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7 Fall Festivals That Are Worth the Drive

Festivals are a classic and fun way to welcome the Fall season and spend time with family and friends while making the most of autumn activities and homegrown seasonal produce. Parades, hayrides, corn mazes, and more all set the stage for the perfect family adventure. Get the full experience by loading up the trailer and taking a road trip to one (or all) of these iconic fall festivals!

1. Circleville Pumpkin Show | October 18-21, 2017

Held in Circleville, Ohio, the Circleville Pumpkin Show features a fall pumpkin parade, delicious sweet treats, and more pumpkins than you can count. This little town fills with over 10,000 pounds of pumpkins, squash, and gourds that transform the town into a fall fantasy land.

2. Naples Stone Crab Festival | October 27-29, 2017

If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, this is the festival for you. Naples Stone Crab Festival promises a weekend of food and fun with activities both on land and in and around the water, all starring the delicious (and seasonal!) stone crab. The festival includes activities for kids, a costume contest, tasty treats, and, of course, delicious seafood!

3. Micanopy Fall Festival | October 28-29, 2017

Want to leave Southwest Florida without abandoning the Sunshine State’s perfect fall weather? We have a festival for that too! Micanopy Fall Festival (located in Micanopy, Florida, just south of Gainesville) gives you a chance to explore your local areas. The festival has been going strong under the oak trees of this quiet town for more than 40 years.

4. Tate Farms Pumpkin Patch | October 1-31, 2017

Famous for their classic southern hospitality, pumpkin spice slushy, and corn pits, Tate Farms Pumpkin Patch is a hidden gem. Tucked away in Meridianville, Alabama, this adventure is an unforgettable experience for all ages. Featuring a petting zoo, a pit of corn to dive in, scenic decor perfect for fall pictures, a pick-your-own-pumpkin patch, and more, this is a homegrown family tradition.

5. Autumn at the Arboretum | Now-November 22, 2017

Travel to the heart of Texas before November 22, 2017 to see an entire village made of 75,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash! Autumn at the Arboretum at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden also features homemade pumpkin recipes, entertainment, kid’s events and games, local retail, and more. If you live for pumpkin spice and pumpkin pie, this is your dreamland!

6. North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival | October 28-November 4, 2017

Nestled in Whiteville, North Carolina, the NC Pecan Harvest Festival is the event of the year for pecan lovers. Celebrate the coming of fall by tasting everything you can think of that can be made from pecans! From pecan pie to roasted and candied, it will be a delicious adventure. And don’t forget to stop in for the Tractor, RV, and Boat Show!

7. Kentuck Festival of Arts | October 21-22, 2017

In Northport, Alabama, this two-day event is a change of pace from your typical fall festival. The Kentuck Festival of the Arts hosts 270+ folk, visionary, and contemporary artists and expert craftspeople from all over the world. You’ll have a fun-packed weekend with all of the legendary musicians and fun activities for the kids!

All of these adventures will create lasting memories for you and your whole family for years to come. These trips allow you to enjoy the new season and weather while traveling and getting to see these miraculous, beautiful places along the way. So, get started planning a new Thanksgiving or Halloween tradition of travel!