The 6 Best Fall Festivals in the US

It’s here! The crisp morning air, the crunchy leaves underfoot…and the festivals.

It’s finally fall.

To celebrate the new season, we’ve compiled the Best of US Fall Festivals. What are you waiting for? Get out and explore!

1. Massachusetts – Spirit of Shrewsbury

The Spirit of Shrewsbury delivers fall fun in the small Massachusetts town of Shrewsbury. Enjoy the crisp fall air with their handmade crafts fair, performers in a scarecrow contest, and take home a handmade balloon animal. This festival is definitely one reason to visit Massachusetts this fall.

Fun for all ages at the Spirit of Shrewsbury festival, Massachusetts          Photo by: Amylynn Chase

2. Maryland Renaissance festival, Maryland

The Maryland Renaissance Festival is the second largest Renaissance fair in United States. Located in Crownsville, this festival is spread over 25 acres and attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year. Pick up handmade medieval or Renaissance accessories, eat a giant turkey leg, and enjoy ribald theatre performances.

Performers at Maryland Renaissance Festival, Crownsville, Maryland        Photo by: Keena Alfinito

3. Annual Scarecrow Festival, Pennsylvania

If you are a fan of scarecrows, this is your place. Enjoy a weekend of family fun with scarecrow-making workshops, pumpkin-pie eating contests and live music. Held every year in Peddlers Village, this festival is a must-see for all ages.

Now that’s a scarecrow!                             Photo by: Patricia Knorr

4. Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival, Florida

Celebrating the humble and delicious mullet fish, the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival is an annual seafood and arts festival held in Niceville, Florida. From music to rides to art shops, this festival offers it all. Just don’t eat too much fish before hopping on the Cyclone.

The Mullet Festival offers fall fun for the whole family.   Photo by: Amber Palmer

5. County Covered Bridge Festival, Indiana      

The County Covered Bridge Festival is held every fall in Parke County, Indiana. It celebrates the county’s 31 covered bridges, and is the perfect excuse to enjoy beautiful fall foliage and local architecture. More than 2 million people attend each year.

One of the County’s bridges in Parke County, Indiana                                      Photo by: Jamie Nelson

6. Carolina Renaissance Festival, North Carolina

Set in the fictional village of “Fairhaven,” this festival is one of the largest Renaissance festivals in the country. Enjoy live music, comedy, and circus performers onstage, or watch brave swordsmen challenge each other in the jousting arena.

Experience the thrill of medieval warfare every weekend in Fairhaven.                                       Photo by: Mark Meeks

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Are October adventures calling you? Get inspired with the Best of the US Fall Festivals and start planning today!