4 Fantastic Fall Festivals in Cumberland Valley PA

Collage of red apples, concert crowd, drums and bright orange pumpkinsFall is knocking at the door and Carlisle, PA is answering! There is a plethora of fall festivals happening in and around our hip and happening town nestled in the great Cumberland Valley, PA. Thousands from all over will come together to celebrate everything from apples and pumpkins to a variety of arts. Read on to find your favorite festival! Need lodging? We have you covered. The Carlisle House, a warm and friendly bed and breakfast, offers the perfect Cumberland Valley lodging with comfortable guestrooms, luxurious guest services, and delicious homemade breakfasts. Plan your fun fall getaway today!

7th Annual M&T Harvest of the Arts Festival
Carlisle’s annual Harvest of the Arts Festival brings food, fun, and art to downtown Carlisle, PA. This festival offers guests a time to experience beautiful art, live music provided by local and regional musicians, theater, great food, and fun activities for the kids. Kids Alley provides non-stop children’s fun! Bring your friends, family, or special someone and make a day of it in Downtown Carlisle!

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time: 10am to 5pm
Locale: Downtown Carlisle, PA

33rd Annual New Cumberland Apple Festival
This much anticipated annual Apple Festival provides locals and visitors alike an opportunity to enjoy toe-tapping music from beginning to end, tasty food provided by more than 70 vendors, creative handmade crafts by 350 vendors, entertaining contests (think homemade apple pie!), and an abundance of activities for all ages. Enjoy bingo and balloons, face painting and scarecrow making, pig roast and pony rides, and so much more. Click here to view the day’s schedule.

Date: Saturday. September 29, 2018
Time: 9am to 4pm
Locale: New Cumberland Borough Park, 517 Front St., New Cumberland, PA 17070

Note: Trolleys provide rides to and from the festival on Bridge St. and the corners of Third St., Seventh St., Park Ave., and Haldeman Blvd. Limited parking is available behind the West Shore Senior Citizens Center on Reno St.

Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest 2018
This year’s Oktoberfest is one fall event not to be missed. From entertainment and games to fun and tasty activities, like the tapping of the Official War College Brew, you’ll find much to do (and eat!) no matter your age. Dare to try a hand at the Stein Holding Contest? The person who can hold up the stein the longest wins! Since 2008, Carlisle Barracks has hosted Oktoberfest, providing an opportunity to bring the military community together with the public in a fun and positive location.

Date: Thursday, October 4 to Sunday, October 7, 2018
Time: Thu. 4pm to 9pm
Fri. 4pm to 9pm
Sat. 11am to 9pm
Sun. 11am to 7pm
Locale: Army Heritage & Education Center (AHEC), 950 Soldiers Dr., Carlisle, PA 17013-5021

Note: There is ample parking on site and handicapped and auxiliary parking if needed.

Garden Harvest Day
Celebrate autumn’s bounty amidst fresh mountain air at the annual Garden Harvest Day. You will discover a variety of activities for people of all ages, such as leaf printing, apple cider pressing, pumpkin painting, and hay rides, just to name a few! Enjoy a self-guided mansion and garden tour as well as music by Indian Summer Jars. What’s more, admission is free! Be sure to bring your appetite to this enjoyable and casual fall festival.
Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
Time: 12pm to 5pm
Locale: Kings Gap State Park, 500 Kings Gap Rd., Carlisle, PA 17015

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