Fall Festivals in South Dakota

Fall has fallen, leaves are changing, and winter is looming on the horizon for many areas of South Dakota.  But fear not, because there are still ample opportunities to celebrate autumn and its bounty.  Here are just a few of the fall celebrations taking place around the state this weekend:

Harvest Festival — Come out with the family to pick apples and pumpkins, meet Sneakers the live scarecrow, take a hayride, taste homemade pumpkin and apple pies, and much more.  Country Apple Orchard, Harrisburg, SD  605-743-2424

Free YMCA/Embrace Family Fest — Smores by the fire, inflatables, crafts, and more.  YMCA Leif Erickson Day Camp, Sioux Falls, SD

FestiFALL — Pumpkin catapulting, carving, and seed guessing, arts and crafts, candlelight walk, and blue grass music will entertain the whole family.  Newton Hills State Park, Canton, SD 605-987-2263

South Dakota Festival of Books — There’s nothing better than curling up with a great book in front of the fire.  Over 50 national, regional, and South Dakota writers and readers gather over the weekend.  Downtown Deadwood, SD

Oktoberfest — Brats, beer barrel games, food tasting and now infamous wiener dog races combine to make up Deadwood’s Oktoberfest.  Downtown Deadwood, SD

Quilt Festival and Avenue of Quilts — Merchants up and down the streets of Watertown display quilts in conjunction with the quilt convention.  Downtown Watertown, SD

Categories: Events, Outdoor Activities

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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