Road Trip like a Local



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Road Trip anyone?

Looking for road trip ideas? Think Pennsylvania's Americana Region! Fall is an ideal time to visit Reading and Berks County. Just ask the locals. In fall, our outstanding outdoor offerings come complete with a spectacular backdrop of rich autumn hues. As if that isn’t enough, weekends rock with seasonal activities like harvest festivals, musical events, and leaf peeping excursions. Sound interesting? We think so too. Pack a bag, take a quick ride, and experience fall in Pennsylvania's Americana Region, where all roads lead to fun!

Eat local! Shop local! Adventure is Calling

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September 1 - 25

Apple Picking
M-F 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat-Sun 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Rodale Institute

September 16, 17 & 18

Building a Better Boyertown’s Oktoberfest
Thurs: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Fri: 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am-9:00 pm
Boyertown, PA

 

September 16, 17 & 18

74th Annual Oley Valley Community Fair
Thurs & Fri: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
Oley Valley Fairgrounds

September 18

West Reading Fall Festival 
11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Penn Ave, West Reading

September 19

Berks Fiddle Fest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Bear Creek Mountain Resort

September 30 - October 3

Reading Liederkranz Oktoberfest
Wed & Thurs: 5 – 10 pm
Fri: 5 – 11 pm
Sat: 11 am – 10 pm
Sun: 11 am – 5 pm
Reading Liederkranz

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Fest Local

Fall in Pennsylvania’s Americana Regions feels like a non-stop celebration.There are community happenings like the 74th Annual Oley Valley Fair, an old-fashion event, complete with tractor pulls, must-have french fries, midway rides and blue-ribbon competions. Not to be outdone by their country cousin, our Main Streets invite you to attend Boyertown’s Oktoberfest, West Reading’s Fall Festival, and new this year, Kutztown’s mini Folk Festival. And the PA German Heritage Center’s Heemet Fescht and Reading Liederkranz Oktoberfest are all about our local traditions and culture.

Some of our the autumn’s annual events celebrate the arts like Reading Fiddle Fest, Reading Film Fest, Reading Blues Fest, and Holiday Fine Arts and Craft Festival. Renninger’s Antiques Extravaganza, local craft fairs, the Guts & Glory Digestive & Wellness Expo, and this year’s I-105 Fall Fest Country Music Festival round out a busy season of happenings sure to keep everyone happy.

Eat Local

Warning! Road trips to Pennsylvania’s Americana Region tend to have a “braking” effect on drivers. It’s nearly impossible to pass a roadside stand or farmers’ markets without stopping to stock up on harvest offerings, seasonal flowers, and a pumpkin or two. It’s also a great time to stop at delicious food-themed festivals, and local eateries to sample cool weather additions to their menus.

Beer lovers, ’tis the season for Oktoberfests, and Pennsylvania’s Americana Region has some of the best. Local breweries and pubs welcome the opportunity to show off their craft beers and ales at annual fall gatherings. As for vintners, their wine pairings and seasonally themed sampling events offer the perfect opportunity to try locally grown wines. Make no mistake, great food and drink happen here!

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Adventure is Calling

How do you like to spend time outdoors? Hiking, biking, disc golfing, boating, birdwatching? Berks County’s location and geography make for a quick road trip to exceptional outdoor resources.

Did you know that we are home to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the Schuylkill River Trail, Blue Marsh Lake, Nolde Forest, French Creek State Park, and the Greater Reading Trail System (GRTS), an IMBA bronze-level ride center. Plus there are many more outdoor recreation areas across Berks County for you, your family, and your friends to use.

Interestingly, many of our region’s best loved outdoor rec spots are historic sites, or sit close to museums and points of interest. Runners and cyclists on the Union Canal Towpath Trail pass the Berks County Heritage Center which encompasses multiple historic places like Wertz’s Covered Bridge, Gruber Wagon Works and Epler’s School House. French Creek shares trails with Hopewell Furnace Natural Historic Site, and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary dates back to 1938 when it became the first refuge for birds of prey.

Our advice to adventure-loving travelers is, come prepared! Be sure to bring gear for action-packed days in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region.