As autumn dawns on Long Island, harvest time returns and with it, the annual celebrations culminating in fall festivals from Montauk to Malverne and almost everywhere in between becoming decorated in pumpkins.
The events include festivals dedicated to apples, garlic, pickles—even chestnuts—although most are simply dedicated to all things fall, such as scarecrows, corn husking and jack ‘o lantern making.
In preparation for the fall equinox on Monday, Sept. 22, here are 75 fall fairs on Long Island scheduled through November:
Specialty pickles, pickle ornaments and pickle-themed merchandise are among the pickled cucumber-related activities at this 35th annual festival. There will be other kinds of non-pickle-related food as well, including fresh vegetables, jams and baked goods. Plus a corn maze, hayrides and family activities, such as rides on the Lollipop Farm train. John Gardiner Farm, 900 Park Ave., Greenlawn. greenlawncenterporthistorical.org/pickle-festival $5, Kids under 12 free. 10 a.m-4 p.m. Sept. 20.
Dragon Boat Race Festival
This inaugural event will include local and regional teams coming together to race against each other in a series of heats. Live music, dancing and food vendors will keep spectators entertained between races. Don’t forget the beach chairs and picnic blankets. Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. PortJeffDragonRaceFest.com Free. 9 a.m.- 7 p.m., Sept. 20.
Franklin Square Fall Festival
Fall is meant to be celebrated: the dangling, falling golden leaves; the chilly arctic breeze; the pumpkins; the costumes; the homemade pastries, pies and hot, piping apple cider! Come rejoice in the gift that is life. Come share a smile, a joke, a precious hug. Come relish in this special time of year and be jubilant for this most blessed time together! Franklin Square Historical Museum, Maple Ave., Franklin Square. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 20.
Bring your own kites, make one there and snack on traditional festival fare. Wow. Just realized that rhymes. Rock on! Long Island Maritime Museum, 88 West Ave., West Sayville. limaritime.org $2, kids under 5 free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 20.
Rides, games, vendors, food and live entertainment. Greis Park, 55 Wilbur St., Lynbrook. showtiques.com Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 20.
Off The Walls
This has got to be one of the most unique fall celebrations you’ve ever had the pleasure of stumbling upon. There will be live Latin dancing. There will be a BMX Stunt Show. Yes, there will be more than 20 (!!) arts vendors offering pretty much anything your big generous heart can hope to find, perfect for several surprise gifts for you-know-know! (In case you don’t, me!) Lol. Mt. Calvary Holy Church, 1520 New York Ave., Huntington Station. 1-6 p.m. Sept. 20.
Fall Harvest and Seafood Festival
Crab races, free boat rides for kids accompanied by an adult, interactive pirate shows, pony rides, magic shows, carnival games and more. Fresh produce and seafood sales, live music, as well as a variety of merchandise and food vendors. Captree State Park, Ocean Pkwy., Babylon. nysparks.com/parks/65 $8 parking, free with Empire Pass. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 20, 21.
Irish Feis and Festival
A celebration of Irish culture and history featuring traditional dance and piping competitions, a marketplace, plus Irish language and Gaelic sports workshops. Hofstra University, Intramural Fields, 350 Hofstra Blvd., Hempstead. hofstra.edu $10. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 21.
Long Island Garlic Festival
Garlic is known as one of (if not the) healthiest foods on the planet (avocados are up there, too, btw). Mash up the fresh bulbs, let them sit for a lil before sprinkling them atop all of your meals, or even sloshing them back in a cup of fresh spring water. Your body will thank you, for sure. And damn, does it feel so good. At this uber-healthy, uber-spectacular garlic fest there will be, yes, an abundant amount of food, garlic-inspired food, crafts, live music, an Iron Chef garlic competition and a garlic-eating contest! Wowzer. Garden of Eve, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead. gardenofevefarm.com $3, free younger than 6. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 20, 21.
Smithtown Heritage Fair and Car Show
Arts, crafts, antique cars, Civil War re-enactments, old fashioned baseball, farm animals and live music!? Are you serious? Let’s do this! Smithtown Historical Society, 239 Middle Country Rd., Smithtown. smithtownhistorical.org $5, kids $3. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21.
Bellmore Street Fair and Carnival
This one has it all, from a kids expo to a military expo, live music as well as arts and crafts. Not to mention the carnival rides and games at the train station. Petit Ave., Bellmore. bellmorechamber.com Free. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 21.
