Make Plans for These Somerset, PA Events
There are a number of Somerset, PA events that take place each year that you won't want to miss. From a fascinating up-close look at folk history to the sweet sights and smells of sugaring time, you'll get plenty of chances for hands-on happenings during your visit to Somerset. Here are some of our staff favorites.
Somerset County Farmers Market (May - October, Saturdays Only)
Somerset County Farmers’ Market is a producer-only tailgate market at Georgian Place in Somerset PA. The market opens the end of May and is on Saturdays throughout the summer until the end of October.
All goods sold at the market are produced in Somerset and adjoining PA counties. Somerset County Farmers’ Market offers freshness, high quality farm goods, reasonable prices, and convenience while supporting local farmers who can ensure the best handling and preparation techniques. Our farmers are proud of the “fruits of their labors” and are willing to offer free advice and answer any questions you may have about their products.
Laurel Highlands Garlic Festival, August 19-20
Come Celebrate the Miracle of Garlic "The Stinking Rose" at Faranda Farms! Enjoy the entertainment and spend some time looking through all the vendors that will there. It'll be a stinking, good time!
Laurel Hill Bluegrass Festival, August 19-20
The Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania is an outdoor playground with stunning natural beauty. This annual festival showcases musicianship, craftsmanship, stewardship, and friendship. The festival is nestled amongst the 4,000 acre Laurel Hill State Park in beautiful Somerset County. This location creates an ideal connection for visitors to enjoy their surroundings in a family friendly environment. Seven bands, artisans, food vendors, period reenactors, Cornhole Tournament, children’s activities, and wagon rides await. The festival is free of admission and sponsored by the Friends of Laurel Hill and many other local businesses.
117th Annual Somerset County Fair, August 19-26
This is the place to be in Somerset in August! The Somerset County Fair is always held the third week of August and features amusements, entertainment, livestock, produce, FFA, 4-H, grange organizations, antique farm machinery, contests, judging, truck pulls, demolition derby, 4 x 4 mud bogging, Supreme Showman competition, Jack Fullerton Destruction Derby, pet parade, wood carving auction, queen contest, parade, carnival, bingo, and much more!
Seven Springs Wine Festival, August 25-27
The Seven Springs Wine Festival showcases wineries from all over Pennsylvania offering a tantalizing experience for anyone who loves wine. The festival features complimentary wine sampling from 30 wineries, daily seminars, live entertainment, a variety of crafts, and musical entertainment.
Farmers & Threshermens Jubilee, September 6-10
The Farmers and Threshermens Jubilee has been known as the festival with the steam engines and the dog powered butter churn. The Jubilee has five days of events for the entire family. Come cheer for your favorite contestant at the Outhouse Dash Race, held after the wonderful Grand Jubilee parade. Many tractor, A.T.V., truck, semi-truck pulling contests and even a horse pulling contest are held during the week. Stage entertainment, crafts, quilt show and lots of good food await you at the Jubilee!
Mountain Craft Days, September 8-10
Over 125 craft artisans, musicians, and entertainers will be on hand to interpret the rich frontier heritage of southwestern Pennsylvania. Mountain Craft Days was founded in 1970 to preserve and interpret the wonderful historic craft and trades heritage of Somerset County, and with over 100 booths and a dozen outdoor performance sites located within walking distance of each other in gentle meadows and along wooded paths. A wonderful mix of historical demonstrations, music, and food is available for visitors to enjoy. The event is held rain or shine.
Mother Earth News Fair, September 15-17
MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine has been helping folks live self-reliant, sustainable, meaningful lives for more than 40 years. With an audience of more than 3 million readers worldwide, it is the largest and longest-running environmental lifestyle magazine on the planet.
The MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR is a fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event featuring dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops from the leading authorities on: Renewable Energy, Small-scale Agriculture, Gardening, Green Building, Green Transportation and Natural Health will be held at Seven Springs Mountain Resort on September 15-17, 2017.
In between sessions, attendees enjoy an array of entertainment options, organic local food and beverages, as well as outdoor gardening and livestock demonstrations. Plus, save on great deals from dozens of regional and national vendors featuring sustainable lifestyle products and services, including: books, tools, seeds, crafts, organic foods, clothes, solar gadgets and more!
