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
(cancelled for 2021)
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.

23rd Annual Harvest Festival
Every Sunday August 29-October 3
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
September 11-12
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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Pocono Foliage Express
Sept. 22, 25-26, 29-30, Oct. 2-3, 6, 9-11, 13-14, 16-17, 20, 23-24, 27 & 30
Honesdale to Hawley, PA
Board the Stourbridge Line in Honesdale for a scenic ride to Hawley, PA. The 1.5 hour round-trip excursion traverses the Lackawaxen River with glimpses of wildlife and historic sites.

Arts & Crafts Fair
Sept. 18
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
(cancelled for 2021)
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. 30-Oct. 3
Narrowsburg, 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
(cancelled for 2021)
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
(cancelled for 2021)
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. 25
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
Blue Mountain Resort, Palmerton
(cancelled for 2021)
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. 25-26
Sussex Co. Fairgrounds, Augusta, NJ
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
Sept 24-Oct. 3
Throughout Hawley
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. 2
Hawley Silk Mill, Hawley
Savor the flavors of the season with craft beer tastings, a la carte seasonal foods and a vendor fair.

The Big Sip at Bethel Woods
Oct. 9-10
Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts, Bethel, NY
Taste craft brews and vintages from the finest Hudson Valley and Finger Lakes wineries and breweries accompanied by live entertainment, games and a food court.

Pickle Me Poconos Festival
Oct. 2
Crystal Street, East Stroudsburg
Join in this inaugural street festival celebrating all things pickle. Featuring food vendors, pickle contests, live entertainment and more.

47th Annual Harvest Festival
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg
Oct. 9-10
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
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Shawnee-on-Delaware
(cancelled for 2021)
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.

11h Annual Harvest Festival
Oct. 9
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.

Harvest & Heritage Days
Oct. 9-10
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
(cancelled for 2021)
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. 15-17
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
Oct. 9-10
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Shawnee-on-Delaware
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!