There are not many things to do that are as family friendly, beautiful and fun as a Fall Festival on a crisp and cool weekend. It’s a day full of good fresh homemade food and seasonal specialties like roasted corn, candy apples, fresh pies and breads, children’s activities and of course, pumpkins. Families can bond, laugh and renew their spirits as the season takes hold and casts its autumn charms on us. We’ve put together a list of Fall Festivals on the East End of Long Island for family fun.
Many of the farms listed below hold festivals on weekends and school Holidays starting in mid or late September straight through Halloween. Be sure to call and check for current hours and pricing as they may vary by weekend. Some may only accept cash, so ask about that as well before heading out.
Fink’s Family Farm
Enjoy hayrides, a 7 acre corn maze, kiddie train rides, a large slide, pumpkin picking, food and roasted corn, a farm stand, a bounce house, pig races, corn cannon, face painting and more.
Where: 6242 Middle Country Road, Wading River, NY
Contact Info: 631-886-2272
The Hanks Pumpkintown annual festival takes place on the weekends. The spacious area features many activities, including pumpkin picking, corn mazes, wooden play structures, wagon rides, curly slides, donuts, roasted corn and more.
Where: 324 County Road 39, Southampton, NY
Contact Info: 631-726-4667
Harbe’s Family Farms
Harbe’s Family Farms offers three locations in Long Island.
Mattituck offers pedal carts, barnyard adventure, a corn maze, pig races, gem mining, hay rides, a concession stand, live music, games and more.
Where: 715 Sound Avenue. Mattituck, NY
Contact Info: 631-298-0800
Jamesport (Harbe’s western farm) offers activities such as a corn maze, pedal carts, rope maze, wagons, u-pick pumpkins, concession stand and games.
Where: 1223 Main Road, Mattituck, NY
Contact Info: 631-712-2022
Riverhead Farm and Orchard offers u-pick apples, an apple tower, hay rides, a cafe, roasted corn, a corn maze, a moonlight maze, farm animals, pedal carts, pumpkin picking, gem mining and more.
Where: 5698 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY
Contact Info: (631) 298-0700
The Cooperage Inn
The Cooperage Inn offers live entertainment, delicious homemade food, face painting, pumpkin painting, and a hay jump. It’s a small festival, more like a low key relaxing afternoon, but very family friendly. It has a nice mix for adults and children.
Where: 2218 Sound Avenue, Baiting Hollow, NY
Contact Info: 631-727-8994
The Garden Spot
The Garden Spot family festival features races and contests, an obstacle course, DJ, balloon sculpting, pumpkin painting, inflatables, a 3D maze, a haunted hayride, a small corn maze, petting zoo, a slide, food and more.
Where: 366 Railroad Avenue, Center Moriches, NY
Contact Info: 631-878-5662
ONE DAY OR SPECIAL ONE WEEKEND EVENTS
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Enjoy the Pumpkinfest, an event with a food court, vendors, free parking, corn maze, pumpkin picking, carnival games, 4-H displays, cow chip bingo, farm animals and more.
When: 9/29 and 9/30 from 11 am – 5 pm
Where: Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, 350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank, NY
Contact Info: 631-852-5300
Garden of Eve Organic Farm
Love garlic? Come to the Garlic Festival! Activities include a garlic eating contest, bounce house, hay rides, pumpkin picking, face painting, farm animals, crafts, vendors, music and plenty of garlic!
When: 9/29 and 9/30 from 10 am – 6 pm
Where: 4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY
Contact Info: 631-722-8777
The September Fest kicks off Friday night with a concert. Many events and activities are taking place on Saturday including a clam chowder contest, pumpkin painting, food, craft and wine vendors, wagon rides, art show, maniac pumpkin carvers and more.
When: 9/28 Friday night kick-off party starts at 6:30 pm and 9/29 Saturday events starts at 10 am with the last event starting at 7 pm
Where: 76 Main Street, Southampton, NY
Contact Info: 631-283-0402
By Debra Ferrie