By Kaitlin Ahern and Charles Beacham

Top 20 Things to Do in Fall in Westchester County

June 13, 2014   |  News & Tips  

From picking apples to peeping at the changing leaves, there are plenty of family activities in Westchester County to keep you having fun all fall, including a Native American pow wow, the Honey Harvest Party at the Greenburgh Nature Center, and making apple cider.

1. Pick your own apples.

Take a wagon ride and pick your own apples throughout September at Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm in Yorktown Heights. 

2. Attend a fall festival.

Eat juicy corn on the cob, join a corn-shucking race, traverse a corn maze, and more at the CORNucopia Festival at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow in early September, and check out a host of other fall festivals nearby. create crafts using corh husks
Create corn husk dolls at the CORNucopia Festival at
Philipsburg Manor.

3. See how honey is harvested.

honey harvest festival at greenburg nature center See what the buzz is all about at the annual Honey Harvest Party at Scarsdale’s Greenburgh Nature Center in early September. You’ll see beekeepers collect the sweet stuff straight from the hive and taste the fruits of their labor too.

4. Remember Sept. 11.

Take a moment to reflect at the 9/11 Twilight Ceremony at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, home of Westchester’s Sept. 11 memorial, The Rising. The ceremony includes remembrance activities as well as volunteer opportunities. 9/11 memorial in valhalla

5. Go to a horse show.

american gold cup

The American Gold Cup, one of the most prestigious equestrian sporting events in the world of international show jumping, takes place at historic Old Salem Farm in North Salem in mid-September. Take horseback riding lessons to get even more into the spirit.

6. Go to a Native American pow wow.

In mid-September, the Redhawk Native American Arts Council presents a Native American Pow Wow at FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights. The weekend-long event brings together Native American artists, educators, singers, dancers, storytellers, and performing groups from across the Americas. Or check out another nearby cultural festival. redhawk native american pow wow

7. Shop for crafts at Lyndhurst.

fall crafts at lyndhurst Shop for one-of-a-kind and handmade items during Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown in mid-September. The weekend also includes live music, craft demonstrations, and kids’ activities.

8. Go leaf peeping.

Take in the glorious fall foliage at the Hudson River Valley Ramble Hike at Zofnass Family Preserve in Pound Ridge in late September or at another location nearby. falls changing colors

9. Walk for a cause.

girl and dog at hounds on the sound Bring your pooch (and the rest of your family) to the Hounds on the Sound Dog Walk-a-thon and Festival in early October for a 1.5-mile stroll around Glen Island Park in New Rochelle. The event raises funds for local animal shelters, including the New Rochelle Humane Society, and includes tons of fun activities for four- and two-legged participants. Check out our list of good causes to get moving for for more ideas.

10. Pick your own pumpkins.

Pick your own pumpkins in October at Stuart’s Fruit Farm in Granite Springs or another pumpkin farm in the area.

11. Take in the Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze.

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. The Blaze opens in early October and runs through mid-November. dinosaur at the great jack o lantern blaze

12. Learn about birds of prey.

Get up close with birds of prey during Raptor Day at Wave Hill in the nearby Bronx in early October.

13. Buy baked goods for a good cause.

great chappaqua bake sale Buy some sweet treats and support a charitable cause at the Great Chappaqua Bake Sale in Chappaqua in early October. Started by local moms, this bake sale raises money to combat childhood hunger, and in recent years it has partnered with the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival.

14. Roast marshmallows at a family 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 neighboring Putnam County. family bonfire night

15. See Sesame Street Live.

sesame street live Each October, Sesame Street Live brings a new, interactive show for little ones to Westchester County Center in White Plains.

16. Celebrate the Day of the Dead.

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in early November at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, where you can enjoy a festival of art, music, food, and other traditional Mexican holiday activities.

die de los muertos

17. Taste local chocolates.

The Chocolate World Expo, held at Westchester County Center in White Plains in early November, is the area’s biggest chocolate-themed event, with tons of local and regional sweets to be tasted and purchased as well as a host of activities for little ones.

18. Plan a party.

celebrate party showcase Planning a bar or bat mitzvah, Sweet 16, or other milestone party? Check out the Celebrate! Party Showcase at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown in mid-November.

19. Watch a Thanksgiving Day parade.

If you can’t make it into the city for the famous Macy’s parade, head to New Rochelle for the annual Valenti Thanksgiving Day Parade in mid- to late November.

20. Walk off your Thanksgiving dinner.

After you’ve enjoyed the turkey and all the trimmings on that beloved November holiday, join a walk or hike off the turkey event the weekend after Thanksgiving at Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining and other nature centers. walk off thanksgiving




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