The Best Fairs & Fall Festivals Near Me & You – You Didn’t Know About!

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Am I right?  I’ve researched the most outstanding fairs, festivals, and events to do this fall and I can’t wait to share these fall family travel ideas with you! This post has been updated to reflect 2018 fall festival events for the state fall festivals!  woohoo!

man and woman in german costume eating candy apples at fall festivals near me

FALL FESTIVALS NEAR ME

I’m sharing secrets of where to find the best fall festivals near me (Southern U.S.) and you this month.  If you’re like us, you can visit several on the weekends.

 GREATER GULF STATE FAIR AND FESTIVAL

Named after the Mobile County, South Alabama, Northwest Florida and Southeast Mississippi areas, this fair is spectacular!  Now the 90-acre site lasts for ten days and includes an area that boasts some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.  You can also find incredible fair food, a petting zoo, rides, thrill shows, character meet-and-greets, a rodeo, and a tractor pull.  The Greater Gulf State Fair is open in Mobile, Alabama from October 26th to November 4, 2018.  

CALVARY LIONS MULE DAY FALL FESTIVAL

This HUGE festival has over 350 arts & crafts exhibitions and concessions.  Enjoy the mule, horse, and antique tractor parade, and the overall credit to mules as an important piece of agriculture in these parts.  See all of the contests, entertainment, cane grinding, petting zoo, country store, and more.  The Calvary Lions Mule Day in Calgary, Georgia happens on November 2nd and 3rd of 2018.

CLEVELAND APPLE FESTIVAL

man and woman eating candy apples at fall festivals near me

The Cleveland Apple Festival is held every fall in Downtown Cleveland, Tennessee and is a joyful, family fall festival that delights those of all ages.  Don’t miss the arts and craft show, the live entertainment, food booths, pony rides, children’s fall activities, and many more activities.  Amazingly, all of the activities at this Tennessee fall festival that are within the Trailhead Bicycle Kid’s Zone are free to children 12 and under – including the pony rides!

PECAN FESTIVAL

Where are best 2018 fall festivals near me? Pecan Festival of Georgia!

Visitors enjoy strolling the city park to enjoy this festival’s local school bands, singers, dancers, and a performance show choir.  Don’t miss this the classic car show, games, craft vendors, food vendors, and the Georgia State Pecan Pie contest. Thomas the Train will be there to greet the kids. US Representative-Buddy Carter, Georgia Senator-Tyler Harper, Georgia Representative-Chad Nimmer and a representative from Georgia Grown will kick off the opening ceremonies.  The Pecan Festival of Georgia is found on November 3rd, 2018 in Blackshear, Georgia. 

COLONIAL TIMES FALL FESTIVAL

There will be an event to remember at this hands-on experience at the Colonial Times “A Day to Remember” Fall Festival in North Augusta, South Carolina.  A look back at the colonial life from 1735-1785, there will be blacksmithing, open-fire cooking, goldsmithing, spinning and musket firing. There will also be a working smokehouse and a beehive bake oven. The Colonial Times Festival is October 20th and 21st, 2018 in North Augusta, South Carolina.

NATIVE RHYTHMS FALL FESTIVAL

Come join this remarkable celebration of the culture of the indigenous people of the United States and is a three-day event.  You can expect to enjoy Native American World Cultural music with drums and workshops.  Also check out the jewelry, food, concerts, and arts & crafts.  The Native Rhythms Festival will be held November 9th-11th, 2018 in Melbourne, Florida.

HARMONY JUBILEE

Where are best 2018 fall festivals near me? Here's THE list!

A unique festival with a unique blend of history AND harmony.  Now is your chance to ride a hot air balloon!  You’ll also find a 5-k color run, 1-mile fun run, Artisan Market, and games.  Don’t miss the Civil War reenactment, kayaks, fishing demo, and the pet fashion show!  The Harmony Jubilee will be held August 10th and 11th, 2018 in Fitzgerald, Georgia. [They changed and had it early on us this year!]

NATIONAL VETERANS DAY FALL FESTIVAL & PARADE

I am over the moon about the FULL weekend that gives honor to our Nation’s heroes.  The weekend begins with a special Memorial service for Raymond Weeks, known as The Father of Veterans Day.  There are luncheons, dinners, and another Memorial service for all the Veterans that passed away this year.  On November 12th, 2018, there will be a grand Veterans Day Parade & fireworks display in Birmingham, Alabama.

