Can’t Miss Fall Events in the Scranton Area

Fall’s got it all in Northeast PA. To celebrate the season with so much color, we’ve compiled our list of can’t miss fall events in the Scranton area. Find everything from fiber festivals and pow wows to train rides and bike tours.

Make Hotel Anthracite your home base while taking advantage of the fall festivities. Our location in downtown Carbondale makes locations throughout Scranton and the Lackawanna Valley easily accessible. Don’t forget to download our free Destination Guide, overflowing with information on all there is to see and do in the area.

 

SEPTEMBER

150th Commemoration of Avondale Mine Disaster of 1869
Sept. 6-8, PA Anthracite Heritage Museum & Washburn Street Cemetery, Scranton
Weekend-long events include  a photo exhibit, lecture on the Welsh population of Scranton, Tribute to the Mine Disaster Victims, panel discussions and memorial services.

Clifford Parkfest
Sept. 7, Clifford Township Park, Clifford
Festivities have a Wild West theme including carriage rides, pony rides, chili cook-off, live music, vendors and bounce house.

Courtesy Lackawanna Co Library System Facebook Page

Guided Downtown Walking Tours
Sept. 7 & 21, downtown Scranton
The Lackawanna Historical Society leads free tours focused on the history and architecture of downtown Scranton.

16th Annual Endless Mountains Fiber Festival
Sept. 7-8, Harford Fairgrounds, Harford
A celebration of fiber animals, such as sheep and alpaca, products and related goods. features demonstrations, vendors, contests, crafts and food.

All Nations Benefit Pow Wow
Sept. 7-8, The Belize Fund, Susquehanna
Experience Native drumming, dancing, singing, arts and craft vendors, food and more.

11th Annual D&H Distance Run & 5K
Sept. 8, D & H Rail-Trail, Forest City
Challenge yourself to a certified half marathon or 5K along the D & H Rail-Trail through Susquehanna County.

Wine Not?
Sept. 8, Maiolatesi Wine Cellars, Scott Twp.
Fundraiser to benefit Ryan’s Run. Ticket price includes two glasses of wine or beer. Also enjoy live music and food.

Day of the Vikings Displays & Demos
Sept. 14, Old Mill Village Museum, New Milford
Explore the culture, art and skills of the first Europeans to visit North America.

NEPA Valley Wine Train
Sept. 14 & 28, Depart Carbondale Train Station
Hop aboard for a tour of local wine, food, entertainment and history. Each stop features different culinary sampling. Kōl Steakhouse will take part offering samplings and discount coupons at the Carbondale station.

3rd Annual NEPA VegFest
Sept. 21, Dunmore Community Center, Dunmore
A celebration of all things eco-conscious, plant-based and health vendors.

Autumn Equinox Celebration
Sept. 22, Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose
Mark the change of seasons with awareness exercises, movement, labyrinth walk and refreshments.

A Photographic Tour of Northeastern PA Beyond the Studio in the 1800s
Sept. 22, Lackawanna Historical Society, Scranton
See and discuss vintage images of Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wayne Counties from a private collection.

The Office: A Musical Parody
Sept. 26-27, Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton
Catch the Off-Broadway unauthorized parody of the hit TV show featuring fan-favorite moments from all nine seasons mashed up into one typical at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.

Scranton Fringe Festival
Sept. 27-Oct. 6, downtown Scranton
Venues throughout Scranton host 10 days of performances representing an array of performing arts from theatre, music, dance and film to comedy and puppetry.

Fall Festival & Pumpkintown
Sept. 28, Old Mill Village Museum, New Milford
Meet “Pumpkintown” friends and take part in a plethora of harvest-time activities.

Fall Wine Festival
Sept. 28, Montage Mountain Resort, Moosic
Sample vintages from 15 Pennsylvania wineries. The day also includes shopping, food and live music.

Courtesy LHVA.org

Heritage Explorer Bike Tour  & Festival
Sept. 29, YMCA Community Park, Carbondale
Ride the newest section of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail from Carbondale to Simpson. Bicycle riders of every age and ability level can choose to ride a three, 12, 22 or 40-mile course. Participants receive complimentary breakfast, t-shirt and catered lunch. Stay at Hotel Anthracite with our Heritage Explorer Bike Tour Package. The Hotel is just two blocks from the trail and when you stay Saturday and Sunday night, you’ll receive a $50 dining voucher for our restaurant, Kōl Steakhouse.

