Family-Friendly Fall Festivals in the New York City Area

Family-Friendly Fall Festivals in the New York City Area

You'll never be bored this fall!

Breathe in that crisp air, take a sip of your fresh-pressed cider, and enjoy the foliage, because fall has finally arrived in New York. And with fall comes all the best opportunities to spend time with your family, whether you're looking to pick apples, mosey through a pumpkin patch, or get spooky for the Halloween season. Though there are endless fall activities to enjoy, let's not forget all the fall festivals! With that said, here are the best fall festivals happening in your area, whether you're in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, or Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, or Rockland and Bergen counties.




FREE Annual Fall Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 15, 11am-3:30pm
WHERE: Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, 4881 Broadway, Inwood
WHAT: This year's festival will feature cider pressing, a silkscreen workshop, a corn husk doll workshop, a literacy program, and games.
WANT TO GO? 212-304-9422.


FREE Harvest Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 14, 12pm
WHERE: Randall's Island Park, 20 Randall's Island Park, Randall's Island
WHAT: Celebrate fall with live musical performances, pumpkin decorating, face painting, kite flying (bring your own or make on-site), meet the chickens, crafts, games, and more.
WANT TO GO? 212-830-7722.


FREE 16th Annual Autumn Moon Cultural Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 22, 12-4:30pm
WHERE: Better Chinatown USA, Mott Street between Canal and Bayard streets, Chinatown
WHAT: Take in various stage performances, cultural arts and crafts, calligraphy, moon cake tastings, and gift vendors.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The fun continues the next day at the lantern parade in Brooklyn.


Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 22, 12-4pm
WHERE: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., Chinatown
WHAT: Celebrate with cosmic kaleidoscopes, mooncake messages and prints, calligraphy, a Harvest Moon picnic, shadow plays, storytime, a gallery hunt, and face painting.
WANT TO GO? $10; free for children younger than 2. 855-955-6622.


Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 24, 2:30-5pm
WHERE: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., East Harlem
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Learn about the roots of this Chinese holiday and how it is celebrated, plus enjoy activities and a special mooncake snack.
WANT TO GO? $18; $12 seniors and students; free for children 19 and younger. 212-534-1672.



FREE Children's Halloween Parade
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 27, 10am
WHERE: Coney Island, 1904 Surf Ave., Coney Island
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Head to Coney Island for Halloween-themed games, face painting, live entertainment, trick-or-treating, and the official Coney Island costume contest!
WHY WE LOVE IT: The first 1,500 registered kids receive a two-hour Luna Park wristband!
WANT TO GO? 718-594-7895.


Halloween Harvest Festival
WHEN: Sept. 29- Oct. 28, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-8pm
WHERE: Luna Park, 1000 Surf Ave., Coney Island
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Enjoy nonstop rides, candy, and face painting, pumpkin picking and decorating, caricatures, storytelling, pirate entertainment, Argghs and Crafts, a pirate puppet show, magic shows, and Tilly’s Tractor Race!
WHY WE LOVE IT: Is it too soon to think about Halloween? No way! Spend a weekend at Luna Park and welcome the changing of the seasons with some pirate-themed mischief.
WANT TO GO? $41; $29 children shorter than 48 inches; prices may be higher on-site. 718-373-5862.


FREE Harvest Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 20, 11am-2pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 6 Lawns, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights
WHAT: A pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, face painting, music, and games await at this year’s Harvest Festival.
WANT TO GO? 718-802-0603.


FREE Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 27, 12-3pm
WHERE: Lookout Hill, 150 West Drive, Prospect Park
WHAT: Encounter Halloween spirits on a walk through the Lookout Hill. Then, enjoy a festive Halloween fair on the Nethermead, featuring family-friendly activities and treats from some of the city’s top food trucks.
WANT TO GO? 718-965-8951.


FREE Autumn Festival 2018
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 30, 12-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 1 Promenade , Old Fulton St., Brooklyn
WHAT: Commemorate one of the largest holidays celebrated throughout Asia, a time to enjoy a successful harvest, as well as an occasion for reunions among friends and relatives.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The Autumn Festival will include cultural performances of dancing, singing, martial arts, magic, a traditional Mooncake giveaway, and activities and games for children.
WANT TO GO? 718-683-5600.


FREE Greenbelt Annual Pumpkin Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 6, 12-4pm
WHERE: Willowbrook Park, Eton Place and Richmond Ave., Staten Island
WHAT: Pick up pumpkins then take part in fishing lessons, a nature-inspired craft, face painting, and a visit from Quiver Farms Petting Zoo.
WANT TO GO? 718-667-3545.



36th Annual Queens County Fair
WHEN: Sept. 22-23, 11am–6pm
WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
WHAT: This traditional county fair boasts blue ribbon competitions in produce, livestock, arts and crafts, and more
WHY WE LOVE IT: A one of a kind family experience to remember!
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 children ages 12 and younger. 718-347-3276.


