Thank goodness Columbus Day weekend is three days—you’ll need every minute to soak up the tons of fun we’ve identified for Westchester and Hudson Valley families!
For starters, the headliner of the holiday weekend is the Eastchester Columbus Day Carnival and Parade, featuring a big carnival, a parade, meatball contest, fireworks, and more.
There are all the big Halloween events recurring each weekend throughout October. Other seasonal fun can be had at the Pumpkin Picking Autumn Celebration (or pick your pumpkin at any of the other destinations we’ve rounded up), as well as a few of the fall festivals we’ve rounded up, such as Heritage Applefest.
While supporting a charitable cause for kids, get loads in return at Heroes for a Cure Carnival and Fall Festival, including hot-air balloon rides, helicopter rides, and extensive fun over the four-day event. The Yorktown Festival & Street Fair is a similar affair in terms of diverse sources of family fun.
If you’re hoping for the return of Croton Comic Con, you’ll have to wait till next year, we’re told.
Read on for all our top weekend picks—but don’t stop there! We’ve got fun happening all month long, so visit our Event Calendar, consult our guide for scenic autumn drives, and check out our October GoList for our hot-off-the-press top picks!