The end of summer is near and autumn is just around the corner — which means the air will soon be laced with scents of crisp red apples, freshly sharpened pencils, and pumpkin lattes brewing at the nearby coffee shop.
If you plan on enjoying the onset of crisp, chilly weather and beautiful fall foliage, you’re in for a treat — even if you’re living on a budget.
Here are 10 simple and free ways to celebrate the upcoming fall season.
1. Collect Colorful Fall Foliage
Go for a walk in the neighborhood or drive around town when you notice the leaves start changing color. Collect as many different shapes and colors as you can, then take your leaves home and turn them into wall art you can appreciate all season long.
2. Hunt for Pine Cones
If you live in a place where fall leaves are short-lived or non-existent, hunt for pine cones instead! Then, place them in clear glass bowls around the house in honor of the upcoming holiday season.
3. Go Hiking
Now that the weather is finally cooling down, plan a group hike with your closest friends and family to admire nature’s fall colors. Layer up so you don’t get too chilly, and bring a backpack with sandwiches, snacks, and plenty of water.
4. Eat Nostalgic Foods
Prepare and eat the foods you loved and remember most from your school days. Make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and chocolate chip cookies, and enjoy them with a glass of milk on your porch or patio.
5. Read a Book
Celebrate the cool weather by spending an afternoon or evening snuggling under a blanket with a book. If you don’t have anything to read, head to the library and check out something new for free!
6. Carve a Pumpkin
Not just for October 31, pumpkins will likely be available everywhere you go throughout the season. Carve a fall-themed item into your pumpkin such as the outline of a leaf or tree, insert a small candle, and put it on display.
7. Watch Birds Migrate
Some birds start migrating south during the fall when days become shorter and cooler. Devote a few hours of your afternoon to watching flocks of birds migrating south for the upcoming winter.
8. Look for Antiques
Antiquing and the fall season often go hand-in-hand no matter where in the U.S. you’re located! Spend a weekend afternoon hunting for antiques, or attend a quilt show to view vintage blankets and other goods.
9. Attend a Fall Event
Whether it’s a bake sale, high school football game, or craft fair, make plans to attend the next fall event. Enjoy a slice of warm apple pie, watch the marching band at halftime, and savor the smell of cinnamon sticks as you walk the aisles browsing various autumn crafts.
10. Bring Out the Slow Cooker
Unearth the slow cooker from your kitchen cabinet and make soup, chili, or hot spiced cider. Invite your close friends and family members to enjoy your autumn food or beverage creation as you plan your next free fall activity!
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