FREE Fall Festival 2018
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 20, 12-4pm
WHERE: King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica
WHAT: Attendees will play games, make corn husk dolls, churn butter, press their own apple cider, interact with a historic interpreter, and more.
WANT TO GO? 718-206-0545.


FREE Halloween Harvest Festival
WHEN: Oct. 27-28, 12-4pm
WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 35-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City
WHAT: Inspired by the Haitian Festival of the Ancestorsand featuring costume-and-art making, face-painting, and the Canine Costume Contest with fun prizes and local judges.
WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819.


Children's Fall Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 28, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
WHAT: Dress in costume for this fall celebration especially for kids! Enjoy live music, an autumn hayride, the haunted house, pony rides, a seasonal petting zoo, crafts, and the Amazing Maize maze!
WANT TO GO? $20. 718-347-3276.


Nassau County

Long Island Parents Day
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 16, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Long Island University, Pratt Recreation Center, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville
WHAT: Kids play in the Kids Corner and participate in Activity Classes while parents meet birthday party venues, after-school classes and programs, special needs providers, health and wellness professionals, local museums, and day trip locations!
WHY WE LOVE IT: Use code "NYMP" for FREE tickets when registering online.
WANT TO GO? $10. 646-736-3619.


FREE Hempstead Lake Fall Family Freshwater Fishing Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 20, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Hempstead Lake State Park, Lake Side Drive, West Hempstead
WHAT: This family-oriented annual fishing festival integrates fishing with fall activities, such as a casting for pumpkins contest and pumpkin decorating.Children also enjoy an inflatable, pumpkin decorating, face painting and much more!
WANT TO GO? 516-766-1029.


FREE Rock Hall Country Fair
WHEN: Oct. 20-21, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence
WHAT: Enjoy the harvest market, pumpkin patch and children's craft area, farm animals and pony rides. Make your own scarecrow. Browse craft vendors and antique cars.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This 33 year-old fair gets better with age!
WANT TO GO? FREE parking and admission. 516-239-1157.


Fall Festival Face Painting
WHEN: Sept. 15- Oct. 28, 10am-5pm, daily
WHERE: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury
WHAT: Children and adults are encouraged to get into the fall spirit by having their face painted at the fall festival.
WANT TO GO? $8. 516-334-0066.


FREE Levittown Fall Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 29, 10am-4pm
WHERE: St. Bernard's, 3100 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown
WHAT: Celebrate the arrival of autumn with vendors, gifts, fun games and activities for kids, and great food.
WANT TO GO? 866-666-3247.


FREE Kick Off To Fall
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 6, 11am-4:30pm
WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
WHAT: Explore the grounds and buy a variety of Hudson Valley apples, fresh cider, donuts, and apple pie.
WANT TO GO? 718-347-3276.


Fall Family Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 7, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
WHAT: Live music with Jerome Smith City Sounds, and the Como Brothers, jumbo garden games, pumpkins for sale, pony rides, face painting, watercolor demonstrations and Halloween bounce house,
WANT TO GO? $20 vehicle fee. 516-922-8678.


Mill Neck Apple Festival
WHEN: Oct. 6-7, 9am to 5pm
WHERE: Mill Neck Manor, 34 Frost Mill Road, Mill Neck
WHAT: Enjoy Fresh Apples, Baked Goods, Manor House Tours, Carnival Rides, Children's Activities, Face Painting, Pumpkin Patch, Free Hearing Screenings, Food Trucks, Crafts, White Elephant Sale, Seasonal Produce, Country Store and more!
WANT TO GO? $10 pre-paid parking. 516-628-4241.


FREE Fall Family Festival
WHEN: Sept. 15- Oct. 28, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury
AGES: 9-12, All
WHAT: Enjoy hayrides, roasted corn, apple cider, live farm animals and a host of new events at Hicks Nurseries this Fall.
WANT TO GO? 516-334-0066.


Mid Autumn/Moon Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 23, 1-5pm
WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
WHAT: Traditional Asian dance, music, and marital arts on stage. Cultural activities showcase and festival games, arts and crafts booths, children’s activities, and fun for all.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Thousands of unique Chinese traditional handicrafts will be given away as prizes for interactive games.
WANT TO GO? $25 in advance, $30 day of. 516-922-8678.


Halloween Family Fun Fest
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 27, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre
WHAT: Enjoy pumpkin picking and decorating, mask making, cupcake decorating, face painting, balloon creations, a magician, haunted house, food trucks, bounce houses, and live entertainment.
WANT TO GO? Prices not yet available. 516-323-4444.


