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Fall is an excellent time to hit the road in your motorhome! The weather’s cooled off a bit. The bugs aren’t as vicious. And there are tons of fall festivals that you can attend around the country. Here are some of our favorites.
In Adams County, Pennsylvania — also home to Gettysburg — you’ll find the National Apple Harvest Festival taking place over two weekends in October, Oct. 1–2 and Oct. 8–9. And what’s more fun than apple picking in the fall? This festival brings together all things apples with food, crafts, family-friendly activities, entertainment and more. While you’re in the area, see all the historic sites Gettysburg has to offer. You can set up camp at the Gettysburg Campground.
Over Nov. 3–5, you can harvest a southern staple, pecans, at the North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival. Check out the pecan parade, car show and lots of craft and food vendors at this event that’s been a favorite for more than two decades. Nearby camping options include the campground at Lake Waccamaw State Park.
In late September, Sept. 23–25, the town of Warrens, Wisconsin, celebrates its 49th iteration of the Warrens Cranberry Festival. The free and highly ranked fest attracts thousands of people and you won’t be alone at the nearby campgrounds if you decide to stay at one during your visit. The campgrounds are packed with festivalgoers, all looking forward to the parade, cranberry marsh tours, festival food and more.
Just in time for Halloween, the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival in Laconia, New Hampshire, takes place Oct. 29. Thousands upon thousands of carved pumpkins are on display, for a one-of-a-kind atmosphere that’s sure to put you in the spooky spirit. You’ll find several RV parks in the area to host you during your visit.
Buy your tickets now for the Leavenworth Oktoberfest. You’ll feel as if you were in Bavaria when you attend this traditional celebration that takes place over multiple weekends in late September and early to mid-October, Sept. 30–Oct. 1, Oct. 7–8 and Oct. 14–15. Beer, polka, German eats — what more could you need?
If, once the weather turns cooler, you’re headed to the Southwest, make sure you plan a stop at this can’t-miss festival as you’re building your itinerary. Gorgeous, colorful hot air balloons take to the skies in the dozens, delighting festivalgoers lucky enough to glimpse the display.
If you don’t intend on being on that side of the country and, instead, will be sticking to the East Coast this fall, you might consider traveling to the Adirondacks for the Adirondack Balloon Festival, Sept. 22–25. Snag your spot at one of the nearby state or private campgrounds (though you can also park your RV at the fest) and check out all the hot air balloons, including some that’ll give you a ride.
Around the same dates, Sept. 21–25, the Acadia Night Sky Festival celebrates all things astronomical in Maine. Enjoy camping at this national park as you take in some of the best nighttime star viewing in the entire country.
And, lastly, if your idea of a fun festival includes more livestock than harvests or hot air balloons, make tracks for the Trailing of the Sheep festival in Idaho, which kicks off Oct. 5. Celebrating the tradition of sheepherding in the West, the festival features, yes, a sheep parade, but also workshops on all things sheep, from cheese to wool, sheepdog trials, cultural demonstrations, live music and more.