10 Great September Events in Pennsylvania

10 Great Events in Pennsylvania in September.

September is a fantastic month for exploring Pennsylvania, with fairs, festivals, and ethnic heritage celebrations plentiful across the state!

The Nittany Antique Machinery Association Fall Show takes place in Centre Hall, PA in September.
The Nittany Antique Machinery Association Fall Show takes place in Centre Hall, PA in September.

Scroll down to view some of my picks for the best events to attend in Pennsylvania in September, then make plans to hit the road and experience some of them for yourself!

The Remember Me Rose Garden is a living tribute to the memory of the heroic passengers and crew on Flight 93.
The Remember Me Rose Garden is a living tribute to the memory of the heroic passengers and crew on Flight 93, one of several sites near Shanksville where the September 11th anniversary will be commemorated.

1. The Great Allentown Fair: August 31 – September 5

The Great Allentown Fair returns to the Lehigh Valley for its 170th year, featuring all the rides, “fair food”, concerts, and exhibits you would expect to see at one of the country’s oldest fairs – check out the complete 2022 schedule at the Allentown Fair’s OFFICIAL WEBSITE.

Funnel cake variations at a Pennsylvania fair.
It’s not a fair without funnel cakes!

2. The Nittany Antique Machinery Association Fall Show: September 8-11

The Nittany Antique Machinery Show takes place on the spacious grounds of Penn’s Cave in Centre Hall, and features demonstrations of antique farm equipment, tractor pulls, fair food, and a large flea market – check out the full event schedule for 2022 on the OFFICIAL WEBSITE here.

The Nittany Antique Machinery Association Fall Show takes place in Centre Hall, PA in September.
The Nittany Antique Machinery Association’s Fall Show features vintage farm equipment demonstrations and a large flea market.

3. Mountain Craft Days: September 9-11

Mountain Craft Days at the Somerset Historical Center is a three-day outdoor festival featuring more than 125 crafts persons, artisans, and entertainers interpreting the rural folkways of western Pennsylvania – check out the complete 2022 events schedule HERE.

Mountain Craft Days takes place in Somerset, PA in September.
Mountain Craft Days is one of my favorite events to attend in Pennsylvania in September.

4. The Farmers and Threshermans Jubilee: September 7-11

The Farmers and Threshermans Jubilee in New Centerville (Somerset County) celebrates the traditions of the agricultural pioneers of western Pennsylvania, with demonstrations of antique farm machinery, horse and tractor pulls, fair food, and live music – check out the complete 2022 event schedule on the jubilee’s OFFICIAL WEBSITE.

Steam tractors at the Farmers and Threshermans Jubilee in Somerset County, PA in September.
Steam tractors at the Farmers and Threshermans Jubilee in Somerset County

5. The Flight 93 Anniversary Observances: September 11

The Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville will hold a ceremony to honor the bravery, service, and sacrifice of the 40 passengers and crew members on Flight 93, on this the 21st anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on America.

Approaching the Wall of Names along the Plaza Walkway at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville PA
The Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Be sure to check the Flight 93 National memorial’s OFFICIAL WEBSITE for event details, as some events that day are invitation-only, while others are open to the general public.

A first responders display inside the Flight 93 Memorial Visitor Center.
A first responders display inside the Flight 93 Memorial Visitor Center.

6. Washington and Greene Counties’ Covered Bridge Festival: September 17-18

The Washington and Greene Counties’ Covered Bridge Festival spans 10 locations and features an array of activities including handmade arts and crafts, homestyle foods, historical re-enactments, crafting demonstrations and musical entertainment – check out the event’s OFFICIAL WEBSITE for the complete itinerary and directions to all 10 locations.

Washington and Greene Counties Covered Bridge Festival takes place in September.
The Washington and Greene Counties’ Covered Bridge Festival takes place at 10 different locations.

7. Penn’s Colony Festival in Saxonburg: September 17-18 and 24-25

Penn’s Colony Festival in Saxonburg features a variety of musicians, historical reenactors, and artisans who gather once a year to demonstrate what life was like in the region during the French and Indian War era – check out the 2022 event schedule HERE.

Frontier crafts will be on display at he Penn's Colony Festival in Saxonburg in September.
Frontier craftsmanship will be on display at the Penn’s Colony Festival in Saxonburg

8. Kinzua Bridge Fall Festival: September 17-18

The 23rd Kinzua Bridge Fall Festival features arts, crafts, food, and live music at one of Pennsylvania’s most unique state parks – check out the festival’s OFFICIAL WEBSITE for complete details.

View of Kinzua Bridge skywalk from footbridge over Kinzua Creek.
Fall foliage at Kinzua Bridge State Park

9. Celtic Classic Festival: September 23-25

The Celtic Classic Festival in Bethlehem is a celebration of Celtic heritage, music, athletics, and dance, with plenty of Celtic food and merchandise available for good measure – check out the festival’s OFFICIAL WEBSITE for the complete event schedule.

The Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival takes place in Bethlehem, PA in September.
The Celtic Classic Festival in Bethlehem, PA is a celebration of Celtic heritage (image provided).

10. The Bloomsburg Fair: September 23 – October 1

The Bloomsburg Fair is one of the largest fairs in Pennsylvania, featuring carnival rides, fair food, livestock, and nationally-known artists on the concert stage – check out the complete 2022 schedule of the Bloomsburg Fair’s OFFICIAL WEBSITE.

Summer night at a Pennsylvania fair.

Check out my 2022 Pennsylvania Fairs Guide for even more great September events to attend in Pennsylvania!

A guide to the best fairs festivals and special events in Pennsylvania
2022 PA Fairs and Festivals Guide.

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