Fall in Upstate NY: Ultimate guide to fall festivals and activities for 2021

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For some it’s the most wonderful time of the year — fall festival season in Upstate New York.

Autumnal activities are back in a big way for 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic canceled most of them last year. Though some of your favorites may still be waiting to reappear in 2022, there is plenty to do in every region of the state as the fall foliage begins to arrive and the leaf peeping season kicks into full gear.

We’ve put together a monster list of harvest festivals, wine tastings, food events, and arts and craft markets. As the fall season rolls on, we will keep this list updated. Send us a note at [email protected] if you’d like to add a fall event to this list.

SEPTEMBER

Sundays from now-Oct. 6

Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods, Bethel, More info

Weekends from Sept. 11-Oct. 31

The Pumpkin Fiesta at Becker Farms, Gasport, More info

Abbott Farms Fall Fest, Baldwinsville, More info

Pumpkin Chuckin,’ Varick Winery, Romulus, More info

Sept. 9-12

Adirondack Nationals, Lake George, More info

Niagara County Peach Festival, Lewiston, More info

Sept. 9-Oct. 17

Fall Foliage Eco-Cruise on Cayuga Lake, Ithaca, More info

Sept. 10

Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival, Watkins Glen, More info

Zoo Brew, Seneca Park Zoo, More info

Sept. 10-11

Syracuse Irish Festival Clinton Square, Syracuse, More info

Red, White & Blues Festival, Fredonia, More info

LUMA Projection Arts Festival, Binghamton, More info

Sept. 10-12

Tugboat Roundup, Waterford, More info

VetteFest, Glens Falls, More info

Sept. 11

Tomatofest, downtown Auburn, More info

Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, Albany, More info

Music is Art Festival, Buffalo, More info

Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree & Powerfest, East Meredith, More info

People enter the annual Golden Harvest Festival at the Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville, NY. syracuse.com

Sept. 11-12

Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest, Rhinebeck, More info

M&T Bank Clothesline Festival, Rochester, More info

Golden Harvest Festival, Baldwinsville, More info

Colden Festival, Colden, More info

Macedon Center Community Lumberjack Festival, Macedon, More info

Cheese Tour, various locations in Washington County, More info

Fall Harvest Craft Fair Shaker Heritage Society, Albany, More info

Great Chocolate Wrecktoberfest, Hamilton, More info

Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival, Norwich, More info

Sept. 12

Woofstock, Oswego, More info

Blues on the Bridge, Binghamton, More info

Purple Foot Festival at Casa Larga Vineyards, Fairport, More info

Fair Haven Oktoberfest at Colloca Estate Winery, Fair Haven, More info

Sept. 14-15

Lake George Jazz Festival Shepard Park, Lake George, More info

Sept. 14-25

Rochester Fringe Festival, Rochester, More info

Sept. 15-19

Catskill Mountain Thunder Motorcycle Rally, East Durham, More info

Madison County Hop Fest

Norman Dann of Peterboro wears a hat adorned with hops during 13th annual Madison County Hop Fest held in Oneida. He is one of the founders of the event. John Berry | syracuse.comJohn Berry

Sept. 17-18

Madison County Hop Fest, Oneida, More info

Sept. 17-19

Ellicottville’s Rock ‘n Roll Weekend, Ellicottville, More info

La Festa Italiana, Syracuse, More info

The Great American Irish Festival, Frankfort, More info

Jordan Fall Festival, Jordan, More info

Weekends only, from Sept. 18 – Oct. 11

Fall Fun at Moore Family Farm, Groton, More info

Weekends only, from Sept. 18 – Oct. 24

Critz Farms Fall Harvest Celebration, Cazenovia, More info

Celebration of Autumn at Farmer’s Museum, Cooperstown, More info

Lowville Cream Cheese Festival

File photo of Celebrity chef Duff Goldman cutting into the world’s largest cheesecake, unveiled at the Lowville Cream Cheese Festival in Lowville, NY.

Sept. 18

Onondaga County Farm Fest, More info

Taste of Baldwinsville, Baldwinsville, More info

Ionia Fall Festival Ionia, Ionia, More info

Cream Cheese Festival, Lowville, More info

Endicott Applefest, Endicott, More info

Sept. 18-19

Cuba Garlic Festival, Cuba, More info

Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games, Lockport, More info

Sharon Springs Harvest Festival, Sharon Springs, More info

Orchard Park Festival of the Arts, Orchard Park, More info

Syracuse Fall Gun Show, NY State Fairgrounds near Syracuse, More info

Inlet Fall Festival, Inlet, More info

Purple Painted Lady Art Festival, Palmyra, More info

Sept. 23-26

Adirondack Balloon Festival, Queensbury, More info

Sept. 24-26

Festival of Grapes, Silver Creek, More info

Clayton Jazz Festival, Clayton, More info

Sept. 25

Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, Elbridge, More info

Sodus Harvest Fest Main Street, Sodus, More info

Saratoga Giant Pumpkinfest, Saratoga Springs, More info

Apple Fest, Speculator, More info

Delhi Harvest Festival, Delhi, More info

Sept. 25-26

Naples Grape Festival, Naples, More info

Knickerbocker Mansion Harvest Festival, Schaghticoke, More info

Great Adirondack Moose Festival, Indian Lake, More info

Lewiston Harvest & Hops Festival, Lewiston, More info

AppleUmpkin Festival, Wyoming, More info

Feast of St. Cosmos and St. Damian, Utica, More info

Adirondack Wool & Arts Festival, Greenwich, More info

Cazenovia Art Trail, Cazenovia, More info

Open Hand Theater

The Open Hand Theater marches in the opening parade during the Westcott Street Cultural Fair, Syracuse, NY, Sunday September 17, 2017. Scott Schild | [email protected] SYRSYR