Suffolk County

FREE Harbes Farm's Annual Pumpkin Festival
WHEN: Sept. 29-30, 9am-6pm
WHERE: Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck
WHAT: There will be doughnut eating contests for kids 12 and younger, fall themed fun, and games like scarecrow dress up, relays, and pumpkin rolling contests.
WANT TO GO? 631-298-0800.


Fall Into Fun Carnival!
WHEN: Sept. 27-30, Thursday, 6-10pm; Friday, 6-11pm; Saturday, 12-11pm; Sunday, 12-7pm
WHERE: Heritage Center, 633 Mount Sinai Coram Road , Mount Sinai
WHAT: Lots of exciting rides for kids and thrill seekers, famous international food court and hospitality, and skill games for every age group.
WANT TO GO? $30 per person. 631-509-0882.


White Post Farm Fall Festival
WHEN: Sept. 22- Oct. 28, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm
WHERE: White Post Farms, 250 Old Country Road, Melville
WHAT: Family activities include sing-along hayrides, bounce houses, entertaining shows, a petting zoo, and pumpkin picking.
WANT TO GO? $24; free for children younger than 16 months. 631-351-9373.


FREE Wildwood Fall Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 22, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Wildwood State Park, 790 Hulse Landing Road, Wading River
WHAT: Activities include children's games, wagon rides, pony rides, petting zoo, funny photos, inflatables, and a pumpkin weight raffle.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Take part in the 'build a scarecrow' contest!
WANT TO GO? 631-929-4314.


Westchester County

FREE Armonk Cider and Donut Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 23, 9:15am races, 10am festival
WHERE: Wampus Brook Park,
WHAT: The day starts with kids’ races and a 5k run before diving into freshly made hot donuts, fresh-pressed apple cider, and other local fare. Activities include carnival rides, bouncy houses, face painting, arts and crafts, and live music.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids and grown-ups can take part in the pie-eating contest and donut fishing games.
WANT TO GO? 914-273-2420.


20th Annual Fall Festival & Hawk Watch
WHEN: Sept. 15-16, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Rd., Greenwich, CT
WHAT: An exciting, family-friendly nature festival, celebrating the fall season and annual migration of raptors at the Audubon Center in Greenwich. Enjoy live raptor shows, rehabilitated hawk releases, a music petting zoo, a rock climbing wall, hayrides, face painting, games, crafts, and food.
WANT TO GO? $15; free for children 2 and younger. 203-930-1351.


FREE Family Harvest Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 13, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Pascone Park, Ashford Avenue and McCormick Drive, Ardsley
WHAT: Check out a day of activities including hay rides, a maze, face painting, slime decorating, a pumpkin patch, and balloon art.
WANT TO GO? 914-693-4443.


FREE Pound Ridge Harvest Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 13, 1-6pm
WHERE: Pound Ridge Town Park, 179 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge
WHAT: Enjoy music, pumpkin decorating, games, face painting, an obstacle course, and more.


FREE Soukup Farms Harvest Festival
WHEN: Oct. 13-21, Saturdays, 11am-5pm; Sundays, 11am-4pm
WHERE: 4th Annual Harvest Festival, 271 Halls Corners Road, Dover Plains
WHAT: Enjoy a hayride to a "PYO" pumpkin patch. Climb the hay pyramid, get lost in the hay-maze, and play games.
WANT TO GO? 845-264-3137.


WHEN: Sept. 22- Oct. 28, daily, 12-6pm
WHERE: Anthony Wayne Recreation Area in Harriman State Park, Exit 17 off the Palisades Parkway, Bear Mountain
WHAT: Bring the faily for German food and beer, entertainment, craft vendors, and live music.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A fall tradition that you can catch at any point throughout the month.
WANT TO GO? $10 parking. 845-786-2731.


Rockland and Bergen counties

FREE Bergen County Fall Festival
WHEN: Sept. 28-30, Friday 6pm-9pm; Saturday and Sunday Craft Fair 10am-5pm, Rides, Food 12pm-10pm
WHERE: Van Saun County Park, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus
WHAT: Celebrate fall with a crafts fair, carnival rides, farmers' market, animals, music, face painting, food trucks, and Master Garderner exhibits.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Celebrate the unofficial start of fall with the whole family.
WANT TO GO? 201-262-3771.


FREE Applefest 2018
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 14, 9am-5pm
WHERE: Village of Warwick, 2 Bank St., Warwick
WHAT: Fun for the whole family with more than 200 craft vendors, dozens of food vendors, local non-profit exhibitors, apple pie baking contest, and music and entertainment on several stages plus a children’s carnival and farmers’ market!
WHY WE LOVE IT: A deliciously fun fall day!


FREE Halloween Parade
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 27, 1pm
WHERE: Memorial Park, 4 Depew Ave., Nyack
WHAT: Festivities include a trick-or-treat trail, a house decoration contest, dancing ghouls, marching bands, roller derby, floats, fire trucks, motorcycles and classic cars, costume contest, live entertainment, and cash prizes!
WHY WE LOVE IT: What better way to get spooky?


