Autumn is right around the corner, and there’s no better place to slip on a cozy sweatshirt, sip hot apple cider, and admire the fall leaves than at a Midwest outdoor oasis—Big Cedar Lodge. September and October are the months when visitors to the area celebrate Cedar Fest, which offers countless season-specific activities for all ages to enjoy among some of the best fall scenery.
Labor Day Picnic
Say goodbye to summer and hello to fall with Big Cedar’s Labor Day Picnic. All ages can enjoy a concert from Clay Self Band, games, inflatables, and an entire menu of fall favorites prepared by the lodge’s award-winning culinary team.
Visit Big Cedar’s own pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin, and then enjoy pumpkin decorating, pottery painting, tie-dye, face painting, a balloon artist, outdoor activities and mechanical bull rides on Nitro (ages 5 and up required for mechanical bull)! Complimentary popcorn and hot chocolate are also available. After dark, the lawn comes to life with singing jack-o-lanterns, bonfires, s’mores, movies (on select nights) and the Ozarks Lost Soul Maze.
Fall Chuckwagon Tour
Beginning in September, adults can participate in Big Cedar’s Fall Chuckwagon Tour, which includes a tram ride to see some of Big Cedar’s best photo sites and a history of the property, told by local entertainer Ranger Jack. Enjoy a warm bowl of soup and beer or wine around a campfire while Ranger Jack leads the group in campfire songs.
Fall Tram Tour
Every Friday in October Big Cedar offers its Tram Tour to get visitors in the fall spirit. Pulled by a John Deere tractor, ride along for a little fall fun with a tour guided by the Big Cedar Lodge Rangers and plenty of opportunities for a great family photo.
Lost Soul Maze
This 3,700 sq. ft. maze features ghostly images of Ozark’s past. Soldiers, spiders, pumpkins, skeletons, and more! The maze is rated PG, but it’s recommended that children under 13 be accompanied by an adult.
The Great Pumpkin Hunt
Every Saturday in October, families are invited to test their teamwork during a treasure hunt around Big Cedar property. Clues are only visible with a blacklight, so working together is a must!
Trick or Treat &
Resort guests are welcome to participate in a complimentary trick or treat trot. Wear a costume and search for Halloween candy around the resort. Afterward, gather around the campfire for spooky stories and, of course, s’mores!
For a complete list of Cedar Fest activities and pricing, and to make reservations, visit https://bigcedar.com/seasons/cedar-fest/.