Break out your sweaters or possibly even a light jacket — fall festival season has returned to Centre County. Whether it’s searching for the perfect pumpkin at Wasson Farm Market or enjoying some German cuisine at Millheim Oktoberfest, there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors before gloves and scarves get thrown into the mix.
Fall Harvest Festival
What: Sample farm-fresh hors d’oeuvres, take a tour of the Penn State Student Farm and listen to live music by Sonic Schroeder.
When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday
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Where: The 1-acre Student Farm, near the intersection of Fox Hollow and Big Hollow roads, State College
Herb & Garlic Festival
What: Taste a garlic milkshake and peruse perennials.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 10
Where: Boal Mansion, 163 Boal Estate Drive, Boalsburg
Pine Grove Mills Harvest Festival
What: A preview of the upcoming Pine Grove Mills Farmer’s Market with performances by local bluegrass musicians, apple dumplings, and crafts.
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 16
Where: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 277 W. Pine Grove Road, Pine Grove Mills
Snow Shoe Fall Festival and Car Show
What: The Car and Big Truck Show with food, kids games and a 5K run/walk.
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16
Where: Snow Shoe Park, I-80 Exit 147, Snow Shoe
Fall Food Festival
What: Sample and share recipes for fall foods and drinks.
When: 2-4 p.m. Sept. 23
Where: Tait Farm Foods, 179 Tait Road, Centre Hall
What: German cuisine set against the backdrop of the Pleasant Valley Dancers and the Bavarian Stompers.
When: noon-6 p.m. Sept. 23
Where: Milheim Fire Company, 103 North St., Spring Mills
Tussey Mountain Oktoberfest
What: Get a taste of Munich with Tussey’s own version of Oktoberfest.
When: Sept. 29
Where: Tussey Mountain, 301 Bear Meadows Road, Boalsburg
Wasson Farm Market Fall Festivals
What: Take a hayride to pick pumpkins from the patch.
When: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 7, 8, 14 and 15
Where: Wasson Farm Market, 2545 Shingletown Road, State College
What: Pumpkins from the carving contest will be lit and arranged for viewing.
When: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 13 and 4-9 p.m. Oct. 14
Where: The Arboretum at Penn State
Way Fruit Farm Fall Festivals
What: Pick pumpkins, sample crafters and explore the petting zoo.
When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21
Where: Way Fruit Farm, 2355 Halfmoon Valley Road, Port Matilda
Downtown State College Fall Festival
What: Take a tumble in the Tumblebus, go for a bounce in the bounce house, take a pony ride or enter the Happy Valley Dessert Contest.
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 14
Where: 200 block of Allen Street, downtown State College
What: Stroll through the vineyards and taste wines.
When: noon-5 p.m. Oct. 14
Where: Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery, 300 Houser Road, Centre Hall
Punkin’ Chunkin’ Festival
What: Go for a hayride, compete in the pie eating contest and more.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 21
Where: Bald Eagle State Park