What’s Happening | October 7, 8, 9

Here’s a list of opportunities to get out and about this weekend! If you have an event you would like to see added, please message us on Facebook or use the email address in the Contact section of the site.  For a list of Halloween events go Here or Fall Festivals go Here.


imageGrace B. Luhrs University Elementary School is hosting its annual Fall Festival Saturday, October 8 from 4-7 PM. The family-friendly event features games, fall-themed crafts, a bounce house, bake sale treats, and Chili Cook-off. $5/activity band or $15 family. Everyone is welcome!

Lowe’s is hosting a Pumpkin Decorating Clinic on Saturday, October 8.  Come take part in a pumpkin decorating demonstration featuring the Dremel Cordless Pumpkin Carving Kit at 10 AM.  Registered kids in attendance will receive a free mini pumpkin and sticker sheet.  Online registration opened October 3rd.

Beam’s Blue Mountain Farm will have their annual Fall Fest every Saturday in October from 10 AM – 4 PM.  There will be free hayrides through Scarecrow Hollow to the Pumpkin Fields to the pick your own pumpkin patch, free refreshments, a petting zoo, and a play area for children.


Carlisle Ocktoberfest includes carnival rides all four days (Thursday – Sunday), a Volksmarch on Saturday morning, and arts and crafts. There are also a number of contest including the Kids Apple Pie Eating Contest, Hot Dog Eating Contest, Wife Carrying Contest, Stein Holding Contest, Sauerkraut Eating Contest and Keg Toss Contest.  There will be a wide selection of adult and kiddie rides, a wide variety of great carnival foods, free standing games & game trailers.

The Salvation Army’s 15th annual Women’s Auxiliary fabric sale will be held in the chapel of The Salvation Army, Carlisle on Oct. 7th from 8 AM – 2 PM and Oct. 8th from 9 AM – Noon. Most fabric will be sold at $1 a yard! Other materials for sale include yarn, thread, ribbon, lace, sewing and embroidery machines, and other craft supplies. A book sale will also accompany the fabric sale on the second floor above the Senior Center. All books will be available for just $5 a bag full.


Tayamentasachta Annual Apple Festival is Saturday, October 8th 9 AM – 3 PM.  The festival is at Tayamentasachta Environmental Center, 500 Leitersburg St, Greencastle. Buy locally grown apples & produce, warm apple dumplings, or enjoy the beautiful fall scenery with friends and family.  Admission is free, and proceeds from the apple dumplings and BBQ support educational programs at Tayamentasachta.


imageThe Downtown Business Council and Council for the Arts of Chambersburg will feature local and regional authors inside downtown businesses at October’s First Friday!  October’s First Friday will be held on October 7th from 5 – 8 PM. Authors and illustrators will be on hand to sign books, offer reading, and share their experiences.

imageGreene Township Park will host a Fall Festival and Little Miss Pageant on Friday evening, October 7.  The fun begins at 4 PM and will wrap up around 8 PM. Kids of all ages can bounce all night long for just $5.  In addition, there will be hay rides, Knockerball, a barrel train, parent-child races, a pumpkin carving contest, pony rides, fall-favorite refreshments, a corn cannon, and more!

Country Creek Produce Farm is located at 3746 Etter Road and is home to Franklin County’s largest corn maze.  The “Hometown Heroes” Corn Maze has over 2 miles of paths and takes about 50 minutes to complete.  The farm’s attractions include the 14 acre corn maze, pick-ur-own pumpkin patch, hayrides, animals, pumpkin cannon, and more.  There will be a flashlight maze on Saturday, October 7th ($7.50/person).

A Miniature Train rides the rails at Norlo Park, 3050 Lincoln Way East, Fayetteville on Saturdays. It is open to riders of all ages. The train, complete with a cattle car and caboose, is FREE to ride on Saturdays weather permitting from 1 PM to 4 PM throughout Summer & Fall.


Stoner’s Dairy Farm and Corn Maze in Mercersburg offers plenty of weekend Fall activities for any age.  This year their corn maze is jungle themed.  Fall Corn Maze Weekends continue through Sunday, October 30th. Hours are Saturday Noon – 10 PM & Sunday Noon – 5 PM, and Select Fridays 7 – 10 PM.


The Annual Fall Festival at Reynolds Farm includes hayrides and pick your own pumpkins.  Over 27 activities are included with your admission, including viewing zoo, playgrounds, mega slides, wagon rides, mazes, games, and more.  Gem Mining, Corn Cannon, Barrel Train, and Face painting are extra free activities on weekends.


The National Apple Harvest Festival is held during the first two full weekends in October.  The festival features 300 arts and crafts vendors, demonstrations, contests, food stands, and entertainment.  The National Apple Harvest Festival is located at the South Mountain Fairgrounds & is held outdoors rain or shine.  General admission is $10 (ages 12 +), $9 for military with ID and seniors older than 60, and free for children under 12. Admission includes parking and shuttle services to and from festival grounds.


imageCelebrate Wolf Awareness Day at Wolf Sanctuary of PA.  The event will feature self-guided tours, educational games and activities for children, face-painting, pumpkin painting, live entertainment and more! Adults admission is $10, children 11 and younger are free.








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