October in the Laurel Highlands means three things: fantastic fall foliage, harrowing haunted attractions and fabulous fall festivals. From pumpkin picking to apple fests to historic reenactments, here are 14 fall festivals you won't want to miss this month.
Faranda Farm's Harvest Festival
Sept. 21 - Oct. 27, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Make memories together as a family at Faranda Farm Harvest Festival, a not-so-spooky Halloween event! Go on a hayride, feed the llamas, have fun with a giant sling shot and make your way through the five-acre corn maze. During flashlight nites, test your skills and navigate the corn mask in the dark. BYOF = Bring your own flashlight!
Sept. 28 - Oct. 20, Saturdays and Sundays
Make your way to Seven Springs during October for Autumnfest Weekends! Each weekend has its own unique theme with two weekends of Oktoberfest, a Chili Extravaganza and Kid's Halloween, there is something for everyone so don't miss out! The resort is decked out in fall decor and full of things to do for everyone in the family, including live musical entertainment, craft booths, face painting, tasty treats and more. Be sure to take a ride on the scenic chairlift and take in the views of the beautiful fall foliage.
Schramm Farms and Orchard's Fall Fest
Sept. 29 - Oct. 30
Schramm Farms and Orchard's Fall Fest is the place to go to experience everything that you love about fall. Pick out the perfect pumpkins, make your way through a corn maze, take a hay ride, pose for pictures with the scarecrows and dig in to delicious fall flavors like apple cider slush and homemade caramel apples. Fall Fest has activities for kids of all ages, including face painting, pony rides, play hay, a corn box and much more! Before you leave, be sure to buy festive decorations to deck out your house for fall.
Springs Folk Festival
Celebrate the arts, skills and labors of our forefathers at the annual Springs Folk Festival. See traditional log hewing, bread baking and weaving demonstrations and hear the music of the era with blue grass groups, gospel singers and children singing acapella throughout the day. Hundreds of artisans provide a one-of-a-kind shopping adventure with wood-crafted furniture, quilts and other handcrafted items for purchase. Cap off your trip with a Pennsylvania Dutch sausage meal and take home some homemade bread baked right in front of you in an outdoor kiln!
A fall foliage celebration, Confluence Pumpkinfest is a great slice of Americana at the junction of the Casselman River, Laurel Hill Creek and Youghiogheny River. Pumpkinfest is packed with unique events like the Pumpkinfest Queen Pageant, antique auto show, largest pumpkin contest, tough man fire truck pull, kids mule pull, antique tractor show and more fall fun. Plus, get crafty with amazing art vendors selling their wares all through town.
Delmont Apple 'n Arts Festival
Drinking fresh apple cider is one of the best parts of fall! The Delmont Apple ‘n Arts Festival celebrates 31 years of their delicious cider and everything good about apples. Buy fresh apple products, compete in the apple bake contest and enter your child for the famous Baby Apple Cheeks pageant. The weekend is also packed with arts and crafts vendors and food vendors, so make a new tradition this year and check out this free festival.
Wine Fest Weekend at Greendance Winery
You'll have a stomping good time at Greendance Winery's WINE FEST Weekend. Bring a buddy and compete in The Great Grape Stomp and race to smash the most grapes! Test your luck at the carnival ring toss and win the bottle you ring or bring in your wine and compete in the Home Winemakers Contest for bragging rights until next year.
Bedford's Fall Foliage Festival
Oct. 5-6 and Oct 12-13
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When it comes to fall fetivals, Bedford's Fall Foliage Festival do it big. More than 400 vendors and 70,000 visitors flock to the festival which fills their downtown with food, fun and crafts. Don't miss the antique car parade which launched the festival more than 50 years ago, and see the crowning of the Fall Foliage Queen.
Fort Ligonier Days
Named one of the "Top 100 Events in America," Fort Ligonier Days is a three-day commemoration of the Battle of Fort Ligonier that fills the town and neighboring Fort Ligonier with excitement. The weekend is spotlighted by artillery demonstrations and reenactments of the battle complete with tactics, drills, period music and everyone you would expect to see in the battle from Highlanders to Native Americans and French troops. The fun continues into town with crafts, vendors, a 5k, wine tasting and much more that makes this the "can't miss" event every fall.
Fall Open House at Sandhill Berries
For more than 20 years Sand Hill Berries has invited the public into their farm for a weekend long fall open house. There is no shortage of things to do, with live performances, wine tastings, gourmet food booths and self-guided farm walks at this fantastic autumn event. Don’t forget to catch the antique cider pressing demonstrations to get the full Sand Hill Berries fall farm experience.
Fall Family Day at Historic Hanna's Town
Fall fun just got historical with an 18th century military encampment and demonstration at Historic Hanna’s Town. Join in on the family fun with tours of the historic town as well as a book reading of Monarch and Milkweed by Helen Frost. Discover the life cycle and migration of Monarch butterflies and get in on the action with a hands-on activity and pollinator garden tour following the book reading!
Ethnic Food and Fall Festival
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Join the Jeannette Business Association for a day full of food, crafts and family fun. There will be a children’s play area for the kiddies to frolic and two opportunities to win with gift card and 50/50 raffles! With at least six food trucks, seven organizations offering up ethnic food and 10 churches, this is sure to be a food-filled day.
Brews and Brats at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Celebrate fall the German way! Full of themed food, beer and music, the Brews and Brats Festival is the answer to your Octoberfest dreams right here in the Laurel Highlands. The kids can even get in on the fun with adventure activities, games and food for the whole family. Admission also includes a souvenir mug!
80s Arena Rock Festival Features Great White
Take a trip back to the 80s with a rock festival for the ages. Featuring Great White, Twisted Fate, Sourmash, Shiva Skydriver and more this festival at Hot Shots Indoor Space Arena is sure get you up out of your seats and jammin'. Don’t forget to bring the kids along for this family-friendly festival full of food trucks, crafts, memorabilia and a mall style game room! Don’t let the 80s pass you by!
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