The Best Fall Fairs in America

With fall upon us, states and cities across the country are harvesting some of the most delicious, flavorful, and vibrant produce and other bounty. From bright orange pumpkins, to crisp red apples and plump turkeys, there’s no question the season brings out the best in local food and other products.

This fall, take a culinary tour of our wonderful country. Stop in for some grub and good times at one of these excellent fall fairs.

Big Tex.

Sept. 25 – Oct. 18, 2015

The official state fair of Texas, Big Tex also takes the crown for being the biggest fair in the US. Take a ride on the tallest ferris wheel in North America, or pay a visit to Big Tex himself, a 52-foot tall statue. With an incredible amount of things to see and do, everyone in the family will surely be satisfied. Enjoy everything from auto shows, to livestock sightings and education, food stalls, wine and beer gardens, arts and crafts, and so much more.

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Georgia State Fair.

Oct. 2 – 11, 2015

Located at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, the annual Georgia State Fair is not to be missed! Drop in to enjoy all the fall fair necessities, including delicious food, a tiger display, petting zoo, circus, pig races, helicopter rides, and much more!

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National Apple Harvest Festival.

Oct. 3-4 & 10-11, 2015

In its 51st year, the National Apple Harvest Festival in Biglerville, Pennsylvania, is a fabulous fall tradition year after year. The festival truly has something for everyone, with hundreds of arts and crafts dealers, demonstrations, contests, food stands, live music, and other entertainment.

Arizona State Fair.

Oct. 16 – Nov. 8, 2015

From farm tours and petting zoos, to copious amounts of food, and rides aplenty, the Arizona State Fair is a classic fall fair. This year’s concert series is chock full of heavy hitters like Bret Michaels, Meat Loaf, Rick Springfield, Sheryl Crow, and many others.

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Circleville Pumpkin Show.

Oct. 21 – 24, 2015

Nothing says fall fair like a giant pumpkin weigh-in, a prettiest pumpkin award, a little miss pumpkin parade, and giant pumpkin sculpting competitions. Find all this and so much more at the Circleville Pumpkin Show, an Ohio tradition that all began back in 1903.

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This fall, experience the best of what the season has to offer. Pack up the family, or grab a few friends, and stop by one of the country’s beloved fall or state fairs. Our affordable extended stay accommodation options will help you along the way.

7 Cheap Eats in Dallas

Best known for barbecue, authentic Mexican, and Tex-Mex cuisine (although, there are plenty of other options), there’s no shortage of delicious places to enjoy a great meal in Dallas.

Luckily, great food doesn’t have to mean expensive. Below we’ve compiled 7 budget-friendly options for dining out in Dallas so you’re not breaking the bank!

Cool & Hot Tacos.

Take your pick between delicious tacos, breakfast tacos, snow cones, old fashioned milkshakes, and much more at Cool & Hot Tacos on 8th Street. Located in a converted gas station/car wash, Cool & Hot Tacos attracts tourists, roadtrippers, and local alike with their famous picadillo, fajitas, tacos, and corn and flour tortillas.

Ssahm BBQ.

A different take on typical barbecue, Ssahm – a food truck – offers up delicious gourmet Korean BBQ tacos and burritos. Check their schedule to find out where they are, and get your fill of all the tasty options Ssahm offers, including sesame soy vinaigrette salad, caramelized kimchee, jasmine rice, and your choice of meats, including pork, chicken, and tofu. 

Babe’s Chicken Dinner House.

A casual, family style and family owned restaurant with nine locations around Dallas, Babe’s is the place to go for homestyle cooking. Indulge in some fried chicken, fried catfish, hickory smoked ribs, biscuits with honey, and much more.


Dallas isn’t all about BBQ and Tex-Mex. For over 32 years, Kalachandji’s has offered delectable vegetarian Indian fare on Gurley Ave in Dallas. Best known for its buffet and stunning garden courtyard seating areas, Kalachandji’s is the hot spot for curry dishes, pakora, dal, pullao, fresh breads, and so much more.

Wingfield’s Breakfast & Burger.

Sometimes, nothing but a good, old fashioned burger will do. When that craving comes along, be sure to check out Wingfield’s Breakfast & Burger on South Beckley Avenue. Known for their well-loved cheeseburger, Wingfield’s is a basic burger joint that also serves up a hearty breakfast. Prices run from $4.75 to $9.75. Simply put, Wingfield’s is a local favorite.  

Mama’s Daughter.

A classic diner in style, Mama’s Daughter’s Diner serves up southern home cooking sure to please your palate. A city staple since 1958, head on in to the diner for homemade pies, cornbread, rolls, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, and, our favorite, fried chicken.

Pizza By Marco.

No favorites list would be complete without at least one pizza listing, so here it is! When you’ve got a hankering for the good stuff, pay a visit to Pizza By Marco for a hot and fresh slice. Build your own, or choose one of the pre-made options – it’s up to you!

After you’ve filled up on culinary goodness, enjoy a budget-friendly stay at one of our extended stay properties in Dallas. 

For more ideas on what to do and where to eat in Dallas, check out the Area Guide tabs on the pages linked above.