Fall has its own look, smell and even taste. There are many festivals in the Pocono Mountains that capture the essence of the season, but we’ve come up with a list of our top five. A trip to the Pocono Mountains this time of year is a must. Stay over at Ledges Hotel so you can experience the ultimate fall getaway. Download our Delaware Highlands Vacation Guide, to make the most of your trip.
1. Autumn Timber Festival & Pocono Food Truck Festival & Art on the Mountain, Shawnee Mountains Ski Area
October 12-13 & October 19-20
Ok, technically these are two separate festivals, but Shawnee Mountain Ski Area has back-to-back weekends jam packed with fall goodness you’ll want to experience. First, the Autumn Timber Festival (October 12-13) delights in everything outdoorsy. The Paul Bunyon Lumberjack Show is the main attraction. The competition has lumberjacks going head-to-head in eight traditional events such as hot saw, log roll, axe throw, chain saw carving, cross cut saw and springboard chop. Shows are held three times each day. Other activities include blacksmith demonstrations, scenic chairlift rides, chainsaw sculpture demonstrations, Time Travelling Medicine Magic Show, pig races, a fortune telling booth, food and craft vendors.
The following weekend (October 19-20), the competition is of the culinary kind. Over 25 food trucks from the Pocono Mountains, Lehigh Valley, New Jersey and New York City vie to be fan favorite during the Pocono Food Truck Festival. Festival goers can munch on offerings that run the gamut from savory to sweet, then cast a vote for the best. The event also features the 7th Annual Art on the Mountain Show and Sale. More than 35 artists and artisans show and sell their work inside Hope Lodge.
2. 7th Annual Craft: Beer, Spirits & Food Festival, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Crisp mountain air and refreshing craft beer mix to make this a favorite fall event. The grounds of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts provide a scenic setting to host regional beer, spirts, cider and mead makers. Visitors can enjoy samples while browsing a variety of food and artisan vendors and listening to live music during the 7th Annual Craft: Beer, Spirits and Food Festival.
3. Hawley Harvest Hoedown & Rocktoberfest, throughout Hawley
This quintessential small-town festival is a staple of fall in the Lake Wallenpaupack region. Main Street and the surrounding side streets overflow with activities during Hawley Harvest Hoedown. There are food and craft vendors, a petting zoo, horse-drawn hayrides, street performers and a scarecrow parade. Other festivities include glass demonstrations, face painting and games for every age. Rocktoberfest at the Hawley Silk Mill offers all the flavors of a traditional Oktoberfest celebration. There are craft beer tastings, plenty of food- including soup sampling and soup to go- plus live music with Eric Rudy and The Village Idiots. The day culminates with a high-energy Bluegrass and Folk show at the Ritz Theatre.
4. 5th Annual Harvest Festival,
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
It’s easy to imagine the life and times of the Pocono Mountains earliest settlers at this preserved 19th century working farm. The 5th Annual Harvest Festival celebrates heritage crafts and traditional skills of the day. Visitors can watch demonstrations of weaving, broom making, scrapple making, apple butter making, basket weaving and candle making. There’s also plenty of folk entertainment, homemade country food, children’s activities, pumpkin decorating, pony rides and horse drawn wagon rides.
5. Harvest & Heritage Days, Downtown Honesdale
Harvest and Heritage Days has everything you expect from a fall festival. Pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks and scarecrows set the scene. Craft vendors fill Main Street with handmade specialties. A Farmer’s Market offers a bounty of fresh, local food items. Children can paint pumpkins and join in other fun activities. Saturday evening brings an antique car cruise boasting over 75 vehicles. A DJ will spin classic tunes from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Pets on Parade on Sunday is always a crowd favorite. The costume competition has contestants parading down Main Street with judging at the Fred Miller Pavilion. Stroll the picturesque downtown, enjoy a variety of craft and specialty food vendors and embrace the feeling of fall.
Why Not Live Life to the Fallest?
Our seasonal package features a two night stay for two, breakfast each morning, a $75 dining voucher to the hotel’s restaurant, Glass- wine.bar.kitchen, $25 voucher for lunch from Cocoon Coffee House and Bakery plus information on the best hiking and driving tours in the region. Catch the season before it leaves.