If thinking about things like roadsides lined with orange, red and yellow trees, hot apple cider, and cozy over-sized sweaters makes you excited, you’re going to want to keep reading.
Missouri is the king of fall festivals, with dozens of harvest-themed events that invite festivalgoers to partake in the many enjoyable things about fall. We’ve even tacked on more than 65 additional Missouri fall festivals at the bottom for your enjoyment! So just keep your mind on pumpkin spice lattes, print out this list, and make your way to some of the best seasonal events in the state.
Seymour Apple Festival — Seymour, MO
Admission to the Seymour Apple Festival is free and so is the entertainment! More than 15,000 people from all over the region come out to take part in the activities, ranging from drawings, vendor booths, food, a 5K, apple contests, bike-decorating contests, and more.
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Country Days fills the streets of downtown Bolivar with people and featurs fun contests while highlighting some of the area’s best photographers, artists, and creative individuals. The Little Miss Country Days pageant and car show are also popular festival events and plenty of food and drink vendors will be available.
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September 14 - October 29
Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival is the area’s leading craft festival, hosting some of the most talented artisans in the country. An overwhelming amount of entertainment and activities keep visitors busy at this 1800’s-themed park, with the horses, Native American dancers and cowboys of the Wild West Show, traditional live folk music all over the place, delicious fall treats, workshop demonstrations, and of course, the fun rollercoasters and rides the park offers year-round.
Hootin an Hollarin — Gainesville, MO
Celebrate the traditional Ozarkian way of life at Gainesville’s Hootin an Hollarin festival. Featuring the best of folk and bluegrass musicians, this event is home to authentic Ozark music, crafts, dancing, food and dress. This fun festival is hosted in the heart of the beautiful Ozark Mountains.
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Marionville Applefest — Marionville, MO
The popular Marionville Applefest is home to countless activities and events. The carnival, pony rides, and games will keep the kids busy, while adults will enjoy watching (or participating in) the pie-eating contest and browsing dozens of craft vendor booths.
69th Humansville Fall Festival — Humansville, MO
The Humansville Fall Festival may be hosted by a small town, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking big fun. Perfect for all ages, this fall festival is celebrating its 69th year and will provide three full days of fun. This year's festival will feature live music from fantastic local musicians including Kelly Kenney, Makenna and Brock, and Laura Ashley, to name a few. You’ll also find fun carnival rides, talented artisans selling their goods, and an amazing parade to wrap up the event on Saturday.
Mo Food Truck Fest — Springfield, MO
The first event of its kind in Springfield, the Mo Food Truck Fest will be a great time, with one awesome day packed full of the best gourmet food trucks in the area. Experience a variety of flavors and dishes, featuring the best of barbecue, vegan, Mexican and TexMex, seafoood, Mediterranean, Latin, and so much more. The festival will also host live musicians and craft vendors. Admission is free.
Wilder Days Festival — Mansfield, MO
The 43rd annual Wilder Days Festival in Mansfield celebrates the life and times of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the "Little House on the Prairie" books. For two full days, the town square is filled with laughter, live music, crafts, delicious food, children's games, dancing, and more! The event also features a parade, a 5K run, a quilt show, the Little Laura/Farmer Boy contest, and the 27th annual "Laura's Memories" outdoor play. Visitors can also take a tour of the home where the books were written.
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Thousands of people come out for the annual Cider Days festival on Historic Walnut Street. Families love this two-day festival featuring southwest Missouri artists and crafters, live performances from Springfield musicians, and an array of fun, fall-themed family activities. Of course you can’t leave without picking up a cup of delicious real apple cider — the main event!
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Annual Black Walnut Festival — Stockton, MO
The annual Black Walnut Festival is larger than you might think, with visiting craftsmen, carnival rides, vendor booths with homemade crafts and foods, and plenty of games for kids. The Pet Parade is always a big hit, with all kinds of animals like dogs, cats, teacup pigs, ponies, and more on display. Shop the vendor booths, hit up the food trucks, and ride the carnival rides for four full days of fun.