Cold Spring Fire Department Antiques Show
Nearly 100 vendors offering antique furniture, quilts, silver, prints, clocks and other items. Library Park, Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. pekaleshows.com $6, kids under 12 free. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sept. 21.
Long Island Apple Festival
This traditional harvest festival is celebrating its silver anniversary at Sherwood-Jayne House, an 18th century farmhouse that retains its original apple orchard, where some of the trees are over 100 years old. Events include apple relay races, tug-o-war, apple-head doll making, an Apple Pie Baking Contest and a pie auction. There will also be storytelling, pony rides, traditional music, an old- fashioned hay ride, sheep shearing, face painting and many other events. Sherwood-Jayne Farm, 55 Old Post Rd., East Setauket. splia.org $7 adults, $5 seniors and kids ages 2-12. 11a.m.-4:30p.m. Sept. 21.
Williston Day Craft Street Fair
Live music, arts and crafts and plenty of food make this mega-festival a special event to remember. Come see what all the hubbub is about! Yes! Hillside Avenue east of Willis Avenue, Williston Park. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21.
West Islip Country Fair
More than 300 craft vendors, children’s bounce house and slide, petting zoo, magician, face painting, sand art, food, music and more. West Islip Library Grounds, Higbie Lane and Montauk Hwy., West Islip. westislipcountryfair.com Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21.
West Hempstead Street Fair
Vendors, food, arts and crafts, plus a whole lot of fun! Hempstead Ave., West Hempstead. showtiques.com Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sept. 21.
Cow Harbor Day
There’s a lot of history in Northport, to be sure. The quaint lil fishing village used to be just that, overrun with clammers and fisherman and so many who made their livelihoods from the sea. Jack Kerouac used to live in Northport. Allen Ginsberg apparently tried his hand at raking in some clams, too, when he’d visit his fellow Beat visionary. Cow Harbor Day is a very special day to the locals, and to celebrate, there will be copious amounts of food, rides and games, a parade at noon commemorating when Northport was formerly known as The Great Cow Harbor in the days when cattle would graze on its grassy shores, and of course, a whole lot of fun, fun, fun! Not to be missed! Wowzler. North Village Park, Main Street, Northport. villageofnorthport.com Free. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21.
Heritage Trust Fall into Fun Carnival
To usher in the fall, you’ll want some really, really fun rides. You’ll want food, of course also, but not just any run-of-the-mill foodstuffs. You’ll want spectacular food, food that you’ll be feasting upon and then dreaming about, long, long after the multi-colored lights glowing from atop the fishbowl ping-pong trailers have gone to bed. And of course, you’ll want games. This annual mega-extravaganza has all of these critical components, and truly, just so much more. C’mon, now. Let’s do this! Heritage Park, Mt. Sinai Road, Mt. Sinai. newtonshows.com Free. 12-11 p.m. Sept. 26 & 27, 12-6 p.m. Sept. 28.
East Meadow Fire Department Fall Festival
This annual gathering of residents, fire officials, fun, food and games also offers a free concert each night! Talk about a good time! Wow. House No. 4, corner of Carman Ave. and Salisbury Park Dr., East Meadow. Free. 5-11 p.m. Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 27.
Valley Stream Community Fest
This annual, one-day celebration of the uniqueness of Valley Stream through its culture,
visual and performing arts, food, service organizations and activities is geared toward families and one truly fun-filled day. Rockaway Avenue between Sunrise Hwy. and Merrick Rd., Valley Stream. vscommunityfest.com Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 27.
Mastic Harvest Festival
Music, food, kids games as well as arts and crafts. Free. Neighborhood Road, Mastic Beach. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27.
Wildwood Fall Festival
Arts and crafts, magicians, music, pony rides and face painting! Now this is one great time indeed! Wildwood State Park, Hulse Landing Rd., Wading River. parks.ny.gov/parks/68 $8 parking, free with Empire Pass. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27.
Festival by the Sea
Live music, great food, inflatable rides, children’s shows, clam-eating and rib-eating contests, sand sculptures, pony rides, circus acts, games and give-aways, a petting zoo and more! Lido Beach Town Park, 630 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. toh.li Free. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
“A Modern Harvest of Fun,” includes art, music, dance, food, entertainment and the history of the community. Agwam Park, 23 Main St., Southampton. southamptonseptfest.org Free. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 28.
