Pumpkins, Indian corn and scarecrows, sparkling wine tastings, brilliant colorful foliage and orchard fresh apples all make Nassau County and Long Island an exciting place to live and visit in the fall months. Check out our 2015 Nassau County Fall Guide for the most comprehensive list of fun activities and festivals in and around Nassau County that you won’t want to miss!
Mill Neck Family’s Fall Harvest Festival
40 Frost Mill Road, Mill Neck
Shop for gifts or unique items at the craft vendors, buy NY State apples or pumpkins, children’s activities, fresh baked goods and 50/50 raffle.
Fall Festival at Martin Viette Nurseries
6050 Northern Blvd. East Norwich
September 26th – October 25th
It’s all about the pumpkin patch! Kids love the pumpkin painting and the pet and animal farm. Enjoy fresh pressed cider, orchard apples and cider donuts. Shop in the fall market for scarecrows, home decor, and unique silk flower wreaths. Every Saturday there are free fall lectures with planting ideas and tips to make your garden grow.
Goblins and ghosts scare families on the campus of SUNY Old Westbury. Friday and Saturday nights starting October 16th. Come when it starts to get dark, 6:00pm until 10:00pm. Recommended for children ages 10+. All funds are donated to charity.
Davis Peach Farm
561 Hulse Landing Road, Wading River
Climb onto one of the tractors and take a spooky hayride through the orchard. Live actors in costume jump out from behind the bales of hay to frighten and thrill. Festive weekends begin the first week in October and the farm is open until after Thanksgiving. Famous for their peaches. Plus, there are mums, Montauk daisies, squash, painted pumpkins, caramel apples and cider. Their Sangria mix is famous far and wide!
Fall Festival at Dee’s Nursery
69 Atlantic Avenue, Oceanside
The festival is every weekend in October. Fall fun featuring children’s face painting, petting zoo, crafts, games, pony rides and giant slides.
Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm
1500 East Jericho Turnpike, Huntington
Experience picking a fresh pumpkin right off the vine. Kids can run through the corn maze or go on a hay ride.
F & W Schmitt’s Family Farm
26 Pinelawn Road, Melville
Have fun on the rides and slides, pick a pumpkin or pet a pony. There are hayrides and ponyrides and the largest Long Island straw pyramid. There is a haunted mansion and a crazy corn maze.
100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury
It’s all about Otto the Ghost at Hicks Nurseries. Children love walking through the decorated family friendly section. Ride on a hayride or visit the petting zoo. Get ready for one of Nassau County’s largest selection of Halloween and fall decorations. There’s also a full calendar of events at Hicks with fall planting tips and home decorating ideas.
Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens
100 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
5,000 hand-carved pumpkins light up the 1/3 mile walking trail. This is a family friendly event and there are lots of young children. Spectacular and stunning, the pumpkins are carved by artists and sculptors. You can see RISE every weekend in October on Fridays-Sundays.
Edgar Allan Poe Festival
Halloween costumes welcome! This lively street festival is on October 31st and November 1st. There are fun live scary shows, street performers, storytellers and Trick-or-Treat stations for the kids. Downtown Riverhead
White Post Farms
250 Old Country Road, Melville
The fall farm festival runs through October 25th. Fun, interactive exotic bird show with your admission. Don’t forget the camera, kids love taking photos with the colorful birds. Tractor trailer hayride, giant inflatable bouncers, pumpkins, decorations, fall food and more. Camels, a bull and miniature ponies for animal lovers.
240 Montauk Highway, Watermill
Kids love the face painting and gem mining. Wagon rides out to the corn maze are fun for everyone. The market is chock full of homemade pies, apple cider slushies, cider donuts, roasted corn, fresh turnovers and kettle corn. Pick your own fruit and berries during season.
Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard
715 Sound Avenue, Mattituck
Unique 10-acres “Barnyard Adventure Park“, pony rides, gem mining, hay rides, on-the-vine pumpkin picking. There is a farm stand with fresh baked goods and enjoy a glass of wine in the Harbes Wine Tasting Barn. Open everyday- 7 days a week.
Harbes Western Family
1223 Main Road, Jamesport
Western themed farm with one of the largest 6-acre farm maze. Families love the singing hayrides. Pony rides and pick pumpkins right off the vine.
Harbes Farm and Orchard
5698 Sound Avenue, Riverhead
Apple picking and pumpkin picking is open on the weekends in the fall. Night time spooky corn maze is scary and fun for kids, teens and adults!
32nd Annual Oyster Festival
The Oyster Festival is one of the largest waterfront festivals on the East Coast. Loads of fresh seafood, live music, tall ships, craft vendors and carnival rides all make this festival a huge success. The festival is on October 17th and 18th, 11:00am – 6:00pm. Don’t miss the oyster eating and shucking contest on Saturday at 2:00pm. Admission and parking are FREE. A percentage of the profits are donated to 25+ local charities.
Krupski Vegetable Picking and Pumpkin Farm
38030 Route 25, Peconic
Krupski Farms offers a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and other produce on their Pick-Your-Own farm. Krupski’s also hosts spooky and fun Hallween festivities with a Haunted Barn, Haunted Hay Rides and a Haunted Corn Maze.
Woodbury Road, Woodbury
Long Island farm grown fresh produce. Seasonal pumpkin patch for Halloween and excellent Long Island sweet corn. Delicious apple cider. Great for school groups since it’s centrally located in Woodbury.
Eisenhower Park, East Meadow
Nassau County’s Annual Oktoberfest Celebration is a wonderful weekend of great culture, including traditional German food, live music including a performance by The John Weber Band, a pumpkin maze, tractor rides sponsored by Chief Equipment, children’s activities including bounce houses, vendors offering German merchandise and much more.
All weekend, October 10th, 11th and 12th, hours 12:00pm-5:00pm.
The Milk Pail Farm and Orchard
50 Horsemill Lane, Watermill
Open year-round for apple, fruit and pumpkin picking. The Milk Pail is famous for offering a wide variety of artisanal gourmet items and goodies from all over the East Coast that you won’t find anywhere else in the Hamptons.
Well-known for apples and cider in the fall months.
Jericho Cider Mill
213 Route 106, Jericho
The line is a mile long and there’s only one reason. The Jericho Cider Mill is one of the best! They have the most scrumptious home-baked pies and the crispest apple cider.
Wickham’s Fruit Farm
Route 25, Cutchogue
Open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm, you can pick pumpkins, apples, visit the cider press, and shop their other homemade items. Remember to bring home a bag of the delicious apple cider donuts.
The Long Island Fall Festival
Hecksher Park, Huntington
Truly a fun and vibrant celebration of community, this weekend event offers something for everyone. Attractions include: four stages of entertainment, a world-class carnival, hundreds of arts and craft vendors, international food courts, beer and wine tent, a farmer’s market, and lots of children’s activities. Dates are October 9th-12th and admission is free.
Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater, Eisenhower Park
Fun and furry pet costume contest. Free admission. Please bring a pet food item donation to feed pets in need. There will be rescue groups if you are interested in pet adoption.
East End Octoberfest
Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market
4558 Sound Ave, Riverhead
Craft brews from Blue Point Brewing Company and Rocky Point Artisanal Brewing. This is the only East End Octoberfest, so don’t miss it. 10:00am – 5:00pm on October 24 & 25th. Fun day of live music, shopping for crafts, pumpkin picking and farm tours.