Festive Things to do in the Hudson Valley this Fall Season

Posted by: Laurie

The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and the nights are getting longer. Can you feel that festive fall spirit in the air? If your family is anything like mine, then you’re always looking for something to do during this spectacular season that will provide some great fall family fun but that won’t hit your wallet too hard. Below are some local, low cost, fun autumn festivities that are sure to keep your family busy and enhance that fun spirited fall feeling!

September:
• September 19th and 20th: 4 acre cornfield card in the shape of Henry Hudson’s ship, “The Half Moon” at Hurd’s Family Farm. See if you can find the hidden treasure with the help of a map and clues. Enjoy the challenge of locating all the puzzle pieces at each interactive Treasure Post. Also, hayrides and barrel Cow train rides. Enjoy the apple launchers, kids corral, eco-trail and much more! $10.00 per guest gets you all activities. Festivities begin at 10 am; New Paltz area. (845) 883-7825 or www.hurdsfamilyfarm.com
• September 26th: “Pooch- A Palooza”, hosted by K104.7 FM. An all day event that invites you to bring your pets (on a leash) to the Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Montgomery to mingle and celebrate as the guests of honor. (Rain Date Sept. 27th). 11am to 5 Pm; Free admission. Visit http://www.k104online.com for more details.
• September 26th: “Oktoberfest”. Music, dancing, food, vendors and more at Bear Mountain State Park. Festivities begin at 5 PM. Call (845) 786-2731 for more details.
• September 26th: Fall Foliage Event. Take part in the excitement of an old-fashioned fall festival with more than 100 vendors offering arts and crafts, jewelry, food, entertainment, and children’s activities. 9 am to 5 PM. Main Street, Highland Falls. For more information call (845) 446-4280.

October:
• October 3rd-4th, 10th-12th, 16th-18th, 22nd-25th, 28th- Nov. 1st: The “Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze”, Gaze upon jack-o-lanterns glowing in the night at Van Cortlandt Manor. More than 4,000 hand-carved illuminated jack-o-lanterns form an eerie but fun display on the grounds of this 18th century mansion. Call for hours and tickets; which must be purchased in advance. 525 S. Riverside Ave. Croton-on-Hudson (914) 631-8200 or www.hudsonvalley.org
• October 4th: Applefest; Route 94 in Downtown Warwick. Huge street festival with live music, food, arts & crafts vendors. Rain or Shine, 10am to 5 PM.
• October 11th: Annual Fall Foliage Festival, Front Street, Prot Jervis. Live entertainment, foods, craft and antique vendors and a car show. 10 am to 5 PM. Call (845) 856-2727 for more information.
• October 11th 1-8 PM; “Kingston Italian Festival”: Food, live music, fireworks and lots of fall family fun! Roundout Waterfront, Kingston. Call (845) 331-7517 for more information.
• October 17th-18th and 24th-25th: “The Headless Horseman rides again at Sleepy Hollow’s Philipsburg Manor”. Separate Halloween events for adults and kids… For the older crowd, the headless horseman rides again at “Legend Evenings” held at Sleepy Hollow’s Philipsburg Manor. For the younger crowd…”Legend Daytime”, which offers games, magic shows, music, food and a ghost story or two at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside in Tarrytown. Call for hours and tickets; which must be purchased in advance for Legend Evenings. (914) 631-8200 or  www.hudsonvalley.org
• October 23rd-25th: Haunted Halloween Evenings, 1010 Route 17M, Museum Village, Monroe. A “scary” hayride and old-fashioned scavenger hunt. Sunday 25th – “No Scare Sunday” with a games and a costume contest. Friday/Saturday- 6PM to 9PM. Sunday-11am to 4 PM. For more information call (845) 782-8247 or  www.museumvillage.org

November:
• November 22nd: Annual Rosendale International Pickle Festival, Community Center, Route 32, Rosendale. Contests, tastings of pickles from around the world. 10am to 5 PM. For more information call (845) 658-9649 or www.picklefest.com

December:
• December 5th-6th, 12th-13th, 19th 20th, (3 Weekends). “Wreath Fineries at the Shawangunk Wineries”; the Shawangunk Wine Trail’s Holiday Event. Receive a souvenir etched wine tasting glass and a handmade grapevine wreath at the first winery visited and then travel along the Wine Trail. Then, at each of the wineries receive a beautiful ornament to decorate your wreath along with tastings of special holiday foods and wines. This is a self guided tour and tickets need to be purchased in advance. Event hours 10am to 6pm each day. A single ticket prices is$35 plus tax, and includes one glass, one wreath, one ornament. Couples ticket is $55 plus tax and includes two glasses, one wreath, one ornament To order tickets by phone call the automated ticket hotline 888-241-0769 or visit www.shawangunk-wine-trail.ticketleap.com

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