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Hot Spots: Weekend Watch for a Blast of Fall Fun

Get ready for a blast of fall fun on Long Island with these upcoming events and festivals for the end of the week!

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Ready or not, fall is here! And on Long Island there’s no avoiding it with the many fall-themed activities and events taking place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. From nighttime haunt events, pumpkin events like the great big weigh-off and carving demonstrations to paddle boating for a view of the start of fall foliage and other fall festivals, you can get it all here! There’s also other nightlife entertainment to enjoy, like a performance with The Bangles. Check out all the hot spots on Long Island here!

Who: Free Scarecrow Trail At Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Info: Come out for this annual event where you can pick up free scarecrow frames, decorate them and then return them. The scarecrows will be placed along the park trail and available for viewing throughout October and November. Reserve your frame by phone or email.
Cost: Free Event
Time & Place: 8AM to 4PM for Frame Pick Up at Caleb Smith State Park Reserve, Jericho Turnpike, Rte. 25 West, Smithtown – (631) 265-1054 or

Who: Nighttime Haunts At F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm
Info: Every Friday’s and Saturday’s, from now to Nov. 1, you can have an evening of fun at the farm’s haunted mansion, corn maze and at The Experiment where the doctor of the Haunted Mansion of Melville seek test subjects for his new project. The farm has been at it for 20 years and it hasn’t disappointed visitors looking for a haunting evening.
Cost: $19 For Haunted Mansion, $11 For Haunted Nighttime Corn Maze, $5 For The Experiment; or $30 For Combo Ticket to All 3
Time & Place: 7PM to 11PM at F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm, 26 Pinelawn Road, Melville – (631) 271-3276

Who: The Bangles At YMCA Boulton Center For The Performing Arts
Info:  Out to perform their new album ‘Sweetheart Of the Sun,’ the Bangles brings a fresh batch of songs to this performance!
Cost: $60 to $65
Time & Place: 8PM at YMCA Boulton Center, 37 West Main Street, Bay Shore – (631) 969-1101

Who: Amityville AppleFest
Info:  Come out for the annual Amityville Applefest! There will be pumpkin carving demonstrations, pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses and kiddie rides. Visitors may also purchase delicious apples from the Amityville Rotary Club, find fantastic antiques for sale from the Amityville Historical Society, enjoy a family-friendly paint-a-pumpkin event with the Amityville Chamber of Commerce and enjoy music entertainment, dancing and martial arts demonstrations coordinated by Revolution Music Hall and the Village of Amityville Gazebo.
Cost: Free Event
Time & Place: 10AM to 4PM at Downtown Amityville – the Gazebo, intersection of Route 110 and Park Avenue( South to the Park Avenue Elementary School Grounds), Amityville – (631) 598-0695

Who: San Gennaro Feast Of The Hamptons
Info: Take part in this feast featuring live entertainment, carnival rides, artisan vendors and other vendors (food and winery), raffles and more. Proceeds from this event support local schools with scholarship, local charities like Maureen’s Haven and Coalition for Women’s Cancers of Southampton Hospital, and helps others in need. The event continues through the weekend.
Cost: Free Event
Time & Place: 10AM to 10PM at Good Ground Road (Long Island Railroad Station) – Hampton Bays – (631) 728-2211

Who: Fall Foliage Paddles At Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Info: Enjoy a one-hour self-guided paddle boat ride on the Old Ice Pond. Single kayaks are available for adults and children 12 and older. Children under 16 in kayaks must be accompanied by a supervising adult.
Cost: $20
Time & Place: 10:30AM-11AM and 1PM-2:30PM, Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Road, Quogue – (631) 653-4771

Who: Pumpkin Fest At Suffolk County Farm & Education Center
Info: This fest features a wide range of attractions and activities for all ages, including wagon rides, entertainment, live bands, a corn maze, carnival games, craft vendors, pumpkin picking, pony rides, pumpkin decorating, a bounce village and more!
Cost: $12, Free for Children Under 3
Time & Place: 11AM to 5PM at Suffolk County Farm & Education Center, 350 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank – (631) 852-4600

Who: Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off At Hicks Nurseries
Info: It’s time for the annual pumpkin weigh-off! Three of the heaviest pumpkins will be awarded prizes to a title like ‘Rookie of the Year’ and ‘Best Pumpkin Grown by a Child’ (under the age of 15). All pumpkins must be unloaded at the nursery no later than 10 a.m.
Cost: Free Event

Time & Place: 11AM to 12PM at Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury – (516) 334-0066

Who: Dee’s Nursery Fall Festival
Info: Enjoy a festival with an interactive petting zoo for kids to mingle with and feed real farm animals. There’s also a face painter at the event, games, tattoos, kids crafts and a huge bounce jump house. While there, also visit its pumpkin patch filled with huge pumpkins.

Cost: $9.99 Per Child For Petting Zoo, Food for Animals, Inflatable Bouncy Slide, Face Painting, and Pirate Tattoos, $5.99 For Haunted House, $5.99 For Inflatable Bouncy Slide (Unlimited Rides)
Time & Place: 11AM to 5PM at Dee’s Nursery & Florist, 69 Atlantic Avenue, Oceanside – (516) 678-3535

To check out all of the Nightlife Events happening on Long Island, check out the Events Calendar, or, head over to our Nightlife Section for Happy Hour Happenings all week long! If you're looking for some local insight on the best things to do on LI, or want to share your favorite Nightlife Hot Spots, check out the Nightlife Forum, and see what the locals have to say!

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