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The Best October Festivals in the U.S.

At our EWR airport parking facility, we think it’s one of the best times of the year to travel. From the changing leaves to the cool, breezy temperatures, fall is a great time to get away. Here are some of the best October festivals to head to this year:

The National Apple Harvest Festival

Every year during the first two weekends in October (this year the 7th-8th and 14th-15th), the city of Arendtsville, Pennsylvania features numerous apple festivities (like apple syrup making and homemade apple treats), over 300 arts and crafts vendors, antique cars, pony rides, a barbecue, and more.

Circleville Pumpkin Show

This year, from October 18th-21st, locals and visitors in Circleville, Ohio can enjoy the annual Pumpkin Show. With seven parades in four days, two different “Miss Pumpkin Show” contests, live musical acts, and some of the largest pumpkins you’ll ever see, it’s the perfect small-town festival to enjoy this fall.

Harvest on the Harbor

Portland, Maine is known for its great seafood, beer, and wine, and every year in October (this year the 17th-22nd), the city hosts its Harvest on the Harbor Festival. For four days, visitors can enjoy cuisine made by award-wining chefs, beer from local breweries, live music, and local winery tastings – all while taking in the city’s beautiful fall colors.

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

When you think of pumpkins, you may not think of California, but in Half Moon Bay, locals and visitors flock to its pumpkin festival every year (this year, October 14th-15th) to celebrate the gourd-like squash. The festival features dozens of artists and craftmakers, home-style pumpkin food and drinks, local wines and beers, and a pumpkin festival parade.

Pecan Harvest Festival

If there’s one nut that says “fall,” it’s the pecan and in Whiteville, North Carolina, there’s an entire festival to celebrate it. Every year from late October to early November, visitors head to the NC Pecan Harvest Festival for cooking contests, parades, art shows, concerts, and pecans galore.

Autumn at the Arboretum

Put pumpkins and artwork together and what do you get? A unique pumpkin festival in Dallas, Texas. At Autumn at the Arboretum, you’ll find a nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village that uses more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, squash, hay bales, and cornstalks to create pumpkin houses and creative displays. You’ll also find concerts, tours, fitness events, and more from September 23rd-November 22nd.

International Balloon Fiesta

Who doesn’t love hot air balloons? This year, you can head down to Albuquerque, New Mexico October 7th-15th to “inflate your imagination.” You’ll find balloon launches and competition flight as well as laser light shows, firework shows, rodeos, chainsaw carvings, and other unique events.

*Photo courtesy of www.appleharvest.com