5 Fall Festivals to Celebrate the Season!

Here I am at the Circleville Pumpkin Show in 2014, checking out the 'Largest Pumpkin' winners!

Hey there, Gadabout Kelly here to wish you all a very Happy Labor Day!

The 1st Monday in September is usually thought of as the ‘unofficial’ start of the fall season ~ the kids are back-to-school, temperatures will (hopefully) start turning cooler soon and many of us are looking forward to beautiful fall leaves and pumpkin spice EVERYthing!

With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of 5 fall festivals held across the United States that I think would be fun to visit this season. From pumpkins to apples...and cranberries to leaf-watching via riverboat…there's something festive on this list for everyone who truly enjoys celebrating autumn’s arrival.

1. The Circleville Pumpkin Show

Where: Circleville, Ohio

When: October 17-20, 2018

What to expect: I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio AND I love everything pumpkin (my birthday is in September, and as a young girl...I always asked for a pumpkin pie instead of a birthday cake!). Clearly, I would be a BIG fan of this yearly pumpkin extravaganza SO close-to-home! With more than 10,000 pounds of pumpkins, gourds and squash…and yummy pumpkin treats of ALL varieties (Helloooo Pumpkin Burger!), this festival is for every pumpkin-lover and fall fan. A 1,400 pound pumpkin? How does that even happen???

For more information: Circleville Pumpkin Show

2. National Apple Harvest Festival

Where: Arendtsville, Pennsylvania 

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

What to expect: This festival is located in the heart of Pennsylvania Apple country, just a few miles from historic Gettysburg. It sounds perfect for anyone who loves apple picking season (I do, I do!!). Special attractions include the Apple Auditorium, antique cars, steam engine displays, orchard tours and much more! You know what they say about ‘an apple a day’? Let’s go!

For more information: National Apple Harvest Festival

3. Autumn at the Arboretum

Where: Dallas, Texas

When: September 22-November 21, 2018

What to expect: Oh my goodness, my fall-colored pumpkin dreams come to life! The highlight of this 2 month-long event is their internationally-acclaimed Pumpkin Village, featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds. What?! The Arboretum has been named “One of the World’s 15 Most Breathtaking Gardens” by Architectural Digest. I’m guessing photos do not do this festival justice, as it also features 4,500 fall mums along with 150,000 more beautiful fall blooming plants. Wowza! I think I might just move right in!

For more information: Autumn At The Arboretum

4. Warrens Cranberry Festival

Where: Warrens, Wisconsin 

When: September 28-30, 2018

What to expect: This is the 46th year for the ‘world's largest cranberry fest’. The event has grown from a small community festival to a truly international event with more than 140,000 visitors each year. In addition to seasonal treats (deep-fried cranberries on a stick...YUM!), contests, shopping and a huge parade on the final day…interested visitors can tour a working cranberry marsh and learn the history of cranberry production. I definitely want to stand in the middle of a cranberry bog, don't you??

For more information: Warrens Cranberry Festival

5. The Color Cruise & Island Festival

Where: Grand Ledge, Michigan

When: October 12-14, 2018

What to expect: This three day festival is held at Island Park in downtown Grand Ledge. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful fall colors of the area’s towering hardwood trees via riverboat, canoe, horse and wagon, bicycle or air. In addition to activities such as cider pressing, pumpkin painting, live music and a petting zoo ~ rock climbers come from across the country to conquer the historic 60-foot sandstone ledges. I’ll stick with the riverboat ride, thank you very much!

For more information: Color Cruise & Island Festival

As you can imagine, these 5 festivals merely scratch the surface of all the fun events and excursions available around the country this fall season. You can literally close your eyes and just point to a spot on the US map and you’ll most likely be able to find a fun festival to attend and explore. Enjoy the season, I hope you all have fun deciding where to go!

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