Summer is over and you’re ready to explore your location in some cooler weather (finally). Your local military base has a wealth of resources to help you and your family or friends create tons of exciting adventures all fall!
Jump Into Fall with On-Base Resources and Events
The military community, wherever you’re located, is the place to be for cool trips, fun festivals and interesting adventures.
Fall Festivals for Families On Base
Units, family readiness groups and morale centers are hosting all the festivals this fall!
Check out the social media feed for your particular location, including the community services page (MWR, MCCS, etc.), to stay in the loop about what’s happening every day.
Many bases will host Fall Festivals, Halloween events and even fitness shindigs this month – and through the end of the year. There will be lots of crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Fall is also a prime time for adults-only ventures, like wine festivals. From free wine tastings, like the one hosted recently at Joint Base Fort Myer-Henderson Hall, to paid events, like the wine tasting parties in Okinawa.
No fall festivals on your base? No problem! Rent party supplies, like chairs and tables, or set aside time in a community event space for a DIY fall festival. Invite your neighbors, folks from the unit or keep it small with a close group of friends. Play games, eat comfort foods and kickback while enjoying all that fall offers!
Fitness for Military Communities in Autumn
There are tons of military fitness events, from races to expos, held on military bases around the country and world right now.
Check with your on-base gym and community services or morale and welfare offices for specifics. For example, there are sometimes cool post-Thanksgiving exercise-a-thons at the gym or Friday Fun Runs hosted by MCCS or MWR.
There are also giant fitness events that attract participants or competitors on a much larger scale. DC, for example, hosts both the Army 10 Miler and Marine Corps Marathon races which draw runners from around the world. Racers: look for the 2020 registrations for these events next spring!
Beyond events, many classes and fitness groups at the on-base gyms offer seasonal classes with specific start and end dates. These sometimes come at an additional cost, but also offer specialty services like BootCamp fitness or advanced yoga practices. Check with your fitness center for their latest fitness schedule.
Get Off Base for Adventures
Want to go bigger? Head over to ITT for incredible opportunities beyond the base gates. You can snag tickets to events, attractions and even complete vacation packages, too!
Look for unique-to-your-area events, like fall foliage tours or local amusement parks, that you can’t do anywhere else. Fall might be a great time to go on a Hornblower tour in San Diego or go to a college game in SEC country.
Head over to Outdoor Recreation, or your base’s equivalent, to snag a ton of cool outdoor equipment for super cheap and sometimes free! From camping gear to kayaking needs, this office has got your bases covered. This is a great opportunity to try a new outdoor activity without the pressure of needing to like it passionately because you’ve invested a ton of money in the supplies. When you’re done, simply return the equipment and walk away.
If you’re looking for a true out-of-town experience, ITT and MilitaryShoppers can totally help! ITT and MilitaryShoppers Travel Club both have inside tracks on the sweetest deals at the hottest properties around the world. From hotels in big cities to luxurious resorts, you can find all sorts of great places to explore!
Or try military-owned hotels and resorts. You can leaf-peep in Seoul at the Dragon Hill Lodge, explore Hawai’i from the on-base lodges or take in Oktoberfest at Eidelweiss in Germany.
Do all the things! And ITT will help you offer them cheaper than face-value, at the gate prices.
Halloween Happenings On Bases Everywhere
Get spooky this fall with cool events on-base!
One of the best places to trick-or-treat is actually on base. Houses are often totally decorated for the holiday with residents going all out on the candy! Many houses give out full-size candy bars, too.
Beyond traditional trick-or-treating, there are also tons of trunk-or-treat opportunities. Different organizations sponsor different events on and around military bases.
Pick your costumes and grab your bags for a fun, spooky Halloween on base!