There is something truly magical about visiting the Pocono Mountains in the fall. The fall foliage peaks in October, turning the already beautiful landscape into a kaleidoscope of reds, oranges and yellows. The weather is perfect for all kinds of outdoor recreational activities, and there are some spectacular fall festivals worth checking out. Anyone heading to this region in Pennsylvania might want to upgrade the experience and take the bus. Taking the bus to the Pocono Mountains is just a short journey from cities in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, but it means a lot less hassle. Explore some of the most exciting events happening in the Poconos this October, all of which are accessible by bus.
44th Annual Harvest Festival: October 6th – 7th, 2018
The Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in Stroudsburg celebrates the annual autumn harvest with plenty of style and heritage. The theme of the 44th Annual Harvest Festival is “Living Off The Land,” and guests will be invited to see what life was like when residents in the area truly did live off the land. French and Indian War battles will be reenacted around the farm, and there is spectacular fresh produce to eat or bring home. Learn how to make brooms, weave fabrics or even take traditional wagon rides and pet a few friendly ponies.
Autumn Timber Festival: October 6th – 7th, 2018
If a traditional fall festival doesn’t sound thrilling, then check out something a little more adventurous: The Autumn Timber Festival. Located at the Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, the Autumn Timber Festival features lumberjack competitions that are action packed. Visitors can also see blacksmith demonstrations, and there are even chainsaw carving competitions. There are opportunities for scenic chairlift rides, and there are several bands performing live music over the entire weekend. Add to that plenty of activities for children, food trucks selling tasty cuisine and a fun atmosphere, and it is clear that this is one fall event not to be missed.
Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival: Weekends From October 6th – October 21st, 2018
One of the most popular fall festivals in the Pocono Mountains each year is the Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival. Held in Jim Thorpe, the festival boasts all kinds of fun activities for kids and adults alike. By day, stroll through the town and listen to live musicians performing on one of the four main stages. Then, dig into delicious fall foods and shop at some of the charming vendors selling great souvenirs and handcrafted items. Sip some local mead, and then take a ride on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. At night, embrace Halloween with spooky ghost tours around town.
Rocktoberfest: October 13th, 2018
The town of Hawley hosts a family friendly annual Hawley Harvest Hoedown. One portion of the festival, known as Rocktoberfest, is a hit with the adults. Rocktoberfest is a celebration of food, beer and music, making it a wonderful way to spend the day. With a single admission fee of $15 per adult, attendees can sample over 20 beers, many of them from local breweries. There is also great live music and a la carte food available for purchase. After an afternoon of drinking and soaking up the sun, many attendees head to the main stage for the evening concert portion of the Hawley Harvest Hoedown.
Pocono Food Truck and Art Festival: October 20th – 21st, 2018
Shawnee Mountain is home to the annual Pocono Food Truck and Art Festival, an incredible weekend celebration that combines incredible cuisine with amazing art. There are two main elements to this event. The first is the 25+ food trucks that offer delicious food. Try a few sweet and savory dishes, and then vote on the best vendors. The festival also features the Art on the Mountain Art Show & Sale, where visitors can view and purchase an exceptional array of paintings, sculptures and more.
Spending October in the Pocono Mountains is an amazing opportunity to see fall foliage at its finest. By taking advantage of convenient bus routes from Martz, it can also be a very relaxing trip. In October 2018, take time out of a busy schedule and soak up the natural beauty, fall festivals and fun that the Pocono Mountains have to offer.