Autumn is a time for celebrating with friends and family, and a great way to do just that is to head out to one of the many festivals taking place in the tri-state area. With live music, unique arts and crafts and plenty of great food and drink to enjoy, these fall festivals are perfect for appreciating the season and making memories.
Allentown Fall Festival (New Jersey)
The Allentown Fall Festival takes over Main Street this year on Oct. 13-14 and is expected to pull in upwards of 10,000 guests from around the region. The fall festival has been sponsored by the Allentown Business Community Association for more than three decades and it’s committed to showcasing the best that the community has to offer, whether through live entertainment or arts and crafts. Among the things to see and do at the Allentown Fall Festival are a Civil War re-enactment, classic car show, music, dancing, wine tastings and a beer garden. For the kids there are bouncy houses and slides, arts and crafts, pony rides and a variety of fun and games.
Southington Apple Harvest Festival (Connecticut)
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Southington Apple Harvest Festival, an essential autumn tradition for generations and one of the longest-running festivals of its kind in the Northeast. This year’s festivities take place on the weekends of Sept. 28-30, and Oct. 5-7, with more than 100,000 guests expected to take part in the fun. Among the offerings for this year’s Apple Harvest Festival: live entertainment, contests, craft vendors, carnival rides and plenty of food and drink. Best of all, parking, admission and entertainment are all completely free.
Garlic & Harvest Festival (Connecticut)
The 14th Annual Connecticut Garlic & Harvest Festival is set for Oct. 6-7, and it’s quite serious about celebrating all things garlic. Held at the Bethlehem Fairgrounds on Route 61, this annual extravaganza features cooking demonstrations, specialty vendors and tips on how to grow your own garlic. The garlic food court will showcase garlic-inspired and -infused dishes such as garlic chicken parmesan balls, homemade roasted garlic sausage with onions and peppers, deep fried garlic, garlic roast pork sandwiches and even garlic ice cream. If garlic isn’t your thing or you need a quick palate-cleanser, you can also get everything from fresh fall fruits and vegetables to wood-fired pizza and Thai food, all of which can be enjoyed while taking in live music or perusing arts and crafts made by local artisans.
Pennsylvania Apple & Cheese Festival (Pennsylvania)
The Pennsylvania Apple & Cheese Festival in Canton runs from Oct. 6-7 and features so much to do and experience. Among the activities and events taking place during the festival are live chainsaw carving, a fine arts and photography show, a demonstration by a blacksmith, wood turning, live entertainment, broom making demonstrations and activities designed for kids. There will be around 40 food vendors serving up delicious meals and snacks, so make sure that you and your family bring hearty appetites. You can even test your version of your grandma’s famous recipe by entering a homemade confection into the apple pie and cheesecake contest.
The tri-state area is a great place to celebrate the wonder of fall, and these festivals are perfect opportunities to share that revelry with friends, family and neighbors alike.
This article is presented by Circle Hyundai in Shrewsbury, New Jersey.