Can’t Miss Fall Events in the Pocono Mountains

Autumn is a special time in the Pocono Mountains region. While Mother Nature puts on a show, many communities and business in the region celebrate with a host of colorful events and festivities. Plan a weekend getaway around one of these many special events to take advantage of all the Pocono Mountains has to offer during autumn. Don’t forget to download our Free Delaware Highlands Vacation Guide for our expert picks on what to see and do to make the most of your time in the area.

SEPTEMBER

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Pocono Garlic Festival
Aug. 31-Sept. 1
(cancelled for 2020)
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Shawnee-on-Delaware
Fun is in the air for this celebration of all things garlic! Food and craft vendors offer everything from garlic vinegar and garlic ice cream to garlic-themed pottery and paintings. There’s also live entertainment, educational demonstrations, children’s activities and a garlic eating contest.

22nd Annual Harvest Festival
Every Sunday August 30-October 11
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY
Shop from vendors spread over the scenic grounds. Participants include craft and artisan goods, specialty food, a farmer’s market and take-home children’s activities.

Night Lights
(rescheduled to Spring 2021)
Pocono Raceway, Long Pond
Watch hundreds of illuminated lanterns fill the sky over the Pocono Mountains. Each participant can decorate a biodegradable lantern with personal messages of hope, celebration or memories prior to the launch at dusk. Live entertainment enhances the family-friendly event.

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Lackawaxen Foliage Limited
Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Hawley to White Mills, PA
Board the Stourbridge Line in Honesdale for a scenic ride to Lackawaxen, PA. The 3.5 hour round-trip excursion traverses the Lackawaxen River with glimpses of wildlife and historic sites.

Arts & Crafts Fair
Sept. 12
Bingham Park, Hawley
Over 100 artisans and crafters fill the park to showcase and sell their handcrafted work.

Millbrook Days
Millbrook Village, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Sept. 14-15
(cancelled for 2020)
See what everyday life was like in a late 19th century mountain town. The event includes demonstrations of period crafts, old time music, tours, apple cider pressing and more.

Courtesy Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Big Eddy Film Festival
Sept. 25-26
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY
The lineup of notable feature films, documentaries, animation and shorts often has a connection to the Upper Delaware River area.

Courtesy Shawnee Mountain Ski Area Facebook Page

Shawnee Celtic Festival
Sept. 21-22
(cancelled for 2020)
Shawnee Mtn. Ski Area, Shawnee-on-Delaware
The Pocono Mountains pay tribute to the Emerald Isle and Scottish Highlands with a weekend of non-stop music, working sheep dog demonstrations, Irish step dancers, Celtic craft and food vendors, farm animal petting zoo and more.

Milford Reader & Writers Festival
Throughout Milford, PA
Sept. 21-22
(cancelled for 2020)
An impressive lineup of renowned authors from a variety of genres host panels and discussions at locations throughout town. Participants this year include Dick Cavett, John Berendt, Lisa Lampanelli, Anne Perry, Victoria Zackheim and Helen Zia.

Narrowsburg Honeybee Fest
Sept. 26
Downtown Narrowsburg, NY
This charming river town is buzzing with activity for an event devoted to promoting bees. Take part in bee-centric workshops, a Pollinator’s Tea Party, costume contest, honey tasting and demonstrations. There’s also a food and vendors market, observation hive and entertainment.

Carbon County Oktoberfest
Sept. 28-29
Blue Mountain Resort, Palmerton
(cancelled for 2020)
It’s a celebration befitting Bavaria. Enjoy a Biergarten, live Oom-Pah music, Bavarian style foods, craft and artisan vendors plus tractor rides and pumpkin picking.

Courtesy Peters Valley School of Craft Facebook Page

49th Annual Peter’s Valley Fall Craft Fair
Sept. 28-29
Sussex Co. Fairgrounds, Augusta, NJ
(cancelled for 2020)
Over 150 artists from across the country showcase and sell their handmade crafts. The festival also includes artists demonstrations, a juried exhibition, live music, food and children’s activities.

OCTOBER

Hawley Harvest Hoedown
Oct. 5
Throughout Hawley
(cancelled for 2020)
Find all of the best of the autumn season including brew tasting, crafts, entertainment, children’s activities and specialty food. The day culminates with a bluegrass and folk show.

Rocktoberfest at Hawley Silk Mill

Rocktoberfest
Oct. 5
Hawley Silk Mill, Hawley
(cancelled for 2020)
Savor the flavors of the season with craft beer tastings, a la carte seasonal foods and a vendor fair.

8th Annual Wine Festival at Bethel Woods
Oct. 5
(cancelled for 2020)
Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts, Bethel, NY
Taste vintages from the finest Hudson Valley and Finger Lakes wineries accompanied by live entertainment, games and a food court.

Pickle Me Poconos Festival
Oct. 5
Crystal Street, East Stroudsburg
(cancelled for 2020)
Join in this inaugural street festival celebrating all things pickle. Featuring food vendors, pickle contests, live entertainment and more.

46th Annual Harvest Festival
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg
Oct. 10-11
Celebrate harvest time on the farm featuring heritage crafts and traditional skills, folk entertainment, country food, children’s activities, pumpkin decorating, wagon rides and more.

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Autumn Timber Festival
Oct. 12-13
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Shawnee-on-Delaware
(cancelled for 2020)
You won’t be-leaf how much there is to do! This annual event features lumberjack competitions, blacksmith demos, saw mill demos, chainsaw sculptures, live music, children’s activities, food and craft vendors.

10th Annual Harvest Festival
Oct. 10
Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry
Enjoy a commemoration of the season with a nod to nature. The day features animal presenters, arts and crafts, hand-on activities, conservation exhibits, live music, food and traditional activities.

7th Annual Craft Beer, Spirits and Food Festival at Bethel Woods
Oct. 12
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY
(Cancelled for 2020)
Indulge in a variety of beer, spirits, cider and mead from regional craft beverage makers. Live music, food and artisan vendors round out the festivities.

Harvest & Heritage Days
Oct. 10-11
Main Street, Honesdale
Country comes to town as hay bales, pumpkins and cornstalks decorate downtown. The weekend features live music, demonstrations, craft vendors, pumpkin painting, hayrides and more.

Harvest Lake Stroll
Oct. 11
Skytop Lodge, Skytop
Live entertainment, food samplings and wine tastings are the hallmark of this annual outdoor event.

21st Annual Black Bear Film Festival
Oct. 16-18
Milford Theatre, Milford
It’s three days dedicated to innovative, independent films. In addition to main features, audiences can enjoy free events and films.

Pocono Food Truck Festival & Art on the Mountain
Oct. 19-20
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Shawnee-on-Delaware
(Cancelled for 2020)
Over 25 food trucks from the Pocono Mountains, Lehigh Valley, New Jersey and Philadelphia vie for #1. Festival goers sample the specialties that range from sweet and savory to hot and spicy then vote for their favorite. Inside the lodge, more than 65 artists and artisans will showcase and sell their work.

Live Life to the Fallest

This package was made to enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of autumn. Create a Pocono Mountains getaway around some of these great fall events and enjoy a two-night stay at Ledges Hotel in the accommodation of your choice. With the Live Life to the Fallest Package, you’ll also receive a $75 dining voucher for our on-site restaurant, Glass- wine.bar.kitchen, a $25 for voucher for lunch at Cocoon Coffee House and Bakery, sampling of two or our “Hops” on tap plus breakfast each morning. We even have a driving tour and maps of the region, so you can explore the countryside awash in in autumn color. Check availability and book online before fall leaves you behind!