By Rachel Jones / Photographs from Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency
WASHINGTON & GREEN COUNTIES’ COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL
“The real kick-off event to the fall festival season is the covered bridge festival,” says Jeff Kotula, president of Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency. “It highlights all of the covered bridges in the area, and is a great experience to visit each one and learn each one’s history.” Held September 19-20, the 45th annual event takes place across 10 festival locations to showcase a different historical structure while still creating the same charming atmosphere. Stock up on your seasonal home décor, as hand-made crafts fill dozens of tents and demonstrations help you embrace your inner DIY desires. Homestyle foods, historic reenactments, and live performances are aplenty, too, adding to the entertainment of the quintessential autumn afternoon.
PENNSYLVANIA BAVARIAN OKTOBERFEST
Cheers to the continued celebration of German traditions! The 17th Annual Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest takes over Downtown Canonsburg September 18-20, providing plenty of authentic eats, seasonal ales, and entertainment for all ages. Two stages will be up and filled with everything from beloved button box groups to performances by local bands. Take advantage of the free shuttles and parking during the festival, and embrace the fun, family-friendly atmosphere on Pike Street, complete with carnival games and rides for all.
46TH ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL
Embrace the wonderful offerings of the season at Trax Farms’ Fall Festival. Gather with family and friends every Saturday and Sunday from September 19-October 25 for hayrides, a four-acre corn maze, and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Sip hot apple cider as you take in live music and children’s activities, too!
GREAT PUMPKIN WEEKENDS
Bring your little pumpkin out to The SpringHouse for Great Pumpkin Weekends. Held every Saturday and Sunday in October, the activity-filled days offer hillside and tube slides, a petting zoo with baby animals, and, of course, a tour of the painted PumpkinLand characters. You can even make a reservation for a Bonfire Hayride, which takes your group to the back of the farm to enjoy a roaring fire, s’mores and hot dogs, and that famous SpringHouse chocolate milk. We’re in!