Fall Festival Guide

Are you looking to plan a fun-filled family weekend?  From pumpkin-picking and petting zoos to fall festivals - get your calendar ready! Here's some help with our family festival guide! All events and times are subject to change, please check before heading out.

UPCOMING
Children’s Workshop: Create a Potted Turkey
Where: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Tpke. in Westbury
When: Friday, Nov. 17
Time: 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. sessions
Info: Decorate a clay pot with feathers, eyes, mouth and feet and then plant it with a colorful croton plant. Reservations are required. Cost is $10.00 per child. 
Contact: (516) 334-0066

Past Events:
Dockside Family Festival
Where: Captree State Park (Exit 40 off the Robert Moses Cswy.) in Babylon
When: Saturday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 10
Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Info: It's a family fun festival! You'll find nautical-themed events like crab races, and more fun like magic shows, pony rides, and boat rides. There's also an interactive pirate show.
Contact: (631) 321-3510 or State Parks website

Bellmore Family Street Festival  
Where: Bellmore Village  
When: Sept. 14-17
Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 
Info:
This year the festival is featuring: Gorilla Show and Ironman, Kids Expo (featuring child-friendly rides and a chance to visit Rex the Dinosaur), Craft Expo, Military Expo (featuring the latest attractions from all branches of the military),Veterans organizations and service groups, Sports Expo (with representation from local and tri-state sports organizations), Health and Wellness members and flu shots, Home Improvement Expo (showcasing local contractors and members), Live music all day throughout the fair
Contact: Website

Deepwells Music Festival
Where: Deepwells Farm County Park, Moriches Road and Route 25a in Saint James, NY
When: Saturday, Sept. 16
Time: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Info: The concert will feature three recording artists as well as some local talent. Featured acts include Durham County Poets, Matt Nakoa and Spuyten Duyvil. Admission is $5 and there will be plenty of food and drinks available, so bring your lawn chairs and your appetite.
Contact: (631) 862-2020 or website

Port Jefferson Dragon Boat Race Festival
Where: Port Jefferson Harborfront Park 101A East Broadway Port Jefferson
When: Saturday, Sept. 16
Time: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 
Info: There will be Asian and Cultural Entertainment, food, non-profit organizations, and retail booths. Races will be all day with opening and closing award ceremonies.  

Contact: Website

Cow Harbor Day 
Where: Main Street in Cow Harbor in Northport
When: Sunday, Sept. 17
Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Info: Food, rides and games, a parade at noon and boat races at 2 p.m. all make for a fun family day in Northport that parents and kids will enjoy. Admission is free, all rides are individual tickets (approximately $4-$5 a ride).

Website

Long Island Garlic Festival -  Yes, there's even a "Stinky Garlic Breath Competition"
Where: Garden of Even Farm at 4558 Sound Ave. in Riverhead
When: Sept. 16-17
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Info: Get ready for garlic-inspired foods, Long Island wine, local and organic picks, and a lot of garlic to eat or plant! Children under 6 are free.
Contact: (631) 722-8777 or website

Fit Fest
Where: Long Beach
When: Sept. 16 & Sept. 17
Info: Flex on the Beach, a f
unctional fitness (another word for CrossFit) competition with co-ed teams of four competing, is on Sept. 16. NY Fit Fest, a first time EVER fitness festival on the beach in New York, on Sept. 17, with a lineup of over 30 different fitness professionals and influencers teaching classes and holding lectures in the sand. There will also be over 30 Fitness and Wellness Vendors on site, DJ, and Giveaways from BMW and lululemon.
Website

Village Day Fall Festival
Where: Sands Point Preserve at 127 Middle Neck Road in Sands Point

When: Sunday, Sept. 24
Time: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Info: If you have a fall checklist this Fall Festival can help you make it through the list fast. You will find hayrides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, farm-picked veggies too.
Contact: (
516) 571-7901 or website

Wildwood Fall Festival
Where: Wildwood State Park at 790 Hulse Landing in Wading River
When: 
Sept. 23
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Info: Make sure your kids come hungry because this Fall Festival has a donut eating contest for kids!  You can also find wagon rides, pony rides,a magic show and more.
Contact: (631) 929-4314 or State Parks website

Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Where: 
1303 Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage
When: 
Sept. 16-17 & Sept. 23-24
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Info:
Get ready for acrobatic attractions at this Fall Festival!  You can find an acrobatic dual trampoline show, juggling and a performance by an aerialist.  There's also family-friendly fun like a carousel, petting zoo, camel rides, sack races and corn husking contest, butterfly exhibit and high dive show, plus a riding demonstration by Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders and a game of old-time "baseball."
Contact: (516) 874-0502 or website

East End Maritime Festival
Where: Village of Greenport

When: Saturday, Sept. 23 & Sunday, Sept. 24
Time: Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Info: 
This festival is focused on the sea- You can find boat tours, story times, nautical demonstrations, live music, and more. Opening day parade starts at 11 a.m. Sept. 23 and runs down Main Street to Front Street.
Contact: (
631) 477-2100 or website

Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off & Fall Harvest Competition
Where: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Tpke. in Westbury
When: Sunday, Oct. 1
Time: 11 a.m.

Info: Everyone is invited to participate in this exciting competition, which not only includes giant pumpkins but additional categories for large, unique and decorated vegetables. In addition to awards for the three heaviest pumpkins, new categories include “Best Decorated Vegetable,” “Coolest Giant Vegetable or Flower” and “Best Fall Bouquet.” All children who enter will be awarded a certificate of participation. Contestants who need to have their pumpkins unloaded must be at the nursery no later than 10 a.m.
Contact: (516) 272-4649 or website

Westhampton Beach Oyster Festival
Where: Westhampton Beach Marina at 1 Library Ave.
When: Saturday, Oct. 7
Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Info: Get ready for oysters! You'll find lots to eat -including a chowder contest.  There's an interactive pirate show, treasure hunts, and sword-fighting lessons.  You can also jump in the bounce houses, get your face painted, or try pumpkin painting.
Contact: (516) 825-1741 or website

Long Island Fall Festival
Where: Heckscher Park at Prime Ave. and Main St. in Huntington
When: 
Friday, Oct. 6 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Oct. 7-8 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 9 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Info: Features live entertainment, a carnival, hundreds of vendors, international food courts, activities for young children and more.
Contact (631) 423-6100 or website

Big Rig Truck Show 
Where: Pennysaver Ampitheater at  Bald Hill at 55 S Bicycle Path in Farmingville
When: Sunday, Oct. 8
Time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Info: Over 350 trucks! Big Rig Truck show features live music, monster truck rides, games, and bounce houses.  Price: $10 (free ages 12 and younger) Contact: (631) 841-2640 or website

South Shore Classic (Bluefish & Striped Bass) Surf Fishing Tournament
Where: Captree State Park in Babylon

When: Oct. 13-Oct. 15
Time: 12 p.m. Friday through 12 p.m. Sunday
Info: All fish must be hooked and landed from the beach, surf, jetty, bank, or pier within the legal boundaries of the Jones and Moriches Inlets. The minimum qualifying weight sizes are: Bluefish – 5lb. and Striped Bass – 36 inches. Captree Bait, Tackle & Fuel at Captree State Park in Babylon will remain open all day and night for the duration of the contest to weigh the entries. All fish must be weighed and recorded by 12 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15.
Contact: Those who wish to participate must have an entry permit. Applications can be requested by calling the Long Island State Park Recreation Department at (631) 321-3510. Registration will be accepted by mail until 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6 to South Shore Classic, PO Box 247, Babylon, NY, 11702; and in person until 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Captree Fuel, Bait & Tackle. The tournament entry fee is $15.00 per participant (checks should be made payable to NHT – LI). For more info, click here.

Children’s Workshop: Decorate a House for Otto
Where: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Tpke. in Westbury
When: Friday, Oct. 13
Time: 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. sessions
Info: Children will create a house out of candy for Otto! We will supply the house and all of the candy and icing. Reservations are required. Cost is $15.00 per child.
Contact: (516) 334-0066 or or website

Newsday's Flick and Treat Festival
Where: 235 Pinelawn Road in Melville (Ruland Road entrance)
When: Saturday, Oct. 14
Time: Gates open at 3 p.m.; movie starts at sundown
Info: 
It's time to pair and movie with costumes and candy! Newsday's free annual fall Flick and Treat Festival features an outdoor movie, a costume contest and and safe trick-or-treating. There's even a pumpkin patch.
Contact: (
631) 843-2666 or website

