Temperatures and leaves are falling, but there’s still plenty of activity and ways to enjoy the outdoors. Check out our list of 17 best things to do in the Lehigh Valley this fall. Many are outdoors and can be done at your own pace but give you the flavors and fun of the season. Make The Sayre Mansion your home base during an autumn getaway to the Lehigh Valley.
1. Autumn Hawk Watch
Through December 15, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton
There’s no better vantage point to see the changing leaves and soaring raptors. An average of 18,000 birds of prey will fly over North Lookout. Visitors can hike to this 1,500-foot rock outcropping on the Kittatinny Ridge.
2. Fall Festival
Through November 1, Grim’s Orchard & Family Farms, Breinigsville
If you only have time for one fall fun experience, a visit to Grim’s Orchard and Family Farms should check everything off your list. You can take a hayride, savor apple cider slushies, get lost in the corn maze, visit the pumpkin patch and make a selection and pick your own apples.
3. Bricklive Ocean Outdoor Exhibition
Through November 1, Da Vinci Science Center, Allentown
An event as big as the outdoors. See 25 life-size sculptures of marine life. The exhibits made entirely of interlocking construction toy bricks feature sharks, dolphins, seals and sea lions among other aquatic animals.
4. Doing Democracy: Photography from the George Stephanopoulos Collection
Through December 4, Lehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem
Schedule a private viewing of diverse photographs from the collection of ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. The exhibit includes works by noted photographers of the 20th and 21st century and features world leaders, members of the media, politicians and civil rights leaders.
Through November 29, Steelstacks, Bethlehem
Continuing a Bethlehem tradition, the event moves entirely outdoors with over 80 artists and artisans spread out on the Steelstacks campus. Visitors will also find plenty of food and a festive atmosphere. Now in its 28th year, Christkindlmarkt was named one of the top holiday markets in the world by Travel and Leisure.
October 17, Lehigh Valley IronPigs Baseball, Allentown
Get your fix of German-style food, fall favorites in craft brews, live music and more.
7. 42nd Annual Art & Crafts Festival
October 17, Moravian Historical Society, Nazareth
The lawn of the historic Whitefield House turns into an outdoor marketplace hosting a variety of artisans, musical entertainment and free children’s activities.
8. Autumn Splendor Fall Foliage Train Excursions
Through November 8, Coalbrookdale Railroad, Boyertown
Take a scenic two-hour trip aboard The Secret Valley Explorer. Enjoy leaf peeping with autumn snacks and cider on board.
9. Boo at The Zoo
Weekends through October 31, Lehigh Valley Zoo, Schnecksville
Go in costume to enjoy candy and treat stations, pumpkin painting, costumes and more.
10. Kids on the Canal Fall Festival
October 17, National Canal Museum, Easton
Fun with a fall theme. Art activities, pumpkin decorating, games and a leaf identifying scavenger hunt all take place in Hugh Moore Historical Park.
11. Cemetery Tour: Death & Dying
Weekends through October 31, Historic Bethlehem Museum & Sites, Bethlehem
Stroll through God’s Acre to learn about the area’s earliest citizens, funeral traditions and the origins of local names.
12. History Walk
October 18, Hugh Moore Park, Easton
Find out about the people, places and industry that helped establish the area on a one-hour guided tour.
13. Historic Easton Walking Tour
Recurring through December 12, Sigal Museum, Easton
Join a guided 45-minute walking tour through downtown Easton to journey through the town’s evolution from its Native American roots to colonial beginnings, Victorian heyday and urban development.
14. 18th Century Market Faire & Rendezvous
October 24-25, Jacobsburg Historical Society, Nazareth
Visit a living history encampment representing many periods in American history. Enjoy demonstrations of early American arts and crafts, archery, blacksmithing and more.
15. 2020 Road Ramble
October 24, Berks History Center, Reading
Hit the road on a self-guided 45-mile driving tour through Centre Park, Reading, West Reading and Northern Berks County. The official Road Ramble Packet includes Narration Guide, a Navigator’s Guide, information on contests, instructions for using the BHC Road Ramble App, a narrative CD and Berks History Center 2020 Road Ramble Participant bumper sticker.
16. East Penn Rocktoberfest
October 24, Macungie Memorial Park, Macungie
See how they rock ‘n roll in the Lehigh Valley. Rocktoberfest festivities include vendors, live music and activities.
17. PA Bacon Fest
November 7-8, Downtown Easton
Get ready for bacon galore. BaconFest may be modified this year but expect a bevvy of foods incorporating bacon.
Stay at The Sayre Mansion
After a day exploring, come back and experience a Lehigh Valley landmark. Immerse yourself in the opulence of yesteryear and comforts of today. Each guest room is unique, giving guests a stay that’s distinct. Check out availability and book an autumn getaway to the Lehigh Valley.