The start of September means back to school, closing up the pool, and phasing out those shorts and flip flops. It may not feel quite like it yet, but fall is on its way!

I can't hide the fact that I'm a sucker for all things autumn. Fall festivals, corn mazes, apple picking, pumpkin everything- count me in! It may be a little early for some of these things, but September still has a ton of great events on the horizon.

Check out a few of my favorite events that are popping up over the next few months. For even more fun, be sure to head to the full calendar of events at

  • Harvest Weekend on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail: On September 13 & 14, head out on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail to sample some of the area's finest wines, and take a bottle or two home as well. The nine wineries will feature tastings, vineyard and winery tours, food and wine pairings, and live entertainment throughout the weekend.
  • Celtic Classic: An annual staple, Celtic Classic will take place from September 26 - 28. Newly expanded to Main St. this year, Celtic Classic features music, food, drinks, and of course- the Highland Games. Get your kilts ready for a weekend of Celtic fun in Historic Downtown Bethlehem.
  • The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival at Country Junction: Home of the $3 pumpkin (what a steal!), Country Junction's Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival kicks off on September 27, continuing through the end of October. With your admission price, you'll enjoy hayrides, food, entertainment, petting zoos, and more. For full details and hours of operation, be sure to check out their website.
  • Mountain Harvest Festival & Oktoberfest at Blue Mountain: For something the whole family will enjoy, head up to Blue Mountain for their Mountain Harvest Festival, happening September 27 - 28 and October 4 - 5. Activities will include hay mazes, pumpkin painting, bounce amusements, and more. Take in the fall foliage with a scenic tour on the ski lifts. The Mountain Harvest Festival is also held in conjunction with Oktoberfest.

For ways to save during the fall season, be sure to head to Discover Lehigh Valley's Autumn Adventures & Frightening Frolics.