Oyster Festival
Where: Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on West End Ave. in Oyster Bay
When: Oct. 14 & 15
Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Info: 
Come hungry! Features Check out carnival rides, pirate shows, a zoo attraction, midway rides, vendors, live entertainment, an oyster eating/ shucking contest, soccer clinics (ages 5-14), fast shot lacrosse challenge, NY Islanders booth, a food court and more; rain or shine.
Contact: (516) 628-1625 or website

Huntington Historical Society's Apple Festival
Where: Kissam House at 434 Park Ave. in Huntington
When: 
Sunday, Oct: 15
Time: Noon-4 p.m.
Info: 
The Huntington Historical Society hosts this annual autumnal celebration.  You can take a step back in time and try traditional games, scarecrow-making and listen to traditional music. 
Contact: (
631) 427-7045 (Ext. 401) or website

Pet Parade & Costume Competition
Where: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Tpke. in Westbury
When: Wednesday, Oct. 18
Time: Parade at 5 p.m.; Costume competition at 6 p.m.

Info: Bring your pets to Hicks Nurseries for our second annual Pet Parade! Travel down a decorated path to meet Otto the Ghost. You’ll also have the opportunity to enter your pet in our Pet Costume Competition! Please help support Long Island Pets by bringing pet food, new toys, cat litter, leashes and other items to donate to Long Island Cares for pets in need in Nassau and Suffolk counties. 
Contact: (516) 678-3535 or website

Pumpkin Park at Adventureland
Where: 2245 Broadhollow Road in Farmingdale
When: Oct. 21 & Oct. 22
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Info: Fall fun at Adventureland wouldn’t be complete without Pumpkin Park! This annual family fun event has been a landmark event on Long Island for over 20 years. Pumpkin Park is a free two-day fall family event. Family friendly vendors set up throughout the park and when children enter, they are given a treat booklet filled with coupons to redeem at each vendor table in exchange for candy, treats, and giveaways. It is free to participate in Pumpkin Park, and parking is free as well. The rides are open at regular price and we encourage our guests to dress in costume. Adventureland will be decorated with pumpkins, mums, hay, and everything fall!  If you are interested in becoming a Pumpkin Park Vendor, or if you would like more information about this event, please email us at GuestRelations@Adventureland.us
Contact: (631) 694-6868 or website


Halloween at Walt Whitman Birthplace Site
Where: 246 Old Walt Whitman Road in Huntington Station
When: Sunday, Oct. 22
Time: 1 p.m.
Info: Featuring craft making, games, face painting, guided tours, a costume contest and a special performance by magician Magic Mike. Reservations are required.
Contact: (631) 427-5240 Ext. 113 or website

Harvest Festival at Benner's Farm
Where: 56 Gnarled Hollow Road in East Setauket

When: Sunday, Oct. 22
Time: Noon-4 p.m.
Info: 
Want to learn how to make apple cider- then this is your day.  While you're on the farm you can also check out the farm animals, hayrides, and live music.
Contact: (
631) 689-8172 or website

West Hills Fall Festival
Where: 21 Sweet Hollow Road in Huntington

When: Saturday, Oct. 22
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Info: It's time to trick or treat, take a hayride, walk through a haunted house, jump in an inflatable bouncer, and dance with the DJ.

Hicks Nurseries Fall Festival
Where: 100 Jericho Tpke. in Westbury
When: Sept. 16-Oct. 29
Time: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fridays 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Info: Enjoy a hayride, live farm animals, a pumpkin contests and more. This year "Otto the Ghost" animated story, that focuses on friendship, family and Halloween cheer; You can take pictures with "Otto" 10 a.m.- noon and 2 p.m.-4 p.m. on weekends. Parking and admission is free, but donations of non-perishable food items for Long Island Cares are appreciated.
Contact: (516) 272-4649 or website

Fall Farm Festival
Where:  White Post Farms  at 250 Old Country Road in Melville
When: Sept. 23-Oct. 29 Weekends and Columbus Day
Info: Wagon rides, pumpkin picking and lots of animals! Check the schedule to find out when you can catch the dog show, magic show, bird show, and other shows. Your pumpkins, pony rides, food, train rides and animal food are available at additional cost.
Contact: (631) 351-9373 or website

Fink's Country Farm Fall Festival
Where: 6242 Middle Country Road in Wading River
When: Weekends Sept. 23 through Oct. 29
Time: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Info: Get ready for all things fall! There's hayrides, a corn maze, U-pick pumpkins, train rides, a barnyard bouncer, petting zoo, pony rides, and even roasted corn! Price: $15, free ages 2 and younger.
Contact: (631) 886-2272 or website

