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12 Great U.S. Fall Festivals Not to be Missed
What an incredibly gorgeous day it is today. Temps were in the high 60's all morning and I took advantage of the sunshine and cool breeze to venture around the neighborhood for yet another 3 mile walk (3 days in a row!!).
My jaunts always include a walk through nearby Adelphi University's campus, which is so lush with trees and lovely flowers. Today, I stopped for a bit to sit in the sunshine on one of the benches. It was really delightful!!
With Autumn in full bloom, so to speak, it's that time of year for Fall Festivals all around the globe. Here in the United States, you can find almost any and all kinds.
From fruit, vegetable and nut festivals to hot air balloon, scarecrow and covered bridge celebrations, there are a plethora of fun activities to fill your calendar from New Hampshire to Hawaii.
12 Great U.S. Fall Festivals
Not to be Missed
1. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Where: Albuquerque, New Mexico
When: October 5-15, 2019
For nine days in October the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® creates an enchanted world of special shape balloon rodeos, twilight balloon glows, and vibrant balloon-filled skies. I can tell you from experience that there is nothing like waking up before the crack of dawn in the cool, crisp New Mexico air to see the mass ascension. This year, they are expecting 550 hot air balloons and 650 pilots from around the world.
For more information visit: www.balloonfiesta.com
2. Autumn at the Arboretum
Where: Dallas, Texas
When: September 21 - October 31
One of Dallas’ favorite Fall traditions and according to Fodor's Travel, "“One of America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals”, this year celebrates the 14th year for Autumn at the Arboretum, and the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village featuring pumpkin houses and creative displays utilizing more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. This year's theme, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."
For more information, visit www.dallasarboretum.org
3. Circleville Pumpkin Show
Where: Circleville, Ohio
When: October 16-19, 2019
There will be more than 10,000 pounds of pumpkins, squash, and gourds decorating the streets, along with parades, craft demonstrations, music, performers and even a pet parade!
For more information, visit www.pumpkinshow.com
4. Cranberry Harvest Fest
Where: Carver, Massachusetts
When: October 12-13, 2019
With unlimited train rides and attractions, candy shop, popcorn wagon, eateries, gift shops and baked goods, enjoy two fun filled days of entertainment, fun and shopping! Visitors can take a 20 Minute Train Ride through The Park, Cranberry Bogs and Marshlands and visit the Cranberry Museum Area.
For more information, visit www.cranberryharvestfestival.com
5. Kona Coffee Cultural Fest
Where: Kona, Hawaii
When: November 1-10, 2019
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. Now in its 49th year, the 10-day Festival, Kona coffee farms offer a firsthand look at growing this world-famous crop, with music and dance.
For more information, visit www.konacoffeefest.com
6. Madison County Covered Bridge Festival
Where: Winterset, Iowa
When: October 12-13, 2019
Madison County's six covered bridges are the focus of this cultural heritage celebration with a parade, games and entertainment. Five of these charming bridges are on the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information, visit www.madisoncounty.com
7. National Apple Harvest Festival
Where: Arendtsville, Pennsylvania
When: October 5-6 and 12-13, 2019
If you love apple picking, this festival is a must visit! Held during the first two full weekends in October each year for over 50 years, this festival celebrates beautiful crafts, great music and wonderful food.
For more information, visit www.appleharvest.com
8. New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival
Where: Laconia, New Hampshire
When: October 18-19, 2019
With its iconic 34 foot Tower of Jack-o-Lanterns, this epic weekend typically attracts 40,000+ visitors who come from all over to enjoy pumpkin carving, a zombie walk, more than 60 Food & Craft Vendors, live bands and performers, beer garden,
amusement rides, climbing wall, bungee Jump, pumpkin bowling, Jumpin' Jack Car Show and more!!
For more information, visit: www.nhpumpkinfestival.com
9. North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival
Where: Whiteville, North Carolina
When: November 2, 2019
Parades, musical entertaining, and house tours make up this festival in the town known as one of the top pecan producers in the state.
For more information, visit www.ncpecanfestival.com
10. Scarecrow Festival
Where: St. Charles, Illinois
When: October 11-13, 2019
The Scarecrow Festival has been a staple in St. Charles, Illinois for the past 34 years. With over 100 handmade & mechanical scarecrow displays, visitors can make their own scarecrow, shop at the arts & crafts show, enjoy live music & spin on a carnival ride.
For more information, visit www.scarecrowfest.com
11. Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Where: Sonoma, California
When: October 4-5, 2019
Marking its 45th year of showcasing the county’s grand harvest which continues to result in world-class wines, award-winning beer and a plethora of culinary wealth, guests are invited to savor innovative cuisine from professional food competition, awards winning wines and more.
For more information, visit www.harvestfair.org
12. Warrens Cranberry Festival
Where: Warrens, Wisconsin
When: September 27-29, 2019
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 www.cranfest.com
Fun stuff to celebrate Fall!!
Off to look at more houses today. See ya back here tomorrow with my weekly Vegan Recipe!!