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.
Farmer & Threshermens Jubilee, September 5-9
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 7-9
A fun-filled festival dedicated to preserving and promoting historic arts and crafts from our region. There is something for all ages and interest levels, with more than 125 craft booths, a dozen different music performances, and a variety of traditional foods all nestled into our beautiful wooded grounds and meadow. Mountain Craft Days builds upon age-old crafts and demonstrates the talents and abilities of artisans preserving these nearly forgotten traditions. Come see why our visitors come back year after year!
Tower of Voices Dedication, September 9
The National Park Service, along with the Families of Flight 93, Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, and the National Park Foundation, will host a dedication ceremony for the Tower of Voices. The event is free and open to the public. The event will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, elements of the program are subject to change or cancellation. Updates will be posted on this website and the park’s social media accounts.
Flight 93 Observance, September 11
The Seventeenth Anniversary Observance will be held on the Memorial Plaza. The open air service will include brief remarks, special music, reading of the names of the forty passengers and crew members of Flight 93, ringing of the Bells of Remembrance and a wreath laying at the Wall of Names.
Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs, September 14-16
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 14-16, 2018
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!
Faranda Fam Harvest Festival, September 22 - October 28
Come in the afternoon for barnyard activities and negotiate the maze after dusk. Last maze admission is 8PM.
Dress warm and bring your flashlight | food available
No alcoholic beverages allowed
Last two weekends in September are only open Saturday and Sundays then transition into Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October.
Autumnfest at Seven Springs, September 29-30, October 6-7, 13-14, & 20-21
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.
Confluence Pumpkinfest, October 5-7
"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!
Bedford's Fall Foliage Festival, October 6-7 & 13-14
Organized entirely by volunteers, this event draws an estimated 70,000 visitors to Bedford over both weekends. There are activities and entertainment for folks of all ages.
Over 400 craft booths, demonstrating artisans, live entertainment and festival food. Children’s activities and interactive live theater.
The festival itself takes up several of the downtown streets and parking nearby is very limited. We recommend that you choose to park at either the Bedford County Fairgrounds, or at Old Bedford Village and ride the free shuttle bus. The shuttles run non-stop during the hours of the festival. Parking at either location is just $7, and the shuttle bus ride is free.
WE LOVE PETS... No PETS please. Keep them at home for their own safety.
Fort Ligonier Days, October 12-14
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.
On the grounds of the Fort you will find a living history encampment showing frontier life, military tactics, drills, cannon firing, ceremonies, Highlanders, redcoats, French troops, frontier men and women, Indians and music from 1758. Visit Fort Ligonier’s official web site for Fort information. A favorite at the fort is the re-enactment of the Battle of Fort Ligonier at 2 & 4 pm Saturday and 1:30 & 3:30 pm Sunday.
Don’t miss the elaborate and entertaining parade that proceeds down Main Street around Ligonier’s picturesque Diamond at 11:00 AM on Saturday. The parade will include historic units, floats, costumed characters, the shrine units and special guests, including local TV personalities, high school and college bands. This is a spectacular part of Fort Ligonier Days!
PLEASE, for safety reasons, do not place any chairs along the parade route before 6 pm on Friday. Please Note: NO Dogs (pets) & NO Backpacks allowed in the festival area.
Glades Pike Winery Fall Open House, October 27-28
Glades Pike would like to offer a big 'ol, 'THANK YOU,' to some of the best customers ever. So come in, grab your wine, and enjoy some food and music on us!
Harvest Candlelight Tours at Compass Inn Museum, November 3, 10 & 17
Come celebrate the bountiful harvest with us at the historic Compass Inn Museum. Experience the inn’s rustic charm while it is adorned with natural autumn accents, cheery glowing wood fires, and the flickering of candles in every room.
One of your stops during your tour will be the 1820’s cookhouse. Step back in time with Compass Inn Museum’s masters of open hearth and beehive oven cookery. You will be treated to sights and smells of scrumptious food that features recipes and ingredients inspired by the cuisine of the 18th and 19th century.
At the end of your tour, relax by the warm crackling fire glowing in the 1862 Room’s Rumsford fireplace while toasting to a good harvest with a cup of hot mulled cider and a cookie.
Walk-ins are welcome. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. Last tour begins at 6:30 pm
Overly's Country Christmas, November 16, 2018- January 1, 2019
Celebrate the season at Overly’s Country Christmas®, a nonprofit committed to creating holiday memories with a Christmas Village that’s filled with an array of old-fashioned traditions and treats. Sing carols ‘round the bonfire, revel in the model train display, have your picture taken with Santa (in the days before Christmas), take a horse drawn wagon/sleigh ride or shop for gifts in the C. Edgar & Sons General Store plus much, much more as you experience the beauty of this traditional winter wonderland!
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. weather permitting. For your best holiday experience in Christmas Village, arrive early or at least 1 hour before the scheduled closing time. Inclement weather such as high wind, ice and rain may result in an early closing or complete closing. Closed some Mondays - please see event website here.
Light Up Ligonier, November 23
Santa comes to town! Join us in the countdown to light up the Diamond, enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride and a visit with Santa!
Holidays in the Highlands (Weekends), November 23-December 23
Celebrate the holidays and make some unforgettable memories in the mountains! Take a ride through the beautiful landscapes of Seven Springs Mountain Resort, adorn with more than one million sparkling lights, creating a nearly four-mile display of lights! Stroll through Holiday Village featuring the region's best artisans and crafters. Enjoy our Holiday Buffet, let the kids visit the craft zone and take a ride on the Santa Express, our magnificent holiday train! Other thrills include snow tubing, our live holiday concerts, pictures with Santa and much more!
Holiday Candlelight Tours at Compass Inn Museum, November 24-25, December 1-2 & 8-9
Enjoy a special holiday treat in a charming country setting. While touring the historic Compass Inn Museum the glow of candles and warm flickering fires will transport you back to a more gentile time. The spirit of the Christmas season is reflected in the simple but charming décor, traditions and hospitality of days gone by. This Holiday season at the end of your tour take a respite from the all the hustle and bustle to relax with us by a crackling fire and sip a cup of hot mulled cider and enjoy a tasty treat.
Walk-ins are welcome. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. Last tour begins at 6:30 pm.
Town Wide Open House, December 2
Enjoy the carolers as you Christmas shop in Ligonier! Take a break for lunch or dinner! More than 60 specialty shops and restaurants!