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 9, 2018 for Pennsylvania events in September 2018)
La Festa Italiana in Scranton – August 31-September 3
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 1 and 2 at Steamtown National Historic Site.
For more information on La Festa Italiana, visit the event’s website.
Made in America Festival in Philadelphia – September 1-2
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 Nicki Minaj and features many established and up-and-coming artists. For a full artist lineup and tickets, visit the event’s website.
Kipona Festival in Harrisburg – September 1-3
Kipona Festival, an annual tradition in downtown Harrisburg, will return once again this Labor Day Weekend. This three-day festival features many great vendors and lots of delicious food along the banks of the Susquehanna River.
There will also be a free escape room, live entertainment, and an outdoor movie screening. The event will also be highlighted by a great fireworks show on Sunday night.
For more information, visit the festival’s website.
York Fair in York – September 7-16
Held since 1765, the York Fair bills itself as the country’s oldest fair. And, if you love county fairs, there’s a lot to like about this one. For 10 days this September, the York Fair Grounds come alive as tens of thousands come to experience the fun and excitement of the York Fair.
In addition to the usual fair trappings of exciting rides and great food, there’s a ton of fun entertainment for the entire family. You can even enjoy live music by Alice Cooper, MercyMe, and American Idol: Live, as well as monster trucks.
For more information, visit YorkFair.org.
Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square – September 8-9
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 15-16
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.
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Washington and Greene Counties Covered Bridge Festival – September 15-16
Held at 10 different sites within these two southwestern Pennsylvania counties, the Washington and Greene Counties Covered Bridge Festival will be returning for its 48th year. This festival celebrates a few of the nearly two dozen historic covered bridges in the two counties.
The event is held at 10 different bridges and features vendors, delicious local food, live entertainment, as well as the chance to explore these beautiful and historic structures.
For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
Bloomsburg Fair in Bloomsburg – September 21-29
Now in its 163rd 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 BloomsburgFair.com.
Penn’s Colony Festival in Saxonburg – September 22-23 and 29-30
The Penn’s Colony Festival will be returning to Saxonburg this September. Held over the last two weekends of the month, the festival highlights the area’s French and Indian War era history. Visitors can see historical reenactments, learn what life was like on the frontier during the mid-1700s, and browse great vendors.
For more information on this unique event, visit the festival’s website.
Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival in Bethlehem – September 28-30
The Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival will held in 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 CelticFest.org.
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Jim Cheney is the creator of UncoveringPA.com. Based in the state capital of Harrisburg, Jim frequently travels around Pennsylvania and has visited, written about, and photographed all 67 counties in the state. He has also traveled to more than 30 different countries around the world.