Summer may not officially be over until the end of September, but once August is over, it’s hard not to think that fall has arrived (even if the temperature indicates otherwise).
In the Lehigh Valley, it also means it’s the start of fall festival season, which is packed with weekly fall activities. From clams to beer to apples and even more beer, there’s a festival for almost everything during the fall, enough to make it confusing to remember what’s happening when and where. And even if you have these things straight, it’s hard to choose one over the other.
Luckily, we’ve created a guide to keep track of all the fall happenings in the area.
11 a.m. to 7 p.m., August 28, Downtown Easton
You might be busy catching clams, but there’ll be plenty more to do in downtown Easton for the 3rd & Ferry Fish Market’s annual celebration of everyone’s favorite bivalve shellfish. The festival has 14 food vendors, 17 retail vendors and three bands scheduled for the last Saturday in August.
August 31-Sept. 5, Allentown Fairgrounds
There’s no need to sell yourself at the Allentown Fair, but it should remind you that it’s just around the corner, so grab those tickets and wristbands.
Apple Festival Gala
10am-5pm, September 3, Hausman’s Fruit Farm
Everyone has their favorite type of apple, but it’s hard to say gala apples are one of the best. The first weekend of September is full of them. Hausman’s festival will be full of apple-related foods, including the old-fashioned production of apple butter and cider.
Days of the Russian Cuisine Festival
10 a.m.-6 p.m., September 10, St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Bethlehem
Pierogi, borscht, kiffles – what more do you need? Kielbasi sandwiches, hash browns and halupki? These will be there too. Just like a tea room, a selection of Slavic gifts and a children’s corner.
UpTown Northampton Street Fair
11am-4pm, September 10, Main Street, Northampton
Northampton’s quintessential town center celebration – there will be plenty of local restaurants and food trucks to eat, local retail, as well as local craft vendors and live music. Enjoy the fair by visiting the historic Roxy Theater.
1 to 5 p.m., September 10, blocks 700 and 800 of Hamilton Street
Tickets: $35 online, $40 at the door
For the third annual festival, the Allentown Beer Fest brings together 25 craft breweries and over 100 beers to sample in what should be a pretty straightforward festival: it’s all about beer (although there’s also food) .
Brew at the zoo
3-6 p.m., September 10, Lehigh Valley Zoo
There’s simply no better way to visit the Animalia residents of the Lehigh Valley Zoo than Brew at the Zoo, where craft beer, cider and seltzer tasting stations will be set up around the zoo.
wings of hope
Noon, September 11, Cedar Crest College Butterfly Garden
One of the most powerful must-see events in the Lehigh Valley is back. There will be refreshments to accompany the chance to decorate a paper butterfly in honor of a loved one, but the main event, of course, is the spectacular release of 250 monarch butterflies.
Fall Greek Food Festival
September 15-18, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Bethlehem
Four days of the annual Greek Food Festival means four days of gyros, souvlaki, stuffed chicken, and pastichio. That should be pretty convincing, but if not, you can chase them away with Greek pastries and other desserts.
Forks Community Days
September 16-18, Forks Community Park
Forks Community Days are back, and with them come annual Forks Festival staples: live music at the amphitheater, a beer and wine tent, hot air balloon rides, a quoits tournament and, best of all, a good community.
10am-5pm, September 17 and 18, Burnside Plantation
There’s plenty of hands-on fun at the annual Bethlehem Apple Celebration, including baking contests, donut contests, and apple pressing demonstrations. If you can’t come on the weekend, fear not, there will be a take-out market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 19 to pick up all the apple-centric treats you’ve been missing.
Festival in the borough
10am-10pm, September 17, Washington Borough
The annual Washington Borough Street Festival has this year, among food, beer and retail vendors, three stages stacked to the brim with 18 music acts, ranging from local favorites to national artists.
