October in the Laurel Highlands means three things: fantastic fall foliage, harrowing haunted attractions and fabulous fall festivals. From pumpkin picking to apple fests to historic reenactments, here's ten fall festivals you won't want to miss this month.
Faranda Farm's Harvest Festival
Sept. 22 - Oct. 28, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Make memories together as a family at Faranda Farm Harvest Festival, a not-so-spooky Halloween event! Go on a hayride, feed the llamas, have fun with a giant sling shot and make your way through the 5-acre corn maze. During flashlight nites, test your skills and navigate the corn mask in the dark. BYOF = Bring your own flashlight!
Sept. 29 - Oct. 21, Saturdays and Sundays
Make your way to Seven Springs during October for Autumnfest Weekends! Each weekend has its own unique, fun theme, so don't miss out! The resort is decked out in fall decor and full of things to do for everyone in the family including live musical entertainment, craft booths, face painting, tasty treats and more. Be sure to take a ride on the scenic chairlift and take in the views of the beautiful fall foliage.
Schramm Farms and Orchard's Fall Fest
Sept. 30 - Oct. 28
Schramm Farms and Orchards' Fall Fest is the place to go to experience everything that you love about fall. Pick out the perfect pumpkins, make your way through a corm maze, take a hay ride, pose for pictures with the scarecrows and dig in to delicious fall flavors like apple cider slush and homemade caramel apples. Fall Fest has activities for kids of all ages including face painting, pony rides, play hay a corn box and much more! Before you leave, be sure to buy festive decorations to deck out your house for fall.
Springs Folk Festival
Celebrate the arts, skills and labors of our forefathers at the annual Springs Folk Festival. See traditional log hewing, bread baking and weaving demonstrations, then hear the music of the era with blue grass groups, gospel singers and children singing acapella throughout the day. Hundreds of artisans provide a one-of-a-kind shopping adventure with wood-crafted furniture, quilts and other handcrafted items for purchase. Cap off your trip with a Pennsylvania Dutch sausage meal and take home some homemade bread baked right in front of you in an outdoor kiln!
A fall foliage celebration, Confluence Pumpkinfest is a great slice of Americana at the junction of the Casselman River, Laurel Hill Creek and Youghiogheny River. Pumpkinfest is packed with unique events like the Pumpkinfest Queen Pageant, antique auto show, largest pumpkin contest, tough man fire truck pull, kids mule pull, antique tractor show and more fall fun. Plus, get crafty with amazing art vendors selling their wares all through town.
Delmont Apple 'n Arts Festival
Drinking fresh apple cider is one of the best parts of fall! The Delmont Apple ‘n Arts Festival celebrates 30 years of their delicious cider and everything good about apples. Buy fresh apple products, compete in the apple bake contest and enter your child for the famous Baby Apple Cheeks pageant. The weekend is also packed with arts and crafts vendors and food vendors, so make a new tradition this year and check out this free festival.
Wine Fest Weekend at Greendance Winery
You'll have a stomping good time at Greendance Winery's WINE FEST Weekend. Bring a buddy and compete in The Great Grape Stomp and race to smash the most grapes! Test your luck at the carnival ring toss and win the bottle you ring. Or, bring in your wine and compete in the Home Winemakers Contest for bragging rights until next year.
Bedford's Fall Foliage Festival
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When it comes to fall, few do it bigger or better than Bedford's Fall Foliage Festival. More than 400 vendors and 70,000 visitors flock to the festival which fills their downtown with food, fun and crafts. Don't miss the Antique Car Parade which launched the festival more than 50 years ago, and see the crowning of the Fall Foliage Queen.
Fort Ligonier Days
Named one of the "Top 100 Events in America," Fort Ligonier Days is a three-day commemoration of the Battle of Fort Ligonier that fills the town and neighboring Fort Ligonier with excitement. The weekend is spotlighted by artillery demonstrations and reenactments of the battle complete with tactics, drills, period music and everyone you would expect to see in the battle from Highlanders to Native Americans and French troops. The fun continues into town with crafts, vendors, a 5k, wine tasting and much more that makes this the "can't miss" event every fall.
BOOnanza on the Mountain
One weekend per year, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort transforms into the BOOnanza on the Mountain complete with ghouls, ghosts and things that go bump in the night! Go on a wolf encounter, take down zombies with paintballs and try to survive a Nightmare Jeep Ride through the haunted woods. There's also kid-friendly events like a Trick-or-Treat Parade, face painting and costume contest that make this event something for goblins of all ages.
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