Fall is just around the corner and we can’t wait for cooler air, warmer drinks, and fall treats. The season is also a great time to attend a fall festival near you or plan a vacation to one of America’s best fall festivals. Make it a family tradition to visit a fall festival that you can look forward to year after year. America By Rail offers a variety of train tours that stop in some of these locations. If you’re excited to celebrate all things fall, book a trip to one of these fall festival destinations.
National Apple Harvest Festival
2017 is the 53rd year of the National Apple Harvest Festival in Biglerville and Ardentsville, Pennsylvania. The festival is held on the first two full weekends of October each year. It was started by the Adams County Fruitgrowers Association after they wanted to expand on their fruit harvest events. As its name gives away, the event focuses on the area’s apple harvest with pie eating and baking contests, the apple cider press, apple syrup making, and plenty of other food stations. Attendees also enjoy live music and performances throughout the event and a classic car show.
Cincinnati holds the largest Oktoberfest in the United States with more than 500,000 attendees each year. The event celebrates the German heritage of Southwest Ohio with German food, music, and beer. This year the event is sponsored by Samuel Adams and held from September 15-17. The festival’s annual events include The Running of the Wieners dachshund race, Glier’s World Brat Eating Championship, Sam Adams Stein Hoisting Championship, and the World’s Largest Chicken Dance.
Adirondack Balloon Festival
This year will be the 45th anniversary of the Adirondack Balloon Festival held at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury, New York. The festival began after a balloonist named John Marsden visited the area and shared photos from his balloon trips. The tourism bureau decided to make a local hot-air balloon event to honor the new sport. Hot air balloon flights take place each day of the festival. The flights start with 20 balloons taking off over the Adirondacks and go up to 100. There are also pancake breakfasts each morning and live music throughout the day.
Cranberry Harvest Celebration
Most of the domestic cranberries you see in stores in the United States are from Southeastern Massachusetts. Every year since 2004 in the Nantucket and Cape Cod areas, the locals celebrate the cranberry bog harvest with a festival. This year on October 7-8, you can celebrate the cranberry harvest with bogside demonstrations and cranberry related events at different bogs across Southeast Massachusetts. The festival itself takes place in Wareham and features kids activities, food vendors, cooking demos, and paddle boat rides on Tihonet Pond.
Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors
You’ll see the San Juan Mountains full of color as you admire vintage and exotic cars, motorcycles, and war birds during the Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors. This year the festival is held on September 21-24 and is only the festival’s third year. You can view cars at three venues throughout Telluride: The Telluride Historic District, Mountain Village, and the Telluride Regional Airport. Other than admiring the beautiful vehicles and fall colors, there will also be contests, live music, food vendors, and special exhibits including a vintage snowmobile exhibit.
Make fall 2017 one to remember by visiting one of America’s can’t miss fall festivals. Take a look at our train tour options across the United States and book your fall getaway today.