HOBA’s 23rd Annual Fall Bluegrass Festival — West Plains, MO
Camp out for this three-day festival featuring some of the region’s most talented bluegrass and gospel artists. Tent sites and RV spots with 30-AMP hookups are available, and guests can enjoy free beans and cornbread on Thursday night with an admission ticket. Enjoy music from groups like Stringed Union, The Baker Family, Possom Trot, The Rickey Wasson Band, That Dalton Gang and more at HOBA’s 23rd Annual Fall Bluegrass Festival.
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Fair Grove Heritage Reunion Festival — Fair Grove, MO
Among the largest craft festivals in the region, the Fair Grove Heritage Reunion Festival entices visitors with free admission to enjoy two full days of fun horse and tractor demonstrations and competitions, a Kid Zone with inflatables and slides, live music performances, tons of vendors, pony rides, and tours of the Historic Wommack Mill. Kick off the fun on Saturday with a huge parade and close out the festival Sunday with a community church service at the mill.
Ozark Arts & Crafts Show — Ozark, MO
September 30 - October 2
The annual Ozark Arts & Crafts Show has been around for more than 40 years and continually invites visitors from all over Missouri to come and enjoy the many vendors offering delicious eats, games and activities, homemade wares, arts, and crafts. More than 250 vendors from all over America come to the Ozarks for this event, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
Republic Pumpkin Daze — Republic, MO
Giant fruits and vegetables fill the streets of downtown Republic at the Republic Pumpkin Daze. Families love to come out and see the larger-than-life pumpkins, visit with local vendors, and treat their taste buds to traditional grub like hamburgers, ice cream, and cotton candy. See some of largest pumpkins, gourds, squash, and other vegetables, and check out the fun themed contests that keep the crowds coming back for more every year.
Cackle Hatchery’s Annual Chicken Festival — Lebanon, MO
The Cackle Hatchery’s Annual Chicken Festival is truly a family venture, with contest, games, prizes, drawings, refreshments and even a human-sized chicken! Educational tours of the hatchery and poultry presentations offer the chance to learn more about the hatchery and poultry industry and guest speakers will answer any questions visitors may have.
Apple Butter Makin’ Days — Mt. Vernon, MO
An annual Mt. Vernon tradition, Apple Butter Makin’ Days draws more than 40,000 people to this small town in southwest Missouri for three days of family activities, events, and freshly made apple butter. And this isn’t just your average apple butter; it’s cooked traditionally, inside copper kettles propped up over open fires. Watch apple butter makers do their thing from dawn until mid-afternoon each day, and enjoy the contests, live music, games, and browse wares of more than 350 craftsmen from around the country.
Hollister Grape and Fall Festival — Hollister, MO
Held on Historic Downing Street in Hollister, the Hollister Grape and Fall Festival features community activities and events as well as the famous Grape Stompers. Participate in the Color Me Grape 5K at 9 a.m. and then spend the remainder of the day enjoying local crafters, culinary displays, and more.
Pets & Pumpkins on C-Street — Springfield, MO
The Springfield Pets & Pumpkins on C-Street attracts all kinds of pet-loving families for the most adorable festival you’ve ever seen. All kinds of dogs, cats, pigs, and more come out dressed in costume. The pet parade is definitely something you want to see. Games, inflatables, and vendors all set up their tents on Commercial Street and festivalgoers are welcome to come in costume and participate in the costume contest.
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Eureka Days — Eureka, MO
Eureka Days invites visitors from all over to celebrate fall with dozens of vendors, carnival rides, an inflatable zipline, a parade, and a beer garden for guests 21 and up. Close out the event with a fantastic fireworks show and live music.
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Scarecrow Festival Eureka — Eureka, MO
From fun to friendly, creepy to creative, scarecrows are one of the most recognizable icons of fall. And, every October, literally hundreds of scarecrows are put on display in the charming town of Eureka. During the festival, visitors can vote for their favorite scarecrow, browse the handmade craft booths, enjoy some delicious food, and celebrate the beginning of the fall season.
