The Top 10 Best Fall Festivals (In The World!) For The Entire Family

Now that we’ve all gone apple picking you might be wondering, what left is there to do beyond trick or treating? I’m here to tell you! Festival season is far from over and it’s always a thrifty route that’s well worth looking into.

Check out The Top 10 Best Fall Festivals (in the World!) for the Entire Family after the jump!

  • Keene Pumpkin Festival – New Hampshire, Oct. 20 1 of 10
    Keene Pumpkin Festival - New Hampshire, Oct. 20
    Enormous towers of glowing lanterns, music, fireworks, food vendors, children's programing and community participation draw in huge crowds for this Guinness World Record holding event.
    Photo Credit: National Geographic
  • Day of The Dead – Mexico, last days of Oct. and the first days of Nov. 2 of 10
    Day of The Dead - Mexico, last days of Oct. and the first days of Nov.
    For all of it's misconceptions, Day of The Dead has become an internationally celebrated event. The biggest misconception is that it is a cultish celebration of death, when in fact it is a loving celebration of family and friends who have passed on through elaborate traditions of cuisine, art, colourful harvest and culture.
    Photo Credit: Day of The Dead
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – NYC, Nov. 22 3 of 10
    Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - NYC, Nov. 22
    A great parade of giant ballons depicting many of the fictional and animated characters that children love, draws in families from all over. There are tons of activities for the kids, live music and great food vendors too.
    Photo Credit: Crushable
  • Diwali Festival of Lights – India, Nov. 13 4 of 10
    Diwali Festival of Lights - India, Nov. 13
    A world re-known, family orientated festival of traditionally lighting small clay lamps and candles to make city-wide, ornate displays. Firecrackers, AMAZING food (sweets in particular) and music accompanied by fabulous family and children activities make this a highly coveted event to me. Maybe one day.
    Photo Credit: Heart Complex
  • The Great Scarecrow Festival – Nova Scotia, Oct. 2 – 4 5 of 10
    The Great Scarecrow Festival - Nova Scotia, Oct. 2 - 4
    Lunenburg, Nova Scotia is by far one of the most beautiful places in Canada to live (or visit). The locals know how to eat, party and celebrate in family and tradition. Over 300 scarecrows line-up along Mahone Bay with long lines of pumpkins carved out by the community to make beautiful lit pathways for the Story-Telling and Walking Tours. There's tons of activities for the kids, amazing celtic dancing and music and OH. The local, seasonal food? Oh my word the FOOD.
    Photo Credit: Travel To Nova Scotia
  • Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – Oct 6 – 14 6 of 10
    Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - Oct 6 - 14
    Over 750 hot air balloons, ranging from the traditional to the very unique - take to the skies all day, to light up at night for a magnificent display. Attendees enjoy live music, fireworks, The Ballon Discovery Centre (great for little kids!) live chainsaw carving and much more.
    Photo Credit: Mike Jones on Flickr
  • Spirit of Our Nations Pow Wow – Saskatoon, Oct. 26 – 28 7 of 10
    Spirit of Our Nations Pow Wow - Saskatoon, Oct. 26 - 28
    Pow Wows are a cultural celebration of the Native way of life. With a focus to Native singing, dancing, crafts, food and music; the Spirit of Our Nations Pow Wow is unique in that it happens slightly off of the 'Pow Wow Trail'; as in off-season. Still, it's one of the largest and impressive First Nations celebrations in Central Canada. To find a Pow Wow near you, visit Pow Wows [dot] [com].
    Photo Credits: The Spec
  • Chigagoween – Oct. 6 – 30 8 of 10
    Chigagoween - Oct. 6 - 30
    Chicago's famous Halloween Festival is known for it's free attractions, Daley Plaza turned 'Franken Plaza', tasty Farmer's Market and exciting Midnight Circus. Locals and visitors alike enjoy masquerading around in spooktacular costumes and taking in the great Children's Programming with something for all ages.
    Photo Credits: Examiner
  • The Royal Agricultural Fair 9 of 10
    The Royal Agricultural Fair
    I have a soft spot in my heart for this one, as I did much of my growing up in Toronto and attended this Festival of amazing sights, tastes and sounds many a time. Which only means I can truly vouch for it's many favourable reviews across the globe. There is a HUGE Family Zone, amazing local food and drink vendors, an impressive Horse Show drawing competitors from all over the world, all kinds of contests, and of course the astounding agricultural show. This one is an excellent choice to bring children to of all ages. I know we're going this year!
    Photo Credits: Cubit's Organic Living
  • Central Park Pumpkin Festival – NYC, Oct. 27 10 of 10
    Central Park Pumpkin Festival  - NYC, Oct. 27
    This Festival is all about the little kids. With marionette performances, walk-about characters, pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts, not many age groups are left out. Live entertainment, New York's impressive Farmer's market and Live Quidditch matches (Hogwart's people! For those that don't know), will be sure to keep the older ones (and you) entertained with full and happy bellies.
    Photo Credit: NYC Go

Whether we want to start talking about it or not, a certain holiday is right around the corner. You know, the one that leaves our back account severely depleted if we aren’t careful. With barely enough time to recover from all of the back-to-school shopping. Around this time of year, it can be challenging to think of frugal ways to spend time together as a family.

Activities that you can all actually ENJOY, that are either free or quite reasonable. Activities where you can plan ahead a bit and bring along  hot chocolate or warm cider in a big thermos, cozy sweaters and a big wool blanket to make your festival’ing (yes, it’s a term) all that more enjoyable.

Chances are pretty good that there are some local autumn festivals your way. You may even be lucky enough to live near one of these amazing festivals. Which, if that’s the case, I’m jealous. Perhaps this round-up of amazing Fall Festivals from around the world will have inspired you to check out what’s going on closer to you. Many festivals offer free or cheap admission to go towards a local cause; with tons of  things to see and do – including great activities for kids and adults of all ages much like the ones you’ve just read about.

Looking for some more? Check out Travel & Leisure’s, Best Fall Festivals For Families.

Happy Fall, Happy Halloween…and happy festival’ing!

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