The 10 Best Fall Festivals in New York!

Festivals are the happiest of fall activities—they’re parties we look forward to year-round. In New York, just as we do with most things, we do festivals big and the right way. From celebrations for jack o’lanterns, to balloon festivals, to massive feasts, the Empire State is home to some of the best fall events around. Eat, drink, party, and sightsee to your heart’s content at these fun fall festivals in New York! 

1. Adirondack Balloon Festival, Glens Falls and Queensbury, NY

Hundreds of colorful hot-air balloons will dot the sky over this free four-day event, which attracts crowds of around 150,000 people. The festival is family-friendly and features food, fun, and live music.

2. Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

This popular pumpkin-art festival features thousands of jack o‘lanterns arranged in impressive, large-scale designs like tunnels, the Statue of Liberty, or the “Pumpkin Zee Bridge.” Buy tickets early because this festival sells out fast!

3. The Oyster Festival, Oyster Bay, NY

Since 1983, this waterfront event has drawn hundreds of thousands of people seeking food and fun. The famous oyster festival hosts an annual shucking and eating contest, along with arts and crafts, live entertainment, and activities.

4. Queens County Fair at Queens County Farm Museum, Floral, NY

Looking for an old-fashioned county fair in New York City? The enormous Queens County Fair will make you feel transported to the countryside, with blue-ribbon livestock competitions, pie-eating contests, corn husking, and an array of other cherished pastimes. 

5. Feast of San Gennaro, New York, NY

Taking place every year in Little Italy, this religious festival attracts revelers from every creed to witness its colorful parades, delicious food (including a world-famous cannoli-eating competition), and carnival activities.

6. Ithaca Apple Festival, Ithaca, NY

A three-day fall festival, Ithaca Apple Festival takes over the downtown area with food vendors, local farm products, crafts, live music, and games. It hosts around 30,000 people every year.

7. Oktoberfest, Hunter Mountain, NY

This Catskills ski mountain pays homage to Germany each fall with a multi-weekend Oktoberfest celebration. The family-friendly festival features live music, games, German food, and, of course, a lot of beer.

8. National Buffalo Wing Festival, Buffalo, NY

Celebrate Buffalo wings in the city where they were invented. Buffalo’s Coca-Cola Field hosts wing-eating contests, sauce contests, and live music, and even a “Miss Buffalo Wing” competition.

9. New York Renaissance Faire, Tuxedo Park, NY

Get transported to another time at New York’s Renaissance Faire, which runs every Saturday and Sunday for two months each year. Visitors enjoy live shows like jousting, fun games, food, and souvenirs.

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