Celebrate St. Peters — St. Peters, MO
Free admission, live music, and free activities for the kids make Celebrate St. Peters an instant winner. This event also features more than 60 vendor booths, carnival rides, camping, and a fireworks show.
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Budweiser Taste of St. Louis — Chesterfield, MO
It’s all about the grub at the Budweiser Taste of St. Louis. Treat your taste buds to bite-sized samples from various restaurant vendors, check out the cooking demos at the Goose Island School of Cooking Stage or show off your skills at the Budweiser Home Chef Throwdown Competition.
Pyromania — Eureka, MO
Pyromania is unlike any other festival on this list because it culminates in the midwest’s largest fireworks show. Guests will enjoy a day full of fun events including a car show, K-9 demonstrations, live music, and a huge corn maze. Then at night the main show begins with more than two hours of stunning fireworks set to music.
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O’Fallon Fall Fest — O’Fallon, MO
Kick off the O’Fallon Fall Fest Friday with a dance party featuring music from some of the St. Louis area's best local bands. Saturday will feature a host of events, from acoustic performances, specialty vendor booths boasting jewelry, clothing, homemade crafts and art and decor, and mouthwatering food and drink options. Take a tour of the O'Fallon Historical Society's Log Cabin Museum or take part in the 5K run to round out your weekend of fun.
Fall Harvest Festival — De Soto, MO
Washington State Park will host its Fall Festival, featuring Missouri arts and crafters at the craft fair, hayrides, free live music, and trick-or-treating for campers who stay at the campground. The park will also be hosting its open house at the same time to provide visitors with additional information about the park.
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Deutsch Country Days — Marthasville, MO
This year will feature the 35th annual Deutsch Country Days, a historic event celebrating the culture and traditions of German living. Visit the historic Luxenhaus Farm, experience the works of authentic German artisans, and dine on traditional German fare.
Pumpkin Palooza — Washington, MO
Come dressed to impress as Washington, MO celebrates its annual Pumpkin Palooza. A costume contest is just one of the fun family events you’ll find here. Other events include h a giant pumpkin competition, candy crawl, baking competitions, a witch hunt, story time for the kids and more.
Augusta’s 14th Annual Harvest Festival — Augusta, MO
Experience Missouri’s wine country with Augusta’s 14th Annual Harvest Festival. Kick off the fun with a concert, picnic and samples of some of the region’s finest wines. Take advantage of the special harvest at area restaurants, retailers, wineries and breweries on Saturday, September 17 and enjoy the Wine Makers Social in the evening, featuring gourmet dishes paired with fine wines.
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2016 Belton Fall Festival — Belton, MO
Downtown Belton will be filled with family activities, music of all genres, more than 100 vendors and plenty of festival-style foods for the Belton Fall Festival. Celebrate the changing seasons at this fun event filled with entertainment for all ages.
Burg Fest 2016 — Warrensburg, MO
Head to downtown Warrensburg for two days of fun at Burg Fest 2016. The festival includes a car show, a wing eating contest, live band performances, and children’s activities including face painting. There is also a farmer's market and a beer garden for anyone 21 an over.
Annual Missouri Town 1855 Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music — Lee’s Summit, MO
Step back into the 1800s with the Annual Missouri Town 1855 Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music where you’ll enjoy family rides in a horse-drawn buggy, music of the 1800s, and old-time arts and crafts. Traditional fall festival activities also include hayrides and hot spiced cider.
Pumpkins and Mums Fall Festival — Excelsior Springs, MO
The Pumpkins and Mums Fall Festival is the ultimate autumn event, featuring pumpkin painting, face painting, a petting zoo, and more. The whole family can enjoy the day’s activities before heading to the E-Town Hoedown, where line dancing, a costume contest, and quickest draw contest await.
