Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

Scarecrow Festival & Autumn Fair

2023 Scarecrow Festival: October 10 – October 28, 2023

Celebrate the changing season at the 13th Annual Scarecrow Festival, featuring dozens of unique scarecrow designs, fall flowering displays, thousands of pumpkins and autumn decorations displayed throughout the gardens.

See what the talented members of the community can create with repurposed and recycled materials, as well as a heap of imagination. Scarecrow exhibits are always innovative, inspiring and kind to their world!

Sip and Stroll: October 26, 2023, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (last entry at 7:30)

Discover all the gardens have to offer throughout this unique, after-hours experience while enjoying delectable treats during golden hour. This FREE event is a collaboration with Free State Cellars.

2023 Autumn Fair: October 28, 2023

Join us for Autumn Fair activities from 10:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. The Gardens will open at 9:00 a.m.

Autumn Fair is a family event to celebrate the season and all that is associated with it. It is the grand finale of the Scarecrow Festival and the last day that the scarecrows are on display. This is also the day that the winners of the Scarecrow voting are announced in the afternoon. The day begins at 10:30 a.m. with multiple opportunities for hands-on activities. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt, tackle our Shangri La Gardens obstacle course, decorate pumpkins, enjoy a hayride, investigate some of the critters that call Shangri La Gardens home, cruise Adam’s Bayou on a pontoon boat ride and much more!