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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO AUTUMN IN BUCKS COUNTY
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. Note: This information reflects the 2015 season. Check back for 2016 dates.
FABULOUS FESTIVALS AND EVENTS:
• New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival, September 26 and 27- Known for its strong arts and crafts community, the quaint river town of New Hope is hosting its 22nd Annual Arts and Crafts Festival this month. Browse the work of talented local artists during this juried show, nosh on delicious food, enjoy live entertainment and more.
• Froehlich's Farm Festival, September 26-October 31 - Celebrate the changing of the leaves, the chill in the air and Halloween at Froehlich's Farm from the end of September throughout October. 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!
• Perkasie Fall Festival, October 4 - Enjoy food, artisans, raffles, a scavenger hunt, train rides and live music as they line the streets of the historic downtown of Perkasie. 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 cookoff and pie-baking contest.
• 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. 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.
• 39th Annual Historic Bristol Day, October 17 - 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 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. Quick tip: this festival is pet-friendly, so bring your favorite furry friend along for the fun!
• Crafts in the Meadow, October 17-18 - Head over to the Tyler Park Center for the Arts for a weekend-long craft show! Come see the area's best in craftsmanship while enjoying live music, performing arts and refreshments.
• Apple Festival at Peddler's Village, November 7-8 - If you love apples, this is the festival 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.
• The Count's Halloween Spooktacular, September 26-November 1 - Bring the little ones and your best Halloween costumes to Sesame Place® for this family-friendly 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, enjoy three Halloween shows, take a thrilling hayride with your favorite furry friends and watch an exciting Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade.
• Fall at Shady Brook Farm, October 2-October 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, 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.
• 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!
• Haunted Bucks County, October - 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. 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.
• Embark on a charming and historic adventure of the Bucks County Covered Bridge Driving Tour. Peppered throughout our country back roads, view the twelve 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! Drift above miles of breathtaking landscapes as you soar on a picturesque adventure.
• View the gorgeous fall foliage at ground level with a scenic drive along River Road/Route 32. Stop by the eclectic bunch of restaurants and shops sprinkled along the way and enjoy the afternoon taking in the crisp autumn air with wading sounds of the Delaware River in the background.
• Every weekend in October, board the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad for their annual Fall Foliage Excursion Train. All aboard their 1920s vintage passenger coach for a 2 ½ hour journey through the picturesque country side.
• Spend a leisurely fall afternoon strolling through Washington Crossing Historic Park. Learn about the rich history of the park and witness events from the past. 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 tower provides visitors with breathtaking views across 14 miles of pristine countryside.
• Spend an afternoon biking along the Delaware Canal Towpath for an afternoon of scenic views and family fun. Stop along the way to enjoy a picnic in the park while taking in the picture-perfect sights.