Classic Fall Festivities in the Mid-Atlantic September 2, 2022 by MATPRA Admin (September 2022) – Everyone has a favorite way to welcome fall. Whether you fancy pumpkin picking, hayrides, checking out the changing leaves, or warming up with a hot apple cider or spiced latte, here’s how to get into the fall festivities around Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. For more information on any of the following, contact the destination marketing organization listed below. For general information on the Mid-Atlantic, visit MATPRA.org. MARYLAND Allegany Autumn in Allegany County is an unparalleled experience. Two unforgettable ways to “ride” through this region include on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, which travels through the colorful mountains of changing leaves on a 3½-hour round trip, and on a 44-mile scenic overlook driving tour through Green Ridge State Forest. Allegany County, The Mountain Side of Maryland, Mindy Bianca, MDMountainSide.com/blog/unforgettable-leaf-peeping-locations, email@example.com Annapolis & Anne Arundel Fall means Navy Football, the U.S. Sailboat and Powerboat Shows, Maryland Seafood Festival, Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival, Captain Avery Oyster Festival, and Maryland Renaissance Festival. Check out our MD Corn Maze, Great Annapolis Pumpkins, Arts in the Park, and candlelit ghost tours through the nooks and crannies of Historic Annapolis. Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, Susan Seifried, VisitAnnapolis.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Baltimore Foodies know that fall in Baltimore means oyster season! Get to celebrating at fabulous restaurants in Charm City, including Thames Street Oyster House in bustling Fell’s Point, Nick’s Fish House on the Port Covington waterfront, or the very Instagram-able raw bar at No Way Rosé in Federal Hill. Visit Baltimore, Tracey Johnson, Baltimore.org, email@example.com Calvert The Southern Maryland Wine, Jazz, R&B and Funk Festival will be held in September. With an all new music lineup, get ready for a day of fun, great food, wine & music. Tents and coolers acceptable. No alcoholic beverages allowed. Come prepared for a great time. Calvert County Department of Economic Development, Hilary Dailey, ChooseCalvert.com, Hilary.Dailey@calvertcountymd.gov Caroline Caroline County, Maryland. Situated on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Caroline County’s natural beauty beckons visitors to explore. Through pristine waterways and countryside, you’ll find a region brimming with rich heritage experiences, outdoor excursions, and agritourism adventures. Caroline County Office of Tourism, Tara Hill-Coursey, VisitCaroline.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Cecil Pair an autumn countryside with world-class equestrian competition, and you have MD 5 Star at Fair Hill in mid-October. Only 2 in the USA and 7 worldwide. Best described as an equestrian triathlon, this event is a level higher than the Olympics and one of a few athletic competitions where men and women compete against each other. Food, shopping, beer & wine fest. Cecil County Tourism. Sandy Turner, SeeCecil.org, email@example.com Harford Fall in love with Harford County, Maryland’s fall foliage and mild weather while enjoying pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, arts & crafts, live music, and food & drinks from local establishments at any of our fall festivals at locations like the Steppingstone Farm Museum or Ladew’s Garden Glow! Visit Harford, Matthew Scales, VisitHarford.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Kent (MD) Pay homage to the almighty oyster at Rock Hall’s FallFest. Concoct a magical potion at Chestertown’s HP Festival. Sip and savor home-grown wines after a delightful harvest and grape-stomping celebration at Crow Vineyards. Or set sail on a tall ship at the Downrigging Festival in Chestertown. Kent County Tourism, MD, Jana Carter, KentCounty.com/visitors, email@example.com Maryland (State of) Fall into fabulous Maryland festivals at Garrett County’s Autumn Glory Festival, Ocean City’s Sunfest, or St. Mary’s County’s U.S. Oyster Festival or simply wind your way on any one of our state scenic byways to discover vibrant foliage, refreshing craft beverages, or delicious dining featuring scrumptious Maryland seafood. Maryland Office of Tourism, Connie Spindler, VisitMaryland.