Enjoy these great Fall festivals in NYC this season. Kids can enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, fall foliage Oktoberfest and more.
1. Brooklyn Kite Festival
Kids can fly kites and enjoy the Manhattan skyline at the Brooklyn Kite Festival. Don’t have a kite? no worries, they will be for sale at the fest.
WHEN: Saturday September 14th from 10am-1pm
WHERE: Pier 1, Brooklyn NY
2. Harvest Day at the Lefferts Historic House
Attendees can celebrate this year’s harvest the same way Brooklynites did centuries ago. Head to Lefferts House to harvest, cook, and eat potatoes that were planted their own garden back in May. You can also run potato sack races!
WHEN: Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 1 – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Ocean and Flatbush Avenues and Empire Boulevard
3. Breukelen County Fair at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum
The main house of this museum has been around since 1652 and is the oldest structure in NYC. It is also a National Historic Landmark. The fall is the best time to visit it so check out some of their amazing events! Families will enjoy gardening demonstrations, pony rides, face painting, cider pressing, cowboys, craft demonstration, kettle corn, music, and a bluegrass jam kick off this celebration of Brooklyn’s agricultural past.
WHEN: Saturday September 21st from 1pm-5pm
WHERE: 5816 Clarendon Road, 718-629-5400
4. Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Fest
This waterfront park will host the annual event where kids can participate in a Halloween parade, face painting, storytelling, art, and pumpkin decorating.
WHEN: Saturday October 18th from 10am-1pm
WHERE: Furman Street and Atlantic Avenue
5. Annual Feast of San Gennaro
We’re all Italian for eleven days in September during the Annual Saint Gennaro Festival, which takes place in Little Italy in Lower Manhattan. The NYC tradition celebrating the patron saint of Naples involves religious processions, parades, concerts, tons of great food, and even a cannoli-eating competition.
WHEN: September 12-22
WHERE: The Feast runs along Mulberry Street, between Canal Street and Houston Street.
6. FAB! Festival 2013
The 10th Annual FAB! Festival promises fun for all ages during this one-day-only arts explosion features free performances, exhibits, and activities. Attendees can sample tasty bites from local food vendors, learn about local greening, and experience more culture per square foot than at any other NYC festival!
WHEN: September 28th from 1-5pm
WHERE: E. 4th Street between Bowery & 2nd Ave
7. Fort Tryon Medieval Festival
Fort Tryon Park is transformed into a medieval market town decorated with bright banners and processional flags during the Medieval Festival. Visitors can check out medieval music, dance, magic, and performances with the afternoon being concluded with a thrilling joust between knights on horseback.
WHEN: Sunday September 29th from 11:30am-6pm
WHERE: 689 fort Washington Ave. NYC
8. Manhattan Country School Farm Festival
The Manhattan Country School hosts its annual Farm Festival on the third Saturday in October. Parent volunteers turn East 96th Street into an urban carnival, offering family-friendly entertainment including rides, games, crafts, a silent auction, raffles and live music.
WHERE: East 96th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues, 212-348-0952
9. Little Red Lighthouse Festival
Each fall, the Little Red Lighthouse Festival commemorates the unique and historic setting located just below the George Washington Bridge in northern Manhatta by inviting hundreds of families to enjoy playing and picnicking along the park’s pristine shoreline. This fun and free event includes tours of the lighthouse, readings of the children’s book, “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge”, fishing clinics, live entertainment, food vendors, and activities for the whole family!
WHEN: October 12th from 12-4pm
WHERE: Fort Washington Park, NYC
10. Madison Square Park’s Fall Kids Fest
This all out Fall bask for kids and families includes free healthy noshing, arts and crafts, pumpkin picking, a costume parade, and live music, among other things.
WHEN: October 19th from 11am-2pm
WHERE: Madison Avenue and 23 Street, 212-538-1884
11. Lower East Side Pickle Day
Bobbing for pickles? sign us up! The 11th Pickle Day is a 3-block event series that continues to cover the Lower East Side in pushcarts and AstroTurf for neighborhood celebrations of food, fashion, fun and live music.
WHEN: October 27th from 12-7pm
WHERE: Orchard Street between East Houston to Delancey Streets
12. 33rd Annual Antique Motorcycle Show
This show will include a display of various makes and models of motorcycles that have been out of production 10 years or more. Music, farmhouse tours, hayrides, and food will provide fun for the entire family.
