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Celebrate Autumn New England-Style

Fall Festivals, Football and Other Fun Things to Do


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Football and tailgating are fun fall traditions in New England.

© 2000 Kim Knox Beckius
Updated August 21, 2013
Fall officially starts with the autumnal equinox in September. Start marking your calendar with all of the great New England autumn events that you don't want to miss. Here's a look at fall festivals, football and fun in New England.

Fall Festivals

*** Featured Fall Festival*** Keene Pumpkin Festival

The fall harvest and Halloween will be celebrated throughout New England this fall, but nowhere, perhaps, more spectacularly than at the 23rd annual Keene Pumpkin Festival October 19, 2013. A quick look at the history of previous festivals tells it all--from 1991's first festival, which featured 600 jack-'o-lanterns, to 2000's record-breaking 23,727 glowing gourds and 2003's Guinness World Record 28,952 illuminated pumpkins--the Keene, New Hampshire, event has developed a loyal and enthusiastic following.

The people of New Hampshire surrendered their Guinness World Record for the most lit jack-o-lanterns in one place to Boston in 2006, but they haven't given up hope of besting Boston's 30,128 glowing gourds. Will 2013 be the year the festival sets a new world record and Keene regains its status as pumpkin capital of New England? You'll just have to head to the Keene Pumpkin Festival to see for yourself. The Pumpkin Festival Web site has all of the information you need on lodging, directions and parking, plus the critical details of where to log in your own carved pumpkin! Need carving inspiration? Find pumpkin carving templates online.

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Football and Other Sports Events

*** Featured Sporting Event:*** Boston College Football

While tickets to see New England's NFL team, the Patriots, are scarce, football lovers visiting New England this fall need not despair! All of the excitement and thrill of going to the game can be experienced when you cheer on Boston College. Upcoming match-ups on BC's home schedule include August 31 vs. Villanova, September 6 vs. Wake Forest, September 28 vs. Florida State, October 5 vs. Army, November 2 vs. Virginia Tech and November 16 vs. North Carolina State. Home games are played at Alumni Stadium, capacity 44,500, on the Boston College campus. Call the ticket office at 617-552-GoBC to check ticket availability.

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More New England Fall Fun

*** Featured Fun Event:*** Horseman's Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, complete with the Headless Horseman, is still alive and well! New England's neighbor, New York, boasts some of the nation's oldest legends and spooks, and Washington Irving's tale of Ichabod Crane and his headless pursuer is one of the classics. Historic Hudson Valley, which operates Irving's Sunnyside and Philipsburg Manor in Westchester County, will scare you out of your mind during Horseman's Hollow nights at Philipsburg Manor on October 5-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 and November 1-2, 2013. This haunted experience, back for its fourth year, features a terrifying landscape populated by the undead, the evil and the insane: all serving the mysterious rider himself! Call 914-631-8200 for ticket information.

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Related Resource: Weekend-by-Weekend Guide to Fall Events in New England

Happy Fall!

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