Late summer and early fall are the perfect times to explore Cumberland Valley. Not only is the weather enjoyable, but festivals and events are plentiful and our farms offer a variety of goodies to take home or pick yourself. View a collection of fun activities below and fill your weekends with local events and locally-grown food.
Upcoming Festivals & Events:
Shippensburg Corn Festival @ Downtown Shippensburg—August 26th
Crafts, an antique car show, food booths, entertainment, and children’s activities offer something for the entire family. There are more than 250 crafts and antique vendors. Food booths feature corn in every available form.
Heritage Festival Weekend @ Various Locations—September 1-9
Heritage Festival Weekend takes place over Labor Day Weekend with a few events the following week. Highlights include the McLain Celtic Festival, Whiskey Rebellion Festival, family picnics, bike rides, guided walking tours and more.
Music on the Mountain @ Kings Gap—September 3
Bring your lawn chair or blanket to the top of the mountain and settle in for a free evening of music at its best. The view will be spectacular and food vendors will be ready to serve you. September features Celtic music with Seasons and The Celtic Martins.
Uprise Festival @ Shippensburg Fairgrounds—September 15-17
This outdoor music festival features over 20 bands, along with food, merchandise and family-friendly activities including camping, a Youth Pastor Tent, a rock climbing wall, petting zoo and more.
Harvest of the Arts @ Downtown Carlisle—September 23
Harvest of the Arts hosts 100 juried artists exhibiting works in all mediums including pottery, photography, paintings, wood, glass, jewelry, and metal. Plan to experience the art, live music, large food court, and Kids’ Alley, which provides non-stop children’s fun.
New Cumberland Apple Festival @ New Cumberland Borough Park—September 30
Welcome apple season with homemade crafts, vendors, food vendors, an apple pie contest, and entertainment.
Garden Harvest Day @ Kings Gap—October 1
Celebrate fall on the mountain with comfort food, leaf printing, apple cider pressing, pumpkin painting, bird feeder building, children’s games and crafts, self-guided mansion and garden tours, craft vendors and live music by the alternative folk group, Indian Summer Jars.
Oktoberfest @ U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center—October 5-8
Join the Carlisle Barracks for a good time filled with entertainment, carnival games and rides, and the unveiling of the official brew of the Army War College.
Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest @ Adams-Ricci Community Park – October 7-8
This two-day community event features crafts, food vendors, games, contests, kid’s activities and entertainment. Enjoy a relaxing day of fun for the entire family with 250 crafters, community groups and business vendors.
U-Pick Farms & Markets:
Paulus Farm Market in Mechanicsburg—Fun at the farm includes tubes, tires and tunnels. Kids can explore the Construction Zone, Dirt Diner, or the Wooden Tractor and let their imagination run wild. You can also visit the animals, shop for produce or pick-your-own flowers and pumpkins.
Paulus Orchards in Dillsburg—Visit in September and October with the entire family for the themed five-acre corn maze, wagon rides, pedal karts, tube slides, corn shed and play area. You can also pick pumpkins.
Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses in Mechanicsburg—Fall fun includes hayrides, field games, hay slides, a corn maze and more. Ashcombe also offers a variety of classes, a large garden center and a gift shop.
View a complete list of farms and markets at VisitCumberlandValley.com