These are the Can’t-Miss Fall Festivals Around the US

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Fall is finally here, and if you’re anything like us, you’re looking forward to spending the next few months wrapped in lots of cozy sweaters, snacking on plenty of pumpkin-flavored treats, and enjoying activities like apple picking and hayrides. Whatever you’re most excited about, one of the best ways to celebrate the season is by attending fall festivals. Read on to learn more about some of the top fall festivals to check out around the US this year:

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

Carving designs into pumpkins is a classic fall activity that many of us have enjoyed since we were kids, but this annual festival in New York’s Hudson Valley takes the tradition to a whole new level. Through November, over 7,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns are on display at the Van Cortlandt Manor, a historic property along the Croton River. This year, the event will feature a new pumpkin Ferris wheel and circus sideshow for even more fall fun. Click here for more information and to book your tickets.

Autumn at the Arboretum

Down south, Dallasites celebrate the season by building a village of pumpkins and squash. Approximately 100,000 gourds are used to create all of the houses that make up Autumn at the Arboretum, with 150,000 additional fall plants serving as decor. There’s also a hay maze for children to play in as well as food and events appropriate for all ages. This year’s theme is ‘It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.’ Tickets are available here

North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival

Pecans may be overlooked as a fall food in the northern states, but in North Carolina, they’re an essential part of autumnal festivities. As one of the top pecan producers in the state, Whiteville, NC’s reliance on the nut has served as a source of inspiration for its annual fall festival for more than two decades. The first weekend in November, visitors can eat, shop for local crafts, and enjoy live music from local bands as well as the long-awaited Pecan Parade. Admission is free, and more information is available here.