Harvest festivals are celebrated across the pond and in North America typically to mark the end of the harvest. It was the early settlers in America who brought the idea of harvest thanksgiving to us and we therefore celebrate it in the form of the Thanksgiving meal, as well as by attending harvest & fall festivals. We’ve compiled a list of such festivals in Long Island:
October 8 & 9, 2011
40 Frost Mill Road
Mill Neck, NY 11765
The festival, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, will feature children’s activities and face painting, handmade country crafts, seasonal produce (including lots of apples), a variety of baked goods such as fudge, strudel and grilled bratwurst, along with many other anniversary activities. $5.00 per vehicle (suggested donation).
September 17 & 18, 2011
Captree State Park
Ocean Parkway, Babylon, NY 11702
This festival features entertainment, pony rides and other children’s activities, as well as activities with a nautical theme, such as boat rides and crab races.
September 30th-October 2nd, 2011
Main Street, Huntington Village
This festival features carnival rides, hundreds of vendors, food court, entertainment, beer & wine tent. Free admission.
September 17th, 2011
37645 Main Road (Rt. 25)
Peconic, NY 11958
There will be music, food and wine & beer at this festival, along with children’s entertainment, such as clowns and face painting. $20 gets you entrance, a glass of wine and a keepsake glass to keep. Children under 21 are free. Bring your own chairs & blankets. (Rain date October 1st).
September 17th & 18th, 2011
60-38 Sound Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901
This festival will feature livestock, tractor displays, crafts demonstrations and a fair which includes hand-crafted items, along with children’s activities. $7 per adult, $5 per child (age 5-12), $18 per family.
October 8th & 9th, 2011
86 West Avenue,
West Sayville, NY 11796
This festival features live country music, BBQ and country food, craft & gift vendors and children’s activities, such as pony rides, petting zoo and pumpkin decorating. $10 at the door.