All the Best Things You Need to Do Outdoors This Fall

Everyone knows fall is the best season. It has the best weather, the best sports, and the best festivals.

Fall is the perfect time of year to head out on a road trip. The leaves are changing, the air is crisp (so you can break out the coziest sweaters), and you can hit every single pumpkin patch you see along the way.

Urbanna Oyster Festival, Virginia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Urbanna Oyster Festival, Virginia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The lack of extreme weather makes fall the perfect time to get outside and explore new places while having fun in new ways. In that spirit, here are five of the best things happening around the country this season, from slurping down oysters in a charming port town to beer, brats, and bands at the longest running Oktoberfest in America.

Choose your style of getaway and be inspired to plan an RV getaway for you and your family. Fall festivals won’t wait and neither should you.

Urbanna Oyster Festival, Virginia

Urbanna Oyster Festival, Virginia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Urbanna Oyster Festival, Virginia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Urbanna is a quaint little port town on the Rappahannock River, which flows into Chesapeake Bay. The community hosts numerous events including the 61st annual Virginia Official Oyster Festival on November 2nd and 3rd as the charming Town of Urbanna closes its streets for this big celebration of oysters.

Foodie heaven: Over 50 food vendors and OYSTERS! Raw, Steamed, Roasted, Rockefeller, Fried, Stewed, Oysters in a Pot Pie, and festival food fare. Don’t miss the Oyster Shucking Contest Saturday. Visit the 1766 Scottish Factor Store Museum and learn all about the history of oysters, boats, and the Mitchell Map.

Jungle Gardens on Avery Island, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Jungle Gardens on Avery Island, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Louisiana

Louisianians can always find a reason to celebrate. Throughout the year, music, food, history, and holidays inspire more than 400 Louisiana festivals and events of all sizes occurring throughout the state and each one is an opportunity to #FeedYourSoul.

Tamales are toasted in Zwolle each October when the Zwolle Tamale Fiesta celebrates the Spanish and Native Amerian heritage. Still hungry? Head to LaPlace for the Andouille Festival, Crowley for the Rice Festival, and Bridge City for the Gumbo Festival, all held in October.

Another fall festival that celebrates Louisiana’s one-of-a-kind culture is the free, three-day Festivals Acadiens et Créoles in Lafayette’s Girard Park in mid-October. This is really three festivals in one, each celebrating a different aspect of Cajun and Creole culture.

Castle Valley Gourd Festival, Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Castle Valley Gourd Festival, Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Castle Valley Gourd Festival, Utah

Gourds have been the most important crop in the Southwest for more than 3,000 years.

They were cultivated by Native Americans who lived in this region and have countless practical uses. One of the most vital sources of food, gourds were used by cowboys as canteens and by Native Americans as kitchen utensils and for food and beverage storage. Gourds and their many diverse uses will be celebrated on Saturday, October 20, at the 17th annual Castle Valley Gourd Festival. It centers around gourd art and the countless ways gourds can be used creatively.

In addition to numerous vendors who will be showing and selling their gourd art, there will also be larger gourd structures that will transform Castle Valley into a vibrant gourd fantasyland.

Castle Valley Gourd Festival, Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Castle Valley Gourd Festival, Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Children will also be able to make their own gourd art with paint, glue, glitter, and beads to take home with them. Adults have this option as well, but their art endeavors will be more advanced, with wood-burning techniques and gourd engraving.

You would have to be out of your gourd to miss this festival!

Helen, Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Helen, Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Helen Oktoberfest, Georgia

Yes, Helen is the town, and yes, it’s that German. Beer, brats, bands, and Lederhosen―the 48th Annual Helen Oktoberfest has them all. Join the longest running Oktoberfest in the United States, which runs from September 6 through October 28. Grab a maß of fest beer, a pretzel the size of a dachshund, and grab your partner and take a spin on the dance floor to the timeless tunes of the Polka.

So bring your friends and make some new ones. Partake in the Gemütlichkeit (and learn what it is).

Worth Pondering…

Days decrease,

And autumn grows, autumn in everything.

―Robert Browning

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