The 2019 Fall Festivals Your Family Will Love — Family Traveller

BERKELEY INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY POW WOW

Berkeley, CA | Oct. 12, 2019

Website: www.ipdpowwow.org/

In 1992 Berkeley, California became the first city in the world to officially celebrate Oct. 12 as Indigenous Peoples Day. Celebrate with dancing, Native American foods, arts & crafts, and more at the Berkeley Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow.

KNOTTS SPOOKY FARM

Buena Park, CA | Fall 2019

Website: www.knotts.com/play/spooky-farm

The annual daytime, family-friendly Halloween celebration, Knott’s Spooky Farm, will take place again this fall. The kid-inspired “spooky” celebration features activities for ages 3-11, including trick-or-treating, themed rides, a live show and costume contest with Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang, and a Dia De Los Muertos Celebration. The fall daytime Seasons of Fun event is included with regular park admission or a 2019 Season Pass.

HARVEST FESTIVAL DINNER & GRAPE STOMP

San Louis Obispo | October 19, 2019

Website: https://pasowine.com/member-event/opolo-blending-party-3-2-2/

Hosted by Opolo Vineyards, this is the perfect celebration of the harvest – visitors can roll up their pant legs and get ready to stomp! Among grape stomping, folk dancing, and fabulous Opolo wine, attendees will be treated to the finest ethnic food. With a menu ranging from fresh oysters to lamb and Sarma, this event sells out year after year. Tickets can be bought at this link.

WINE OVER WATER FESTIVAL

Chattanooga, TN | Oct. 1-6, 2019

Websitewww.wineoverwater.org/

During the signature event, enjoy wine samples from more than 100 wineries, hors d’oeuvres, and live music while strolling across the historic Walnut Street Bridge. Built in 1890, it's one of the world's longest pedestrian bridges and was the first bridge to link Downtown Chattanooga to the North Shore. There are also several off-the-bridge events throughout the weekend. Proceeds benefit the preservation of historical properties in Chattanooga.

KENTUCKY EDGE – BOURBON FESTIVAL

Northern Kentucky | Oct. 4-5 2019

Websitewww.kentuckysedge.com/

Northern Kentucky keeps the spirit of Bourbon Month alive even after September and transforms their city into a bourbon mecca with free music festivals along the riverfront, day-long events at bourbon distilleries, a world class bourbon education conference at the Kentucky Convention Center AND an entire artisans’ market in MainStrasse Village. The cities bars and restaurants have also joined in the fun by offering unique bourbon experiences within all their menus for the weekend allowing you to get a taste of the surging culinary scene while you sip on your drink. The first signature event of its kind being spearheaded by Bourbon Country is sure to leave bourbon lovers’ hearts happy and stomachs full.

BLINK CINCINNATI

Cincinnati, OH | Oct. 10-13, 2019

Website: www.blinkcincinnati.com

Cincinnati transforms its city into a fully immersive walk through art display designed to light up your life. The largest U.S. event of its kind, BLINK is a curated art and light phenomenon similar to events like Vivid Sydney and London Lumiere. The inaugural event in 2017 attracted more than one million people who experienced 20 city blocks of large-scale projection mapping, murals by international artists, interactive light sculptures, and a variety of live music entertainment from Cincinnati’s riverfront, through its downtown Business District and into its historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. In 2019, BLINK will extend across the Ohio River into the neighborhoods along Northern Kentucky’s shores. The event will now encompass two states, 30 city blocks & the John A. Roebling Bridge – the prototype of the Brooklyn Bridge! The Roebling Bridge will transform into a monumental piece of art with light, color and sound to enhance the current architectural lighting. See concept art here.

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

Orlando, FL | Aug. 29 – Nov. 3, 2019

Website: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival/

Half of the Disney World Orlando park is transformed to welcome the cuisines and cultures of the world. Festival favorites like the cheddar cheese soup in Canada or Orlando’s own Orange Blossom Pilsner keep guests coming back year after year. This Food & Wine Festival at Epcot has always been one of my family’s favorite events of the year.

TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS AT EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY

Philadelphia, PA | Sept. 20 – Nov. 9, 2019

Website: https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/events/terror-behind-the-walls/

One of the country’s most popular attractions, Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary. Guests can explore the abandoned halls of the former prison by nightfall while zombie guards, cannibal warriors and more pop out from around the attraction. Entrance to the Eastern State Penitentiary are included in the Philadelphia CityPASS.

AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL

Amelia Island, FL | Oct. 6-13, 2019

Website: https://www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com/

Set against the backdrop of Florida’s beautiful eastern coastline, the 16th annual Amelia Island Jazz Festival (Oct. 6-13) features some of the world’s legendary jazz artists. The festival draws in jazz lovers of many styles, including swing, bebop, Dixieland, big band, Latin and contemporary. This year’s top-notch lineup includes Delfeayo Marsalis, Jamil Sharif, Trio Caliente, Les DeMerle and Bonnie Eisele. Concerts are staged in several venues around Amelia Island, including a free community concert in Amelia Park. Special events include Jazz & Wine Tasting and Jazz Brunch.

JAX KIDS FREE NOVEMBER

Jacksonville, FL | November 2019

Website: www.visitjacksonville.com/kids-free-november

Take advantage of Jax’s Kid Free November all month and visit dozens of waterfront destinations with the family in tow. This seasonal promotion offers free admission (with a paying adult) for up to five kids ages 12 and under to more than a dozen of the city’s top attractions. From kayaking, bowling and ice skating to museums, zoos and concerts, families will find plenty of affordable Jax fun.

NAPLES STONE CRAB FESTIVAL

Naples, Fl | Oct. 25-27, 2019

Website: /www.stonecrabfestival.com

Join the 10th annual Stone Crab Festival for a weekend of food and fun starring of course, the Stone Crab. There will be delicious seafood, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, discounted cruises aboard the Naples Princess, and Extreme rentals at Pure Naples. Attendees can also explore the shops, sites, and activities in and around the beautiful Naples waterfront area. The event kicks off on Friday at 5 p.m. with the traditional cracking of the first Stone Claw followed by live music at Tin City by the definitive Bob Marley Tribute featuring YVAD.

PENSACOLA'S FOO FEST

Pensacola, FL | Oct. 31 – Nov. 11, 2019

Website: www.foofoofest.com

Talk about a mashup of fun! Foo Fest hits all the right notes with the best of Pensacola’s art, food, music, and entertainment in this annual festival. Blue Angels Air Show? Check. Big Green Egg Cook-Off? Check. Songwriters’ music festival? Check. Find all of this and then some at this eclectic 12-day festival. 

BOOFEST

Neenah, WI | Oct. 19, 2019

Website: www.foxcities.org/events/boofest/

Hosted during the final outdoor Farmers Market of the season, this outdoor celebration offers a fun, fall, family event with Halloween activities including a costume contest, pumpkin bowling, and trick or treating both Downtown and at the Market.

HUNTINGTON BEACH AIRSHOW

Huntington Beach, CA | Oct. 4-6, 2019

Website: www.surfcityusa.com/events/signature-events/breitling-huntington-beach-airshow/

This 10BEST USA Today Reader’s Choice nominee returns for its 4th year in October featuring the USAF Thunderbirds, in what is sure to be a spectacular event. Watch from below as amazing aircrafts of all sizes fly through the skies, doing tricks and special maneuvers. Kids and adults alike can enjoy this amazing airshow from a variety of different locations. The Huntington Beach Airshow is free to the public with a large event footprint spanning Huntington City Beach from Seapoint to Beach Boulevard.