WHEN: Sunday, September 15 from 11 am – 4 pm
WHERE: 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Queens
13. Queens Botanical Garden Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch
This event includes poetry readings, bluegrass music, gardening workshops, bird walks, beer tasting, and food. Of course, make sure to visit the popular pumpkin patch!
WHEN: Sunday October 20th from 11am-6pm
WHERE: 43-50 Main Street, Flushing Queens
14. Queens County Fair
A traditional county fair with blue ribbon competitions in livestock, produce, home crafts, arts and crafts, and more. Enjoy the Amazing Maize Maze, visit the Con Edison Ecology Booth where you can adopt-a-worm for your home compost bin, get great planting tips, recycling ideas, and enjoy free crafts for kids! The fair features, pie-eating and corn-husking contests, Lumberjack shows, pig-racing, hayrides, carnival rides, and midway. Visit our Bavarian Garden, Irish band on Saturday and German band on Sunday, craft and food vendors and more. This is a fun event for the entire family!
WHEN: Saturday & Sunday September 21 & 22 from 11 am – 6 pm
WHERE: 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Queens
15. National Estuaries Day Festival
Commemorate coastal bays, sounds, and lagoons-the magnificent places where rivers meet the seas at Alley Pond Environmental Center this fall. The festival will feature educational exhibits and interactive booths from various organizations and neighborhood groups. Bring the whole family to enjoy FREE boat rides, activities, entertainment, hands-on demonstrations, crafts, and fun games!
WHEN: September 28th from 11am-4pm
WHERE: 228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston Queens
16. Sunnyside Gardens Park Oktoberfest and Craft Fair
This historic Sunnyside park hosts many important events in the community. As the name suggests, this event will have crafts and beer for purchase. There will also be a pumpkin patch, food, and many activities for kids.
WHEN: October 5th from 12-5pm
WHERE: 48-21 39th Avenue, Sunnyside Queens
17. Fall Festival in Forest Park
Celebrate fall with games, music, pumpkins, and more.
WGEN: October 19 from 12-3pm
WHERE: Victory Field – Myrtle Ave., Union Turnpike, Park Lane South bet. Brooklyn-Queens County Line and Park Lane
18. Harvest Fest at the King Manor Museum
This historic King Manor museum hosts a fall festival in eastern Queens that is sure to delight parents and kids with old school entertainment for all.
WHEN: October 26th
WHERE: 90-04 161st St. Jamaica NY
19. Wavehill’s Honey Weekend
Wavehill is a public garden, cultural center, and park that overlooks the Hudson River and the Palisades. This park is known for the regular family activities it hosts. The Honey Weekend will include crafts, honey extractions, and even dress like a beekeeper and explore a hive.
WHEN: September 28-29 from from 9am-4pm
WHERE: West 249 Street and Independence Avenue, 718-549-3200
20. Haunted Pumpkin Garden at the New York Botanical Garden
Pumpkin sculptures of spooky scarecrows, frightening spiders, sneaky snakes, and more await discovery at every turn in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. The display includes more than 500 intricately carved pumpkins that are sure to capture your youngster’s imagination.
WHEN: September 12-October 31st
WHERE: 2900 Southern Blvd, New York, NY 10458
21. Decker Farms
This farm is an important part of historic Richmond Town on Staten Island. Check out their free monthly Farm Fests, which happen on the last Saturday of each month. The theme for each fest depends on the bounty of the fields. September’s fest is all about corn, October’s squash, and November’s turnips. At the fests, you’ll find recipes, cooking demos, and samples to taste. Go Pumpkin Picking every weekend in October, including Columbus Day weekend. For $5 per person and $16 per family of four you can visit the pumpkin patch, get a guided tour of the farm, visit the museum and get a free hayride from the museum to the farm. The price of the pumpkin is separate.
WHEN: Every weekend in October
WHERE: 435 Richmond Hill Road, 718-361-1611
22. Annual Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival in Willowbrook Park
Old-fashion fun and games await you with a pumpkin patch, activities, face-painting, puppet shows, crafts, and more.
WHEN: October 12th from 12-4pm
WHERE: Willowbrook Park – Eton Place, off Richmond Avenue