There are lots of reasons to love autumn: Back to School, cooler weather, u-pick orchards, and of course, festivals galore! Every year, you and your crew can choose from harvest festivals, fruit festivals, pumpkin festivals and more. From the world’s biggest cranberry fest to all-things apple, we’ve rounded up our favorite family-friendly fall celebrations; take a peek at the slideshow below to see if your fave made the list.

Trailing of the Sheep – Ketchum, Id

Following a flock of sheep may sound like something out of a nursery rhyme, but did you know it’s also one of the most beloved fall festivals in the United States? Celebrate the history of sheep ranchers in Idaho at this five-day event filled with non-stop fun: multicultural performers, storytelling, cooking classes, sheepdog trials, folklife fair, weaving demos and over 50 local artisans selling crafts and art. The spotlight event (of course) is the Big Sheep Parade, where you and your family will view the spectacle of over 1,500 sheep wandering down main street in Ketchum.

Good to know: The Parade Picnic at Irving’s Hill is a great spot to enjoy local fare and watch the the sheep make their annual trek.

Dates: Oct. 5 - 9, 2016

Online: trailingofthesheep.org

photo: courtesy Trailing of the Sheep

  • Trailing of the Sheep - Ketchum, Id
  • Autumn at the Arboretum - Dallas, Tx
  • Louisiana Pecan Festival - Colfax, La
  • Scarecrow Festival - St. Charles, Il
  • Sonoma County Harvest Fair - Santa Rosa, Ca
  • The National Apple Harvest Festival - Adams County, Pa
  • Hood River Harvest Fest - Hood River, Or
  • Warrens Cranberry Festival - Warrens, Wi
  • Floresville Peanut Festival - Floresville, Tx
  • Santa Fe Harvest Festival - Santa Fe, Nm
  • Fall Festival of Leaves - Bainbridge, Oh

What is your favorite fall festival? Tell us about it in a Comment below!

—Gabby Cullen