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Fall Family Festivals in the Pocono Mountains

The onset of crisp autumn air signifies the beginning of festival and foliage season in the Pocono Mountains.

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The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival is one of the most popular fall events in the area.

Family festivals in the Pocono Mountains are the stars of weekends from late September through October. With fun fall activities ranging from lumberjack competitions and classic pumpkin picking to wine and beer tastings and food truck hopping, these are the festivals you don’t want to miss.

As always, the area is sure to put on a good show – the Pocono Mountains has over 120 tree and plant species! Don’t forget to check the fall foliage forecast to track the color of the leaves before you go.

The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival
Date: September 28, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Location: Country Junction – World’s Largest General Store
Price: TBD

What says fall more than pumpkins? The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival starts at the end of September and goes through the month of October because it’s one of the most popular family festivals in the Pocono Mountains. There’s delicious food and thousands of pumpkins to pick starting at only a few dollars each. The $10 funband includes daily activities for families like hayrides, corn mazes and a 3D haunted house. The weekends offer even more, including paintball, an escape room, bounce houses, dance parties and amusement rides.

family festivals in the pocono mountains

Downtown Jim Thorpe, Pa.

Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival
Date: October 5, 2019 – October 20, 2019
Location: Jim Thorpe, Pa.
Price: Free

Visit downtown Jim Thorpe during the first three weekends in October and witness the charming town in its marvelous colorful splendor. There are numerous town-wide events during each weekend of the festival including spooky ghost walks, scenic train rides, hay rides at Mauch Chunk Lake and a scarecrow contest. Explore over forty shops, galleries and boutiques, plus an arts and crafts fair, live entertainment and fabulous food in Josiah White Park.

Hawley Harvest Hoedown 
Date: October 5, 2019
Location: The Chamber of the Northern Poconos
Price: Free

Come to the charming town of Hawley for a festive Saturday full of cider tastings, brews, contests, demonstrations, family activities, crafts, entertainment, locally grown foods, shopping and more.

family festivals in the pocono mountains

Competitors at Shawnee Mountain’s Autumn Timber Festival.

Autumn Timber Festival
Date: October 12, 2019 – October 13, 2019
Location: Shawnee Mountain
Price: Advance: $9/adult, $7.50/child; Gate: $12.50/adult, $8.50/child. Ages 4 and under are free.

The Autumn Timber Festival is one of the most thrilling family festivals in the Pocono Mountains! The weekend includes exciting lumberjack competitions that range from log rolling and axe throwing to speed climbing and chain saw carving. There’s also blacksmithing demos, scenic chairlift rides, a fortune telling booth, and live music and food vendors.

Experience the Ultimate Family Getaway

Get away together to the Pocono Mountains, a wide-open playground just a short drive away. We have over 67,000 acres for all ages to explore. Check out fall festivals, venture across ropes courses or take in the scenery. Start planning today at PoconoMountains.com.

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45th Annual Harvest Festival
Date: October 12, 2019 – October 13, 2019
Location: Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
Price: $10/adult, $5/child (3-12)

Enjoy some good old country fun! The festival will feature historic foods like BBQ chicken, corn fritters and apple dumplings. A special children’s area will offer hands-on opportunities for the kids to try old-fashioned crafts and activities like pumpkin decorating. Re-enactors from both the PA 142nd Volunteer Infantry Company G Civil War and the NJ Frontier Guard will be encamped on the farm. All funds raised support the mission of the non-profit farm museum, so you’ll be supporting a great cause.

Harvest Lake Stroll
Date:  October 13, 2019
Location: Skytop Lodge
Price: Varies; call Skytop for pricing.

Skytop Lodge’s 14th Annual Harvest Lake Stroll is the perfect destination to eat, drink and take in the fall foliage around the pristine lake. Vineyards and breweries from all over the country will be there with tastings, and Skytop’s culinary team will be offering a seasonal menu to celebrate harvest season. Families can also enjoy dancing the afternoon away with live music and fun activities at the Adventure Center and Treetop Adventure Zipline Course. What better way to experience the fall foliage than by zipping through it?

Pocono Food Truck & Art Festival
Date: October 19, 2019 – October 20, 2019
Location: Shawnee Mountain
Price: Advance: $9/adult, $7.50/child; Gate: $12.50/adult, $8.50/child; Free for children 4 and under

The Pocono Food Truck & Art Festival brings together art, crafts and twenty-five of the best foods trucks from the Pocono Mountains, Lehigh Valley, New Jersey, New York City and Philadelphia. You can expect empanadas and tacos, BBQ, Italian, classic Philly cheesesteaks, ice cream and dozens of other sweet treats, alongside over 65 artists and crafters on two floors in the Hope Lodge at Shawnee Mountain.

Are you planning on going to any of these fall family festivals in the Pocono Mountains? What’s your favorite fall activity? 

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