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Whether you’re into pumpkins or podcasts, biergartens or blues music, these fall festivals are worth falling for.

Oktoberfest Denver

When and where: Sept. 23–25 and Sept. 30–Oct.2 in Denver

There’s no shortage of German-inspired festivals this time of year, but how many have stein hoisting (only the strong survive), wiener dog races and the the Keg Bowling National Championships? You’ll also find the usual beer, brats. And if you’re in the midwest, check out Cincinnati’s Octoberfest Zinzinnati!

Los Angeles Podcast Festival

When and where: Sept. 23–25 in Los Angeles

Whether you’re commuting in LA gridlock, looking for something to listen to while you work off all the s’mores you ate over the summer, or you’re just not into the fall TV lineup, audio entertainment can be a godsend. Some of the biggest names in podcasting will gather at the Beverly Hills Sofitel for live recordings, workshops, fan meet-and-greets and more.

Zach Galifianakis, Todd Glass and Steve Agee yuk it up on a recording of Doug Loves Movies during the 2012 Los Angeles Podcast Festival. Credit CleftClips/Flickr.

Zach Galifianakis, Todd Glass and Steve Agee yuk it up on a recording of Doug Loves Movies during the 2012 Los Angeles Podcast Festival. Credit CleftClips/Flickr.

Manhattan Short Film Festival

When and where: Sept. 23–Oct. 2 in New York

You don’t have to be in Manhattan to take part in this celebration of cinema. The festival is spread across more than 250 venues worldwide, including movie theaters, museums and college campuses. In addition to meeting movie buffs from Sydney to Moscow to Cape Town, audience members get to vote on the best overall film.

National Apple Harvest Festival

When and where: Oct. 1–2 and 8–9 in Biglerville, Pennsylvania

If the phrase apple harvest doesn’t give you the fall feels, then nothing will. For two weekends in October, the town of Biglerville, Pennsylvania, celebrates the season with the ultimate apple festival: orchard tours, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, classic car show and other all-American activities. Rumor has it there will be an appearance by the Apple Queen.

Scarecrow Festival

When and where: Oct. 7–9 in St. Charles, Illinois

Don’t be scurred to check out more than 100 hand-crafted scarecrows and vote for your fave. There’s also a carnival, petting zoo, live entertainment and more in this festival held in St. Charles, Illinois, about an hour outside of Chicago.

If you only had a brain, you'd make plans to attend the Scarecrow Festival. Credit NoukSopha/Flickr.

If you only had a brain, you’d make plans to attend the Scarecrow Festival. Credit NoukSopha/Flickr.

Cranberry Harvest Celebration

When and where: Oct. 8–9 in Wareham, Massachussetts

If apples aren’t your thing, then opt for this fruit fest in Wareham, Massachusetts, not far from Cape Cod. Enjoy watching the wet cranberry harvest (it’s not just for TV commercials), cooking demos, a juried craft show, paddleboat rides, music and more.

Memphis Food & Wine Festival

When and where: Oct. 15 in Memphis, Tennessee

Squeeze the last few drops out of summer during this gastronomic gathering at Memphis Botanic Garden. Enjoy an al fresco meal curated by by local chefs, vintners, certified sommeliers, to the soundtrack of Memphis blues, jazz and rock bands, making it the most musical of these fall festivals.

Circleville Pumpkin Show

When and where: Oct. 19–22 in Circleville, Ohio

What’s a roundup of fall events without a pumpkin festival? This gathering in Circleville, in suburban Columbus, celebrates the gourd with multiple parades (babies, pets, Miss Pumpkin… you name it), carnival rides, baked goods and more.

The annual Circleville Pumpkin Show is always huuuuge, like this unbelievable pumpkin. Which cinches it as one of the best fall festivals of the year. Credit Vasenka Photography/Flickr.

The annual Circleville Pumpkin Show is always huuuuge. Credit Vasenka Photography/Flickr.

Atlanta World Kite Festival & Expo

Where and when: Oct. 22 in Atlanta, Georgia

Autumn breezes make for prime kite-flying conditions, so head to Piedmont Park in the Meadow to watch the colorful creations soar. The family-friendly event includes live entertainment, food vendors, a pumpkin decorating contest and more.

Miami Book Fair International

Where and when: Nov. 13–20 inMiami, Florida

So you’ve finished your stack of beach reads and you’re reader for something meatier to take you into fall. This event around the campus of Miami Dade College is a bibliophile’s dream, with sales galore, talks by A-list authors, a street festival and children’s area with character appearances, art projects and music stations that’ll make a bookworm out of even the most reluctant reader.

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