Fall Activities

Best Fall Fairs and Festivals for NJ Families in September

As the carefree days of summer draw to a close, New Jersey families can look forward to plenty of fall fairs and festivals in the Garden State in September. Explore nature at the NJ Wild Outdoor Expo, chow down on delicious seafood at the Atlantic City Seafood Festival, or listen to some exciting tales at the NJ Storytelling Festival. Plus, get a taste of fall at local fairs in Fanwood, Hopewell, Westfield, and Parsippany.

Check out the 30+ awesome festivals below, and visit our Events Calendar for more fabulous fall ideas! And sign up for our FREE newsletters to get the best local events and reviews delivered right to your inbox.

Fall Festivals in Westchester and the Hudson Valley: Apples, Pumpkins, Cider

Usher in autumn in Westchester and the Hudson Valley with a host of family-friendly fall festivals and fairs. The area's harvest celebrations are packed with seasonal appeal for kids, including pumpkin fun, hayrides, scarecrows, doughnuts, apples, games, and more.

We've rounded up details on the best upcoming fall festivals in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, several of which made our September GoList. And be sure to consult our guide to the best places for apple picking, many of which include festival-like added attractions.

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Fall Festivals and Fairs for Boston Kids and Families

Crisp morning air, ripe apples, and school bells...all signs it's time for fall festivals and fairs in and around Boston! There are so many autumnal celebrations across Massachusetts that it can be hard to know which ones are good for families. We took the guesswork out of it by narrowing the field down to our favorites. You’ll find good food, fun activities, music, performances, and much more at these fall festivals in Boston which—like so many awesome happenings in our Fall Fun Guide—are perfect for both parents and kids.

Fall Festivals and Fairs in Connecticut for Kids and Families

Fall is an amazing time to be in Connecticut, with kid-friendly fairs and festivals happening nearly every weekend to celebrate autumn in the Nutmeg State. Whether you and your kids are keen to commemorate the apple harvest, pumpkin season, music, or more, there's a festival or fair that's sure to make for a memorable afternoon in the crisp fall air with your family. Most of these have free admission, but charge small fees for specific rides or activities so you'll want to confirm that before heading out. Check out our complete Fall Fun Guide, too, for more ideas on how to enjoy the season!

Where To Go Apple Picking with Kids in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

Apple picking season is here! I used to look forward to apple picking every year as a child, and now I have just as much fun watching my little ones run through the orchards—not to mention the fresh-pressed apple cider and hot, delicious cider doughnuts! Many Westchester and Hudson Valley farms also have family-friendly entertainment and activities including live music, corn mazes, and hayrides.

So get your apple recipes ready and read on for our top picks for apple picking with kids in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Remember to contact the farms before heading out. Many are family-owned and -operated, and hours may change with little or no notice.

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12 Best Apple Picking Orchards and Farms Near NYC

Starting just before Labor Day weekend and continuing through the fall, orchards around the tri-state area offer families the chance to pick their own apples. Many apple picking orchards also host cool kids' attractions, including hayrides, petting zoos with barnyard animals, bouncy houses, and corn mazes. Some even sell home-baked treats like apple cider donuts.

While there was a time when apple trees thrived in NYC (ever wonder how Orchard Street got its name?), city families today need to head out of town to pick their own fruit. There are plenty of wonderful apple orchards in the Hudson ValleyNew Jersey, Long Island, and Connecticut, although many are quite a long drive, and we know nothing derails a fun family outing like a stressful commute. So we've rounded up a dozen places to pick your own apples that are an hour or less from midtown Manhattan by car. A few are even accessible by train.

For other fun farm outings, check out our Pick-Your-Own Guide.

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