Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Cider Pressing, Topsfield Fair, Pumpkin Palooza, Princess Contest, Faeries, and Apple Festivals Galore- New England Fall Events Top Picks for Sept 30-Oct 6, 2015

Wadsworth Atheneum Hartford CT New England Fall Events
The grand staircase mural at the
Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT

The weekend weather couldn't have been dreamed up any better than we've had in recent weeks! Honestly, Mother Nature has been very very good to us lately and we hope that she will continue to bestow this crisp, cool, sunny weather as long as possible!

New England Fall Events has loved taking advantage of every moment of it with the many outdoor festivals and events that dot our calendar day in and day out. Our favorite season looks and feels the part and it reminds us yet again how lucky we are to enjoy celebrate this time of year and how much is right at our fingertips.

More PYO Apples varieties! Annnnnd (drum roll...) Honey Crisps are HERE!
George Hill Orchards MA New England Fall Events
Apple Picking at George Hill Orchards
It continues to be a pleasure that every day brings news of more apple varieties ready for pick-your-own harvesting. We know you will all be thrilled to know that many New England farms are ready to roll with their honey crisps--everyone's favorite!

Look for McIntosh, Cortland, Northern Spy, Golden Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Macoun, Blue Pearmain, Empire, Jonamacs, Prima, Liberty varieties just to name a few. Some orchards such as Kimball Fruit Farm have plentiful PYO varieties and they are already harvesting several of their heirloom varieties too.

As always, New England Fall Events has your complete guides, features, maps, and contact details for your local or destination-area New England PYO apple orchards. Here are your quick links to our apple picking guides: ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsNew HampshireRhode Island, and Vermont

Where have New England Fall Events Been Lately?
Revels River Sing Cambridge MA New England Fall Events
Lady on parade at the Revels' RiverSing
What a September it has been for us! We are still talking about our day at EnvisionFest Hartford where we were so impressed by the variety of arts-focused activities that dotted downtown Hartford and where we were able to see the newly (and stunningly) renovated Wadsworth Atheneum
The activities and games were plentiful and created with care. There was so much to enjoy in one day that we felt we barely scratched the surface of all the fun to be had. We also learned about next month's Night Fall event at this festival and you better believe we have it circled on our calendar! It was an impressive day all around--well done, Hartford!

For days after the delightful Revels River Sing parade and sing-a-long in Harvard Square, we'd catch ourselves humming "Somo el Barco, Somo el Mar..." and reminiscing about watching the sun set over the Charles River while the community sang together.
The Big E Sheep Shearing New England Fall Events
Getting primped for showing at The Big E

We've trekked through Vermont for the annual Pumpkin Chuckin' event and we'll have photos and a wrap up for you soon!

We spent all day Friday at The Big E and were amazed at the scale of this New England "States" Fair. There is still one weekend left to catch the festivities there and despite the draw of the food and ride, we implore you not to overlook the wonderfully educational agriculture exhibits and showings as well as the crafts at Storrowton Village. 
The paper marbling demo was fascinating and the agricultural exhibits were thoughtfully done. We'll be writing a monumental wrap-up of this monumental fall event but hoo-boy is there a lot to cover (and a million photos to sift through).

Where is New England Fall Events Headed this Weekend?
You can catch us at the day-long Day of the Dead Scavenger Hunt in Taunton, MA on Sunday and we are hoping to make it to Topsfield Fair on Friday if the stars align just right!

New England Foliage Report from our favorite foliage tracker Jeff-Foliage:
This week Jeff Foliage says "The cool September nights' are having a big impact on the fall foliage colors throughout northern New England and the colors are moving south. The best places seen early this week are......"  Click here to read Jeff's full report.

New England Fall Events' Top Recommendations for this Weekend's Fall Fun
With the number of fun and charming events and festivals going every weekend it keeps getting harder to whittle down our Top Picks to just a handful. Thankfully, these are just a few of the many terrific events listed on every New England state’s Fall & Activities guide and Food & Harvest Festival Guide. 

Here are our recommended activities for Sept 30-Oct 6:
Roget Williams Zoo Jack-o-lantern Spectacular New England Fall Events

Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular at Roger William Zoo
Providence, RI     Click for details
Thursday, October 1st- November 1st, 2015

Peacham Fall Foliage Festival
Peacham VT     Click for details
Thursday, October 1st 2015

Wee Faerie Village presents Whimsical Kingdoms
Old Lyme, CT     Click for details
Thursday, October 1st-November 1st 2015

The Big E Circus Museum New England Fall Events
Topsfield Fair
Topsfield, MA     Click for details
Friday, October 2nd- 12th, 2015

Fall Wine Tour with Vermont Farm Tours
Burlington, VT     Click for details
Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Southington Apple Harvest Festival
Southington, CT     Click for details
Friday through Sunday, October 2nd-4th, 9th-11th, 2015

Apple Day Celebration at Gilsland Farm
The Big E Apple Pie New England Fall Events
Falmouth, ME     Click for details
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Woodstock Foliage Walk - FREE
Woodstock, VT     Click for details
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Harvest Fair at the Norman Bird Sanctuary
Middletown, RI     Click for details
Saturday and Sunday, October 3rd & 4th, 2015

Pumpkin Palooza
Salem, MA     Click for details
Princess Sing-along King Richards Faire Carver MA Renaissance  New England Fall EventsSaturday, October 3, 2015

Pet Weekend at CT Renaissance Faire
North Haven, CT     Click for details
Saturday and Sunday, October 3rd & 4th, 2015

Exeter Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival
Exeter, NH     Click for details
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Prince & Princess Costume Contest at King Richard's Faire
Carver, MA     Click for details
Saturday October 3rd, 2015 (rain date: Sun. Oct 4th)
Read about New England Fall Events visit to KRF and learn insider tips for your visit!

Apple Picking New England Fall Events
Ringo Matsuri (Apple Festival) at Shelburne Vineyards
Shelburne, VT      Click for details
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

NH Lakes Region Barrel Tasting Weekend
Meredith, NH       Click for details
Saturday and Sunday October 3rd and 4th, 2015

Harvest Party and Cider Pressing at Red Fire Farm
Granby, MA     Click for details
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

The Big E Pumpkin Facts New England Fall EventsFreeport Fall Festival
Freeport, ME     Click for details
Saturday & Sunday, October 3rd & 4th, 2015

Day of the Dead Scavenger Hunt and Party in the Pines
Taunton, MA     Click for details
Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Heading out for some fall fun this weekend? 
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, always call ahead before heading out to PYO as some farms will adjust their hours for weather or they close to allow more time for fruit to ripen.

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