Autumn is upon us and Proud American Travelers everywhere are soaking in the gorgeous fall foliage and enjoying their pumpkin spice everything.
And let’s face it — one of the best parts about the autumn season is the massive amount of fall festivals taking place all around the country.
From corn mazes to apple cider, to roasted corn on the cob and pumpkin craft beer – America knows how to throw a fall festival.
So if you’re looking for a quick road trip or mini-vacation this fall, read on for our top recommended fall festivals that you’ll definitely want to check out.
The National Apple Harvest Festival – Arendtsville, Pennsylvania (October 12th & 13th)
For 55 years, The National Apple Harvest Festival has celebrated fall with an epic 2 weekend festival bringing together all the best things about fall in one location.
Here you can sample everything from apple cotton candy to applewood smoked turkey legs.
And, they even have apple pie moonshine!
From pony ride activities for the little kids, to wine tasting events for the “big kids” – this festival has something for everyone.
Severs Fall Festival – Shakopee, Minnesota (September 13th – November 3rd )
Known as the Midwest’s “Original Fall Festival” – this year’s celebration started back in September and runs all the way through November 3rd.
Kids will love the antique tractors and hayrides, and adults will enjoy snacking on roasted sweet corn and woodfired pizza.
And the corn maze (the largest in the entire state) is not your average maze.
This year’s theme is “Sever’s Jurassic Adventure” where brave participants can make their way through a whopping 14+ acre maze shaped like dinosaur.
Harvest On The Harbor – Portland, Maine (October 17th – October 20th )
Hands down – the best place to spend a fall weekend is the Northeast.
From soaking in the breathtaking colors of the changing leaves to enjoying the crisp cool weather – Portland, Maine will not disappoint.
And from October 17 – October 20, Portland transforms into a food lover’s dream – with four jam-packed days of local chefs showcasing their best treats, combined with brewers, distillers, and coffee roasters!
And even better, many of the events feature “competitions” and let you vote for your favorite drink or food.
You can even purchase tickets to a 10-course lobster luncheon Friday morning, then sample drink combinations from Maine’s most talented distillers in the evening – all set to the scene of live music.
As if you needed another reason to attend Harvest On The Harbor, after a lively Friday night you can attend the “Bloody Mary and Pork Breakfast Taco Brunch” Saturday morning– need we say more?
Check Your Local Hometown Festivals
If you can’t afford to get away for a weekend and take a trip to one of these festivals, be sure to check out your local hometown or surrounding cities!
Many local fall festivals take place all around the country – complete with pumpkin carving contests, corn mazes, craft beer, and candy apples.
A fall festival is a must do activity for every Proud American Traveler whether you go near or far!
After all, there ain’t nothin’ more American than a good ol’ fashioned slice of apple pie.
(h/t Proud American Traveler)