Fall Fun for Everyone!

Cooler temperatures, changing leaves, the beauty of the mountains...Fall is the perfect time to getaway to shop, dine, explore, and stay to experience the BIG Adventures in Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania!

Plan a Fall Getaway to Altoona, Blair County!

 Fall Adventures

Festivals, Train Rides, Haunted Experiences, and more...

Fall Festivals

  • Royer Mansion Pumpkin Fest September 21-22, 2019: A two day venue that provides a wide range of Antique Dealers, craft vendors, music and food in a family friendly atmosphere. A farmer's market place is open to purchase many harvested items that compliment all of the craft vendor products. A tour of the mansion is included in the ticket prices.  www.royermansion.org
  • DelGrosso's Amusement Park Italian Food and Heritage Festival September 22, 2019: Come for a day of Italian Heritage right in Blair County with the DelGrosso Family! Delicious Italian food and music, plus rides for every age. www.mydelgrossopark.com
  •  HarvestFest at DelGrosso's Park September 28-29, 2019: The area's premier fall festival!  Stroll through the park while enjoying the beauty of the autumn mountains that surround the park. Experience the vendors, food, rides, and a civil war encampment at HarvestFest! www.mydelgrossopark.com
  •  28th Annual 'Potatofest' September 28, 2019: Downtown Ebensburg; Crafts entertainment, plenty of spuds and so much more!
  • 2019 Pumpkinfest October 12, 2019: Hollidaysburg; Celebrate fall with this family-friendly event. Local businesses and organizations provide a variety of kids activities, tasty treats, and free entertainment all day long.
  • Altoona's 1st Annual Harvestfest October 12, 2019: Altoona Grand Hotel; More than 50 vendors!
  • Fall Family Fun Festival October 19, 2019: Blue Knob All Seasons Resort; Bring the family to celebrate fall! Music, petting zoo, kids crafts, hayrides & craft vendors. www.blueknob.com

Train Rides

  • Steam Into the Cove Train September 21, 2019: A special rare-mileage trip between Hollidaysburg and Martinsburg, PA. Join us as Number 11 powers a public steam passenger train into Morrison's Cove and Martinsburg. Take a step back to the 1930s! This 27-mile round trip departs the depot in Hollidaysburg at 1pm and returns approximately 3 hours later. www.everettrailroad.com
  • Pumpkin Patch Train Ride October 12, 19, 20, 26, 2019: Enjoy the beautiful colors of autumn aboard one of the Pumpkin Patch Specials! The steam-powered ride between Hollidaysburg and Kladder includes a stop at the pumpkin patch where children will receive a small pumpkin and a felt sticker decorating kit.  Come out and see the fall foliage aboard the Everett Railroad! www.everettrailroad.com
  •  Family Train Ride October 13, 2019: Enjoy the sights and sounds of steam with a round-trip ride behind Everett Railroad 2-6-0 Number 11 between Hollidaysburg and Brookes Mills.  Approximately 1 hours.  www.everettrailroad.com


  •  Artists in Our Midst August 23-December 7, 2019: An annual juried exhibition at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (SAMA-Altoona), this exhibition highlights local and regional artists who are members of Art in Common, an arts organization based in Central Pennsylvania. Featuring a wide variety of media, this year’s exhibition will highlight works in acrylic, pastel, pencil, oil, watercolor, photography, clay bronze, mixed media, and much more. www.sama-art.org
  • Ron White at Jaffa Shrine Center September 26, 2019: For tickets and more information, call 814-944-4043 or visit www.jaffashrinecenter.com
  • Season Opener - The Gathering Storm October 5, 2019: The Altoona Symphony Orchestra opens its 91st season in dramatic fashion with one of the most elegiac and soulful cello concertos, written right on the heels of the ending of WWI. For tickets
  • From Nashville Songs & Stories 7 October 11, 2019: The Mishler Theatre; Each Songs & Stories show features three different top Nashville songwriters performing and sharing the hilarious, heartfelt stories behind hit songs they've written for stars like George Strait, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw and many more. www.mishlertheatre.org
  •  Kechi Okwuchi Concert October 12, 2019: From plane crash victim to finalist on America's Got Talent and AGT Champions, Kechi Okwuchi has certainly overcame a lot. For tickets and more information, www.jaffashriners.org
  • The Music of Neil Diamond October 26, 2019: The Mishler Theatre; Sing along to some of your favorites such as Sweet Caroline, Forever in Blue Jeans, Kentucky Woman and many more performed by the area's most talented vocalists and musicians. For tickets, www.mishlertheatre.org

"Haunted" Adventures

  • 36th Annual Ghosts & Goblins Friday Nights, Saturdays and Saturday Nights October 4-26, 2019: Pennsylvania's ULTIMATE Haunted Experience! Evening tours: Haunted Cave, Trail & Hayride; Saturday daylight tour: Family-friendly Halloween Cave, Natural Cave & Hayride. lincolncaverns.com
  • Zombietown USA October 5, 2019: Vendors, music, games, contests, parade, and more! www.zombietownusa.com
  • Haunted Tours at Fort Roberdeau October 12, 2019: Come tour the fort and grounds like you never experienced before! An eerie night look into "living history" with characters from Altoona High School Astronomy Club. www.fortroberdeau.org
  • Fear 'N' Beer October 12, 2019: Come out to People's Natural Gas Field (Altoona Curve Baseball) to experience this spooky, thrilling tasting event! Beer, wine, liquor and all things Halloween! For more information, call 814-946-7536.
  • Blair County Historical Society Lecture Series: "Have Yourself A Scary Little Christmas" October 16, 2019: The ever-entertaining Michael Allison returns by popular demand for his annual presentation on Pennsylvania folklore and the supernatural. This year he is setting his sights on winter folklore traditions - from magical midwinter spirits to the creepiest of Christmas creatures. Join the museum for a fun evening that will colorfully bridge the Halloween and Christmas seasons. www.blairhistory.org
  •  Dance of Death - A Murder Mystery Tour of Baker Mansion October 25 & October 26, 2019: Come ready to ask questions and solve a murder...but please beware...the murderer is still out there! $10 per person.  Tours starting at 7pm - last tour must be present by 10pm.
  • Masked in The Maze October 25-27, 2019, 11am-5pm: Children ages 2 to 12 years who visit Penn's Cave wearing a costume will receive a FREE Passport to enter Prospector Pete's Miners Maze! Prizes awarded every hour for the best Maze time!
  • Spirits of the Staple Bend Tunnel Tours October 26, 2019, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm.  Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site. Tours are approximately 50 minutes in length. Reservations required. Call 814-886-6150. 
  • Canoe Creek State Park Halloween October 27, 2019, 3pm-6pm: Hayrides, Crafts, Treats, Marshmallow Roast, Hot Chocolate!  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Experience More with an Overnight Stay

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Altoona, Blair County offers a number of award-winning lodging options. Many of our hotels have swimming pools, on-site dining options, free onsite parking, and hotels are easily accessible from Interstate 99. For more information where to stay, www.explorealtoona.com