35 Best Fall Activities to Make the Most of the Season

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Fall is whispering in the breeze, and you know what that means! It’s time to trade in your sandals for cosy sweaters, swap out iced tea for steaming mugs of cider, and dive headfirst into all the fun autumn has to offer.

If you’re feeling adventurous, we’ve got lots of ideas to get you outside soaking up the crisp air. Want to curl up next to the fireplace with a good book? We have some suggestions for cosy indoor activities too, perfect for bringing on the fall feels.

No matter how you like to spend your fall, from traditions to new adventures, check out our list of 35 best fall activities that’ll have you making the most of this magical time of year – guaranteed to make the season unforgettable.

Beyond the Pumpkin Patch: Fall Activities for Adults (Outdoor & Indoor Ideas)

Fall Activities for Adults

Whether you’re a fan of pumpkin spice everything, love the crunch of leaves underfoot, or just want to savour the crisp, cool air, we’ve got you covered. Let’s get into all the awesome things you can do this fall!

1. Cosy Up by Fireplace

Cosy Up by Fireplace

Fire cracklin’, blanket cuddlin’ – nothing beats snuggling up by a warm fireplace as the temperature drops. Grab a book alongside a mug of something warm, or just relax and enjoy the crackling sounds of the fire!

2. Host a Potluck

Get your friends and fam together for a delicious fall feast! Everyone brings a dish, so it’s easy and fun. Plus, you get to try a bunch of yummy seasonal treats without doing all the cooking yourself.

3. Light a Fall Candle

Fill your home with crisp autumnal scents by lighting a fall-scented candle. From apple cinnamon to pumpkin spice to warm vanilla, there’s a perfect candle to set the mood for an autumny day!

4. Attend a Fall Festival

Get in the fall spirit at a local festival! There’s usually corn mazes, hayrides, pumpkin carving contests, live music, yummy fall treats, and tons of fun activities for everyone to enjoy. It’s a great way to soak up the season.

5. Carve a Pumpkin

Carve a Pumpkin

Get creative and carve some pumpkins, be it a spooky jack-o’-lantern or a silly masterpiece. Pumpkin carving is a must-do fall activity that’s fun for all ages. Plus, it makes for some classy Halloween decorations!

6. Go Apple Picking

Go Apple Picking

Fresh air, beautiful orchards, and a basket full of apples – apple picking makes for a fun outing, and you’ll come home with fresh, yummy apples ready for snacking, baking, or making cider.

7. Have a Chilli Cook-Off

Challenge your friends to a friendly chilli cook-off on a cool fall evening! See who can cook the spiciest chilli, and you get to taste them all. Winner gets bragging rights (and maybe a special prize!).

8. Have a Fall Photoshoot

Capture the beauty of the season with a fall photoshoot. Find a park with stunning foliage, wear your cutest, cosiest autumn outfit, and snap some amazing Insta-worthy pics with friends and family.

9. Write a Gratitude List

Write a Gratitude List

Take a moment to appreciate all the wonderful things in your life, big and small. Fall is a great time to reflect on what you’re thankful for, and writing a gratitude list can boost your mood!

10. Go on a Camping Trip

Breathe in the crisp fall air and soak up the natural scenery on a camping trip. Hiking through colourful forests, roasting marshmallows over a warm pit, and camping under a blanket of stars is a magical way to experience the seasonal charm.

Just remember to pack some warm clothes!

11. Make Caramel Apples

Skip the store-bought caramel apples and make your own in the kitchen! Dipping apples in caramel and adding your favourite toppings is a classic fall activity perfect for a fun night in.

12. Set Up an Apple Toss

Grab some apples past their prime and set up a simple apple toss game. It’s a fun way to enjoy the outdoors and is great for adults and kids alike – just toss the apples into buckets, baskets, or hay bales to see who’s got the best aim!

13. Take Up Cross Stitch

Take Up Cross Stitch

Looking for a cosy, indoor activity? Cross stitch is a hobby you can pick up while relaxing inside, plus create something beautiful to decorate your home or to gift to your loved ones. You’ll find plenty of adorable fall-themed patterns online to get started!

14. Tailgate during Football Season

Football season and fall go hand-in-hand. Pack up some yummy snacks or grill up some burgers, put on your team’s colours, and head to the game for some pre-game cheer in the company of fellow fans.

15. Craft a Fall Wreath

Get crafty and welcome fall to your doorstep with a festive wreath. Use colourful leaves, pinecones, ribbons, and other autumn finds to create a gorgeous, seasonal decoration to show off your fall spirit.

16. Take a Fall Foliage Drive

Hit the road and feast your eyes on nature’s stunning fall display! Cruise down scenic routes, crank up some fall jams, take in the crisp autumn air, and enjoy the winding country roads with vibrant trees bursting with red, orange, and yellow leaves.

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17. Craft with Fallen Leaves

Don’t just rake those leaves away! Collect some colourful fallen leaves and put them to good use by creating fun fall crafts.

You can make all sorts of things, including leaf collages, leaf rubbings, and fall garlands, decorate pumpkins with leaves, or even press them into a scrapbook for a lovely fall keepsake.