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Prince George’s Fall for our agritourism. Fall for the arts. Fall for our breweries. Fall for the flavors. Fall for our landmarks. Fall for the accommodations. Fall for our wineries. Fall in love with Prince George’s County this fall and the many sensory experiences found at our farms, restaurants, trails, historic sites, museums, and attractions. Experience Prince George’s, Kaletha Henry, ExperiencePrinceGeorges.com, email@example.com Talbot Cool breezes and autumn hues adorn the Chesapeake Bay luring thousands to Talbot County fall festivals. OysterFest celebrates the mollusk with live music, cooking competitions, boat excursions, retriever demos, and more. Holiday gifts of sea-glass jewelry and art are purchased at the Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival. Talbot County Office of Economic Development and Tourism, Krista Boothby, TourTalbot.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Wicomico Each October, the Good Beer Festival, held outdoors at Pemberton Historical Park, offers attendees a chance to enjoy the fall season with craft beer samples, games, and food. Enjoy the tastes of autumn by shopping at one of the area’s many produce markets, and pick out the perfect pumpkin. Maryland’s Wicomico County, Vanessa Junkin, WicomicoTourism.org, email@example.com PENNSYLVANIA Allegheny National Forest Region The brisk scent of Fall is in the air! Enjoy the beauty of the fall colors and the crunch of leaves as you hike or bike along the trails in the Allegheny National Forest. Fresh apple cider awaits at the Kinzua Bridge State Park Festival in Mt. Jewett, PA. Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, Linda Devlin, VisitANF.com, devlin@visitanfcom Butler Sprankle’s 4th Annual Octoberfest is a three-day festival experience loaded with local vendors, musicians, special guests, and more! Sprankle’s Octoberfest is a chance to gather, celebrate, and appreciate family, friends, and community. It’s a time to enjoy a weekend of amazing food, beer, and live entertainment! Join us, raise a glass, and enjoy the festival! Prosit! Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, Jeff Martinelli, VisitButlerCounty.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Columbia-Montour This year, the 40th Annual Covered Bridge & Arts Festival takes place October 6-9 at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. This classic festival ushers in the start of autumn in the region and welcomes 150,000 people who come to explore 350+ handmade craft and food vendors and tour the area’s covered bridges. Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, Linda Sones, ITourColumbiaMontour.com, email@example.com Cumberland Valley Enjoy a new fall experience this year that includes pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes, fall foliage, and outdoor explorations at three state parks…all while earning prizes. The Cumberland Valley Fall Fun Trail includes 18 locations and every check-in via mobile device gets you closer to winning a prize. Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau, Aaron Jumper, VisitCumberlandValley.com/FallFunTrail, firstname.lastname@example.org Erie Fiery oranges and reds, warm browns, splashes of purple and radiant golds transform Erie Pennsylvania into a dazzling display of colors. Celebrate the season with Wine Fest, ZooBoo!, Eerie Horror Film Fest, Peek n’ Peak Fall Fest, Erie Irish Festival, plus winery & brewery tours! Visit Erie, Christine Temple, VisitErie.com, email@example.com Juniata River Valley Need luck? Find your lucky bird in the Juniata River Valley during the Goose Day celebration in September. This local autumnal tradition has been observed for more than two centuries, carried here by an early settler. Legend has it that if you eat goose on St. Michaelmas Day, or locally called Goose Day, you will ensure wealth and prosperity for the coming year. Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau, Buffie Boyer, JRVVisitors.com/Events/Goose-Day/, firstname.lastname@example.org Lancaster Want to get your scare on? Your haunting won’t go wanting in Lancaster County at Field of Screams or Jason’s Woods. For a little less maniacal fright, try Happy Hauntings at Dutch Wonderland family amusement park, or ride along with a Spooky Scoot tour from Strasburg Scooters. Discover Lancaster, Joel Cliff, DiscoverLancaster.com, email@example.com Lawrence Fall in Lawrence County is a must-do! Enjoy local farms with pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, hayrides, homemade cider, and bonfires to rent for a fun evening. The changing of leaves provides a beautiful backdrop for hiking, biking, and leaf peeping. Visit Lawrence County, Janet Falotico, VisitLawrenceCounty.