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FUN FALL FESTIVALS IN WESTCHESTER AND ROCKLAND

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by Ellen Pocost

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UPDATED 2013: Celebrate the harvest season in the Hudson Valley at these fall fairs and festivals in Westchester and Rockland counties, including Bear Mountain, Brewster, Cortlandt Manor, Katonah, Pleasantville, Sleepy Hollow, and beyond. Bring the kids for apple picking, pumpkin carving, hayrides, corn mazes, and more fun fall activities.

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Fall Festivals in Westchester

CORNucopia

Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow
Aug. 31 - Sept. 2

CORNucopia, the Hudson Valley’s first-ever corn festival, will feature a bounty of corn-centric delicacies and interactive, corn-related activities over Labor Day weekend. Ideal for all ages, this celebration of all things corn will feature hands-on activities, craft and cooking demonstrations, lots of corny cuisine, bluegrass music, and a friendly scarecrow come to life. All visitors get a free bag of popcorn as they enter. Maize-inspired food selections like sweet corn ice cream will be available for purchase. Visitors can compete in a corn-shucking contest, participate in a barn dance, and play corn-inspired games like Ring-a-Cob in the CORNival gaming area. Other activities include scarecrow making, open-hearth cooking demonstrations, and demonstrations of coopering (barrel-making) and milling. A kid-sized “mini maize maze” will beckon the little ones, and live bluegrass and folk music will take place throughout the day.

 

Honey Harvest Party

Greenburgh Nature Center, Scarsdale
Sept. 8

GNC's naturalists prepare tasty treats from their organic garden. Learn about beekeeping, the fascinating social network of honeybees, and how honey is harvested. The harvest from the hives will be extracted indoors and away from the active outdoor beehives by beekeeper H. Peet Foster. Free tasting of fresh honey from-the-hives, and the newly harvested honey will be available for purchase.

 

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst

Lyndhurst, Tarrytown
Sept. 20-22

Shop for one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry, fashion, and accessories, furniture and home decor pieces, as well as functional and sculptural work in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, wood, and mixed media. Visitors can enjoy live music all weekend long, watch craft demonstrations, participate in children's activities, eat in the expanded food court, and purchase specialty foods.

 

Barn Dance at John Jay Homestead

John Jay Homestead, Katonah
Sept. 21

Expect lots of old-fashioned fun, including an informal barbecue, ice cream sundaes, a campfire, and music by local bands, at the Barn Dance at John Jay Homestead. The swimming pig races (held at 5:30pm and 7:30pm sharp) are always a crowd favorite. New this year: racing dachshunds!

 

Fieldhome's 9th Annual Fall Festival

The Seabury at Fieldhome, Cortlandt Manor
Sept. 21

There’s something for everyone at Fieldhome’s 9th Annual Fall Festival—arts and crafts, a classic car show, pumpkin patch, homemade bake sale, fall plant sale, great food, and live entertainment. Little ones will head straight to the Kids’ Zone for inflatable rides, pumpkin decorating, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, games, and prizes. Bring canned and dried foods to donate to the food drive benefitting Yorktown Community Help, Inc. FREE!

 

Peekskill Rotary 43rd Annual Horse Show & Country Fair

Blue Mountain Reservation, Peekskill
Sept. 21-22

The only show in Westchester County with both English and Western riding contests. Fair attractions include pony and hay rides, a country fair and craft market, bounce and slide rides, and a “Kountry Kitchen” featuring baked goods. Rotary members work in the foot tents serving up a full range of grilled foods, beverages, and ice cream. FREE admission and parking.

 

Rosenthal JCC's Fall Fest

Rosenthal JCC, Pleasantville
Sept. 22

Rosenthal JCC’s Fall Fest includes a barnyard petting zoo, pony rides, touch-a-truck, a trackless train, bounce house, pumpkin patch and decorating, wacky photo booth, water slide (weather permitting), crafts, and refreshments. Ride/activity tickets are sold in advance at a discount. FREE!

 

Green Chimneys' Fall Harvest Festival

Green Chimneys, Brewster
Sept. 28

At Green Chimneys’ Fall Harvest Festival, the fun starts with the Children’s Harvest Fun Run around the Green Chimneys Horse Barn. The rest of the day features great seasonal activities, including pumpkin decorating, hay rides, the little folks’ hay maze, and make-your-own scarecrow. Also included: live animal demonstrations, nature activities, kids’ crafts, and the bungee trampoline.

 

Wave Hill's Honey Weekend

Wave Hill, Bronx
Sept. 28-29

Wave Hill’s Honey Weekend features demos, art projects, information stations, and tastings. Most events take place throughout the weekend. For a full listing of Honey Weekend activities, visit the website.

 

Country Fair

Maria Regina High School, Hartsdale
Oct. 4-6

The Country Fair weekend will include rides, games, pumpkin painting, food stands, live entertainment, and much more. FREE!

 

10th Annual Harvest Fest

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Pocantico Hills
Oct. 5

Festivities for the whole family include live music, hayrides, farm Olympics, food-crafting, farming demonstrations, and square dancing.


