Autumn Fun Festival in Myrtle Beach

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Looking for fall fun in Myrtle Beach, check out the Harvest Home Weekend festival.

Set for October 5 and 6 in 2019, the Harvest Home Weekend festival is held annually at Brookgreen Gardens, and each year the highly anticipated event attracts thousands of visitors to the acclaimed sculpture gardens for some quintessentially fall activities like pumpkin painting, scarecrow building and hayrides. To sweeten the deal even further, the fall fun is rounded out with great food, live entertainment and close-up encounters with animals from Brookgreen Gardens’ Lowcountry Zoo.

The autumn-themed activities run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and highlights include:

Hayrides: Priced at $4 per person, hayrides depart the festival grounds between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day. Tickets for scheduled departure times are sold at cashier stations on the festival grounds.

Pumpkin Patch/Pumpkin Painting: For a small fee ($4 for a small pumpkin, and $9 for a large pumpkin — tickets available at the on-site cashier stations), guests can choose their favorite pumpkins form the pumpkin patch, then let their creative juices flow with the free pumpkin-painting activity.

Scarecrow Building: Guests can build their own scarecrows on-site during the scarecrow-building contest, then take their creations home if they’d like for a $5 fee.

Beyond the seasonal festival’s events, attendees get the opportunity to explore all of Brookgreen Gardens’ regular, year-round attractions. Found about 30 miles south of North Myrtle Beach (and 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach) in Murrells Inlet, the 9,100-acre sculpture garden and wildlife preserve offers a collection of lush and expansive botanical gardens, each with its own distinct theme. The grounds, featuring 2,000-plus artworks by more than 400 artists, also showcase the nation’s most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture. Other on-site attractions include nature trails, a butterfly garden, historic rice plantations and the Lowcountry Zoo.

To learn more about Harvest Home Weekend at Brookgreen Gardens, visit After your day of fun in Murrells Inlet, head back to Long Bay Resort to rest and relax.