The cooler weather finally reached our area this week. With fall in the air, I started thinking of all the fun activities there are to do in the fall season.

My friend texted me from Florida the other day that she was at a fall festival and it was a hot and humid 85 degrees. Being from the Northeast, that seemed odd to me as I’m so used to attending fall festivals in cool temps sometimes in the 50’s and 60’s! But, all over the country, no matter what the weather, you’ll find lots of events going on!

What are some of your favorite things to do in the fall season? Let me know in the comments section below, I would love to hear about the activities and events in your area!

Fall Activities

The fall season has something for everyone! So, why not make the most of the cool temperatures. There’s no shortage of fun activities to try — both indoors and outdoors. Here are just some of a long list of fun activities shared by

– Take a scenic train ride
– Attend a fall festival
– Go apple and pumpkin picking
– Carve a pumpkin
– Make caramel apples
– Indulge in pumpkin spice
– Tailgate at a football game
– Go on a bike ride
– Enjoy the fall foliage
– Get lost in a corn maze
– Go on a hayride
– Bake a pumpkin pie
– Go to a Farmer’s Market
– Go on a hike

Fall Festivals

Fall is a season of festivals; apple festivals, pumpkin festivals, harvest festivals, Oktoberfests, and more – all around the country.

No matter where you are in the U.S., there will be celebrations going on. Here’s a list from Travel & Leisure of some of the best fall festivals in all 50 states (plus Washington, D.C.). Please note: some of these events may have already taken place.

Alabama – Cullman Octoberfest
Alaska – Alaska Day Festiva
Arizona – Arizona Fall Fest
Arkansas – Timberfest
California – Avofest
Colorado – Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival
Connecticut – Connecticut Garlic and Harvest Festival
Delaware – Sea Witch Festival
Florida – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Georgia – Scarecrow Harvest
Hawaii – Aloha Festival
Idaho – Trailing of the Sheep Festival
Illinois – Halloween Parade and Festival
Indiana – Festival of Turning Leaves
Iowa – Scenic Drive Festival
Kansas – Rose Hill’s Annual Fall Festival
Kentucky – World Chicken Festival
Lousiana – International Rice Festival
Maine – Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta
Maryland – Sunfest
Massachusetts – The Big E (Eastern States Exposition)
Michigan – Yates Cider Mill
Minnesota – Minnesota Renaissance Festival
Mississippi – Cleveland’s Octoberfest (Cleveland, MI)
Missouri – National Harvest Festival
Montana – Montana Brewers Fall Rendezvous
Nebraska – AppleJack Festival
Nevada – RiSE Lantern Festival
New Hampshire – New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival
New Jersey – Great Pumpkin Festival
New Mexico – Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
New York – Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze
North Carolina – North Carolina Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival
North Dakota – Norsk Høstfest
Ohio – Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow
Oklahoma – Tulsa Oktoberfest
Oregon – Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival
Pennsylvania – Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival
Rhode Island – Ocean State Oyster Fest

South Carolina – Pecan Festival
South Dakota – Oktoberfest Express
Tennessee – Unicoi County Apple Festival
Texas – State Fair of Texas
Utah – Harvest Moon Celebration
Vermont – Autumn on the Green
Virginia – Graves Mountain Resort Apple Harvest Festival
Washington – Autumn Leaf Festival
Washington, DC – Snallygaster D.C.
West Virginia – West Virginia Pumpkin Festival
Wisconsin – Bayfield Apple Festival
Wyoming – Casper’s Oktoberfest

Panel members: Please don’t forget to scan any items you purchase at festivals, fairs, or farmer’s markets. If there isn’t a barcode for you to scan, please check the Non-Barcoded Items list in the NCPMobile app (or the Barcode Reference Booklet if you use NCP’s handheld scanner) to see if what you purchased is listed there so you can report the purchase. Thank you!

Don’t “leaf” the fall season behind. Get out and enjoy it!


A scarecrow is sitting on a pile of pumpkins at a pumpkin patch.

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