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20 Can’t Miss Events in October

Foliage, Festivals and Some Frightening Halloween Fun


It’s fall y’all!

Pull out those hoodies, and stock up on the s’mores supplies. It’s October, and fall is in full swing. That means Friday night football, toasty campfires and perfect weather for hanging outside. Don’t you dare start hibernating early. There’s just too much autumn fun to enjoy.

Get out there and pluck some apples. Pick up a few plump pumpkins and carve some spooky Halloween masterpieces. Grab the kids and go on a hayride, or, if you dare, check out some of NEPA’s famous haunts.

Save your cool, sunny weekends for peaceful forest hikes, and perhaps a little last-minute golf. Make your way to a local brewery and try out some fresh fall beers. And stop by the farmer’s market and your favorite local restaurant for those harvest season specials.

It just doesn’t get any better than autumn in NEPA. We’ve got cool, comfortable weather, unmatched scenery, and so many awesome things to do. Keep up on all the fall fun with this can’t miss list and our comprehensive events page.

Check Out All of This Fall Fun

  • Scranton Fringe Festival

    Saturday, September 28 through Sunday, October 6

    Enjoy live performances in theatrical arts, dance, comedy, music and so much more at over a dozen venues throughout Scranton. This popular celebration of local art continues all week long.

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  • Knoebels Covered Bridge Festival

    Thursday, October 3 through Sunday, October 6

    Browse your way through over 385 craft vendors at this incredible festival on the grounds of Knoebels Amusement Resort. The festival offers free parking, free admission and nearly 40 food vendors.

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  • Color Me Pink 5 K, Family Fun Walk and Gentlemen’s Run

    Saturday, October 5

    Lace up the running shoes for this awesome fundraising run through downtown Pittston. Don’t forget to stick around for the hilariously, famous Gentlemen’s Run.

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  • Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival

    Saturday, October 5, 12 & 19

    Head to beautiful Jim Thorpe during the first three weekends in October for this favored festival. Enjoy live music, shopping, crafts, plenty of food and one of NEPA’s most beloved small towns.

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  • Blackhole. Premiere Party

    Wednesday, October 9

    Don’t miss the premier of this entirely homegrown, locally filmed and produced short film in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The film premier will feature complimentary food and refreshments.

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  • Hocus Pocus with Kathy Najimy

    Friday, October 11

    Stop by Wilkes-Barre’s F.M. Kirby Center for a unique showing of this beloved Halloween favorite. Film star, Kathy Najimy will also be on hand for a discussion and Q&A prior to the show.

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  • NePizza Festival

    Saturday, October 12

    Pick your favorite slice or cut at Montage Mountain Resorts during this one-of-a-kind pizza festival. Taste entries from all over NEPA, and vote to crown the best overall pizza in the region.

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  • NEPA Horror Film Fest

    Sunday, October 13

    Stop at the drive-in for an evening of over 20 short horror films during this popular festival in Dickson City. Enjoy vendors and meet & greet sessions with celebrity guests.

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  • Taste the Local Harvest

    Sunday, October 13

    Sample local food, try local beer and wine and catch a game at Huntsville Golf Club in Dallas during this festive fall fundraiser for the North Branch Land Trust.

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  • Jim Breuer – Live and Let Laugh

    Thursday, October 17

    Don’t miss the legendary stand-up comedian and Saturday Night Live alum as he brings over 30 years of iconic material to Jim Thorpe’s famous Penn’s Peak.

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  • Josh Gates at the Kirby

    Saturday, October 18

    The Discovery Channel star makes his way to Wilkes-Barre’s iconic Kirby Center for an evening of fantastic tales of adventure, monsters, and a few ghost stories.

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  • Venison Cooking Class

    Friday, October 18

    Learn how to properly cook NEPA’s most popular game meat at this fun, informative cooking class in the Boiler Room at the famous Hawley Silk Mill.

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  • First Responders Wine and Brewfest

    Saturday, October 19

    Show your support for local heroes at this event honoring first responders in Archbald. Enjoy local wines, Oktoberfest beers, whiskey and food truck fare for a great cause.

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  • Pocono Food Truck Festival & Art on the Mountain

    Saturday, October 19 through Sunday, October 20

    Over 25 food trucks from NEPA, Lehigh Valley, Philly, New York and New Jersey head to East Stroudsburg for this tasty fall festival. Vote for your favorite and check out some amazing local art.

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  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live!

    Wednesday, October 23

    Don’t miss Joel, Tom Servo, Crow and Gypsy as they bring their humorous, cheesy B-movie riffing to the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre.

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  • Pumpkin House at Creekside Gardens

    Thursday, October 24

    Stop by this popular Tunkhannock garden center to get in the spirit of the Halloween season. Tour the greenhouse and garden displays of over 700 carved, lighted pumpkins.

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  • Octoberfest at Electric City Aquarium

    Friday, October 25

    Spend an evening tasting local beer and food, listening to live music and hanging with reptiles and other creatures at this awesome fundraising event in Scranton.

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  • Live Wire – The Ultimate AC/DC Experience

    Saturday, October 26

    Relive the rocking 80s at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe with this uncanny AC / DC tribute act. Experience over 40 years of hard rock classics from the bands extensive catalogue.

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  • A Bronx Tale

    Saturday, October 26

    Scranton’s Broadway Theater of Northeastern Pennsylvania presents this classic tale of growing up and learning life’s lessons in the Bronx during the 1960s.

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  • Halloween Massacre 2 featuring DaBaby

    Thursday, October 31

    Turn up at Wilkes-Barre’s Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for this Halloween hip hop show featuring two of the fastest rising artists in the business.

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