The first day of fall usually occurs somewhere around the 22nd of September, and it’s a great day to get outside and find something fun to do! Here are some activity ideas for your autumn equinox!
Go for a nature hike
A fun fall activity doesn’t have to be all that complicated. It can be as easy as finding a pleasant trail and going for a hike! Don’t forget to check out our guide on what to wear for a fall hike!
Carve a jack-o-lantern
The first day of fall is usually around the 22nd of September, so more than a month away from Halloween. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start carving pumpkins early! Head to a pumpkin patch and find a few pumpkins to carve up. You can always carve a few more before the end of October!
While you’re at the pumpkin patch, grab some apples to make your own zero waste apple cider!
Preserving autumn leaves is a timeless tradition and a perfect activity for kids (or fall enthusiasts!) Check out our guide on the different ways to preserve fall leaves for year-round enjoyment!
Visit an orchard
Around this time of year, farms and orchards will open their doors to the public and have fun tours and apple picking opportunities. Not only are their fresh apples to pick, but freshly made cider is usually available in the fall as well. An apple orchard is a great place to go to get outside and enjoy some fresh autumn air!
Need something to do with the apples you pick? Check out our zero waste apple cider recipe!
Find a festival
Autumn is a time of festivals, and most communities will have at least one. These festivals bring members of the community together to bond over good food, good drink, and fun activities. These festivals are generally very family friendly too. There’s something for everyone, from little kids to grown adults.
Go to a football game
For many, autumn means pumpkin spice, fresh cider, changing leaves, and chilly weather. For some living in the United States, fall means only football season! If you can’t find a major football game near you, most junior high and high schools have football teams with games open to the general public. Go cheer on your local team!
Visit a pumpkin patch
Visiting pumpkin patches is a quintessential autumn activity. These farms often have huge pumpkin fields, orchards, petting zoos, corn mazes, and fresh produce you can buy and take home. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon; getting fresh air, picking out the perfect pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns, and supporting local farms.
Roast pumpkin seeds
Once you’ve carved out your locally picked pumpkins, roast the seeds for a delicious and healthy treat! Roasting pumpkin seeds is simple. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Then toss the seeds into a bowl of melted butter and salt. Once your oven hits 300 degrees, spread the seeds out on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes. Voila! Roasted pumpkin seeds.
Have a bonfire
Fall bonfires are one of our favorite things to do when the weather starts getting colder. Getting together with good friends, drinking cider, warming up by the fire, and roasting marshmallows screams fall to us.
Watch the leaves change
Usually by the first day of fall, deciduous tree leaves are beginning to change across the Northern Hemisphere. What could be better than spending a crisp, September afternoon hiking through nature, driving through the countryside, and taking in the reds, oranges, yellows, and purples of the changing leaves.