Add these fun fall fairs and events to your calendar to celebrate the season
(Bucks County, PA) - From breathtaking fall foliage to autumn festivals and events, Bucks County has all the fun you need to enjoy the striking colors and changing temperatures of the season. Ideally located 75 miles south of New York City and 25 miles outside of Philadelphia, Bucks County is perfect for a weekend excursion this autumn.
Here are some of the top festivals and events taking place throughout Bucks County this fall.
• Polish-American Festival, August 30- September 1 & September 6-7 - Close out summer with Kielbasa and beer at the 49th Annual Polish-American Family Festival and County Fair at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. Hear traditional Polish music, hop on the classic carnival rides and enjoy magic and dance shows. Stop by the Crafter's Village to purchase some handmade goodies.
• Thompson Bucks County Classic, September 13-14 - This two-day road races takes 200 cyclists from around the country down winding, scenic back roads from Doylestown to New Hope, PA. Now in its third year in Bucks County, this event includes three professional races, a recreational ride and children's races. As one of the only Union Cycliste Internationale sanctioned races in the United States, the event draws more than 20,000 spectators and is one of the top races on the East Coast. Line up along the main streets of these quaint small towns and watch the elite athletes pedal past at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour or more.
• Doylestown Arts Festival, September 13-14 - Gorgeous weather, beautiful artwork and handmade crafts come together at the annual Doylestown Arts Festival. The two-day festival is Doylestown's largest annual festival, with more than 150 exhibitors set up throughout downtown. Grab a bite to eat in the food court or relax while you listen to one of the many bands performing live throughout the day.
• Scarecrow Festival at Peddler's Village, September 20-21 - Each fall, Peddler's Village becomes home to larger-than-life scarecrows handmade by local businesses and organizations. Displayed throughout the 18th-century-style shopping village beginning early September through late October, the annual Scarecrow Competition & Display invites all to come and enjoy a family weekend of fall fun! The event kicks off September 20-21 with the Scarecrow Festival, featuring Scarecrow-Making Workshops, pumpkin pie-eating contests, live entertainment and more.
• The Count's Halloween Spooktacular, September 20-October 26 - Bring the little ones and your best Halloween costumes to Sesame Place® for this Halloween Tradition. Each year the nation's only amusement park dedicated to the award-winning children's television show Sesame Street® is turned into a not-so-spooky Halloween haven for children of all ages. Come together as a family to find your way through two mazes, take a thrilling hayride with your favorite furry friends and watch an exciting Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade.
• Bensalem Fall Festival, September 27 - The whole community is coming together at TD Bank Amphitheater in Bensalem to celebrate the season during their annual Fall Festival Community Day. Have a blast on amusement rides, enjoy live entertainment throughout the day and browse the vehicles at one of the area's best car shows. A concert from Shadows of the 60's, a tribute to Motown, will begin promptly at 6 p.m. with a dazzling fireworks display to follow.
• Fall at Shady Brook Farm, September 29-October 31 - It would not be fall without the traditional journey to pick the perfect pumpkin and Shady Brook Farm is celebrating this tradition in style with PumpkinFest! Fridays through Sundays in October, take a wagon ride down to the patch to find your pumpkin and afterwards enjoy a variety of inflatable attractions, find your way through a Giant Corn Maze and more. The fun doesn't stop at nightfall when this family-friendly farm turns into a den of terror! HorrorFest, open through the first weekend in November, invites visitors to walk through the cryptic Barn of Horror where a frightening encounter awaits you around every corner, experience the destructive fields at Carnage, ride through the spooky woods on the Hayride of Horror and face aliens head-on at the 3-D Alien Encounter.
• Historic Fallsington Day, October 11 - Visit the "Village that Time Forgot" for a time-honored community event at Historic Fallsington. Journey back in time to Quaker Pennsylvania with the help of colonial and Native American dance performances, crafters and folksingers. Visitors can walk through the 300-year-old town and explore the historic buildings left behind, browse the variety of tables at the old-fashioned flea market or take in a puppet show from the entertainers that will be present all day.
• 38th Annual Historic Bristol Day, October 18 - Bristol, Bucks County has a variety of festivals throughout the season and one of the most popular annual festivals is Historic Bristol Day. This free, family-friendly street fair features a variety of arts and craft vendors, food vendors and entertainers, children's games, a sailing regatta on the Delaware River, a car show and much more.
• Autumn Alive!, October 18 - The streets of Quakertown come to life during the 15th Annual Autumn Alive! This family-friendly event in Upper Bucks County features music, games, prizes, crafts, beer tasting, a pet parade and more. Quick tip: this festival is pet-friendly, so bring your favorite furry friend along for the fun!
• Apple Festival at Peddler's Village, November 1-2 - Fall is the perfect time for apple-picking! Celebrate the season all weekend long at Peddler's Village where they're serving up a variety of apple-themed baked goods and treats. Participate in pie-eating contests, enjoy a variety of live entertainment and browse the work of local artisans lined up along the beautiful cobblestone streets of this 18th-century-style shopping village.
• Haunted Halloween Train, October - Hop aboard New Hope & Ivyland Railroad throughout the month of October for their spooky Haunted Halloween Train Rides. Once this terrifying train leaves the safety of the station, there's no telling what horror may lurk among the antique railcars. For a kid-friendly alternative to the terror of these haunted train rides, put on your best Halloween costumes for the Trick or Treat Trains. After your "spooky" ride returns, children can trick-or-treat around the station for some extra special surprises!
For a full list of fall events in Bucks County, check out VisitBucksCounty.com/Events.
Contact: Jessica Lawlor
Visit Bucks County
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About Visit Bucks County
Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County. The tourism office, with more than 450 tourism/hospitality partners throughout Bucks County, promotes all there is to see and do to potential visitors and residents. In addition to consumer travel, Visit Bucks County targets sports tournaments, motorcoach groups, meetings, special events and weddings. For more information on VBC activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to PARX Casino). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.