5 fall family festivities for under $20 - HMS National, Inc.

5 fall family festivities for under $20

September 16, 2014

There are lots of great family events to attend each autumn, but it can get pricey to participate in the season's most popular festivities. To save a few dollars this year, carefully pick and choose the events that you attend. These seasonal activities cost less than $20 per event and will be a blast for the whole family.

1. Visit a pick-your-own farm
September and October are the ideal time to head to a local apple orchard, berry farm or pumpkin patch. Most farms will charge for the quantity of produce you pick, so it's easy to stay within your budget. Websites such as Pick Your Own are a great resource when you're choosing which farm to visit. It's always a good idea to call before you visit, though - some farms will be picked clean faster than others.

2. Master a corn maze
Farmers across the country celebrate fall by designing intricate corn mazes in their fields. Your family will have a blast wandering through the paths and seeing what surprises are around each corner. Admission is generally between $5 and $10 per person, and there's usually a reduced fee for young children. To find a maze near you, visit the Corn Mazes America website.

3. Find a festival
There are hundreds of festivals around the U.S. each autumn. The themes vary by region - some are traditional fall festivals, while others celebrate seafood, hot air balloons or local traditions. You can use a search engine to find celebrations happening in your area. Admission will vary by event, so it's easy to pick a festival that suits your interests and budget. 

4. Visit a farmers market
Farmers markets are generally having their final weeks come October, so make sure to get fresh vegetables while you have the chance! They're free to attend, and you'll be able to get all the pumpkins, squash and hay bales you'll need to decorate for the holidays. Many markets also have activities for the kids, so it's a great way to spend a brisk fall morning.

5. Go ice skating
Most local arenas begin holding skate nights in the late fall, so why not take advantage of them before the crowds? It's also a perfect opportunity to teach young children to skate for the first time. This fun seasonal activity usually costs around $5 per person and will help you make awesome family memories.

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