The communities all across the United States believe in celebrating the harvest with great grandeur with thanksgiving. The changing leaves, fall season and cooler weather are marked by many harvest festival in the USA. The vibrant celebrations include everything from apples to pumpkins to lobsters. These family-friendly events highlight the cranberries from New England to pecans from North Carolina. What a good way to celebrate the hard work and embrace autumn!
If you are looking for the best harvest festival in the USA, the following list has you covered:
National Apple Harvest Festival
This festival is the apple extravagance in true sense. It is held in the first two weekends of October at the South Mountain Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania. It has a lot for every visitor with fresh apples, fresh-pressed cider, homemade apple sauces, apple desserts and orchard tours. The apple harvest festival also features Native American dancers, live entertainment and craftspeople. Apart from a whole range of apple harvest celebrations, the special attractions during the fest also include Apple Auditorium and appearances by the Pennsylvania Apple Queen. Come rain or shine, the festival always happens in the outdoors – what more can be exciting!
Upcoming event dates: 5-6 and 12-13 October 2019
Where: Biglerville, Pennsylvania
Price: Starting from $10.00 [General Admission]
Harvest On The Harbor
Being the most famous from Portland Maine Events, the Harvest on the Harbor festival is known for all things Maine. The celebration attracts people mainly for the local food scene, beers and wines. The harvest fest is also gaining international traction, bringing together James Beard Award-winning chefs, locally harvested seafood and more than 250 restaurants. The event also organises competitions like ‘Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant’ and ‘Lobster Chef of the Year’. With so much happening, Portland transforms into gastronomic heaven for food explorers, enthusiasts and tourists from all across the world.
Upcoming event dates: 17-20 October 2019
Where: Portland, Maine
If you are looking for a weekend full of world-famous oysters and hometown craftsmanship, head straight to Wellfleet in Massachusetts. The two day festival celebrates the shellfishing traditions, with the famous clams and oysters. It is worthy to note that Wellfleet is considered the home to one of the world’s great oyster beds for decades. Apart from the culinary extravagance, this harvest festival in the USA features cooking demonstrations, local craftsmanship and educational events. The festival is also known for its locally brewed New England beers and ales. With a family-friendly event vibe, there are many activities for the children, such as fine art and craft shows.
The major highlight of the event apart from the seafood bounty is the annual Oyster Shuck-Off competition. Here, the participants are given 24 oysters to shuck and are judged on speed and precision. If you are planning to head to the Wellfleet Oysterfest and join the fray, give it your best practice for there are records to be broken and created!
Upcoming event dates: 19-20 October 2019, weekend after Columbus Day
Where: Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Naples Grape Festival
Voted as the best Finger Lakes festival, this harvest festival in the USA celebrates grapes in the Finger Lakes. The region is known for having the highest wine production outside California. Generally, held on the last weekend of September since 1961, the festival features locally made grape products and crafts. You wouldn’t want to miss this festival for juried art shows, wine tasting and ‘everything grape’ here. If you are a pie enthusiast, you can compete for the ‘World’s Best Grape Pie’ title that celebrates the regional delicacy with varied flavours. With tons of good food, grape-stomping entertainment and live regional music – we are sure that you wouldn’t ever bored of the grape bounty!
Upcoming event dates: 21-22 September 2019
Where: Naples, New York
If you want to enjoy the traditional United States version of the German Oktoberfest, this harvest festival is the right spot for you. It is the next big thing possible in Munich and the fall season. It has a lot to offer in terms of themed activities, Bavarian town setting of ‘tapping the keg’ and amazing local breweries. Amongst the many other highlights, is the big ‘Willkommen to Leavenworth Oktoberfest’ sign in the town during the fest. Here, look forward to the authentic German cuisine, live music, polka dancing and family activities – all along with internationally acclaimed beer. What is a better way to sing, dance and toast the night away!
Upcoming event dates: 4-6 October, 2019
Where: Naples, New York
New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival
This festival is a great way to embrace fall in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. There is no harvest festival list that is complete without a pumpkin-centric celebration. This festival attracts more than 40 thousand visitors annually, especially to carve the splendid jack-o’-lantern tower, attempting to break the past records each year. It is a community-hosted celebration on the streets, to celebrate creativity and artistry with ‘everything pumpkin’. The major inspiration of the festival is to promote pumpkin carving and traditional activities in NH. It also features many entertainment activities like Riverside Duck Derby, Jumpin’ Jack Car Show, Zombie Walk, 10K/5K Run, and much more.
Upcoming event dates: 18-20 October 2019
Where: Laconia, New Hampshire
The fall in the United States ushers seasonal bounty that is celebrated with great fervour. These harvest celebrations make the best festivals in the United States, with food and beverages that are picked, roasted, processed, hand-crafted and harvested for all. These festivals in September and October highlight the rich traditions of various regions in the country and the essence of all in many ways!
The fall is upon and there is no definitely second thought to the magic it brings to our lives with regional harvest festivals.
With Armed Forces background, Aarohi has been a passionate traveller and writer, instinctively. With formal education and work experience in physiotherapy, hospital management and public administration, she chose to write professionally with All Events in City. Her interests are travel shows, philosophical mockery, watching art movies and following comic strips from Zen Pencils. She is a freelance writer, travel blogger and loves interviewing people on Twitter through our #HappeningCity series.