Columbus Day falls in the peak of autumn, making it the perfect holiday weekend to explore New York State's beautiful fall foliage, festivals and activities. Here are the top events going down across the state this Columbus Day weekend.

Super Dirt Week Photo by Alex and Helen Bruce Racing Photos 2016

Super Dirt Week XLV
Spend your weekend getting dirty at the 45th Annual Super Dirt Week in Oswego. Activities will take place all week long building up to Oct. 9's 45th Annual NAPA Super Dirt Week NAPA 300 and the Super DIRTcar series. If you love revving engines, this is the event for you. Oswego; Oct. 5-11; see site for pricing

 Ellicottville Fall Festival

Ellicottville Fall Festival
Take part in Ellicottville's oldest and largest festival celebrating the turn of fall. The surrounding hills will be ablaze with warm colors. Indulge in unique foods, arts, chairlift rides at Holiday Valley (where you'll really be able to soak in the autumn landscape), carnival games and more. Ellicottville; Oct 8-9; free

Gore Mountain Harvest Fest

Gore Mountain Harvest Fest
The Gore Mountain Harvest Fest features artisans, kid's entertainment, hearty fall food and plenty of fall foliage! Who can say no to free family fun all weekend in a autumn atmosphere? North Creek; Oct. 8-9; free

28th Annual Apple Festival at Goold Orchards

28th Annual Apple Festival at Goold Orchards 
Celebrate autumn this Columbus Day Weekend with family fun at the farm with the kids, apple and pumpkin picking, entertainment and arts and crafts. It all takes place on a gorgeous 100+ acre apple orchard - it's the perfect (and memorable) way to celebrate the harvest. Castleton-on-Hudson; Oct. 8-9; $8 adults, free for children

Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum - Photo Courtesy of Wayne County

Columbus Day at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum 
Celebrate Columbus Day at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum in Sodus Point. Indulge in some great NYS history amidst a beautiful fall landscape right on the water. Sodus Point; Oct. 10; $5

Oktoberfest - Photo by Hunter Mountain

Oktoberfest Weekends at Hunter Mountain
Spend your Columbus Day Weekend dancing, drinking beer and being merry like our German friends across the pond. Feast your eyes with the glorious Catskills landscape in the fall. Enjoy live entertainment, harvest celebration, crafts for the kids and more! Hunter; Through Oct. 16; free

Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - Photo Courtesy of Historic Hudson Valley by Tom Nycz

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze 
Croton-on-Hudson will be bright with jack o'lantern light this Columbus Day Weekend. See more than 7,000 pumpkins carved and illuminated in this elaborate walk-through experience. Explore the historic, 18th century riverside landscape in the process. Croton-on-Hudson; Through Nov. 13; $20

Great Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival

Great Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival 
Nothing says autumn quite like a ripe, round pumpkin. Celebrate fall in all its glory at the Great Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival in Clarence with a pumpkin weigh-off and cannon, amusement rides and farm animals. Clarence; through Oct. 31; see site for pricing

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