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Embrace Fall with Oktoberfest and Pumpkins in Cumberland Valley PA


Oktoberfest: October 9 – 12, 2014

Pumpkin Fest: October 11 – 12, 2014

Fall is right around the corner. Leaves will be changing, you’ll feel a crisp chill in the air, and you’ll be aching for a fun getaway. Look no further than beautiful  Cumberland Valley PA! The area is playing host to extraordinary events this fall, highlighted by an Oktoberfest celebration from October 9 – 12th and the Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest celebration from October 11- 12th. Get outside and enjoy these family-friendly events that promise to provide a perfect weekend you’ll remember for years.

The 2014 Oktoberfest is filled with activities, entertainment, and games in a carnival atmosphere that’s perfect for kids and adults alike. The whole family can scarf down delicious food while bouncing through activities focused on the celebration of Oktoberfest.  The family will love the music, carnival, arts and crafts fair, and the Volksmarch—all featured activities at this year’s Oktoberfest! Support and interact with your military hosts at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and get a sense of the community that exists around soldiers, family members, and civilians.  Best of all, admission is free for everyone!

Looking for authentic German foods? You’ll have your choice of turkey legs, pork schnitzel sandwiches, brats, and much more. Over at the beer garden, Appalachian Brewing Company will be on hand providing lighter wheat ales, heavier lagers, and everything in between. You’re guaranteed to find a favorite to keep coming back to. Appalachian Brewing Company is also providing a selection of delicious craft sodas for kids and adults to try out.  And, of course, no Oktoberfest celebration is complete without a nice salty pretzel to pair with those delicious beers.

The fall season also features the wonderful Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest celebration that embraces the festive season! Impress your kids at the pumpkin carving contest, devour a pumpkin whoopee pie to win the eating contest, or show everyone why you’re famous around town at the pumpkin pie baking contest.  The kids will pull you aboard the relaxing hay ride and will be begging you for a sheep of their own after visiting the petting zoo.  With 250+ crafters, vendors, booths and an amazing car show featuring over 100 cars, there’s fun around every corner at Pumpkin Fest.

With outdoor markets, beautiful foliage, and international restaurant options, fall is the perfect time of year to explore Cumberland Valley PA. Make a reservation for a long weekend getaway at one of the fantastic hotels or B&B options. Round out your weekend trip with other exciting events and attractions in the area including the Fall Furnace Fest, the American Craft Week, and the Paulus Farm Market. Take the family out to enjoy the fall scenery with a day hike on the Appalachian Trail or a bike ride through the woods to see the beauty of the fall leaves up close. This handy guide will take you on a fall foliage tour guaranteed to wow the family. You’re guaranteed to have happy, smiling faces the entire ride home.