THE CELEBRATION OF SEAGROVE POTTERS

A festival that speaks to the collectors and those who appreciate true art.  The festivities include a Gala, live auction, Potters Market, and jazz entertainment.  The rest of the weekend is filled with children’s activities, demonstrations, and food trucks.  The Celebration of Seagrove Potters Festival will be November 16th-18th, 2018 in Seagrove, North Carolina.

TREME’ CREOLE GUMBO FALL FESTIVAL

An extraordinary festival is happening that showcases the best brass bands and gumbo too!  The finest traditional and contemporary brass jazz bands will be on display. Rebirth Brass Band, a Grammy-winning band, will headline the festival.  This festival will be paying tribute to the culture and tradition of Tremé Creole with great food, music, and fun.  The Treme’ Creole Gumbo Festival will take place November 17th -18th, 2018 in New Orleans Louisiana.

AUTUMN AT THE ARBORETUM

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You won’t believe the beauty you’ll find at this festival celebrating fall and all of its gorgeous colors!  Here you’ll see a pumpkin village filled with pumpkin houses.  Also, there are award-winning plants and gardens.  Autumn at the Arboretum Festival will be held from September 22 – November 21, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.

Where are great fall festivals near me?  They are all around!


I LOVE them all!  Which of the fairs fall festivals near me and you are your top pick?  Let me hear from you in the comments!


German costumed girls at the best 2018 fall festivals near me and you




Shan

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24 Comments

  1. November 3, 2017 / 7:31 am

    Wow! That’s a lot of fun you have there… I would visit pottery hands down!

    • Shan
      Author
      November 3, 2017 / 7:35 am

      Thanks, Nancy. It’s so cool!

      much love,
      shan

  2. Forgetmeknotblog
    November 3, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    This is really great! So much info and really detailed which is really nice.

    • Shan
      Author
      November 5, 2017 / 7:22 am

      Thanks so much. Appreciate your kind words.

      much love,
      shan

    • Shan
      Author
      November 5, 2017 / 7:22 am

      Thank YOU, Nicol!

      much love,
      shan

  3. November 4, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    That pecan pie contest sounds wonderful.

    • Shan
      Author
      November 5, 2017 / 7:22 am

      So fun!

      much love,
      shan

  4. Lauren
    November 5, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    I absolutely love Fall festivals!

    • Shan
      Author
      November 6, 2017 / 6:48 am

      Me too!!!

      much love,
      shan

  5. November 6, 2017 / 9:10 am

    This is a great resource .. Will be sharing on RWC platform. Thanks for sharing.

  6. November 6, 2017 / 10:08 am

    Oh I love fall festivals. These all look so fun! I wish we had more here in AZ. But unfortunately we barely get a Fall haha.

    • Shan
      Author
      November 7, 2017 / 10:52 am

      Can be sporadically warm here too. That’s when I pretend it’s fall weather! haha

      much love,
      shan

  7. November 6, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    I would love to go the the Harmony Jubilee and Pecan Festivals! They look like so much fun!

    • Shan
      Author
      November 7, 2017 / 10:50 am

      Yes! We hope to get to travel to the Harmony one!

      much love,
      shan

  8. November 6, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    These all sound amazing! I love finding new festivals in my area. The Native Rhythms Festival sounds so cool!

    • Shan
      Author
      November 7, 2017 / 10:50 am

      It does sound cool, doesn’t it?!

      much love,
      shan

  9. November 6, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    I wish we lived near these festivals! They sound so fun. It makes me want to go and see what Houston has to offer.

    • Shan
      Author
      November 7, 2017 / 10:49 am

      Go for it, Sarah! Yay!

      much love,
      shan

  10. November 7, 2017 / 12:13 am

    There are some really fun and unique festivals in this list! I wish I were closer to these states, but I don’t mind the excuse to travel in the fall 😉

    Mariah
    http://www.likehoneyblog.com

    • Shan
      Author
      November 7, 2017 / 10:49 am

      Yay, Mariah! Come on over and see us!

      much love,
      shan

  11. November 7, 2017 / 9:52 am

    These festivals sound so much fun! This has inspired me to check out some around me.

    • Shan
      Author
      November 7, 2017 / 10:48 am

      You are welcome, Courtney. Thanks for your kind words. That makes my day that you will find your own near you!

      much love,
      Shan

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