New England is known for its brilliant autumn colors, and it also has the distinction of holding some excellent fall-time festivities that you will not want to miss.
New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival (New Hampshire)
Head to Laconia in the center of the state to take part in the annual New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival. Mark your calendars for Oct. 13-14 to experience this autumnal event. The main draw of the festival is the more than 20,000 jack-o’-lanterns; plan to stay at the festival late to see them illuminate the night sky with their glowing, ghoulish smiles.
More than 80 vendors will keep your stomach happy while giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase locally-made crafts. Check out the haunted attractions for a Halloween-themed spook. Take a scenic train ride to view the picturesque autumnal backdrop of Laconia.
Live bands and entertainers are sure to delight attendees of all ages. Children will stay engaged with the available age-appropriate games and amusement rides.
Franklin County Cider Fest (Massachusetts)
Apple enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Franklin County Cider Fest in northwestern Massachusetts, held on Nov. 3-5. Tour local area orchards before tasting hard and sweet ciders from a wide variety of regional vendors.
Attend one of the workshops, like the Cidermaking 101 session, to learn how to make your own cider. Learn about the history and production methods of cider tasting by going on the cider Appreciation 101 Guided Tasting on Sunday.
The Friday night Cider Cocktails event features cider and hors d’oeuvres; spaces are limited, so get your tickets now. If supper interests you more, purchase a ticket to attend the CiderDays Locavore Harvest Supper for an apple- and cider-themed dinner held at The Warfield House.
Chatham’s Oktoberfest (Massachusetts)
Whether you’re German or a fan of German culture, you’re sure to enjoy Chatham’s Oktoberfest, located on the tip of Cape Cod. This one-day-only event will take place on Oct. 21 and will feature fun for the whole family.
Feast on bratwurst and stop by the beer trailer to sip some brews. The Chatham Town Band and professional entertainers will provide a cheery vibe.
Explore the park’s Pumpkin People exhibit, crafted by local businesses and residents. Children will stay busy with provided games and crafts.
Apple Pie Festival (Vermont)
Catch some vibrant Vermont foliage by heading to the Cabot Historical Society’s Apple Pie Festival. Held on Oct. 14, this one-day affair will satisfy your appetite for apples in no time. Not only is this event family-friendly, but it’s also free to attend.
As the name suggests, an apple pie contest is the main attraction. Visitors can choose from a variety of locally-baked apple pies to take home.
Quench your hunger at the chili luncheon, and then engage in a silent auction for a chance to win some prizes. Start your Christmas shopping early by perusing craft vendor booths.
From cider to bratwurst, New England boasts a plethora of ways to celebrate harvest time with seasonal activities and flavors.
This article is presented by Steve Lewis Subaru in Hadley, MA.