Pumpkin picking is a mainstay at Long Island fall festivals (Photo by Jim Pennucci)

‘Tis the season for heading to the farms for hayrides, fresh food, and celebrations of all things autumn. For those who prefer their locally grown fruits and veggies in liquid form, the North Fork wineries and craft breweries’ Oktoberfests are also in full swing starting this month.

But like the colorful fall foliage, the season will be gone before you know it, so mark your calendars and don’t let the autumnal awesomeness pass you by without at least scoring some of those sweet homemade apple cider donuts.

BROOKHAVEN COUNTRY FAIR
Historic re-enactments, food, music, crafts, children’s activities, Tesla Museum, pet shows, and more. Longwood Estate, Corner of Longwood Road and Smith Road, Ridge. $5. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7, 8.

MERRICK STREET FAIR
Carnival rides, food, music, and crafts. Sunrise Highway, Merrick, merrickchamber.org 6-10 p.m. Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7, 8.

VILLAGE DAY FALL FESTIVAL
Outdoor activities for children of all ages, including a petting zoo, hayrides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, a Green Grocer market, and refreshments. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, sandspointconservancy.org $15-$25. 12-4 p.m. Sept. 8.

FRANKLIN SQUARE FALL STREET FAIR
Vendors craft and gift vendors, foods and drinks, and a classic car show. Scherer Boulevard, Franklin Square, eventbrite.com 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 14.

APPLE FESTIVAL
Don’t miss two fun-filled days of apple activities for the whole family! Harbes Orchard, 5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead, harbesfamilyfarm.com 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sept. 14, 15.

GARLIC FEST
A day-long festival dedicated to everyone’ favorite ingredient and vampire repellant. Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market. 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead. gardenofevefarm.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 14, 15.

HICKS NURSERY FALL FESTIVAL
Otto the ghost greets children with his not-so-spooky smile, and families can enjoy all of the hayrides, games, and fall food available. Hicks Nursery. $20 per person. 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury, hicksnurseries.com Sept. 14-Oct. 27. 

FINK’S COUNTRY FARM FALL FESTIVAL
Spend your fall weekends at Fink’s Farm with a corn maze, hayrides, kiddie train rides and more. Ages 3-16 $17, Ages 17 and up $15. 6242 Middle Country Rd., Wading River. Finksfarm.com Weekends only, 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sept. 14- Oct. 27.

SYOSSET-WOODBURY STREET FAIR
Food trucks, live music, bounce houses, and more. Jackson Avenue, Syosset, nassaucountycraftshows.com Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15.

BELLMORE STREET FAIR
Carnival, crafts, music, and more. Sunrise Highway, Bellmore, bellmorechamber.com 6-9 p.m. Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 21.

LEVITTOWN FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL
Vendors, crafts, and more. St. Bernard’s School Gym, 3100 Bernard’s School Gym, levittownchamber.com 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21.

GARDEN CITY STREET FAIR
Food trucks, bounce houses, and more. Seventh Street, Garden City, nassaucountycraftshows.com 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21.

MINEOLA STREET FAIR
Food trucks, live music, bounce houses, and more. Jericho Tunpike, Mineole, nassaucountycraftshows.com Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 22.

WHITE POST FARMS FALL FEST
Kids will love the pumpkin painting, sing-a-long hayrides, bounce ‘n slides, the famous animal farm of White Post Farms and so much more. $22.10. 250 Old Country Rd., Melville. whitepostfarms.com 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sept. 21- Oct. 27.

PICKLEFEST
Crafts, music, Lollipop Farms train rides, and of course, loads of pickles. John Gardiner Farm, 900 Park Ave., Huntington, greenlawncenterporthistorical.org 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21.

EAST WIND FALL FESTIVAL
Beautiful and elegant, East Wind is hosting its Fall Festival weekends! Enjoy pumpkin picking, great shopping, and fun for kids.  The Shoppes at East Wind. 5720 NY-25A, Wading River, eastwindlongisland.com 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21, 22, 28, 29. 

39TH ANNUAL FAMILY FESTIVAL BY THE SEA
Give summer one last sendoff with amusement rides, craft vendors, a petting zoo, boardwalk games and live music featuring tributes to Journey and The Beatles. Lido Beach Town Park. 630 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. hempsteadny.gov 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sept. 21-22.

