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Autumn Activities Checklist: 19 Ways to Enjoy Fall

Autumn breezes by in a flash, so make sure you embrace the gorgeous fall months with our autumn activities checklist. Whether it's apple picking with your kids, enjoying some seasonal craft beers with friends or heading out on a romantic fall picnic with your beau, you're sure to find something in your hometown this weekend to celebrate fall.

It’s no surprise we love fall around here at Celebrations. Along with the lovely temperatures and gorgeous autumn colors, there’s just so much to do with your friends, family or significant other to celebrate the season.

Go apple picking

Apple picking season usually begins at the end of August and through September and October. The delicious fruit is right in season, so be sure to sip on some local cider while you grab your own from the trees at a local orchard.

Visit a pumpkin patch

Selecting the perfect pumpkin for your seasonal décor and Jack-o-Lantern is just as fun as carving them up. Pick the perfect squash, and enjoy all of the activities at the patch.

Have a marathon pumpkin baking day

Spend an afternoon whipping up some of the most delicious treats of the season. Try baking some chocolate marble pumpkin bread or skinny pumpkin recipes for you and your family to enjoy.

Enjoy a pumpkin spiced latte

It’s not fall without pumpkin spice lattes, and Starbucks isn’t the only chain to offer the delicious drink. Pop into your local coffee shop and ask for the tasty, caffeinated beverage.

Venture through a corn maze

Get lost in a winding corn maze (usually found at a pumpkin patch), and try to find your way out before the early sunset.

Take photos of changing fall leaves

There’s nothing more gorgeous than when the leaves change on the trees to vibrant burgundy, gold and orange colors. Watch as they transform in late September and early October, and be sure to grab some seasonal snaps before they all fall off.

Have a romantic fall picnic

Pack up a picnic basket and some blankets, and enjoy a seasonal meal outdoors in the crisp fall air. Make sure to check out our checklist for a Romantic Fall Picnic for Two.

Tailgate for a football game

It’s not fall without football season, and it’s not football season without tailgating. Head over to your local university or NFL stadium and enjoy a day of food, drinks and tossing the pigskin around.

Eat a caramel apple

Homemade or store-bought, these decadent treats are one of the tastiest parts of fall.


Enjoy some hot spiked cider

Warm apple cider is great. Spiked apple cider is even better. Check out our recipe for Spiked Apple Cider, and whip up a batch today.

Make Halloween crafts with your kids

Get ready for the spookiest time of the year with fun Halloween crafts the whole family can enjoy.

Build a bonfire

If you have access to a secure, open area, then build a bonfire for the chilly fall nights.

Break out your fall boots and sweaters

Cozy sweaters, tall boots, opaque tights and seasonal scarves – what’s not to love about fall fashion?

Enjoy seasonal craft beer (pumpkin varieties a bonus)

Check out the seasonal craft beer selection at your local microbrew or beer store, and stock up on some fall favorites. We love Imperial Pumpking Ale by Southern Tier and Brewing Company and Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale.

Make a pumpkin keg

Fall beers are delicious, but they’re even better when enjoyed out of a pumpkin keg. Make your own to enjoy some delicious seasonal beer.

Attend a local chili cook-off

Nothing warms us up better than a big batch of chili, so find a local chili fest or cook-off, and sample some of the most delicious versions around town. And whip up your own big batch when you get home!

Run a 5K for charity

The crisp, fall air is the best time to enjoy a run, so sign up for a 5K race, and make sure your money is going towards a good cause.

Rake a big pile of leaves and jump in them

With leaves scattered all of your yard, it’s the best time to rake them all up into a huge pile and jump in with your family. 

Make a scarecrow

After you’re done jumping in your leaves, use the huge piles to create a scarecrow in your front yard. Stuff old shirts and pants with the leaves piles, and get the kids involved on the fun fall activity.


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