Everyone loves Autumn, and one great way to enjoy the season with your family is to attend a local Fall festival. Long Island and the Hudson Valley offer a variety of events celebrating the season, and are only a car ride away from Queens. Here are a few to consider.
29th Annual Queens County Fair
September 17th and 18th
This event includes all the activities of a true country fair. Livestock competitions, pie-eating contests, corn husking contests, hayrides and carnival rides, craft and food vendors and the Queens County Farm Museums famous the Amazing Maize Maze are all available to visitors. There is live music both days- an Irish band on Saturday and a German band on Sunday. The Con Edison Ecology Booth is available to educate visitors on planting, recycling, and composting, and also provides craft activities for kids. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, but there are extra fees for the maze and other activities.
Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
8th Annual Long Island Garlic Festival
September 24th and 25th
This family-friendly event celebrates garlic in all forms- planted, harvested, and cooked. In addition to shopping vendors for all things garlic, there are also garlic cook-offs, crafts, games for children, pumpkin picking, live music, tours and hay rides. Visitors can also learn about organic farming, composting, renewable energy resources, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Admission is $3 for visitors over the age of 6, but free with a cook-off entry.
Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market, 4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead
18th Annual Long Island Fall Festival
September 30th, October 1st and 2nd
This festival promises carnival rides and games, hundreds food and craft vendors, live entertainment, a beer and wine tent, a farmers market, and activities for children. Admission is free. Free parking is available at the Huntington Railroad Station and a $1 shuttle will take you to and from the park.
Hecksher Park, Huntington Village
31st Annual Hallockville Fall Festival and Craft Fair
September 17th and 18th
Located on a working farm, this festival features handmade crafts, antique tractor pulls, vintage cars, livestock, hayrides, music, farm tours, wine tasting, and children’s activities. Visitors can also view demonstrations of wool spinning, weaving, quilting, knitting, chair caning, basket making and wood carving. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children 5-12, and a family pass is $18.
Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Avenue, Riverhead
October 8th and 9th
This two day festival offers live country music, vendors, crafts, children’s activities, and BBQ on the Great South Bay.
Long Island Maritime Museum, 86 West Avenue, West Sayville
In it’s 23rd year, Warwick’s village-wide annual Applefest continues to attract visitors with its vast array of family friendly fun. Visitors can enjoy four stages of entertainment, local apple picking and wine tasting, farmers markets, a children’s carnival, and hundreds of food and craft vendors. Free admission.
Railroad Avenue and South Street, Warwick
39th Annual Fall Festival
October 8th, 9th and 10th
Voted #3 in Hudson Valley festivals, this event includes craft and food vendors, live music, dancing, and children’s activities.
Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf
Bear Mountain Oktoberfest
Weekends September 17-October 30
Saturdays and Sundays visitors can enjoy live entertainment, German food and beer, and craft vendors in addition to the activities Bear Mountain also has to offer, such as a boat ride in Hessian Lake or the merry-go-round. Admission is free. Parking is $8 per vehicle.
Bear Mountain State Park, 55 Hessian Drive, Highland Falls