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    14 Neat Fall Events Around The U.S. That Are Worth Visiting

    Put that ~wanderlust~ concept to good use.

    1. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (Albuquerque, NM)

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    Dates: October 7-15

    Entry fee: $10 per session

    This annual festival is a nine-day event, featuring around 500 hot air balloons, is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world. Events are broken down into sessions taking place each morning and some evenings. The event includes competitions like America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race. Learn more here.

    2. Harvest on the Harbor Festival (Portland, ME) / Via

    Dates: October 17-22

    Entry fee: Varies by event

    This food and drink festival celebrates local cuisine with events like Flavors of Maine and the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition. Spirit and beer aficionados can revel in the selections provided by local distilleries at the Harvest Happy Hour and Harvest Crawl events. Learn more here.

    3. Circleville Pumpkin Show (Circleville, OH) / Via

    Dates: October 18-21

    Entry fee: Free of charge

    Often billed as The Greatest Free Show On Earth, this annual event features all things pumpkin themed. Their schedule includes a giant pumpkin weigh-in, parades, concerts, and beauty pageants. Learn more here.

    4. Trailing of the Sheep Festival (Idaho)

    Dates: October 4-8

    Entry fee: Varies by event; parade is free of charge

    The Trailing of the Sheep Festival takes place over a span of five days in Sun Valley, Ketchum, and Hailey, Idaho. It features a fair, workshops, and classes among other events. The gem of the festival is the Big Sheep Parade during which spectators can watch roughly 1,500 sheep trail down picturesque Ketchum. Learn more here.

    5. National Apple Harvest Festival (Arendtsville, PA) / Via

    Dates: October 7-8, 14-15

    Entry fee: $10 General Admission; $9 Seniors/Military ID; Kids 12 + under FREE

    Located just northwest of Gettysburg, this festival features all things fall, from a pie baking contest to hayrides. The majority of the funds raised go back to the local community, state, and national charitable organizations. Learn more here.

    6. Epcot Food and Wine Festival (Orlando, FL)


    Dates: August 31- November 13

    Entry fee: $99+

    This annual festival takes place inside Disney World's Epcot Theme Park. There are several packages available which include celebrity chef appearances, cheese and beverage seminars, and tasting events. Learn more here.

    7. Great American Beer Festival (Denver, CO) / Via

    Dates: October 5-7

    Entry fee: $30+

    What is more American than beer and competitions? This event features both, showcasing 3,800 craft beer selections provided by brewers from across the nation. The schedule also includes presentations, exhibitions, and home brewing marketplace. Learn more here.

    8. State Fair of Texas (Dallas, TX)

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    Dates: September 29 - October 22

    Entry fee: $12.50+

    All kinds of fried foods can be found at the State Fair of Texas. It also features the Texas Auto Show, concerts at the Chevrolet Main Stage, and plenty of food and drink options. Did we mention there are wine and beer gardens? Learn more here.

    9. Texas Renaissance Festival (Todd Mission, TX) / Via

    Dates: September 30 - November 26

    Entry fee: $25 individual adult pass; Prices vary per package

    The Texas Renaissance Festival comes complete with themed weekends such as Oktoberfest, All Hallows Eve, and Heroes and Villains. The festival also features a wine tasting, a feast, nightlife events, and wedding packages. Learn more here.

    10. National Shrimp Festival (Gulf Shores, AL)


    Dates: October 12-15

    Entry fee: Free of charge

    This year marks the 46th anniversary of the National Shrimp Festival. The event includes dozens of shrimp selections, a restaurant challenge, live performances, and even a 5K and 10K race. Learn more here.

    11. Harvest Fair of Sonoma County (Sonoma, CA)


    Dates: October 6-8

    Entry fee: $5+

    The Harvest Fair of Sonoma County celebrates the annual harvest of the area, featuring grape stomping, workshops, and wine tasting from over 100 wineries. Other events include the Classic Car Show, Spooky Corner, and Easy Bake pumpkin pie baking. Learn more here.

    12. The Barbecue Festival (Lexington, NC)


    Date: October 28

    Entry fee: Free of charge

    This one-day event is centered around all things barbecue-themed. It features the Tour de Pig bike race, the Hogway Speedway, and a giant, pig-themed sand sculpture, among other attractions. Learn more here.

    13. Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade (New York, NY)


    Date: October 21

    Entry fee: Free of charge

    The East Vilage's Tompkins Square Park is home to the annual Halloween Dog Parade where spectators can see hundreds of dogs in costumes participate in competitions. Learn more here.

    14. Village Halloween Parade (New York, NY)


    Date: October 31

    Entry fee: Free of charge; only those in costume are allowed to participate

    New York's Village Halloween Parade is known for participants' creative, over-the-top costumes. It runs up Sixth Avenue and includes giant puppets, bands, dancers, and a costume contest. Learn more here.

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