October Fairs, Festivals, and Parades in NYC and Nearby
Celebrate fall at a fair, festival, carnival or parade in NYC, Long Island, Westchester or Rockland this month!
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FREE Backyard Blaze
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 9, 4-8pm
WHERE: Katonah Fire Department, 65 Bedford Road, Katonah
WHAT: Visit the firehouse for a night of food trucks, live music, and of course, the bonfire!
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 9, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Blvd., Yorktown Heights
WHAT: Come out for a day of family fun with children's rides, musical performances, dog costume parade, dance performances, crafts, food, and more.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 15, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Chappaqua Train Station, Allen Place, Chappaqua
WHAT: In its ninth year, the festival, promoting community, literacy and a return to normalcy, will have authors covering multiple genres and reading levels, author readings and special presentations, illustrator Demos, Book Signings, and more!
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 15, 3-7pm
WHERE: Ridge Hill, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers
WHAT: Kick off the fall season and enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly activities, culinary delights, beer from Bronx Beer Hall, live music, pumpkin carving and more! Bring your friends and family to The Hill for this complimentary event.
WHEN: Oct. 20-23, See website for schedule
WHERE: Various Locations in New Rochelle and Pelham, 515 North Ave., New Rochelle
WHAT: New Rochelle and Pelham will come alive with creative works of all kinds including gallery shows, live music, films, dance performances and so much more.
WANT TO GO? Prices vary
FREE Fall Festival
WHEN: Oct. 22-23, 10am-3pm
WHERE: Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale
WHAT: Celebrate fall with live music, crafts and games, a pumpkin and scarecrow walk, apple cider demonstrations and tastings, vendors selling sustainable items, meadow dedication, and more.
FREE Arts In The Plaza
WHEN: Saturdays through Oct. 29, 10am-3pm
WHERE: Kennedy Plaza, 1 W Chester St., Long Beach
WHAT: Arts In The Plaza is Long Beach's Weekly Arts Festival featuring handcrafted art by Long Island artists and live music!
WHEN: Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury
WHAT: Try your hand at corn hole, take pictures at the many photo op stations and the pumpkin patch, enjoy the new hay maze, meet Otto the Ghost and more!
WANT TO GO? $20; free admission for children younger than 3.
WHEN: Saturday Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Starkie Bros. Garden Center, 721 Main Street, Farmingdale
WHAT: Hayrides, Face Painting, Bounce House, Pumpkin Painting, Hot dogs and Hamburgers. Also, come and meet the resident Nigerian Dwarf Goats.
WANT TO GO? Admission is free. $5 pumpkin painting
FREE Bethpage Street Fair
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 2, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Kiwanis Bethpage Central Park, 356 Broadway, Bethpage
WHAT: This festival features shopping, food trucks, live music, and a Ragamuffin Parade!
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and Oct. 9, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Mill Neck Manor, 40 Frost Mill Road, Mill Neck
WHAT: The festival features live entertainment, a variety of food vendors, and will also showcase the latest in Deaf technology, healthcare checkups, children’s face painting, a pumpkin patch, handmade country crafts, and American Sign Language books and novelty items. Other exciting additions that visitors can expect from this year’s festival, include tours of the historic Mill Neck Manor House, craft beer and spirits for purchase, complimentary Charcuterie tutorials in the “Cheese House,” and rides and games for the kids.
WANT TO GO? $20 suggested donation per car
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 9, 10am-5pm
WHERE: West Hempstead Community Support & Civic Association, 671 Nassau Blvd., West Hempstead
WHAT: Shop, eat, listen to live music and bring the kids to the bounce houses at this fall festival.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 15, 11am-4pm
WHERE: St. Joseph School, 450 Franklin Avenue, Garden City
WHAT: Sip cider and pick pumpkins at the annual St. Joseph School Fall Festival family event. This event features bouncers, pony rides, a petting zoo, games, face painters, a vendor market, music, food and drink, a toddler play area and so much more.
WANT TO GO? Free to enter. Activity tickets available online in advance or in person day of.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 15, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Hempstead Lake State Park, Lake Side Drive, West Hempstead
WHAT: This family friendly event includes fishing instruction, casting practice, loaner rods, free bait, and fish cleaning services to all participants courtesy of the NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The fishing license requirement for all anglers over the age of 16 is suspended for this festival. In addition, there will be a Casting for Pumpkins activity, Raptor Show, Magic Show and much more.
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required.
WHEN: Oct. 21-23, Carnival Rides: Friday, 6-11pm; Saturday, 11am-11pm; Sunday, 11am-8pm. Street Fair: Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Sunrise Highway and Merrick Avenue, Merrick
WHAT: Celebrate the fall season with exciting carnival rides, mouth watering fair treats, and games of skill!
