12 Creative Event Ideas for Fall

Looking for some unique event ideas for your running club, social group, sports team, or association? The popularity of autumn offers opportunities to plan around seasonal delights. Choose one the 12 creative event ideas below and create your online registration page to get started!

1. Fall Pancake Breakfast/Brunch

Celebrate the turn of the season with a themed breakfast! Use it to commemorate the end of the summer or the beginning of autumn. Turn the occasion into a networking opportunity for professionals or a friendly meet-up for teammates and club members. Select a local restaurant to establish a relationship that may lead to event sponsorship or other collaboration.

Stack of pancakes

2. Halloween Costume Contest or Race

Kids and adults love dressing up for Halloween. Encourage some friendly competition by creating a contest with themes specific to your attendees’ interests. Host a Halloween race? Check out these costume ideas. Ask local businesses to donate prizes or create gift bags that your group will enjoy.

Girl in costume

3. Pumpkin Carving Party with Contest & Prizes

Get in this family-friendly activity by using a twist: pick categories for your pumpkin contest, like the funniest, most creative, and most unexpected. Winner gets a gift card to Amazon or a favorite local restaurant. Make sure you take lots of photos to post to Facebook and Instagram to engage your online community.

Carved pumpkins

4. Fall Bike Tours

Get a group together for a fun time on two wheels as the weather begins to cool. Explore the earthy, changing colors of the trees for a weekend camping trip or day trip. Experienced cyclists can use this laid-back event to introduce inexperienced riders to their club. Business colleagues and friends will strengthen relationships during this social event.

Bicycle in woods

5. Astronomy Night

Who doesn’t love a night under the stars? This fun, educational event is a great way to build community among athletes, club members, or coworkers. Visit an observatory, planetarium, or go outside with chairs, blankets, and a campfire.

Starry night sky

6. Museum Visit

Local or big city museums, in addition to their usual exhibits, usually have seasonal or special exhibits. Select an art, science, or historical museum that will intrigue your audience.

Art museum

7. National Cheese Pizza Day (Sept. 5th)

Not that there needs to be an excuse for pizza, but we’ll take one when we have it. If you’re looking for a casual event to bring your community together, there’s no simpler solution than a pizza party.

Cheese pizza

8. Ultimate Frisbee Game

Get everyone outside with an adult office league or club team. This fun activity allows everyone to decompress, network, and get some exercise. If you lead a running club, try switching out a group run for a game of Ultimate Frisbee.

Girl with frisbee

9. Themed Paint Nights

Looking to get creative? Plan a paint night this fall! Choose a painting with subject related to the season or your audience’s interests. Make it a full-blown networking event with finger food and adult-friendly with drinks.

Paint brushes

10. Bonfire and Seasonal Cookout

Celebrate the season, a great race, or another victory for your group. Enjoy a fire-roasted meal and warm drinks together while acknowledging teammates, coworkers, or volunteers.


11. Farm Visit: Pumpkin patch, hot cider, hay rides

Cliché but a classic. And hot cider always tastes better in season.

Pumpkin patch

12. Haunted House Visit

Feeling brave? Get spooky with a haunted house or trail. This Halloween-inspired outing is a great way to encourage friendships among social groups, teams, and families.

Haunted house

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