Best Fall Festivals in NYC this Autumn for Families

Try your hand at corn husking and more analog entertainment during the Queens County Fair. Photo courtesy of the Queens County Farm Museum
Try your hand at corn husking and more analog entertainment during the Queens County Fair. Photo courtesy of the Queens County Farm Museum

Kick off autumn at one of the season's fun-filled (and mostly FREE) fall festivals in NYC. Top annual fall festival favorites include the Richmond County Fair and the annual Brooklyn Children's Book Fair. There are also some cool under-the-radar events you may not have heard of, including a sweet Honey Fest in Rockaway Beach and an Italian fair in the Bronx that is a lot less crowded than Little Italy's San Gennaro.

So, banish the back-to-school blues by hitting one (or more) of these family-friendly fall festivals in NYC, and find more fun on our curated list of the best things to do this September with kids.

As always, if an event piques your interest, click through to our listing for all the details, including addresses and times. And keep in mind: Really cool things to do with kids often book up quickly, so register or buy your tickets ASAP.

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Places featured in this article:


Pleasant Village Community Garden

Little Red Lighthouse (in Fort Washington Park)

Socrates Sculpture Park

Lewis H. Latimer House Museum
Illuminate the Farm
Queens County Farm Museum - 5:00 PM Pick
Holiday Tree Lighting
Southpoint Park - 6:00 PM Pick
Hendrick I. Lott House Tree Lighting
Hendrick I Lott House - Marine Park - 6:00 PM Pick
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights - various times Pick
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