The Ultimate Autumn Bucket List
Autumn is my all-time favorite season. The weather cools down, the leaves change color, and everything just feels cozy. In order to celebrate this wonderful season, each year I try to complete my autumn bucket list. This bucket list is filled with fun fall activities that push me to seek out new adventure. I hope that with my personal fall bucket list, you can find some inspiring ideas to create your very own!
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Why Should You Create an Autumn Bucket List?
Before we take a look at my personal autumn bucket list, I would like to spend a tiny bit of time convincing you why you need one too! First, creating an autumn bucket list is absolutely free! All you need is a piece of paper and a pencil. To make it more fun, you can create your own or download my full seasonal bucket list pack. Next, creating an autumn bucket list will push you to seek out new adventure and ensure you don’t miss anything this cozy season. Finally, creating a bucket list will help you keep a record of all of the wonderful seasonal memories you make this year. Ready to create your own? Let’s dive right in.
The Ultimate Autumn Bucket List
I am so excited to present my personal autumn bucket list. Each of the items below I try to complete during the fall time. However, I never stress out about completing each item. Instead, this list serves as a template of activity ideas I can use to fill up my weekends with adventure, relaxation, and seasonal fun. I hope this list inspires you to follow your very own fall bucket list too!
Go Apple Picking
First, apple picking is one of my favorite autumn activities. Many apple orchards host harvest events where you can adventure around and pick your own apples to bring home!
Drink a Flavorful Latte
We all know autumn is the perfect time for coffee. I’m thinking pumpkin spice, hazelnut, and yummy salted caramel. Drink them all!
Try a New Crockpot Recipe
Throughout the fall, I am constantly switching back and forth between my crockpot and instant pot (this is the crockpot I have and this is the instant pot I have, I swear by both!). They make fabulous meals and make the house smell AMAZING.
Check out this post to see how I save hundreds of dollars each month by cooking with my instant pot (it is actually WAY easier than you might think).
See the Leaves Change Color
Next, look up when your leaves are predicted to change and schedule out some time for a scenic drive to enjoy the beautiful colors.
Go on a Fun Autumn Hike
Speaking of the color change, another great way to enjoy the leaves is to go on a scenic autumn hike in the wilderness!
Bake a Pie from Scratch
Spend an afternoon baking a homemade pie from scratch! Check out this recipe book, it makes pie baking SUPER easy!
Watch a Fun Autumn Film
Immerse yourself in the autumn season by watching a fun fall film! Some of my favorites include:
- Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (it took me FOREVER to realize this is a Thanksgiving film!)
- The Harry Potter Series
- When Harry Met Sally
- Step Mom
- The Blind Side
- You’ve Got Mail
- Silver Linings Playbook
Pro tip: many of these movies and so many others are available free with your Prime Membership!
Create an Autumn Playlist
A seasonal tradition of mine is to create a whole new playlist each season. For the fall season, I create a cozy, coffeehouse, relaxing mix of tunes with my Amazon Music account (they make is soooo easy).
Watch a Football Game
Yes, it is that time of year again… FOOTBALL! My family loves watching football. In fact, we have our own fantasy football league, which makes watching football ten times more fun!
Go to a Tailgate Party
Speaking of football, what is more fun that attending a tailgate party before the game?
Read an Autumntime Book
Next, cozy up and spend an afternoon with a good, seasonal book. In need of some book-spo? Check out my current reading lists here.
Decorate Your Home for Autumn
Immerse yourself in the fall season by decorating your home. My favorite go-to decorations for fall include: autumn candles, decorative pumpkins, decorative leaves, fall candle holders, cute napkins, kitchen towels, and fun signs.
Change Desktop and Phone Backgrounds for Autumn
Another easy way to celebrate the season is to change out your phone and desktop wallpapers. You can easily use photos from your seasonal adventures!
Hang an Autumn-Themed Wreath
One of my favorite DIY projects over the fall is to create a new autumn wreath and hang it up inside my home. If this sounds too intimidating, you can easily just purchase one instead (like this GORGEOUS one!).
Drink Apple Cider
Apple cider is a must-add to any autumn bucket list. It’s like the signature autumntime drink!
Shop After-Summer Sales
Autumn is a great time to pick up any summer essentials on sale! Also, a great time to begin stocking up on gifts for the upcoming holiday season. Speaking of holiday gifts, here is my ultimate guide to gifts under $25.
To get started on summer sales, check out these great deals!
Make an Apple Recipe
There really is no such thing as too much apple during fall. Celebrate this great seasonal fruit by baking a recipe you’ve never tried before! Need some ideas? Try: caramel apple muffins, apple crisp, apple pie, apple chips, apple maple pork, squash and apple soup, apple and candied walnut salad, cinnamon and apple cake, and apple butter on biscuits.
Check out this great cookbook that features some amazing apple recipes to get started!
Create an Autumn Trail Mix
Speaking of treats, be sure to have an awesome autumn snack mix on hand that you can easily grab on the go! This pre-made mix is awesome! Or you could create your own featuring seasonal favorites such as dried cranberries, walnuts, chex cereal, popcorn, and fall M&Ms.