West End World Food Festival
Noon-10 p.m., September 17, 19th and Liberty Streets, Allentown
The World of Food Festival is set to take over one of Allentown’s liveliest corners in September. The festival, celebrating the city’s diverse cultural community, brings lots of local food and live music for one hell of a block party.
September 23-25, downtown Bethlehem
The Celtic Classic turns 35 this fall, and will do so with a weekend filled with everyone’s favorite Celtic Classical events: traditional and modern Celtic music, Irish dancing, a Showing of the Tartan parade and an ocean of Guinness.
Lehigh Valley Fiber Festival
10 a.m.-5 p.m./4 p.m., Sept. 24 and 25, Macungie Memorial Park
One of the most unique festivals in the Lehigh Valley, the Fiber Festival took off last year and used this free time to promise an expanded and refocused festival, celebrating, as its motto goes, “from farm it to the finish”.
Lower Milford Autumn Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 24, 7607 Chestnut Hill Church Road, Coopersburg
Lower Milford Township’s annual event celebrates 20 years at this year’s Fall Festival. A handful of local food trucks will be on display for great meals, and in addition to live music there will be plenty to do, including hot air balloon rides, a build-your-own scarecrow station and an auction silent. for the benefit of the Lower Milford Township Fire Company No. 1.
Sept. 30-Oct. Oct. 2 and 7-Oct. 9, piles of steel
One of the biggest highlights of fall, ArtsQuest has yet to announce the details of this year’s festival, but rest assured the mugs will be standing for long stretches and the dachshunds will be running.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 1 and 2, Downtown Easton
Quite possibly the smelliest weekend of the year, Garlic Fest will bring some of the hottest vendors to downtown Easton at one of the town’s most beloved annual events. In addition to garlic vendors, of course, there will be plenty of beer and food, most of it garlic-related, of course.
Bethlehem Harvest Festival
11am-8pm, October 1, Main and Broad streets, Bethlehem
The popular street fair is back this year with an interactive tour focusing on wine, beer and arguably the third best consumable liquid, soup. The wine, soup and beer route will take participants to a number of the best bars and restaurants in Bethlehem to sample what the heart of Christmas Town has to offer.
Lehigh Valley VegStock
11am-5pm, October 8, Bushkill Street, Tatamy
Billed as a healthy harvest festival, the third VegStock Festival supports the Kellyn Foundation’s healthy eating education programs that work with more than 30 area elementary schools. The one-day festival distills this nutrition education into a day filled with fun and good food.
Lehigh Valley Cider, Wine and Spirits Festival
12 p.m.-4 p.m., October 8, Coca-Cola Park, Allentown
Tickets: $35, $45 VIP
Bryce Harper’s two circuits in his IronPigs debut were just the backdrop for Coca-Cola Park’s must-see events this fall, the first of which is an afternoon of wine and spirits tastings. The grounds of the park will be dotted with local craft beverage producers with samples of ciders, alcohol-infused cupcakes and even bacon-flavored vodka.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., October 15, Easton Farmers Market
While this is the last of the Apple Fall celebrations in the Lehigh Valley, it certainly isn’t the least. The Easton Farmers Market and its vendors will have plenty of apples and apple-centric foods for market shoppers.
Lehigh Valley Craft Beer Festival
12 p.m. to 3 p.m., October 15, Coca-Cola Park, Allentown
Tickets: $35, $45 VIP
The second of Coca-Cola Park’s fall beverage festivals is turning to craft beer, inviting hyperlocal breweries and breweries from across the country, including breweries like New Belgium and Goose Island, onto the grounds to offer samples of their best beers. The afternoon will have plenty of live music and games to complement the drink.
PA Bacon Fest
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 5 and 6, Downtown Easton
What possible conviction could you need to celebrate one of the best meats known to man? If it helps, this year is Bacon Fest’s 10th anniversary, and rumor has it that in celebration, bacon will taste better than ever (this fact is unverified). In addition to bacon, there will be plenty of live music on four stages, cooking demonstrations and family activities.
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