A Whole New Crop of Fun Ideas for Fall!

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Fall in the Hudson Valley isn’t just memorable--it’s magnificent, even magical. Reap the benefits of the season with one or more of these autumn affairs designed to please the whole family.

1. Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst | Westchester County

Come shop for one-of-a-kind gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, weddings, or just for yourself! Find handmade original fashions, accessories, and jewelry; functional and sculptural works in ceramics, glass, metal, fiber, wood, and mixed media; and fine art painting, printmaking, drawing, and photography.


2. New York State Sheep and Wool Festival | Dutchess County

Happening at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY on October 15th-16th—the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival has something for everyone! The Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association's annual festival features workshops on weaving, knitting and basket-making, along with kids’ activities and an equipment auction. Don’t miss the Black and White Sheep Show!


3. Barton Orchards | Dutchess County

Located in Poughquag, NY—Barton Orchards is a 175-acre apple orchard and vegetable farm that has been in the Barton family for over 40 years. The premier pick-your-own farm in the Hudson Valley, it’s the perfect place to build traditions. Stop by the Ice Cream Stand for an Apple Cider Donut Sundae or visit the farm animals, dog park and playgrounds. There’s also a great selection of local craft beer, wine and cider at the Tap Room. Check out the events calendar for festivals and updates!


4. Heritage Applefest at Boscobel House & Gardens | Putnam County

On October 2nd, celebrate Hudson Valley harvests with cider pressing, apple preserving, and sweet cider sampling! Hudson River Valley artists and artisans will add to the day. Also, expect games from the 1800s—including jump roping, graces, and ball-n-cup, along with crafts from that period. At the time of Boscobel’s construction in the early 1800s, the apple was America’s most important fruit, with thousands of varieties for cider and sustenance. Today, Boscobel’s Apple Orchard features several of those heirloom varieties along with newer ones, all of which are prized.


5. Salinger’s Orchard | Putnam County

Established in 1901, Salinger's Orchards is farmed by the fourth generation Tim Salinger. It’s dedicated to growing eighteen varieties of quality apples as well as peaches, pears, nectarines, plums, cherries, and other seasonal crops. Fall is a great time to shop Salinger's for fresh pies, raw, local honey fresh produce, baked goods, candies, gluten-free items, pastries, and more!


6. 32nd Annual Applefest in Warwick | Orange County

Applefest began in 1989 as a simple harvest celebration. Now 30,000 visitors attend the one-day event—happening October 2nd this year—to experience the extraordinary variety of Warwick’s apples, culture, and entertainment. Produced by the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce, the festival is FREE and located in the Village of Warwick, NY.  Check the Facebook page for more info.


7. Windham's 27th Annual Autumn Affair | Greene County

Come celebrate the fall foliage in beautiful Windham, NY, happening Columbus Day weekend—October 8th-9th! More than fifty vendors will line both sides of Main Street with local crafts, and food specials in addition to the local sidewalk sales.  Live music will fill the autumn air on both days from 1pm-5pm. Grab the family and come enjoy the festivities!


8. Colors in the Catskills Fall Festival at Hunter Mountain | Greene County

Exciting things are happening at Hunter the first three weekends of October! Surrounded by the beauty of the fall foliage of the Great Northern Catskills, experience live entertainment, delicious food, and good beer. This modern celebration of the harvest features numerous vendors, a DJ, the Sam Adams Stage and tent, and live bands. The scenic skyride will be open, weather permitting, with ticket purchase. There are no VIP packages for this event.


9. Hudson Valley Garlic Festival | Ulster County

Garlic farmers, garlic food, crafters and live music! What could be better? Come check it out on October 1st-2nd. Rain or shine. No pets, please. Located at Cantine Field, Washington Avenue Extension, Saugerties, NY. Phone: 845-246-3090.


10. Windy Hill Orchard - East Fall Day Out | Rensselaer County

Every weekend from September 10th through October 30th, come enjoy U-Pick-Apples, live music, hayrides, unique craft vendors, food trucks, local farm products and fresh baked goods! Adults will also appreciate the new Hard Cider Bar.


11. Liberty Ridge Farm Fall Festival | Rensselaer County

From October 13th to October 16th, this annual Fall Festival will feature over 30 hands-on attractions, live shows, opportunities to interact with the animals, face painting, balloon art, magic shows and much, much more!



With chillier days right around the corner, you might want to check out Winter Getaways That Delight. It’s never too soon to start planning your next Hudson Valley adventure!

To see upcoming events, check out our Event Calendar.