by Elizabeth Rooney

fall guide

Gorgeous foliage, spooktacular Halloween adventures, delicious fresh food, and so much more bring Bucks County to life in the fall. With so much to do, bookmark this handy fall guide to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun!

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Fall Fun

Bucks Happening scarecrowAnnual Scarecrow Competition & Display
Peddler’s Village, Lahaska
September 14th – November 1st

Fall is here and the scarecrows are coming out. The annual competition kicks off with The Scarecrow Festival is on September 19 from 10am to 6pm. This fun fall weekend weekend will including scarecrow-making workshops, pumpkin pie-eating contests, pumpkin painting, live musical entertainment and children’s activities. Stroll among the colorful scarecrows on display in the Annual Scarecrow Competition and Display. Pick up a ballot and vote for your favorites. Admission is free.

PumpkinFest at Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley
September 30th to October 31st

Bring the family for a day of Fall Fun down on the Farm at PumpkinFest. Enjoy wagon rides, pick-your-own pumpkins, inflatable amusements, and many more fun family activities. Attractions include an all new Bears Playground, giant jumping pillows and a corn maze. Admission costs $10 per person weekdays, $15 per person weekends.

The Village Renaissance Faire
557 Penns Park Rd, Wrightstown
September 19th-20th, 11:00am – 6:00pm

One weekend every year, watch as the fairgrounds are transformed into the ultimate family festival with stories, intrigues, history, crafts, varied entertainment, and interactive play. Enter the village known as Penn’s Park, which consists of eight stages and various sets: Merchant Squares, Living History Pavilions, food courts, gaming area, multi-cultural enclaves, craft corners, and Kid’s Kingdom. Admission costs $5, children under 5 free, free parking!

Annual Yardley Harvest Day
Canal St, Yardley
September 19th, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Bring the family and enjoy the 46th annual Yardley Harvest Day! It began as a celebration of the borough, along with crafters, entertainment and food, an event for the whole family. The Yardley Business Association, sponsor of this year’s Yardley Harvest Day, is excited that the event is returning to its roots – a family oriented event with something for everyone. In addition to a wide variety of handmade crafts and good food, there will be many other activities.

Moonlit Fun
Market at DelVal, 2100 Lower State Rd, Doylestown
Fridays and Saturdays from September 26 through October 25th, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Enjoy a night of fun for all ages. Navigate your way through a giant corn maze by flashlight, take a moonlit wagon ride through the orchards, and warm up by cheery bonfires. Live music on Friday nights. Not scary, just fun! Great for families, groups and schools. Bring your own flashlight. Admission is $8 per person.

Zoe’s Monster Mash Birthday Party
Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
September 26th-27th, noon-5 p.m.

Celebrate Zoe’s Birthday with a Monster Mash Dance Party at Sesame Place. Join Zoe and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street Monsters for singing, dancing and an all-you-can-eat buffet. Tickets cost $29 for ages 10 and up, $18 for children ages 2 to 9 and free 23 months and under. Registration required.

Warrington Community Day
Lower Nike Park & Upper Nike Park, 3 Folly Rd, Warrington
Saturday October 3rd, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Fireworks at dusk
Rain Date: Sunday, October 4th

Warrington Township is celebrating the community and businesses with its annual Community Day event. This year is better than ever with kids’ activities, musical entertainment, great food, a few surprises, and concluding with a fantastic fireworks display.

Chalfont New Britain Community Day & Car Show
Town Center Shopping Center (Giant Shopping Center)
October 3rd, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Rain or shine!!

A family festival at the New Britain Shopping Center. Attendees can expect car show, music, arts, crafts, face painting, raffles, and more! All cars are welcome! Registration is $10 before 9/21, day of show $15. Contact Sue for car show and vendor registration at 215-913-8702. The event benefits The New Food Larder New Britain Baptist Church. Admission is free.

Murder Mystery Dinner Train
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, 32 W. Bridge St, New Hope
September 18th and November 6th

The New Hope & Ivyland Railroad and Act 1 Productions bring you another season of mystery on the rails. Food, fun, great staff, and a rolling ride through the country and antics of Act 1 Productions all combined to give you and your family a great night out! Tickets range from $98.95 to $125 per person. A ticket includes two-hour round trip, a three course meal, and an interactive dining experience.

Newtown Market Day
Court St & Center Ave, Newtown
October 3rd, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Market Day is a well-attended and wonderful event featuring crafters, artisans, fine arts, entertainment and food. Over 50 crafters will present a wide variety of interesting crafts, and demonstrations will include: chair caning, quilting, and rug hooking. Our latest addition, a Farmer’s Market, will sell fresh-from-the-farm produce. Folk music, children’s activities, games, horse-drawn hayrides and a colonial militia encampment will be held throughout the day. Featured this year is a Puppet Theater in the Boone Garden. Local restaurants are participating in our Festival of Foods and Open Hearth Cooking will also be demonstrated.

