New York Top Fall Events

Celebrate fall in New York

Events crowd the calendar in autumn as leaf peepers flock to New York from every state. As brilliant as our autumn landscapes are, there's plenty more to celebrate here in fall!
Harvest events blossom in every corner of the state celebrating our diverse bounty of foods from maple syrup and farm cheeses to fall fruits and New York wines and brews. Oktoberfests are everywhere, and craft fairs and sports expos draw big crowds. Hikers, cyclers and boaters invade our wilderness parks, and nowhere else can you find so many ways to celebrate Halloween.
With so much to do, it's hard to choose where to spend your free time. Here are a few popular regional fall events to get you started.

Thousand Islands

Vintage & Classic Street Meet, Clayton, 9/20-21
Oceans of chrome await classic car and motorcycle fans in downtown Clayton. A soap box derby, car hop competition and burn out contests all weekend are sure to exhaust.

Remington Arts Festival, Canton, 9/25-28
Free admission to outdoor galleries of fine art and hand crafts by regional artisans, serenaded by strolling musicians in Village Green Park. Children can dress up in historical costumes.

Oktoberfest, Cape Vincent, 9/27
A farmers' market, crafters and a beer garden lift spirits while lots of Bavarian food helps absorb all those hops. A Bavarian band and costumed dancers keep rhythm. 315-654-2481.

Oktoberfest, Alexandria Bay, 10/4
Follow the strains of a German "oompah" band to this great big Alexandria Bay tradition with limitless wine and beer, traditional foods, grape stomping and winery tours.

Great Pumpkin Festival, Oswego, 10/4-5
Where else can you see a thousand-pound pumpkin? Enjoy pumpkin carving, scarecrow building and a farmers' market, rides and games for kids. Free admission.

Punkin Chunkin Festival,  Clayton, 10/18
Watch mechanical wizards compete to launch pumpkins the farthest using trebuchets, a siege engine used in the Middle Ages. Admission is free to day-long competitions.


September: Adirondack Balloon Festival
Adirondack Balloon Festival, Queensbury, 9/18-21 
Watch scores of giant hot air balloons take to the skies and don't miss the Big Balloon Breakfast. Balloon launches are weather permitting.

World's Largest Garage Sale, Warrensburg, 10/4-5 
With over 1,000 vendors, you can shop for just about anything along a route that stretches from south of Lake George to north of Warrensburg.

Whiteface Mountain Oktoberfest, Wilmington, 10/4-5
Follow the sound of oompah bands to frosty mugs of German beers and food, Bavarian music and dancing in a clear mountain setting with gondola rides to the summit of Little Whiteface.

Oktoberfest, Lake George, 10/10-12
Plenty of local and regional artisans will feature handcrafted wares. Music and family activities too.

Flaming Leaves Festival, Lake Placid, 10/11-12
Lake Placid is renowned for luxurious resorts and great nightlife. Celebrate the season at this annual bash featuring great music and BBQ.

Gore Mountain Harvest Fest, North Creek, 10/11-12
North Creek event features hearty fall food and drink, lively music. Try mountain biking amid the peak fall foliage or check out the views on the gondola skyride.

French and Indian War Encampment, 10/11-12Fort William Henry
18th century marketplace with handmade crafts, tinware, toys, clothing. Men at Arms and Ladies of the Company re-enact life in Colonial America on the grounds of Fort William Henry,


Tugboat Roundup, Waterford, 9/5-7
Waterford's famous waterfront hosts 25,000 people to wood-bumpered, smoke-belching tugboat tours, music, boat rides and fireworks.

Art in the Park, Saratoga Springs, 9/13
Admission is free. View works of 70 regional artists in two- and three-dimensional creations and functional art in a beautiful setting.

LarkFest, Albany, 9/20
One of the state's largest street festivals features visual arts, live music, poetry and kids' activities. Free admission makes this a must-party.

Troy Turkey Trot, Troy, 11/27
Register to run in the annual Troy Turkey Trot, or wake up early Thanksgiving morning to cheer from the sidelines. This annual Troy fixture canters past some of Troy's most historic neighborhoods.

Central New York

Critz Farms Fall Harvest Celebration, Cazenovia, 9/13Critz Farm Fresh-picked apples, sweet cider and warm cider donuts, pumpkin picking, a petting zoo and wagon rides weekends through October.