WHEN: Sept. 22- Oct. 28, Weekends, 12pm to 6pm
WHERE: Anthony Wayne Recreation Center, Exit 17 off the Palisades Interstate Parkway, Bear Mountain
WHAT: Enjoy live music, dancing, vendors, food and beverages stations, party wagons, buffets, and more!
WHY WE LOVE IT: Its that time of year time!
WANT TO GO? $10 parking.. 845-786-2731.


FREE Halloween Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 20, 11am
WHERE: Congers Lake Memorial Park, Gilchrest Road, Congers
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Enjoy a hayride, costume judging, bouncy house, and more.


FREE Fall Festival and Family Fun Day
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 15, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Kirkbride Hall, 5 Patriots Hill Drive , Stony Point
WHAT: Enjoy bouncy rides, Two by Two Zoo, pony rides, vendors, food, and much more!
WANT TO GO? 845-786-2242.


FREE Ridgewood Fall Craft & Art Street Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 16, 12pm-5pm
WHERE: Downtown Ridgewood, East Ridgwood Avenue, Ridgewood
WHAT: Features 165 exhibitors with arts, crafts, photography, all day music, and a food court. Stop by the Kidz Zone with pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatables, and games.
WANT TO GO? pjspromotions.


Fall Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 22, 2pm-6pm
WHERE: Palaia Winery, 10 Sweet Clover Road, Highland Mills
WHAT: Celebrate the fall harvest with live music, food and drink, pumpkin picking, wagon rides, pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, and bounce slides.
WANT TO GO? $10. 845-928-5384.


FREE Cornwall Fall Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 23, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Downtown Cornwall, Main Street, Cornwall
WHAT: Enjoy a day of live entertainment, food, vendors, raffles, as well as kid-friendly activities like inflatables, a hay maze, petting zoo, pony rides, and tie-dye t-shirt demonstrations.


FREE Port Jervis Fall Foliage Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 23, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Downtown Port Jervis, Jersey Avenue, Port Jervis
WHAT: The celebration features continuous live entertainment, as well as food, antiques, craft vendors, and antique cars.


FREE 68th Annual Autumn Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 29, 10:30am-3:30pm
WHERE: Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, 496 Western Highway, Blauvelt
WHAT: Ring in the fall season with a day filled with shopping, food, games, pony rides, and more!
WANT TO GO? 845-359-5600.


FREE Fall Festival
WHEN: Oct. 6-8, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Sugar Loaf , 1405 Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf
WHAT: Spend the day enjoying food, music, shops, vendors, a beer garden, a kid's zone, and more!
WANT TO GO? sugarloafnewyork.


Harvest Fest
WHEN: Oct. 13-14, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Skylands New Jersey Botanical Gardens, 2 Morris Road , Ringwood
WHAT: The weekend includes hayrides, pumpkin painting, applesauce making, booths, exhibits, activities for the kids, music, the Beer Garden, a plant sale, and free garden tours!
WANT TO GO? $5 parking. 973-962-9534.


FREE Harvest Festival
WHEN: Oct. 13-20, Saturdays, 11am-5pm; Sundays, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Soukup Farms, 271 Halls Corners Road, Dover Plains
WHAT: Enjoy a long hayride to the pumpkin patch. Climb a hay pyramid, get lost in the hay-maze, play games around the barn and upper lawn, and check out the new corn maze!
WANT TO GO? 845-264-3137.


Great Fall Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 21, check website
WHERE: Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, 443 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood
WHAT: A day full of fun family festivities including barbecue, live bluegrass music, games, crafts, face painting, pumpkin painting, and more!
WANT TO GO? $15, $10 children ages 6-17. 201-567-1265.


FREE Fall Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 21, 12pm-4pm
WHERE: Heritage of West Nyack, 131 Germonds Road, West Nyack
WHAT: See how folks lived in the 1770s with horse drawn rides, a historic dance troupe, sheep shearing, lace making demos, pen turning workshop, pumpkin picking and decorating, a magic show, children's games, story hour, vendors, crafts, music, mini-golf, and raffles!
WANT TO GO? vendors and refreshments for purchase.


FREE 2018 Fall Foliage Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 27, 9am-3pm
WHERE: Downtown Highland Falls, , North Main Street from Cozzen’s Avenue to Drew Avenue, Highland Falls
WHAT: Peruse more than 100 vendors, music, street entertainment, and more!


FREE Munchkin Monday Spookfest
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 22, 11am
WHERE: Palisades Center, 1000 Palisades Drive - Level 1, East Court, West Nyack
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Enjoy this annual Spookfest! Giveaways, games, and a live performance by kid band performer Evan Gottfried!