If it’s true an apple a day will keep the doctor away, what will a whole bushel do? Find out at one of the many marvelous apple festivals around the country where picking apples by the bushel is just one of the attractions.
Celebrating the longtime American tradition of apple harvest can take numerous forms and suit all kinds of interests. If apple pie is your passion, get in on the taste testing for the best one around or find out how to submit your own for that coveted blue ribbon. If cider – both hard and soft – is your draw, there will surely be a variety to sample.
From hayrides, to apple bobbing, to crafting there is always an activity to keep everyone amused from toddlers to grandparents so be sure to bring the whole family along. Some towns will even combine their apple festival with other interests like antique car shows or auctions so check out the websites before you embark.[fsb-social-bar facebook=”true” twitter=”true”]
Hay Creek Apple Festival - Berks County, PA - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
Great family fun at the peak of apple harvesting time. Held at Historic Joanna Furnace off of Route 10.
Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival - Hart, MI - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2016
Michigan Sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Cook-Off Competition, Apple Pie Contest, 5K Fun Run, Craft Show, Classic Auto & Truck Show, Dune Buggy Show, Kid’s Activities, Live Entertainment & Food.
Apple Fest - Buena Vista, CO - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
Elyria Apple Festival - Elyria, OH - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
Draws over 100,000 people annually in the third week of September.
Johnny Appleseed Festival - Fort Wayne, IN - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
Five stages of free entertainment at this event celebrating the life and times of Johnny Appleseed, the pioneer credited with planting apple trees in large parts of six states.
Hudson Valley Apple Festival - Germantown, NY - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Admission is $5 for age 14 and older. Enjoy family hayrides, apple crate derby, live music, and children’s activities.
Boxford Apple Festival - Boxford, MA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Held annually on the third Saturday in September by the Boxford Historical Society.
Casey County Apple Festival - Liberty, KY - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2016
Long Grove Apple Festival - Long Grove, IL - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Cory Apple Festival - Cory, IN - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
45th annual event
Gays Mills Apple Festival - Gays Mills, WI - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
The 58th annual event features parades, carnivals, arts & crafts, flea markets, music, dancing, food & festivities. Activities held at various venues in the Village of Gays Mills, Wisconsin.
Manchester Apple Festival - Manchester, ME - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
13th annual event at Lakeside Orchards. Admission and most events are free.
Applefest - Bismarck, ND - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016
Cornish Apple Festival - Cornish, ME - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
This free festival is held in historic Cornish Village on the last Saturday in September. Event includes apple pie contest, live entertainment, arts & crafts, 5K race and other activities. It is a fundraising event for the Cornish Association of Businesses.
Amherst Apple Harvest Festival - Amherst, MA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
30th annual event is held on the Amherst Town Common and runs from 10 AM to 5 PM. Arts & crafts, local food, children’s games and silent auction. Free admission. This is a fundraising event for the Amherst Family Center, a free drop-in support center for families with children up to five years of age.
Kentucky Apple Festival - Paintsville, KY - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2016
Southington Apple Harvest Festival - Southington, CT - Sep 30 to Oct 9, 2016
A family-oriented, free admission event with parade, live music, crafts, carnival rides, children’s activities and fireworks. Runs Sept 30 to Oct 2 and Oct 7 to 9.
Lincoln Square AppleFest - Chicago, IL - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
A Lincoln Square tradition to celebrate fall with local musicians, children’s activities and everything apple!
Jersey County Apple Festival - Jerseyville, IL - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
A family oriented event that celebrates the apple orchards in the region.
The National Apple Harvest Festival - Arendstville, PA - Oct 1 to Oct 9, 2016
50 years of food, crafts and music on the first two weekends in October (October 1-2 & 89). Orchard tours, petting zoo, craftsmen demonstrations, antique cars and more. Held at the South Mountain Fairgrounds.
Brushy Mountain Apple Festival - Wilkesboro, NC - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
One of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. Free admission. 4 different music stages, folk dancers and other live entertainment. Attended by over 160,000. Activities begin on Friday night with the “Apple Jam.”
Apple Festival Of Kendallville - Kendallville, IN - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
A family-friendly community event at the Noble County Fairgrounds.
