The days are growing shorter and the night’s longer: all the more reason to seize the moment and explore with your family some of the best fall festivals around the country. From giant pumpkin boat races to skeleton-fests to apple cider galore, we’ve picked our favorite festivals for you to visit in 2017. Click through the gallery to see how many you’ve been to!

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta—Tualatin, OR

 

If you’ve never seen anyone sit inside a giant pumpkin and then race it across a lake dressed in costume, then you obviously haven’t been to the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta. This free, one-day festival is jam-packed with fun, including the weigh-off of the giant pumpkins and other monster-sized vegetables; performances by magicians, clowns and musical acts; a costume contest; pumpkin pie eating contest; pumpkin bowling and pumpkin golf; food trucks and the giant pumpkin race.

Date: Oct. 21, 2017

Online: tualatinoregon.gov/pumpkinregatta

 photo courtesy West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta 

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—Gabby Cullen & Amber Guetebier