Some RVers travel all year, and others spend random weekends and vacations on the road. Some RVers utilize their RV for extremely practical purposes as they travel from home to a certain destination like Grandma’s house or “the happiest place on earth.” The RV is a great vacation transition and it absolutely serves its purpose as primary means of transportation and backup lodging. But those who get the most out of their RVs know how to generate an entire trip around being in their Class C RV on the open road for the entire trip. When RVing is approached with this attitude the options become completely endless. Fall festivals are highly recommended for the upcoming season and interested RVers would do well to start planning their road trip now.
The first step in planning a successful fall festival road trip in the Class C RV or other popular recreational vehicle is to determine the area through which the route will travel. It’s highly recommended that RVers not overlook events that may be available close to home. Many popular fall festivals and events aren’t as highly publicized, as many would expect. If the local area doesn’t work or if another locale simply works better just start searching for recommendations and listings regarding area festivals, events, and seasonal hot spots. There are almost always plenty of options to fill up a long weekend or even a full vacation.
For example, consider the many options available in Arizona:
- DeWitt Pumpkin Patch – located in Lehi, Arizona, this authentic glimpse into country life is embedded right on the outskirts of the Phoenix metropolitan area. At this working farm, visitors pick a pumpkin, take a hayride, experience a petting zoo, run through a maze of hay bales, and more. It’s down home country right in the middle of the city.
- Fountain Hills Oktoberfest – Fountain Hills is one of many locales that have made it a tradition to uphold the German Oktoberfest. Fountain Hill’s Oktoberfest takes place in beautiful Fountain Park on September 28th and 29th from 5-10pm. The mayor kicks off the festivities with a “Tapping of the Keg” and the night is filled with non-stop musical entertainment, a beer garden, fun contests, raffles and inflatable rides for kids.
- Mill Avenue Halloween Party – Local businesses participate all along the strip. Visitors wear costumes and enjoy the aura area has become known for. It’s a wild time with college students from nearby Arizona State University making up a large part of the crowd.
- 34th Annual Blue Grass Festival and Fiddle Championship – Wickenburg hosts this annual festival at the Bowman Rodeo Grounds. Visitors will enjoy 3 days of bluegrass bands on stage along with 13 competitive contests, arts and crafts exhibitions, etc.
- Schnepf Farms – Enjoy the pumpkin patch, numerous rides, games and mazes and then stay for the chili party and fireworks. Open every Thursday through Sunday beginning October 2nd from 10am to 9pm on Thursdays, 10am to 10pm on Friday and Saturdays and 10am to 9pm on Sundays. Discount tickets can be purchased at grocery stores dotting the local area (Fry’s Marketplace).
- The Nest Haunted House – Located at Rawhide in Chandler, this spookiest of spooks was voted Best in the West by MTV and was once called the “Spookiest Place in America” by Good Morning America. The Nest features your traditional haunted house elements played out by live actors and a team obviously experienced in creating a realistically terrifying environment. **Blood and gore and actually terrifying scenarios mean this is a Fall spot not meant for children.
- Apple Annie’s – located in Cochise County, this Fall Pumpkin Celebration allows visitors to pick their own pumpkins, vegetables and apples (all available for sale). Open Saturday and Sunday from September 25th through October 31st.
- Crooked Sky Farms – Free admission makes this pumpkin patch a favorite amongst local residents. Visitors can enjoy eating healthy and farm fresh produce after picking a pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch October Autumn Harvest Day. Open Monday through Friday 2pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 12pm-8pm.
- Mother Nature’s Farm – Check out the world’s heaviest pumpkins at the World Pumpkin Weigh Off (date varies each year) and enjoy the Fall Gourd Show. Also pick pumpkins, squash and other seasonal produce for sale. Open daily from late September to late November. Located in Mesa, Arizona, Maricopa County.
- Celtic Harvest Festival – This Sedona, Arizona festival is known as a celebration of the changing light. Visitors will find it at the Poco Diablo Resort where they can experience music, dance, master pipers, storytelling, Fairy Village for families, falcons, sheepdog, herding demos, vendors, food, drink and more.
- Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch – Stop and feed the ostrich and deer in Pinal County. While visiting, gather some great ostrich products: ostrich feather dusters, eggshells, and maybe even some eating eggs. For more information call: (520) 466-3658.
- 42nd Annual Vertielee Floyd Memorial Old Time Fiddler’s Contest Arizona State Championship – This exciting event is hosted in the Payson Event Center. Visitors will hear the best fiddling in Arizona produced by contestants aged 6-86. Adding to the festivities will be: food, country and bluegrass music, Irish step-dancers, children’s music workshops, crafts, fiddle makers/exhibitions, leather workers, etc.
That’s just a sampling of the festivals, pumpkin patches and fairs that are available in one state. With 50 states available, there is an undeniably massive opportunity to indulge in the season on an upcoming road trip in the Class C RV. Research prior to departure to ensure that nearby campgrounds are available, costs are outlined, and timing is appropriate.