Grab Your Girls: 15 Fun Things To Add to Your Fall Bucket List
Fall makes it easy to feel like a kid again. We still get excited for pumpkin patches, apple orchards, haunted forests, and the State Fair—but now we also get excited for more adult autumnal pursuits like game days, mountain getaways, and hard cider crawls. Oh, and the pumpkin spice lattes…
All of these fall activities are made better when done with your best girlfriends. Find your way through a corn maze, go glamping in the Smoky Mountains, or host a pumpkin-carving, pie-making party. There are bushels of things to do to make the most of autumn that don’t just include your grandma’s apple pie.
Here are 15 fun fall activities to do with your friends throughout the season.
You and Your Gal Pals Will Love These Autumn Activities
Head to the Pumpkin Patch
Nowadays a trip to the pumpkin patch has a lot more going on than just picking out a pumpkin or two. There are corn mazes, food trucks, corn hole stations, and all the hay rides to fill your childhood nostalgia tank. Grab your girls, and head to your favorite local patch for a fun-filled weekend activity.
Go on a Cider Crawl
Because a winery tour is so last year. Venture up to North Carolina or Virginia to get a taste of Southern hard cider. Visit a local cidery, like Bold Rock Cidery & Taproom or Castle Hill Cider in Charlottesville, and make sure to spring for a flight of seasonal flavors. You'll be treated to stunning views of the orchards while you're sipping on a "brew."
Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway
Fall in the South is something stunning to behold, and you can see it all while driving (or train-riding!) along this iconic road in the North Georgia mountains. Get ready to see a kaleidoscope of fall color.
Stay in the cozy mountain town of Blue Ridge, and embark on a set of autumnal pursuits like apple picking at Mercier Orchards (which has been in business over 70 years), riding the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, or hiking a nearby scenic stretch of the Appalachian Trail (talk about bucket list!).
Throw a Pumpkin Carving Party
Pumpkin carving is one of those childhood activities we never truly get tired of. Take those pumpkins you picked at the patch, and host a carving party for all of your friends. After you've all carved your monsters, ghosts, or fall-inspired designs, line them up on the porch and take a snap.
Go on a Glamping Trip
Many Southern gals don't willingly go camping—but boy, will we go glamping...
This more comfortable take on the outdoors will have you ladies "roughing" it in ultra-luxe conditions. Book a spot like this Smoky Mountain glamping site that features safari-style canvas tents, hotel-quality beds, and live music. All with a side of s'mores!
Head to the State Fair
It doesn't matter if you're hitting up the Alabama State Fair or the Texas State Fair, just get there and grab the nearest funnel cake you can find. Most Southern states host their State Fair in the months of September and October, so check out the closest one. Ride the carnival rides, play a ring toss or two, and see how many fried things you can eat along the way. Fried Oreo, anyone?
Plan a Fall-Inspired Picnic
Tartan thermoses, handmade quilts, picnic baskets—it's all going in the trunk! Make a batch of Sparkling Caramel-Apple Sangria, a dozen or two mini pumpkin donuts, and enjoy a lazy afternoon with your girlfriends. Bonus points if you're doing it with a view—at your glamping site in the Smoky Mountains, perhaps?
Host a DIY Backyard Movie Night
Not every town has a vintage drive-in movie theater, but you can mimic the cozy effect by creating a DIY movie party in your backyard. Lay out picnic blankets and pillows, set out a spread of snacks, sprinkle string lights all around, and have yourself a blast with your gals.
First thing's first: You’ll need a movie screen to show the film of choice. Start by hanging a white sheet with a rope and drapery hooks somewhere in your backyard. Then simply use a projector to stream the film for everyone to see.
Compete in Your Own Chili Cook-Off
We all like a little healthy competition, right? Ask everyone to make a pot of their best-ever chili recipe, keep tally (anonymously!) of everyone's favorite—other than their own, of course—and then send your leftovers home with a friend. You get to show off your chili skills and go home with a batch to freeze for later!
We suggest making our West Texas Chili if you're in it to win it.
This autumnal pursuit might be the ultimate fall activity. Head to the nearest orchard, grab a bushel or two of Southern-grown apples, and snag a bag of apple cider donuts on your way out. It's the easiest thing to get you in the fall spirit.
Spend a Game Day Weekend Together
We might all have different allegiances, but pick one and spend a game day weekend cheering on the Dawgs, War Eagles, Tide, or Vols—it's bound to bring you back to your college days.
Host a Pie-Making Party
One thing cannot be denied: We all love pie. We particularly love pie during the fall when our favorite recipes—pumpkin, apple, and pecan!—are on display. Invite your friends over for a pie-making party and let everyone take home a slice of each! You can't go wrong with any classic recipe, but we're partial to this Old-Fashioned Apple Pie that tastes just like grandma's.
Head to the Haunted Forest
Southerners have access to some of the spookiest haunted farms and forests ever, and there's nothing like getting the Sam Hill scared out of you and then going for post-scare drinks with your girlfriends. You earned it!
Find a local farmer who sets up a hair-raising show and support the cause, that being to scare you so bad you cry like a little baby.
Book a Girlfriend Staycation
You likely spent the spring and summer going on action-packed girlfriend getaways to your favorite Southern cities and small towns. Now that fall is in full swing, why not plan a little staycation? Find a hotel nearby with pampering amenities like a relaxing spa, rooftop restaurant, or in-house yoga classes—and get some much-needed R&R with your friends.
Make a Pumpkin-Spice Tasting List
Do you think the whole pumpkin spice thing is getting out of hand? Keep a tally (and scorecard!) of all the pumpkin spice drinks, treats, and dishes you and your friends consume this fall. Whoever tries and documents the most pumpkin spice products gets a prize. Hint: It's not going to be a pumpkin spice latte.