October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 2019
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About the Festival
Ready, Set, October
You’ll find as many things to do in Jim Thorpe this month as there’ll be leaves in the wind.
Jim Thorpe’s annual Fall Foliage Festival showcases the town in all of Mother Nature’s splendor. This year’s celebration, sponsored by the Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency (JTTA), will be held October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20.
Nestled in the breathtaking Lehigh Gorge, the town’s unique setting makes it one of the best spots in the country to view the Technicolor landscape from a variety of vantage points.
Brightly colored trees from Flagstaff, Mt. Pisgah and Bear Mountain surround you, whether you’re shopping the walkable downtown’s close to 50 shops and galleries, taking in a concert on one of four stages around the historic district – new location this year is the beautiful Race Street Park, enjoying live entertainment from coal cracker and rock and roll to belly dancing, more than 30 artisans and crafters, a variety of food trucks and lots of family fun.
Train rides on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway are always a favorite of festival goers, with special autumn leaf excursions from Reading this year. In fact, Smarter Travel named the Reading Northern Blue Mountain and Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway last year among the top 5 fall foliage train rides in the US. The 45-minute scenic tours through the Lehigh Gorge will operate daily all month long.
Once the sun goes down, dinner at one of Jim Thorpe’s fab restaurants and pubs will get you ready for a concert at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.
Ghost stories always seem a little spookier in October and there’s no better place for them than Jim Thorpe. The Victorian architecture can take on a decidedly spookier turn after dark when you learn about the spectral spirits that inhabit the town on an Old Mauch Chunk Ghost Walk sponsored by the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club. Tickets: Adults: $12. Children: 7-12; $6. For reservations and more information, call 484 629-3698 or click here.
While the Old Jail is always an interesting place to explore, Halloween ghost tours are extra fun. Not a haunted house attraction but definitely haunted, be sure to check out the mysterious handprint left by a Molly Maguire hanged from the prison’s gallows. Tickets: Adults - $15; Students 7th through 12th grade - $10. For more information, visit www.theoldjailmuseum.com/ghosts.html
Please note: parking in the county lot by the train station, 1 Susquehanna St., fills quickly, however, additional parking with a shuttle service can be found at Mauch Chunk Lake Park, 625 Lentz Trail. Parking $15/vehicle; VIP reserved parking is available at Sam Miller Field and Mauch Chunk Lake (both with free shuttle). For more information, or to purchase VIP parking visit www.jimthorpe.org/shuttle.
Fall color is expected to peak on or about October 24 this year, according to the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau Fall Foliage Forecast. If weekends don’t work for your schedule, consider visiting midweek when the town is less crowded and there is more availability for an overnight stay.
The festival is located throughout the Historic District of Jim Thorpe. Click here for directions.