25 of the Best Fall Festivals Taking Place Across America​

Make the most of the season with one of these fall and harvest festivals.

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We rounded up the best autumn-inspired events happening across America that celebrate local foods, traditions, and cultures. Whether you’re planning a leaf peeping trip, last-minute vacation, or want to stay close to home these fall festivals will inspire a special day out with friends or family.

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1 Duluth Fall Festival
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When: September 29-30, 2018

What to expect: Established to promote fellowship and raise funds for their historic community, the Duluth Fall Festival is a town-wide celebration. Get ready for concerts, carnival rides, parades, plenty of shopping—and the real star of the show—the local fare.

For more information, visit .

2 Ellicottville Fall Festival
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Where:

When: October 6-7, 2018

What to expect: Timed perfectly to western New York’s peak foliage, this festival, which also features food, live entertainment, and carnival rides, is the perfect excuse to get outdoors and take in the autumnal vistas.

For more information, visit .

3 Sever’s Corn Maze and Fall Festival
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Where:

When: September 7-October 28, 2018

What to expect: Bring the whole family to this annual event to see incredible pumpkin sculptures and art installations, live music, and their 2018 “Under the Sea corn maze.

For more information, visit .

RELATED: The Best Corn Mazes Across America

4 Leavenworth Oktoberfest
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Where:

When: October 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20, 2018

What to expect: Throughout the month of October, this quaint, Bavarian-style small town in Washington offers Oktoberfest activities, food, and live music in tents and outdoor spaces around town.

For more information, visit .

5 New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival
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Where:

When: October 12-13, 2018

What to expect: This epic weekend typically attracts 40,000+ visitors who come for the live music, beer garden, kid-friendly activities, and iconic jack-o'-lantern tower.

For more information, visit .

RELATED: The Best Pumpkin Farms to Visit This Fall

6 Breckenridge Oktoberfest
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Where:

When: September 7-9, 2018

What to expect: A Munich-style street party in the mountains complete with "oompah" dancers, schnitzel, and traditional polka music.

For more information, visit .

7 Circleville Pumpkin Show
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Where:

When: October 17-20, 2018

What to expect: Parades and delicious fall treats. Plus, more than 10,000 pounds of pumpkins, squash, and gourds beautifying the streets!

For more information, visit .

8 Ikaroo Fair
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What to expect: Our Ikaroo Fair continues this fall in two great locations featuring local vendors (like shown here), seminars and demonstrations, delicious food, and a chance to meet our editors.

Where:

When: September 14-16, 2018, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day

For more information, visit countryliving.com.

Where:

When: October 26-28, 2018, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily.

For more information, visit countryliving.com.

9 Trailing of the Sheep Festival
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When: October 10-14, 2018

What to expect: This town has turned its annual relocation of livestock from the mountains to their winter pasture into a reason to celebrate. Watch on as the streets fill with sheep!

For more information, visit .

10 Adirondack Balloon Festival
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Where:

When: September 20-23, 2018

What to expect: Ride in a hot air balloon, or watch from below as bright colors light up the Adirondacks.

For more information, visit .

11 Cranberry Harvest Fest
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Where:

When: October 6-7, 2018

What to expect: A bright and colorful harvest on display, helicopter rides or tours of the surrounding bogs, cooking demonstrations, a farmers' market, and activities for the whole family.

For more information, visit .

12 Autumn at the Arboretum
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Where:

When: September 22-October 31, 2018

What to expect: The highlight of this ongoing event is the pumpkin village, made out of 75,000 pumpkins, squash, and gourds.

For more information, visit .

13 Madison County Covered Bridge Festival
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Where:

When: October 14-15, 2018

What to expect: Celebrate the cultural heritage of Madison County's six covered bridges—five of which are on the National Register of Historic Places—with a parade, games, and entertainment.

For more information, visit .

14 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
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Where:

When: October 6-7, 2018

What to expect: Award-winning wines, winery competitions, cow-milking contests, and best of all, the World Championship Grape Stomp, where participants of all ages can join in.

For more information, visit .

15 Scarecrow Festival
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Where:

When: October 5-7, 2018

What to expect: Vote for your favorite hand-crafted scarecrow while enjoying live music, a crafts show, carnival, and petting zoo.

For more information, visit .

16 North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival
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Where:

When: October 26-November 3, 2018

What to expect: Parades, musical entertaining, and house tours abound in the town known as one of the top pecan producers in the state.

For more information, visit .

RELATED: Pecan Pie Recipes That Will Blow Your Taste Buds Away

17 Kona Coffee Cultural Fest
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Where:

When: November 9-18, 2018

What to expect: The oldest food festival in Hawaii celebrates the state's coffee pioneers, farmers, and artisans with farm tours, art shows, and a coffee cupping competition.

For more information, visit .

18 Hood River Valley Harvest Fest
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Where:

When: October 12-14, 2018

What to expect: Seasonal food, local arts, live music, and family-friendly activities.

For more information, visit .

19 Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
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Where:

When: September 21-23, 2018

What to expect: Experience southwest Ohio's rich German heritage with authentic food, music, and beer at the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the U.S.

For more information, visit .

20 National Apple Harvest Festival
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Where:

When: October 6-7 and 13-14, 2018

What to expect: This festival is a total dream come true for anyone who loves apple picking season.

For more information, visit .

RELATED: Absolutely Delicious Apple Desserts

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22 Warrens Cranberry Festival
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Where:

When: September 28-30, 2018

What to expect: The world's largest cranberry fest has become an international event with over 100,000 yearly visitors, thanks to marsh tours, local shopping, contests, seasonal treats and a parade.

For more information, visit .

23 Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello
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Where:

When: September 22, 2018

What to expect: Garden tours, fruit and vegetable tastings, and gardening lessons to celebrate Thomas Jefferson's legacy as America's "first foodie."

For more information, visit .

24 Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival
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When: September 30, 2018

What to expect: Three rounds of competitive "pumpkin chucking" where people of all ages launch pumpkins as far as they can using trebuchets.

For more information, visit .

25 Fall for Greenville
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Where:

When: October 12-14, 2018

What to expect: A selection of dishes from over 40 of Greenville's restaurants, which can be enjoyed while listening to live music.

For more information, visit .

26 Acadia Night Sky Festival
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Where:

When: September 5-9, 2018

What to expect: Ever look up at night in search of stars? This unique festival celebrates the park's starry night skies with events such as kayaking tours and photography workshops.

For more information, visit .

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