Historic Fallsington Day
4 Yardley Ave., Fallsington
October 10th, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This time-honored event will feature folksingers, puppets shows, jugglers, Colonial dancing, and Native American dancing; demonstrations of Colonial (open-hearth cooking, spinning, basket making, and blacksmithing), craft tables, and book sales; tours of museum buildings, and local churches. Children’s activities, hayrides, bakes sales, a quilt raffle and a wide array of delicious food for sale will add to the festivities. This event is free and open to the public.

38th Annual Historic Bristol Day
Bristol Lions Park, Radcliffe St., Bristol
October 17th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s theme will celebrate the influence of the Delaware River to the development of Bristol. Bristol’s location on the beautiful Delaware River was important as a hub in the transportation grid of the time and later as an important part of the industrial development of the country. This free, family-friendly street fair features a variety of arts and craft vendors, food vendors and entertainers, children’s games, a sailing regatta on the Delaware River, a car show and much more.

Autumn Alive!
312 Broad St., Quakertown
October 17, 10am to 4pm

The 16th Annual Autumn Alive! celebration is a day of outdoor fun in Quakertown for the family. Children’s activities and crafts, farm-fresh produce, demonstrations, native plant sale, flea market, informational booths from local groups, merchant specials, live music and more. Don’t forget to bring your furry friends for the pet parade.

Autumn in Bucks County House Tour
Trinity Episcopal Church 6587 Upper York Rd, New Hope
October 17th, 10am-4pm Rain or shine!

This year marks the 25th year of the Autumn in Bucks County house Tour, This is a one-day only house celebration featuring five distinctive homes nestled in beautiful Solebury Township and Point Pleasant, plus two bonus locations. Each property dates offers a unique combination of history, architecture, setting, style, and furnishings.

Mercer by Moonlight Tours
Mercer Museum, 84 S. Pine St, Doylestown
October 30th, 7pm-9pm

What lurks in the shadows of the Mercer Castle? Discover the history and folklore of some of the museum’s more chilling or ghoulish objects, including the hearse, the gallows, “witch” doctor’s canes, brooms, and more on this seasonal nighttime tour. Family friendly for ages 8 and up. Light refreshments following tour. Tickets for non-members are $14 for adults and $10 for youth 12 and under. Tickets for members are $12 for adults and $8 for youth 12 and under.

Fall Festivals

The 50th Annual Polish American Festival & County Fair
September 5th-7th and September 12th-13th from 12noon-8pm
National Shrine of Our Lady Of Czestochowa

The Festival offers rides, a children’s playground, exhibits, a Polish Village, crafts, and fabulous entertainment, such as live music, shows, and Polka dancing. Admission is $12.00 per person, and parking is free.

doylestown arts festival 1Doylestown Arts Festival
Doylestown main streets
September 12th and 13th, 10am-5pm

The Doylestown Arts Festival is a juried festival of a variety of artisans offering the best of the area’s culture. This two-day festival is the largest event of the year in the heart of beautiful Doylestown Borough in Bucks County. This annual festival has grown to include more than 150 exhibitors and a food court. Diverse entertainment is presented at numerous locations throughout the downtown area. Live music features solo acts as well as rock, pop, folk, big band and music just for kids. Admission is free.

8th Annual Fall Festival and Open House
Hartzel-Strassburger Homestead, 407 Keystone Drive & Bethlehem Pike, Sellersville
September 19th, 10am-4pm, Rain or shine!

Tour the 1840s Hartzel-Strassburger Homestead and visit the summer kitchen. Leisurely wander around the pristine grounds while watching local artisans, and historical demonstrations. Wares will be for sale as well as antiques and collectibles, and refreshments such as pork barbecue, hot dogs, whoopie pies, and so much more. Pet the alpacas and visit the Poultry Club Chickens to learn everything you need to know about raising them! Look at the tobacco which was planted at the homestead in June by the W. S. Hancock Society. All ages will have fun playing the large array of musical instruments (including Native American), replicas from the 1840s to the 1860s. Admission is free.

Buckingham Friends Peace Fair
5684 York Rd, Rts 202 & 263, Lahaska
September 19th, 10:30am-4pm

Join in a dedication to promoting harmony in the home, the community, the environment, and the world. The Peace Fair provides a comfortable family-friendly atmosphere in which adults and children can learn about how others promote peaceful relations in their organizations and their own lives. Plenty of fun for the whole family with entertainment and food.