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Lehigh Valley Autumn makes way for crisp morning walks through Lehigh Valley’s notorious farmers’ markets, covered bridges, colorful, tree-lined trails, apple orchards & pumpkin patches, and so much more. Get into the season at Fall Festival, where Grim’s Orchard offers PYO apples and pumpkins along with an obligatory hay ride you’ll love. Discover Lehigh Valley, Alicia Quinn, DiscoverLehighValley.com/fall/, email@example.com Raystown Region Come to the Raystown Region to experience our many fall festivals! Visit historic Downtown Huntingdon for our OktoberFest celebration, see the Pumpkin Pole at the 46th Annual Hartslog Heritage Day, and ride the Pumpkin Patch Express at the East Broad Top Railroad. Find these and more on our website! Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau, Matt Price, Raystown.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Reading, Berks Forget Munich! Reading Liederkranz invites you to experience Oktoberfest stateside. Complete with authentic German foods, music, and beers (of course) the Liederkranz’s annual 5-day event won USA Today’s 10Best Oktoberfest – twice! Grab your dirndl, lederhosen, and favorite stein and head to Reading Liederkranz’s Oktoberfest for a truly unforgettable fall getaway. Pennsylvania’s Americana Region, Lisa Haggerty, VisitPaAmericana.com, email@example.com VIRGINIA Giles Historic covered bridges, smallmouth fishing on the New River, staying with the whole family in a riverside cabin, and watching college football are quintessential fall activities in Giles County. Extend the fun with fishing with Tangent Outfitters or New River Outdoor Company and finish the trip off with a picnic at the Sinking Creek Covered bridge. Giles County, VA Tourism, Cora Gnegy, VirginiasMtnPlayground.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Hampton Fall is brewing and it’s the perfect season to create harvest memories. Rake up the fun in Hampton at several of our classic fall festivals. From the Phoebus Fall & Beer Fest to the Bluebird Gap Farm Fall Festival, you can enjoy hayrides and pumpkin pies all season long! Hampton Convention and Visitor Bureau, Mahogany Waldon, VisitHampton.com, email@example.com Harrisonburg Harrisonburg is surrounded by beautiful mountains with spectacular displays of fall foliage and lovely farms with apple and pumpkin picking, corn mazes, and fresh cider. Harrisonburg’s downtown is bustling with festivals and races: International Festival, Valley Pride Festival, Resolute Release Weekend, Rocktown Cyclocross, and the Shenandoah Mountain Bike Festival. Harrisonburg Tourism & Visitor Services, Jennifer Bell, VisitHarrisonburgVA.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Norfolk September in Norfolk is an extension of summer, full of vibrant colors and beautiful days. Enjoy a day at the beach, on the Elizabeth River Trail, strolling through the city, or out on the water before watching the sky take on colors that match some of the best fall foliage. Visit Norfolk, Paige Hawsey, VisitNorfolk.com, email@example.com Shenandoah Ignite your Senses at Shenandoah Autumnfest! See how Virginians barbecued whole hogs for hundreds of years. Enjoy barbeque, craft beverage tastings, music, harness racing, log splitting, and more local traditions in a colorful fall mountain setting. This year celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the introduction of honeybees to Virginia! Visit Shenandoah County, Brenda Black, Facebook.com/shenandoahautumnfest, firstname.lastname@example.org Stafford Catch the fall in Stafford, Virginia by hiking through the crisp air and the vibrant leaves at Crows Nest. Grab your kayak and explore Stafford’s eight-mile kayaking trail to historical Government Island or Widewater State Park. Spend your afternoon at local Oktoberfests or around the fire at a Tuscany-inspired winery. Tour Stafford Virginia, Courtney Swenson, TourStaffordVA.com, email@example.com Staunton Walks through Staunton’s historic neighborhoods, long drives through rural Augusta County, and hikes in Shenandoah National Park all make great ways to check out the Fall colors. Explore the local trails at Montgomery Hall Park, Betsy Bell Wilderness Area or climb up to Woodrow Park for stellar views of Staunton. Staunton, VA, Jessica Williams, VisitStaunton.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Williamsburg Crisp, cool air means it is time to get outside. There are many trails to take you into the changing leaves of Williamsburg’s forests, wetlands, and fields. You’ll discover historical landmarks, scenic waterways, and birdwatching opportunities. For the adventurous, you can also explore the area via kayak, Segway, or zipline. 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