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Top 19 must-see autumn festivals in the USA

Top 19 autumn festivals in America that you need to add to your list of autumn travels, compiled by the publication Only in Your State.

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There is a reason everyone loves autumn, and not only because of the amazing vibrant fall foliage that colors the American landscape. Autumn means cooler temperatures and cozy sweaters, campfire nights and days on the pumpkin patch. And a weekend full of delightful and charming autumn festivals. These popular festivals take place across the country in the most joyful ways. Horse carts, corn mazes, barrel trains, classic games, live music and tons of pumpkin treats. Fall festivals are good old-fashioned fun and we all love and look forward to them every year. Over the next few weeks, autumn festivals will take place across the country, in the smallest and largest cities. When planning your fall wishlist, be sure to add some of the following festivals to it; these events truly demonstrate the autumn spirit that we all have here in America!

Fall Harvest on the Farm - Moorpark, California

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Fall Harvest on the Farm at Underwood Family Farms Is a classic autumn festival in sunny Southern California. Every fall, the farmers at this lovely farm at SoCal transform the sprawling 12 hectares into an autumn wonderland with wagon rides, pumpkin fields, adventure, themed weekend and holiday fun (two words: pig and horse racing!). This year's Fall Harvest on the Farm runs from September 25 to October 31.

Oktoberfest in Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth is one of the most beautiful places in Washington DC. Every holiday season, the entire city turns into a veritable wonderland, so it should come as no surprise that when September rolls around, the city will be decorated in the spirit of autumn. Leavenworth's Oktoberfest - a constant favorite in the state of Evergreen; this charming little Bavarian village does its best to host this annual event. Live music, delicious pancakes and sauerkraut, arts and crafts, family-friendly activities and a constant supply of quality beer ... once you visit the Oktoberfest in Leavenworth, you will understand why so many people return here year after year. After a hiatus in 2020, the Oktoberfest in Leavenworth in 2021 is slated for 1-3, 8-10 and 15-17 October.

West Coast Pumpkin Regatta - Tualatin, Oregon

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We're not talking about a few pathetic pumpkins and tractor rides; we're talking about athletes in suits racing inside 500 kg hollowed-out pumpkins. Giant Pumpkin Regatta Launched in 2004 by Pacific growers on the West Coast in Tualatin, Oregon, it now attracts thousands of spectators every year and is undoubtedly one of the most incredible autumn outdoor festivals. It is impossible to properly describe this completely unique event. The West Coast Pumpkin Regatta on October 16 is just what you need to experience.

Tracking the Sheep Festival - Ketchum, Idaho

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There are things that you can only experience in Idaho, and Festival "Trail of the Sheep" in Ketchum, which takes place in October, is one of them. This event was first organized in 1997 as a tribute to the art, history and culture of sheep farming in Idaho. This year the festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It runs from October 6-10 and features a number of sheep-themed events, including a citywide parade, shepherd dog shows, wool knitting workshops and more. It is truly a one-of-a-kind festival and culminates in an event known as the Great Sheep Parade. Watch over 1000 sheep make their way down Main Street as part of their annual migration ... an amazing sight only Idaho.

International Balloon Festival - Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Albuquerque International Balloon FestivalHeld annually in Albuquerque, New Mexico, it is the world's largest ballooning event. Hundreds of thousands of people attend this annual event, which features over 600 balloons. The night lights are mesmerizing, and these massive balloons become huge lights in the dark New Mexico desert. If you really want to try something new, choose a hot air balloon ride during the event. The 2021 Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will take place on October 2-10, with pre-sale tickets available online.

Autumn at the Arboretum - Dallas, TX

Each fall, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are an autumn fantasy filled with 90 pumpkins and squash from the state's pumpkin capital. This year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a new pumpkin village and Bugtopia, a giant display of giant insect figurines, ramshackle pumpkin houses and an epic maze for young visitors. "Autumn in the Arboretum" open from 18 September to 31 October.

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Natchez Balloon Festival - Natchez, Mississippi

Natchez Balloon FestivalConsidered one of the best autumn festivals in the south, it's a weekend filled with giant balloons, live music, a craft market and more. Celebrating the 36th anniversary of the festival takes place over three days at the beautiful Rosalie mansion in Mississippi. This year's event is scheduled for October 15-17. Everyone should experience this joy of the autumn festival at least once.

Coconut Grove Pumpkin Garden Festival - Miami, Florida

Coconuts and Pumpkin is Fall in Miami Florida. A festival "Pumpkin fields in a coconut grove" Is the best place to celebrate the season in the sunshine state. A full-blown carnival, pumpkin patch, scarecrow village, pumpkin food court, cornstalk maze, and many photo shoot opportunities make this Florida festival a must-see for families. Dates for the Coconut Grove Pumpkin Garden Festival in 2021 are still being finalized and tickets will be available via the website shortly.

Georgia Apple Festival - Ellijay, Georgia

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The Georgia Apple Festival is a vibrant celebration of the official fruits of the fall. This arts and crafts festival, held over two weekends in October each year, features over 300 local vendors, live music, vintage car shows, a parade and fresh apples of all sizes and shapes, a variety of dishes and desserts. While Georgia is known for its peaches, the northern region of the state is actually the main apple growing area - and located in the Appalachian Mountains, Ellijay is located in the heart of Georgia's apple country. From late August to December, roadside stalls are replete with some of the country's most delicious tree-ripened mountain apples. Come and celebrate the harvest on Georgia Apple Festival 2021, which will be held on October 9-10 and 16-17 at the Ellijay Lions Club.

