By Kaitlin Ahern

Top 20 Fall Activities in Rockland County

June 13, 2014   |  Fall Activities  

Plan an exciting fall season in Rockland County with our top 20 best autumn activities in Rockland County, including activities in Ramapo, Nyack, Orangetown, Clarkstown, and Haverstraw. Don't miss Halloween fun, like pumpkin picking at a local Rockland pumpkin patch and the Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze, the Hungry Hollow Farmers' Festival, and the Rockland County Storytelling Festival.

1. Go Apple Picking

Pick your own apples throughout September at Orchards of Concklin in Pomona. Find more u-pick apple orchards and farms in our full guide

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2. Turn Apples Into Cider

Once you’ve plucked those plump fruits, bring them to Tenafly Nature Center in nearby Bergen County, NJ, to make fresh apple cider on weekend dates in September and October.

3. Celebrate Oktoberfest!

On weekends in September and October, Bear Mountain State Park hosts its Oktoberfest fall festival featuring authentic German music, food, beer, and vendors. While you’re there, take a stroll around Hessian Lake and enjoy the park’s fall foliage.

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4. Watch the Leaves Change Color

Take in the fall foliage at the Hudson River Valley Ramble hike at Stony Point Lighthouse and Battlefield in late September, where costumed guides will also discuss the history of the site. Plus, find even more places to view the season’s colorful leaves

5. Fall Festival with the JCC

Families are invited to the Community Fall Festival at the JCC Rockland in West Nyack in late September. Kids can enjoy fun activities while parents check out what the community center has to offer. The day also includes programs on nutrition, heart health, and healthy living. Search for more open houses in the area.

6. Hungry Hollow's Farmers' Festival

Hungry Hollow Co-op hosts the annual Farmers’ Festival in late September, celebrating local agriculture with live music, locally sourced food and refreshments, children’s activities, and more at its location in Chestnut Ridge. Check out a host of other fall-themed festivals in the area. 

7. Celebrate Italian Heritage

At the annual Italian Festival at Congers Station Park, held either in late September or early October, you can celebrate Italian culture with live entertainment, food and desserts from local restaurants, themed crafts, and specialty vendors.

8. Pick Pumpkins

On weekends in October, take a hayride to the fields and pick your own pumpkins at Dr. Davies Farm in Congers or another pumpkin farm in the area. 

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jack o lantern blaze

9. Marvel at Jack O' Lantern Art

Don’t miss The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze, an outdoor walkthrough experience featuring thousands of hand-carved pumpkins, at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson (Westchester County). The Blaze opens in early October and runs through mid-November. Get details at

10. Pearl River Playtime

In early October, head to the Pearl River Day Festival and enjoy food, music, and entertainment as you browse the town’s shops, restaurants, and other local businesses. For kids, there’s usually face painting, pumpkin painting, balloon twisting, bouncy attractions, and more. 

11. Have a bonfire

Toast some marshmallows, tell some stories, and get cozy in mid-October during a Family Bonfire Night at Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, in nearby Putnam County.



12. Walk for a Good Cause

Join the Greater Hudson Valley Walk Now for Autism at Rockland County Community College in mid-October. Find more causes to get walking in your area. 

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13. A Spicy Food Festival

The newly established Smoke-N-Fire Food Fest at Provident Bank Park in Pomona lets you sample specialty foods from hot sauce and spice companies as well as food from area restaurants and produce from local farms. Last year, the fest was held in mid-October and included a Rockland County culinary competition, live music, children’s entertainment, a fire juggler, and, a spicy food-eating contest.

14. Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), Nyack Hospital hosts Blow Away Breast Cancer, which includes a 5K walk/run and a host of other activities that help raise money and awareness for this important cause.

15. All About Apples in Nyack

In mid- to late October, Friends of the Nyacks hosts its annual Apple Fest at Nyack’s Memorial Park (on the shore of the Hudson River) where you can enter an apple pie-paking contest, make apple-y crafts, and enjoy kid-friendly music and entertainment. 

16. Boo! It's Nyack's Halloween Parade

Dancing ghouls, marching bands, floats, stilt-walkers, and giant puppets are all part of the very popular Nyack Halloween Parade, held in late October. Prizes are awarded for best costumes and best floats, and the parade is typically followed by a monster mash-style party at Nyack Center.

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17. Celebrate Halloween at the Zoo

New Jersey’s Bergen County Zoo opens its doors for trick-or-treaters and special nighttime visits with the animals during its Zoo Boo festival in late October. Don’t miss a ride on the Erie Express haunted train! Get details on tons of other Halloween events in the area.

18. Step to a Family Barn Dance

The old-fashioned Family Barn Dance with Live Fiddle Music, held at Congers Lake Memorial Park Auditorium in early November, is hosted by West Nyack’s Blue Rock School. Expect folk dancing, traditional fiddle tunes, and refreshments. Event proceeds benefit one of the school’s scholarship funds.

19. Storytelling Festival

Veteran storytellers do what they do best at the annual Rockland County Storytelling Festival in early to mid-November, which also includes student storytellers and story crafts for kids. The event is held at Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library in Garnerville. 

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20. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

It’s worth the trip into the city—at least once—to experience the magic of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which has become as much a part of Turkey Day celebrations as family feasts, post-consumption naps, and football. 



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