Newark Valley Apple Festival - Newark Valley, NY - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
Event includes apple everything with kids activities, great food, crafts, wagon rides, and gift shop. See demonstrations of cider pressing, blacksmithing, cooking, spinning, candle dipping and live music and dance fun.
Flippin-Seaman Apple Butter Makin’ Festival - Tyro, VA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Watch Silver Creek & Seamans’ Orchards make apple butter on the first and third Saturday in October.
Franklin Applefest - Franklin, PA - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
Enjoy food, free entertainment, arts/crafts, 5K and car show beginning the first Friday in October.
Bloomfield Apple Festival - Bloomfield, IN - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
Waterville Apple Butter Festival - Waterville, PA - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Georgia Apple Festival - Ellijay, GA - Oct 8 to Oct 16, 2016
Runs on Oct 8-9 and Oct 15-16.
LaFayette Apple Festival - LaFayette, NY - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Lots of live entertainment, free parking $5 admission, artists, crafters, and lots of contests.
Chatham Apple Butter Festival - Spencer, OH - Oct 10 to Oct 11, 2001
Cleveland Apple Festival - Cleveland, TN - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
seasonal and micro beers, and a variety of wine in a beautiful setting
Springville Apple Festival - Springville, CA - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
This annual event on the third weekend of October attracts more than 20,000.
High Rolls Apple Festival - High Rolls, NM - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
Organized by the High Rolls Mountain Park Lions Club. Features cherries and apples, children’s activities, free parking, free admission, apples, arts and crafts, and lots of food choices.
Great Maine Apple Day - Unity, ME - Oct 16 to Oct 16, 2016
Workshops, cider-pressing, orchard tour and delicious treats at the Common Ground Education Center. Admission is $2 (members) or $4 (non-members).
Kimmswick Applebutter Festival - Kimmswick, MO - Oct 29 to Oct 30, 2016
More than 100,000 visitors annually. Help stir the apple butter. Live musical entertainment in the park. More than 500 food, drink and craft vendors line the streets. For kids, a miniature train, petting zoo and pony rides.
Van Wert County Apple Festival - Van Wert, OH - Aug 30 to Sep 4, 2017
North Carolina Apple Festival - Hendersonville, NC - Sep 1 to Sep 4, 2017
Labor Day Weekend family festival for over 60 years celebrating the most important agricultural product in Henderson County. Street fair, arts & crafts, King Apple Parade, festival food, free entertainment.
Seymour Apple Festival - Seymour, MO - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2017
Join over 15,000 visitors to this free event which include a parade, music, 5K run, food, over 100 craft and various vendors, plus apple contests, auction, and so much more.
St. Peter’s Annual Apple Festival - Monroe, CT - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
Held annually on the first weekend after Labor Day. Lots of apple products including hot apple crisp and apple pies, craft vendors, kids games and more. Free admission and parking.
Trimble County Apple Festival - Bedford, KY - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
Apple Dumpling Days - Elroy, WI - Sep 9 to Sep 9, 2017
Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and two kid’s races are held the first Saturday after Labor Day. Event is hosted by the Elroy Lions Club.
Murphysboro Apple Festival - Murphysboro, IL - Sep 13 to Sep 16, 2017
The oldest and largest alcohol free festival in southern Illinois – it draws over 45,000 a year to the various events, including car show, parade and carnival.
Nappanee Apple Festival - Nappanee, IN - Sep 14 to Sep 17, 2017
Savor a piece of pie from Indiana’s largest 7 foot baked apple pie. A family-friendly event running for over 40 years that attracts 80,000 annually.
Clay County Golden Delicious Festival - Clay, WV - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2017
Celebrate with the apple that is the state fruit of West Virginia.
Marionville Applefest - Marionville, MO - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2017
Typically features a parade, garage sale, pageant, car show, lots of various vendors, food, contests and lots more fun activities for the family.
Brookston Apple Popcorn Festival - Brookston, IN - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
Celebrate the local harvest with apples and popcorn. Free admission with tons of activities for kids and adults.
Capital Region Apples & Wine Festival - Altamont, NY - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017
Held at Altamont Fairgrounds this festival has a competitive arts and craft show, food court, car show, wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, haunted house, face painting, clowns, pony rides and fun for adults and kids.
AppleUmpkin Festival - Wyoming, NY - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2017
A fall arts and craft festival in the historic Gaslight Village area. Lots of pumpkin and apple related harvest products, vendors, strolling entertainers, and fantastic tasty food choices.
