Pennsylvania's Apple Harvest Festivals

By Wendy Royalfall 2009

Since the crabapple is the only apple native to Pennsylvania, we should be grateful for John Chapman. Better known as Johnny Appleseed, Chapman was an adventurous man who spent his adult life planting apple seeds. Many people think that Johnny Appleseed is a character in a children's storybook, but he was actually one of the first to explore the Northwest Territory. He was born on September 26, 1774, in Massachusetts, and by his mid-twenties he had planted trees in New York and Pennsylvania before moving on to Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.

Some of the apple harvest festivals held in Pennsylvania bear the name of Johnny Appleseed. And, though October is National Apple Month, here in PA we celebrate the nation's second most valuable fruit crop throughout the fall.


38th Annual Peddler's Village Apple Festival
Peddler's Village, Lahaska, PA 18931

November 7 - 8.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sample your favorite apple dishes, from crisp apple fritters and warm apple pie to apple dumplings and freshly pressed apple cider. Enjoy live musical entertainment, old-fashioned cider and apple butter making demonstrations. Stop by the unique artisan booths featuring decorative ironwork, jewelry, pottery, folk art, Victorian stained glass and hand-painted reproduction furniture, to name a few. Check out highlights from last year's festival at

Free admission and parking

Johnny Appleseed Arts and Crafts Festival
Linvilla Orchards, Media, PA 19063

September 26.

Handmade arts and crafts sale, tasty autumn treats, live music and hayrides through Linvilla's orchards and fields. Also enjoy Pumpkinland, where kids will love the pony and train rides and face painting.

Free admission. Fee required for rides and face-painting.



Franklin, PA 16323

October 2-4.

In addition to the 300-plus arts, crafts and food stands, the festival features free entertainment all weekend, pie-eating contests, a huge antique and classic car cruise-in and a 5k run. New to the festival this year is the Appley Ever After wedding scheduled to take place on Saturday. Couples applied on, and the winners were chosen through an online voting process. The lucky couple will receive an all-expense-paid wedding, which includes everything from the dress to the honeymoon airfare.

During the three-day event, the entire town of Franklin gets in the act, with everything from tours at De Bence Antique Music World to the Gigantic Fair at the Venango County Historical Society.

26th Annual Hickory Apple Festival
Mount Pleasant Twp. Volunteer Fire Company, Hickory, PA 15340

October 3-4.
Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Lots of apple goodies, including homemade apple pie, apple dumplings, apple crisp, apple butter and caramel and candy apples. The event will also feature more than 100 crafters, live entertainment and apple bobbing and pie eating contests.

Free admission, parking and shuttle service from off-site parking lots.

Smicksburg Apple Festival
Smicksburg, PA 16256

September 19-20.
Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.

Apple butter and apple cider making, entertainment and lots of delicious food.


45th Annual National Apple Harvest Festival
South Mountain Fairgrounds, Arendtsville, PA 17303

October 3-4 and 10-11.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This old-time harvest festival is one of the largest in the country. Live entertainment, over 300 arts & crafts vendors, farm displays, antique farm equipment, antique and classic cars, steam engines, an antique cider press, orchard tours, pony rides, and a petting zoo are just some of the attractions that make this a hugely popular event. For something a little offbeat, don't miss the tractor square dancing.

Admission includes free parking and shuttle service.

24th Annual Apple Festival
Borough Park, New Cumberland, PA 17070

September 26
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Festivalgoers will find approximately 250 vendors situated along the Yellow Breeches Creek in New Cumberland Park. The craft show also features demonstrations such as scarecrow making, apple butter making, cookie decorating, fiber spinning, and broom making. You won't want to miss the live entertainment planned for the whole family, not to mention the fabulous local foods such as apple dumplings and apple pies.  

Free admission and shuttle service.
717-774-7706, ext. 202

Apple Cider Festival
Prince Gallitzin State Park, Patton, PA 16668-6317

October 4
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy beautiful scenery, demonstrations and displays, entertainment, hand-made crafts, foods, apple products, live apple cider pressing and apple butter boiling. Environmental programs are also a popular attraction at the annual festival, which draws approximately 15,000 attendees.

Free parking and admission.


20th Annual Pennsylvania Apple 'n Cheese Festival

Manley-Bohlayer Farm, East Canton, PA 17724

October 3-4.
Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This festival, located in the beautiful Endless Mountains region of Pennsylvania, has something for everyone! In addition to 40 food vendors that are guaranteed to tempt your taste buds, the event features a juried craft show, a fine arts and photography show, plus demonstrations, continuous entertainment and special children's activities.

Admission includes free parking.
570-673-PAAC (7222)

15th Annual Apple Festival
Village Green, Montrose, PA 18801

September 12
Hours: Begins at 10 a.m.

Not only does this festival have delicious food, great entertainment, crafts and fun games for kids, it also features challenging 13- and 26-mile bike races sanctioned by the US Cycling Federation.
Free admission and on-street parking.

Johnny Appleseed Festival

Memorial Park, Sheffield, PA 16347

October 9-11.

This popular festival not only celebrates the apple harvest but everything outdoors. In addition to the
craft and food vendors, displays, fireworks, apple pie contest and a chili cook-off, attendees will be entertained by both a professional and a local lumberjack competition.  Chainsaw carvers demonstrate their skill, while an antique engine display and antique appraisal make the 3-day festival jam-packed with activities.

There is some truth to the old adage, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Apples are fat, sodium and cholesterol free, so appeasing your sweet tooth with an apple is a really good idea. If possible, don't peel your apple. Two-thirds of the fiber and lots of antioxidants are found in the peel. Antioxidants have gotten a great deal of press lately for their ability to help to reduce damage to cells, which has been known to trigger some diseases.

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