Looking to take an RV fall trip and also check out some fun festivals? There are also so many local fall activities. Check out the best festivals and fall fairs to visit in your RV travels.
We just love traveling during the fall season. Fall is an incredible time to get out and explore in your RV.
The weather is cooler, the scenery is gorgeous, and the crowds of summer start to fade. There is no better time to have a campfire and enjoy the crisp air.
Whether you are traveling to go to a festival or are just looking for the best festivals and fall fairs that are already in the area you are traveling to, there is something for everyone to enjoy during your RV travels.
Read on to learn more about some amazing fall activities across the country.
Top US Fall Festivals By Region
We love still celebrating fall even though we are traveling in our RV. When we arrive in a new location, we often check the local community calendar of that area for events.
Sometimes campgrounds will also have local fliers posted or other information about fall activities in the area. Here are some unique fall festivals to help you find something in your area.
Northeast US Best Festivals And Fall Fairs For Autumn RV Travels
Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival – Stowe, VT
The fall festival in Vermont is a one-of-a-kind experience. There’s a lot of unique fun mixed in, making it part festival and part engineering challenge.
For the contest, you create and operate your own pumpkin launching trebuchet. You can compete in the lightweight, middleweight, or heavyweight categories depending on the size of the trebuchet you construct.
The festival provides easy-to-follow plans to make a small walking arm trebuchet, so anyone can join in on the fun. Can you imagine seeing all these one-of-a-kind trebuchet creations chucking pumpkins all day?
In addition to the pumpkin launching, there will also be music, games, and fighting robots at this year’s festival taking place on September 25th, 2022.
Salem Haunted Happenings – Salem, MA
This fall Halloween festival may be one of the most extravagant, combining the real history of the Salem Witch Trials with a month-long October celebration. There are events for kids and adults all month long to celebrate.
You can visit the house from the movie Hocus Pocus, the Salem Wax Museum, or the many mural photo stations for spooky unique photo opportunities. Also, be sure to visit and see the show at the Salem Witch Trial Theatre and step into the haunted speakeasy for an extra thrill afterward.
Many outdoor events include a zombie walk, a spooky scavenger hunt, an outdoor Hocus Pocus movie, and ghost hunts. Love parades? Check out the Grand Parade and pet parade. There are also fireworks on Halloween night.
Looking for a costume ball? There are many to choose from during this event including the vampire ball, kid’s fun fest and costume ball, Salem Witch Halloween Ball, and the Hawthorn Hotel Halloween Ball.
There is so much to see and do during this October Halloween festival.
Southeast US Best Festivals And Fall Fairs For Autumn RV Travels
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival – Pigeon Forge, TN
The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee are already on many RVers’ fall travel wish lists, thanks to their spectacular autumn foliage. Why not have a great time at the Dollywood Harvest Festival while you’re there?
The Dollywood Harvest Festival runs from September 9th to October 29th, 2022, and is jam-packed with family-friendly fall.
One of the most popular attractions at the festival is the Great Pumpkin Luminights where, as you walk through, you’ll be surrounded by carved and lit pumpkin displays and sculptures. This night walk presents plenty of fun photo opportunities and an overall magical atmosphere.
In addition to that, there are also enormous pumpkins (weighing up to 1,500 pounds) scattered about, along with pumpkin and apple treats, and craftsman demonstrations.
And if all that wasn’t enough reason for you to visit – there are still all of the classic family amusement park rides available too. It’s a great pit stop to make during your RV travels this fall season!
Epcot’s Food And Wine Festival – Orlando, FL
The fall Food and Wine Festival at Epcot is a favorite for everyone in the area. It takes place from mid-July to mid-November each year.
The celebration has food booths with appetizers, tiny plates, and drink pairings from all over the world. This event is highly anticipated by foodies and Disney fans throughout the year.
Other than the food, one of our favorite parts of the festival is the nightly Eat To The Beat concerts featuring many popular bands. Our two must-see performers each year are Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray and Boys II Men – they never disappoint!
In addition to that, there are also themed World Showcase performances for some of the countries as you walk around.
Food from the following countries is featured during this year’s festival: Brunch Drinks, The Alps, Canada, Belgium, Mac & Cheese Combos, Brazil, China, Plant-Based, Campfire Cooked Foods, France, Germany, Kenya, Greece, Australia, Hawaii, American Beer & Food, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Noodle Dishes, Sapin, Pork Dishes with Cocktails, Coastal Foods, Ireland, and Morocco.
We always enjoy the fish and chips from the United Kingdom area and Joffrey’s alcoholic coffees. Most country food booths also offer beer and wine pairings for the dishes.
Mickeys Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
For kids and families, check out this special party at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
It is offered on select nights as a separately ticketed event that includes Halloween shows, a parade, fireworks, trick-or-treating, and special character greetings. This party is a family Disney favorite.
Disney’s Campground Fort Wilderness
Did you know that Disney World has a campground? If you are traveling by RV to check out any of the fall festivals and parties at Disney, you can stay right on the property at the Fort Wilderness Campground.
