Long Islanders so love their fall harvest festivals that annual events celebrating everything from pickles to hops normally kick off right after Labor Day, weeks before the autumn equinox.
Of course, the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in many such festivities being canceled this season. But some East End farms that host their own fall festivals have fairs still scheduled as of this post.
Social distancing and mask rules apply.
17th Annual Garlic Festival
An event celebrating an essential cooking ingredient, with garlic-inspired foods, crafts, music, hayrides, and a farm animal area. Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead, gardenofevefarm.com $5-$10. 10-6 p.m. Sept. 12-13, 19-20. Tickets $5 before 12 p.m.
Hicks Nurseries Fall Activities
Although the usual hayrides and games will be cancelled, Otto the friendly ghost will be available for pictures and an animated walk-through story featuring Otto will run through the fall. Fall-themed foods will be available to-go. Nicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Tpke,, Westbury, hicksnurseries.com Free. Sept. 12-Nov. 1.
Fink’s Country Farm Fall Festival
This family farm offers hayrides, a corn maze, a U-pick pumpkin patch, train rides, and more activities perfect for kids. 6242 Middle Country Rd., Wading River. finksfarm.com $15-$17. 9:30-5:30 p.m. weekends and Columbus Day, Sept. 12-Nov. 1.
The grand opening of the Barnyard Pumpkin Patch will feature live music. Families can also visit Harbes Barnyard Adventure, which includes a hayride tour, pig races, farm animals, a sports zone, and more. Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck, harbesfamilyfarm.com $5. 10-6 p.m. Sep. 27-29.
Village Day Fall Festival
Admission includes parking and entrance to a petting zoo, hayrides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, and a Green Grocer market. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, sandspointpreserveconservancy.org $15-25. 12-4 p.m. Oct. 4. Rain date: Oct. 11.
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