Dogtober Fest — Blue Springs, MO
Calling all dog lovers: enjoy free admission at Blue Springs’ Dogtober Fest and participate in all the fun contests and games. This dog-themed festival features dock diving and frisbee catching compeitions, sack races, biscuit eating contests, costume contests, search and rescue dog demonstrations, and a variety of vendor booths offering dog services and products.
Annual Missouri Day Festival — Trenton, MO
Every year around the third weekend in October, 10,000 people converge on Trenton, Mo. to celebrate the colorful history of the Show Me State at the annual Missouri Day Festival. Centered around a historic barn, this family-friendly event features nearly 150 different vendors with handmade merchandise and food, a marching band competition, music, and kids activities.
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Chautauqua in the Park — Chillicothe, MO
Celebrate fall with more than 100 vendor booths featuring food, arts and crafts and more at Simpson Park. Chautauqua in the Park is also great for the kids and includes a petting zoo, scavenger hunts, and storytelling.
St. Joe Southside Fall Festival — St. Joseph, MO
The St. Joe Southside Fall Festival is perfect for families celebrating Fall, with an alcohol-free environment and free admission. Enjoy a colorful parade and float contest, delicious food vendors, live music, karaoke, and more.
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Crossroads Crush — Cameron, MO
Geared toward a 21 and up crowd, Crossroads Crush is a great way to get familiar with all the wineries and craft breweries of northwest Missouri. View local art, enjoy live music, check out some talented craftsmen and women, and of course, indulge in all the wine and beer tastings.
Lexington’s 19th Annual Apples, Arts & Antiques Festival — Lexington, MO
Spend a crisp fall day browsing the Main Street Antique Show and Art Show, exploring the bustling downtown area of Lexington, and stocking up on freshly-picked apples. The Apples, Arts & Antiques Festival continually attracts scores of visitors to the area in search of a bit of northwest Missouri culture and fall activities for the whole family.
Clark County Mule Festival — Kahoka, MO
Clark County is the “Missouri Mule Capital” so a Mule Festival is almost mandatory. Enjoy mule shows, trail rides, a rodeo, a costume contest, plenty of shopping at area vendor booths, and more. Camping is also available at the Clark County Fairgrounds.
40th Annual Autumn Historic Folklife Festival — Hannibal, MO
Surround yourself with the traditional food, music, and crafts of historic 1800s rural living at the 30th Annual Autumn Historic Folklife Festival. This event is a regional favorite and consistently draws thousands of visitors to Hannibal with family-oriented activities, street musicians, hot, fresh apple cider, and more than 100 artisan booths.
32nd Louisiana Country Colorfest — Louisiana, MO
The Louisiana Country Colorfest is packed full of fun events like a car show, Junior Miss Colorfest and Little Mr. and Miss Colorfest pageants, a motorcycle show, baby show, athe Fireman’s Challenge, and Fire Truck Show. Make Don’t miss the Colorfest Parade which is full of fun community floats.
Fall Into Arts Festival — Kennett, MO
Make sure to bring the kids along for this festival that celebrates all things creative. The Fall Into Arts Festival features a host of kid-friendly activities like a lego build, sand art, bubble stations, chalk the sidewalk, a jump house, and more. Adults will have plenty to do as well, with an excellent variety of artists and musicians, festival food, a mini film festival, the Art/Craft & Photography Show, and much more.
Zell Fall Festival — Ste. Genevieve, MO
Free admission and tons of family fun are a given at the Zell Fall Festival at St. Joseph Parish. Guests can spend the day enjoying a variety of activities like a car show, raffles, karaoke, games, and even a pumpkin carving contest. Once dinner time rolls around, visitors can fill their bellies with a delectable chicken and ham dinner, complete with all the trimmings.
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Rural Heritage Day — Ste. Genevieve, MO
During this full day celebration, visitors can experience old-fashioned crafts like soapmaking, leatherworking, spinning, wood carving and more at this living history festival. Wander the Ste. Genevieve Historic District, enjoy a hot cider and kettle corn, see the historic demonstrations, cheer at one of the two parades, and check out some of the live music and entertainment! Visitors can also tour the famous historic homes in the area at this can't-miss historical celebration.
