America's Best Fall Festivals

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The best way to celebrate bright foliage and cooler temperatures is by attending one of America's best fall festivals. Fall is a great time to shed light on things like apples, pumpkins, craft beer, local seafood, particular holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, and events like Oktoberfest. You can celebrate fall festivities without traveling too far from home! Check out our top picks:

1. Harvest on the Harbor—Portland, Maine, hosts Harvest on the Harbor from October 22-25. Festivities at this food and wine festival include meals cooked by talented local chefs as well as various craft beer and wine tastings. Maine restaurants are part of the farm-to-table movement, and all participating chefs will be using fish, meat, and produce from Maine's own farmers, fishermen, and suppliers. Hotels in Porland start at $55 per night.

2. National Apple Harvest Festival—Drive through farmland and apple orchards on your way to Biglerville, Pennsylvania, for next weekend's National Apple Harvest Festival. The festival includes attractions sure to be enjoyed by all, including arts and crafts vendors, antique car shows, live entertainment, hay rides, and a petting zoo, just to name a few. Hotels in Biglerville start at $65 per night.

3. Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival—NYC gives back to the community while hosting this event from October 16-19. Proceeds go to hunger-relief charities. The festival includes demonstrations from the world's best chefs, winemakers, and spirit producers. Hotels in New York City start at $75 per night.

4. Wellfleet OysterFest—Cape Cod will be hosting the 14th Annual Welfleet OysterFest from October 16-19. The two-day event features more than 86 artisans, 21 food vendors, 12 raw bars, and 15 community organizations, including live music, family-friendly activities, tours, educational presentations, and the Annual Oyster Shuck-Off competition.

5. Keene Pumpkin Festival—Keene, New Hampshire, home of one of New England's top pumpkin festivals, features thousands of carved pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, live music, a manifold food selection, and fall-themed activities. The event takes place on October 19, and this year's festival includes a Ferris wheel! Hotels in Keene start at $80 per night.

Fall is a great time to celebrate seasonal treats and participate in activities. Why not make a long weekend out of it? Make sure to book your hotel on Tingo, because when the price drops, you'll get a refund automatically.

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