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Autumn is rapidly approaching, and that means it’s time for fall festivals.

Whether you go all in and participate in an apple pie-baking contest, or simply walk around, feeling the crunch of leaves under your feet and the cool breeze on your cheeks, these large events will put you right in the autumn spirit.

So let the fall fun begin — here are 13 festivals in September and October on Long Island.

LONG ISLAND FAIR AT OLD BETHPAGE RESTORATION

The Long Island Fair has celebrated the region’s agriculture for 179 years by exhibiting local produce and livestock and holding exhibitor competitions. This long-standing tradition also offers fun for the whole family. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. $10-$20. lifair.org 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 3-5.

FINK’S FARM FALL FESTIVAL

Watch out for this festival’s corn cannon and pumpkin slingshot. The farm is getting creative with loads of attractions, including character appearances, a human hamster wheel, live music, animals, pony rides, and pumpkin picking. Fink’s Country Farm, 6242 Middle Country Rd., Wading River. Price TBD. finksfarm.com 10 a.m. weekends Sept. 11-Oct. 31.

FIDDLE AND FOLK FESTIVAL

How about a day of live music at Benner’s Farm? Dozens of musicians will perform on various outdoor stages at this 9th annual festival. There will also be kids’ play areas at the event. Benner’s Farm, 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., East Setauket. Advance tickets $10-$22. fiddleandfolk.com Noon-8 p.m. Sept. 12.

EAST END MARITIME FESTIVAL

This seaside affair offers a weekend packed with activities, including a Saturday morning parade, sailing tours, kayaking races, a treasure chest game and story time for kids, snapper and chowder contests, music and dancing, a beer cruise, and more at various locations along the Greenport waterfront. Front Street, between 3rd and Main Street, Greenport. eastendseaport.org 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 18-19.

THE DEES’ ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL

Dees’ Nursery & Florist will have farm animals, pony rides, a spooky walk, pumpkin picking and painting, and more. Dee’s Nursery, 69 Atlantic Ave., Oceanside. $8.99 per person up to 6 people, then $1 per person. deesnursery.com 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends Sept. 18-Oct. 30.

WHITE POST FARMS FALL FESTIVAL

Enjoy admission to White Post Farms, plus pumpkin picking and painting, dog shows, puppet shows, magic shows, sing-a-long hayrides, petting zoos, and more. White Post Farms, 250 Old Country Rd., Melville. $32.95 per person. whitepostfarms.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends Sept. 18-Oct. 3 & 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends Oct. 9-24. Gates close at 4 p.m.

LONGWOOD FAIR AND APPLE PIE CONTEST

Head to the Longwood Estate for historical reenactments and demonstrations, kids’ activities, craft vendors, house tours, and more. In addition, Preservation Long Island will host its apple pie-baking contest at the fair. Longwood Estate, Longwood Road and Smith Rd., Ridge. $5 per person. brookhavenny.gov and preservationlongisland.org/apple-pie-contest 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 25-26.

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TOWN OF BABYLON FALL FESTIVAL

The Town of Babylon’s annual fall festival will have a pumpkin patch, inflatable rides, a hay ride, and more. Phelps Lane Park, 151 Phelps Lane, North Babylon. Free to all residents. townofbabylon.com Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 2.

LONG ISLAND FALL FESTIVAL

A world-class carnival with three stages of live entertainment, 300 vendors, and a beer and wine pavilion graces Huntington. Heckscher Park, NY-25A & Prime Ave., Huntington. Free admission. biz.huntingtonchamber.com 5-10 p.m. Oct. 8, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 9-10 & 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11.

RIVERHEAD COUNTRY FAIR

Enjoy live music, craft vendors, and more at the Riverhead Country Fair. Free admission. See website for driving directions and exact location: riverheadcountryfair.com 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10.

BABYLON VILLAGE HARVEST FEST

The Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce hosts fun fall activities throughout the village. Visit the website for more information: babylonchamber.com Oct. 16-17.

MORICHES CHAMBER FALL FAIR

This street fair will feature food, vendors, competitions, prizes, and more. Main Street, Center Moriches. Free to attend. moricheschamber.org 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 17.

FRIENDS OF ROCK HALL COUNTRY FAIR

Join the Rock Hall Museum and Town of Hempstead for their 35th Annual Country Fair. There will be live entertainment, colonial historians, a pumpkin patch, make-your-own-scarecrow crafts, craft and food vendors, an animal farm, pony rides, and more. The museum will be open to visitors. Free to attend. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Rock Hall Museum. 199 Broadway, Lawrence. friendsofrockhall.org 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 23-24.

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