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25+ Fall Festivals in Central PA

Brightly colored leaves, warm apple cider, scarves, hayrides, and Halloween. Check out all the fall festivals in Central PA including fall activities in Harrisburg and sweetly spooky Halloween fun in Hershey.

Fort Hunter Day

Head to historic Fort Hunter Mansion & Park for an old-fashioned fall celebration featuring arts, crafts, children’s games, contests and demonstrations, music, and more!

  • When: September 15
  • Where: Fort Hunter Mansion & Park in Harrisburg
  • Cost: Free

Pumpkin Palooza!

Spring Gate Vineyard celebrates pumpkin season with pumpkin-inspired wine, cocktails, beer, and even  pumpkin slushies. Grab some munchies from one of their food trucks while you enjoy live music throughout the weekend!

  • When: September 20-22
  • Where: Spring Gate Vineyard
  • Cost: Free, with drinks and food available for purchase

Armstrong Valley

Fort Hunter

Fall Harvest Festival

Armstrong Valley Vineyard & Winery’s annual fall celebration includes wine tastings (from 3 wineries), food pairings, free vineyard and cellar tours, live music, vendors, and grape stomp challenge!

  • When: September 28-29
  • Where: Armstrong Valley Vineyard & Winery in Halifax
  • Cost: Free admission and tours with fees for tastings and grape stomp challenge
  • Info

Autumn Festival and Old-Fashioned Day

You might know Indian Echo Caverns for their majestic underground cave but this time the fun is above ground! Family activities include wagon rides, games, a corn cannon, gem mining, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and more.

  • When: October 5
  • Where: Echo Dell – Indian Echo Caverns
  • Cost: Free admission, fee for parking
  • Info

Pioneer Festival

Get wild at Lake Tobias fall festival celebrating our nation’s pioneer past. The event features free pioneer games, children’s crafts, hayrides, food, and more!

  • When: October 5
  • Where: Lake Tobias Wildlife Park in Halifax
  • Cost: Free with paid admission to the park
  • Info

Oktoberfest

Don your Lederhosen and enjoy Pennsylvania Oktoberfest beers, live music, wine, and German-inspired food at Spring Gate.

  • When: October 5-6
  • Where: Spring Gate Vineyard
  • Cost: Free, with drinks and food available for purchase
  • Info

Cornucopia Wine Quest

Celebrate the grape harvest season with a self-guided tour of Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country. After your tasting, enjoy a special fall craft or activity at each of the 12 wineries. Guests receive a souvenir glass and a 10% discount on all purchases.

  • When: Weekends October 12-27
  • Where: 12 wineries in Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country
  • Cost: TBD, ticket good for all 6 days
  • Info

Apple Festival at Spring Gate

Get apple-sauced at Spring Gate’s Apple Festival featuring free cider tastings and apple-inspired wine and cocktails.

  • When: October 11-13
  • Where: Spring Gate Vineyard
  • Cost: Free, with drinks and food available for purchase
  • Info

Choctoberfest

Celebrate fall (and chocolate) in Downtown Hershey with live music, kids’ activities, local craft beer, vendors, and scrumptious specialties from Hershey’s best restaurants.

  • When: October 19
  • Where: Downtown Hershey
  • Cost: Free, with drinks and food available for purchase
  • Info

Old Fashioned Apple Festival

See demonstrations of cider squeezing, apple butter boiling, and corn grinding at historic Shoaff’s Mill in Little Buffalo State Park. This event is free, with activities for all ages.

  • When: October 19 & 20
  • Where: Little Buffalo State Park
  • Cost: Free
  • Info

Fall Farm Days

Experience what the fall harvest season is like on an Amish farm! Family activities include butter churning, pumpkin chunking, demonstrations, and more.

Little Buffalo

Heritage Day & Car Show

Visit the historic and beautiful Star Barn Village for a fun-filled day including wagon rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, shopping, tours, and car show.

  • When: October 14
  • Where: The Star Barn Village in Elizabethtown
  • Cost: Free admission, fee for parking
  • Info

Pumpkin Madness Festival

It’s gonna be a smash…for pumpkins that is! Discover how many ways you destroy a pumpkin including smashing, bowling, dropping, and classic chucking!

Fall Activities in Hershey & Harrisburg

Hersheypark In The DarkSM

Experience sweetly spooky Halloween fun at Hersheypark In The DarkSM, featuring 13 thrilling roller ghosters plus family rides, attractions, and shows. Kids can wear their Halloween costumes while they trick or treat around Hersheypark® with the costumed Hershey’s Characters!

  • When: Weekends October 18 – November 3
  • Where: Hersheypark®
  • Cost: $31.95-$41.95
  • Info

Trick-or-Treat Adventure

Trick or treat around Hershey The Sweetest Place On Earth® with life-size candy bars by your side! Kids 12 and under can collect candy at 13 stops beginning inside Hershey Hallow at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction and continuing into Treatville in Hersheypark®.

