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The Best Fall Harvest Festivals in the United States

Enjoy Fall Food, Fun and Culture in Style—On a Charter Bus

Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying cool evenings on the back porch, fresh pumpkin pie, crisp Friday nights at a high school football game and all the other delights of fall. It’s also a time of festivals—celebrations of the harvest, wine tastings and Oktoberfests. For many, it’s the ideal time to take a road trip with friends and family, a chance to take in one of the many great fall harvest festivals across the country. Regardless of where you go, though, there’s no better way to get there and back than by charter bus. It’s the most laid back way you can travel—no worries about maps, traffic or parking—just hop on a charter bus from and let us handle all the details.

The Country’s Top Fall Harvest Festivals

Fall is harvest time across the nation, from the grapes in Napa Valley to apples in Washington and Michigan to pumpkins everywhere. Here are some of the most popular fall celebrations:

  • The New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival, in Laconia, New Hampshire: It’s two days of fun in New England, with thousands of carved pumpkins, more than 50 food and craft booths, horse drawn hay rides, live bands and a beer garden. This year’s festival is Friday and Saturday, October 12-13. Pets are welcome. Bring your own carved pumpkin or carve one there!
  • The Circleville Pumpkin Show, in Circleville, Ohio: This four-day festival runs Wednesday, October 17 through Saturday, October 20 and features a largest pumpkin contest (last year’s winner tipped the scales at more than 1,700 pounds!), Miss Pumpkin and Little Miss Pumpkin contests, and a whole host of local foods and crafts, including baked and canned goods, flowers, fruits and vegetables.
  • The Trailing of the Sheep Festival, winding its way through Sun Valley, Ketchum and Hailey, Idaho: Celebrating its 22nd year, this is one of the most unusual adventures you’ll experience anywhere. The sheep will actually fill the streets as they make their way to their winter pasture, and the townspeople have decided to build a festival around the event. Rated one the
    ten best fall festivals in the world” by, the festival highlights the food, craft and culture of Idaho. Enjoy lamb prepared by some of the top local restaurants or learn how to dye or knit local wool. The festival runs October 10 through 14.
  • The Adirondack Balloon Festival, in Glen Falls, New York: In late September (20-23), balloonists from across the country will gather in upstate New York. You can watch hundreds of hot air balloons blanket the sky or even go up in the air for a ride. Local food vendors and crafts-people are there as well. Named one of the top 100 events in the nation, the balloon festival will celebrate its 46th year in 2018.
  • Autumn at the Arboretum, in Dallas, Texas: It’s Texas, so everything is big, including this festival, with the country’s largest “pumpkin village,” made from more than 75,000 of the multicolored gourds. It’s at the Arboretum, so you can expect amazing flora. Architectural Digest has named the Dallas Arboretum as of the “World’s 15 Most Breathtaking Gardens.” During the fall festival, which runs for an entire month (September 22-October 21), you will see more than 4,500 different types of Chrysanthemums. This year’s theme for the Pumpkin Village—The Wizard of Oz!!
  • Cranberry Harvest Fest, in Wareham, Massachusetts: Scheduled for October 6 and 7, this festival pays tribute to the prevalence of the cranberry in the culture of the Northeastern United States. You can take a tour of a cranberry bog, or view one from above by helicopter. There’s a farmers’ market, with all types of local produce, as well as cranberry cooking demonstrations.
  • The North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival, in Whiteville, North Carolina: This week-long festival in the heart of North Carolina’s pecan country includes tours of the historic homes in the area, a harvest festival parade, a pecan cooking contest, an art show and amazing festival food.
  • Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, in Cincinnati, Ohio: Of the many Oktoberfests in the United States every fall , this is the largest and, according to many attendees, the best. It’s on the calendar for September 21-23 this year, and pays homage to the rich German heritage in southern Ohio, with schnitzel, sauerbraten, spaetzle and, of course, lots of great German beer.


A Charter Bus—The Only Way to Visit One of America’s Great Fall Harvest Festivals

The whole point of going to a fall harvest festival is to have a good time. That’s pretty hard to do if you have to handle all the details, battle traffic, check the map or look for a place to park. Let yourself have some fun—take your group there on a charter bus from It’s far and away the preferred mode of transportation for groups of any size. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • There’s no safer mode of group travel—Our coaches have the best drivers in the world, all of whom undergo regular and comprehensive training to prepare them to deal with any situation. In addition, because of the limited entry on and off the bus, you and your personal items will always be secure.
  • You can create a one-of-a-kind trip—You won’t have to choose from a limited number of prepackaged trips. Instead, let your imagination run free—tell us where you want to go, when you want to be there and how long you want to stay, and we’ll take care of all the details.
  • A charter bus lets you go on a real vacation—With most vacations, there’s a certain amount of time that you’ll have to spend working—checking the GPS, looking at your watch to determine when you need to leave, looking for parking or just driving. With a charter bus, all you have to do is show up and have a good time. We’ll take care of scheduling and directions to your destination, and we’ll get you everywhere on time. You’ll ride on the same bus at all times and your luggage will travel with you, so you won’t have to worry about missing a connection or losing your bags. There’s no TSA line, either, so you won’t have to remove your shoes or take off your belt, or submit to a full body scan. There’s no such thing as “bus mode,” so you can use all your devices at all times.
  • Charter buses are reliable—All of the buses we use are meticulously maintained, so mechanical issues are virtually nonexistent—you won’t have to worry about a delay or cancellation. In addition, Our onboard navigation and communication systems allow us to anticipate traffic issues and take alternate routes, if necessary, to get you to your destination on time.
  • You will be able to spread out—All of our coaches have plenty of room between the seats, and the aisles are spacious, too. You can get up and move about at your leisure.
  • Charter buses are the most reasonably priced form of transportation—Charter bus travel is consistently the most cost-effective way to take a group of people anywhere. And because you’ll save a significant amount on your travel, you’ll have plenty of spending cash for souvenirs.
  • Charter buses help the environment—When you all travel together, it’s less of a carbon footprint.

We Have a Coach That’s Just the Right Size for Your Group

With a charter bus from, you can travel with a group of any size and feel right at home. If you’re going to a fall festival with a small group, our Executive Sprinter Vans work extremely well, with seating for up to 12 and plenty of room for all your personal items. If you’re getting a slightly bigger group together, consider our mini-bus, which holds anywhere from 24 to 35 passengers. But don’t worry about the size of your entourage—we can accommodate even the largest groups. Our biggest coaches have room for up to 57 passengers and multiple bus rentals are always an option. You can turn the entire trip into a good time with one of our party buses—these custom coaches have room for 20 to 40 guests, typically come with high-end sound systems and may have other amenities, such as dance floors or wet bars.

We offer a wide array of modern conveniences on most of our coaches, but the options vary, so check with your agent to see what features are available. Many of our buses have Wifi, DVD players and PA systems, as well as ports and charging stations for all your favorite devices. In addition, we also offer coaches with on-board restroom facilities.

Enjoy a Great Fall Harvest Festival on a Coach from, the largest charter bus network in the nation, has been the industry leader in the charter bus business for more than 30 years, providing quality coaches to more than 21,000 events each year. To learn more about the different coaches in our fleet or to get a free quote, call 1-888-502-3458 to talk to one of our experienced agents.

The Best Fall Harvest Festivals in the United States