Feast Of San Gennaro, Dumbo Arts Festival, Long Island Events & More
The autumn in New York is full of crisp promise. There’s a hint of chill in the air, signaling it’s time to harvest the crops and pull out the sweaters and scarves (and perhaps go shopping). The mountains, parks and city streets are ablaze with brilliantly hued fall foliage, and you’ll find corn mazes, hayrides, farm tours, bountiful farmers markets and leaf peeping photo ops everywhere you go. With countless fall activities in New York, what better place to plan your vacation?
In New York’s wine country regions -- Niagara, Chautauqua, Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley and Long Island -- grape growers uncork their luscious new wines and celebrate by pairing them with food, fun and festivals.
Abundant fall festivals and events welcome cooler temperatures with pick your own crops, pumpkin carving contests and, of course, Halloween fun. At Pumpkinville, the oldest pumpkin farm in New York State, you’ll find “pick your own” pumpkin patches, fresh milled apple cider and fun activities such as pony trots and helicopter rides. Harbes Farm and Orchard’s Spooky Corn Maze is one of many places to enjoy Long Island fall activities. Here you’ll find ghouls galore and harvest crop refreshments. At Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses, voted #1 Hallow Scream, autumn means plenty of scary good fun.
New York’s historic landmarks, galleries and art museums offer a cornucopia of special events in synch with the fall foliage reports, and it’s one of the most glorious times of the year to enjoy the beauties of nature at New York’s 179 state parks. You can kayak, camp and hike at a quiet park like Hunt’s State Pond or take a run along the western shore of Lake Champlain at Cumberland Bay State Park. Popular boating tours on the Hudson River and on Lake George offer scenic views of the mountains and autumn leaves, or you might enjoy backpacking or hiking on one of the 46 Adirondacks High Peaks or other NYS trails. You can take a ride on the Arcade & Attica Railroad throughout October to appreciate the Niagara region’s stunning fall foliage or come in costume for Halloween Haunted House weekend!
You’ll find fall celebrations all over the state, from the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in late September and Ithaca’s Apple Harvest Festival in October, to Dumbo Arts Festival (featuring indoor and outdoor art installations by 500+ artists) and the vibrant colors and styles at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at NYC’s Lincoln Center. If you’re spending autumn in NYC, the Bronx’s 28-acre Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center has magnificent views of the Hudson River and Palisades: visit on Raptor Day, Honey Weekend or Enchanted Wave Hill weekend, or anytime you need a connection to nature. The Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy offers 11 days of festivities featuring Italian food, parades, entertainment and a cannoli-eating contest!
From the arrival of the first crimson maple leaf in the Adirondacks to the holiday season kick-off at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, autumn activities in New York are awesome, wherever your curiosity and pleasure leads you.
• 46 Adirondacks High Peaks
• Arcade & Attica Railroad, Niagara region
• Cumberland Bay State Park
• Dumbo Arts Festival
• Feast of San Gennaro, Little Italy
• Harbes Farm and Orchard’s Spooky Corn Maze, Riverhead, Long Island
• Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses, Ulster Park, Hudson Valley
• Hudson River Cruises
• Hudson Valley Garlic Festival
• Hunt’s State Pond, New Berlin
• Ithaca’s Apple Harvest Festival
• Lake George Steamboat Company
• Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
• Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Lincoln Center NYC
• New York Apple Association
• New York State Parks
• New York Wine Country regions
• NYS Trails
• Pumpkinville, Great Valley, Chautauqua-Allegheny region
• Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center, Bronx