The Ultimate Guide to NYC’s Fall Festivals


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Summer is over, but it’s not time to head indoors quite yet. With the arrival of fall comes harvest festivals and street fairs galore in New York City. Grab the family (and a sweater) and check out one of these great fall festivals in NYC.

photo: via NYC Unicycle Fest Facebook page 


NYC Unifest
This celebration of one-wheeled transport promises four days of “one wheel madness,” fun, and games. Mass rides happen on the Upper West Side and at Coney Island on 8/31 and 9/1. The fest’s main events take place on Governors Island on 9/2 & 3, with activities including races, competitions, exhibitions, and a variety of unicycle sports including basketball, hockey and sumo. For fans of extreme riding, the Hell on Wheel trials course challenges riders throughout the day. World-famous riders display their skills, and members of the public have the opportunity to try one-wheel riding. A DJ will provide the soundtrack to all the fin, too.

Free. Thurs., Aug 31 – Sun., Sep. 3, Various locations; main festival Governors Island.

Ferragosto tradition recognizes the end of the harvest season and to enjoy the fruits of those labors. It is celebrated annually in Bronx Little Italy the self-procliamed “Real” Little Italy. Families can take part in Italian culture and traditions and enjoy street performances, celebrity guests, great music, kid activities, food, and more.

Free. Sun., Sep. 10, 12-6 p.m., Arthur Ave. btwn Crescent Ave. and 187th St., Belmont.

Feast of San Gennaro
If you didn’t get your fill of Italian treats at Ferragosto this is an oldie but goodie. The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro is an 11-day festival that takes place in Manhattan’s Little Italy. This year it starts on September 14, and will include a celebration of Italian heritage, games, parades, live music, a cannoli-eating contest, and of course, food!

Free. Sept. 14-24, Sunday-Thursday, 11:30am-11pm; Friday-Saturday, 11:30-12am. Little Italy, Grand and Mott streets.

photo: Brooklyn Book Festival

Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Day
New York City’s largest literary event has its own day just for little bookworms.
Expect a day filled with beloved children’s book authors and illustrators, costumed literary characters, art projects with authors, workshops, yoga for children, music, readings and more. Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling authors and illustrators making appearances include: Alexandra Bracken, Maira Kalman, Eric Morse, George O’Connor, Jacqueline Woodson and musician Laurie Berkner, who will perform and read her book We Are the Dinosaurs. 

Free. Sep. 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Metrotech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn

photo: via New York City Transit Museum Facebook page/Marc A. Hermann

24th Annual Bus Festival
Step aboard more than a dozen buses from the vintage fleet, which represents more than 80 years of New York City surface transit history.

Free; $1 museum admission. Sun., Sept. 24, 11am-6pm. Atlantic Antic, Boerum Place between State Street and Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn Heights.

young girl at honey fest

photo: via Honey Fest Facebook page

NYC Honey Fest
Grab your honey’s and head on over to this sweet event. More than two dozen vendors will sample, sell, and share their bee- and honey-related products and services. There will also be activities for kids including face painting, arts and crafts, and educational workshops.

Free. Sat., Sep. 23 (rain date Sun., Sep. 24), 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Boardwalk 86th, Rockaway Beach

Queens County Farm fall festival

photo: Via Queens County Farm Facebook page

35th Annual Queens County Fair
This traditional county fair boasts blue ribbon competitions in produce, livestock, and arts and crafts. Plus pie eating and corn husking contests, carnival rides, midway games, live music, and food vendors. It’s a great way to get outside for some wholesome family fun.

$10; $5 for children 12 and younger. Sept. 23-24, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-6pm. 3-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park.

Summer on the Hudson: West Side County Fair
This annual fair offers carnival rides and games, live music, sideshow performers, aerialists, local food and merchandise vendors, cotton candy, and more. Plus, a Stop ‘N’ Swap with GrowNYC.

Free. Sun., September 10, 1-6 p.m. Pier I in Riverside Park South, West 70th Street and Riverside Park South.

photo: via African Film Festival Inc. Facebook page 

African Film Festival, Inc.’s 10th Annual Family Fun Day Celebration
Enjoy a day of free activities including storytelling, double-dutch, dance and drum, needlepoint, and short films—all celebrating Africa and the diaspora.

Free. Sun., Sept. 10, 11-5 p.m. Governors Island, Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, Brooklyn Heights, and 10 South St., Financial District, New York Harbor.

MOCA nyc

photo: via MOCA’s Facebook page.

Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival
Explore the exciting customs and traditions behind this annual harvest festival with a mooncake tasting, moon-themed arts and crafts, a stellar story time, and more family fun. 

