainment. Enjoy a relaxing day of fun for the entire family with approximately 250 crafters, community groups and business vendors. The weekend's activities include pumpkin carving, whoopee pie eating contest, pumpkin pie baking contest, and paint a pumpkin.
Date: October 12 & 13, 2019 • Time: Saturday 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM; Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Adams-Ricci Community Park
Address: 100 East Penn Drive, Enola 17025
Phone: 717-732-0711 • Website: eastpennsboro.net
6. Destination Carlisle's Halloweekend
Come to downtown Carlisle for a weekend of spooktacular fun! The storefronts will be decorated with hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins and other seasonal décor. The downtown merchants invite everyone to enjoy photo ops, games, crafts, and specially-themed drinks and food. The weekend is anchored by three events: a ticketed Farm-to-Table dinner on Friday (October 18); Spooky Saturday (October 19); Sunday’s Halloweekend Bucket List (October 20).
Date: October 18-20, 2019 • Time: Friday 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Saturday 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Sunday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Participating Locations
Address: Downtown Carlisle 17013
Phone: 717-243-1002 • Website: destinationcarlisle.org
7. Fall Furnace Fest
A 2-day family-oriented weekend featuring food and craft vendors; live musical entertainment; environmental education programs; historical demonstrations including charcoal making and blacksmithing; free hayrides; pumpkin carving; scarecrow making; kid's crafts; and the famous Legend of the Hairy Hand and Pumpkin Float on Fuller Lake (Saturday evening).
Date: October 19 & 20, 2019 • 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 17324
Phone: 717-486-7174 • Website: pinegrovefriends.org
8. Josh Gates Live! An Evening of Ghosts, Monsters & Tales of Adventure
Josh Gates is an avid explorer whose unique brand of humor and deep-rooted passion for adventure propels him to the farthest corners of the world. Discovery Channel's hit series Expedition Unknown chronicles Gates as he sets out on a global quest to find the truth behind iconic legends and thrilling archaeological mysteries. Josh is also the host of Legendary Locations on Travel Channel where he shares the epic tales and secrets of the most storied places on earth, showcasing the ancient legends and folklore that made them famous.
9. So You Think You Can Dance Live!
So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2019 brings together the top contestants from Season Sixteen, airing in the summer of 2019. The dancers will captivate audiences with genres varying from lyrical to salsa, hip-hop to contemporary, and the latest street moves in original choreography seen on Season Sixteen and created especially for So You Think You Can Dance.
10. Conversing with Spirits: Mansion Seances at Allenberry
Spend Halloween night with mentalists and mediums, Dan & Kat Eckert, as they contact spirits residing around Allenberry. The evening begins with a discussion on the history of Allenberry’s spectral residents, as Dan Eckert guides guests through spirit contact with pendulums, spirit boards, and a host of classic ghost hunting techniques. Then retreat deeper within the Allenberry Mansion and join Kat Eckert for an authentic recreation of the 1920’s seance.
Date: October 31, 2019 • Time: Three sessions @ 6:00 PM, 8:00 PM, and 10:00 PM
Location: Allenberry Resort
Address: 1559 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs 17007
Phone: 717-258-3211 • Website: allenberry.com