1. Apple Festival – Country Apple Orchard
Bring your family out to the Country Apple Orchard September 19th-20th for their annual Apple Festival. Located just south of Sioux Falls, the Country Apple Orchard provides a beautiful setting with plenty of apple picking to go around. There will be a variety of activities available, but the primary focus here is of course, apples! Don't forget to enjoy some delicious apple themed treats while you're there.
2. Harvest Festival – Country Apple Orchard
The annual Harvest Festival takes place October 3rd–4th, and it’s always a big hit for families as fall begins. The Country Apple Orchard pulls out all the stops for this fun event with activities such as tractor wagon rides, pony rides, kiddie train rides, inflatable playground, children’s barn, and more! Pick your own apples and pumpkins, and then indulge your taste buds with homemade apple pie, caramel apples, kettle corn, apple brats…. We could go on, but that will ruin the surprise of it.
3. Harvest Festival – Wilde Prairie Winery
In our minds, fall and wine are a perfect match! What’s better than sweater weather and savory wine that’s easy on the palate and has you craving more? Taking place on October 3rd, this Harvest Festival features pumpkin painting, live music, food trucks, shopping vendors and of course, wine. Don’t forget to enjoy the vineyard while you’re there too!
4. Pumpkin Festival - Riverview Christmas Tree Farm
The annual Pumpkin Festival at Riverview Christmas Tree Farm is spread out over three weekends, giving families options to attend. Taking place October 3rd-4th, 10th-11th, and 17th-18th this event will be full of fun activities for everyone, including pumpkin picking and painting, inflatables, games, hay rides, music, and much more. There's even a beer garden for the adults!
5. Pumpkin Festival – Country Apple Orchard
If there’s one thing that’s a must-see on this list, it’s the South Dakota Giant Pumpkin Contest during this Pumpkin Festival on October 10th-11th. You’ll see a variety of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes, weighing over 500 pounds! While you’re there, take the kiddos to go pick out their own pumpkin to carve at home. Afterwards, enjoy food from a variety of vendors on site.
6. Harvest Festival – Strawbale Winery
Enjoy South Dakota at its finest with wine, good fall weather, and even better people. Strawbale’s annual Harvest Festival on October 10th will have you singing along with your friends and family to the great live music, with maybe a little liquid courage to help you. No need to worry about food; a variety of vendors will be on-hand, as well as shopping vendors. So sit back and relax as you take in all of the sights, sounds, and scents of fall.