Sept. 26

Hội Chợ Tết Trung Thu/Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, Syracuse, More info

Westcott Street Cultural Fair, Syracuse, More info

Lake Luzerne Halloween Pugs & Pumpkins Party, Lake Luzerne, More info

Sept. 26-Oct. 25

Fall for All at Ross Park Zoo, Binghamton, More info

Sept. 29-Oct. 3

Woodstock Film Festival, Woodstock, More info

Fall foliage in NY's Finger Lakes area

Vibrant red and yellow leaves greet drivers along Route 14A in the Ontario County town of Hall, N.Y., Oct. 24, 2019. Lauren Long | [email protected]Lauren Long | [email protected]

OCTOBER

Oct. 1-31

Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour, Wayne County, More info

Taste and Treat, Niagara Wine Trail wineries, More info

Oct. 1-3

Apple Harvest Festival, Ithaca, More info

Locktoberfest, Lockport, More info

Oswego County Fall Festival, Sandy Creek, More info

Oct. 2

Fall Fest and Alumni Weekend Herkimer College, Herkimer, More info

Locktoberfest, Phoenix, More info

Oktoberfest at Thousand Islands Winery, Alexandria Bay, More info

Woodsmen’s Festival, East Meredith, More info

Heritage, Harvest, & Horse Festival, Ticonderoga, More info

OctoBEARfest, Long Lake, More info

Pumpkin Palooza Central Park, Lyons, More info

Oct. 2-3

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, Saugerties, More info

CNY Pumpkin Festival, Oswego, More info

Fall Festival & Agricultural Fair, Mumford, More info

Oct. 2-31

Fright Fest, Great Escape, More info

Oct. 3-4

Harvest Festival at Hunt Country Vineyards, Branchport, More info

Oct. 7-17

ImageOut: The Rochester LGBT Film Festival, Rochester, More info

Oct. 8-10

Lake George Oktoberfest & Fall Festival, Lake George, More info

Spiediefest, Binghamton, More info

Oct. 9

Maple Ski Ridge Fall Festival, Schenectady, More info

Autumn Festival at Wellesley Island State Park, Wellesley Island, More info

LaFayette Apple Festival

Workers at the Saint Joseph’s booth serve up fresh apple fritters during the LaFayette Apple Festival, LaFayette, NY, Saturday October 6, 2018. Scott Schild | [email protected]

Oct. 9-10

LaFayette Apple Festival, LaFayette, More info

Ellicottville Fall Festival, Ellicottville, More info

Bristol Mountain Fall Festival, Canandaigua, More info

Slopeside Shopping Village at Gore Mountain, North Creek, More info

Taste of the Catskills, Delhi, More info

Oct. 9-10, 16-17

Peek’n Peak Fall Festival Peek’n Peak Resort, Clymer, More info

Oct. 10

Fall Craft Fair at Mabee Farm, Schenectady, More info

Oct. 14-17

Adirondack Film Festival, Glens Falls, More info

Oct. 15-31

Peace, Love, and Pumpkins, Bethel Woods More info

Oct. 16

Punkin Chunkin, Frink Park, Clayton, More info

Oct. 16-17

NYS Sheep & Wool Family Festival, Rhinebeck, More info

Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, 28

Medina Railroad Fall Foliage Train Ride, Medina, More info

Oct. 22, 23, 29, 30

Little Theater on The Farm Haunted Barn, Fort Edward, More info

Oct. 23

Witchingtonville 2021, Washingtonville, More info

Johnstown Harvest Festival & Costume Parade, Johnstown, More info

Oct. 23

Oktoberfest, Chatham, More info

Oct. 29-30

Finger Lakes Beer Festival, Watkins Glen, More info

Oct. 30-31

Head Of The Fish Regatta, Fish Creek Marina, Saratoga Springs, More info

Naples, NY

A vibrant display of red, orange and yellow leaves is starting to blanket the hillsides in Ontario County town of Naples Oct. 1, 2020. Lauren Long | [email protected]

NOVEMBER

Nov. 5-6

Adirondack Stampede Rodeo, Glens Falls, More info

Nov. 6-7

Great New York State Model Train Fair, near Syracuse, More info

Nov. 4-11

Glimmerglass Film Days, Cooperstown, More info

NYS Fair International Building

The International Building is pictured at the 2014 New York State Fair. The brand-new International Taste Festival will debut at the NYS Fair’s Expo Center in November 2021.Stephen D. Cannerelli | [email protected]

Nov. 12-14

International Taste Festival at NY State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, More info

Nov. 13

Holiday Valley’s Fall Beer & Wine Festival, Ellicottville, More info

Nov. 27

World’s Largest Disco Buffalo Convention Center, Buffalo, More info

Syracuse Wine and Chocolate Fest at NY State Fairgrounds, near Syracuse, More info

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