Find the best fun of the season with these fall festivals!
Fall is here, and while football is top of mind, there are many more ways to celebrate the season in Happy Valley. Here is a roundup of the best fall festivals, events, and activities in the region.
Mt. Nittany Winery
From 12 to 4 p.m., stroll through the mountainside vineyards while enjoying a complimentary wine tasting, and sample or purchase food and crafts from many local vendors. Parking donations benefit the State College Food Bank. mtnittanywinery.com.
Oct. 5-26 (Fridays & Saturdays)
36th Annual Ghost & Goblins Tour
Lincoln Caverns & Whisper Rocks
Their 36th Annual Ghosts & Goblins Tours promises to bring new themes and new surprises, creating a memorable experience for first time and repeat visitors alike, including their newest addition — The Haunted Hayride! Three Unique Experiences for the Price of One! lincolncaverns.com
15th Annual Oktoberfest
Mifflinburg VFW, Rt. 45 just west of Mifflinburg
Celebrate central Pennsylvania's German heritage with two days of German food, polka, hayrides, crafts, and so much more. It's great fun for all ages! Rain or shine. Mifflinburgpa.org.
Dutch Fall Festival
Come to historic Aaronsburg for the annual Dutch Fall Festival! Since 1976, Aaronsburg’s Dutch Fall Festival is one of the most important cultural events in Penns Valley. The Dutch Fall Festival is a two-day seasonal festival that celebrates the heritage of the Pennsylvania Dutch culture that shaped so much of the history of rural central Pennsylvania. Now in its 42nd year, the Dutch Fall Festival combines delicious homemade traditional foods, local entertainment, and educational and historical demonstrations, set in a celebratory community atmosphere in the heart of historic Aaronsburg village. aaronsburgcc.org
Arboretum Pumpkin Festival
The Arboretum at Penn State
The Arboretum Pumpkin Festival features a pumpkin giveaway, jack-o’-lantern carving contest, lighted nighttime displays, and family activities. Volunteers help with event set-up, contest registration, jack-o’-lantern illumination, games and crafts, refreshments, and more.
There is no admission charge to visit the Arboretum and free parking is available to visitors in the parking lot at the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. The Arboretum, including the gardens, is open for visitation every day from dawn until dusk. arboretum.psu.edu
Annual Downtown Fall Festival
Downtown State College
The Downtown Fall Festival has returned! The festival will take place on the 200 block of Allen Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come on out for free pumpkins for the kids at the Pumpkin Patch, enjoy the bounce house, tumble bus, pony rides, and more. It's fun for the whole family! downtownstatecollege.com
Punkin' Chunkin' Festival
Bald Eagle State Park
Watch pumpkins take flight (yes, really) at Punkin' Chunkin' Festival. Head out to Sayers Lake at Bald Eagle State Park for events, food, shopping, and of course, punkin' chunkin! This annual event is a fundraiser for the Howard Fire Company and is a popular event, so head out early!
Oct. 12-13; 19-20
Apple Festival Weekends
Way Fruit Farm
For two weekends in October, the scent of fresh Kettle Korn will greet you as you enter the outdoor craft show with a variety of local vendors.
Fill your tummy with loads of yummy goods including homemade apple dumplings, homemade soup, all the apple and pumpkin donuts you can eat, and more!
There’s fun for the whole family with free wagon rides out to the pumpkin patch, a Bunny Barn, Garden Tractor Barrel Ride, Apple Sling Shot, and so much more! wayfruitfarm.com
Olde Europe Rennaisance Festival
Celebrate fall in Central Pennsylvania with a Renaissance theme of delicious foods, crafts, music and dance from the Olde World. From Italian food to Celtic music, you can enjoy the culture of the six European countries with which the Boals of Boal Museum were affiliated. There will be demonstrations in sword fighting, falconry, archery, knights in armor, & more!
Bellefonte Fall Festival and Halloween Parade
Held every October, this festival features free special children's activities like creating your own scarecrow, carving pumpkins, telling ghost stories, music, food, and more.
The Halloween Parade travels throughout town and ends up in Talleyrand Park where participants will be judged on various categories, including best dressed pet. Participating businesses with jack-o-lanterns in their windows will be handing out trick-or-treat candy as well.
Bellefonte's historic trains will be offering rides to enjoy the fall foliage. For more information about train excursions, see Bellefontetrains.org.
Pumpkin Festival Weekend
Way Fruit Farm
The last Saturday before Halloween is the perfect time to get out to the farm for last-minute pumpkin picking and a variety of festivities including a make-your-own caramel apple bar, live music, breakfast, lunch, apple and pumpkin donuts in the Café, and free wagon rides out to the pumpkin patch (weather permitting). wayfruitfarm.com
Enchanted Halloween Trail and Festival
Shaver’s Creek comes alive in late October with this community festival that celebrates the fall harvest and includes pumpkin carving, face painting, music, entertainment, activities, natural history programs, great food, and the Enchanted Halloween Trail! (Note that their trail is enchanted and not scary — perfect for all ages!) shaverscreek.org
Annual CRPR Halloween Costume Parade
Line up: block between College Ave. and Beaver Ave. on Burrowes Rd.
6:30 p.m. line up, 7 p.m. step-off
This free fall family tradition is back for its 73rd year! Bring out your Ghouls, Goblins, Fairies and Avengers to the 73rd Annual CRPR Halloween Costume Parade. The parade forms on Burrows Rd in the block between College Ave and Beaver Ave. at 6:30 p.m. Step off is promptly at 7 p.m. Costume judging, with over 10 different costume categories, takes place at Memorial Field with cash prizes and candy treats provided by the State College Lions Club! crpr.org.
November 29, 30 & December 1
Christmas Crystals at the Cave
Head over to Penn's Cave for their third annual Christmas Crystals at the Cave for lantern tours, Prospector Pete's Merry Maze, chainsaw cutting demonstrations, gift item specials and a holiday light display. You can get one free merry maze admission with a nonperishable Food Bank donation!