Fall Festivals are a Fun Way to Celebrate the Season

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Sad to see the summer come to an end? Why not keep the fun going by making plans to enjoy a fall festival! The Northeast is home to an array of autumn-inspired events! Enjoy everything from balloon and apple festivals to spooky jack o’ lantern displays.

Here are just a few of the fabulous options you and your family can choose from to celebrate the season. Before you go, make sure you check with the venue and/or get the latest updates on the state’s COVID guidelines.

And if you live in New Jersey or New York, consider leaving the driving to one of the area’s reliable and reputable limousine services. You can relax, take in the spectacular views, and travel safely there and back! 

Stowe, VT: 12th Annual Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival.

September 26, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The VTPC is rated the Best Fall Festival in the nation by USA Today. This Festival gives kids and adults a chance to build something together and compete. A cross between a shot-put contest and a Soap Box Derby, this unique event also features live music and a Chili Cook-off Contest. Visit the website for a complete rules and entry information.

Queensbury, NY: Adirondack Balloon Festival.

September 23-26. Bring your lawn chairs, cooler, and camera to make the most of this once-a-year spectacle in the sky. Admission and general parking are free (VIP parking passes are available) and you’ll have access to an onsite craft fair and food vendors. Now in its 49th year, the balloon festival attracts over 150,000 spectators – so expect traffic delays and plan accordingly, especially during peak hours (5 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

Ellicottville, NY: Ellicottville Fall Festival.

October 9-10. This annual weekend event takes place right when the surrounding hills of western New York are ablaze with color. The village turns into one big celebration. You’ll enjoy street vendors, arts and crafts, rides, and live entertainment, all while taking in the spectacular fall foliage.

Croton on Hudson, NY: The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze.

September 17-November 21. This one-of-a-kind event is not to be missed! Walk the grounds of Van Cortlandt Manor and discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns, complete with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack. New for 2021: the New York City skyline’s pumpkin treatment and a stroll under the sea in an immersive river display. Admission is by timed ticket sold only in advance – no tickets are available on site.

Biglerville, PA: National Apple Festival. 

October 2-3 and 9-10. Take a drive to the heart of Pennsylvania apple country (just 10 miles northwest of Gettysburg) and celebrate fall with handmade crafts, delicious food, entertainment – and plenty of apple treats, of course! Special attractions range from steam engine displays, orchard tours, and pony rides to tastings and craftsman demonstrations.

Bedford, PA: Bedford Fall Foliage Festival.

October 2-3 and 9-10. Nestled in the hills of central Pennsylvania, the historic town of Bedford plays host to this two-weekend event. Stroll the streets of downtown and explore arts and crafts from more than 400 vendors, take in an antique car parade, and enjoy live music. Be sure to check out the Kid’s Corner for family-friendly activities like crafting and scarecrow making.