Fairfield County, Connecticut • Located in southwestern Connecticut, Fairfield County is a great antiquing destination. Oktoberfest is also a big deal in Connecticut, with festivities start in September and continuing deep into the next month. Food, music and beer are offered at multiple festivals; some events promise celebrity chefs, Bavarian dancers, ski-lift rides, games and curated pairings of food and brews.
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware • A tradition of 30 years, the 2019 Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddlers’ festival is scheduled for Oct. 25-27 in Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach, Delaware. Costumed marchers, elaborate floats and string bands parade through town. There’s even a separate parade for decked-out dogs! Games, trick-or-treating, hayrides and pony rides are among the activities.
Destin, Florida • Destin, in Florida’s panhandle, hosts a litany of special events in the fall season. Try feasting on foods prepared at the Eggs on the Beach cook-off, scheduled for Sept. 28. The Destin Seafood Festival, a local mainstay for more than four decades, is expected to draw crowds Oct. 4-6, for a weekend of music, art and noshing on tasty delights from the sea. Or you can reel the fish in yourself at Destin’s annual Fishing Rodeo, which runs throughout the whole month of October.
Panama City Beach, Florida • It’s raining beach balls in Panama City Beach, Florida, this fall! About 8,000 of the brightly colored inflatables will fall from the heavens at the Pirates of the High Seas Fest, Oct. 11-13. Music, fireworks, magic shows, parades and storytelling are also on the schedule at this free annual event.
Tybee Island, Georgia • Revelers at the Tybee Island Pirate Fest, Oct. 10-13, are invited to dress like a pirate and join in the fun at the Buccaneer Ball. There’s something for everyone, whether you like petting zoos and bounce houses or grog and boogying.
Savannah, Georgia • The Savannah Jazz Festival (Sept. 22-28) presents a mix of local and regional favorites with nationally and internationally hailed players like Vanessa Rubin and Anat Cohen. Oktoberfest on the River (Oct. 4-6) includes dancing, Weiner Dog Racing and other fun events, along with plenty of food and drink vendors. Head for the Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival (Oct. 27) for your fill of deli sandwiches, latkes, blintzes, challah and other savory and sweet delights, along with dancing, music and entertainment.
Acadia National Park, Maine • There’s plenty to do year-round in Acadia National Park, as more than 3.5 million annual visitors can attest. Though it’s among the top 10 most-visited national parks, the crowds thin out as autumn arrives. The varied terrain includes rugged shorelines, plus lakes and forest trails. Check out the splendor of the fall foliage on the 158 miles of hiking trails. Camping is permitted through Nov. 10.
Grafton Notch State Park, Maine • Waterfalls, lakes, wildlife, dramatic gorges and rugged mountains await you in western Maine’s Grafton Notch State Park. A popular hunting and fishing destination, the park is also a great spot for picnicking, enjoying the fall colors, birdwatching and camping.