Long Island Chestnut Festival
This environmentally focused, fun and educational festival celebrates the reintroduction of the American chestnut tree to North America. Activities range from arts and crafts and games to information for gardeners and nature lovers. Free samples of roasted chestnuts will be available! Baldwin Community Garden, Baldwin Historical Society & Museum, 1980 Grand Ave., Baldwin. nassaucountyny.gov Free. 1p.m- 5 p.m. Sept. 27.
Fall Garden and Harvest Festival
This fourth annual event features horticultural displays and demonstrations, kid-friendly activities, food, live music, tours of the dahlia garden, a model train exhibit, local artisan vendors, pumpkin painting and hayrides. Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Hwy. Great River. bayardcuttingarboretum.com/event/fall-festival $15 per car, $7 with Empire Passport. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27, 28.
Fall Antiques and Collectibles Fair
Aside from myriad vendors there will also be a vintage car show! Brookwood Hall Park, Montauk Hwy., East Islip. $15, $20 DOS. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27.
African-American Heritage Parade and Festival
Food, folks, and fun along with talent showcasing for this second annual event focusing on celebrating and expressing the music of Motown, along with international food courts. The parade will run from N. Main Street and Hollaway Street in Freeport up Nassau Road to Greenwich Street, ending at the festival at Washington Street and Front Street in Hempstead. Free. 10 a.m., Sept. 27.
Port Washington Fall Country Fair
A pie-eating contest, live music, historical demonstrations as well as arts and crafts will usher in autumn at this must-go-to fair! Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society, Sands-Willets House, 336 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington. cowneck.org Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 27.
Harvest Day Festival
This annual event will have costumed trade and craft people demonstrating decoy carving, beekeeping, blacksmithing, candle making, basketry and many other traditional skills. There will be Civil War re-enactors making camp, shooting rifles and parading—plus an 1850s Whaling Captain wedding. Southampton Historical Museum, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton. southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org Free. 11 a.m. Sept 27.
Long Island Fair
Continuing a 172-year tradition, this is one of America’s oldest agricultural festivals and is so big it can’t be contained to one weekend. Contestants can face off in corn-husking and scarecrow building events in addition to guessing the weight of a giant pumpkin. Attractions include a petting zoo, live music and dancing as well as pony, tractor and carnival rides. Fairgoers will also find magic shows, stilt walkers, puppets, juggling, storytelling, Civil War reenactments and other historical demonstrations. Not to mention all the mouthwatering fall fair foods, such as candied apples, pumpkins, organic veggies, fresh-made candy, giant turkey legs and funnel cakes. Hot-air balloon rides will be available 10:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Sept.27, Oct. 4 and 5, weather permitting. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. lifair.org $12 adults, $8 seniors and kids ages 5-12, kids under 5 free. 10 a.m.-5p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The fair runs Sept. 27, 28 and Oct. 2-5.
Fall Festival and Large Car Truck Show
Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks, includes craft vendors, food, music, children’s activities. Long Island MacArthur Airport, Parking lot 10, 100 Arrivals Ave., Ronkonkoma. $10, Children under 12. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 28.
Fall Festival and Classic Car Show
Pet parade and costume contest, scavenger hunt, pumpkin patch, bouncy rides, pony rides and arts and crafts. Malverne train station, Hempstead Avenue. malvernevillage.org Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28.
Garden City South Street Fair
Nassau Blvd., Garden City. showtiques.com Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28.
Syosset Street Fair
Jackson Ave., Syosset. nassaucountycraftshows.com Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 28.
Seaford Fall Family Harvest Fair
Seaford Historical Museum, 3890 Waverly Ave., Seaford. seafordhistoricalsociety.org Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 28.
Village Day Fall Festival
A petting zoo, hayrides, pony rides and pumpkin painting are just some of the festivities planned. There will also be award-winning artisanal cheeses, fresh baked goods, apple cider and Horman pickles. Guggenheim Estate Golden Honey from the Preserve’s hives has been harvested in time for the fair. Pizza and refreshments available. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. thesandspointpreserve.com $20 per car, $10 with pass 12-5 p.m. Sept. 28.
Christopher Morley Park Fall Festival
Rides, games and eye-popping, mouthwatering, dream-all-day-long-about food. Christopher Morley Park, Searingtown Road, Roslyn. newtonshows.com Free. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 3, 1-10 p.m. Oct. 4, 12-6 p.m. Oct. 5.
