Fun Fall Events in Hershey, PA: Hersheypark in the Dark, Wine & Food Festival and More!

Friday, August 9, 2019
Don’t be sad that summer is ending! There are new adventures to discover at The Sweetest Place on Earth! There's still plenty to look forward to in Hershey, PA. Take a look at this fun line-up and make some plans for a sweet escape.


Disclosure: I am a proud member of the Hershey's Sweetest Families panel, which enables me to bring you info and posts all about Hersheypark and Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Properties. Some of the information in this post came directly from press releases. You can read all of my Hershey posts here.


Hersheypark - September

That’s right, the Summer Season still runs select dates through September (The Boardwalk at Hersheypark closes September 2nd). Check the Hersheypark calendar and plan a final summer getaway before the Fall Season really begins!


The Hotel Hershey Wine & Food Festival - September 

Not to be missed is The Hotel Hershey Wine & Food Festival. The Hotel Hershey's annual Wine & Food Festival returns for the 10th year Sept. 6-8, 2019.  New this year are a rosé tasting class and a guided tasting with the first female winemaker of the year.  Reservations are required for all events except the Grand Tasting and can be made by calling 717-534-8800. Additional information about The Hotel Hershey Wine & Food Festival weekend can be found at: http://www.hersheypa.com/things-to-do/dining/wine-food-fest.php

photo courtesy of Hotel Hershey

Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - September

What could be better than seeing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory right in Hershey, PA?  'Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' is coming to Hershey Theatre for eight performances September 10-15, 2019, with various showtimes. Here's a little bit about the show:  "Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is Hershey’s golden ticket, kicking off the Broadway season in the fall. Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory…to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to sweeten with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Experience the wonders of Wonka like never before—get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!" For more information, visit either www.HersheyEntertainment.com or www.CharlieOnBroadway.com.

photo courtesy Hershey Theatre

Hersheypark in the Dark - October

Hersheypark in the Dark begins October 18th! Check out your favorite rides and all 13 coasters, experience a chocolatey trick-or-treat adventure, go for a walk on the wild side at ZooAmerica, try some festive fall food, and so much more! Plus, exclusively for Hersheypark In The Dark, experience lights-out rides on Laff Trakk, Wildcat, Comet, and Lightning Racer® coasters.

 A trick-or-treat trail with 13 spooky stops will be set up for children 12 and under throughout Treatville Trick-or-Treat Trail in Hersheypark, ZooAmerica and Hershey Hallow. Costumes are welcomed but not required to receive a free treat bag. Live entertainment will include 'Screaming Mummies,' a band of misfit mummies performing throwback Halloween tunes; a Hershey Characters Glow Dance Party; and performances from 'Our Friends from the Sea' on select dates and times.
Festive food and beverage offerings, such as Pumpkin King Size Shakes, pumpkin funnel cakes and s’mores made with cookies and peanut butter cups, will be available for purchase



Disney on Ice Road Trip Adventures - October

Disney on Ice has an amazing new show coming to Hershey this October. It sounds like something for the whole family. Check out more info about the show here:

"Disney On Ice Road Trip Adventures is coming to Giant Center on October 17-20, 2019, for seven shows! Debuting this fall, Disney On Ice’s newest installment presented by industry leader Feld Entertainment Inc., will allow families to participate in an immersive road trip to create a multi-generational experience with stories brought to life through inventive, theatrical performances. 
While guests prepare to hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his friends for a high-octane ride, tour guides will engage and greet the audience for the adventure in store.  Families will become an integral part of the narrative no matter where they are sitting through a variety of participatory elements built into the production, such as in-audience dance moments, a show-stopping version of Road Trip Karaoke and Toy Story 4 carnival games that everyone in the audience plays.  Throughout it all, more than 50 guests will be placed at the center of the action on the ice when families are invited to ride in small groups in a specially-designed vehicle driven by Mickey Mouse or one of his pals, stopping at favorite Disney destinations, such as Motunui, the North Mountain and Metroville. Memorable characters will be introduced to the next generation, giving the audience magical elements that connect with everyone." For more information, visit
www.HersheyEntertainment.com or www.DisneyOnIce.com.

photo courtesy of Disney on Ice

Creatures of the Night at ZooAmerica - October

Beginning October 18th, bring your flashlight for a nighttime tour of Creatures Of The Night® attraction at ZooAmerica  (all included in your one-price admission to Hersheypark In The Dark).  This unique Halloween-themed experience is the only time of year ZooAmerica is open after dark. Separate admission is also available at the zoo’s off-street entrance.

photo courtesy of ZooAmerica

Pumpkin Glow at Hershey Gardens - October

Hershey Gardens is open year round and is fun no matter when you visit. But in the fall, they offer up some 'spooktacular' fun on Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.! Here's how Hershey Gardens explains the Pumpkin Glow:
"Hershey Gardens lights up the night with more than 200 carved, illuminated pumpkins on display throughout the Gardens’ pathway at the non-scary, family friendly, Halloween-themed event. Kids are encouraged to bring a flashlight and dress in costume. Trick-or-treaters can collect candy at eight stations along the pathway and enjoy themed jack-o-lantern displays. Live cartoon characters will also be greeting guests.  On October 25th and 26th only, celebrity pumpkin carver Danny Kissel will be onsite carving his fantastical, whimsical creations. Lebanon County Career & Technology Center students will be giving pumpkin carving demonstrations on all four nights, too!"  Pumpkin Glow is a special event requiring a ticket purchase. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance.

photo from Hershey Gardens Facebook page

Spooktacular Fun at Hershey Story Museum - October

Visitors can learn about the history of chocolate and chocolate-making process at The Hershey Story, the Museum on Chocolate Avenue, during two chocolate lab classes in October. A purchased ticket is required and individuals must be at least 5 years old to enter the lab.
Halloween-Themed Chocolate Lab Classes will be offered daily in October. The classes include 'Chocolate Cobweb Creations' and 'Build a Batty Bar.' 'Spooky Bark' Chocolate Lab Class will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays in October at 2:30 p.m. Class participants will mold their own milk chocolate bar and top it off with a variety of Halloween candy pieces. Yummy!


Hershey's Chocolate World - Sept/Oct/Nov

Hershey's Chocolate World is open year round, but one of the best times to visit is during the Fall! Be sure to check out their Flavors of Fall Fest (running select dates from September through November during operating hours). Guests can try limited edition sweet and savory dishes from Hershey’s Kitchens. There's also a Trick-or-Treat Adventure (Oct. 18th-20th, Oct. 25th-27th and Nov. 1st-3rd at select times). During this fun adventure, children 12 and under can enjoy a treat at three trick-or-treating stops in Hershey Hallow at Hershey’s Chocolate World (with additional stops in Treatville inside Hersheypark with paid admission). Then there's the Trick-or-Treat Trolley (offered select dates and times in October and November). The Hershey Trolley Works’ Trick-or-Treat Trolley returns with limited edition tours that features Milton Hershey’s life story in a fall-themed Trolley.


Autumn Relaxation with The Spa at The Hotel Hershey and Melt Spa 

After all of this Fall fun, you might need to relax a little! Both MeltSpa by Hershey and The Spa At The Hotel Hershey will offer pumpkin collections to match the feel of the season. Individual treatments as well as packages are available.

photo from Melt Spa Facebook page

So many fun options this Fall! Which sweet event will you be a part of? How about all of them? 😊

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