Jump, Jive & Jazz Around the World
Sept. 29, Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton
Revel in an evening of big band music with The Upper Valley Winds Big Band, The Justin Patro Latin Jazz Trio, BOG Swing Group and the Tri-Tones.

 

OCTOBER

Betacon 9
Oct. 4-6, Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Scranton
Experience 48 hours devoted to games, gaming and hobbies. Featuring vendors, artists and guests.

Courtesy nps.gov/stea

Fall Foliage Train Excursion to Gouldsboro
Oct. 5, Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton
Take a trip to the Pocono Plateau with a 1960s theme.

Great Adventure- Mother Son Scavenger Hunt and Race
Oct. 5, Montrose Memorial Park, Montrose
Solve clues and complete challenges during each leg of the foot race. Prizes for winners in each age group and an end-of-event pizza feast.

Civil War Weekend
Oct. 5-6, Old Mill Village Museum, New Milford
See re-enactors in period costumes portray life in Civil War era America.

Fall Foliage Train Excursion to Tobyhanna
Oct. 6, Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton
Enjoy a scenic ride to the highest railroad station on the DL&W main line. Tour includes a visit to a working ice house.

Historic Ghost Walks of PA
Oct. 11-12 & 18-19, Old Mill Village Museum, New Milford
Take a candlelight tour of the historic village. Listen to tales of ghosts and hauntings along the way. Be rewarded with cider, hot chocolate and donuts after the tour.

NePizza Festival
Oct. 12, Montage Mountain Resort, Moosic
Taste your way through all the varieties of pizza found in Northeast PA. Cast your vote as local pizzerias vie to be named the best in NEPA.

Courtesy Artists Open House Weekend Facebook Page

Artists’ Open House Weekend
Oct. 12-14, throughout Susquehanna County
Enjoy a self-guided tour around Susquehanna County to visit 24 artists’ studios. Includes a display and sale of art work in a variety of media. Meet the artists, watch them work, take part in a treasure hunt to win prizes.

Elk Mountain Fall Festival
Oct. 12-13, Elk Mountain Ski Resort, Union Dale
Visit the ski resort in all its autumn splendor for chairlift rides, children’s activities, artisan and craft vendors, Oktoberfest foods and live music.

Fall Foliage Train Excursion to East Stroudsburg
Oct. 12, Steamtown National Historic Site,  Scranton
Ride the Rails to the Pocono Mountains for a fall festival and block party. Includes a tour of the historic East Stroudsburg Tower.

Fall Foliage Train Excursion to Moscow
Oct. 13, Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton
Take a shorter excursion to see the fall foliage from the rails. Enjoy light refreshments and souvenirs at the Moscow station.

24th Annual Steamtown Marathon
Oct. 13, Forest City to Scranton
Challenge yourself, or cheer on the runners, at this USATF-certified event and official qualifier for the Boston Marathon. The scenic course runs through 14 communities with an elevation drop of 955 feet.

Fall Foliage Train Excursion to Delaware Water Gap
Oct. 19
Travel through the Pocono Mountains while fall foliage is at its peak. The day-long trip includes time to explore the restaurants, shops and sites of historic Delaware Water Gap.

First Responders Wine & Brew Fest
Oct. 19, Eynon Sturgis Volunteer Hose Co., Archbald
Savor live music, a variety of food, local wines and Oktoberfest beer. Proceeds benefit local first responders.

Courtesy Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces Facebook Page

9th Annual Scranton Bonfire Festival
Oct. 19, Historic Iron Furnaces, Scranton
Explore the roots of Halloween in Celtic culture with live music, fire twirlers, acrobats, stilt walkers, balloon artists, fire breathing, face painting, dance performances, arts and crafts tent and food and drink vendors. The event culminates with the ceremonial lighting of the bonfire.

Fall Foliage Train Excursion to Cresco
Oct. 20
Step back in time with a visit to this Pocono station. The ride features live music, light refreshments, historic car show and a tour of the restored train depot.

Octoberfest at the Aquarium
Oct. 25, Electric City Aquarium & Reptile Den, Scranton
Dive deep into a traditional German fall celebration with beer tasting, food sampling, live music and a mustache competition.

A Bronx Tale
Oct. 25-27, Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton
Get whisked back to 1960s New York in this Broadway hit loaded with high-energy dance numbers and doo-wop tunes.

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