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Fall festivals — and other ways to celebrate the season

We may still be waiting on falling temperatures and falling leaves, but fall itself — the pumpkin-carving, corn-maze, candy-corn season — is here.

If you’re looking for pumpkin patches, hayrides, mazes and petting zoos, there are several farms and harvest venues within reach of a daytrip. Look at the map below to orient yourself and plan an outing.

If you prefer to stay in the tricommunity, we’ve got you covered. Take your pick from costumed pirate fights, moon gazing programs and sand-art necklaces. Further afield, there is horse racing, soap-making, a cow train and boat rides.

When you go, be sure to bring bug spray, plenty of water, sunscreen of at least SPF 15 and a camera to capture the memories of your autumn adventure.

Today-Nov. 6 — Civil War Days & Fall Harvest DaysThis weekend, Westville will be filled with hundreds of re-enactors showing life during the Civil War. Thursday through Oct. 30 and Nov. 4 to 6, old-fashioned chores such as candle-making, hay stacking, cotton gin operating and corn shelling become fun for a new generation. Admission to either event is $10. www.westville.org.

Saturday — Growing Up Green With Bob & LarryVeggie Tales characters Bob and Larry will be at The Rock Ranch for this Saturday’s Fall Family Fun Day. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., there’s hayrides, a corn maze, pony rides, a cow train, cane pole fishing, a jumping pillow, petting zoo and more. Everything’s included in the $14 admission price. www.therockranch.com.

Saturday — Southern Pirate FestivalStarting at 10 a.m. at the National Civil War Naval Museum, you can see sword swallowers, snake handlers, jugglers, fire eaters, animal shows and pirate battles. There will be several kids’ activities, including pony rides. Admission is from $5 to $6.50 and includes all entertainment. 706-327-9798. www.southernpiratefestival.com.

Saturday — Fall FestivalFrom 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Columbus, kids can play games, tour a haunted house, navigate an obstacle course and enjoy carnival rides. Wristbands are $6.50. 706 689-5644.

Saturday — Tricks, Treats & TrailsStarting at 5 p.m. at Oxbow Meadows, families are invited for games, face painting, a raptor show, moon gazing and more. It’s $5. 706-687-4090.

Saturday — OktoberfestIt’s all about games from 6 to 9 p.m. at Florence Marina State Park. There will be boat rides, hayrides, a costume contest, silent auction, ring the bottle, duck pond and more. Admission is $5 per vehicle, but visitors can save the parking fee by checking out a ParkPass with their library card. Activities cost $3 to $8. 229-838-4706

Sunday — Power ZoneFrom 4 to 6 p.m. at Life Church in Phenix City, there will be inflatables, face painting, games, music, prizes and food. Everything — even the food — is free. 706-505-9688.

Friday — Fall FestivalEnjoy bounce houses, hayrides, candy trails, ring toss, tattoos, prizes and more from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Westminster Christian School in Columbus. It’s all included with a wristband for $5 in advance or $6 at the gate. Buy a raffle ticket or shop with craft vendors. 706-323-4441.

Oct. 30 — Fall FestivalIt’s more than just story time from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Columbus Public Library. Geared toward kids ages 3 to 11, activities include crafts, games, face painting, reading and refreshments. And it’s all free. 706-243-2679.

Oct. 30-31 — Kids’ WeekendThe Columbus Botanical Garden has a flurry of fall activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 30 and 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 31. There will be face painting, a bake walk, plant whiz trivia, leaf transfers and pressed flower cards, pumpkin painting, sand-art necklaces, make-your-own potpourri, a tumbling tree tower, exploration table and more. Activities are either free or $1. 706-327-8400.

Nov. 5 — Fall FestivalFrom 5 to 8 p.m. at Stowers Elementary School, families can celebrate fall with hayrides, cake walks, games, inflatables, prizes and food. Game tickets start at 25 cents. freddie.stowers@yahoo.com.

Nov. 6 — Annual Artists for Pasaquan DayFrom 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the world of Pasaquan — a psychedelic mixture of murals, sculptures, paintings and costumes — will be open to the public. Entertainment includes live music and art exhibits. Pasaquan is located near Buena Vista, Ga. Admission is $5 for ages 6 and older. 706 221-2271. www.pasaquan.com.

Nov. 6 — SteeplechaseStarting at 10 a.m. at Callaway Gardens, there’s horse racing, dog racing, pony rides, bagpipes, funny hats and more. Infield tickets are $15 and parking is $15. www.steeplechaseatcallaway.org.

Nov. 6 — Day of the DeadLearn about the traditional Latin American holiday known as the Day of the Dead with performances and crafts from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Columbus Museum. It’s free for all ages. 706-748-2562.

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