What’s not to love about fall? The wind is breezier, trees are more colorful and leaves crackle underfoot. And sweet smells permeate the air with pumpkin, cinnamon, and apple. So, it isn’t any wonder why there are dozens of fall harvest festivals all over the states.
In this post, you will find our favorites which includes nothing but pumpkin picking and pecan tasting good fun!
Trailing the Sheep Festival (Sun Valley, Ketchum, and Hailey, Idaho)
October 6-10, 2021
It’s exactly like the name says. Visitors will watch thousands of sheep flood the streets as they are rerouted to their new pastures. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Enjoy wool workshops and farm-to-table dinners.
Scarecrow Festival (St. Charles, Illinois)
October 8-10, 2021
You could while away the hours, conferrin’ with the flowers… or you could head to this 33rd annual festival and pick your favorite hand-crafted Scarecrow on the lot. All while listening to live music, joining in on crafts, and riding carnival rides.
The Pumpkin Show (Circleville, Ohio)
October 20-23, 2021
With a name like the “Pumpkin Show”, visitors wouldn’t expect anything less than 10,000 pounds of pumpkins and gourds decorating the streets. Circleville delivers that and more, including punpkin parades and delicious fall time treats.
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Celebrate Ohio’s German heritage with the largest Oktoberfest celebration in all of the United States. Drink beer, do the polka on the dance floor and then fill your bellies with brats, sauerkraut, and German potato salad.
Autumn at the Arboretum (Dallas, Texas)
Until October 31, 2021
If you’re wondering what 90,000 pumpkins look like gathered all in one place, then you need to see this village in Dallas, where there isn’t just pumpkin patches but also pumpkin houses, and plenty of fun for the whole family.
Harvest on the Harbor (Portland, Maine)
November 5-6, 2021
Sea-foodies gather ’round for this four-day crab-cracking, lobster-smackin’ festival with plenty of beer and wine for all.
North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival (Whiteville, North Carolina)
November 5-6, 2021
Get your pecan pie on at one of the top pecan producers in the entire state at this 27th annual event. Kids can even enter a pecan cooking contest.
Originally posted October 2018. Edited September 2021