Fall Festivals, Fairs, Celebrations and Special Events

Seasonal Autumn Fun in the Southeast

As bursts of fall color begin to appear in some of the higher elevations as early as September, visitors to the Southeast are able to enjoy an array of seasonal festivals, celebrations, fairs and special events. These round-ups feature hundreds of fun things to do during a memorable autumn weekend getaway, day-trip or fall vacation.
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    September Festivals and Special Events

    September fall festivals and events are plentiful in the Southeast as communities and organizations celebrate the often idyllic early fall weather, seasonal harvests, Southern heritage, visual and performing arts and more. This round-up of events highlights an array of festivals with something for just about everyone.
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    Find out about more than 40 fun festivals and special events taking place in the Southeast during the glorious month of October. This round up includes selected festivals and events in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
  • 03 of 09
    Before becoming completely immersed in the upcoming holiday festivities, you can enjoy several wonderful early to mid November festivals and special events throughout the Southeast. These highlights offer great pre-holiday fun with an array of activities for all ages.
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    Beginning during the summer and continuing throughout the fall, the bright lights of state and county fair midways attract visitors from near and far to celebrate the agricultural heritage of the Southeast with traditional fair fun and entertainment for all ages.
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    Fall Food Festivals

    From flavorful smoked barbecue to fresh-caught seafood, just-picked apples, the world's most famous chicken and more, the Southeast U.S. offers a full menu of more than 20 great food festivals to enjoy during September, October and November.
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    Nature's autumn palette is reflected in the reds, golds and greens of the fall apple harvest. As the humidity lifts throughout the Southeastern United States, sunny days of crisp mountain air beckon visitors from near and far to the region's apple orchards to enjoy an array of apple inspired celebrations.
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    Oompah-pah bands, Sauerkraut, Pretzels, Bavarian dancing, German crafts and, of course, plenty of German Beer - In the spirit of Munich, Germany's annual sixteen-day festival, many communities and organizations throughout the Southeast celebrate Oktoberfest. Some Oktoberfests last one day while others continue for several weeks, each with its own unique format and traditions.
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    Halloween Fun in the Southeast

    From special Halloween events at major theme parks to ghost trains or Chapel Hill's popular annual street festival, find out about several destinations for spooky Halloween fun in the Southeast.
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    Veterans Day in the Southeast

    Veterans Day in the United States is a federal and state holiday, celebrated on November 11th, to thank and honor the nation's military veterans for their service, contributions and sacrifices. United States veterans, members of the U.S. armed forces and their families are admitted free-of-charge annually on Veterans Day to most public lands managed by the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture. Several highlighted Veterans Day events in the Southeast are included in this round-up.