Harvest Festival, Cooperstown, 9/13-14 There's no harvest fest like a Farmers' Museum harvest fest. This old-time agricultural fair puts a historic spin on folk music, artisans, animals, wagon rides, games and races.

Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts, Remsen, 9/27-28
Hundreds of arts, crafts and food vendors line Remsen's Main Street. Shop a farmers' market too at this free event.

Old Stone Fort History Fair, Schoharie, 10/11-12
Meet soldiers, settlers and Native Americans as they go about their 18th century activities at this annual Revolutionary War encampment. Experience camp life amid the boom of cannon and musket fire.

Fly Creek Cider Fest, Fly Creek, 10/11-12
Just outside Cooperstown, Fly Creek Cider Mill serves up fresh sweet cider made the old-fashioned way on an 1889 water-powered cider press.

Farmers' Museum Thanksgiving at the Farm, Cooperstown, 11/28-29Farmers Museum
Experience Thanksgiving traditions of the past during this special two-day event. Discover how rural New Yorkers celebrated Thanksgiving in the 1840s.

Finger Lakes

Apple Harvest Festival, Ithaca , 10/3-5
Sample regional delicacies from 100 vendors, a dozen local farmers and select wineries. Farm-fresh produce, home baked goodies and wine tastings in Ithaca commons.

Southern Tier Outdoor Show, Bath, 10/11-12
An action-packed weekend of hunting and fishing demos, shooting expositions, gear tests and safety courses to showcase the range of outdoor recreation found in the Southern Tier of New York State.

Finger Lakes Beer Festival, Watkins Glen, 10/25
Enjoy five hours of sampling 50-plus brews from 25 New York State craft breweries. You'll leave hoppy.

Ithaca Oktoberfest, Ithaca, 10/25
Downtown Ithaca's Restaurant Row serves up live music, sampling from regional breweries, wineries and farmers, as well as local food vendors.

Syracuse Wine and Chocolate Fest, Syracuse 11/29
Taste selected paired wines and chocolates accompanied by music, at the New York State Fairgrounds. Designated drivers get a discount and calorie counting is not allowed.

Niagara Region

Outdoor Lewiston Harvest Festival, Lewiston, 9/17-28
More than 100 of New York State's finest crafters will line charming Center Street in the Village of Lewiston. Food vendors, farmers, wineries and live music add to this autumn fest.

October:Old Fort Niagara
Locktoberfest, Lockport, 10/3-4
Canal Street in the Lockport Locks Heritage District raises the floodgates on food, music and fun, historic tours and kids' activities.

Buffalo Museums by Moonlight, Buffalo, 10/9
For just one night, just one ticket gets you inside the Darwin Martin House, Buffalo Museum of Science, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Richardson-Olmsted Complex, Buffalo History Museum and Forest Avenue Resource Center.

Youngstown Haunted Fortress, Old Fort Niagara, 10/18,
25 Old Fort Niagara welcomes Haunted Fortress days when ghosts from the fort's storied past return to walk its ramparts. Spooky fun.


Blue and Gray 2014, Jamestown, 9/20-21
Fenton History Center, Jamestown. The 9th Cavalry NY volunteers and 155th NY Volunteers will encamp at the Fenton Mansion. Learn about life and times of the Union Soldier.

Folk in Fredonia Free-For-All, Fredonia, 9/21
Free admission to the Folk in Fredonia Music Series kick-off with folk artists presenting song, dance, stories and prize drawings. Fredonia Opera House.

Ellicottville Fall Festival, Ellicottville, 10/11-12 Ellicottville Fall Festival
Ellicottville's  oldest and largest Festival takes place when the foliage of the surrounding hills are ablaze with color. A lively weekend of unique foods, an art and craft show, carnival rides, live entertainment.

Wurst Party Ever, Clymer, 10/25
Jump into your lederhosen, grab a bier stein and get ready for the WURST party of the year! Enjoy brats, bands and brews, authentic German music and dancing, Bavarian pretzels & sauerkraut.

Harvest Wine Weekends, Westfield, 11/7-9, 14-16
Celebrate the fall harvest over two weekends when hearty fare and wine pairings await at each Lake Erie Wine Country Winery. Pre-sale tickets only and they go fast.

Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley Irish Festival, Peekskill, 9/20
Top Irish bands, step-dancers and massed pipes beckon you to Riverfront Green Park for foods, crafts, pony rides and more for lads and lasses of all sizes. 914-588-2710.

Warwick Applefest, Warwick,
10/5Warwick Applefest A massive craft fair, street fair and farmers' market welcomes 30,000 visitors to a delicious day of Warwick apples, multi-stage shows and a Kid Carnival.

Rhinebeck Antiques Fair, Rhinebeck, 10/11-12 
If antiques are your thing, you've found your place at the annual fall edition of this ongoing antiques marketplace at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Held indoors, rain or shine.

Sugar Loaf Fall Festival, Chester, 10/11-13
Food vendors and live music in the garden, blues, classic rock, folk and more. Many bands are local and many write their own songs. Taste of some of the best local musical talent in Hudson Valley.

Woodstock Film Festival, Woodstock, 10/15-19
This bold showcase for film celebrates celluloid with movies, concerts and special events in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.

Taste of the Hudson Valley, 11/2
Amazing wines and incredible foods come together at this premier food and wine pairing event held on the banks of the Hudson at the Grandview. Nearly 100 exquisite food and wine matches await you.


Catskill Mountain Thunder, East Durham, 9/10-14
A huge motorcycle expo over three days with stunt shows, the Wall of Death, live music, rodeo games, cash prizes and a Bike Build-Off. Just follow the roar.

Hunter Mountain Oktoberfest

Hunter Mountain Oktoberfest, Hunter, 9/27-10/19 Four weekends of German and German-American entertainment and robust food surrounded by lush fall foliage. Crafts for the kids, free admission.

Belleayre Fall Festival, Highmount, 10/11-12
Belleayre Mountain brings together all the ski vendors you need to gear up for the winter season, plus kayaking demos, guided hikes, mountain biking and the SkyRide.

Cairo Apple Harvest Festival, Cairo, 10/11-12
Twenty years and counting of sweet, crunchy fun. Pumpkin painting, storytelling, a petting zoo and even Rip Van Winkle.

New York City

Feast of San Gennaro, New York City, 9/11-21NYC Halloween Parade - Photo by © NYC & Company
It doesn't get more Italian than this 11-day fest that draws more than a million souls. Thirty-five of Little Italy's restaurants dish out to-die-for foods, with music, games and rides.

Fort Tryon Park Medieval Festival, New York City, 9/28
Fort Tryon Park warps back to the Middle Ages with knights in shining armor, strolling musicians, minstrels, juggling jesters and many a lady fair. Watch knights joust and feast on a turkey leg. 212-795-1600.

NYC Wine & Food Festival, New York City, 10/16-19
No one with an appetite should miss an overstuffed four days and 130 events brimming with the city's best wine, food and spirits, plus celebrity chefs.

Village Halloween Parade, New York City, 10/31
Those in costume are invited to join hundreds of puppets and dancers, dozens of bands and thousands of New Yorkers on the 6th Avenue parade route between Spring and Broome Streets.

November: Macy's Thanksgiving Parade
New York City Marathon, New York City, 11/2
Over 100,000 world-class athletes and first timers cover 26.2 miles of NYC streets past two million cheering fans and a TV audience of 300 million. Start training now.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York City, 11/27 One of the most famous holiday events in the world, it defines the start of the holiday season with celebrities, Broadway performers, enormous balloon creatures and the official arrival of Santa.

Long Island

Long Island Fair, Sea Cliff, 9/27-28 and 10/2-5
Old fashioned is still in style at this classic fall fair in Old Bethpage. Old time baseball, children's races, decoy carving, Civil War exhibits, corn shucking, log cutting and more.

Hamptons International Film Festival, East Hampton, 10/9-13
Five days of top-notch film at a variety of theaters from Montauk to Southampton. Live celebrity cameos have included Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.

Long Island Fall Festival, Huntington, 10/10-13
Hundreds of craft booths, a carnival, four stages of entertainment, a beer and wine tent, farmers' market and kids' activities keep things hopping at Heckscher Park. Free admission.

Oyster Bay Oyster Fest, Oyster Bay, 10/18-19 
Long Island's largest outdoor fest brings 200,000 visitors to the downtown waterfront for live entertainment and artisans, pirate shows, midway rides, and its famous oyster shucking contest.

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