Greene County, N.Y. - Autumn in the Catskills offers an exciting variety of fall festivals and events ideal for a weekend getaway or day trip just two hours north of New York City and three hours west of Boston.
Explore scenic, winding roadways in the mountains, and enjoy a variety of cultural festivals that celebrate the region's unique history and colorful landscape, offering something exciting for everyone to enjoy, including:
For the Motorcyclists: Each fall, two motorcycling festivals in the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County kick off the season with demos, games, vendors and more. First up is the Catskill Mountain Thunder Motorcycle Festival September 11 - 14 at Blackthorne Resort in East Durham. Stay on-site at the resort in your own RV or tent, and enjoy free demo rides, live music and lots of food. Scheduled for October 4 - 5, Color in the Catskills at Hunter Mountain offers motorcyclists the chance to enjoy peak foliage season, seminars and test the latest motorcycle models. Held in conjunction with Hunter's Oktoberfest, enjoy trail rides, great food and entertainment all in a breathtaking mountain setting.
For the Bavarian-at-Heart: Oktoberfest at Hunter Mountain is an annual tradition in the Catskills, one filled with jubilant dancing and live musical performances by some of the hottest names in Bavarian music. The best part? The entire festival, which spans the last weekend in September and each full weekend in October, is free. Enjoy delicious food, and great fall activities including pumpkin painting, craft vendors and more. Head to the summit with a Scenic Skyride, the mountain's six-passenger chairlift, for a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape.
For the Family: On October 5, the Heritage Craft Fair opens at the Bronck Museum in Coxsackie, featuring an exhibition and sale of early American crafts, live music, delicious food, wagon rides and a silent auction. Admission is free for the 12 - 5 pm event.
For the Irish-at-Heart: The Catskills Irish Arts Fall Series in East Durham is held over Columbus Day Weekend, from October 10 -12, at several locations throughout the town. Enjoy colorful fall foliage and the rich Irish heritage of the Catskills with a full weekend of traditional music and dancing. Ticket prices vary by event.
For Everyone: Columbus Day weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the Windham Chamber of Commerce's Annual Autumn Affair at Windham Mountain. Enjoy activities for all ages, including old-fashioned carnival rides and games, a photo booth, auction, stunt bike riding, a circus entertainer, miniature horses and even a workshop for kids to make their own stuffed animal. Admission is free for the October 11 - 12 festival, open from 10 am - 5 pm.
For the History Buff: Slated for October 17 - 19, the World War II Living Historic Weekend at Crystal Brook Mountain Brauhaus in Roundtop, features a family-friendly history experience showcasing tactical reenactments, vendors, displays of historic equipment and information, as well as musical entertainment and more.
For more information about scenic fall foliage festivals, unique ways to enjoy the colorful landscape and the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County's rich artistic and cultural heritage, go to www.greatnortherncatskills.com to find information, lodging packages and more.
About Greene County:
Greene County is the Great Northern Catskills, home to five of the 10 highest peaks in the Catskill Park, family resorts, outdoor adventure and year-round entertainment. Known as the nation's first wilderness, and renowned as the home of Thomas Cole's Hudson River School, the Catskills are a haven for outdoor recreation and artistic inspiration. Greene County was also the inspiration for Washington Irving's literary legend, Rip Van Winkle. Connect with the Catskills at Facebook.com/GreatNorthernCatskills, and on Twitter.com/CatskillTourism