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods and rides.
WHEN: Oct. 22-23, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence
WHAT: Bring the family out for a weekend of music, entertainment, shows, colonial historians, farm animals, pony rides, and more!
WHEN: Through Oct. 31, Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 9am-Sunset; Sunday, 9am-6pm
WHERE: Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden, 663 Wading River Road, Manorville
WHAT: Pumpkin Picking, Hay Rides on the weekend, Haunted Corn Maze, Lost Island Dino Discovery, Barnyard Animals, Mini Golf, Sunflowers and more!
WANT TO GO? $15 weekdays; $20 weekends.
WHEN: Oct. 7-10, Friday-Monday, 11am-8pm
WHERE: Tanger Outlets Deer Park, 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park
WHAT: ‘Taste The World’ when you indulge in some of the best cuisines that New York, Tri-State, and Long Island have to offer, with over 60 Food Vendors serving up delicious delicacies from countries from all around the world! This one-of-a-kind food festival includes live music, cooking demos, carnival rides & games, local artists alley, vampire escape room, ax throwing, mini golf, video game trailer, their Famous Kids Play land and more!
WANT TO GO? Tickets Purchased in Advance $8; $5 Kids 8-12. Day of show: $14; $6 ages 8-12. Free admission for children younger than 7; VIP admission available
WHEN: Through Oct. 30, Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day, 10am-6pm
WHERE: White Post Farms, 250 Old Country Road, Melville
WHAT: Enjoy favorites such as Sing-A-Long Hayrides, Pumpkin Picking, Paint Your Own Pumpkins, and live entertainment.
WANT TO GO? $34.95; free admission for children younger than 15 months.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 15, 10am-6pm
WHERE: 157 Deer Park Avenue, Babylon Village
WHAT: Check out the delicious BBQ and specialty foods served by your favorite Babylon restaurants, cafes and bakeries. Two performance stages with continuous live entertainment all day. Rides, games, petting zoo, pony rides, and so much more!
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for activities.
WHEN: Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 9, 10am-7pm
WHERE: Renaissance Faire, Tuxedo Park, 600 NY-17A, Tuxedo Park
WHAT: Travel back in time to cheer for your favorite knight at the Joust Tournament, meet Robin Hood and his Merry Band, see amazing acrobats, magical fairies, swashbuckling pirates, and more!
WANT TO GO? $35; $30 seniors 62 and older and military; $18 ages 5-12; free for children younger than 5.
WHEN: Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 1-23, 12-5pm
WHERE: Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, Exit 17 off the Palisades Interstate Parkway, Bear Mountain
WHAT: Come out and enjoy beer, delicious food, live music, and fun activities for all ages.
WANT TO GO? $35-$150 - Advanced Registration Required.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 1, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Borough Hall Lawn, 1 Harding Plaza, Glen Rock
WHAT: The festival will feature popular children's authors for a day of family fun and storytelling. Come meet your favorite illustrators, support local businesses, and more.
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 2, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Congers Lake Memorial Park, 6 Gilchrest Road, Congers
WHAT: Enjoy a day of fun nature inspired activities and learn about environmentally friendly products and services.
WANT TO GO? $10 suggested donation; free admission for children younger than 18.
FREE Harvest Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 9, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Garretson Forge and Farm, 4-02 River Road, Fair Lawn
WHAT: Celebrate the history of the Garden State with kids activities, Civil War reenactors, Open Hearth cooking featuring 19th century recipes, Organic herbs and Limited Late Summer Vegetables, tours and more, and tours of homesteads and gardens.
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 9, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Downtown Nyack, Main Street & Broadway, Nyack
WHAT: Two hundred and fifty exhibitors with arts, crafts, new retail, home deco and gifts will be participating at this shopping and dining event. All types of festival foods will be available as well as Nyack’s many outdoor cafes and restaurants. All day music will be played at the gazebo on Main Street and folk music on Broadway.
FREE Pearl River Day 2022
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 15, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Pearl River Chamber of Commerce, Central Ave., Pearl River
WHAT: 2022 marks the sesquicentennial official establishment of the Town of Pearl River. Over 25,000 visitors both young and old will gather in the streets and enjoy over 200 exhibits, live music, great food, arts, crafts and many fun attractions.
FREE Nanuet Fall Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 30, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Lake Nanuet Park, 1 Lake Nanuet Drive, Nanuet
WHAT: Bring the family out for Pumpkin Decorating, Refreshments, Beer Truck, Face Painting, Music, Games, Prizes, Kids' Inflatables, Trunk or Treat, and more!
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