Cooler temperatures, changing leaves, apples galore – it’s fall in Gettysburg! Fall is a wonderful time to visit the Gettysburg area, and there’s a great line-up of festivals and events taking place this year. No matter your interests, there’s a festival on the list below for you! These fall festivals are listed in chronological order – pick your favorite and get ready to make your own history in Gettysburg this fall!
Salsa on the Square, September 27
Each year, visitors and locals alike come together in historic downtown Gettysburg for Salsa on the Square – a celebration of the culture and contributions of Latino people in Adams County. Enjoy live music, authentic food, family-friendly games and activities and of course salsa dancing at this annual fiesta! This event is free and open to the public.
Harvest Fest, September 28
Head to Adams County Winery to get in the fall spirit at their annual Harvest Fest event! Bring the entire family and enjoy grape stomping, live music, arts and crafts vendors, wood-fired pizza and food trucks, and of course the much-anticipated release of their Dancing Pumpkin wine. This event is free and open to the public.
Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show, September 28
More than 120 antique dealers and collectors converge in Gettysburg annually for the Fall Outdoor Antique Show. Make your way through the streets surrounding historic Lincoln Square and browse the many treasures – you never know what will catch your eye.
Pippinfest, September 28 & 29
Head to historic Fairfield, Pa. for Pippinfest – a fall festival that got its namesake from the pippin apple! Enjoy a community yard sale, arts, crafts and food vendors, live music, activities for kids and an apple dessert contest! If you’re traveling far from home, stay at The Historic Fairfield Inn for a taste of the area’s history.
The National Apple Harvest Festival, October 5-6, 12-13
Adams County’s largest apple-centric event is the National Apple Harvest Festival, held the first two weekends in October at the South Mountain Fairgrounds. Think everything apple plus antique steam engines, hundreds of craft vendors, entertainment and more. Enjoy orchard tours and hayrides, a petting zoo and pony rides, wine tastings and scarecrow building all while sipping on a warm apple cider!
Annual Pumpkin Beer Bash, October 19
Pumpkin and beer lovers get ready – Tommy’s Pizza is back with their annual Pumpkin Beer Bash! Enjoy pumpkin beer on tap, pumpkin pizza and special event glasses.
Gettysburg Halloween Parade, October 22
Dress in your best costume and take part in the Gettysburg Halloween Parade! Enjoy marching bands, floats, baton twirling groups, costumed fun and more at this family-friendly community event.
Gettysburg Battlefield Half Marathon, November 3
Calling all runners – head to Gettysburg for the Gettysburg Battlefield Half Marathon. The race begins and ends at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center and most of the race takes place on the battlefield. Enjoy the historic and scenic views of the battlefield as you make your way through the 13.1 miles.
Dedication Day – November 19
On November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln visited Gettysburg to help dedicate the new Soldiers’ National Cemetery and delivered what would become known as the Gettysburg Address. We now commemorate that day each year in Gettysburg with the annual Dedication Day ceremony. Watch the wreath-laying ceremony, keynote speaker and naturalization of new United States citizens in Soldiers’ National Cemetery.
Remembrance Day, November 23
Gettysburg’s Remembrance Day honors the soldier and civilian lives involved in the American Civil War. Watch living historians walk through town during the parade, and then head to Soldiers’ National Cemetery for the moving illumination ceremony. Every grave in the cemetery is illuminated in honor of those who gave all.
Annual Foothills Artists Studio Tour, November 23-24
Make your way through the Adams County countryside and explore the artwork and studios of the artists who call Adams County home. Enjoy the self-guided tour and view local paintings, photography, jewelry, sculpture, drawings, pottery, woodworking fiber art and more.
Which festivals will you add to your bucket list?