There’s simply more outdoors to enjoy.
Treasure hunt through scores of collectibles, antiques and unique finds, weekends through October at the Tioga Downs Antiques & General Marketplace. Discover new and vintage furniture, crafts and jewelry you simply must have from dozens of vendors, plus an outdoor flea market.
Civil War reenactments favor the fall season, and September 8 brings one of the best to Rudin’s Farm in Owego, where battles, encampments, a barn dance and period vendors breathe life into history.
There’s only one Whingblinger Heritage Festival and this year’s happens September 8 in Corning where you can watch traditional artisans create their wares, then try it yourself with Make & Take crafts and childrens’ hands-on activities. Throw in food and entertainment, a fun flea market and country store, and you’ve got one real Whingblinger.
It’s hard to top the scenery, but Baldwinsville gives it a try at its Golden Harvest Festival, September 8-9 at Beaver Lake Nature Center. Highlights include arts and crafts, headline blues, folk and jazz musicians, puppet and magic shows, storytelling and a petting zoo. Delicious locally prepared foods compete for your appetite. If you can tear yourself away, there are nine miles of winding trails to explore here too.
Love a good story? Check out the Once Upon a Lake Storytelling Festival, September 21-22 in four locations through the village of Hammondsport, each hosting a different storyteller every hour. Share your own stories at the Swappin' Ground. Kicking off the fest are scary stories, Friday evening on the waterfront in Depot Park.
Head to Jordan’s Fall Festival to view antique and classic cars, compete in a greased pole climb, shop the arts and crafts tent and fill a long weekend with fun, September 21-23. Admission and parking are free to amusements, rides and festival foods at this alchohol-free celebration, just 20 minutes west of Syracuse.
The whole town of Candor celebrates fall with its annual Candor Fall Festival. Town-wide events, October 5-7, include woodworking and quilt shows, flea markets and farm tours, yard sales and family fun at every turn.
An Annual Fall Festival launches the autumn season at Greek Peak Mountain Resort, October 13 in Cortland, with chairlift and carnival rides, face painting and performers, and plenty to munch on. Plus discounted passes for the upcoming ski season. Find out why this event gets bigger every year.
Looking for a new way to celebrate Halloween? How about an evening hike on candlelit trails where costumed guides dress as forest creatures? Add bonfires and storytelling, crafts and games, and you have the Pumpkin Carnival and Halloween Hikes, October 27 at Waterman Conservation Education Center in Apalachin.
Get back in the saddle—again or for the first time—on a Highland Outfitters hour-long guided horseback ride through Onondaga County’s scenic Highland Forest. Explore the preserved trails of Highland Forest during peak foliage for a ride you’ll remember. For the saddle sore, Highland Outfitters also offers seasonal hay and sleigh rides.
Swing a club in any direction and you’ll find a fairway on the Finger Lakes Golf Trail, including four of its most challenging golf courses. Bristol Harbour, Greystone, Ravenwood and Mill Creek each deliver a unique experience, or play all four with a Fabulous Finger Lakes Foursome package.
Picnic along scenic trails that lead to a 137-foot waterfall at Pratt’s Falls Park in Onondaga County. Also a popular archery spot with 100-yard fixed range, the park scores a bullseye for autumn strolling and leaf peeping through the end of October.
Come early and leave spellbound at Watkins Glen State Park, where paths wind above and beneath no fewer than 19 waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade as you descend the gorge rim trail past 200-foot cliffs. Camping season runs through early October with tent and trailer sites, and day visitors are welcome year round.
For more information, visit the Finger Lakes region and Finger Lakes alliance.