Cotton Carnival & Parade — Sikeston, MO
September 27 - October 1
Head out to the Jaycee Rodeo Grounds in Sikeston for the one-of-a-kind Cotton Carnival & Parade. Five days of family activities await, including a parade through the streets of downtown, carnival rides, live performances, a pageant, and more. Food and drink will be available for purchase as well.
New Madrid Fall Festival — New Madrid, MO
Outdoor enthusiasts will love the events of the New Madrid Fall Festival. Visitors can participate in the Bass Pro Shop Big Cat Quest Tournament, youth fishing rodeo, or vote in the beauty pageant. The festival also features a petting zoo for the kids, wagon rides, craft vendors, and more.
Uptown Jackson Oktoberfest — Jackson, MO
This German Oktoberfest is great for those looking for some fun family activities as well as anyone interested in enjoying some great brews. With traditional German food, drink and entertainment, there’s a little something for everyone. Event organizers are also bringing back the pet parade, firetruck parade, and firefighters’ games for even more fun.
107th Calhoun Colt Show Fair and Festival — Calhoun, MO
The Calhoun Colt Show Fair and Festival isn’t just for horse lovers; it’s for everyone! The event features three full days of awesome family fun, featuring just about everything from horse shows and other equine events to church services on the lawn, live music, a flowers and culinary show, a pet parade, and more. When you get hungry, stop by the beer garden for a brew and pick up some of that tasty fair food we all love.
Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest — Osage Beach, MO
Bikers will love the Vendor Villages, live concerts and burn out pits at the Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest. Participate in the scenic rides around the lake, enjoy the motorcycle rodeos and bike shows, listen to live music, or enter your name in the bike giveaways to win a free motorcycle.
Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival 2016 — Columbia, MO
September 30 - October 2
Catch live concerts from big names like Blues Traveller, Ben Folds, The Avett Brothers, Jackie Greene Band, Devil Makes Three, and more than 20 additional artists at the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival at Stephens Lake Park. The festival features a wide range of genres, mouthwatering barbecue from regional restaurants, a half marathon and 10K, and a full-blown Gospel Celebration on Sunday with an eclectic blend of traditional music and food.
Eldon Turkey Festival — Eldon, MO
Join in on the annual Turkey Trot at the Eldon Turkey Festival, a community tradition that draws participants from all over the area. Other festival events include the Turkey Festival Demolition Derby, the Lil Mr & Miss Turkey contest, the quilt show, and the much anticipated Turkey Festival Parade.
Versailles Olde Tyme Apple Festival — Versailles, MO
The Olde Tyme Apple Festival in Versailles attracts thousands of visitors from Missouri and surrounding states. The award-winning event is known for its exciting apple-themed activities and countless bushels of fresh apples. Families will love the live music, baking contests, a fun zone for kids, and a vast variety of vendor booths filling the streets of downtown Versailles.
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Capital Jazzfest and Capital Arts Street Art Fair — Jefferson City, MO
Jazz is one of the most uniquely American forms of music, the Capital Jazzfest and Capital Arts Street Art Fair in Jefferson City was designed to keep this awesome music alive. Celebrating its 25th season this year, festivalgoers can rock out to jazz performances from local musicians all afternoon. The festival also features an awesome chalk art competition that will cover the streets in colorful art.
