"Fall" In Love with Bucks County's Festivals, Foliage and Frightening Fun

(Bucks County, PA) - From fabulous fall festivals to foliage and frightening fun, Bucks County, PA has everything you need to enjoy one of the most picturesque times of year in the countryside. Ideally located 75 miles south of New York City and 25 miles outside of Philadelphia, Bucks County is the perfect destination for a weekend excursion this autumn.

Fabulous Festivals and Events:

Doylestown Arts Festival, September 12-13 - Gorgeous weather, beautiful artwork and handmade crafts come together at the annual Doylestown Arts Festival. The two-day festival, now in its 24th year, is Doylestown's largest annual festival, with more than 160 exhibitors set up throughout downtown.

Thompson Bucks County Classic, September 13 -Setting a new standard for American professional bicycle racing, the televised 2015 Thompson Bucks County Classic of Doylestown welcomes more than 300 elite racing cyclists. The day will also include a recreational ride called the Cyclosportif, as well as races for children.

Newtown Beerfest, September 19 - Held in the parking lot of the Newtown Stocking Works Complex, this outdoor event draws beer lovers from all over to come sample brews from more than 60 different breweries.

Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival, September 19 - Head to scenic Core Creek Park for the inaugural Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival. Up to 44 teams from throughout the region will take to the waters to participate in this time-honored Chinese tradition. Watch the races and stay for the festival to enjoy food trucks, live entertainment and more.

Scarecrow Festival at Peddler's Village, September 19-20 - 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 is a family favorite year after year!

Historic Fallsington Day, October 10 - 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 and a walk through the 300-year-old town.

39th Annual Historic Bristol Day, October 17 - Bristol 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 celebrates the town's diversity with a variety of arts and craft vendors, food vendors, entertainers, children's games, a sailing regatta on the Delaware River, a car show, and much more.

Autumn Alive!, October 17 - The streets of Quakertown celebrate the spirit of the season during the 16th Annual Autumn Alive! This family-friendly event in Upper Bucks County features music, games, prizes, crafts, beer tasting, a pet parade and more.

Apple Festival at Peddler's Village, November 7-8 - Fall is the perfect time for apple-picking and Peddler's Village celebrates the season all weekend long as they serve up a variety of apple-themed baked goods and treats. Participate in pie-eating contests, enjoy live entertainment, sample apple-themed dishes, and browse the work of local artisans.

Frightening Fun:

Haunted Halloween Train, October - Hop aboard New Hope & Ivyland Railroad throughout the month of October for their spooky Haunted Halloween Train Rides. For a kid-friendly alternative to these terrifying train rides, put on your best Halloween costumes for the Trick or Treat Trains.

Haunted Bucks County, October - Grab a flashlight and take to the streets during a lantern led walk with Ghost Tours of New Hope to hear the chilling tales of the area's former residents who may have never left. Explore the darker side of Bucks County during one of the many haunted hayrides in the area such as Valley of Fear's Original Haunted Hayride in the woods behind Phoenix Sport Club, where you can hop off the hayride and test your aim in Zombie Paintball. Also check out Midnight Productions' Sleepy Hollow Hayride. After your bone-chilling ride, enter the House in the Hollow.

• Fall at Shady Brook Farm, October - Daily from October 2-31, take a wagon ride down to the patch to find your pumpkin and enjoy a variety of inflatable attractions, a giant corn maze and more at PumpkinFest. On select evenings, stay for PumpkinFest After Dark, a not-so-scary event for the younger kids-After Dark features a moonlit corn maze and more. At nightfall on weekends, the friendly farm turns into a den of terror! HorrorFest invites visitors to walk through the Barn of Horror, test your bravery as you trek through the bloody fields of Carnage, ride through the spooky woods on the Hayride of Horror and face aliens head-on at the 3-D Alien Encounter.

The Count's Halloween Spooktacular, September 26-November 1 - Each year, Sesame Place®, the nation's only amusement park dedicated to the award-winning children's television show Sesame Street® is turned into a not-too-spooky Halloween haven for children of all ages. Find your way through two mazes, enjoy three Halloween shows, take a thrilling hayride with your favorite furry friends and watch an exciting Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade.

Fall Foliage:

• Embark on a charming and historic adventure along the Bucks County Covered Bridge Driving Tour. Peppered throughout country back roads, view the 12 beautiful covered bridges and marvel at their incredible authenticity and rich surrounding beauty.

• Experience Bucks County's fall foliage at new heights with the US Hot Air Balloon Team! Enjoy the best seat in the house as you drift above miles of breathtaking landscapes and soar on a picturesque adventure.

• View the gorgeous reds, yellows and oranges peeping out among the trees with a scenic drive along River Road/Route 32.

• Board the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad for their annual Fall Foliage Excursion Train. All aboard the 1920s vintage passenger coach for a 2 ½ hour journey through the picturesque countryside.

• Spend a leisurely fall afternoon strolling through Washington Crossing Historic Park. For a bird's-eye view of the county, climb to the top of Bowman's Hill Tower, located on the grounds of the park. The 125-foot tower provides visitors with breathtaking views across 14 miles of pristine landscape.

• Take an afternoon to bike along the Delaware Canal Towpath for scenic views and family fun. Stop along the way to enjoy a picnic in the park while taking in the picture-perfect sights.

For a full list of fall events in Bucks County, check out VisitBucksCounty.com/Events.

Contact: Jessica Lawlor
Communications Manager
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.