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. Pick your own apples from the tree.
Pick your own apples throughout September at Orchards of Concklin in Pomona. Find more u-pick apple orchards and farms in our full guide.
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.
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. Rock the Block at the JCC.
Families are invited to the Touch-a-Truck and Rock the Block festival at JCC Rockland in West Nyack in September. Kids can get up-close with some super cool vehicles and then the whole family can enjoy fun activities and live entertainment.
6. Have fun while supporting local farms.
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 your own 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.
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 nymetroparents.com/blaze.
10. Play the day away in Pearl River.
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. Cross the Hudson for Harvest Fest.
Cross the Hudson in early October for Harvest Fest at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, which boasts a farmers’ market, hayrides, demonstrations and workshops on food and farming, live music and performances, and the center’s famous Berkshire pig roast. This event sells out, so buy your tickets early!
12. Gather 'round 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.
13. Lace up your sneakers and 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.
14. Challenge your taste buds at 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.
15. Get your apple fix 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. Take part in a Halloween tradition.
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.
17. Celebrate spooky season 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. Bring your little listeners to this fun 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.
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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