30th ANNUAL EAST END MARITIME FEST
Join the 30th annual celebration of local maritime heritage with live music, boat exhibits, food, drinks and more. East End Seaport Museum, 103 3rd St., Greenport. eastendseaport.org Sept. 21, 22

FAMILY FESTIVAL BY THE SEA
Say goodbye to summer and welcome the fall season at the beach with live music, amusement rides, a petting zoo and boardwalk games and more. $15. Lido Beach Town Park, Lido Beach.  hempsteadny.gov 4-10 p.m Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 23. 

2019 LONG ISLAND FAIR
A variety of performers and demonstrators will provide traditional entertainment including musicians, jugglers, contra dancing and craft demonstrations. There will also be a thousands of exhibits entering to compete for blue ribbons in different categories such as culinary, horticulture, livestock, needlework and hobbies. $15. 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, lifair.org Sept. 21, 22, 28, 29.

LONG ISLAND HOP FESTIVAL
This celebration will offer a sampling of locally and nationally beers, with IPAs, NEIPAs, Imperial IPAs, DIPAs, etc. Several beers that are featured will be brewed in small batches for this event specifically. $12-$45. Jamesport Farm Brewery, 5873 Sound Ave., Riverhead. eventbrite.com 12:30- 4 p.m. Sept. 21.

WEST ISLIP COUNTRY FAIR
Craft vendors and live music and dancing for the whole family at this fair! Free. West Islip Public Library, West Islip. Westislipcountryfair.org 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 22

SEAFORD FALL HARVEST FAIR
Join the anniversary celebration marking the 376 years of the Seaford Historical Society with a pumpkin patch, contests, food and plenty of activities and live entertainment for kids. Free. 3890 Waverly Ave. Seaford, seafordhistoricalsociety.org 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sept. 22.

WEST HEMPSTEAD FALL STREET FAIR
Featuring live music, inflatable rides, a huge Craft Fair and an extensive food court, all stretching on for a half-mile. Nassau Blvd. at Hall’s Pond. West Hempstead. Free. lifairs.com 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 22.

FALL INTO FUN CARNIVAL
Join Heritage Trust at their fall festival with rides, games and food. Free. 633 Mount Sinai-Coram Rd., Mt. Sinai. Msheritagetrust.org 6-10 p.m. Sept. 26, 6-11 p.m. Sept. 27, 12- 11 p.m. Sept. 28, 12- 7 p.m. Sept. 29.

FISH HATCHERY FALL FESTIVAL
A fun fall fundraiser for children and families of all ages! A petting zoo, bouncy rides, and food makes it a wonderful time for all. Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, 1660 Route 25A Cold Spring Harbor, cshfishhatchery.org $5-$7. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 28. 

VALLEY STREAM COMMUNITY FEST
A celebration of the uniqueness of Valley Stream through its culture, visual and performing arts, food, service organizations, and activities geared to families. Rockaway Avenue, Valley Stream, vscommunityfest.com 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28.

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Come celebrate the grand seasonal opening of our Barnyard Pumpkin Patch during our 30th Anniversary Season! Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Avenue, Mattituck, harbesfamilyfarm.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 28, 29.

WILDWOOD FALL FESTIVAL
The whole family will enjoy a variety of vendors, live entertainment, refreshments and plenty of activities for children. All the activities are free and include wagon rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, build a scarecrow contest and more. Free. Wildwood State Park, 790 Hulse Landing Rd., Wading River. Parks.ny.gov 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sept. 28.

GREAT SOUTH BAY SEAFEST
This is the post-race party for the Great South Bay Run. Enjoy the sun and seafood while it lasts, featuring children’s attractions, flyboarding, craft food vendors, live music and an appearance from the Long Island Aquarium Shark Truck. Bay Shore Marina, South Clinton Ave., Bay Shore, runsignup.com 12-6 p.m. Sept. 28.

APPLE FESTIVAL
This celebration includes live music, tug-o-war, cooking demonstrations, hayrides and pony rides. $5 children, seniors, $7 adults. Sherwood-Jayne Farm 55 Old Post Rd. Setauket. preservationlongisland.org 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29.