Rake then Jump in a Pile of Leaves
An autumn bucket list must-have is jumping into a pile of leaves. This can be so much fun and makes for great photos.
Go on a Train Ride
Fun fact, trains are my absolute favorite form of transportation. I love riding on our light rail system or across the country on multi-day rides. It is just so relaxing and fun! Did you know you can easily book a full day on the train and be home in time for dinner? Easily arranged! (Well, of course, depending on where you live). Anyways, trains are a great way to look at the fall colors while reading a great book.
Cook a Squash Recipe
It is definitely squash season! Time to go grab some from your local market and find a new recipe to try out.
Visit a Corn Maze
I absolutely LOVE going to the corn maze! Go with a group of friends and see if you can find your way out without any help or map.
Host or Attend a Friendsgiving Dinner
Before the busy holiday festivities begin, be sure to spend some time with your friends and host a fun Friendsgiving meal. We love hosting a fancy potluck style meal with games and movies afterwards. Our favorite autumntime game right now is Betrayal at House on the Hill (it is a MUST! So much fun!!).
Visit a Museum
Autumn is a great time to visit a local museum! You can spend a day exploring fun exhibits, gaining some new knowledge, and avoiding the chilly weather.
Watch an Autumn Parade
There are several chances to watch parades during the fall time. Our favorite is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Host a Large Family Dinner
Fall is also a great time to get together with family and have a large, extravagant meal together (Thanksgiving anyone?).
Create a Gratitude Journal
Practicing gratitude is such a great way to de-stress. Try it out with a new bullet journal!
Go on a Jog on a Foggy Morning
Head outside for a jog on a crisp morning. It will help you wake up and boost your energy levels.
Grab a kayak (or rent one nearby) and spend an afternoon on the water.
Attend a Local Fall or Harvest Festival
Fill up your car with friends and head to a local fall/harvest festival for the weekend.
Buy a New Outfit Inspired by Fashion Week
Try out some new fall trends and get yourself a new outfit inspired by fashion week.
Go on a Scenic Drive through the Mountains
Enjoy the fall foliage on an afternoon drive through the mountains. Be sure to stock up on snacks and warm beverages before you leave!
Cook Warm Stew or Chili
Stew is, hands down, my favorite fall meal. Pull out your instant pot (this is the one I have and swear by!) and whip up some awesome meals!
Make an Autumn Flower Arrangement
Run to the nearby market and pick up some awesome flowers to fill your home. Some of my fall favorites are dark red and orange roses, sunflowers, dahlias, and chrysanthemums.
Wear Your Favorite Flannel and Boots
As the weather becomes colder, it is time to start digging out those warmer clothes!
Craft with Beautiful Fallen Leaves
Add some mod-podge or press your leaves to keep them colorful, then creates some awesome crafts with them! Like garlands, wreaths, or center pieces.
Knit a Sweater or a Scarf
What is cozier than knitting? Nothing I can think of!
Purchase a New Book from a Local Bookstore
Check out a new local bookstore and spend an afternoon looking for a great new autumn read.
Check out my latest book lists here for some ideas.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
The next autumn bucket list must-have is to visit a pumpkin patch! Pick out your favorite pumpkins, drink some warm cider, and explore!
Light Fall Candles
Fill your home with the smell of autumntime with some cozy candles! Aren’t these ones PERFECT?
Try Apple Cider Donuts
Haven’t heard of them yet? Well, get on board! If you can’t find any apple cider donuts, fill your morning with apple fritters or a fun pumpkin flavored donut!
Can Your Leftover Summer Fruits and Vegetables
Still have a ton of produce from the summer months? Now is a great time to can them so you can use them over the winter months.
Go on an Autumn Bicycle Ride
Get outdoors and find an interesting bike path near you. This is a great way to enjoy the changing leaves and see a lot in a short period of time.
Try a New Pumpkin Spice Recipe
Whip up a great new recipe one weekend to savor over the work week. Need some recipe ideas? Check out this awesome cookbook!
Bundle up for an Autumn Picnic
Another great way to enjoy the autumn leaves and outdoors is to head outside for a picnic in the park.
Make Your House Smell Like Autumn
I love pulling out my crockpot and making some mulled wine or apple cider to make the house smell cozy. As a bonus, you get a warm drink the entire day!
Stay in a Mountain Cabin for a Weekend
Unplug for a weekend and stay in a mountain retreat.
Visit a Winery
Squeeze in one last outdoor adventure and visit a new winery you’ve been eyeing.
Read a Book and Sip Hot Cocoa on a Stormy Night
As the weather becomes blusterier, grab your current read and cozy up near the window for a relaxing night in.
Have an Autumn Bonfire with S’mores
Finally, host a fun bonfire night with friends and family and stay close to the fire to stay warm!
You might be interested in checking out some of my related content:
- How to Create the Most Motivational Bucket List Ever!
- The Ultimate Winter Bucket List
- The Ultimate Spring Bucket List
- The Ultimate Summer Bucket List
Well, that about wraps it up! My entire autumn bucket list. I hope you found some new and exciting activities to try out this cozy season and were able to put together your very own autumn bucket list as well! Have fun and happy adventuring!