- Back Forty Bluegrass Festival, Curryville, Mo, September 1-4
- SantaCaliGon Festival, Independence, Mo, September 2-5
- La Plata Soybean Festival, La Plata, Mo, September 2-5
- Putnam County Fair, Unionville, Mo, September 6-10
- St. James Grape and Fall Festival, St. James, Mo, September 8-10
- Japanese Fall Festival, Springfield, Mo, September 9-11
- St. Louis Art Fair, Clayton, Mo, September 9-11
- Art Westport, Kansas City, Mo, September 9-11
- Cole County Extension Fall Festival, Jefferson City, Mo, September 10
- Independence Uncorked Wine Festival, Independence, Mo, September 10
- Outlaw Days, Richmond, Mo, September 10
- Washington Brewfest, Washington, Mo, September 10
- Strafford Route 66 Days, Strafford, Mo, September 10
- LouFest, St. Louis, Mo, September 10-11
- Slater Fall Festival, Slater, Mo, September 15-17
- Autumn Daze, Branson, Mo, September 15-17
- Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival, Conway, Mo, September 15-17
- Waverly Apple Jubilee, Waverly, Mo, September 15-17
- So Long Summer Music Fest, Jefferson City, Mo, September 16-17
- Shakin’ in the Shell Fest, Shell Knob, Mo, September 16-17
- Fall Fun Festival, Blue Springs, Mo, September 16-18
- Downtown Sikeston’s Wine Festival, Sikeston, Mo, September 17
- Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival, California, Mo, September 17
- Joplin Festival of the Arts, Joplin, Mo, September 17
- Day on the River, Cape Girardeau, Mo, September 17
- Toonfest, Marceline, Mo, September 17
- Chamois Day, Chamois, Mo, September 17
- De Soto Fall Festival, De Soto, Mo, September 17
- Faust Heritage Festival, Chesterfield, Mo, September 17-18
- 39th Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show, Columbia, Mo, September 17-18
- Hermann Heritage Days, Hermann, Mo, September 17-18
- Santa Fe Trail Days, New Franklin, Mo, September 17-18
- Stoddard County Fair, Dexter, Mo, September 20-24
- Old Time Harvest Days, Chillicothe, Mo, September 23-24
- Liberty Fall Festival, Liberty, Mo, September 23-25
- 7C’s Winery Mead Fest, Walnut Grove, Mo, September 25
- Brunswick Pecan Festival, Brunswick, Mo, September 25
- Plattsburg Fall Festival, Plattsburg, Mo, September 29 - October 1
- Jacob’s Cave Fall Swapping Days, Versailles, Mo, September 29 - October 2
- Gladfest, Gladstone, Mo, September 29 - October 2
- Red Barn Arts & Crafts Festival, Kirksville, Mo, October 1
- Hatton Craft Festival, Hatton, Mo, October 1
- Monroe City Fall Festival, Monroe City, Mo, October 1
- Jefferson City MultiCultural Fall Festival, Jefferson City, Mo, October 1
- Frogtoberfest, Waynesville, Mo, October 1
- Applefest, Weston, Mo, October 1-2
- Maple Leaf Festival, Carthage, Mo, October 1-29
- Hermann Oktoberfest, Hermann, Mo, October 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, and 29-30
- Ozark Fall Farmfest, Springfield, Mo, October 7-9
- Caledonia Pumpkin Festival, Caledonia, Mo, October 7-8
- Blackwater Fall Festival, Blackwater, Mo, October 8
- Wyatt Earp's Fall Fest, Barton County, Mo, October 8
- Saxon Lutheran Memorial Fall Festival, Frohna, Mo, October 8
- MO MUG Craft Beer Festival, New Franklin, Mo, October 8
- Arrow Rock Heritage Festival, Arrow Rock, Mo, October 8-9
- Clarksville Applefest, Clarksville, Mo, October 8-9
- Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival, Hartsburg, Mo, October 8-9
- Old Iron Work Days, St. James, Mo, October 8-9
- Art in the Park, Springfield, Mo, October 8-9
- Buffalo Pioneer Days, Buffalo, Mo, October 9
- Warsaw Heritage Days, Warsaw, Mo, October 15-16
- Back Roads to Main Street Heritage Festival, Ash Grove, Mo, October 15
- Route 66 Fest, Waynesville, Mo, October 15
- Ozarks Bacon Fest, Springfield, Mo, October 29
- Apple Butter Festival, Kimmswick, Mo, October 29-30
Did we forget to mention any of your hometown festivals? What fall festival do you and your family love to attend each year? Share with us in the comments below!