Top Fall Festivals
From fabulous fall festivals and events to foliage and frightening fun, Bucks County, PA has everything you need to enjoy the changing colors of 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.
Here are some of the top festivals and events taking place throughout Bucks County this fall. For even more activities, check out our Events Calendar.
Fabulous Festivals and Events:
• The 17th Village Renaissance Fair sponsored by The Village Library of Wrightstown will be held on September 17 and 18 at the Middletown Grange Fair grounds. Transcend centuries and be immersed in a new culture. The festival includes history, crafts, interactive play and storytelling that visitors of all ages can enjoy.
• Also on September 17 and 18 Peddler’s Village will be hosting its annual Scarecrow Festival! Check out a pumpkin pie-eating contest, live entertainment and lots of food. You can also make and take home your own scarecrow in the workshop throughout the weekend. The larger than life Scarecrow Competition will be on display starting September 12 until October 30.
New Hope is known for its strong arts and crafts community and the quaint river town is hosting its 23rd Annual New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival sponsored by The Bucks County Playhouse on September 25 and 25. Browse the work of talented local artists during this juried show, nosh on delicious food, enjoy live entertainment and more.
• Set sail at the Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival on September 24. Those interested can register to compete in the race which will be held at Core Creek Park. For those not on the water there will be vendors and presentations to enjoy throughout the park.
• Spend a day a day crafting, eating and enjoying the fall weather at the Bensalem Fall Festival sponsored by the TD Bank Amphitheater October 1. The township will be hosting entertainment throughout the day and a special concert starting at 6pm. Then, get comfortable and watch a dramatic firework display!
• Celebrate the changing of the leaves, the chill in the air and Halloween at Froehlich's Farm Festival October 1 through 30. Enjoy a hayride around the 100-acre farm, get lost in a three-acre corn maze, find the perfect pumpkin from the farm's patch, ride your favorite pony, build a scarecrow, win prizes and warm up with some hot cider!
• Enjoy food, artisans, raffles, a scavenger hunt, train rides and live music as they line the streets of the historic downtown during the Perkasie Fall Festival October 2. Start with an exciting Color Dash 5k at Bucks County Community College. Kids and the young at heart can have fun at the petting zoo, on pony rides and inflatables at Perkasie Town Center and Menlo Park. Create a scarecrow and bring it for judging! Then sample this year's chili cook-off and pie-baking contest.
• Visit the “Village that Time Forgot” for a time-honored community event during Historic Fallsington Day October 8. 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, learn how to write with a quill pen, or take in a puppet show from the entertainers that will be present all day. You can also try your luck at winning the highly coveted Fallsington Quilt, a one-of-a-kind handmade quilt that will be on display throughout the day.
• Bristol, Bucks County has a variety of festivals throughout the season and one of the most popular annual events is this year’s 40th Annual Historic Bristol Day sponsored by Bristol Cultural & Historical Foundation October 15. 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!
• The streets of Quakertown celebrate the spirit of the season during the 17th Annual Autumn Alive! October 15. 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!
• Head over to the Tyler Park Center for the Arts October 15 and 16 for a weekend-long craft show called Crafts in the Meadow! Come see the area's best in craftsmanship while enjoying live music, performing arts and refreshments.
• If you love apples, the Apple Festival at Peddler's Village November 5 and 6 is the place for you! 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 a variety of live entertainment, sample a variety of apple-themed dishes, and browse the work of local artisans lined up along the beautiful cobblestone streets of this 18th-century-style shopping village.
• Bring the little ones and your best Halloween costumes to Sesame Place® September 24 through October 30 for a family-friendly Halloween tradition, The Count's Halloween Spooktacular! 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, enjoy three Halloween shows, take a thrilling hayride with your favorite furry friends and watch an exciting Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade.
• Take a wagon ride down to the patch to find you perfect pumpkin and enjoy a variety of inflatable attractions, a giant corn maze and more at PumpkinFest at Shady Brook Farm October 7 through 31! On select evenings, stay for PumpkinFest After Dark, a not-so-scary event for the younger kids, featuring 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.
•Hop aboard the 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!
• Fall may be known for its beauty, but it is also one of the spookiest times of year and Bucks County has plenty of ways to terrify you during the month of October. Grab a flashlight and take to the streets with Ghost Tours of New Hope to hear the chilling tales of the area's former residents who may have never left during a lantern-led walk. 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. Only the bravest will travel deep inside to discover the secrets of the manor.