There’s something for everyone every single weekend in September and October in the Laurel Highlands. Some of these exciting events are ongoing or continue for multiple weekends, giving you plenty of opportunities to check out as many events as possible. No matter when you come, there’s a wonderful way to enjoy the fall foliage and the harvest season throughout the region. Discover the festival that sparks your interest!
September 7-11 Farmers and Threshermans Jubilee: Check out the impressive selection of antique tractors. If you like tractor pulls or machinery, don’t miss the Jubilee.
September 9-11 Mountain Craft Days: A history buff’s dream, Mountain Craft Days at the Somerset Historical Center features 126 craft artisans, musicians and entertainers interpreting the ridge frontier heritage of Southwestern, PA.
September 10 Murrysville Heritage Festival: Enjoy costumed reenactors, vendors, music, arts, delicious food, and more.
September 10-25 Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival: Eat and be merry at the Renaissance Festival. Come for the food, and stay for the hilarious performances and the thrilling jousting tournament. Tip: Bring cash!
September 16-18 Scottdale Fall Festival: Animal lovers will have a blast at the Scottdale Fall Festival with the cat photo contest and dog show. The festival is also an exciting stop for families with great kids activities.
September 17-18 Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival: There’s no better festival for a history buff than the Flax Scutching Festival, which has been celebrated for more than 100 years. Gather and see flax fibers be turned into linen, as well as other demonstrations, antique equipment displays, a civil war encampment, and a mock Indian raid. The festival serves up traditional foods for a delicious taste of the past, too.
September 17-October 31 Faranda Harvest Festival: Don’t miss flash light nights! Navigate the corn maze after dark. Kids will also love the barnyard activities. This one is one for the whole fam!
September 18 Laurel Highlands Chili Cook-Off & Mountain Harvest Festival: Liver entertainment, wine tastings, and fantastic food makes this a not-to-miss event. Come hungry!
September 24 Ligonier Highland Games at Idlewild Park: Come experience Celtric traditions and hear the skirl of bagpipes in the Highlands at the annual gathering of the Clans. Watch as the heavy weight athletes compete to show their strength, speed, agility, and skill in contests like the caber toss and hammer throw, a spectacle everyone will enjoy.
September 23-25 Mother Earth News Fair: This sustainable lifestyle vent features dozens of demonstrations on renewable energy, agriculture, gardening, green building, green transportation, and natural health. Come to learn how to reduce your carbon footprint, shop for sustainable products, and enjoy organic local food and beverages.
September 23-25 Mount Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival: See awe inspiring glass making demonstrations, a unique autumn tradition in Mount Pleasant.
September 24-25 FestiFall: Celebrate the life and times of Albert Gallatin at Friendship Hill National Historic Site’s FestiFall. Live period music, historic trades and crafts provide the perfect ambiance for a peaceful afternoon of good food and family fun.
October 1-23 Saturdays and Sundays Autumnfest Weekends at Seven Springs: Ride the Alpine Slide, take a scenic chairlift ride, and shop the wares of crafters at this vibrant fall festival. With fall fun all over the mountain, Seven Springs is the ultimate place to enjoy the fall foliage.
October 1-2 Delmont Apple ‘n Arts Festival: The best stop for apples treats and apple cider, the Delmont Apple ‘n Arts Festival is sure to please your taste buds.
October 1-30 Fall Fest at Schramm’s: With enough fall celebrations to fill an entire month, Schramm’s Fall Fest has something for the whole family to enjoy. Be sure to try the apple cider slush, and pick the perfect carving pumpkin.
October 1-9 Bedford’s Fall Foliage Festival: Over 400 craft booths and artist demonstrations make Bedford’s Fall Foliage festival a real treat for craft lovers.
October 7-8 Springs Folk Festival: The music at the Springs Folk Festival is what truly sets this festival apart. Enjoy the acapella performances, bluegrass groups, gospel music, and even more wonderful entertainment. And don’t forget the fantastic Pennsylvania Dutch foods.
October 8 Brews & Brats at Nemacolin: Brews & Brats is the place for beer lovers and craft brew enthusiasts. Enjoy German-themed food along with the adventure activities.
October 8-30 Saturdays and Sundays HallowBOO! at Idlewild: There’s no better place for family-friendly Halloween fun than Idlewild’s HallowBOO! Idlewild puts on a special spooky twist for the Halloween season that the kids will love.
October 14-16 Fort Ligonier Days: From the live reenactments at the fort and the parade to live music demonstrations and several craft lots, the entire town of Ligonier comes to life in a whole new way for this fantastic fall festival, featuring fantastic food as well.
October 15-16 17th Annual Heritage Days Festival at the Mount Vernon Furnace Grounds: Vintage crafters, demonstrating artists, and historic furnace talks are the main draw for this colonial themed festival geared toward the Iron Furnace era.
October 29-30 Glades Pike Winery Open House: Glades Pike Winery opens their doors each year to thank their customers with food and music on them. Of course, you won’t be able to resist sampling the wine collection, too!