18. Head to the Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s Market

Stock up on fall’s freshest flavours! Fall is harvest time, so farmer’s markets are overflowing with seasonal produce like pumpkins, apples, and squash, plus herbs like sage, thyme, rosemary, lavender, cilantro, and more.

It’s a great way to support local farmers and make your family happy with delicious fall dishes.

19. Bake an Autumnal Treat

Fall is baking season! Spend some time in the kitchen baking a batch of pumpkin muffins, warm apple crisp, decadent pecan pie, cinnamon rolls, or spiced cookies. There are tons of baked seasonal treats guaranteed to leave your home smell amazing!

20. Get Spooked at a Haunted House

If you’re up for a thrill, prepare to be scared silly at a haunted house! Creepy decorations, spooky sounds, and jump scares galore – it’s a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit with friends.

21. Make Mulled Wine

Warm up from the inside with a mug of milled wine. Made with red wine, species, and fruit, it’s perfect for sipping by the fireplace on a chilly fall evening.

22. Play in a Pile of Leaves

Rake up a massive pile of fallen leaves and jump into it. Or make a game of it by hiding “trinkets” and turning it into a scavenger hunt. It’s a simple fall joy that never gets old. Just be sure to check for bugs/ticks on clothes afterwards!

23. Run a Fall 5K

Get those legs moving before that big Thanksgiving dinner and enjoy the cool weather with a 5K run or walk. Many towns hold such fun races in the fall, so you might even get a pumpkin medal and support a good cause.

24. Roast S’Mores

It’s the simple things, like gathering around a crackling fire and roasting marshmallows, that create the best memories sometimes – and it’s just the tastiest way to end a cool autumn evening!

Make classic s’mores or get creative with different toppings like chocolate, peanut butter, fruits, or graham crackers.

Don’t have access to a firepit? Feel free to use your kitchen stove (or even a blowtorch) to roast marshmallows.

25. Decorate Your Front Porch

Get your home ready for fall with festive decorations! Add some pumpkins, hay bales, a cosy doormat, colourful mums, and perhaps a few festive fall signs to your porch for a welcoming autumn entrance.

26. Go for a Boat Ride

Go for a Boat Ride

Enjoy the fall scenery from a different perspective. Take a relaxing boat ride on a serene lake or gentle river and enjoy the changing scenery!

27. Celebrate Oktoberfest

Prost! Raise a glass and celebrate fall with a taste of München! Visit your local places hosting Oktoberfest events in late September or early October to enjoy some good Bavarian beer, tasty bratwurst, and maybe even a bit of polka dancing.

28. Fly a Kite

Head to the park and fly a kite. The fall breeze is perfect for it, and it’s a fun, carefree activity for people of all ages to enjoy on a sunny autumn afternoon. See how high you can get yours to soar!

29. Host a Movie Marathon

Cosy up on the couch with a big bowl of gourmet popcorn, the softest blankies, and some of your favourite fall movies. Whether it’s a classic Halloween flick or a heartwarming Hallmark comedy, a movie marathon is the perfect way to spend a lazy fall day indoors.

30. Photograph Your Neighbourhood

Grab your camera and take a stroll around your neighbourhood. You’ll have the chance to capture some beautiful photos of the colourful leaves, decorated houses, and other autumn scenes, rediscovering the beauty of your surroundings!

31. Plant Fall Flowers (or Some Shrubs)

Fall is a great time to plant for next spring. Head to your local nursery and pick out some beautiful fall flowers like mums, pansies, ornamental kale, or even a pretty fall shrub for pops of colour that’ll last well into the cooler weather.

32. Tour a Brewery, Cidery, Distillery, or Winery

Toast to fall with a fun adult outing – perfect with friends or for a date idea. Many local breweries, cideries, distilleries, and wineries offer public tours. You can learn about the process and even get to sample some delicious drinks!

33. DIY a Scarecrow

Get ready to scare (or amuse) the crows! Make a whimsical scarecrow to guard your garden or just as a spooky Halloween decor. Throw some old clothes on a pole, add some straw for stuffing, and get creative with the hat and facial features.

34. Go for a Bike Ride

Feel the cool autumn breeze in your hair! Grab your bike, explore your neighbour or local park, or find a scenic trail. Taking in the fall foliage is even more fun on two wheels all while getting some exercise.

If biking with friends, you can even pack a picnic basket and make a pitstop for a fall feast in nature!

35. Do Something Nostalgic

Fall is a time for cosy vibes and warm memories. Pull out those board games you used to play as a kid, visit a place you loved going to all the time, bob for apples, have a bonfire with friends and tell spooky stories, or bake some cookies from your favourite childhood recipe. 

Let the fall season spark some happy fallbacks!

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And there you go – 35 awesome fall activities to make the most of this beautiful season! 

You’ll certainly fall in love with autumn because, from cosy nights in and adventurous outings to pumpkin spice lattes and yummy cook-offs, there’s no shortage of fun things to do – for grown-ups and kids alike.

Now, we wanna hear from you! What are YOUR plans this fall? Do you have any favourite autumn activities we missed? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Happy Fall, ya’ll!

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