What’s not to love about fall? The air is breezier, trees are more colorful and leaves crackle underfoot. Fires begin blazing, blankets become snugger, 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, pecan tasting, grape smashing, good fun!
Sonoma County Harvest Festival (Sonoma, California)
Lots of competitions and fun to be had at the Sonoma County Harvest Festival: winery contests, cow-milking contests, and even an annual grape stomping competition that kids and adults are encouraged to join.
Trailing the Sheep Festival (Sun Valley, Ketchum, and Hailey, Idaho)
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)
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.
Harvest on the Harbor (Portland, Maine)
Sea-foodies gather ’round for this four-day crab-cracking, lobster-smackin’ festival with plenty of beer and wine for all
Cranberry Harvest Celebration (Wareham, Massachusetts)
This bright and colorful harvest is quite a sight from the skies- and you can, on a helicopter ride. Afterward, join a tour and dry harvest your own cranberries to take to Thanksgiving this year. Your family will thank you.
Sever’s Corn Maze and Fall Festival (Shakopee, Minnesota)
Celebrate fall at the very first corn maze in the Midwest for its 22nd annual festival. There will be plenty of roasted corn, hayrides, pumpkin sculptures, and even pig races.
New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival (Laconia, New Hampshire)
With live bands, a 34-foot jack o’ lantern tower, beer garden, and some pumpkin bowling, it’s easy to see why over 400,000 people attend this event each year.
North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival (Whiteville, North Carolina)
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.
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.
The Pumpkin Show (Circleville, Ohio)
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.
National Apple Harvest Festival (Biglerville, Pennsylvania)
If you love all things made with apple, then you don’t want to be anywhere else other than the National Apple Harvest Festival. Take an orchard tour and pick a few apples for the road. Then go apple bobbing, or sample the best applesauce, apple cider and apple dumplings you’ve ever had. (EVER had)
Autumn at the Arboretum (Dallas, Texas)
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.