The Hudson Valley is famous for its beautiful fall foliage.  People travel from all over to experience what we are surrounded with everyday.  Because this beauty is ours to see, it’s easy to take it for granted.  One way to remember why we are so lucky to live here is to enjoy the view through our children’s eyes and the easiest way to do that is to check out one of the many harvest festivals going on over the next few weekends.

Do you have a favorite fall event or one that is a must that I missed?  Please let us know so we can check it out too!

Madison circa 2011
Madison circa 2011

September 22, 10-5pm  Rain date September 29th

Hudson Valley Parent Magazine’s 2nd Annual Hurds Family Farm Day

Hurds Family Farm: Modena, NY

Join other Hudson Valley parents for a day on this beautiful 6th generation apple farm!  Just stop by the HVP magazine table and receive wristbands, and your admission is free.  Your family will enjoy apple picking, hay rides ($4), the cornfield maze, cow train ($4) and feeding the farm pets.   This event has all the makings of what a harvest festival should be!


September 29, 11-4pm

Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods: Bethel, NY

If you have not made your way up to Bethel yet, this is your last chance for the year.  The theme for this event is rustic crafts and all artisans are local to the area.  As always, there will be food, music, children’s activities, a farmer’s market, and the breathtaking views.  $2 to park.

This is not at Applefest, but Madison is wearing her apple hat from Applefest!
This is not at Applefest, but Madison is wearing her apple hat from Applefest!

October 6, 10-5pm

Applefest: Warwick, NY

Voted top 100 events in the country, Applefest is something you have to experience at least once.  The Village of Warwick fills its streets with vendors and becomes Applefest.  There will be food, over 200 craft vendors, music and entertainment, a children’s carnival, farmer’s market, and an apple pie bake off.  Admission is free.


October 13, 8-5pm

Manza Family Farm Fall Festival: Montgomery, NY

Every weekend for the month of October, Manza Family Farm is hosting their annual fall festival.  They feature over 20 acres of pick your own pumpkins, tractor drawn hayrides, pony rides, a straw maze, and farm animals.  Admission is free.


October 20, 11-3pm

Fall Festival at Greenburgh Nature Center: Scarsdale, NY

This center is about an hour away from Goshen but is worth the drive.  For the fall festival, they will have scarecrow building ($2), pumpkin carving or painting ($5), cider making, petting zoo, scavenger hunts, and tractor rides.  They also happen to have an awesome playground!  Admission is $8 if you preregister, $10 the day of.

October 26, 12-3pm

SUNY Orange Family Day: Middletown, NY

Ok, this does not have a fall theme but sounds fun and is outside.  There will be children’s activities including face painting, sports clinics, games, and contests.  The new childcare facility will be open for tours and will have obstacle courses set up for the kids.  Visitors can also take a tour through the century old Morrison Mansion.  Cider and doughnuts will be provided.  Admission is free, and if you are thinking of becoming a student, the application fee will be waived to any who apply during Family Day.