In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue on the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. The holiday commemorates his landing in the New World. That was a very long time ago. Fast forward to 2012 and the day is evolved into a celebration of sales rather than sails, parades and a way to extend a fantastic fall weekend.
37645 Main Road (Route 25), Peconic (631) 734-6200
Celebrate their 26th Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday from 10am-6pm with music and a glass of wine.
Long Island Fall Festival
Heckscher Park, Huntington Village (631) 423-6100
Carnival rides, a great sampling of diverse foods (really, it's not just carnival food here) and terrific live music from Friday through Monday.
25A and Moriches Road, St. James (631) 862-2020
Hay bale jump, face painting, crafts and a magic show can be enjoyed from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Hamptons International Film Festival
The 20th Annual Festival is held in variety of theater venues from Montauk to Southampton.
Borellas Harvest Fall Festival
485 Edgewood Ave, Saint James (631) 862-7330
Enjoy music, food, bouncie houses, corn maze, roasted corn, face painting, hay rides and pumpkin picking. Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11am-5pm.
Harbes Family Farm
715 Sound Avenue, Mattituck (631) 298-0800
Hop on the musical hayride to the corn maze and pumpkin patch open daily 9am-6pm
100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury (516) 334-0066
Be amazed at their 10 Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Sunday at 11 am. The Fall Festival is open daily.
240 Montauk Highway, Water Mill (631) 726-4667
The orchard and maze park will be opened from 9:30 am-6 pm daily.
Montauk Fall Festival on the Green
742 Montauk Highway, Montauk (631) 668-2428
The 31th Annual Montauk Fall Festival on the Green, from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy carousel rides for the kids, pumpkin decorating, face painting, a farmers' market, live music, and much more.
Fall Festival at the Manor
Montauk Highway and Monor Lane, West Bay Shore (631) 854-0939
Enjoy an old-fashioned Colonial fair at Sagtikos Manor on Sunday from 11 am-4 pm.
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