Long Island Flower and Home Expo
Mums the word at this fall family festival dedicated to gardening, landscaping and all things backyard related. It starts off with a jazz band, wine and beer tastings Friday night with a farmers’ market, pumpkins, cider and apples the rest of the weekend. And yes, of course, plenty of absolutely gorgeous mums. Lol. Cradle of Aviation Museum, 51 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. liflowershow.com $20 first night, $10 rest of weekend. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 3, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 5.
Amityville Apple Festival
The freshest New York State apples will be sold and festival goers can enjoy live music at the Showmobile, a DJ at the Gazebo, sidewalk sale, magician, children’s craft area and more. An antique sale will be held in Lauder Museum parking lot. Park Avenue Memorial School, 140 Park Ave., Amityville. Facebook.com/AmityvilleAppleFestival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 4.
Sayville Apple Festival
Apple-themed cooking contests, carnival, live music as well as arts and crafts. The Islip Grange, Broadway Ave., Sayville. Free.10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 4.
Fish Hatchery Fall Festival
A pumpkin patch, petting zoo, live music, bounce castle, games food and environmental exhibits. 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. cshfa.org $6 adults, $4 kids, seniors. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Oct. 4.
San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons
Rides, music, arts and crafts and lots of luscious, sauce-drenched, soul-soothing Italian food. Meet retired NY Knicks player John Starks and Joseph Gannascoli, who played Vito on The Sopranos. Hampton Bays train station, Good Ground Round, Hampton Bays. sangennarofeastofthehamptons.com 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 4, 5.
Baldwin Fall Festival
This annual gathering has it all: food and arts and crafts! Baldwin train station, Sunrise Highway. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 4, 5 & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 1, 2.
Live music, pumpkin picking and decorating, carnival rides and games, corn maze, pony rides, bounce houses and an old-fashioned seed-spitting contest. Suffolk County Farm & Education Center, 350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank. Facebook.com/events/540396692752736 $12, kids under 3 free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4, 5.
Fall Harvest Festival
Hay rides? Check. Live music. Check again. Corn maze, face painting, inflatable rides and pick your own pumpkins? Check, check, check and check again. This month-long, weekends-only fall fest has all that and more! Borellas Farm Stand, 485 Edgewood Ave., St. James. borellasfarmstand.com $11, kids under 3 free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4, 5 and every Saturday and Sunday in October though Columbus Day.
Caleb Smith Preserve Fall Festival
Live music, fishing lessons, games, face painting and falconer demonstrations. How many fall celebrations do you seriously know of that features a falconer demo!? Didn’t think so. Be there. Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, 581 W Jericho Tpke., Smithtown. friendsofcalebsmith.org $10. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 5.
Plainview-Old Bethpage Craft & Gift Fair
Arts and crafts plus local artisans offering endless possibilities of gifts: birthdays, holidays, every days? C’mon. You know this is the spot. Old Country Road, Plainview. nassaucountycraftshows.com Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5.
Antique Power/Tractor Show Fall Festival
If you’ve never witnessed the raw, awesome power of antique tractors as they toil round the lot, spinning around in circles, their operators sitting atop them, hollering at the crowds as they demonstrate why these iron beauties are the true kings of the farmland, well… You should! 6000 Sound Ave., Riverhead. townofriverheadny.gov Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5.
Watch the 3rd NY Revolutionary Regiment performing maneuvers, learn surgical procedures and remedies of the Colonial era and take a cemetery tour and listen to the history of the family members who reside there. Activities include crafts for children, old-fashioned games and learn about other historic activities. Also on hand are Colonial demonstrations and exhibits, Old English Country dancing and puppet show. Sagtikos Manor, 677 Montauk Hwy., West Bay Shore. sagtikosmanor.com $7. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 5.
Huntington Long Island Fall Festival
The music, food and carnival start Friday, joined Saturday and Sunday by contests, vendors and arts and crafts before one last day of food and rides Monday. Heckscher Park, 164 Main St., Huntington. lifallfestival.com Free. 5-10 p.m. Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 11 & 12, 11 a.m.- 5p.m. Oct. 13.