Ligonier Highland Games, September 23
Follow the skirl of bagpipes to beautiful Ligonier at Idlewild Park for the annual gathering of the Clans. Join your friends, neighbors and fellow fans of all things Scottish at the Ligonier Highland Games and experience exciting competitions in:
- Piping and Drumming competitions
- Individual and massed pipe bands on the field
- Scottish Harp workshop and competition
- Traditional Scottish heavy athletic events tossing the caber, the Scottish hammer throw, sheaf tossing and stone
- Highland dancing and Scottish country dancing, the timeless tradition of Gaelic Mod singing and poetry and Celtic Harps
Shop for Celtic wares including pottery, jewelry, tartans, Scottish food, and, of course, kilts!
Feast on traditional Scottish foods, snacks and desserts from Gaelic Imports!
Visit the Clan tents to explore the history and genealogy of Scotland's families.
Enjoy the Children's Games, the Massed Bands (hundreds of pipers and drummers at once!), Scottish-breed dog exhibits, Pittsburgh Scottish Country Dancers and Celtic performers from all over the world!
Living History Representing Scottish military units, some of which served in the Pittsburgh region 250 years ago during the French and Indian Wars.
Faranda Harvest Festival, September 23 - October 29
Come and have some fun and play some games - solve the solution of the 5 acre Corn Maze!!
Flashlight Nites - Details coming soon!
Come in the afternoon for barnyard activities and navigate the maze after dusk. Last maze admission is 8:00. Please allow one hour to complete maze. Maze is not handicap accessible. Includes hay rides, fire ring and barnyard activities during daylight hours.
Dress warm and bring your flashlight | food available
No alcoholic beverages allowed | lots of fun & a non-scary alternative to Halloween.
Seven Springs Autumnfest Weekends, September 30 - October 22
(Saturdays & Sundays)
Treat yourself to a spectacular weekend in the mountains and enjoy the best of Pennsylvania’s beautiful fall foliage!
Autumnfest is culture and kitsch rolled perfectly into one. Every weekend of Autumnfest, explore a vibrant world of themed family fun all over the mountain.
Enjoy live musical entertainment of all kinds, discover the unexpected with a variety of novelty performers or hop on the chairlift for an aerial view of the fiery colors of autumn. Artisans and crafters from far and wide will have their handmade creations on display. Choose the perfect memento to take home and reminisce on all of the amazing family memories you’ve made at Autumnfest.
Living Treasures Night at the Zoo, Every Friday & Saturday in October
This a non-scary family event where you are invited to take a walk in the dark through our torch-lit walkways to view the wild and interesting behaviors that many wild animals have at night. Hear the calls of many vocal animals, and spot the glowing eyes of the big cats and alligators.
This is a rare opportunity to observe over 50 species of animals, many of which are nocturnal.
Confluence Pumpkinfest, October 6-8
"A fall foliage celebration" PumpkinFest is held beginning the first Friday in October in the village of Confluence, Pennsylvania. Confluence is located in the southwestern corner of Somerset County, along routes 281 and 523. It is situated along the banks of the Youghiogheny and Casselman Rivers and Laurel Hill Creek.
This festival gives arts & crafts and food vendors the opportunity to show and sell their goods in the town park. It also features many interesting and exciting events. Among those are the Pumpkinfest Queen Pageant, a 5K run/walk, an antique and classic auto show, a parade and a largest pumpkin contest. Other events include a garden tractor pull, recipe contest, photo contest, tough man fire truck pull, live music, an antique tractor show and more.
We hope that you and your family will be able to visit PumpkinFest this year. We are sure that you will enjoy yourself!
Fort Ligonier Days, October 13-15
Fort Ligonier Days, one of the American Bus Association’s “Top 100 Events in America”, is a 3-day festival that commemorates the Battle of Fort Ligonier, a key engagement of the French and Indian War, fought on October 12, 1758.
Glades Pike Winery Fall Open House, October 28-29
We'd like to offer a big 'ol, 'THANK YOU,' to some of the best customers ever. (We mean you.) So come in, grab your wine, and enjoy some food and music on us!