Fall is such a fun time of year and seemingly never short on family-friendly festivals. The only trouble in enjoying them all is to pick and choose for each weekend.
Check out this list of northern seasonal festivals across the country and plan your seasonal fall-foliage vacation, with a little something extra.
Leavenworth Oktoberfest in Leavenworth, Washington: Oct. 4–5 and 18–19
No need to find your passport for this one, this Bavarian-style town brings Oktoberfest to Leavenworth, Washington, Oct. 4–5 and 18–19, during Leavenworth Oktoberfest. Expect small-town fun and entertainment like live music, seasonal activities for all ages and open-air brew-fest festivities. Walk around town and take in the charming architecture and rustic décor, almost like you’re in Germany.
Ellicottville Fall Festival in Ellicottville, New York: Oct. 12–13
The vibrant fall colors of Upstate New York are always a draw for traveling families. Coinciding with a few fun festivals, the changing leaves will be in peak season this October and there’s no better way to celebrate than with carnival rides, live music and copious amounts of food. A visit to Ellicottville Fall Festival has all three and then some. Enjoy a throwback family weekend with county fair vibes and endless ways to get outdoorsy while in the area, with scenic hiking trails galore.
Harvest on the Harbor in Portland, Maine: Oct. 17–20
What started back in 2007 as a celebration of Portland’s growing food scene is now a full-blown foodie festival. Boasting the region’s most-loved ciders, local spirits and cuisine, the three-day event attracts thousands of visitors, families included. Enjoy the incredible fall foliage while trying locally sourced, freshly made cuisine from Maine’s top eateries.
New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival in Laconia, New Hampshire: Oct. 18–19
A little something to make the kid’s (or your) Instagram pop, New Hampshire’s premier pumpkin festival in Laconia is picture bait. When the sunsets and darkness falls over the town, the towering jack-o-lanterns illuminating the festival really standout with an ominous, fun glow. Guests take pictures by the tower, hit the beer garden and listen to live music with some 40,000 visitors. Bring the kids and play games, walk around different stands and events, and get in the full swing of holiday spirit before Halloween.
With family-centric events, fun for adults and kids of all ages with the added backdrop of the changing seasons, you can’t go wrong with a weekend away during peak leaf season.
Pasadena gears up for a lot of attention as it prepares to host its annual Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, but it won’t just be the parade that makes it the place to be for family travelers in 2024. The coming year is full of great things for the city, like interesting anniversaries and fun kid-friendly events, which means great ways for visiting families to explore and discover.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
If you’re trying to travel with the family on a budget, you might feel like there’s no way you’ll be able to truly enjoy all the culinary experiences you might if you were to travel solo or just with your partner. However, that’s not necessarily the case. Don’t make the mistake of thinking every culinary capital across the globe is going to cost you a pretty penny every time you head to dinner as a crew. A new study from Sail Croatia uncovered the cheapest foodie destinations in Europe, so you can plan your next trip accordingly.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Dude alert: If you’ve fallen out of touch with the other guys in your family, Cody Yellowstone is the perfect place to catch up — and autumn is the ideal season for doing so in the great outdoors. From off-road adventures to historic ghost towns to plenty of wildlife, there’s something in this dynamic destination to please family travelers.