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Fall Things To Do

Experience Fall...Experience Awesome!

Eat, Drink and Explore the Best of Erie County! 

Whether you’re planning a weekend stay or a quick day trip, Fall in Erie County has something for everyone!  Museums and theater, Presque Isle State Park, Lake Erie Ale Trail, Lake Erie Wine Country, parks and trails, fishing, beautiful fall foliage and harvest festivals! 

Explore the path less traveled and find secluded hiking and biking trails or discover the area’s rich history at the Erie Maritime Museum, Erie Art Museum, expERIEnce Children’s Museum and the Hagen History Center/Erie County Historical Society 

Create your own adventure with one of our Do-It-Yourself tours including the African-American Heritage Trail Tour, Murals of Erie County Tour, Downtown Erie Sculpture Walk and more! Find the complete list at https://www.visiterie.com/explore/diy-tours/.

Make your fall-cation an overnight stay!  Reserve a room in one of the area’s historical bed & breakfasts or waterfront hotels to watch world-class sunsets and enjoy wine, whiskey or craft beer in Erie’s thriving Downtown and Bayfront districts. Shop tax-free clothes throughout the area such as Millcreek Mall, The Shops at the Colony, Village WestRelish, Glass Growers Gallery or explore the area’s unique plazas and specialty stores.

Scroll down this page to learn more about Fall events, activities and attractions!

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Fall Events!

For a complete list of all fall events and festivals, click here.

WineFest

September 24-26, 2021. From its modest beginnings in 1981 as a small street fair to the exciting regional event it is today, the Wine Country Harvest Festival – affectionately known as WineFest – has continued to improve with age, just like fine wine. WineFest will be hosted in Gibson Park, the original downtown festival venue. Attendees have the opportunity to sample 100 different wines, enjoy the sounds of dozens of entertainers, try their luck at grape stomping, and meander through hundreds of craft and exhibitor tents. Part street fair, part arts and crafts festival, part music festival, part harvest festival!

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ZooBoo! 

October 13-30, 2021. It's about to get spoooky at the Eerie Zoo! Put on your costume and get ready to experience the Zoo "Halloween style"! This year's ZooBOO will continue to be "scary, but not too scary" with lots of fun for the whole  family. *New This Year* attendees of all ages may participate in the trick-or-treating fun! Make sure when purchasing tickets to select "treater" if you want to partake in the sweets or "non treater" if you're just along for the eerie experience! Regardless of your ticket type, all visitors will once again be able to participate in the Spooky Scavenger Hunt for extra family fun! The Eerie Zoo GrubsHub will also be back on the front lawn for all your creepy cravings and there will be lots of time to do the Monster Mash at DJ Bill Page's Spooky Jukebox! And don't forget say hello to the Talking Pumpkin, make a stop on the Troll Bridge, and hitch a ride on the Eerie Express train while you're here.

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Asbury Woods Scary Creature Feature

October 7,8,9 2021. Scary Creature Feature is a fall, family event complete with activities, storytelling, and a guided walk through the woods where guests encounter and learn about some not-so-scary, nocturnal creatures that live in the forest. It’s the perfect chance to explore the woods at night and enjoy the cool, crisp air of an autumn evening.

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Eerie Horror Fest

It's ALIVE!!! October 27-30, 2021 will mark the official return of the Eerie Horror Fest hosted in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania at the terrifyingly charming Erie Playhouse. The four-day film festival celebrates the horror genre of cinema, set to feature screenings of short and feature length films including celebrity guests participating in live Q&As, meet and greets, and photo ops. 

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Port Farms Fall Harvest Fest

Sept 18-Oct 31, 2021.  Experience Fall Harvest at Port Farms beginning in mid beautiful sunny  September through the end of October. Groups, Families and Friends enjoy the autumn air and ever changing glorious fall colors while visiting our sprawling farm in a beautiful country setting among thrilling activities, shopping and dining experiences all while visiting an actual working farm. With over 37 activities and attractions including Tiny Town, Hay Rides, Diggit Pit, Game Garden, Pedal Carts, Tire Fort, No Left Turn Maze, Goat Mountain and more; here at Port Farms, our guests create long lasting memories worth repeating.  

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PUMPKIN WALK 2021

October 8-9, 2021 from 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM both days. Come see hundreds of illuminated pumpkins along a one-mile walking trail at Waldameer Amusement Park.  There will be youth activities and educational presentations. Event will be held rain or shine. Please, no pets except for service animals. No reservations are needed. Bring a flashlight and dress for a walk on paved and grassy handicapped-accessible trails. Enjoy educational exhibits for all ages. Well-lit parking lot with 1,200 spaces (including handicapped spots.) Sponsored by the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County. $3 for ages 3 and up Cash only Donation. • Use Water World Entrance on Peninsula Drive. • Refreshments available. • Merry-Go-round open at additional $2.50/person at Scrambler Kiosk. 

Peek'n Peak Fall Fest 

October 9-10, 16-17, 2021. Celebrate Fall at the 33rd Annual Fall Fest at  Peek’n Peak Resort and experience two weekends full of fall fun in the foothills of Western New York. Brilliant foliage sets the scene for a juried craft show with more than 130 vendors and a farmers’ market! Vendors range from local painters and candle makers to professional photographers and local ironsmiths. There will also be classic Fall Fest favorites, like the pumpkin cannon and a massive Kids’ Zone, featuring horse-drawn carriage rides, free kids’  crafts, magic shows, wildlife shows, a rock wall, pony rides, and much more!

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Outdoor Fall Experiences!

Do-It-Yourself Tours!

  • African American History Tour (with audio narration!) celebrating Erie County Black History through numerous historical markers, points of interest, public art and businesses. 
  • Murals of Erie County -  Explore over 80 murals located throughout Erie County. Explore by yourself or with family and friends.  Make it an adventure in the pursuit of great art! (pictured: "Sugar" mural at Romolo Chocolates)
  • Downtown Erie Sculpture Walk  features 15 sculptures in Downtown Erie and the Bayfront, representing the work of 13 different artists from throughout the United States.  On display year-round through August 2023.  
  • Pennsylvania Historical Markers - Did you know Erie County is home to over 50 historical markers? Each marker is dedicated to either a person, place or event that has had a historical significance to our community on a state, regional and even national level.

 

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Fall Attractions!

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Creation Station

The Creation Station is an unique arts and crafts studio where kids can create and have fun!
Book your birthday party, register for a ladies night out or stop in during open Craft days and choose a project from the project board.

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Millcreek Mall

A destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.
Experience it all!

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New Direct Daily Flights to Washington, DC

Erie International Airport now offers two direct daily flights to and from Washington Dulles International Airport with connecting flights to the east coast, west coast and international destinations. Book your flight today!

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

Join us today! The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

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Dobbins Landing

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

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Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership is leading Erie's economic evolution. We're the heart of the business community to champion a vibrant and sustainable economy. Your business is our business. Become a member and increase your brand awareness, advocate for important business issues, and gain access to people, education, and information integral to elevating your team's success.

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Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

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Port Farms Fall Harvest

Experience Fall Harvest at Port Farms September 18th - October 31st. With a variety of activities, the farm is sure to please guests of all ages. Located in Erie County, PA, the farm offers many activities including a Jumpkin Patch, Slide Mountain, Tiny Town, Pedal Carts, 8-acre Corn Maze, Pumpkin Picking, and MUCH more. Create lasting memories today! www.portfarms.com

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

The Mazza family welcomes you to Lake Erie Wine Country. Sip and savor award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company both located in North East, PA.

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The Cork 1794

The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

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