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!

Franklin County CiderDays—Franklin County, MA

Held throughout the county in early November, this is the festival if you love apples! Go on orchard tours, taste fresh apples and cider (including hard cider), learn about the history of apples, take workshops including medicinal uses of apples and apple cider, learn and observe cider making, attend the Harvest Supper and—when you’re done with all that—get some holiday shopping at the many craft vendors.

Dates: Nov. 3-5, 2017


photo: Massachusettes Office of Travel via flickr 



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—Gabby Cullen & Amber Guetebier