Welcome fall with 25 activities that make the most of the season

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Fall is more than just stunning colors. Shutterstock/ Jay Yuan
  • Fall is an amazing time with tons of seasonal activities to add to your must-do list.
  • College football, Black Friday, and mild weather are just are few perks that come with fall. 
  • Fall also signals that it's time to welcome back beloved pumpkin spice coffee drinks. 

Farmers markets are filled with colorful picks.

Farmer's market

Vegetables at a market. Eric Ferguson/Getty Images

Going to a farmers market during the fall can be a feast for your senses.

Whether you're picking out pumpkins and gourds to decorate your doorstep, or prepping for a feast full of finally-available fall veggies like Brussels sprouts and acorn squash, a local farmers market probably has what you need — and a few things that you don't, but stash in your shopping tote anyway. 

Pies are the go-to dessert of the season.


Homemade pies. grandriver/Getty Images

'Tis the season for pie, especially apple and pumpkin. Now is the time to get your fill from your favorite bakery, farmers market vendor, or — if you've got the skills — bake your own. 

You can stock up during once-a-year holiday sales.

Black Friday

Black Friday. jayk7/Getty Images

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are some of the biggest days of the year for bargain shoppers. And for good reason, retail and online stores typically post some pretty significant markdowns on those days.

More recently, Small Business Saturday has been added to the mix. Observed on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, this annual event encourages consumers to visit and support the small, local businesses in their community.

You can finally light your fall-scented candles.

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Fall-scented candles. Olena Rudo/Getty Images

Who doesn't enjoy a house that smells like vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, or pumpkin pie? Lighting a candle with a signature fall sent can instantly change the look and feel of a room, invoking cozy, fall vibes in the flick of a match.

Travel is cheaper.

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The streets of Barcelona in the fall. LALS STOCK/Shutterstock

Fall is one of the best times of the year to travel. Not only is it cheaper than traveling during the summer or holidays, but there are fewer crowds, beautiful foliage, and milder weather that's perfect for exploring.

Pumpkin flavored everything hits shelves.

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

Starbucks' PSL. @starbucks / Instagram

Fall is known for pumpkin-spiced drinks and treats, like the famous pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks, which has a huge fanbase. But once fall hits, the shelves are filled with delicious pumpkin-flavored products, from pumpkin M&Ms to pumpkin ice cream, which we eagerly await all year.

The weather is milder.

Family in the fall

Fall climate is the perfect weather for exploring. Shutterstock/ Monkey Business Images

Not too hot, yet not too cold either, fall weather is perfect for exploring, snuggling under the covers, or bringing out the fall scented candles.

Your wardrobe is cozier.

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Sweater weather. Allef Vinicius/Unsplash

Two words: sweater weather. Falls marks the time of the year where you can snuggle up in a cozy sweater without having to worry about a bulky jacket just yet. Even better, between boots, hats, scarves and light coats the number of outfits to mix and match seems infinite.

It's prime partner-finding time.

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Fall is the start of cuffing season. Flickr/deveion acker

So many people get into a relationship during the fall that there's a name for the phenomenon: cuffing season. Studies have found that people are more likely to start coupling up in the fall and winter than during any other season.

It's tailgating season.

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Every football game deserves a good tailgate. slgckgc/ Flickr

Fall marks the start of football season! So put on your favorite jersey and head to the nearest tailgate. 

TV is great.

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Grey's Anatomy's 14th season premieres this fall. ABC

With iconic shows like "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" airing on TV during the fall, it is one of the best seasons for television. Even better, you can binge watch shows and stay indoors for hours without feeling guilty.

The foliage is stunning.

Quebec, Canada

Fall scenery in Quebec, Canada. Shutterstock/ David Boutin

The stunning hues of fiery red, yellow, and orange that take over trees every autumn are truly breathtaking. 

The holidays are around the corner.

Christmas market

New Years, Christmas, Hanukkah, and more are almost here! Reuters/Michaela Rehle

Fall brings you one step closer to the holiday season. 

It's back-to-school time.

Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University in the fall. Shutterstock/ Bryan Pollard

Parents can rejoice in the fact that their kids once again have someplace to be every day, and students can get excited to see all their friends again. A true win-win. 

There's apple picking.

apple picking

These apples didn't pick themselves. Flickr/jenniferboyer

Pick your own apples and make some homemade apple pie, cider doughnuts, and other fall treats.

There's Thanksgiving.

thanksgiving stuffing

Turkey time! Getty Images

Thanksgiving means quality time with family, great shopping deals, football, and, of course, a belly full of turkey.

The seasonal food is amazing.

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Fall is the beat season for apples, pears, squash, and sweet potatoes. Getty Images

Fall cuisine is a category all its own. Peak season for apples, pears, squash, and sweet potatoes, fall might be the best time of the year for food. Whether you're getting outdoorsy and going apple picking, or noshing on seasonal dishes at a restaurant, your taste buds are sure to love fall.

Hot chocolate becomes a totally acceptable order.

mindy's hot chocolate

The perfect fall treat. Facebook/Hot Chocolate Chicago

Although hot chocolate is delicious year-round, the chilly fall weather makes it that much better. 

It's a season of great festivals around the world.


Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. REUTERS

Fall sees a lot of epic festivals around the world, like Oktoberfest, Diwali, London Fashion Week, Halloween, and Dia de los Muertos.

It's campfire season.

s'mores camping campfire

Don't forget the s'mores! Autumn Mott/Unsplash

Fall is the perfect time to go camping, and with camping obviously comes a cozy campfire and delicious s'mores.

Outdoor decorations become a thing.

porch decorations

Bring your reefs out. Shutterstock/ V J Matthew

It seems like every street gets a little more festive during the falls months as people put pumpkins on their porches or hang wreaths on their doors. Of course, holiday decorations also start popping up to get you into the spirit.

There are piles of leaves to jump in.

Leaf pile

Fun for all ages. Shuttertock/ Bull's-Eye Arts

The stunning foliage is not only beautiful, but also fun to play in.

There are pumpkin patches to visit.

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A pumpkin patch. Flickr/lizwest

Nothing screams fall like pumpkin picking. It's the perfect fall date activity or trip with the kids. 

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