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!

Louisiana Pecan Festival—Colfax, LA

Celebrating the rich agricultural history of pecans (the harvest goes all the way back to pre-colonial times) the Louisiana Pecan Festival has grown from a Frontier Days theme in the early ‘70s to a three-day festival filled with fun for the whole family. The weekend kicks off with Children's Day with games, petting zoo, fun jumps and rock walls. Arts and crafts booths, cooking contest, carnival rides, great food, musical entertainment, the Grand Parade, and a fireworks show on Saturday night is followed by the Street Dance. Be sure to hit up The Country Store, where you can pick up homemade pecan pies, pralines, jams, jellies, local honey and of course, pecans.

Good to know: Don’t miss a performance by the Louisiana Pecanettes—the festival's ambassadors.

Dates: Nov. 3-5, 2017

Online: lapecanfest.com

photo: Tony Fischer via flickr

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—Gabby Cullen & Amber Guetebier