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!

Day of the Dead—Petaluma, CA

Throughout the month of October, Petaluma comes alive with the dead. This celebration of remembrance begins with ofrendas (altars) throughout the charming downtown and continues each week with lively events including Aztec dancers, Ballet Folklorico de Petaluma Paquiyollotzin, food, art and more. The whole festival culminates in a Candlelight Procession on Oct. 28, lead by giant puppets.

Dates: Oct. 1-28, 2017


photo: Scott Hess via flickr 


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—Gabby Cullen & Amber Guetebier