October Fall Festivals in NYC for Kids

Enjoy these great Fall festivals in NYC this season. Kids can enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, fall foliage Oktoberfest and more. 

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Queens

 

Sunnyside Gardens Park Oktoberfest and Craft Fair 
This historic Sunnyside park hosts many important events in the community. As the name suggests, this event will have crafts and beer for purchase. There will also be a pumpkin patch, food, and many activities for kids.
WHEN: October 5th from 12-5pm
WHERE: 48-21 39th Avenue, Sunnyside Queens

Fall Festival in Forest Park
Celebrate fall with games, music, pumpkins, and more.
WHEN: October 19 from 12-3pm
WHERE: Victory Field – Myrtle Ave., Union Turnpike, Park Lane South bet. Brooklyn-Queens County Line and Park Lane

Queens Botanical Garden Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch
This event includes poetry readings, bluegrass music, gardening workshops, bird walks, beer tasting, and food. Of course, make sure to visit the popular pumpkin patch!
WHEN: Sunday October 20th from 11am-6pm
WHERE: 43-50 Main Street, Flushing Queens

Harvest Fest at the King Manor Museum 
This historic King Manor museum hosts a fall festival in eastern Queens that is sure to delight parents and kids with old school entertainment for all.
WHEN: October 26th
WHERE: 90-04 161st St. Jamaica NY

 

Brooklyn

Calabazafest! in Bushwick
A colorful mash-up of Day of the Dead, Halloween, and Harvest Fair traditions, with an eco-friendly message. Activities include pumpkin crafts, “sugar skull” mask making, a costume contest, and cooking demonstrations using seasonal ingredients. All vegetable waste will be composted and used to enrich the soil at nearby Bushwick Campus Farm.
WHEN: October 27th from 12noon-4pm
WHERE: Maria Hernandez Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Fest
This waterfront park will host the annual event where kids can participate in a Halloween parade, face painting, storytelling, art, and pumpkin decorating.
WHEN: Saturday October 18th from 10am-1pm
WHERE: Furman Street and Atlantic Avenue

Manhattan

Little Red Lighthouse Festival 
Each fall, the Little Red Lighthouse Festival commemorates the unique and historic setting located just below the George Washington Bridge in northern Manhatta by inviting hundreds of families to enjoy playing and picnicking along the park’s pristine shoreline.  This fun and free event includes tours of the lighthouse, readings of the children’s book, “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge”, fishing clinics, live entertainment, food vendors, and activities for the whole family!
WHEN: October 12th from 12-4pm
WHERE: Fort Washington Park, NYC

Manhattan Country School Farm Festival
The Manhattan Country School hosts its annual Farm Festival on the third Saturday in October. Parent volunteers turn East 96th Street into an urban carnival, offering family-friendly entertainment including rides, games, crafts, a silent auction, raffles and live music.
WHERE: East 96th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues, 212-348-0952

Madison Square Park’s Fall Kids Fest
This all out Fall bask for kids and families includes free healthy noshing, arts and crafts, pumpkin picking, a costume parade, and live music, among other things. 
WHEN: October 19th from 11am-2pm
WHERE: Madison Avenue and 23 Street, 212-538-1884

Lower East Side Pickle Day 
Bobbing for pickles? sign us up! The 11th Pickle Day is a 3-block event series that continues to cover the Lower East Side in pushcarts and AstroTurf for neighborhood celebrations of food, fashion, fun and live music.
WHEN: October 27th from 12-7pm
WHERE: Orchard Street between East Houston to Delancey Streets

Bronx

Haunted Pumpkin Garden at the New York Botanical Garden
Pumpkin sculptures of spooky scarecrows, frightening spiders, sneaky snakes, and more await discovery at every turn in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. The display includes more than 500 intricately carved pumpkins that are sure to capture your youngster’s imagination.
WHEN: September 12-October 31st
WHERE: 2900 Southern Blvd, New York, NY 10458

Staten Island

Decker Farms 
This farm is an important part of historic Richmond Town on Staten Island. Check out their free monthly Farm Fests, which happen on the last Saturday of each month. The theme for each fest depends on the bounty of the fields. September’s fest is all about corn, October’s squash, and November’s turnips. At the fests, you’ll find recipes, cooking demos, and samples to taste. Go Pumpkin Picking every weekend in October, including Columbus Day weekend. For $5 per person and $16 per family of four you can visit the pumpkin patch, get a guided tour of the farm, visit the museum and get a free hayride from the museum to the farm. The price of the pumpkin is separate.
WHEN: Every weekend in October
WHERE: 435 Richmond Hill Road, 718-361-1611

Annual Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival in Willowbrook Park 
Old-fashion fun and games await you with a pumpkin patch, activities, face-painting, puppet shows, crafts, and more.
WHEN: October 12th from 12-4pm
WHERE: Willowbrook Park – Eton Place, off Richmond Avenue