Best fall festivals and fairs for NYC families

NYC's best fall festivals and fairs require your attention. Expect jack'o lanterns, corn mazes and more harvest happenings!

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'Tis the season for scares and pumpkin spice! Our guide to Gotham's fall festivals and fairs is a perfect way to get a jumpstart on the happenings, so ready your flannel and beanies.  

Whether you're planning to tackle one of the craziest corn mazes NY offers, or if you're craving a bite of the best apple cider doughnuts NYC has on its menu, we're certain you'll get a taste of autumnal goodness at these events. 

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to things to do in the fall with kids

To ensure that you're really prepared for the fall, we also suggest taking a look at these great spots for apple picking, pumpkin picking and fall foliage. Of course, a few screenings of scary movies for kids are also in order. 

Happy harvest season, families! Save us a bite of apple pie. 

Best fall festivals and fairs

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Things to do

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

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There's nothing else quite like the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze for experiencing the magic and wonder of Halloween with your family. The attraction is set along the beautiful 18th century riverside landscape of Van Cortlandt Manor, and you can stroll along the Pumpkin Promenade to take in thousands of Jack O' Lanterns (all of which are hand-carved)! This delightfully eerie walk is also set to cool sound effects, synchronized light displays and an original soundtrack. Expect to see spiders and snakes, animals of all kinds on this spooky stroll. Be sure to get your tickets early—they sell out fast and required to gain access to the event! Also note that the tickets you purchase are for specific times. All ages.