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Fall is a great time of year to get out and enjoy the beauty of nature. Trees changing color, cool air and soft sunlight stimulate the senses. Fall festivals are a great way to spend an autumn weekend with local food, crafts and other fun activities for the family. Many areas around Pittsburgh are known for fall festivals and community days. Be sure to get out and enjoy the autumn at one of these great fall festivals in the area.

Covered Bridge Festival
Mingo Creek County Park
State Route 1059
Finleyville, PA 15322
(866) 927-4969

The Covered Bridge Festival showcases covered bridges in 10 different sites across Washington and Green counties. The Festival takes place Sept. 17 and 18 in locations throughout the area. At the Covered Bridge Festival you can celebrate autumn with arts, crafts, food, entertainment, children’s activities and reenactments. There are also many pop-up yard sales and flea markets throughout the area throughout the weekend.

Houston Pumpkin Festival
124 W Pike Street
Houston, PA 15342
(724) 746-6740

The Houston Pumpkin Festival is one of the largest fall festivals in the area and is scheduled for Oct. 7 – 9. The festival features a parade on October 8 and many activities along Pike Street in Houston. Enjoy kid’s events such as face painting, a petting zoo, train rides and a pumpkin patch. Enjoy local food, live music performances and fall fun throughout the weekend.

Hickory Apple Festival
Main St.
Hickory, PA 15340
(724) 356-3378

The Hickory Apple Festival, which takes place in early October each year, serves as the main fundraiser for the Hickory Fire Department. Be sure to visit and support this great town while enjoying local music, crafts and artisans. Local kids activities and fire safety education are also a key part of the fun. Be sure to arrive early for the pancake breakfast at the fire hall or enjoy any of the other delicious home-made foods offered at the festival.

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Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest
Downtown Canonsburg
Canonsburg, PA 15317

Scheduled for Sept. 16 – 18, the Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest in Canonsburg is one of the nation’s top 10 Oktoberfest celebrations. Throughout the weekend, you can enjoy live music showcasing German entertainment, as well as local talent. Treat your taste buds to German cuisine and beer plus American and ethnic specialty dishes. The festival also features a carnival with amusement rides and games for the enjoyment of kids and adults alike.

Trax Farms
528 Trax Road
Finleyville, PA 15332

From mid-September until the end of October, every weekend is a fall celebration at Trax Farms. Trax has fun activities to enjoy such as hay rides, a pumpkin patch and corn maze. Enjoy tasting all of the apples available at Trax fresh from the harvest. Bring your appetite for warm apple dumplings, tasty sandwiches and cold apple cider available at the café. An afternoon trip to Trax Farms is a great way to enjoy a fall day with the family.

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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at