Fall is in full swing and October promises enough events to keep the fun coming every weekend. We’ve rounded up must-see events throughout the month of October with options for foodies, art lovers, families, and more. 

For a full list of happenings, check out our calendar of events

Halloween Haunt & The Great Pumpkin Fest

Weekends | Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
During daytime hours, kids can explore Dorney Park in costume with trick-or-treating and other festive activities. When dusk falls, the park transforms into Halloween Haunt, complete with haunted mazes, scary experiences, and more. dorneypark.com

Festival Unbound

Oct. 4-13 | Touchstone Theatre & Various Locations
Touchstone Theatre presents a ten-day festival of original theatre, dance, music, art, and conversation, designed to celebrate and imagine our future — through art — together.  Join us for 20+ free and ticketed events across Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley on stages and school campuses, in parks and museums, at the library and the symphony. festivalunbound.com

Oktoberfest Bethlehem

Oct. 4-6 and 11-13 | SteelStacks
Oktoberfest, presented by Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE), is a free festival that features brew samples, authentic German food and beer, live music and schuhplattlers, as well as attractions like the exciting Beer-Lympics competition, Yuengling Oktoberfest 5k, the Karl Ehmer Bratwurst Eating Competition, local artisans, and more. steelstacks.org

Easton Garlic Festival

Oct. 5-6 | Centre Square
Enjoy countless garlic-centric foods and drinks as you stroll through Easton’s Centre Square district. The event will also feature cooking demos, live entertainment and more. The Garlic Festival is free admission, though certain events may be ticketed. eastongarlicfest.com

Bethlehem Harvest Festival

Oct. 5 | Main Street Bethlehem
Take in fall scenery as you browse vendors along Bethlehem’s Main Street area. Purchase passports for tastings of beer, wine, and soup to create the perfect autumn day. The day also features live music, activities for kids, and more. getdowntownbethlehem.com


Oct. 12 | Lehigh Valley Zoo
This annual event will incorporate a vast selection of gourmet food, craft, and gift vendors stationed throughout the Zoo, DIY crafts and activities for children, and live German music. Guests 21+ can also visit the Ottertoberfest Beer Tent for seasonal craft beverages. lvzoo.org

Brewer’s Guild Beer Fest

Oct. 12 | Cedar Beach Park
The Lehigh Valley continues to raise the bar with amazing beer, cider, and mead, and the brewers behind it all look forward to pouring it for you. The event features samples from regional breweries, food vendors, live music, and more. Tickets via eventbrite.com

Chambourcin Weekend

Oct. 12-13 | Lehigh Valley Wine Trail
Celebrate the harvest of the chambourcin grape, a variety grown by all eight member wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail. Participating wineries will be offering tastings and other experiences centralized around this grape. lehighvalleywinetrail.com

Runner’s World Half & Festival

Oct. 18-20 | SteelStacks
The 8th annual Runner’s World Half & Festival welcomes runners of all levels to a one-of-a-kind weekend that features a 5K, 10K, half marathon, trail run, kids races, seminars, live music, and more. The courses wind through Bethlehem’s historic districts, neighborhoods, and former Bethlehem Steel grounds. rwhalf.com

Apple Jam

Oct. 19 | Easton Farmers’ Market
Celebrate fall’s favorite fruit at the Easton Farmers’ Market. Stock up fresh-picked apples as well as cider, pies, dumplings, and so much more! The Easton Farmers’ Market features live entertainment and children’s activities on a weekly basis. eastonfarmersmarket.com

Boo at the Zoo

Oct. 19-20 and 26-27 | Lehigh Valley Zoo
This annual crowd favorite has quickly become one of the Lehigh Valley Zoo’s biggest events! The Zoo will have a variety of candy/treat stations, pumpkin painting, costume contests, and music each day courtesy of DJ Ray from Fling-A-Things. In addition, you’ll find a fun line up of interactive experiences including spooky animal mingles, tours inside the Lorikeet Landing, and more. lvzoo.org

Haunted Hugh Moore Park

Oct. 19-20 | Hugh Moore Park
Enjoy an evening of spookery in the park including a special Halloween ride on the Josiah White II, a ghost walk to the locktender’s house, pumpkins, hay ride, crafts and lots of fun activities and snacks. canals.org