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Celebrate Autumn Fun with Fall Harvest Festivals

Phyllis Lifestyle 12 Comments

We all know autumn is my favorite time of year. There are just so many amazing things these months bring! One of the season’s highlights is all of the fall harvest festivals.

Traditionally, these celebrations are held on the day of the Harvest Moon or the nearest Sunday.

The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, or the first official day of fall. Today, people everywhere hold festivities and carnivals all throughout the autumn season because we just can’t get enough of it!

Pumpkin festivals, pecan festivals, scarecrow festivals, apple harvest festivals—you name it and someone’s got it!

You should see  Autumn at the Arboretum in Dallas, Texas. It’s open through November 22 and will continue to stun visitors with its whopping 90,000 pumpkins, squash, and gourds that make up their Pumpkin Village.

Autumn at the Arboretum was even named one of “America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals” by Fodor’s Travel and “One of the World’s 15 Most Breathtaking Gardens” by Architectural Digest.

Fall’s favorite flower will also make an appearance with 4,500 chrysanthemums sprinkled throughout the show of color.

And that’s just one fall harvest festival. They are all so warm and inviting—corn mazes for the kids, hayrides for the whole family, and fall garden vegetable and fruit picking to get your bounty for this season’s cooking.

Right here in Alabama, we have the nation’s largest peanut festival coming up the first week in November!

The National Peanut Festival celebrates the peanut harvest. The majority of the U.S. peanut crop is harvested within 100 miles of Dothan, Alabama, where the festival is held. How about that!

Known as the “Peanut Capital of the World,” Dothan has hosted this celebration since 1938. What started as a three-day event is now 10 days long and includes amusement rides, animal attractions, agricultural displays, concerts, and a parade. More than 160,000 people attend the fair every year, so make a road trip down South November 3–12.

The fall season celebrates many delights. What’s your favorite part about autumn?

Southern Celebrations Autumn


Comments 12

  1. I recently visited Birmingham and was inspired by its Fall lovelyness. What a beautiful city! Enjoy your favorite season there. Vlindsay

  2. I so love Fall and all the festivities of the celebration of harvest and home. I lived most of my life in Florida where there was basically one season…the palm fronds never changing color 🙁 …. We loved to travel to the areas to leaf peep and visit wonderful farms of Apple orchards and pumpkin patches….Now that we relocated to N.C. I adore the fact that I can see and enjoy the magnificent colors of Fall.

  3. Here in the upper Northwest, fall has been here since the end of September, all the beautiful colors, rust, orange, red, purple, all the wonderful colors on the trees. My kitty, sitting on her cat tree looking out the window at the birds, and squrials, chimpmunks, running around the cool mornings, and warm afternoons just enough to get the last bits of yard work finished.

  4. Thank you for including the Dallas Arboretum – it is truly an inspiration. Some Ribbon Friends may be surprised to learn that there are many beautiful Arboretums in Texas.
    Beautiful orange harvest moons as well as fall color are definitely our favorite aspects of Autumn.
    Yesterday I put the chrysanthemums on the front porch. Earlier tonight we were noticing our Maple tree’s rapid color change and speculating as to how many, if any, deep mahogany leaves will appear. Some years there is a race between color and leaves dropping before they have a chance to turn. Hopefully this wil be a glorious year of an abundance of golds and reds!
    Lord’s Acre and Harvest Festival enjoyment to all!

  5. Donuts, ice cream, scones, bread, (I have even had pumpkin challah bread. It makes fabulous french toast!), granola, lattes, and yes even a facial mask!

  6. I love all the fall festivals! The thing I love most about this season (and it too is my very favorite) is time spent with family and friends. Outdoors gathering leaves on long, brisk walks. Indoors gathered around the table, or by the hearth for tea.

    I think of all the memories of my childhood in Europe, most of my favorite ones are from fall.

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