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Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley, PA 19067.
Saturday, September 19th, 10am-6pm Rain or Shine!

MWA is excited to continue their tradition of bringing the community together for a day of shopping, yummy food, family fun and charity at their annual fall festival and fundraiser on the open fields of Shady Brook Farm. MWA’s Autumn Fest will showcase over 100 delicious food trucks, unique craft vendors, entertainers, local businesses and nonprofits, as well as MWA’s famous raffle baskets. Come kick off your fall season with MWA! Stop, shop, and eat all for a good cause!”

New Hope Outdoor Juried Arts and Crafts Festival

New Hope-Solebury High School, 182 W. Bridge St, New Hope
September 26th [10am – 6pm] & 27th [10am – 5pm]

Over 200 fine artists and craftsmen will exhibit using media such as oil paintings, water colors, pastels, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, works in wood, wearable art, glass art, photography, and more. Organized by the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce, celebrate 21 years of arts in New Hope. Admission is free and there will be a free shuttle to and from downtown New Hope.

Bensalem Fall Festival
TD Bank Amphitheater, 2400 Byberry Road, Bensalem
Saturday, October 3rd @ 11 am (Rain date Sunday, October 4th)

Thousands of community members come out each year for Bensalem’s annual fall festival. Amusement rides, a car show, live entertainment and food and local business vendors will keep the whole family busy throughout the day. Top it all off with a concert from The McCartney Years, a tribute to Paul McCartney, at 6pm, followed by a dazzling fireworks display.

Monster Pumpkin Madness
Market at DelVal, 2100 Lower State Rd, Doylestown
September 26th, 11am – 4pm

Join in on two fun-filled days of all things pumpkins! Competitors from all over the area will bring in their prize pumpkins to compete in a weigh-off, and in other categories. There will be wagon rides, inflatable attractions, a corn maze, a rope maze, barnyard animals, crafters, food and more.

United Friends School Fall Festival
United Friends School, 1018 W. Broad St, Quakertown
October 10th at 10am

Join United Friends School for its annual Fall Festival. There will be something for everyone including games, zoo animals, performances, demonstrations, activities, artisans, and food tastings from around the world. Everyone is welcome to experience super fun activities like pony rides, making clay creations, the Da Vinci Science Center, a K’NEX table, a Bungee Fun Run, Dunk Tank, Photo Booth, Mum sale and interactive drum circle.

Fall Pumpkin Festival
Froehlich’s Farm & Garden, 3143 York Rd, Furlong
Saturdays and Sundays from September 26 – October 31, 10am – 4pm

Take a scenic hayride around the 100 acre farm, find the perfect pumpkin in the huge pumpkin patch, get lost in a corn maze, and so much more! There will also be hot cider and s’mores by the bonfire. Admission is free.

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Peddler’s Village, Lahaska
November 7th (10am – 6pm) and 8th (10am – 5pm)

Celebrate fall and the local apple harvest all weekend with farm fresh, local apples and a wide variety of apple baked goods and Scrumptious apple treats including country apple butter, apple cider, apple zeppoles, apple fritters and everyone’s favorite — apples dipped in caramel! Take home a bushel fresh from the orchard. Juried Artisans sell their wares and demonstrate their skills at the Street Road Green Artisan Area. Live entertainment and apple pie-eating contests add to the festivities of this traditional autumn celebration. Admission is free and free parking!

Fall Foods

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Pumpkin Ice Cream atop Belgian Waffles at Nina’s Waffles in New Hope

Apple Picking at Solebury Orchards
325 Creamery Road, New Hope, PA
Open August 22nd to November 8th, Thursday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Playwicki Farm Farmers’ Market
2350 Bridgetown Pike, Feasterville
Wednesdays through October from 3pm to 6pm

All the fruits and vegetables at the market are from local farms, grown in-season, in healthy soil, and picked ripe – giving the best possible nutritional content, not to mention the best flavor. You will be buying produce that was picked just hours before your purchase. Other vendors present a wide variety of products ranging from handcrafted soaps to handmade doggie treats.

Wine Tasting and Yoga
Crossing Vineyards, 1853 Wrightstown Rd, Washington Crossing
September 20th and 27, October 4 and 25, and November 1, 11:30am – 2pm

Enjoy a one-hour Vinyasa yoga class, fun for all levels from beginner to advanced. Then savor a private tasting of Crossing Vineyards’ award-winning wines with assorted cheeses, cured meats and chocolates. Cost: $45 per person. Reservations necessary.

