Fall Festivals & Events

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.


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

  • When: October 1-3
  • Where: Spring Gate Vineyard
  • Cost: Free, with drinks and food available for purchase


springgate slushies

Armstrong Valley

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 2
  • Where: Echo Dell – Indian Echo Caverns
  • Cost: Free admission, fee for parking

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 2
  • Where: Lake Tobias Wildlife Park in Halifax
  • Cost: Free with paid admission to the park

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 9 wineries. Guests receive a souvenir glass and a 10% discount on all purchases.

  • When: Weekends October 16-31
  • Where: 9 wineries in Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country
  • Cost: TBD, ticket good for all 6 days

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 16 - 17 10 AM - 3 PM
  • Where: Little Buffalo State Park
  • Cost: Free

Little Buffalo

Fall Activites in Hershey & Harrisburg

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 2
  • Where: Tröegs in Hershey
  • Cost: $55 (spots are limited)

Hersheypark in the Dark Roller Coaster


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 15-17, 22-24, 29-31
  • Where: Hersheypark®
  • Cost: $52.95- $54.95

Trick-or-Treat Trail

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 3 stops beginning inside Hershey Hallow at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction and continuing into Treatville in Hersheypark®.

  • When: October 15-17, 22-24 & 29-31
  • Where: Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction and Hersheypark®
  • Cost: Free (Hersheypark requires paid admission)

Hersheypark in the Dark Treatville

Hershey Gardens Pumpkin Glow

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 dress in costume. 

  • When: October 23, 24, 30 & 31.  9 AM - 5 PM
  • Where: Hershey Gardens
  • Cost: $9.50 to $13.50

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 30-31
  • Where: Lake Tobias Wildlife Park
  • Cost: Costumed kids free (see above)

Boo at the zoo Lake Tobias