August is still technically summer, but as far as our taste buds are concerned, it’s fall.

That’s because this is the time of year when the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte returns — along with a bunch of other favorite fall flavors.

Here’s what’s headed our way:


Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte 2021 has returned on Aug. 24.

Starbucks stores have started receiving their pumpkin spice delights. Although Starbucks hasn’t officially announced the date, if you look at the last two years, they’ve been releasing their famous PSL on the last Tuesday in August since 2018. That’s Aug. 24 this year — by far the earliest release yet.

Here are the PSL release dates from the last 6 years:

  • 2020: Tuesday, Aug. 25
  • 2019: Tuesday, Aug. 27
  • 2018: Tuesday, Aug. 28
  • 2017: Friday, Sept. 1
  • 2016: Tuesday, Sept. 6
  • 2015: Tuesday, Sept. 8


The PSL typically costs between $5 and $6 — but you can get it for free.

Make sure you sign up for Starbucks Rewards. You get your first drink free, and then you earn 2 stars for every $1 you spend at Starbucks.

Once you earn 150 stars (spend $75), get a free handcrafted drink — which includes the Pumpkin Spice Latte and the new-in-2019 Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew. You also get a freebie on your birthday.

That’s like getting 8% back. If you want to boost your savings, split a Venti (20 oz) and share it with someone (get an extra cup). If you do that instead of ordering two Tall PSLs, you’ll save roughly $3.25 — although prices vary by location.

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Dunkin’s Pumpkin Spice Latte has returned on August 18.

Dunkin’ is bringing back their version of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte this year. Available hot or iced, the Dunkin’ PSL combines coffee, pumpkin, and vanilla flavors, and is topped with whipped cream, a caramel drizzle, and cinnamon sugar topping.

The rest of the Dunkin’ fall menu, which arrives Aug. 18, includes:

  • Chai Latte
  • Apple Cranberry Refresher
  • Pumpkin Flavored Coffees
  • Apple Cider Donut and MUNCHKIN Donut Hole Treats
  • Pumpkin Donut, Muffin, and MUNCHKIN Donut Hole Treats
  • Maple Sugar Bacon Breakfast Sandwich
  • Stuffed Bagel Minis
  • Steak & Cheese Rollups
  • Maple Sugar Seasoned Snackin’ Bacon

With the free DD Perks loyalty program, you get a free medium drink when you enroll, another freebie when it’s your birthday, and a medium drink every 200 points you earn (by spending $40).

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The Dairy Queen Pumpkin Pie Blizzard will return by early September.

In 2019, Dairy Queen bumped up the release of their Pumpkin Pie Blizzard, setting a new normal of the last Monday in August — which is Aug. 30 in 2021. I called several Dairy Queens to confirm, but none of them knew for sure. We have confirmed that it will be in stores by September, so be on the lookout!

The Blizzard will be about $2.89 for a mini, $3.69 for a small, $4.09 for a medium, or $4.69 for a large.

Don’t forget: if they don’t serve your blizzard to you upside down, you can get it free! Save more with KCL’s 17 Dairy Queen hacks.


Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte & Other Fall Treats Are Here!