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Celebrating the Great Pumpkin!

October 18, 2013 - Jim Price
Outdoor fall festivals in the region are starting to dwindle for another year as temperatures turn colder, but at least one festival event will provide some outdoor entertainment this weekend.

Hollidaysburg’s 8th annual Pumpkin Festival takes place on Saturday along Allegheny Street in downtown Hollidaysburg, featuring activities for all ages, pumpkin-based foods, and live musical and other entertainment. The festival begins at 10 a.m., and will feature entertainment both at the Diamond and Courthouse stages. Admission is free, and free hayride “shuttles” will run between the Hollidaysburg YMCA and the festival.

If you prefer a roadtrip this weekend, the annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival will take place at various locations throughout McConnellsburg and other locations in Fulton County. The festival will feature a parade on Saturday, exhibits, food and refreshments, lots of activities for all ages, and live entertainment.

For fans of harder rock, the annual Moorefest memorial benefit concert happens Saturday evening at Windber Recreation Park beginning at 6 p.m. The event celebrates the memory of Josh Moore, and will raise proceeds for the Josh Moore Fulfilling Your Dreams Memorial Fund. Performing will be the bands Grip, Paragon, Day Well Spent, Inside Out, Pivot and Driveline. Donation at the gate is $10 per person. Food and refreshments will be available.

Indoors, one of Baltimore’s top rising modern rock bands makes its Altoona debut on Friday night. Rebel, Inc. will perform at Aldo’s, with special local guests Hate Grenade and Klockwick. The show begins at 10 p.m.

Whether you prefer outdoor or indoor, support live music this weekend and upcoming week! And if you plan to celebrate heavily while doing so, please designate a driver or call a cab!

Here is a full listing for live music on area stages this weekend and the coming week:


Born and the Beanstalk at Celtic Knot, Bellwood (starts 7 p.m.)

Rebel Inc., Hate Grenade and Klockwick at Aldo’s, Altoona

Flight 19 at 4Ds Lounge, Altoona

Locked and Loaded at Heidelberg Club, Altoona

Dunnings Creek at Salsa's Mexican Grill, Bedford (starts 6:30 p.m.)


Pumpkin Festival, Hollidaysburg; featuring the Backyard Rockers (10:30 a.m.,) Born and the Beanstalk (1:30 p.m.), Dan & Galla (2:45 p.m.), Pat McGinnis & Chuck Knepper (3 p.m.)


Moorefest at Windber Recreation Park, Windber; featuring Grip, Paragon, Day Well Spent, Inside Out, Pivot and Driveline (starts 6 p.m.; $10 donation, proceeds benefit Josh Moore Fulfilling Your Dreams Memorial Fund)

Ron Russell at Urie’s Rib Shack, Tyrone (starts 6 p.m.)

The Boomers at Family Pizza, Altoona

7th Gear at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

The Syrins at Zach’s, Altoona

R2B2 at 4Ds Lounge, Altoona

Hair Force One at 30 Something, Altoona

PennSoulVania (hip-hop artists) at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Second Edition at Newburg Firehall, Altoona

Flight 19 at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

Borrowed Time at Williamsburg American Legion, Williamsburg

The Sitch at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg

Born and the Beanstalk at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Emberstitch at Magoo’s, Cresson

Punk Fiction at Jay’s Place, Ebensburg

Billy & the Regulators at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

Fail at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Force of Habit at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon


Strait & Miller at Captain Jack Lion’s Club, Mill Creek (Community Cares: Benefit for the Boyd’s, starts 2 p.m.)


Left for Dead at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


All ages show at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., bands to be announced)


Ty Ayers (acoustic) at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona


Jack and the Country Gentlemen at Clair’s Ashville Inn, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)

Wertz & Pletcher at 4D’s Lounge (upstairs), Altoona

Open Mic/Jam Night at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)


Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

(More shows may be added to this list as information becomes available. Feel free to check back.)

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Rebel, Inc., performing at The Arena in State College in January, 2012. The Baltimore-based modern rock band makes their Altoona debut Friday night at Aldo's, with guests Hate Grenade and Klockwick.