Frugal Fall Fun: 50 Free and Cheap Festivals That Celebrate Autumn
The end of summer means a new world of agricultural delights and gorgeous autumnal scenery, plus a whole lot of events honoring the new season. There's a rich variety of fall festivals held across the nation, whether they be German Oktoberfests, haunted Halloween extravaganzas, or family-friendly harvest celebrations. Here are 50 of the most noteworthy autumn celebrations happening in every state across the nation, where residents and visitors can soak up a lot of local culture for only a little bit of cash.
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More than 100 musical artists appear on seven stages Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 for the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Fifty food purveyors will be on hand while guests enjoy a diverse slate of both new discoveries and big names like Cyndi Lauper, Steve Earle, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
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More than 100 of the best artists working in the American West participate in the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Cody's celebration of Western heritage and culture held Sept. 23-24. Before browsing the original paintings and sculptures for free admission, early birds can eat breakfast and see artists in action at the Saturday morning Quick Draw, when artists complete a work in just an hour's time.