Apple festivals Pennsylvania Apple Festivals in 2018

Looking for a apple festival in Pennsylvania in 2018? (just scroll down the page)There is no other listing as complete and current as this list, just updated! All the apple festivals in Pennsylvania we can find are listed on this page! If you love strawberries, look for a festival near you below! And I'm always looking for more apple festivals! Please write me, if you know of any to add!  I update the dates as soon as the festivals publish their information, but you can always click on the links (usually the name of the festival) to see the current information on the festival's own website. 

I update this list every year, but still click on the links to the festival (the blue, underlined name of the each festival) to confirm this year's dates on the website for each festival. They may change or cancel at the last minute. . If they don't have a website, call the phone number provided, but ALWAYS CONFIRM THIS YEAR'S DATES AND TIMES BY EITHER VIEWING THEIR WEBSITE OR CALLING.

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2018 Apple Festivals in Pennsylvania - Where, When and More to Find an Apple Festival Near You!

 Pennsylvania

Apples typically ripen from July (yes, some early varieties start then, especially in southern areas) through early November.  Most apple varieties ripen in Spetember and October and this is when most apple festivals are held.  Unlike strawberries, which grow almost anywhere, apples are grown commercially in half as many states. They do not grow well in very warm climates, like Florida, and along the Gulf coast, etc. Apples require a certain number of hours of cold (below 40 F) in order to produce fruit. So most commercial apple production and apple festivals are north of Interstate 20 (I-20).

There are two general types of apple festivals 1) community festivals, usually organized by a church, school, local Chamber of commerce or a town and 2). Apple festival held at and by a farm. They are different in what they offer, and community festivals tend to be less expensive so they are grouped separately. (of course not all states and areas have both.)
Following the festival listings are links to our easy to follow directions about making apple jam, freezing apples, apple pies and much more.

Community Apple Festivals

  • Annual Harvest Festival at Reading Terminal Market - a weekend in mid October from 10am to 4pm.
    Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA. They shut down Filbert Street and turn it into an urban farm closed to vehicle traffic. There is authentic farm tractor for a hayride, hot apple cider, Pennsylvania chesses and autumn harvest fruits,  vegetables and more. There is also a Market sidewalk sale and live bluegrass music. Phone: (215) 922-2317. 
  • Apple Butter Festival - a Saturday in October from 9 am to 4 p.m. 
    United Church of Christ, 1201 N Chester Road, West Chester. Phone: (610)-692-2951. Food, crafts, candles, furniture sale, used-book sale, more.
  • Franklin Apple Fest - a weekend in October
    Franklin, PA. Applefest On-Going Events; or Friday Events; or Saturday Events; or Sunday Events. For more information contact the Franklin Chamber of Commerce at Phone: 814-432-5823 or 888-547-2377. Email: [email protected].
  • Hickory Apple Festival - a weekend in October
    Hickory, Pennsylvania. Phone: (724) 356-FEST. For more information see: MusicArts/CraftsKid's Activities, Food, Directions. Two days of great live music, exceptional arts and crafts, and lots of activities for kids and adults. Look for antique machines and vehicles, cornmeal grinding, chainsaw sculpting, spinning, weaving, quilting, pie eating, apple bobbing, a moonwalk, pony rides, a baby farm animal petting zoo, face and hair painting, clowns, balloon animals, a Native American village, a boy scout encampment, and much more. Don't forget our delicious homemade food, apple pies, dumplings, apple cakes, apple crisp, fresh apples, cider, caramel and candy apples, apple butter, apple syrup, apple pizza, and other apple items.  Free General Admission & Free Parking (Limited Handicapped Parking). Free Shuttle Service. No Pets & No Soliciting.   
  • The National Apple Harvest Festival - the first two weekends in October.
    Gettysburg, PA. Celebrating beautiful crafts, great music and wonderful food for forty years. The festival has something for everyone with hundreds of arts and crafts dealers, demonstrations, contests, food stands, and entertainment. The festival is located in the heart of Pennsylvania Apple country, near historic Gettysburg, and is within a two hour drive of Washington DC, Baltimore MD, and Harrisburg PA. Schedule, General Information, Local Info, History, Traveling InMap of Grounds, Photo Contest.

Farm Apple Festivals

In addition to community and church festivals, some private farms have their own apple festivals.  See each farm for this year's dates (they often do not announce them until the end of May). They usually have PYO apples then, too.  Also, scroll down to see the links to recipes, freezing, canning and jam making directions at the bottom of the page.

  • Hollabaugh Bros. Apple Harvest Weekends - October 6th/7th & 13th/14th, 2018 Saturdays 8:00am-5:00pm / Sundays 12:00-5:00pm
    545 Carlisle Road, Biglerville, PA 17307. Phone: 717-677-8412. Alternate Phone: 717-677-9494. Fax: 717-677-7157. Email: [email protected]. Open: Please call before coming or check our website. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Located nine miles north of Gettysburg right on route 34. Just a short drive from Route 15, Route 30, and Interstate 81. Click here for a map and directions. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. Apple Harvest Festival Weekends -  Our bin porch is our claim to fame! Pick from over 20 different varieties during the Apple Harvest Festival weekends! While the main festival takes place at the South Mountain Fairgrounds just a few miles from the farm, no trip to Adams County would be complete without a stop at the market to stock up on all things apple before heading back home! Enjoy the weekends of the National Apple Harvest Festival, then stop by Hollabaugh's for apple variety sampling, gallons of delicious apple cider, fresh apple baked goods (baked in-house), Fall decorations (mums, pumpkins and more) and our NEW Orchard Scavenger Hunt! No trip to Hollabaugh's is complete without shopping on our Bin Porch, where dozens of apple varieties are available in the bins!

Related Apple Information: Freezing, Making Jam, Jelly, Canning, Apple Pies, Recipes and More

Also, see our pages on easy illustrated apple directions:

Recipes and Canning directions

 

For other fruit and vegetable festivals, see this page!