Brightwaters Farms Fall Harvest
Where: 1624 Manatuck Blvd. in Bay Shore
When: Sept. 30-Oct. 29 daily
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Info: Fall Fun with less of a drive. Families can enjoy pumpkin-picking, hayrides and lots more. On weekends, there will also be live entertainment with Zippy the Clown, face-painting, magic shows, rubber-ducky races, mini-tractor rides too.
Contact: (
631) 665-5411 or website

Spooky Fest!
Where: 1450 Tanglewood Road in Rockville Centre
When:  Oct. 14, Oct. 20-22 & Oct. 27-29
Time: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Info: 
This one is perfect for young kids who want a not so spooky halloween experience at night. You can take a "Not-So-Spooky Walk" in the woods, check out the Halloween Theater or take part in arts and crafts.  If you are looking for a scare they have that here too in the "Haunted Woods" and "Maze of Zombies."
Contact: (516) 764-0045 or website

Great Jack-O'-Lantern Spectacular Sail
Where: Belmont Lake State Park at Southern State Parkway Exit 38 in North Babylon
When: 
Saturday, Oct. 28
Time: 3
 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Info: 
Get your family ready for a Halloween event with trick-or-treating, games, craft-making, balloon twisting, a children's spooky den and the sailing of the first 50 carved pumpkins (lit with candles, at dusk) around Belmont Lake! It's a sight to see and Admission is FREE.
Contact: (
631) 667-5055 or State Parks website

BOGO at Adventureland
Where: 2245 Broadhollow Road in Farmingdale
When: Oct. 28 & Oct. 29
Time: Time Varies
Info: The park closes for the season the last weekend in October, and will reopen at the end of March 2018. Adventureland’s celebrates our last weekend of operation in 2017 with a Buy One Get One Free deal on Pay One Price bracelets. When you buy one POP band at full price, you get the second one free. All Adventureland asks for in exchange for this BOGO deal is a donation of canned food for the Helping Hands Foundation’s food drive. Both POP bands must be used on the same day, and both riders must be present at the ticket booth at the time of purchase.

Contact: (631) 694-6868 or website

Animated Children’s Story Featuring Otto the Ghost
Where: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Tpke. in Westbury
When: Sept. 16 - Oct. 31
Time: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Info: Come and see the all new animated story titled, “Otto’s Special Pumpkin.” The story explores Otto’s relationship with friends Spider and Bat and the importance of respecting each other’s differences. Admission is free, but donations of non-perishable food items for Long Island Cares are greatly appreciated.

Contact: (516) 272-4649 or website

Weekends at Adventureland
Where: 
2245 Broadhollow Road in Farmingdale
When: Saturdays & Sundays in September and October; Holidays (Sept. 21 & 22 and Oct. 7 through Oct. 10)
Time: Opening/Closing times vary
Info: Summer’s winding down and fall is ramping up at Adventureland! The entire amusement park is open weekends and holidays until October 29th! If school is closed, we’re open!
Contact: (631) 694-6868 or website
Special Food Drive Info: Helping Hands has donated thousands of toys, school supplies, and food all over Long Island. This fall. help us continue to assist Long Islanders in need! The Helping Hands Foundation is collecting nonperishable food for two local pantries (The Town of Babylon Food Pantry and Long Island Harvest). Last year, our foundation created over 100 Thanksgiving Baskets for a Long Island pantry, and this year the goal is to double that number! Items like canned food, gift cards, water bottles and more will be accepted at the Ticket Booth weekends and holidays throughout September and October. Donors will receive a free giveaway. For more information visit: www.HelpingHandsLI.org


Fall Festival at Dees' Nursery
Where: 69 Atlantic Ave. in Oceanside
When: 
Saturdays & Sundays in October and Columbus Day
Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Info: 
You can take a trip through a "Spooky Walk" or have fun at the petting zoo, pumpkin-painting, or on a pony ride.
Contact: (516) 678-3535 or website


Barnyard Adventure at Harbes Family Farm
Where: 715 Sound Ave. in Mattituck
When: Mon.-Thurs. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Info: Families can enjoy the Barnyard Adventure until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Friday to Sunday get ready to sing! Kids will enjoy singing hayrides and pig races Friday to Sunday and on holidays too. There's also a petting zoo, and a gnome-themed hedge maze.
Contact: (631) 365-2937 or website

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