Central Pennsylvania is a great place to live any time of the year, but especially in the fall! Why? Not only are the changing leaves a spectacular sight, but there are a ton of fun and exciting festivals and events that take place across the region. You can taste local, delicious treats, enjoy music, art and other entertainment or partake in some games with the whole family!

No matter what you’re looking for, you can likely find it in Dauphin, Cumberland, York or Lancaster counties at one of the many fall events that take place annually. Let’s take a look at a select few that we definitely put on our calendar every year…and remember, there are many, many more out there – so search online and ask around!

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

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Mount Hope Estate, 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim, PA 17545

Weekends August 8-October 25, 2015

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is a staple of the late summer and early autumn months. This amazing “village” of more than 100 cast members takes over Mount Hope Estate in Manheim for more than two months. Guests can come out each weekend to partake in countless renaissance activities and each weekend boasts a unique theme. Come ready to “play” with the cast members who are sure to give you an authentic renaissance experience! There is a cost for admission (see website for more details), but children under the age of 4 enter free.

More details here: www.parenfaire.com

York Fair

york fair

York Fairgrounds, 334 Carlisle Avenue, York, PA 17404

September 11-20, 2015

Proudly referred to as “America’s First Fair,” the York Fair is an annual event held each September in York, PA beginning the first Friday after Labor Day in York. This year, the York Fair will be celebrating 250 years since the first one took place in 1765! What this really means is even more fun, food and awesome entertainment all week long! Some of the big name performers that will be coming this year include Steppenwolf, Alabama, Andy Grammer and American Authors. The fair is free, but you will need tickets if you want to see some of this celebrity performances. Check out their website for more details.

More details here: www.yorkfair.org

Fort Hunter Day

fort hunter

5300 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110

September 20, 2015

Fort Hunter Day is an annual autumn festival at Harrisburg’s historical Fort Hunter Park that features everything from a craft show, carriage rides, children’s crafts and games, hayrides, exhibits, music, demonstrations of 1700 and 1800s life, pony rides, food and many more surprises! Just a few of the many highlights include a cemetery tour, open hearth cooking, mansion tours and children’s activities.

More details here: http://forthunter.org/events/fort-hunter-day-4/

Gratz Fair

gratz fair

Gratz Fairgrounds, Dauphin County

September 20-26, 2015

The Gratz fair is a huge local attraction that boasts a ton of entertainment like harness horse racing, craft shows, demolition derby, live animals, a talent content and a different musical acts. And like any good PA fair, there is endless options for food! Be sure and check out their website for a line-up of each day’s activities and some coupons that can make admission and parking even more affordable.

More details here: http://www.gratzfair.net/

New Cumberland Apple Festival

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New Cumberland Borough Park, Front and Bridge Streets

September 26, 2015

The New Cumberland Apple Festival is a dream come true for apple lovers or anyone who enjoys some delicious fall treats (beyond just apples, too). Spend the day strolling around downtown, browsing local vendors and partaking in a ton of activities for the kids. This annual festival draws in quite the crowd and for good reason! Who doesn’t love a fresh apple or two to kick off the start of autumn?

More details here: http://www.applefestivalnewcumberlandpa.com/

Hershey Gardens Fall Fest

hershey gardens logo

September 26, 2015

Come out to the scenic Hershey Gardens during the peak of fall to enjoy fall gardening tips, scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin painting, a story with a scarecrow and more! The cost of this special festival is included in the cost of general admission to the gardens.

More details here: https://www.hersheygardens.org/events-programs/15

Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest


October 10, 11, 2015

Adams-Ricci Park 100 East Penn Drive, Enola, PA  17025

Each year on the weekend before Columbus Day, the town of Enola hosts a free 2 day community event featuring crafts, food, games, contests and entertainment.  All in all it’s a relaxing weekend of affordable fun for the whole family. Local community groups and more than 250 vendors provide plenty of things to do and see. And don’t forget about the car show held on Saturday!

More details here: http://www.pennsboropumpkinfest.com/

Hershey Park in the Dark

hershey park in the dark

Various weekends throughout October and November 2015

Imagine the thrill and excitement of Hershey Park anytime of the year. Now amp things up one notch further by enjoying all of these rides and activities…in the dark! Hershey Park in the Dark runs on the weekends throughout the months of October and November (see site for exact dates and times). It’s a great time of year to visit the park with fewer lines and cooler temps. Also, Hershey Park does a great job of showcasing the beauty of Pennsylvania in the fall – and incorporating some spooky surprises for the Halloween season!

More details here: http://www.hersheypark.com/seasons/halloween.php

What other fall festivals and events do you look forward to attending in Central Pennsylvania? Share the details by commenting below!

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