Do you see it? The leaves are starting to change, night is starting to come noticeably earlier, and talk of Halloween, Thanksgiving, & the holidays is already creeping into conversation.
These are signs of one thing: Fall is here. Are you ready for it?
As Scout is all about helping you find fun local events and cool things to do near you and helping you get there, today, we wanted to show you a few things that can only be enjoyed during the autumn season that you should absolutely check out before winter.
#1: Football, football, football!
Across the US, there are millions of Americans who swear one thing: The Autumnal Equinox isn't the first day of fall; It officially begins whenever the first football flies through the air.
Have you ever attended a game? There's nothing quite like the atmosphere of watching a live football game with the crowd roaring, chanting, and screaming at every tackle, throw, and interception.
As football can only be enjoyed during the fall season, it's definitely something you should check out. So when can you watch a game?
It depends on what level of competition you're interested in.
Usually, high school football games can be watched on Friday nights (hence, the phrase “Friday night lights”). If you're looking for a higher level of football, then Saturday is when you can catch college teams play. Lastly, if the highest level is what you're interested in, professional level football can be watched on Sundays, but there are games on Monday nights (as well as Thursdays).
If attending isn't really your thing, it's just as fun to go catch a college or NFL game out at your local sports pub. To find one near you, click here.
#2: Pick the Perfect Pumpkin (& say that three times fast)
Another sure fire sign that autumn is in the air is the aptly named fall harvest. It's during this time of the year, vegetables that have soaked up all of the summer sun are ready to be picked and more importantly, eaten.
One vegetable in particular that many families love picking during this time of year is the pumpkin, which, of course, is a symbol of the fall season. For many, it's an annual family activity, one that everyone looks forward to – especially the little ones.
Not sure how to pick a pumpkin? It's actually really easy. Just follow these guidelines.
- Pick a pumpkin that feels firm and heavy for it's size
- Be sure to also feel the bottom of the pumpkin as if it flexes or gives, it's not fresh
- Avoid pumpkins with soft spots, mold, wrinkles, or open cuts
- Look for a pumpkin with a green stem
- Be sure the stem of the pumpkin is solidly attached
- Lastly, be sure to place your pumpkin on a level surface to ensure it will sit flat when you're carving it
Want to find a pumpkin patch near you? Click here.
#3: Seasonal Festivals
Around the US, fall is a time for thanks and across many parts of the country there are regional celebrations and seasonal festivals that you can attend and are fun for the entire family. Most of the time, these festivals offer live music, a wide variety of foods, arts & crafts, and tons of activities for kids.
Some of the more interesting fall festivals from across the U.S. include:
Interested in finding a fall festival near you? Click here.
Across America, fall is beginning to settle in and with it, comes opportunities to get out and try many activities that can only be enjoyed during this time of the year. From festivals to football, autumn always offers a lot of fun for those who are willing to go out and enjoy it.
Do you have a favorite fall activity? Let us know in the comments section below.
Photo credit: Isaac picks a pumpkin by christine, Salmon by Soggy Dan, Football by KM Klemencic, I Love October by D Sharon Pruitt