Fall brings pumpkins, parades, foliage, food and festivals to the Cumberland Valley. See where you can enjoy the autumn season this October.

1. American Craft Week

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 6-15, 2017
Location: Throughout Cumberland Valley
Website: www.visitcumberlandvalley.com/craft/

2. 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. We will have 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 7-8, 2017• Time: Saturday 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM; Sun 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
LocationAdams-Ricci Community Park
Address: 100 East Penn Drive, Enola
Phone: 717-732-0711 • Website: www.pennsboropumpkinfest.com

3. Cumberland Pathways: Your Family Story Starts Here

Our ancestors sought a place to live in dignity and to fulfill a dream.  For centuries, Pennsylvania’s Cumberland Valley was a pathway toward this dream. 

Your ancestors left clues behind that tell us about their lives. The experts at Cumberland Pathways know how to find these clues. Once found, our experts can help you interpret them. You may learn to appreciate your ancestors, maybe even love them. Or, you may regret their actions and question their judgement. In the process, you may understand yourself a little better. That is the joy and the power of tracing your family’s story.

Your family's story will come alive during Cumberland Pathways and you will leave inspired by our expert speakers, including CeCe Moore (leading expert in the emerging area of genetic genealogy) and workshops. Conference topics will range from preserving what you know to using DNA to unlock the mysteries of your family. Click here for a full schedule of events.

Presented by the Cumberland County Historical Society in collaboration with the Army Heritage Center Foundation, the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau, Dickinson College, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Dates: October 20-22, 2017
Location: Carlisle
Phone: 717-249-7610 • Website: https://cumberlandpathways.org

4. Fall Carlisle

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. All roads lead to Carlisle, PA where you’ll find a community of passionate motorheads and a commitment to superb service that can only be achieved through more than three decades of know-how.

Date: September 27 - October 1, 2017 • Time: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM: closes at 3:00 PM on Sunday
LocationCarlisle 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

5. Josh Turner

Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner, is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 12.5 million units, is a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the esteemed Grand Ole Opry. From his 2003 platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his most recent 2017 Billboard No. 1 release, Deep South, Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations. Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012.

Dates: October 26, 2017 • Time: 8:00 PM
Location: H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
Address: 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg
Phone: 717-477-7469 • Website: www.visitcumberlandvalley.com/event/josh-turner/15130

6. Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest takes place on October 5-8 at the US Army Heritage and Education Center. Carlisle Barracks has hosted Oktoberfest since 2008. 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 dot eating contest, and a sauerkraut eating contest.

Visitors enjoy free admission. There will be free shuttle and taxi service with stops as Keystone Arms, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle High School, Dickinson College, and Comfort Suites Downtown Carlisle.

Dates: October 5-8, 2017 • 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. Rita Rudner and Brad Garrett

Get ready for an evening of uproarious humor when these two pros of tickling the funny bone pair up for a night that will leave you rolling in the aisle! Rita Rudner is a Las Vegas favorite since she opened as one of the hottest tickets in town in June 2000. Rudner is known for her epigrammatic one-liners. Over the course of a fourteen year run and 2,000 plus shows, she has sold one and a half million tickets and has become the longest- running solo comedy show in the history of Las Vegas. Brad Garrett won three Emmy’s and a SAG Award for his role as “Robert Barone” on the iconic TV series Everybody Loves Raymond. Garrett’s trademark voice has been heard in over 30 animated features including contemporary classics like Finding Nemo and Tangled. His stand-up career has spanned over thirty years and he was one of the youngest comics to appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Dates: October 28, 2017 • Time: 8:00 PM
LocationH. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
Address: 475 Lancaster Drive, Shippensburg
Phone: 717-477-SHOW • Website: www.luhrscenter.com

8. Fall Fun at Paulus Farm Market

As our FarmPark has grown, our season too! There is so much fun to be had here on the farm! Explore our Tubes, Tires and Tunnels or play a song in the Music Garden!

Head out to the Construction Zone, Dirt Diner, or Wooden Tractor and let your imagination run wild! As our fall season starts up the fun grows! Admission includes: Dirt Diner, Construction Zone, Balance logs, Wooden Tractor, Giant Bales, Tubes, Tires & Tunnels, Milk Cow in Pizza Garden, Music Garden, Fall Fun Fort, Hay Play tent, Colossal Corn tent, Mini Maze, and Milk Crate Kingdom

Date: September 16 - November 18, 2017• Time: Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM: Sunday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Paulus Farm Market
Address: 1216 South York Street, Mechanicsburg
Phone: 717-697-4330 • Website: www.paulusfarmmarket.com

9. Terry Fator

Terry Fator became a household name in 2007 when he won Season 2 of America’s Got Talent with his unique brand of entertainment that combines singing, comedy and unparalleled celebrity impressions. After 25 years of honing his skills at county fairs and venues across the country, the Dallas-bred entertainer’s big “AGT” win at age 42 catapulted him into the upper echelon of entertainers and led to a multi-million dollar deal with The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas where his award-winning show, “Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment,” has been running since 2009. With a cast of characters including Winston, the Impersonating Turtle; Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice; Maynard Thompkins, the Elvis Impersonator; Duggie Scott Walker, the annoying neighbor and many others, Fator has been raking in awards, accolades and industry admiration ever since.

Dates: October 7, 2017 • Time: 8:00 PM
LocationH. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
Address: 475 Lancaster Drive, Shippensburg
Phone: 717-477-SHOW • Website: www.luhrscenter.com

10. National Apple Harvest Festival

An old-fashioned, fun-filled, family event. The Upper Adams Jaycees invite you to visit the festival in the heart of Apple Country USA. 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 7 - 8, 14 – 15, 2017 • 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

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