Louisville Jack O 'Lantern Spectacular - Louisville, Kentucky

When it comes to celebrating fall, nothing beats the pumpkin siesta that happens in Louisville. Louisville Jack O 'Lantern Spectacular Is the glowing pumpkin trail in Kentucky, home to 5000 of the most beautiful hand-carved creations you'll ever see. Artists spend hundreds of hours over several weeks creating the most intricate pumpkin lanterns. Once ignited, these amazing pieces of art only last a few days before needing to be replaced. Their beauty is as fleeting as the time of year, so be sure to come and soak it all in before autumn slips away from you. The Louisville Jack O 'Lantern Spectacular runs every evening from September 30th to October 31st.

Madison County Covered Bridge Festival - Winterset, Iowa

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There is something charming about the old covered bridges. Once common across the country, these attractive structures are now few and far between - unless you're in Madison County, Iowa, of course. There are six covered bridges (five of which are on the National Register of Historic Places), and every fall people come from all over the world to look at these architectural wonders during a two-day Covered Bridge Festival Madison County. The event began in 1969 and today features over 150 local vendors, a car dealership, tractor rides and of course covered bridge tours. The Madison Festival 2021 will take place on October 9-10 in Winterset.

West Side Nut Club Fall Festival - Evansville, Indiana

West side nut club Is not just one of the largest festivals in Indiana; it is one of the largest street festivals in the entire country. Set on charming Franklin Street in Evansville, this weeklong event is a mix of entertainment, carnival rides and games, with various food stalls, talent contests and a massive parade. The West Side Nut Club Fall Festival is a must for all fans of fall events and you can attend this year from October 4th to October 9th.

Cranberry Festival - Warrens, Wisconsin

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Do you know what kind of fruit is grown in Wisconsin? Of course, cranberries! This sweet and sour fruit takes center stage at the Warrens Cranberry Festival in Wisconsin every fall. The largest arts and crafts festival in the United States, thousands of shoppers walk miles along the stalls every fall. The festival is held annually on the last weekend of September (rain or sun) and is the grandest craft fair you will ever attend. Besides the participation of artisans and manufacturers from all over the Midwest, the festival Warrens Cranberry Festival offers guided tours of the city's own cranberry bog. Mark your calendar: Warrens Cranberry Festival 2021 is September 24-26 and admission is free.

Fall Foliage Festival - Bedford, PA

During Autumn Foliage Festival to Bedford, visitors come from all over to enjoy the autumnal beauty of the region. Bedford, framed by the magnificent mountains of central Pennsylvania, boasts stunning views of the fall foliage, and the festival offers plenty of good, old-fashioned entertainment for visitors. Live entertainment, hundreds of vendors, horseback riding, stuffed animals and family entertainment make the event fun for everyone. The popular festival is held annually on the first two weekends of October, in 2021 it is scheduled for 2-3 and 9-10 October.

National Apple Harvest Festival - Arendsville, PA

The favorite fruit of autumn is the main one during National Apple Harvest Festival in Adams County, Pennsylvania. The National Apple Harvest Festival is held in the first two the weekend of October and for over 50 years honoring local artisans and producers with great music and fantastic food. This fall festival is every apple lover's dream come true and features the most divine apple dishes you can imagine, including apple butter, apple sweets, apple pizza, apple pancakes, apple sausage and more. Of course, festival goers will find plenty of activities for the whole family, including walks, pony rides, puppet shows, farm stands. The aroma of sweet, spicy apples fills the streets of Arendtsville during this annual fall festival, which takes place this year on October 2-3 and 9-10.

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Ellicotville Autumn Festival - Ellicotville, New York

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Ellicotville is the perfect postcard town; it is located about an hour south of Buffalo, and its charming streets are full of quirky shops, historic storefronts and amazing restaurants. Surrounded by the picturesque beauty of western New York, every fall, Ellicotville comes alive with color, providing the perfect backdrop for the annual Fall Festival. Perfectly timed to coincide with the peak of the region's fall foliage, this festival, which also features food, live entertainment and carnival rides, is a consistent favorite on the Empire State. Come take a gondola ride high above the hills of western New York during this annual autumn festivalwhich takes place on October 9th and 10th, and get ready for a complete delight.

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - Croton-on-Hudson, New York

Every fall, Croton-upon-Hudson is lit by 7000 hand-carved glowing pumpkins. Guests of this holiday have a unique opportunity to stroll through the beautiful 18th century park of the historic Van Cortlands estate, which is adorned with thousands of glowing pumpkins. The festival is just an hour by train from New York City, making it the perfect day trip for New Yorkers looking to shake things up. This year The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze takes place on selected evenings from 17 September to 21 November and must be purchased in advance.

Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin 'Festival - Stowe, Vermont

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Voted the best autumn festival in the country, Vermont Pumpkin Festival Is pure, genuine fun. Where else can you watch three rounds of competitive pumpkin throwing in which people of all ages launch as giant orange pumpkins as possible? The festival itself is a long-standing local tradition. Each fall, Snowflake Mountain Resort allows visitors to bring pumpkins and catapults to see who can throw up pumpkin farthest. Head to Stooflake Mountain on September 26 to watch this epic autumn showdown between man and pumpkin.

Harbor Harvest - Portland, Maine

A state that is nationally renowned for its kaleidoscope of fall foliage, Maine has a lot to show when it comes to fall festivals. AND Harvest on the Harbor this is an example. This two-day event is the Portland Food Festival proper, featuring the finest food in Pine Tree; is a celebration of Maine's unique culinary scene. Events include the Opening Gala, Maine Chef of the Year Lobster Competition and numerous tastings. But it's not just food on this autumn street; some of the finest distilleries in the world hail from Maine, and at this event you will meet the distinguished members of the Maine Spirits Guild under one roof. Book your tickets now for this 4-day gourmet festival November 7-XNUMX in Portland, Maine.

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