‘Tis the harvest season, and many wineries throughout the state are staging celebrations this fall.
Wineries are festive places every day they’re open so what makes a wine festival different from any other day at a winery? Festivals are special celebrations, and fall is the time to celebrate the harvest with parties large and small. Some wineries host their own celebratory events while others join with neighboring wineries to host larger, off-premise fests.
Pennsylvania Wines has a searchable events page that you can use to find wine festivals in Pennsylvania near you, but we’ve rounded up a sampling of fall wine festivals in 2022 throughout the state to get you started on your search.
Lehigh Valley Zoo Fall Wine Festival
The 6th annual Fall Wine Festival at the Lehigh Valley Zoo in Lehigh County’s Schnecksville features a lineup of the area’s premier local wineries, cideries, and meaderies. Live acoustic music plays through the zoo grounds while visitors sip locally crafted beverages and sample gourmet treats from artisanal vendors. Craft beer and other alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase.
Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event is included with a general daily admission ticket that is $12.50 for children ages 2 – 11, $14.50 for ages 12 – 64, and $13.50 for seniors 65 and above.
Held at the town’s community park in Montgomery County, a ticket to Limerick Uncorked gets festival attendees complimentary samples from wineries and breweries from across Pennsylvania. The event focuses on all things local: wine, beer, eateries, food trucks, musicians, and crafters. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, chairs, and pop-up shade to the 21 and over only event.
Saturday, October 1 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $30 and day of tickets are $40 at the door.
Pittsburgh All-Star Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Festival
This festival is more focused on local beer than wine, but there are local wineries in the mix of the Pittsburgh All-Star Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Festival that takes place on the field and concourse of PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Admission includes unlimited samples of more than 125 craft beers, wines, and cocktails from the local region and around the world, plus plenty of music entertainment, games, local vendors, two free tickets to a Pirates game, and much more.
Saturday, October 1 in two separate sessions. The first is from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; the second from 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. General admission tickets are $49.95. VIP tickets (with one-hour early admittance) are $59.95 and up.
Lehigh Valley Cider, Wine, and Spirits Festival
Held at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, The Lehigh Valley Cider, Wine, and Spirits Festival focuses on hard cider, wine, and spirits from local and regional producers. Guests enjoy unlimited tastings in their souvenir stemless wine glass, live music, games, and food for purchase at the park’s concessions stands as well as food trucks. Bacon vodka and alcohol-infused cupcakes are among the unique offerings at this 21 and up only festival.
Saturday, October 8 from 12 p.m – 4 p.m. VIP tickets (with early admittance to the festival at 11 a.m.) are $45. General admission tickets are $35. Designated driver tickets are $5 and include all-day complimentary water.
Harvest Wine Festival at Stone Lake Winery
Stone Lake’s Harvest Festival includes an adult scavenger hunt and an adult costume contest with prizes for the top winners. Held at the winery in Saylorsburg, Monroe County, there will be drinks, of course, including mulled wine, spiked hot chocolate, craft beer, and fall sangria. Guests can bring their own blankets and chairs to relax by the lake while they also enjoy music, craft vendors, and food for purchase.
Saturday, October 8 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Advance tickets for those 21 and older are $15 and tickets are $20 at the door. Admission is free for those under 21.
Shade Mountain Annual Harvest Festival
Shade Mountain’s Annual Harvest Festival doubles as a customer appreciation event. Throughout the day, guests can stomp grapes, enjoy a pig roast, listen to live music, purchase food from food trucks, and purchase wine by the glass or the bottle. Bring your own seating and blankets to relax at the festival at the winery in Middleburg, Snyder County.
Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free.
This Knights of Columbus-sponsored Kulpmont Winefest is held at Holy Angels Parish Picnic Grounds in Kulpmont, Northumberland County. The very local event is a fundraiser for medical patients and parish projects. Twelve nearby wineries will pour wines, and there will be live music and food for purchase.
Saturday, October 15 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Advanced tickets are $20 and tickets at the door are $25. VIP tickets are $30 and include early entry.
Gobbler’s Knob Wine Festival
The world famous Gobbler’s Knob park in Punxsutawney offers more than just a peek at whether spring will come early or not each year. In the fall, the Gobbler’s Knob Wine Festival brings together local wineries, live music and vendors, plus everyone’s favorite groundhog Punxsutawney Phil just might make an appearance.
Saturday, October 22 from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance. There are no tickets at the door.