YORKTOWN VICTORY CELEBRATION

Yorktown, VA | Oct. 19-20, 2019

Website: www.historyisfun.org/events/yorktown-victory-celebration/

At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, Revolutionary War re-enactors and artillery firings salute the 237th anniversary of America’s momentous Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown on Oct. 19, 1781. Commemorative events take place in historic Yorktown and at Yorktown Battlefield.

"TENACITY: WOMEN IN JAMESTOWN AND EARLY VIRGINIA" SPECIAL EXHIBITION

Yorktown, VA | Nov. 10, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2020

Website: www.historyisfun.org/tenacity

This special exhibition showcases captivating and little-known personal stories of the women in Jamestown and the Virginia colony and their tenacious spirit and impact on a fledgling society. Exhibition-goers can discover the struggles that women faced in the New World and their contributions, from the arrival of the first English women in Virginia in 1608 and the Powhatan Indian women they encounter to the arrival of the first-documented African women and influx of English women in the colony in 1619. From women’s roles to women’s rights, this exhibit connects issues of the 17th century to their relevance today.

EQUESTRICON 2019

Louisville, KY | Oct. 29-30, 2019

Website: https://equestricon.com/

Equestricon is the first and only premiere horse racing lifestyle event designed to celebrate the sport of racing with its fans.  An international horse racing convention, fan festival, and trade show all in one, Equestricon will bring together fans, stakeholders, industry insiders and horseplayers to participate in a lively atmosphere of engagement, discussion and entertainment. The festival will include concerts, meet and greets, and workshops.

OAKTOBERFEST

Oakland, CA | Oct. 5-6, 2019

Website: https://www.visitoakland.com/events/annual-events/oaktoberfest-in-the-dimond/

Oaktoberfest celebrates the history, flavors and people of the Bay Area. Oakland’s Dimond District hosts this one-of-a-kind Fall Festival (combining Oktoberfest with Oakland), welcoming thousands with craft beer & food, entertainment, arts and ecology. The Dimond continues the tradition of being an entertainment destination, with a history dating back to the early 1900’s when beer gardens and German vacation resorts lined the boulevard. Oaktoberfest will bring world-class beer to the tented beer hall, serving steins of traditional German flavors and regional brew pub favorites. Highlighting this year’s festival will be a traditional Biergarten, Eco Fair, Kid’s Area with Root Biergarten, German style homebrew competition featured in the homebrewers’ alley, and vendors from around the Bay. Celebrate Oaktoberfest, Oakland style, in the Dimond at Fruitvale and MacArthur.

REFRACT: THE SEATTLE GLASS EXPERIENCE

Seattle, WA | Oct. 17-20, 2019

Website: https://refractseattle.org/

For the first time, more than 30 Pacific Northwest arts organizations are coming together to host events for Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience, held this Fall. Refract is the nation’s newest festival, which highlights creative uses of glass and demonstrates why this region is the recognized hub of art glass in the United States – the “American Venice.”

TASTE OF ST LOUIS

St. Louis, MO | Sept. 13-15, 2019

Website: https://www.tastestl.com/

This regional event with patrons, restaurants, chefs and vendors coming from all over the St. Louis region and beyond, will celebrate it’s 15-year heritage. The event is free to attend and showcases 30 + of the region's best restaurants. The best part, the Chef Battle Royale a culinary competition which has become a patron favorite. Featuring free music concerts, regional artists, a “kids’ kitchen” area, a market with local vendors, fresh samples, and more.

FRIDAY NIGHT LANTERN TOURS

Fort Wayne, IN | Oct. 19

Website: https://www.visitfortwayne.com/event/the-old-fort%3a-fright-night-haunted-lantern-tours/23120/

Take a candlelit tour of the Old Fort, a recreation of the fort that stood in Fort Wayne in 1815, while a historic interpreter presents the Fort as it was in the early 1800’s and share tales of encounters with the Fort’s resident ghosts. Lantern tours are a part of Fort Wayne’s highly anticipated Fright Night activities.

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