Fall Festivals & Fall Fairs For Long Island Kids

Greek Festival, Oyster Festival, Valley Stream Community Fest, Fish Hatchery Festival

It’s fall festival time. It's time to paint pumpkins, feast on apples and roasted corn, drink cider, jump on bouncers, ride on carnival rides, and stock up on handmade crafts. All across Long Island, communities are celebrating the abundant harvest from local farms. There are festivals taking place until Halloween. Here is a roundup of the fairs and festivals that we found.

 

Greek Festival
St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church
1 Shrine Place
Greenlawn, NY 11740
631-261-7272
September 19-22, 2013
Featuring rides and games for all ages, dancing, music, and of course delicious Greek food to eat.

Fall Farm Festival
White Post Farm
250 Old Country Road
Melville, NY 11747
631-351-9373
2013 dates: September 21, 22, 28, 29. October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
White Post Farms is a commercial farm stand and entertainment complex that hosts fall festivals. Admission to the festival includes unlimited use of bouncers and slides, unlimited sing-a-longs, hay rides, a huge playground, a play in the hay area, an indoor aviary, the Boom Kaboom game, a comedy review, magic show, and access to a huge patch of pumpkins. There is also food for sale including roasted corn and pies.

Annual Fall Fair
United Methodist Church of Huntington & Cold Spring Harbor
180 West Neck Road
Huntington, NY 11743
631-427-0326
September 22, 2013
Enjoy children’s games and bouncers, pony rides, tag sale, plant sale, craft sale, and a farmers’ market.

Valley Stream Community Fest
Downtown Valley Stream
Rockaway Avenue, between Sunrise Highway & Merrick Road
Valley Stream, NY 11581
September 28, 2013
Featuring visual and performing arts, food, service organizations, and family friendly activities.

Fall Fair
Episcopal Church of St. Margaret
1000 Washington Avenue
Plainview, NY 11803
516-692-5268
September 28, 2013
Featuring crafts, flea market, games for kids, face painting, baked goods, and raffle gift baskets.

Fish Hatchery Festival
Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
1660 Route 25A
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
516-692-6768
September 28, 2013
Featuring live animals and games. Local environmental and conservation groups present educational materials and activities. Children 12 years of age and younger get to experience trout fishing. While there, enjoy some refreshments.

Lake Ronkonkoma Fall Festival
Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park
Lake Shore Road
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
September 28, 2013
This lakeside festival features food, vendors, activities for kids, crafts, entertainment, and fishing.

Harvest Day Fair
Southampton Historical Museum
17 Meeting House Lane
Southampton, NY 11968
631-283-2494
September 28, 2013
Featuring costumed trade and craft people demonstrating decoy carving, beekeeping, blacksmithing, candle making, and basketry. Also featuring a Civil War militia reenactment troop making camp, parading, and rifle shooting.

Annual Long Island Apple Festival
Sherwood Jayne House
55 Old Post Road
East Setauket, NY 11733
631-692-4664
September 29, 2013
Enjoy hay wagon rides, face painting, apple relay races, games, crafts, colonial campfire cooking demos, traditional and folk music, and an apple pie baking contest.

Arts Below Sunrise
Closed section of Broadway
Between Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library in Hewlett & Irving Place in Woodmere
516-581-2818
September 29, 2013
This festival features live music, artists, dancers, demonstrations, and craft and food vendors.

Apple Fest
Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School
140 Park Avenue 
Amityville, NY 11701
516-241-8921
October 5, 2013
This fair features tons of apples from Upstate New York. Purchase apples by the bagful, along with cider, pies, and donuts. The fair also features live entertainment, a sidewalk sale, and activities for children.

Pumpkin Fest
Suffolk County Farm and Education Center
350 Yaphank Avenue
Yaphank, NY 11980
631-852-4600
October 5-6, 2013
This two day event hosted by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County includes a corn maze, wagon and pony rides, carnival games, pumpkin picking and painting, craft activities, a petting zoo, and plenty of music, craft vendors, and food.

Fall Festival
Sagtikos Manor
Montauk Highway & Manor Lane
West Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-854-0939
October 6, 2013
Sagtikos Manor's history dates back to 1692 and is well worth the visit. The festival features children’s crafts, games, petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin painting, colonial crafters, and house tours.

Long Island Fall Festival
Heckscher Park
2 Prime Avenue & Route 25A
Huntington, NY 11743
631-423-6100
October 11-14, 2013
This gigantic fall festival is one of the largest in the Northeast. It includes a carnival, four entertainment stages, hundreds of arts and crafts vendors, international food courts, a beer and wine tent, and a farmer's market. There are many activities for children, including a Home Depot workshop. A round trip shuttle is available from the Huntington LIRR Station at New York Avenue and Broadway to Heckscher Park.

Fall Harvest Festival
Mill Neck Manor
40 Frost Mill Road
Mill Neck, NY 11765
516-628-4231
October 12-13, 2013
Mill Neck Manor is a historic Gold Coast estate and the grounds make a lovely setting for this event. There is a special children’s area with face painting, pumpkin carving, and games. For grownups there is a cheese house selling homemade cheeses, and a country store with fresh baked goods, meat, and bacon products. There's also a farmer's market and a craft sale.

Riverhead Country Fair
Downtown Riverhead
Main Street along Peconic River
Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-1215
October 13, 2013
This large festival provides a full day of family entertainment. Featuring a midway carnival, tractor rides and tractor pulls, agricultural displays, a vegetable decorating contest, farm animals, pony rides, farmer's market, live entertainment, and over 450 craft vendors. Also featuring agricultural, homemaking, and needlecraft competitions.

Fall Festival
St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church
90 Edgewater Avenue
Smithtown, NY 11787
631-265-4520
October 19, 2013
Featuring a children’s area with games and activities, bake sale, raffles, and an arts and crafts show. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Smithtown Emergency Food Pantry.

The Oyster Festival
Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park
West End Avenue
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
516-628-1625
October 19-20, 2013
This large festival is on the waterfront in downtown Oyster Bay. Featuring a midway carnival, Tall Ships, pirate shows, music, a sizeable arts and crafts fair, and of course, oysters. The oyster eating contest is especially entertaining. A visit to the Railroad Museum right in the midst of the fair is also fun.

Originally published on 9/7/12. Updated by Jill Wolfson on 9/18/13.

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