Fall is a glorious season full of foliage change, delightful autumnal hues, and tons of activities for lovers of all things pumpkins, festivals, and a crisp breeze. To spark your fall travel dreams, check out of some of the most amazing fall festivals happening around the world.
Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
Lovers of fall, Bavarian culture, and beer come together to celebrate Oktoberfest every year from the end of September through the beginning of October. Though it’s celebrated throughout Germany (and worldwide in many places!), the biggest celebration happens in Munich, Bavaria’s capital. Attendees come decked out in traditional clothing such as dirndl dresses and lederhosen shorts, ready to drink, listen to Bavarian music, and enjoy incredible days of celebration where strangers become friends over a stein of beer.
Día de Muertos in Oaxaca, Mexico
From the end of October into the first week ofNovember, locals and visitors come together in Oaxaca to celebrate Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead in English. It’s a special celebration in Mexican culture. Throughout the 3 days, it is believed that the veil between this world and the next is especially thin, so spirits are able to come visit their friends and family on Earth. Families help ensure a safe journey by creating beautiful ofrendas or altars in English.
At night, locals visit graveyards where their families and friends have been buried, play music, socialize, drink, and celebrate the dead.
During Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, you’ll see sugar skulls, costumes, and parades. It’s a great experience to immerse yourself in traditional Mexican culture.
Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival in China
Celebrated throughout China as well as Vietnam, Taiwan, and surrounding countries, the Mid-Autumn Festival happens in either September or October and always finishes on the night of a full moon.
The holiday involves family time, lighting paper lanterns, giving thanks, and lots of devouring lots of moon cakes. It’s a gorgeous festival to experience.
The National Apple Harvest Festival in Pennsylvania
There’s not a lot of things more fall and Americana than the National Apple Harvest Festival happening every October near Ardentsville, Pennsylvania. As you can imagine, this festival is all about apples! But that’s not all you’ll find there. There’s also tons of arts and crafts, live music, food, drinks, and entertainment during two back to back weekends in October.
Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival in California
Over 100,000 lovers of pumpkins unite for two days in Half Moon Bay, California for the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. The entire event is pumpkin-inspired and full of arts and crafts, activities, and live music, and even a Great Pumpkin Parade. This is a fall festival must for those who love pumpkins and a great time.
Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night in the United Kingdom
This bonfire and firework filled evening commemorates the arrest of Guy Fawkes who was planning to blow up London’s House of Lords and assassinate King James Iin 1605. Now, every year on November 5, there are bonfires, parades, and fireworks across the United Kingdom. It’s a fun, cultural night and you’ll certainly be welcomed with a cosy, chilly autumnal breeze.
Need more fall travel inspiration? Check back next Friday for some of the most stunning fall destinations around the world.
Christa Adams is a writer, photographer, and sustainable traveler based in Barcelona. She’s been traveling solo since 2014 has a passion for the outdoors, coffee culture, and exploring quaint European towns. Follow her adventures at www.thespiritedexplorer.com.