Fall Festivals in Cumberland Valley PA
Cumberland Valley Pennsylvania is a great place to experience all things fall. The harvest season is a wonderful time to visit for people of all ages. Our fall festivals celebrate the season with food, music, crafts and family fun. Outdoor opportunities, kid-friendly attractions, wine and beer options, and a delicious selection of dining choices turn your getaway into a weekend of fun. Discover a collection of our festivals and other things to see and do this fall below.
Cumberland Valley is home to an assortment of artisans, galleries and shops specializing in Made-in-America crafts. The Valley will celebrate American Craft Week the first two weeks of October with a variety of events throughout the region. Join the celebration of this national event with artists-in-action, open houses, special sales and more.
If you love crafts and handmade items you also won't want to miss Harvest of the Arts in Downtown Carlisle in September. Experience art, music, theater, kid's activities and great food in this charming historic downtown.
In October, you can also enjoy the beauty of Kings Gap at Garden Harvest Day. Activities include leaf printing, apple cider pressing, pumpkin painting, apple butter making, bird feeder building, children's games and crafts, hay rides, self-guided mansion and garden tours, and more.
The family fun continues at Fall Furnace Fest at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in October. This annual event features food and craft vendors, live entertainment, environmental education programs, hikes, hayrides, pumpkin carving, scarecrow making, kid's crafts and campsite decorating.
Another fall attraction that is perfect for kids is Fall Fun at Paulus Farm Market. They feature outdoor hay play areas, a fall fun fort, farm animals, hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin picking and pumpkin chunking.
When many people think of fall, they think of all the delicious tastes and smells of the season. Enjoy your favorite fall foods at the New Cumberland Apple Festival in September or Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest in October. Both events also include crafts, entertainment and kids' activities.
If fall makes you think of craft brews, head to Oktoberfest at the US Army Heritage & Education Center for entertainment, games, and the unveiling of the official brew of the Army War College.
Fall is one of the best seasons to visit Cumberland Valley and in mid-to-late October the trees come alive with color and offer beautiful photo backdrops throughout the area. Follow our scenic roadways on the Fall Foliage Driving Tour or the Covered Bridge & Wine Loop.
While you're visiting, include the Valley's collection of outdoor recreation in your stay. Take a hike with over 200 miles of scenic trails. If you're looking for a hike with a view, try Flat Rock, Pole Steeple, or Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch. 46 miles of the famous Appalachian Trail are located in the Valley, including the midway point. View our Top 10 Hikes for more ideas. There are also opportunities for biking, fly-fishing, bird watching, kayaking and more.
The Valley is home to other unique events this fall including the Steam Engine and Tractor Show in Mechanicsburg at the end of August. There will be a PRR steam train, Steam Traction Engines, antique tractors, saw mill, model train exhibit, and flea market.
Auto enthusiasts will love the Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral at the Carlisle Fairgrounds on September 28-October 2, 2016. Purchase one of 2,000 vehicles at the car corral or explore the 8,100 vendor spaces.
Immerse yourself in the sounds of the season at the Valley's fall music events. Entertainment for the whole family can be found at this year's Uprise Festival in September at the Shippensburg Fairgrounds. Twenty musical artists will play on three stages. Food vendors, an art gallery, petting zoo and more will also be on hand.
Enjoy a show with a view throughout the season at Music on the Mountain events at Kings Gap. The shows range from rock and classic to bluegrass and Celtic.
With all these great things to uncover in Cumberland Valley, you'll want to stay the whole weekend. Lodging choices range from downtown hotels to charming bed and breakfasts. Find all your lodging options here.
Cumberland Valley Pennsylvania's convenient location, just two hours west of Philadelphia and two hours north of Baltimore and Washington D.C., makes getting here a breeze. Enjoy a walk around one of our charming downtowns including historic Carlisle, quaint Boiling Springs and quirky Mechanicsburg.