Fall has it all in York County. From spooky Halloween fun to fantastic food festivals to the Wine Just Off The Vine signature event on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail, here are more than 50 ways you can enjoy the season.
Do something pumpkin-related, beyond ordering the PSL
Seriously, this place grows some massive pumpkins. Like 70 pounds. And in a bunch of colors.
On November 4, Flinchbaugh's Orchards & Farm Market will let you slingshot, catapult and flat out decimate pumpkins in all kinds of ways during the Pumpkin Smash Bash. The less destructive might want to stick to PYO pumpkins at the orchards.
Drink up the season
The Mason-Dixon Wine Trail's fall signature event returns November 11-12 and 18-19. Tickets include tastings at 16 wineries on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail, light food and more. Plus, some wineries will feature "nouveau" wines pressed fresh from the harvest.
Or any fall brew will do. With 13 breweries to explore, you'll find something fitting of autumn.
With 70 different beers to try and nine wineries in attendance, it's no secret why organizers call this event "splendiferous."
And think up more timely puns while exploring the National Watch & Clock Museum. With beer, food trucks, a steampunk fashion show and more, you'll see a whole other side of this museum.
Craft breweries and more make this an up-and-coming downtown to explore. There's no better time to see it than during special Sip & Stroll events, a ticketed event that offers attendees special wine, beer and food tastings at local businesses.
With food trucks, authentic music and 12 German beers to try, John Wright Restaurant does Oktoberfest the right way - or the "Wright" way as they say.
Paint a pumpkin and play some Great Pumpkin Toss Games, while enjoying a la carte wine and food purchases a Galloping Goose Vineyards, a member of the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail.
This'll be among the freshest you ever taste.
Made using apple cider from Brown's, Wyndridge's hard cider isn't too sweet. You're likely to find several seasonal flavors on tap, too, at this Susquehanna Ale Trail location.
Explore the Dill's Tavern and Plantation while soaking up the history of distilling and more.
Get lost in corn maze
Navigate the five-acre maze and then enjoy PYO apples and pumpkins available in September and October.
Find your way through nine acres of corn at the Maize Quest before taking on a collection of people-sized puzzles. You can spend an entire fall day here.
Find fall foodie delights
Yorkers love their oysters, and the shellfish takes center stage during the York County History Center's History on the Halfshell fundraiser at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum.
So. Much. Chili.
An ENTIRE park is closed and filled with food trucks.
Executive Chef Matthew Siegmund takes guests on a culinary tour of the world every second Tuesday during September, October, and November. The September 12 dinner features the exotic cuisine of Morocco.
The First Post pairs a five-course meal with five beer tastings from local brewers the first Tuesday of every month. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
For delectable fall desserts, check out The Markets at Shrewsbury, an Amish marketplace bursting with fresh-baked goodness. As you explore the market, make your way to the Stoltzfus Bakery, where you can watch as donuts, pastries and more are made daily. While pumpkin rolls and red velvet whoopie pies and pumpkin rolls just bursting with cream cheese filling are tempting treats, the apple pie is a simple fall classic.
Hop into a kayak and paddle through the scenic Susquehanna Riverlands before returning to shore for a tasting from local crafter breweries and a delicious dinner. Three guided tours are available throughout the season and feature Black Cap Brewing Co., Meduseld Meadery and Collusion Tap Works.
Prove your mettle on zip lines, climbing walls and ropes and more.
It's one of the most popular events of the season. The York County Heritage Rail Trail fills a half-mile swath of the path with hand-carved pumpkins. This year's walk will go off on October 14 at a to-be-determined location.
Scare up spooky fun during the Halloween season
With more than decades studying the paranormal, John Zaffis has covered thousands of creepy cases. He's the nephew of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the famed paranormal investigators who studied the Amityville haunting.
Trick or treat your way through campsites decked out with spider webs, monsters and more during this family-friendly event at Codorus State Park. Go on a 1.5-mile hayride and enjoy tasty food - including s'mores!
Check out the haunted house on Halloween.
The kids will love dressing up and scoring some great treats at the farm market!
Ghost Tracks, a family-friendly train ride, features fascinating ghost stories.
Bube's Brewery offers up murder mystery dinners every Saturday, but it's particularly fun to check out during the Halloween season. Oh, and the brewery might even be haunted.
Check out a festival
Really, it's a farewell event for summer, but we'll count it anyway. Tons of rides, games and great fair food. Don't miss Lynyrd Skynyrd.
More than 300 vendors set up on the Veterans Memorial Bridge between Wrightsville and Columbia.
Featuring an apple peeling contest, an apple desert completion and cider press demonstrations, the Apple Fall Festival makes this humble fruit a star.
This two-day event highlights Native American culture, dance and more at Indian Steps Museum.
Art, music and even a pet parade make this a family-friendly festival worthy of a day trip.
John Wright Restaurant features as day of vendors, groomers and more! Of course it's dog friendly!
After rain washed out the spring Fairie Festival, Spoutwood Farm returns with another chance to celebrate the four fairie tribes. This time, seasonal activities will include pumpkin painting, bobbing for apples and much more!
Enjoy the season in quaint Red Lion, where the Freedom Fall Fest features live music, crafts, food and more.
This annual extravaganza featuring jousting nights, colorfully costumed figures and 35 acres of a themed village runs through October 29.
Peruse vintage and new model trains alike during an incredible show that brings major manufacturers and more to one spot.
See a show
The Appell Center for Performing Arts welcomes the seven-time Grammy nominee on October 13.
One of the top comedians in history comes to the Hanover's Eichelberger Performing Arts Center on September 30.
Brown's Orchards & Farm Markets features live music every Sunday through October 15.
This incredible show featuring one of the Bible's biggest stories runs through October 14.
A rock ‘n' roll legend comes to life during ‘The Buddy Holly Story' at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre.
The five-time Grammy winner comes to the Pullo Center on October 7.
Peep some autumn leaves
We've already compiled a few spots perfect for viewing the reds, oranges and yellows of fall.
See the stunning colors of fall from aboard a replica Civil War-era steam engine. This is one ride you won't want to miss. Excursions start October 14.
Go mad over motorcycles
Feel the rumble of legendary Harleys during the Bike Night Parade through Downtown York before enjoying live entertainment, food, vendors and more during this favorite event of fall on September 29.
A perfect follow-up to York Bike Night, this open house at the area's premier Harley dealer features entertainment and vendors daily.
When the event is described as "nitro-burning motorcycles on a 300-foot hill," what's not to love?
This new member of the Susquehanna Ale Trail is hosting its 1st Bike Night on September 7. Food, wine and, of course, great beer will abound.