$10; $8 MOCA members; free for MOCA Family Level Members and above. Sat., Sept. 23, 12-4 p.m. 215 Centre St., Chinatown.

photo: via Maker Faire Facebook page 

Maker Faire
 This dynamic family-friendly celebration of art, science, creativity, and innovation features over 600 exhibits. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. In keeping with Hall of Science tradition, plenty of the Maker Faire exhibits and booths are hands-on, so kids can touch as well as see — and learn.

Prices vary, $40-$80 for Weekend Passes and $25-$45.00 for single day passes. Sep. 23 & 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., NY Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, Queens

Dyckman Farmhouse

photo: via Dyckman Farmhouse’s Facebook page

Annual Fall Festival at Dyckman Farmhouse
Get in the leaf-and-pumpkin spirit at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum’s Annual Fall Festival. There will be tons of fun and educational activities celebrating the harvest season. The festival will also feature cider pressing, puppet making, face painting, live jazz, and a tasting with Dyckman Beer.

Free. Sat., Sept. 23, 11-3:30 p.m. Museum, 4881 Broadway, Inwood

girl at Historic Richmond Town fair

photo: Historic Richmond Town

Richmond County Fair
Cruise on over to Staten Island for this fun family fair. Amusement rides, contests, pig races, classic cars, music and entertainment, pony rides, specialty vendors, crafts, farm animals, are just some of what you’ll experience over in Historic Richmond Town.

$14; $10 seniors; free for children shorter than 30 inches. Sept. 2-4, Saturday-Monday, 11-6 p.m. Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island

6th Annual Breukelen Country Fair
Join the Wyckoff Farmhouse museum for a day-long extravaganza of crafting, creating, and hands-on fun celebrating Breukelen’s agricultural roots. There is so much for kids to do, such as face painting, pony rides, races, and garden demos.

Free. Sat., Sept. 23, 1-5 p.m. 5816 Clarendon Road, Canarsie

Southwest Brooklyn Fall Festival 
Stop by this popular annual street fair to enjoy local food, retail vendors, children’s rides and activities, and live music throughout the day.

Free. Sat., Sept. 16, 12-5 p.m. Columbia Waterfront District, Columbia and Union streets, Carroll Gardens.


92Y Street Fest
This annual Upper East Side block party includes street performances, arts and crafts, activities for kids, and tons of family health resources. Notable highlights include and obstacle course for kids and a special play are for children 5 and younger.

Free. Sun., October 1, 12-5 p.m. Lexington Avenue from 79th to 94th Streets

photo: via Fort Tryon Park Facebook page

The Medieval Festival
If you can’t trek to the Renaissance Faire, The Medieval Festival is a great way to get into the spirit and customs of the Middle Ages right here in NYC. Fort Tryon Park is transformed into a medieval market town and performers, guests, and festival goers dress in medieval costume. There will be medieval music, dance, magic, and minstrels, as well as jugglers and jesters, there is even a joust!

Free. Donations appreciated. Sun., Oct. 1, 11:30-6 p.m. Fort Tryon Park, near The Cloisters

Little Red Lighthouse Festival
Celebrate Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse with Urban Park Ranger educational presentations, visits to the lighthouse interior, readings of eponymous children’s book, fishing clinics, live music, food vendors, and fun family activities!

Free. Sat., Oct. 7, 12-4 p.m. Fort Washington Park, West 181 Street and Plaza Lafayette.

Harvest Festival
Head on over to Randall’s Island to take part of this annual festival. You can enjoy live music, face painting, self-guided tours of the Urban Farm and more fun fall activities.

Free. Sun., Oct. 15, 12-4p.m. Randall’s Island Park, Fields 62 & 63, Randall’s Island

Queens County Farm Children’s Fall Festival
Get in the Halloween spirit at this fun fall festival. Kids can come in costume and take part in, traditional games, pie-eating contests, and cartoon character look-alikes. There are also bounce houses and live country western music. Hayrides, haunted houses and of course, farm animals are all part of the fun.

$20. Sun., Oct 29., 11:00-4:00 p.m. 3-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park

Socrates Sculpture Park Halloween Harvest Festival
This year’s theme is Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead and will include a presentation by Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York, which has been sharing Mexican heritage and culture with the NYC community for more than 30 years. Kids can take part in spooky costume- and art-making with Socrates artists, fantastical face-painting with Agostino Arts. There will also be a Canine Costume Contest, so be sure to bring your four-legged friends, too!

Free. Sat., Oct. 28 11-3 p.m. 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City

What’s your must-do fall festival? Tell us in the comments below! 
— Bethany Braun
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