Dobbs Ferry Festa

Dobbs Ferry Streetfront, Dobbs Ferry
Oct. 5

Stroll the streets and shop for collectibles, arts and crafts, toys, clothes, and more, all while listening to the sounds of live music. There will be inflatibles for kids, an obstacle course and bouncy castle, more than 100 vendors, and many local restaurants serving their fare al fresco. Rain or shine.


5th Annual Hounds on the Sound Dog Walk-a-thon & Festival

Glen Island Park, New Rochelle
Oct. 6

Hundreds of walkers and their dogs will take a leisurely 1.5-mile stroll along Long Island Sound as they walk the perimeter of Glen Island Park. After the procession, browse the wares of two dozen vendors (with lots of dog-related merchandise), listen to music, and enjoy refreshments such as pizza, home-baked treats, and ice cream. Get a take-home photo of you and your dog posing at the water's edge, get a balloon shaped like a dog, watch an agility demonstration, and stop by the "kiddie korner" for some face painting, a game of musical chairs, or best trick competitions.


Autumn Celebration

Muscoot Farm, Katonah
Oct. 20

Spend the day listening and dancing to a band, watch a blacksmithing demonstration, make origami, visit the antique cars, try your hand at a variety of farm games, decorate a sugar pumpkin, visit the Farmers' Market, take a peaceful hayride to the back fields, and more. There is a small fee for the farm games, decorating a sugar pumpkin, and hayride.


Fall Festival

Greenburgh Nature Center, Scarsdale
Oct. 20

Enjoy scarecrow-building and pumpkin-carving or painting, cider making, petting zoo, scavenger hunts, tractor rides, and more. Food available for purchase. Rain or shine.


Harvest Festival

Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, Yonkers
Oct. 26

Celebrate fall with a variety of activities, including harvest demonstrations, cider pressing, storytimes, and a pop-up playground. The day will end with a family-friendly, Halloween-themed movie.

 

Fall Festivals in Rockland County

Septemberfest Street Fair

Main Street, Nyack
Sept. 8

Take a break from an otherwise busy month by stopping by Nyack's fall street fair. Check out the event's selection traditional "fair food," street cafes, live music, funky crafts, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, art, kids games, and rides. Rain or shine.

 

Oktoberfest

Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain
Sept. 14 – Oct. 27, weekends

Bear Mountain once again hosts Oktoberfest, with seven weekends full of German music, food, beer, and vendors. Stroll around Hessian Lake, take in the park’s fall foliage, and enjoy the season at this family-friendly event.

 

Community Fall Festival

JCC Rockland, West Nyack
Sept. 22

Families are invited to spend a "fun day at the J" at this annual event, which this year falls during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Kids can enjoy activities in the JCC's sukkah while parents check out the community center's new group exercise schedule, learn about new offerings, and try out demos of new specialty classes such as Kettlebell, Get Fit for Baby, and IntenSati. The day also includes programs on nutrition, heart health, and healthy living.

 

Oktoberfest at Platzl Brauhaus

Platzl Brauhaus, Pomona
Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, 12-13

Platzl Brauhaus offers a buffet of German food and beer, live music, folk dancing demonstrations, and amusement rides for kids. Reservations are required.

 

Skitember

Belleayre Mountain, Highmount
Sept. 28

Belleayre Mountain hosts this fall festival weekend with live music, theater performances, children's crafts, fishing, inflatables, mountain bike riding, kyaking demonstrations, a sky ride, guided hikes, and winter apparel sales.


Pearl River Day Festival

Central Avenue, Pearl River
Oct. 5

Stop by for food, music, entertainment, demonstrations, shopping specials, face painting, pumpkin painting, balloon twisting, bouncy attractions, and more.


Farm to You Fest

Crospey Community Farm, New City
Oct. 6

Enjoy farm tours, demonstrations, children's activities, and displays from local nonprofit groups.


Fall Fair

Greenmeadow Waldorf School, Chestnut Ridge
Oct. 12

The school hosts a fall fair with children's activities including cider pressing, pumpkin carving, face painting, and hayrides. Adults can check out vendors, live music, organic food, and much more.


Smoke-N-Fire Food Fest

Provident Bank Park, Pomona
Oct. 12

Sample specialty foods from hot sauce and spice companies as well as food from area restaurants and produce from local farms. The event will include a Rockland County culinary competition. Activities for the public include live music, children's entertainment, a fire juggler and, of course, a spicy food-eating contest.


Nyack's Famous Street Fair

Downtown Nyack
Oct. 13

Get a jumpstart on holiday shopping at this final event of Nyack's street fair season. The fair features more than 250 exhibitors with hand made crafts, art, photography, unique retail items, collectibles, and delicious festival food. Kids can have fun at a large children's area set up in the Main Street parking lot. Rain or shine. FREE!


Apple Fest

Memorial Park, Nyack
Oct. 20

Jeffrey and his Bossy Frog Band will provide the entertainment. Activities include an apple pie baking contest, "William Tell" (with a member of the Village Board balancing an apple on his/her head), apple face making, a guest appearance by the Hudson Vagabond Puppets, and more.


26th Annual Nyack Halloween Parade

Main Street, Nyack
Oct. 26

Dancing ghouls, marching bands, floats, stilt walkers, and giant puppets are all part of the action at this major annual event. Immediately following the parade, don't miss Nyack Center's Monster Mash, with live music, dancing, and a dinner buffet for kids of all ages.

 

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