Things to do in Pennsylvania in September

10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in September

September is a great month for traveling Pennsylvania. As the seasons shift from summer to autumn and the kids head back to school, the events this month will give you one last time to have some summer fun before the weather begins to turn cold again.

Take some time to explore my top picks for things to do in Pennsylvania in September, and then get out an explore this great state.

(Article Updated August 11, 2017 for Pennsylvania events in September 2017)

La Festa Italiana in Scranton – September 1-4

Things to do in PA in September: La Festa Italiana

La Festa Italiana is held in downtown Scranton.

La Festa Italiana brings thousands of visitors into downtown Scranton for this Italian festival. Visitors can listen to live music, including music from both Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra impersonators, eat delicious Italian food, and shop Italian-themed gifts. There will also be a 5k race.

Visitors wanting to explore even more of Scranton can visit Railfest on September 2 and 3 at Steamtown National Historic Site.

For more information on La Festa Italiana, visit the event’s website.

HBG Mural Fest in Harrisburg – September 1-10

Downtown Harrisburg will be getting a lot more colorful during the first part of September during the HBG Mural Fest. The goal is to create 10 murals throughout the city over the course of this 10 day festival.

During the event, visitors can watch artists at work, attend talks with the artists, and end with a party celebrating the new artistic pieces spread throughout the city.

For more information, visit

Made in America Festival in Philadelphia – September 2-3

One of the year’s biggest musical festivals returns to Philadelphia this Labor Day Weekend. The Made in America Festival brings dozens of the top artists in the world to the streets of downtown Philly for this two day event.

The event is headlined by Jay-Z and features many established and up-and-coming artists. For a full artist lineup and tickets, visit the event’s website.

Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square – September 9-10

Head to the Mushroom Capital of the World in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, for their annual Mushroom Festival. Drawing upwards of 100,000 people every year, this festival is a fantastic destination for those that love mushrooms.

Visitors can watch the mushroom eating contest, sample a variety of mushroom-themed foods, participate in a 5k race, check out the classic car show, and much, much more.

For more information, check out the festival’s website.

Kinzua Bridge Fall Festival in Mt. Jewett – September 16-17

Things to do in Pennsylvania in September: Kinzua Bridge Fall Festival

Kinzua Bridge Stat Park will host their fall festival this month.

Kinzua Bridge State Park, one of the best state parks in Pennsylvania, will be hosting their annual fall festival in mid-September. In addition to enjoying the park’s fantastic views, visitors can also listen to live music, browse craft vendors, and eat delicious food. You also won’t want to miss the third annual Squatch Calling Contest.

For more information, click here.

Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospective Exhibit in Chadds Ford – Ends September 17

Things to do in PA in September: Andrew Wyeth Retrospective

Visit the fantastic Andrew Wyeth retrospective at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

2017 marks the 100th birthday of artist Andrew Wyeth, and the Brandywine River Museum of Art, which features much of his work in their permanent collection, is currently featuring a major exhibition of his works. These pieces have never been shown together and pieces have been brought from all over the world to be showcased in this exhibition.

The retrospective exhibit is open through September 17 and should be on the must-visit list for any art lovers in the area.

For more information, check out the museum’s website.

Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival in Bethlehem – September 22-24

The Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival will return to Bethlehem this September. Featuring six stages with continuous music, a parade, haggis competition, Celtic vendors, and kid’s crafts, there’s a bit of something for everyone at this Scottish festival.

The highlights of the festival, however, are the Celtic Classic Invitational Pipe Band Competition, as well as the US National Highland Athletic Championships. Both of these events are sure to delight visitors of all ages.

For more information about the festival, visit

Bloomsburg Fair in Bloomsburg – September 22-30

Now in its 162 year, the Bloomsburg Fair is one of the largest fairs in Pennsylvania. Drawing nearly 400,000 visitors last year, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy at this great event.

In addition to the normal fair trappings of great food and fun rides, visitors can catch live music, ride a ski lift, check out livestock, and much more.

For more information, visit

Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival in Pittsburgh – September 24

There are few foods more synonymous with Pittsburgh than pierogis. Fans of this delicious food won’t want to miss the Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival being held at Kennywood Amusement Park.

Festival tickets include admission into the park, access to the festival grounds, and a sampling of some of the park’s historic rides.

For more information, check out the festival’s website.

Terracotta Warriors of the First Empire in Philly – Begins September 30

Things to do in Pennsylvania in September: See the Terracotta Warriors

Terracotta Warriors from China, like the one pictured, will be on display in Philly starting in September.

China’s Terracotta Warriors might be one of the most famous ancient artifacts in the world. And while most visitors might not be able to travel to Xi’an, China, to see them (it’s a bit of a letdown to be honest), a handful of these ancient stone warriors will be making their way to Philadelphia starting in late September.

Terracotta Warriors of the First Empire at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia will give visitors a chance to see 10 warriors up close and learn about the history of their creation. This will be the first time in 30 years that these warriors will be in Philly, and they will stay until the exhibition ends in early March 2018.

For more information, visit the Franklin Institute’s website.

Looking for other things to do in Pennsylvania? Check out our list of things to do in August and things to do in PA in October.

Do you know of a great event happening in Pennsylvania in September? Let us know in the comments section below!

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AUTHOR - Jim Cheney

Jim Cheney is the creator of Based in the state capital of Harrisburg, Jim frequently travels around Pennsylvania and has visited all 67 counties in the state. Jim has also traveled to more than 30 different countries around the world.


  • Lynne Ogershok

    love it

  • Vickie McMurray

    Muddy Run Powwow Sept. 16 and 17
    10 AM ยท 172 Bethesda Church Rd W, Holtwood, PA 17532-9746, United States

    Come on out and enjoy some good family fun you will see Drumming, Singing, Dancing, crafts and vendors, Native food and the Native American Flute Circle.

    $5 per person. 7 and under 65 and over FREE
    Hosted by Lawilowan American Indian Festival Inc.

  • Karen Kuch

    Au contraire…seeing the terra cotta warriors in person is amazing! Seeing them where they were actually discovered and watching the process of excavation is mind-boggling. Seeing them at the Institute is informative… and yes, worthwhile if you cannot go to China, but adding the comment that it was a let down? Sorry for you!

    • Jim Cheney

      Yes, I feel that seeing the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an is a major letdown. Interesting story for sure, but probably best to see them in Philly and save your time in China for the many amazing destinations around the country.


    Jim, I saw no mention of the York Fair, “America’s Oldest Fair”. (

    • Jim Cheney

      Way too many things going on this month to include them all. I had to leave out some great events to keep it to just 10.

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