If it is the fall, it is time for The Bloomsburg PA Covered Bridge and Arts Festival! What is more beautiful than the sight of iconic covered bridges spanning waterways with glorious colored leaves overhead and underfoot? This festival, celebrating its 40th year, has been named one of the top “50 Arts and Crafts Festivals in the United States” by Sunshine Artist Magazine for numerous years in succession. Here’s what to expect this year:
Date, Time & Location
Thursday – Saturday, October 6 – 8, 10am – 6pm
Sunday, October 9, 10am – 5pm
Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, 620 W 3rd St, Bloomsburg
The Fairgrounds offer free parking, free general admission, and tram service to and from the parking lot. For parking, plan to enter from the main entrance off State Rte 11 via McClure Blvd (Gate 3) or from the town-side parking lot entrance off 5th St (Gate 6).
Arts & Crafts
Featuring more than 320 craft vendors and 38 food vendors, there is something for everyone! Some of the arts and crafts items available include: turned and carved wood, glass prints, sewn and woven textiles, jewelry, photography, paintings, pottery, and new or repurposed primitives. You are sure to find decor for every season and gifts for everyone on your list.
Covered Bridge Fine Arts Section
New for 2022, you will find a fine arts section of the festival dedicated to live demonstrations. The artists have scheduled demos, some of which include hands-on participation. There are some classes suitable for children, such as mini-gourd ornaments, and egg blowing. The skills being shown include wildlife illustration, basket weaving, egg scratching, and fireplace brooms. A full schedule of demonstrations is available so that you can plan your day!
The stars of the show are, of course, the Covered Bridges. There are several guided bus tours to some of the 25 covered bridges in two adjoining counties. Please note that the buses are NOT handicapped accessible.
- Friday, October 8 at 10:30 am (already sold out!)
- Sunday, October 10 at 10:30 am
These tours sell out fast, so if you have your heart set on taking one, make sure you reserve your tickets in advance. The cost is $30 per person for a three-hour tour, and tickets are available by calling 570-784-8279 and prepaying. Tickets may be picked up at the CMVB booth at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Refunds for cancellation must be made at least a week in advance, or due to illness or emergency.
Self-Guided Covered Bridge Tours
If you don’t want to take the bus tour of the covered bridges but still want to see them, then take a self-guided tour. The Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau has prepared a map with suggested driving routes, locations, and the history behind each covered bridge. Here are three ways to get a map:
- Pick up a copy at the Visitor’s Bureau at 121 Papermill Rd. in Bloomsburg, or at the information booth, across from the Education Building at the Fairgrounds.
- Download a copy to print at home
- Request a copy to be mailed to you.
You can choose which of the 25 covered bridges you would like to see, and enjoy the beautiful countryside and fall foliage along the way. Stop and buy a locally-grown pumpkin or some apples to take home!
You will be able to choose from 3 dozen vendors while visiting the festival, so there is sure to be something for everyone’s taste. The varieties include Amish Donuts, Acornley’s Chicken Cheesesteak, Crabby Larry’s Seafood, Lunger’s Pork Pit, Scott and Glenda’s Homemade Ice Cream, T&L Pierogies, Vance’s Apple Dumplings, and Fork’s Fired Vegetables. See what we mean?
Additional Fun Festival Activities
- To pick up all of your favorite fall produce, including apples, gourds, and pumpkins, the Bloomsburg Farmers Market will be available in front of the Fairgrounds in the Big Country Building on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm.
- For the adults, there will be wine tasting in the Farm Museum Building, and Hazard’s Distillery will offer tastings on 10th St.
- For the kids, there will be a petting zoo over the weekend.
- Limited edition covered bridge puzzles and Christmas ornaments (great holiday gifts) will be for sale at the Information Booth near the Gate 3 entrance.
Because the Festival attracts over 150,000 people, make sure you plan your visit in advance by reserving early! Book a room with us at the Inn at Turkey Hill. We are conveniently located less than 4 miles from the Fairgrounds.
What a glorious way to spend a fall day! Take a half-day tour and spend the rest of the day browsing through the craft vendors at the Fairgrounds! Then, return to your well-appointed room at the Inn at Turkey Hill and dream of moonlight shining through a covered bridge.