Fall is the perfect time of year to get out with your friends! Whether you’re looking for a day trip away or a weekend adventure, check out this list of fall festivals near where you live.
Get Your Fingers Wiggling: Music Festivals
There are so many great fall festivals out there that it’s hard to know where to start. Whether you want to catch a big name act or explore a smaller festival with local vibes, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top five fall festivals for a fun get-together:
- The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, Colorado is the largest beer festival in the world and features more than 2,000 beers from over 200 breweries from across the U.S. It takes place over three days in October and tickets go on sale in early September.
- The Newport Folk Festival takes place on the historic grounds of the Newport Casino in Newport, Rhode Island every Labor Day weekend and has been bringing world-class music to the area for over 50 years. This year’s lineup includes Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, and The Avett Brothers.
- The Harvest Moon Music Festival at Sandstone Farms near Monroe, Wisconsin is one of the most unique festivals around – it features two stages with multiple acts playing each day, including headliners like Pharrell Williams and Dave Matthews Band.
Festivals are a good way to bring the community together
Fall festivals offer a fun get-together for the community. Here are a few fall festivals to consider:
The Harvest Festival in Shadyside is a family-oriented festival with Arts & crafts, food, entertainment, and more.
The Fall Festival at the University of Pittsburgh is an event full of music, art, food, and more. This festival takes place in the Schenley Park on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.
The Great Pumpkin Fest at Ligonier Valley Farms offers hay rides, games, farm animals, pumpkin picking, and more. This festival takes place on October 20th and 21st.
Have a Festival for just about anything
Fall is a great time to plan a festival! Whether you’re looking for a scarefest, a family fun day, or an arts and crafts event, there’s sure to be one that fits your needs. Here are five fall festivals for a fun get-together:
- Pumpkin Patch Festival: This festival is perfect for the kiddos! They can ride the rides, explore the exhibits, and grab some treats from the vendors. The festival runs from Sept. 23-25 in various locations around the area.
- Harvest Festival: If you’re looking for something with more of an agricultural feel, try out the Harvest Festival! There will be hayrides, petting zoos, pumpkin painting, and more. It takes place on October 14 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.
- Oktoberfest: If you’re looking for something with more of a beer-centric feel, visit the Oktoberfest! There will be beer tastings, Bavarian music played by live bands, and games like stein holding and barrel rolling. The festival runs from September 22-24 at the Bavarian Village in West Burlington.
Fall festivals are a great way to get together with friends and have a lot of fun. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly event or something more adult-themed, there’s sure to be one that fits your needs.