10 Great Things to Do in New York in October

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There might not be a better month to travel in New York than October. As the weather cools and the leaves change from green to yellows, reds, and oranges, the beauty of the state comes into full view.

Throughout the state, there are many great things to do in New York in October. So, whether you are looking to enjoy the great fall foliage, experience the Halloween season, or eat some delicious food, there’s something for everyone on this list.

Check over the list below and then start planning your autumn travels in New York.

The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze in Hudson – September 20-October 30

Jack O Lanterns in New York in October
Pumpkin lovers won’t want to miss the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze.

Pumpkin lovers from all over the state head to Hudson, New York for The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze each fall. Take a stroll through one of the state’s largest jack o’ lantern displays with over 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins all lit up for the occasion. Each jack o’ lantern is designed & carved by the festival’s team of artisans and volunteers.

In addition to their impressive jack 0’lantern display, visitors can also enjoy the brand-new Museum of Pumpkin Art, the Pumpkin Carousel, and a star show at the Pumpkin Planetarium.

For admission prices and more information, visit the event’s site.

Oktoberfest Weekends at Hunter Mountain in Hunter – September 28-October 20

Head to Hunter in the northern Catskills mountains every weekend from the end of September to October 20 to experience delicious German food and beer surrounded by the colors of fall. The Oktoberfest at Hunter Mountain has been named one of the 10 best Oktoberfests in the nation by USA Today.

The fest also features live entertainment, free crafts for the kids, numerous vendors, and different specialty events each weekend.

To learn more about what is being offered at the Hunter Mountain Oktoberfest each weekend, click here.

Fall Festival & Agricultural Fair in Mumford – October 5-6

Located in western New York, the Fall Festival & Agricultural Fair is held each fall in the tradition of a 19th-century fair. Enjoy a classic magic show, a 19-the century circus act, and watch a men’s baseball game in the country’s only replica of an 1800’s baseball field during this two-day event.

Head over to Pioneer Farm during the fair to say hello to the museum’s cattle, sheep, & fowl. You can even watch sheep herding dogs demonstrate how they round up the sheep. Be sure to visit the festival’s Farmers Market and take home local goodies that are either grown or made in western New York.

For more information, visit the festival’s website.

The Great Cortland Pumpkinfest in Cortland – October 5-6

Now in its 23rd year, The Great Cortland Pumpkinfest is an annual celebration of the bounty of the season and of all things pumpkin. Festival goers flock to the city’s Courthouse Park during the first weekend of October each year to enjoy hayrides, indulge in the flavors of fall, and to take home some of the first pumpkins of the season.

This family-friendly event also features a Kids’ Zone with games and activities for the kids, a craft show, and live entertainment on multiple stages.

Find out more on the event’s website.

NYC Wine & Food Festival in New York City – October 10-13

Considered one of the largest wine and food festivals of the year in New York City, the NYC Wine & Food Festival is a star-studded culinary event. With more than 100 events occurring this 4-day event, you are sure to spot some of your favorite television chefs while sipping on wine and sampling on dishes from world-renowned chefs.

This charity event benefits both the No Kids Hungry program and the Food Bank For New York City.

For more information on the events being offered at this year’s festival & to purchase tickets online, click here.

Gore Mountain Harvest Festival in North Creek – October 12-13

Make plans to head to Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks the second weekend in October for the annual Harvest Festival.

Take a gondola or chairlift ride up the mountain during peak fall foliage. Enjoy live music all weekend long. Go hiking, ziplining, or mountain biking. Bring the entire family for free kids’ entertainment including pony rides, crafts, a petting zoo, and magic shows.

Find out more on the festival’s website.

The best things to do in New York in October

Taste of the Catskills in Delhi – October 12-13

Sample wines, beer, and food from the Catskill Mountains during the 10th annual Taste of the Catskills on October 12 and 13.

This family-friendly, farm to fork event will showcase local farmers, restaurants, and artisans. There will be fun activities for the kids each day of the event, as well as workshops on farming, brewing, and cooking for the adults.

The highlight of the weekend is the farm to table harvest dinner complete with an Ommegang beer pairing.

Find out the full details here.

Peek ‘n Peak Fall Festival in Clymer – October 12-20

The 32nd annual Peek ‘n Peak Fall Festival will be held during the weekends of October 12 and October 17. Featuring a craft show with over 130 vendors, a farmers market, and even a pumpkin cannon, there will be fun for every member of the family at this year’s event.

Ski lift rides will be available during the festival so you can take in all of the beautiful fall colors.

Festival-goers will also be treated to live music, lots of good food, a classic car cruise-in, and even a snow sports equipment swap!

For a complete list of the live entertainment line-up and to learn more about the festival, visit the event’s website.

Oyster Festival in Long Island – October 19-20

Attracting more than 150,000 visitors each year, the Oyster Festival in Long Island is one of the largest waterfront festivals on the East Coast. With dozens of oyster, clam, & seafood dishes being prepared by culinary professionals and volunteer chefs, this festival is a must-do for seafood lovers.

This family-friendly festival will also feature amusement rides, a Family Fun Zone, and an oyster eating and shucking contest.

Find out more on the festival’s website.

Saratoga Fall Festival in Saratoga Springs – October 26

Held on the last Saturday of October every year, the Saratoga Fall Festival is the perfect way to celebrate the beauty of fall in the southern foothills of the Adirondacks. The entire community comes together for this event each fall.

Visitors to the festival will be treated to a dog costume contest, live music, pony rides, a petting zoo, and much more. The city also welcomes trick-or-treaters during the event with local businesses handing out treats.

For up to date information on the festival, click here.

Looking for more events in New York? Check out our picks for the top things to do in New York in September and our picks for great things to do in New York in November.

Do you have a favorite thing to do in New York in October that isn’t on this list? Let us know in the comments below.


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