October means autumn is officially here. Rust-colored leaves have begun falling and the air is growing crisp. Time to pack away those bikinis and board shorts, grab a sweater and start exploring New York State during one of its most beautiful months. From apple picking to Oktoberfest to festivals celebrating the changing seasons, there’s no shortage of activities and adventures this month.

Need help choosing the perfect fall activities? We thought you’d never ask. Here are the top things to do in in October across New York.

The Apple Harvest Festival in Ithaca is the perfect introduction to the rich farm and artist community of Ithaca. There are plenty of fresh baked goods, local produce, games, rides, live performances, and – of course – apples.

Make a weekend out of it! For all the other must-hit spots and must-do activities in the Ithaca area, check out our 48 Hours in Ithaca blog.

If you’re an apple fan, then you’re surely into apple cider. Guess what? There’s an event devoted entirely to the sweet substance. The Apple Cider Festival in Fly Creek boasts apples, ciders, and over 40 kinds of foods that pair perfectly with the two. We’re talking sweet buttercream fudge, caramel, extra-sharp white cheddar cheese, and more. Drooling? Grab tickets now!

Get your adrenaline pumping at the Flaming Leaves Festival at the Olympic Jumping Complex in the Adirondacks. Watch as North America’s top ski jumpers compete, soaring through the air as you enjoy the sounds of live Blues and tastes of barbecue down below. With lawn games, t-shirt-dying, and so much more, it’ll be fun for the whole family!

Head to the Catskills and welcome the season at the Belleayre Fall Festival. Local arts and crafts vendors and musicians keep you busy amid the beautiful autumn colors of the Catskill Mountains. It’s a festival you can’t miss!

October is peek foliage month – you’d be silly not to get your fair share of the beautiful changing colors. Walk the Fall Foliage Trail in Canandaigua for the optimal fall foliage experience. Browse local shops and capture scenery at photo ops along the way!

Hop on the Halloween train. Take an evening horse drawn trolley tour of the Harvest Moon Cemetery. Hear tales of the founding families, local heroes and notorious villains from around the area by your guide – we dare you not to get spooked!

In the spirit of spooky, head to Canandaigua for a “Haunted” Garden Stroll through Sonnenberg grounds. Hear strange Sonnenberg tales from the last 126 years that will leave you in goosebumps while you dodge spooky characters along the path. You never know what might be lurking…or watching!

Pugs, Hugs, and Pumpkins. Need we say more? This Lake Luzerne daylong festival has it all! The event features 14 costume contests, pumpkin carving contests, a Hug a Pug event, music and good food to boot!

Seafood lovers, rejoice! The Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay returns this October for its 32nd year, offering a fun mixture of new activities and old favorites that are certain to entertain the whole family!

Satisfy all your taste buds at the Taste of the Catskills Festival in Delhi. Sample food, wine and beers showcased by local artisans and food producers and learn how food travels from farm to fork! There’s even a corn maze, pumpkin patch and farm animals to boot!

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