Fall in Love with Central PA

It's the perfect time of year to take a road trip through Central Pennsylvania and explore the fall colors and enjoy all the upcoming events this fall season! Spend your Halloween holiday reveling in the frightful and fanciful alike with a wide variety of area offerings including festivals, tours, shows and more.

Visit Penn State and the surrounding area to catch the amazing colors of the season. Take a road trip along a few of the Fall Foliage Route favorites with these suggestions and map


Upcoming Fall Events: 

September 16, 2017
St. Paul Luthern Church

Games, Music and Crafts!  FREE Vision Testing by the Ferguson Township Lions Club.  Face Painting, Selfie Booths, Apple Peeling, Applesauce and Apple Dumplings! 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Harvest Hustle

September 17, 2017
Shade Mountain Winery

On Sunday, September 17th, at 1:00 pm join us for our third annual 5K race: Our Harvest Hustle-Run through the vines, then the pines and back for the wine! We will start the race by running through our secret vineyard (behind the winery) and then venturing through the PINES of Bowersox's Tree Farm (so you can scope out this year's xmas tree!). You will then head back to the winery for the grand prize: WINE!! We will have a food truck on-site, providing food for purchase and we will have the music outside behind the winery post-run. PLEASE BRING BLANKETS, CHAIRS, TENTS etc to better relax and enjoy the music outside!!





September 28-29, 2017
Tussey Mountain
The annual Tussey Mountain OktoberFest will be an event unlike any other in Central Pennsylvania! We are bringing a few of our favorite parts of Germany's #1 Fall party, Oktoberfest, to Happy Valley... mainly the music, fun, food and beer! Purchase your tickets in advance and join us for a festive evening you won't soon forget!
Fiddlers, contests, games and John Stevens Doubleshot all providing entertainment on and around the stage!
October 6-28, 2017
Lincoln Cavern
Come experience the horror of the 34th Edition of Ghosts & Goblins - 2017.  With over 30 years of haunted tour experience and expertise behind them, Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks, near Huntingdon, is busy with preparations for their greatest haunt ever, featuring 90 minutes of fun and terror in the caves, through the woods and on the wagon!  "Pennsylvania's ultimate haunted experience" provides scares, laughs, and even some cave education to thousands of visitors each year.  Ghosts & Goblins Tours are open to the public Friday and Saturday, October 6th through 28th.  From 11:00 AM till 5:00 PM on Saturdays visitors enjoy a very special one hour family tour through two beautiful crystal caverns, one haunted and one natural, with just the right mix of surprises and cave information along the way, followed by a family friendly hayride. Advance tickets for the annual fun-filled Halloween adventure go on sale September 6.  Regular guided tours of the decorated and natural caverns are available 9:00 A.M. till 4:00 P.M. Sunday through Friday throughout the fall season.



October 7, 2017
Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

Join us on October 7, 2017 from 7:00–10:00 pm for Croctoberfest! Celebrate Oktoberfest and help raise funds for crocodilian conservation.  Witness gator feedings, experience up close animal encounters, and learn why they need our help!  A portion of all tickets sold goes towards the Crocodilian Advisory Group.  Enjoy wonderful craft beers from local breweries and receive a collectible mini beer mug.  Tickets will be $25 for Zoo Members and $30 for Non-members, but with a limited number of tickets available buy yours today!

Tickets can be purchased here: Buy Tickets


Dutch Fall Festival

October 7-8, 2017
Wert Memorial Park, Aaronsburg

Come to historic Aaronsburg for the annual Dutch Fall Festival! Since 1976, Aaronsburg’s Dutch Fall Festival 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 home-made traditional foods, local entertainment, and educational and historical demonstrations, set in a celebratory community atmosphere in the heart of historic Aaronsburg village.

​FREE Live Entertainment, FREE Admission, FREE Parking


October 14-15, 2017
Snider Ag Arena

There's more than just the Homecoming football game to look forward to on homecoming weekend. Join the Horticulture Club on Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15 as we exhibit the annual Horticulture Show. Admission is absolutely free! There is something for everyone at the show, whether you are just looking to explore our landscaped area, wanting to get to know our faculty and staff, looking to purchase some plants to green up any room, or simply want a cold glass of apple cider. Presented by students in the College of Agricultural Sciences, this free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday in the Snider Agricultural Arena, diagonally across Park Avenue from Beaver Stadium on the University Park campus.


October 9th and 16th, 2017
Way Fruit Farm

Pick out the perfect pumpkin during a celebration of the fall season with a free wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch.  Also features more than a dozen crafters, a petting zoo, and other family-oriented activities to enjoy.


Arboretum Pumpkin Festival

October 8, 2017
Penn State Arboretum

This event provides a chance to display your own jack-o-lantern at the Penn State Arboretum.  The arboretum gives away 1,000 pumpkins a year!


Fall Festival Weekend: Festival and Halloween Parade

October 14, 2017
Tallyrand Park, Bellefonte

All are welcome to the Fall Festival Activities & Halloween Parade! Bring the family to Talleyrand Park for entertainment and children's activities including a photo booth from 11am to 4pm. The Halloween parade judging and line up at the Bellefonte YMCA at 12:30pm with the parade down High Street to Talleyrand Park at 1:30pm for awards and treats!




State College Fall Festival

October 14, 2017
Downtown State College

The 18th annual Fall Festival (including Kids Day and the Community Resource Fair) will take place on the 200 block of Allen Street from 10am-3pm. Come on out for free pumpkins for the kids at the PSECU Pumpkin Patch , Bounce House, Tumble Bus, Pony Rides, Dessert Contest, and more. Fun and games for the whole family! Enjoy live music throughout the day.



Punkin Chunkin Fall Festival

October 21, 2017
Bald Eagle State Park

The 7th Annual Punkin' Chunkin' Festival is held Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Bald Eagle State Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event provides a fun atmosphere for local communities to enjoy a variety of events, food, shopping and, of course, punkin chunkin. Founded in 2011, this year will include ten new chunkin machines, several that have competed in the world championship in Delaware. Small chunkers available for kids as well. 



The Haunted Lake Loop Hike

October 21, 2017
Black Moshannon State Park

Ready to be scared?!? The Haunted Lake Loop Hike will take place on October 15 at Black Moshannon State Park. Enjoy a good scare and some laughs. Candy will be available at the end of the walk for children.
**This may not be suitable for anyone that scares easily.
Meet at the beach. The Lake Loop is a 3/4 mile flat trail, which has some roots crossing it.
Bright flashlights will not be allowed on trail.  Small finger lights will be available for purchase for $1 each or you can bring glowsticks.  Donations will be accepted.  The registration table will be at the beach house, where liability forms will need to be signed.


These listings are just a small portion of available events in Central PA. Click here to view our full event calendar!