Apple ‘N Pork Festival - Clinton, IL - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2017
A harvest festival with flea market, 19th century craft demonstrations, antique tractor show; live musical entertainment and more at the C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum grounds.
Julian Apple Days Festival - Julian, CA - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2017
Apple Harvest Fest - Waukesha County, WI - Sep 23 to Sep 23, 2017
The Retzer Nature Center hosts visitors for delicious apple treats, apple pie baking contest, scarecrow contest, hayrides, music, arts/crafts and children’s activities.
Country Applefest - Lebanon, OH - Sep 30 to Sep 30, 2017
Food, crafts and entertainment at the Warren County Fairgrounds.
Warwick Applefest - Warwick, NY - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2017
Over 35,000 attend Applefest each year. Local papers describes it as the “Best Family Event of the Year”. They have live entertainment on 4 stages, a carnival, over 200 craft and art vendors, pony rides, children’s activities, and lots of food choices based around apples.
Salem Apple Butter Festival - Salem, WV - Oct 5 to Oct 8, 2017
32nd annual event with old fashioned apple butter and family oriented activities.
Unicoi County Apple Festival - Erwin, TN - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2017
39th annual event. Named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events in the southeast and a three-year winner of the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association’s Pinnacle Award. More than 100,000 attend annually.
Bayfield Apple Festival - Bayfield, WI - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2017
USA Today called it one of the 10 best specialty food festivals in the nation. 50,000 annually attend this event which has been going on for 54 years. Features a Grand Parade, countless booths with fresh foods, and so much more fresh air fun. Located at the Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion.
Applefest Celebration - Weston, MO - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
28th annual event. Parade, arts & crafts, apple dumplings and other food products from local churches. Children’s activities include pumpkin painting, pony rides, face painting and carnival games. Adult admission is $1. Kids under 15 are free. Free parking.
Pennsylvania Apple ‘n Cheese Festival - Canton, PA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
Art & photography show, juried crafts, food vendors, wine & cheese tasting, apple & cheese desserts, cider pressing, free entertainment, demonstrations and more. Adult admission is $5. Free parking.
Delmont Apple ‘n Arts Festival - Delmont, PA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
A festival for apple and craft enthusiasts at Shields Farm.
MacQueen Orchards Apple Butter Stir & Crafts Festival - Holland, OH - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
Apple Butter Festival - Berkeley Springs, WV - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
Held annually since 1974. Saturday morning parade kicks off a weekend of country food, arts & crafts, games & contests. Spicy apple butter is stirred in giant copper kettles in the square.
Applebutter Fest - Grand Rapids, OH - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2017
Apple butter making, juried crafts, music, food, historical re-enactments, pioneer demonstrations, antique cars/farm equipment, children’s area, live music and family fun along the Maumee River.
Apple Harvest Festival - Glastonbury, CT - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
Over 15,000 attended this annual event last year with 40 bands, 100 vendors, 30 food trucks/vendors, amusement ride, fun run, scavenger hunt and more.
Apple Scrapple Festival - Bridgeville, DE - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2017
Food court with apple dumplings, scrapple sandwiches and more. Carnival rides, car show, 5K, craft show, home decorating contest, entertainment stage, children’s area and more.
Oak Harbor Apple Festival - Oak Harbor, OH - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2017
38th annual event with attendance of 25,000+. Parade, kiddie tractor pulling contest, talent show, bingo, classic car show, 5K apple run, 1 mile kid’s run, live bands and a beer tent.
Appleumpkin Festival - Tecumseh, MI - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2017
23rd annual event. Midway rides, carnival games, make your own scarecrow, arts & crafts. Live entertainment performances on the Pearl Street stage. Also enjoy the nearby Kapnick Orchards Apple Festival.
Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival - Martinsburg, WV - Oct 19 to Oct 22, 2017
Features include pie baking contest, grand parade on Saturday, apple displays, and art vendors. Good times to be had by all.
Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival - Coshocton, OH - Oct 20 to Oct 22, 2017
Apple butter is at center stage but there’s plenty of other activities including live music, living history building self-guided tour and horse-drawn canal boat rides.
Stuart Apple Dumpling Festival - Stuart, VA - Oct 21 to Oct 21, 2017