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Mark Your Calendar: IgoUgo's Top Fall Festivals

Mark Your Calendar: IgoUgo's Top Fall Festivals Photo

Photo by ladyanne47

Posted on September 21, 2007 in Trip Ideas

To celebrate autumn’s arrival on September 23, we’ve harvested a collection of member-recommended festivals from across the US. Their picks provide all the apples, foliage, and brews you’ll need for a very satisfying season.

September 10-October 28: Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Competition
Bucks County, PA
SFPhotocraft: “The biggest draws here are the special events, and the most popular is always the scarecrow contest in October, when paths are lined with scary, funny, and very creative scarecrows.”

September 21-23: Danish Days Festival
Solvang, CA
jrose710: “It's a nice small-town-festival atmosphere focusing, obviously, on the town's Danish heritage. Heavy on sausages, aeblskivers, Danish dancing, cotton candy, and face-painting.”

September 28: Harpoon Octoberfest
Boston, MA
notso62: “One of the first events I was drawn to in the Boston area was the famous ‘Harpoon Fest.’ This event is held once per season and can best be described as a giant beer blast, in college-student speak.”

September 29: Stamford Annual Scarecrow Festival
Stamford, NY
ladyanne47: “Lots of great food is for sale: corn dogs, homemade cider donuts, pumpkin cookies, apple cider, and lots more. Smell that barbecue delicious on a cool autumn day. It is a day of fun for the whole family.”

October 6: Darlington Apple Festival
Darlington, MD
rickhowe: “On a sunny day, some 70,000 people will visit the festival. There is lots of wonderful food, plus great artists and wonderful crafts. Mums from the Amish. And, of course, apples. The Darlington Apple Festival is a day of magic. Give it a try."

October 13-14: Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
Half Moon Bay, CA
Paulspicer: “They don’t call Half Moon Bay the ‘Pumpkin Capital of the World’ for nothing. There’s more than just pie-eating contests and pumpkin weigh-ins. Even the Ritz-Carlton, set atop an ocean bluff overlooking the rugged Pacific coastline, joins in! I’d pack your bags right now for this year’s Pumpkin Festival. I’ll be there…look for me at the Ritz spa, in the pumpkin wrap.”

October 25-November 4: Williamstown Film Festival
Williamstown, MA
Drever: “Williamstown is nestled in the quiet beauty of the Berkshire Hills and is full of photogenic buildings—I went mad with my camera. The town hosts various cultural attractions and seasonal celebrations and is home to Williams College. There is also a selection of restaurants, antique and art galleries, and unique clothing and gift boutiques.”

October 27: Halloweenfest
Brevard, NC
vampirefan: “Brevard is located in idyllic Transylvania County near Smoky Mountain National Park. Halloweenfest is a HUGE family gathering in downtown Brevard. Kiddies and adults alike dress up for trick-or-treating and a 5K vampire race (no, I didn’t quite have an interest in that one), as well as parades and tons more activities.”

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