Plant & Sing
People gather to plant garlic and harvest fall crops, transforming the fields and the work itself with festive songs, dances, recitations and meals. When the work is done, it’s time to enjoy the world-class festival of Bluegrass and Traditional American Music on the expansive waterfront lawn. Sylvester Manor, 55 Manhanset Rd., Shelter Island Heights. plantandsing.com $35, $50 acts Oct. 1. $30 veterans, students and seniors. Kids under 12 free. Oct. 10, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 11, Oct. 12.
Levittown Fall Community Festival
Petting zoo, entertainment, pumpkin patch, crafts, exhibits, face painting and raffles? Uh, can you say “Sign us up”!? Veterans Memorial Park, Shelter Lane, Levittown. levittownchamber.com Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 11.
Babylon Fall Festival
Hay rides, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, live music, fresh food and face painting. Now this is a must-go-to celebration if we’ve ever written a blurb about one! Babylon Town Hall, 200 East Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst. townofbabylon.com Free. 12-3 p.m. Oct. 11.
Family Fall and Halloween Festival
Fall is the season for family. Whether it’s heading down to the pumpkin patch with the lil ones, gathering round the campfire with some hot, steaming pumpkin lattes, or just simply enjoying a fresh, piping hot home-baked pumpkin pie, it’s all so tough to beat. Then, lol it’s Halloween! Best holiday of them all! Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, 7800 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury. oysterbaytown.com Free. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 11.
Mill Neck Manor Fall Harvest Festival
Also known as Apple Fest, attendees here can visit the Cheese House, a country store, children’s games as well as arts and crafts. They had us at “Cheese House.” Lol. Mill Neck Manor, 40 Frost Mill Rd., Mill Neck. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11, 12.
Fall Arts & Crafts Show
Paintings, pottery, photography are just the beginning of this artisan fest. There’s also furniture, fiber and jewelry. Great opportunity to do all your holiday shopping at one place! Village Green, Main Street, Westhampton. whbcc.org Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11, 12.
Pumpkin painting, picking and pony rides as well as hayrides, old-fashioned games arts and crafts. Deepwell Farms County Park, corner of Route 25A and Moriches Road, St. James. stjameschamber.org $5, $1 for seniors and kids 12 and under. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11, 12.
Montauk Fall Festival
This festival kicks off with their famous clam chowder contest at 11 a.m. on Saturday. It includes crab races, rides, a farmers’ market, live music and incorporates elements of Octoberfest. Graba hot, steaming pumpkin latte or some good old-fashioned piping hot apple cider, stroll out toward the East End and gaze out west over the woods. As the winter rolls in, the leaves turn an absolutely gorgeous red, orange, brown and yellow. And as they cover the ground, creating an equally breathtaking, multi-colored forest blanket, you’ll see more and more of that mysterious radar tower jutting up over the towering branches. Wild. Village green, Montauk Highway, Montauk. montaukchamber.com Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11, 12.
Long Beach Fall Festival
This annual celebration has it all: a pumpkin patch, bounce house, petting zoo, ferris wheel, pony rides, haunted house, hay rides, arts and crafts and a costume contest. Come down for some serious fun, fun, fun! Kennedy Plaza, Park Avenue between National Boulevard and Centre Street, Long Beach. longbeachny.gov $15 per day, $25 weekend pass. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11, 12.
Riverhead Country Fair
Vegetable decorating contest, carnival rides, folk music, tractor pulls, plus hundreds of arts and crafts vendors. Main Street, Riverhead. riverheadcountryfair.com Free, not including fees for some rides and activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12.
Fall Family Fishing Festival
Event includes a casting contest, fly-fishing instruction, pumpkin decorating, pony rides, free bait and fish-cleaning services. Displays by Trout Unlimited, DEC Environmental Education, State Parks as well as other fishing and environmental organizations. Prior to the festival, the New York State parks department will stock South and McDonald Ponds with hundreds of brook and rainbow trout. Hempstead Lake State Park, Lakeside Dr., West Hempstead. nysparks.com/parks/31 Free. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 18.
Billed as the largest annual outdoor festival and the largest waterfront fest on the East Coast with about 200,000 attendees on average, the 31st oyster fest is back. The lineup includes tall ships, pirate shows and carnival rides. Aside from oysters prepared every way imaginable, it also features the famous oyster schucking contest. How many shucks can a woodchuck shuck if a woodchuck could shuck wood? Sorry. Tried, anyway. Theodore Roosevelt Park, West End Avenue, Oyster Bay. theoysterfestival.org Free, fees for rides. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 18, 19.
