Here on Long Island the mornings are getting cooler each day, and there’s a peculiar sort of crunch when you go out walking in the woods. The sweet warmth of summer has said its goodbyes and if you haven’t prepared you are out of time, because fall has arrived! This time of year is great for an outing, where visitors are able to take advantage of our beautiful harvest transformation and all that the season offers. Don’t come without a plan; read on for the details surrounding some of Long Island’s best fall festivals and fairs.
Fall is absolutely filled with festivities, where just about every weekend in the coming months has a variety of events to choose from. The last weekend in September brings the 26th annual Maritime Festival in Greenport, kicking off the season with displays of classic wooden ships, model ship building, and of course plenty of food, drink, and live entertainment. While it’s still a little early in to the fall, you’ll notice on the drive east that the colors have begun to change… (Event Info: Here)
Throughout the month of October visitors will find plenty of events to fit in the itinerary. At the end of each week leading up to Halloween you can visit Old Westbury Gardens for the Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns, their signature showcase of masterfully carved pumpkins. (Event Info: Here) Saturdays and Sundays in October also bring the Pumpkin Fall Festival to Harbes Family Farm with fall fixings, hay rides and pumpkin picking for the family. (Event Info: Here) Now is the time to do all of your picking, so make sure to get to a farm before all the sweet stuff is gone! If you are looking for a farm or orchard, we’ve got you covered: Click Here For Our Farm & Orchard Listings.
From October 2nd through the 4th you can visit Old Bethpage Village Restoration for the 173rd Long Island Fair. This long time favorite event offers plenty for the kids with a petting zoo, wagon rides, period entertainment and even a tethered hot-air balloon adventure! (Event Info: Here) That Sunday you can also visit Sagtikos Manor for their annual Fall Festival and experience life from the 1700′s in a different setting with crafts, old-time games and historical presentations. (Event Info: Here)
Beginning October 8th is the Hamptons International Film Festival, though the tickets go on sale September 26th. (Event Info: Here) The list of films that will be shown is truly massive with big names turning up in several of the features across the 4 day event. With the exclusivity of the showings it may very well be worth scrambling to get tickets just to see who shows up! The colors will be even farther along at this point, enhancing that ride out through the villages of the Hamptons. The weekend of the 10th brings Fall Festivals to Huntington (Here) and Montauk (Here), as well as Deepwell’s Farm (Here) and Heckscher Museum (Here) just to name a few.
On the 17th Long Island’s largest outdoor fair begins at Theodore Roosevelt Park; the annual Oyster Festival! (Event Info: Here) Come by with an empty stomach and you’re sure to get your fill of fresh fare at the Food Court, packed with professionals and volunteers serving up oysters, clams and more from the sea. Seaford (Here) and Center Morriches (Here) will also be holding fall festivals on the 17th and 18th, spreading the fun across the island and leaving options for when one plan falls out.
On the weekend before Halloween you can fit some fun in to get the family in the spirit of the season. Friday the 23rd you can visit the Long Island Maritime Museum and spectate during their annual Boat Burning, a waterfront event celebrating a rich maritime history with live entertainment and festivities in to the night (Event Info: Here). Stick a candle in that pumpkin you carved out and finish piecing together those costumes, because Belmont Lake State Park is ready with its annual Great Jack O’Lantern Sail (Event Info: Here) on Saturday the 24th. Send that gourd across the pond and bring the kids along to take advantage of the crafts, games, spooky balloon twisting and more.
Close out the month with a spectacular Halloween! If trick-or-treating doesn’t take over the whole night with the kids going for the biggest haul they can get, you can stop by the Stony Brook Village Center in Suffolk (Here) or Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Nassau (Here) to take part in their celebration of the holiday. By this point in the month the transformation of the leaves will be at its peak, so no matter what you do you will be surrounded by the season’s beauty; Say goodbye to the green, and lets get to welcoming the cool, crisp autumn.