Apple Fun Days
The Market at DelVal, 2100 Lower State Rd, Doylestown
September 13th, 11am – 4pm

Join a super-fun festival surrounding the almighty apple. Festival fun includes pick-your-own apples, wagon rides to the orchard, inflatable attractions, and more! Admission is $3 per person.

Beer Tasting: Oktoberfest Beers
The Stocking Works 410 South State Street in Newtown Borough
October 19th from 12:30pm – 5:30pm

Kick of October with some Oktoberfest beer! Nine German beer styles will be available for tasting. For more information visit their website at www.newtownbeerfest.com.

Harvest Winemaker’s Dinner
Crossing Vineyards & Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Rd, Washington Crossing
October 24th at 7pm

Winemaker Tom Carroll Jr. will offer his thoughts on the 2015 vintage. The evening will feature a five course seasonal menu and will include award-winning wines from the 2015 competition season. Cost is $89 per person. Reservations necessary.

Pumpkin-BeerBeer Tasting: Pumpkin Brews
Washington House, 136 N. Main St, Sellersville
Friday October 30th at 5pm

Back by popular demand, it’s a Halloween event for adults! Taste an assortment of this year’s best pumpkin beers.

Nouveau Festival: Bucks County Wine Trail
Crossing Vineyards, 1853 Wrightstown Rd, Washington Crossing
November 14th and 15th, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Celebrate the release of Crossing Vineyards’ 2013 “Le Nouveau.” Admission is free and wine tastings are available.

Farm to Table at Down to Earth Cafe
Perkasie

Halloween

Ghost Tours of New Hope
Main St. & Ferry St., New Hope
Fridays and Saturdays in September and October, tour starts promptly at 8 p.m.

Follow a lantern-led “walk” along picturesque streets where you’ll learn about the doings of such places as the towpath itself; or see the phantom hitchhiker who may pass you in the moonlight; or see the historic inn where Aaron Burr appears from time to time and stares with sightless eyes…. Plus new exciting stories have been added to the tour! Cost is $10 per person.

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular
Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
September 26th-November 1st

Come in costume and play in a not-too-spooky Halloween haven featuring two new Halloween shows, themed mazes and a Sesame Street character hayride. Don’t miss exciting rides, the Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade, the all-new Cookie’s Monster Land, and everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume. Regular park admission prices.

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Phoenix Sport Club, 301 W. Bristol Rd, Feasterville
October 2nd – November 1st, 6:45pm to 9:30pm

Celebrate the 26th Year of Fear! With four main attractions including a haunted hayride, the underworld, zombie escape maze, and Operation Z paintball. Your mission in Operation Z is to march on foot to remote forest outposts with multiple firing positions to destroy the zombie hoards. Admission prices vary.

Haunted House in the Hollow
Active Acres Farm, 881 Highland Road, Newtown
Fridays through Sundays, September 26th to October 21st, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Midnight Productions presents the House in the Hollow, Sleepy Hollow Hayride and Field of Fright, a nationally acclaimed haunted attraction that has been in operation and entertaining guests for more than 22 years. With a perfect blend of state-of-the-art technology, cutting-edge special effects, and a cast of talented and well-trained performers, the House in the Hollow is an attraction that is a Halloween season staple for many, near and far. If you survive, gather with friends and family by the bonfires with refreshments and live entertainment. Admission prices vary.

HorrorFest at Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley
Fridays through Sundays, September 26th to October 30th

In a dark corner of eastern Pennsylvania awaits Bucks County’s most haunted farm. HorrorFest features four thrilling attractions: the Hayride of Horror, Barn of Horror, 3-D Alien Encounter, and Carnage Corn Maze. Can you handle the harvest?

Trick or Treat Trains
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, 32 W. Bridge St, New Hope
Bring the kids to ride aboard this spooky train! Children of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes, helping to make the train a scary sight. Afterwards, trick or treat around the New Hope train station for more surprises. Trick or Treat bags and assorted toys and candy will be given out on board as well as at the station.

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Canal-O-Ween
Delaware Canal, N. Edgewater Ave, Yardley
Sunday October 25th and Saturday October 31st

Carving, lighting, and strolling by jack-o-lanterns since 2009! A week-long traditional-style Halloween lighting of jack-o-lanterns along the Delaware Canal. Bucks County residents can enjoy the beauty of the season within the natural setting of the Canal itself. The carve-a-thon is scheduled for Sunday October 25th from 12pm – 3pm

Family Friendly Halloween & Witch Trial
Pennsbury Manor, 400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd, Morrisville
October 25th, 1pm-4pm.

Enjoy trick-or-treating, fall activities and games during this free event. In 1684, Margaret Mattson was accused by her neighbors of witchcraft. William Penn presided over the trial. Is she guilty or innocent?

 

 

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