This gives you easy access to bus transportation to the parks. There is also boat transportation to Magic Kingdom from the campground.
Golf Cart Rental Rental Fort Wilderness
If you do stay at Disney’s Fort Wilderness campground, it is very popular to rent a golf cart to decorate for fall. Campsite and golf cart decorating is huge at the campground during both the Halloween and the Christmas season.
Disney provides golf cart rental for the campground. This place is huge so the cart can really come in handy.
There is also a shuttle bus service that connects areas of the campground if you choose not to rent a golf cart.
Midwest Fall Festivals And Autumn Celebrations For RV Travels
Madison County Covered Bridge Festival – Winterset, IA
The movie Bridges Of Madison County comes to life when you visit this charming town during its fall festival taking place from October 8th-9th, 2022.
The event that shouldn’t be missed is the guided tour of covered bridges. There’s something so charming and special about them that we always look forward to seeing while traveling, and here in Madison county, there are six historic bridges.
John Wayne was born in Winterset, and you may explore both his home and museum. There are also antique tractor rides, a quilt exhibition, a spelling contest, a horseshoe tournament, a Civil War reenactment with cannon firing, horse-drawn wagon tours, and a parade during the event.
Northwest US Best Autumn Festivals And Autumn Celebrations
West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta – Tualatin, OR
The Pumpkin Regatta is another must-see event if you want to attend a true one-of-a-kind fall celebration. This year’s event will be held on October 15–16, 2022, and it’s all about pumpkin competitions.
When individuals create massive 1,000-pound hollowed-out pumpkins into boats and race each other across the lake as the highlight of the festival, who knew that a big pumpkin could float as a boat? That is something crazy to see!
In addition to the standard pumpkin contests like carving and decoration, this festival also offers more unique competitions such as pumpkin golf, pumpkin bowling, pie eating contests, and a 5K race. If you love pumpkins, this is the event for you.
Leavenworth Oktoberfest – Wenatchee, WA
The German-themed town of Leavenworth, located in the foothills of central Washington, is a great spot to visit all year round. Come September 30th though, the place really comes alive for its annual fall festival spanning three weekends.
Although this year it has been relocated to Wenatchee, shuttles will still be running from Leavenworth throughout the duration of the festival.
This traditional Oktoberfest is in its 24th year featuring German food, entertainment, and fun for the whole family. The festival kicks off with an opening ceremony that includes a parade of flags, a keg tapping ceremony, and a stein contest.
Enjoy Bavarian dance troupes, children’s games and activities, and live Polka music all nestled in the beautiful fall mountain scenery.
Southwest Autumn Festivals And Biggest Festivals In The US
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – Albuquerque, NM
This Fall Event is without a doubt one of the most well-known and most popular RV gatherings. It’s easy to see why it’s so popular.
You may stay in your RV at the festival grounds and watch 500 spectacular hot air balloons fly over you from dawn to dusk. This year’s celebration marks its 50th anniversary, which will run from October 1st to 9th 2022.
Dawn balloon launches and night balloon glows are two of the most popular activities at a festival. There are also several launches throughout the day.
They have shape rodeos, which are shaped balloons such as characters, animals, or other fascinating shapes. The Glowdeo is the name of their nighttime shape rodeo.
Many people travel from all across the nation to attend. They have other entertaining activities such as concerts, fireworks, skydiving, and chainsaw carving demonstrations.
They also put on several competitions among balloon teams. Navigating balloons to land on certain targets is one type of competition.
Many balloon crews get the crowd involved to help out. This festival should be included in every RVer’s itinerary!
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, TX
The Texas Renaissance Festival, the country’s biggest medieval event, is held on weekends from October 8th to November 11th, 2022. This festival has several themed weekends that draw over 500,000 people every year.
The themes for this year are Pirate Adventure, 1001 Dreams, All Hallows Eve, Heroes and Villains, Barbarian Invasion, Highland Fling, and Celtic Christmas.
Don’t miss the King’s Dinner Feast Theater and the famous pub crawl. Entertainment options such as jugglers, acrobats, fire shows, and fireworks run throughout the night.
There are also many games and activities like ax throwing, archery contests, Jacob’s Ladder, and rides including Davinci’s Flying Machine and the Enchanted Forest Swing. What a fun festival!
Autumn is the perfect season to join in on all of the country’s festivities! From food and wine festivals, hot air balloon events, Renaissance fairs, or Oktoberfest celebrations– no matter what you’re interests are, there’s sure to be something close by your RV travels.
Share with us your favorite fall festival experiences in the comments below! We would love to read about them.
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Scott and Van of The Adventure Detour are travel writers focusing on RV travel, family outdoor travel, national parks travel, and hiking. They have been full-time RV living and traveling across the US since 2015. In 8 years of full-time RVing, they have visited 38 national parks so far with the ultimate goal to see them all. They work as digital nomads while roadschooling their daughter nicknamed Sissy. On the way to all 50 states, they have visited and hiked through 42 states so far. The travel bucket list is forever growing!