Slideshow: 9 Flavorful Fall Festivals

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Slideshow: 9 Flavorful Fall Festivals

Though you may mourn the end of summer, the shorter days and cooler temperatures bring about something worth celebrating: harvest season. These nine autumn festivals will keep you in high spirits and delight your taste buds. Read More:
9 Flavorful Fall Festivals
National Apple Harvest Festival

National Apple Harvest Festival


When: Oct. 4, 5, 11 and 12
Where: Arendtsville, Pa.
How much: $10 for adults; $9 for senior citizens; free for kids ages 12 and younger
For 44 years, Arendtsville, Pa., has welcomed fall with the National Apple Harvest Festival, during which you can nosh on apple jelly, apple sauce, apple pie … you name it. When you're not upping your fruit intake, enjoy the fresh air while on a hayride or kick up your heels at the square dance. Read More:
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Though you may mourn the end of summer, the shorter days and cooler temperatures bring about something worth celebrating: harvest season. These nine autumn festivals will keep you in high spirits and delight your taste buds. Read More:
9 Flavorful Fall Festivals

National Apple Harvest Festival


When: Oct. 4, 5, 11 and 12
Where: Arendtsville, Pa.
How much: $10 for adults; $9 for senior citizens; free for kids ages 12 and younger
For 44 years, Arendtsville, Pa., has welcomed fall with the National Apple Harvest Festival, during which you can nosh on apple jelly, apple sauce, apple pie … you name it. When you're not upping your fruit intake, enjoy the fresh air while on a hayride or kick up your heels at the square dance. Read More:
9 Flavorful Fall Festivals

Louisiana Pecan Festival


When: Nov. 7 to 9
Where: Colfax, La.
How much: Free
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the small town of Colfax, La., takes the time to honor an ingredient that can do wonders to both poultry and pie. The Louisiana Pecan Festival includes a parade, a beauty pageant, live music and, of course, pecan-infused snacks. Read More:
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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati


When: Sept. 19 to 21
Where: Cincinnati
How much: Free
Oktoberfest ZinzinnatiCincinnati's take on the popular German beer festival — draws more than 500,000 people each year. According to a survey of food vendors, last year's event resulted in the sale and ingestion of more than 80,000 brats, 702 pounds of Limburger cheese and 16,000 slices of strudel. Find out more about:
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California Avocado Festival


When: Oct. 3 to 5
Where: Carpinteria, Calif.
How much: Free
Not all of us associate autumn with avocados, but this town at the heart of California's Santa Barbara County (the third largest avocado producer in North America) has no qualms with devoting an October weekend to the velvety green superfood. What's more, any funds accumulated at the California Avocado Festival benefit local nonprofit organizations. Read More:
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Wellfleet OysterFest


When: Oct. 18 to 19
Where: Wellfleet, Mass.
How much: $5 for one day, $8 for both days; free for kids 12 and younger
The summer crowds may have already vacated Cape Cod's 40-mile-long National Seashore, but if you have yet to get your fill, stick around for the Wellfleet OysterFest. In addition to browsing crafts and learning about the area's marine ecosystem, you can slurp down plenty of savory seafood. Find out more about:
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Santa Fe Harvest Festival


When: Oct. 4 to 5
Where: Santa Fe, N.M.
How much: $8 for adults; $5 for teens; free for children 12 and younger
Though temperatures are growing colder, you and your family can add a little heat to your weekend by stringing chiles at Santa Fe's Harvest Festival. Put on by the El Rancho de las Golondrinas living history museum, the festival also offers you the opportunity to make your own tortillas and stomp grapes. Find out more about:
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Sonoma County Harvest Fair


When: Oct. 3 to 5
Where: Santa Rosa, Calif.
How much: Free with food bank donation or $5 without; $55 per person for Tasting Pavilion access
The Sonoma County Harvest Fair celebrates the arrival of the grapes needed to make the region's most famous export, wine. More than 150 vineyard representatives set up shop in Santa Rosa, Calif., to dole out samples, offer food pairing advice and watch the World Championship Grape Stomp. Read More:
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Warrens Cranberry Festival


When: Sept. 26 to 28
Where: Warrens, Wisc.
How much: Free (though marsh tours cost $6 per person)
The holiday season wouldn't be complete without a bowl of sweet, tangy cranberry sauce. That's why Warrens — the Cranberry Capital of Wisconsin — devotes an entire weekend to honoring the blushing berries. Spend your time at the Warrens Cranberry Festival watching the harvest and snacking on cranberry-centric treats.  Read More:
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American Royal World Series of Barbecue


When: Oct. 2 to 5
Where: Kansas City, Mo.
How much: $15 ($13 for tickets purchased in advance)
Marking the end of barbecue season, the American Royal World Series of Barbecue in Kansas City, Mo., is where it is decided once and for all — at least for the year — whose grilling skills reign supreme. Competitors are judged on their sauce, steaks and sides while you look (and eat) on. Find out more about:
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