Fall Festivals

Celebrate nature’s most colorful season by traveling to top fall festivals across the country. Autumn enthusiasts can wander through corn mazes, taste fall festival food from the harvest bounty, pick and carve pumpkins, and compete for baking awards. Take a look at the variety of top festival picks from The Parking Spot, including National Apple Harvest Festival in Pennsylvania and New England’s OysterFest. National Apple Harvest Festival - Biglerville, PA In the heart of Pennsylvania apple country, just 10 miles northwest of historic Gettysburg, visitors from all over gather to celebrate the apple harvest. Held on the first two full weekends of October each year, the festival features over 300 arts and crafts vendors, antique car and farm equipment displays, and several family-friendly activities.  Taste your favorite apple dish from homemade applesauce to caramel apples dipped in nuts and candy. If you’re not in the mood for something sweet, consider trying the famous pit beef sandwich. All proceeds go toward the community as well as other local, state, and national charitable organizations. Keene Pumpkin Festival - Keene, NH On October 24, head to New Hampshire for a pumpkin celebration in Keene. The festival is a must-see; in 2013, it featured 30,581 jack-o’-lanterns lit in one place, breaking the world record. The event was first established in 1991 and has quickly grown into a famous tribute to pumpkins, with activities such as the Great Pumpkin Mile Race, pumpkin bowling, and of course, pumpkin carving. Be sure to enjoy delicious pumpkin-inspired treats and drinks while you admire the rows of lights down Main Street. OysterFest - Cape Cod, MA Enjoy the flavors of New England during the 15th annual Wellfleet OysterFest on October 17 & 18. The festival highlights the area’s internationally famed oysters and clams as well as shellfishing traditions. Watch the festival’s shucking competitions, where participants are given 24 oysters to shuck and are graded on speed and precision. Last year’s “top shucker” completed his bunch in less than two minutes. Attendees of the festival devour top-notch seafood dishes, including chowders, stuff clams, lobster rolls, and fish tacos. Try fall festival food, drinks, activities, and more this October!
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