MALVERNE FALL FESTIVAL
Magnificent Craft Fair of 80+ vendors, truly fantastic Live Entertainment, Terrific Inflatable Kids Rides (including our Rollicking Mechanical Bull and Towering Rock Wall), an Autumn Pumpkin Patch, a Chili Cook Off, Dance & Martial Arts Demonstrations, and much, much more! Free. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sept. 29.

FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL
Food, games, beer, prizes, local vendors, and more! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, thetheatreatwestbury.com $5. 3 p.m. Oct. 5.

PUMPKINFEST
Wagon rides, music, corn maze, crafts, food, pony rides, and more. Suffolk County Farm, 350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank. $12. ccesuffolk.org $12. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5, 6.

AMITYVILLE APPLE FESTIVAL
Fresh picked New York apples with delicious apple pies, turnovers and donuts. There are also craft vendors, music and entertainment at this fall celebration. Free. 140 Park Ave., Amityville. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 6.

PLAINVIEW-OLD BETHPAGE FALL FESTIVAL
Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce’s biggest annual event, the fall festival features art, craft making, vendors and more at this countywide celebration. 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview. Free. pobcoc.com 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 6.

FALL FESTIVAL AND “MOURNING AT THE MANOR”
Celebrate fall through the lens of post-Colonial Long Island at Sagtikos Manor. Guests will experience a mock Victorian wake and craft demonstrations such as spinning, broom weaving, sheep-shearing, quilting, leatherworking, metalsmithing, cooking, pottery and even beekeeping as the 3rd NY regiment is on hand to perform maneuvers and demonstrate life for a soldier almost 2 centuries ago. Sagtikos Manor. 677 Montauk Hwy., Bay Shore. $10. sagtikosmanor.org. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 6.

LONG ISLAND FALL FESTIVAL
Put together by the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, this event will include live music, two international food courts and three stages of live entertainment! $30. Heckscher Park, 11 Prime Ave., Hutington. 5- 9.m. Oct. 11, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Oct. 14.

OYSTERFEST! 2019
This bonanza tribute to the bivalve features live entertainment, pirate shows, kids activities and food and beer vendors. Westhampton Beach Marina. 1 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach. $5 per person, $25 per family. 12-5:30 p.m. Oct. 12.

MONTAUK FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL
The much-loved clam chowder contest makes its way to Montauk on the Green, along with street painting, sand art, Oktoberfest-style food and drink, a 30-horse carousel and raffles. The Montauk Green. 742 Montauk Hwy., Montauk. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12, 13.

RIVERHEAD COUNTRY FAIR
Kick off Columbus Day in style with 100,000 square feet of everything fall, from agricultural, homemaking and needlecraft competitions to food vendors, live music and craft goods. Main St., Riverhead. Free. riverheadcountryfair.com Oct. 13.

HUNTINGTON APPLE FESTIVAL
Celebrate autumn with games, activities, demonstrations, children’s activities, crafts, music and of course, tons of apple treats. Free. Dr. Daniel Kissam House, 434 Park Ave., Huntington. 12- 4 p.m. Oct. 13.

SAYVILLE APPLE FESTIVAL
At the Islip Grange you’ll be entertained for hours with pony rides, a carousel, petting zoo and a cooking contest featuring, you guessed it, apples! $19.95- $34.95. Islip Grange, 10 Broadway Ave., Sayville. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Oct. 19.

2019 FALL FAIR
Enjoy the day while strolling along Main Street, with plenty of vendors. Free. Main Street, Center Moriches, moricheschamber.org 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Oct. 19.

FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL & STREET FAIR
Take to the streets and show your fall spirit at this block party featuring balloon animals, a petting zoo, parades, inflatable rides for children and more. Fire Island Ave., Babylon. Free. babylonvillagechamberofcommerce.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 19.

ROCK HALL 33RD ANNUAL COUNTRY FAIR
Colonial historians, harvest market, craft vendors, and antique cars, farm animals and pony rides, children’s craft area, pumpkin patch and Make Your Own Scarecrow. Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence, friendsofrockhall.org 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19, 20.

OYSTERFEST
The second largest annual event on Long Island and one of the largest oyster fests on the East Coast. Theodore Roosevelt Park, Oyster Bay, theoysterfestival.org 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 19, 20.

-Compiled by Julia Moro and Bernadette Kilkelly

 

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