17 Fall Festivals in October to Explore!

17 Fall Festivals in October to Explore!

Fall festivals in October are a blast! With pumpkins, corn mazes, and apple treats galore, they’re the perfect way to embrace autumn’s magic. From hayrides to cider sipping, these festivals are all about fun and making memories. So put on your coziest sweater and get ready to fall in love with the Ozarks October charm!

Photo: Big Cedar Lodge Facebook

Big Cedar Lodge Cedar Fest
October 1-31 | Ridgedale, MO

Grab your favorite flannel and head down to Cedar Fest at Big Cedar Lodge where they celebrate with an autumn spin on all of your favorite activities. Take a look at the activity calendar HERE.

Pumpkin Daze Fall Festival
October 6-7 | Republic, MO

The giant pumpkins at this festival draw participants from the entire region to see the larger-than-life pumpkins! Vendors gather to show off all their fall arts and crafts and families from all over the Ozarks gather to celebrate the harvest season! The sole purpose of the Pumpkin Daze Fall Festival is to raise funds for scholarships and community grants.

49th Annual Ozark Craft Fair
October 6-8 | Ozark, MO

This show has been around for almost 50 years! This event has been a meeting ground for family & friends for almost a half century! More than 250 vendors from all over the US come to the Ozarks for this event, so it’s definitely worth the visit! You will enjoy a weekend of fun, food, shopping and craftsmanship!

Ozark Fall Farmfest
October 6-8 | Springfield, MO

The Ozark Fall Farmfest has over 1,000 agricultural and rural living exhibits and more than 600 head of registered livestock on display! This is the Ozarks’ largest agricultural event!

Photo: Republic Pumpkin Daze website

Harvest Moon Festival
October 7 | Forsyth, MO

The Harvest Moon Festival includes something for everyone! Car show, Little Miss contest, Scottish Highland Games, food, vendors, a dog show, wagon rides and so much more!

Vintage Market Days of NW Arkansas
October 13-15 | Bentonville, MO

Vintage Market Days presents “Pumpkin Town”. The event held at the Benton County Fairgrounds is an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry and more!

Apple Butter Makin’ Days
October 13-15 | Mt. Vernon, MO

The BIGGEST fall festival in our area is held in Mt. Vernon. The festival features 450+ booths of handmade crafts, entertainment, fun for kids, food and more! This event draws nearly 90,000 visitors each year and has been pleasing crowds for over 50 years!

Maple Leaf Festival
October 13-21 | Carthage, MO

This week-long celebration has it all – a rodeo, Oktoberfest, chili cook-off, chicken pageant, carnival, car and tractor show, free concert with Members Only, parade and more!

Photo: Apple Butter Makin’ Days Facebook

Scenic Riverways Arts & Crafts Show
October 14 | Eminence, MO

This outdoor arts and crafts show features oil paintings, wood carvings, pottery, weaving and more. This event promotes and showcases the craftsmanship of Ozark artists and hobbyists. This is a one day event so don’t miss it!

2nd Annual Historic River District Oktoberfest
October 14 | Ozark, MO

Bring your chair and come celebrate with family and friends! There will be live music (Chelsey James, 7D Funk Allstars, Psychobilly Cadilac, Members Only), 10 local breweries with beer tasting, a cornhole tournament, kids zone, food trucks and vendors!

Art in the Park
October 14-15 | Springfield, MO

This outdoor art festival in one of the most beautiful parks in Southwest Missouri, Sequiota Park! Approximately two dozen fine artists from around the state will be displaying and selling their art.

Harvest Festival l 14 Mill Market Harvest Party
October 14 | Nixa, MO

Mark your calendars! 14 Mill Market is going to have a day full of festivities for everyone. Line dancing, pop-up vendors, pumpkin painting, face painting PLUS Kit Barley & the Creekside Bandits on the stage!

Hollister’s Grape & Fall Festival
October 14 | Hollister, MO

The Hollister Grape and Fall Festival returns to Downtown Hollister October 14, 2023! Enjoy live entertainment, a grape stomp, a Color Me Grape 5K, petting zoo, street dance and more, all in Historic Downtown Hollister.

Photo: Warsaw Heritage Days Website

War Eagle Fair
October 19-22 | War Eagle, AR

This fall craft fair is held in War Eagle Valley and brings in over 125,000 visitors! The fair features 250 vendors that include handmade work! Take in the sights, sounds and aromas of the Ozarks while you enjoy handcrafted work from national artisans. It is an experience that you don’t want to miss!

Sparta Persimmon Days
October 20-21 | Sparta, MO

This festival is full of family fun! Great food, great vendors, great shopping and a trunk or treat for the little ones!

Pumpkin Spice Fall Festival & Cruise In
October 21 | Pleasant Hope, MO

It’s that time of year again! Head out to The Barn at Stone Valley Plantation lots of vendors and truck or treating for the kids! Don’t miss the bounce pillow and fire pits!

Warsaw Heritage Days
October 21-22 | Mansfield, MO

Warsaw Heritage Days will feature over 250 vendors of hand made crafts and more set up in Drake Harbor, the Community Building, and on Main Street! Food vendors will include “The Gator Wagon”, “Walking Tacos” and all your traditional fair food like corn dogs and cotton candy! This is just some of the fun you will find at Heritage Days.

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