  • When: October 18-20, 25-27 & November 1-3
  • Where: Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction and Hersheypark®
  • Cost: Free (Hersheypark requires paid admission)
  • Info

Trick or Treat

Zoo America

Creatures Of The Night®

Bring your flashlights for a lights-out look at the nocturnal animals of ZooAmerica®. Play truth or tale as you explore facts and myths about your favorite animals or get up close to a reptile! You might get to see the black bears or bobcats enjoy a pumpkin-themed Halloween treat!

  • When: October 18-20, 25-27 & November 1-3
  • Where: ZooAmerica® North American Wildlife Park
  • Cost: $10.50-$12.50 or free with paid Hersheypark® admission
  • Info

Trick or Treat Trolley Tour

Take a ride around the town of Hershey as your Hershey Trolley Works expert guides share the story of Milton S. Hershey. While this 40-minute adventure isn’t spooky, it’s filled with tricks and treats!

  • When: October 18-20, 25-27 & November 1-3
  • Where: Hershey Trolley Works at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction
  • Cost: $12.95 to $15.95
  • Info

Pumpkin Glow

Hershey Gardens lights up the night with more than 200 carved, illuminated pumpkins on display throughout the Gardens’ pathway at the non-scary, family friendly, Halloween-themed event. Kids are encouraged to bring a flashlight and dress in costume. Trick-or-treaters can collect candy at eight stations along the pathway.

  • When: October 18-19, 25-26
  • Where: Hershey Gardens
  • Cost: $9.50 to $13.50
  • Info

Tröegs Harvest Hopfest Weekend & Hop Dash 5K

Celebrate Harvest Hopfest Weekend at Tröegs Independent Brewing with limited IPA releases, live music, games, snacks, and a 5K run/walk through the hills of Hershey.

  • When: October 4-6
  • Where: Tröegs in Hershey
  • Cost: $45 (spots are limited)
  • Hop Dash Info

Fall Foliage Dinner Cruise

See 360° views of Harrisburg’s fall foliage aboard The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat. This 2-hour cruise includes a three-course dinner and live music.

  • When: Sundays in October and November 2
  • Where: City Island in Harrisburg
  • Cost: $49.50
  • Info

Halloween Spooktacular

Bring the family aboard The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat for a 60-minute voyage featuring candy, games, and activities for kids 2-12. Come dressed in Halloween costumes for a truly spooktacular time!

  • When: October 26
  • Where: City Island in Harrisburg
  • Cost: $6 to $11
  • Info

Classic Chills Film Fest

This Halloween enjoy screenings of The Addams Family (1991) at 7 PM and The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 11:59 PM at historic Hershey Theatre.

  • When: October 26
  • Where: Hershey Theatre
  • Cost: $8
  • Info

Boo At The Zoo Weekend

Celebrate Halloween at Lake Tobias Wildlife Park where kids 12 and under receive free admission (does not include safari tour) when they wear a costume! Visit the trick or treat stations and decorate a pumpkin

  • When: October 26-27
  • Where: Lake Tobias Wildlife Park
  • Cost: Free with paid admission (see above)
  • Info

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Trunk or Treat

AACA Museum, Inc. celebrates the spooky season with a Trunk or Treat adventure for kids 12 and under. Children can come in costume and decorate their own trick or treat bags before exploring the museum for candy. Don’t miss the inflatable haunted house!

  • When: October 27
  • Where: AACA Museum Inc.
  • Cost: $9.50
  • Info

Great Pumpkin Day

Join the State Museum as they celebrate Great Pumpkin Day, with special programming and presentations throughout the Museum. Come dressed as your favorite animal, superhero, ghost, or museum icon! Participate in the costume contest and parade at 2:45 PM. Play some holiday games, have a snack…and more!

  • When: October 27
  • Where: State Museum of Pennsylvania
  • Cost: $5 per person

Howl-O’Ween: Pets at Fort Hunter

This pet-friendly and family event features pet-themed crafts and products, agility and training demonstrations, photo booth, pumpkin painting, and free activities for kids.

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Step into the realm of a 16th century English Shire featuring Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, jousting knights, colorfully-costumed villagers and a day’s worth of entertainment, shows, music, and revelry!

Halloween Hayrides

Head north to Perry County for free Halloween Hayrides. The event is family friendly but there might be some spooky elements that are too scary for smaller kids.

  • When: October 26
  • Where: Little Buffalo State Park
  • Cost: Free
  • Info

Trick or Treat

There are 13 trick or treat stops at The Turkey Hill Experience with plenty of treats to go around. Wear your Halloween costumes!

  • When: October 19-20, 26-27
  • Where: The Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia
  • Cost: Free with paid admission to the Experience
  • Info

Halloween Thursday

This year, bring your little ghouls to Allenberry Resort for some trick or treating while you unwind around a crackling firepit and the beautiful fall foliage. First 25 kids receive a special s'mores kit!

When: October 31
Where: Allenberry Resort
Cost: Free kids activities
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Conversing with Spirits: Mansion Seances

Spend all Hallow's Eve with mediums, Dan & Kat Eckert, as they contact spirits at Allenberry Resort

When: October 31
Where: Allenberry Resort 
Cost: $45
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