Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Frozen's Anna and Elsa, Faerie Village, Scarecrows, Ghostport, a Wicked Evening, and More: Top Events for Oct 15-21, 2014

New England Fall Events - Old Sturbridge VillageWe’re going to be straight with you—this is a BIG weekend for events this fall. 

If you were thinking of going to the movies this weekend or sleeping in, we suggest you rethink your plan. With a Thursday night game this week even the Patriots are cooperating to free up your weekend to take full advantage of the bounty of fall fun coming up.

We just posted dozens of new late fall events to the Fall Activities and Food Festivals Guides on New England Fall Events –more will continue to be added every day so check back often for even more terrific ideas lined up for every New England state. 

New England Fall Events - Scarecrow Festival Wallingford CT
We’re excited that this Saturday, October 18th is the Wallingford Scarecrow Festival-- one of our favorites of the year! Even if you have never made a scarecrow before, you will have your chance to create one from scratch and they’ll have all the goodies you could need to bring home a harvest friend to plant in your lawn. You can vote on scarecrow contest entries, and if you love crafts—making them or buying them—this festival has you covered. This year they’ll be featuring performances from FROZEN’s Anna and Elsa so your little Frozen fanatics will be delighted as can be.
If you missed it, you can read about our wonderful time last year at this festival and we’ve included useful family and festival tips for making the most of your visit.

New England Fall Events - Wicked Event Hartford, CT
We also want to highlight a special event featuring author Gregory Maguire and the composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz of the smash musical WICKED. This is a Tuesday night event so you may want plan ahead to take a trip to this special event in Hartford.

You’ll notice from this week’s selection of Top Picks that the Halloween season is in full swing and many of the events have a Halloween theme or costume aspect to them. This is really just a drop in the bucket so be sure to visit New England Fall Events for a complete list of Food, Fall, and Harvest events for each New England state.

New England Fall Events - Smolak Farm Pumpkin Kids North Andover MAIf you are looking for more Halloween and night activities, remember to visit our sister website Halloween New England for guides to local haunted houses and trailsghost tourshaunted and flashlight corn mazesnight hayridescostume guide, a Salem guide and more.

Pumpkins Abound!  New England Fall Events has compiled guides to Pumpkin Patches and PYO Pumpkins for every New England state. Remember to support your local farms by purchasing your pumpkins from your local farm’s harvest—everybody wins when you do! Quick and Easy Guide to Pumpkin Patches in New England.

Where is New England Fall Events Headed this Weekend?
We, like you, will have a hard time narrowing down where we end up—there is SO much to fit in! We’re eyeing the Goffstown Weigh-off & Pumpkin Regatta and the Newburyport Great Pumpkin & Lighting Stroll, We’ll be spending our evenings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday covering night attractions for our companion website Halloween New England .

Jeff Foliage Jenne Farm VT
VT's most photographed farm - Jenne Farm in 2014 foliage
New England Foliage Report from Jeff-Foliage:
This week Jeff Foliage gives us a report from Jenne Farm, which has the distinction of being Vermont’s most photographed farm.
"5:00AM came way too early on Friday and Lisa and I (she’s a great trooper, BTW) made our way to join the throng of photographers at the Jenne farm. Maybe I should call it a murder of photographers? Why? read on…"
Click here to read Jeff's full report.

New England Fall Events' Top Recommendations for this Weekend's Fall Fun
Here's a sample of some wonderful events to keep on your radar heading into the weekend! Find even more terrific events listed on every New England state’s Fall & Activities guide and Food & Harvest Festival Guide.

Here are our recommended activities for Oct 15-21:

Wallingford Scarecrow Festival -appearances by FROZEN’s Anna and Elsa – FREE
Wallingford, CT  Click for details.

Trick or Treat FROZEN Corn Maze at Smolak Farms
North Andover, MA  Click for event details.
Saturday & Sunday, October 18th & 19th, 2014

Hallowlantern Hayride at C.N. Smith Farm
East Bridgewater, MA   Click for event details.
Friday through Sunday, Oct 17th – 19th, 2014

Ghostport – FREE
Bucksport, ME   Click for event details.
Saturday, October 18th, 2014

New England Fall Events - Faerie Village
Wee Faerie Village in a Steampunk'd Wonderland
Old Lyme, CT   Click for event details.
Tuesday through Sunday, now through November 2nd, 2014

Food Truck and Beer Festival
at Six Flags New England
Agawam, MA   Click for event details.
Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Masquerade Tween Night
New Milford, CT  Click for event details.
Friday, October 17th, 2014

Howl-o-ween at the Beardsley Zoo
Bridgeport, CT   Click for event details.
Saturday & Sunday, October 18th & 19th, 2014

Ballet Spooktacular
Old Saybrook, CT  Click for event details.
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
New England Fall Events - Apple Picking Holliston MA 
Bike Boulevard Scavenger Hunt – FREE
Glastonbury, CT   Click for event details.
Sunday, October 19th, 2014  

Goffstown Pumpkin Weigh-off and Regatta
Goffstown, NH  Click for event details.
Saturday & Sunday, October 18th & 19th, 2014

Pumpkin Festival at Lanni Orchards  – FREE 
Lunenburg, MA  Click for event details.
Saturday & Sunday, October 18th & 19th, 2014

Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival – FREE
Newport, RI  Click for event details.
Saturday & Sunday, October 18th & 19th, 2014

Adult CosPlay and Costume Contest
at King Richards Faire 

Carver, MA   Click for event details.
Saturday, October 18th, 2014 (rain date: Oct 19th)

New England Fall Events - Cheese Board Berkshire Blue
Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival– FREE
Glastonbury, CT   Click for event details.
Friday through Sunday, October 17th – 19th, 2014

Cabot Apple Pie Festival
Cabot, VT   Click for event details.
Saturday, October 18th, 2014

CT Cheese and Wine Festival
Milford, NH   Click for event details.
Saturday, October 18th, 2014

A WICKED Cool Evening! with Gregory Maguire and Stephen Schwartz
Hartford, CT  Click for event details.
Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

New England Fall Events - Big Apple Bite
Heading out apple picking this weekend? New England Fall Events has complete guides, features, maps, and contact info for New England PYO apple orchards. Here are your quick links to the apple picking guides:

Need help mapping out where to go? New England Fall Events’ state page maps are handy for scrolling and spotting farms near home or near your road-trip destination.
Orchard and fall attraction maps for:
ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsNew HampshireRhode Island, and Vermont.

Remember, it's always smart to call ahead before heading to your PYO location as some farms will adjust their hours to accomodate weather or to give extra time for fruit to ripen.

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