Gettysburg National Apple Harvest Festival
Published October 2, 2019
When it comes to the fall season, there’s no better place to get caught up in vibrant color, brisk weather, and a remarkably ridiculous abundance of apples than Gettysburg, PA.
Wait, did you say apples… in Gettysburg?
Yes, it’s true! Adams County is currently the 4th largest producer of apples in the United States. Because of our affinity for apples, Gettysburg has become the home of the annual National Apple Harvest Festival.
The average American eats 17 pounds of apples a year, so it is no surprise that apples have become one of America’s most revered fruits and thus, deserving of their very own national festival!
Now in its 55th year, the National Apple Harvest Festival is held during the first two full weekends in October here in Gettysburg. The festival is the premier event of autumn in Pennsylvania. For more than 50 years, the festival has truly become a tradition of classic Americana.
Festival favorites – such as apple art, apple pie, apple pancakes, and apple cider only scratch the surface of what’s available at this massive apple festival. There are also orchard tours and appearances by the Pennsylvania Apple Queen. Adams County has created a true showcase to display its apple bounty for apple lovers from far and wide.
More Than Apples
This year, the festival features more than 300 arts and crafts vendors, an antique car show, informational displays, food booths, chainsaw carvings, pony rides, and puppet shows! Regardless of your interests, this festival is an apple-picking good time for everyone.
The National Apple Harvest Festival is located at the South Mountain Fairgrounds, just 10 miles northwest of the Gettysburg Hotel. The event is held outdoors rain or shine.
We’re offering a lot more than just your standard old trip to the orchard, so why not visit Gettysburg and see for yourself!