September is a fantastic month for exploring Pennsylvania, with fairs, festivals, and ethnic heritage celebrations plentiful across the state!
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!
1. The Great Allentown Fair: August 30 – September 4
The Great Allentown Fair returns to the Lehigh Valley for its 171st 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 2023 schedule at the Allentown Fair’s OFFICIAL WEBSITE.
2. The Nittany Antique Machinery Association Fall Show: September 7-10
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 2023 on the OFFICIAL WEBSITE here.
3. Mountain Craft Days: September 8-10
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 2023 events schedule HERE.
4. The Farmers and Threshermans Jubilee: September 6-10
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 2023 event schedule on the jubilee’s OFFICIAL WEBSITE.
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.
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.
6. Washington and Greene Counties’ Covered Bridge Festival: September 16-17
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.
7. Penn’s Colony Festival in Saxonburg: September 16-17 and 23-24
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 2023 event schedule HERE.
8. Kinzua Bridge Fall Festival: September 16-17
9. Celtic Classic Festival: September 22-24
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.
10. The Bloomsburg Fair: September 22 –30
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 2023 schedule of the Bloomsburg Fair’s OFFICIAL WEBSITE.
Check out my 2023 Pennsylvania Fairs Guide for even more great September events to attend in Pennsylvania!
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