Seaford Fall Festival
Have you ever stumbled across something so amazing you’ve just got to get out there and tell all your friends, all your relatives, people you don’t even know? This annual smorgasbord of arts and crafts offers visitors a diverse collection of everything from vinyl records to antique toys, lamps and so much more! Check it out! Then tell everyone you know, too. Seaford train station, Sunrise Highway, Seaford. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 18, 19.
Huntington Apple Festival
Scarecrow making, hayrides, music, old-timey games as well as arts and crafts—plus lots and lots of apples. Tough to beat, for sure. Dr. Daniel W. Kissam House Museum, 434 Park Ave., Huntington. huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org Free. 12-4 p.m. Oct. 19.
Fall Festival and Swap Meet
Fall games, rides, music, pumpkins, pony rides, face painting, crafts, vendors and more. Thomas School of Horsemanship Summer Day Camp and Riding School, 250 Round Swamp Rd., Melville. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 19.
Halloween Boat Burning
In this local annual tradition, a boat that has been deemed too-unsafe-to-sail is set ablaze in sacrifice while thousands watch from the shore. Festivities include raffles, snacks, hot apple cider and live music. Long Island Maritime Museum, 88 West Ave., West Sayville. limaritime.org Free 5-9 p.m. Oct. 24.
This ninth annual event features pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins and… Wait for it. Wait for it. More pumpkins! And we love pumpkins! Islandia Village Hall, 100 Old Nichols Rd., Islandia. newvillageofislandia.com Free. 12-3 p.m. Oct. 25.
Family Fall and Halloween Festival
Celebrate the arrival of the fall season with fun activities for children and adults alike, including Halloween a hayride, crafts, bouncies (!!), photo opportunities, games, hot, piping apple cider and popcorn! Additionally, there’ll be a ‘U-Pick’ pumpkin patch for children so they can survey and pick their very own pumpkin, as well as decorate them! Children are encouraged to come in costumes, of course! Marjorie Post Community Park, Merrick Road, Massapequa. oysterbaytown.com Free. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 25.
Great Jack-o’-Lantern Spectacular
In addition to contestants setting sail to their Jack-o’-Lantern, there will be a kid-friendly spooky house, balloon twisting, arts and crafts, trick or treating, “funny fotos,” games and more. Participation limited to the first 50 carved pumpkins. Jack-o’-Lanterns will set sail at 6 p.m. Participating pumpkins must be between the size of a soccer ball and a basketball and must be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Belmont Lake State Park, Southern State Pwk exit 38, North Babylon. nysparks.com/parks/88 $8 parking, free with Empire Pass. 4 p.m. Oct. 25.
Rockville Centre Fall Festival
Fall is worth celebrating! Great people, great food, amazing arts and crafts and so much more will help usher in this joyous time of the year at this annual festival. Rockville Centre train station, Long Beach Road. rvcny.us Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 25, 26.
Pumpkin decorating, traditional games, food, entertainment and nature walks. Bailey Arboretum, 194 Bayville Rd., Lattingtown. baileyarboretum.org $10 per family. 12-3 p.m. Oct. 26.
Aside from the usual fall fest fare such a pumpkin painting, arts and crafts and live music, this unique festival also includes a chowder crawl, costumed dog parade (2 p.m.) and a haunted building walking tour. Chowder, dogs and haunted houses!? This is the place to be! Wow. Main Street, Port Jefferson. portjeffchamber.com Free. 12-6 p.m. Oct. 26.
Music and cultural festival with Irish and Native American bands, raffles, dancing, beer, wines, chowders and more. 14 North Howells Point Rd., Bellport. shinnecocksewanakasociety.org $40. Kids 12 and under free. 2-7 p.m. Nov. 1.
Long Island Antique Book, Paper and Art Fair
Books are the heart and soul of the human experience. They record, they enlighten and they inspire. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind collision of the written word and arts and crafts that will make your heart bend and soul absolutely just break out into song and sing, sing, sing! Hofstra University, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. pekaleshows.com Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 2.
Massapequa Fall Festival
Friends. Yes. Relatives. Yes. Arts and crafts. Of course! Come peruse the endless knickknacks, converse with the vendors, purchase homemade artwork, and most importantly, celebrate! Massapequa train station, Sunrise Highway, Massapequa. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 8, 9.