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.
Date: September 22nd, 2018
Location: Camelback Mountain Resort
Fall festival season begins with this full day of fun for all ages. Celebrate with live music on two different stages, fall-themed local food and drinks, children’s activities, shopping and more presented by the Sherman Theater. Experience over one hundred vendors nestled in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, from arts and crafts to antiques to local souvenirs. The kids are sure to enjoy the carnival grounds that will include music, magicians, clowns, and face painters.
The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival
Date: September 29, 2018 – October 28, 2018 (daily)
Location: Country Junction – World’s Largest General Store
Price: $10/funband; weekend activities additional; free for children under 2
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.
Autumn Timber Festival
Date: October 6, 2018 – October 7, 2018
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.
44th Annual Harvest Festival
Date: October 6, 2018 – October 7, 2018 (daily)
Location: Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
Price: $10/adult, $5/child (3-12)
Enjoy some good old country fun! This year the theme of the festival is “living off the land” and will showcase traditional skills such as weaving, broom making, apple butter making, basket making and candle making. The festival will feature historic foods like BBQ chicken, corn fritters and apple dumplings. And 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 7, 2018
Location: Skytop Lodge
Price: $65/adult, $30/designated driver, $20/child, $75/person early access
Skytop Lodge’s 13th 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 Zip-line Course. What better way to experience the fall foliage than by zipping through it?
Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival
Date: October 6, 2018 – October 21, 2018 (weekends)
Location: Jim Thorpe, Pa.
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.
Pocono Food Truck & Art Festival
Date: October 20, 2018 – October 21, 2018 (daily)
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?