The Best Fall Festivals in New York State

Apple Festival Photo

The combination of beer, apples and foliage make fall the best time to spend a weekend at a festival. Today we offer the second edition of our guide to fall festivals – this one focusing on our home state of New York. Hop on a bus or train for one of these five New York fall festivals easily accessible from New York City by public transit.

Hudson River Craft Beer Festival

When: September 14, 2019

Where: Beacon, New York

The easy day trip to the hip town of Beacon is enhanced this September with its annual craft beer festival. For $40 you can spend the afternoon sampling over 180 beers while overlooking the Hudson River. Make it a weekend getaway with a stay at the local Roundhouse hotel and a visit to the always impressive DIA:Beacon.

How to get there: Take Metro-North to Beacon.

Rochester Fringe Festival

When: September 10-21, 2019

Where: Rochester, New York

For 10-days, Rochester is taken over by lights, colors and creativity during its annual Fringe Festival. Join thousands of locals and visitors in enjoying everything from a sound performance in an igloo to magician performances. Along with theater, head to a beer garden, outdoor concert or comedy show.

How to get there: Take the Greyhound bus from Port Authority

Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival

When: September 27-29, 2019

Where: Ithaca, New York

If biting into a fresh, crisp is your idea of the perfect start to fall, head to Ithaca’s annual Apple Festival. Along with apple products ranging from hot cider to donuts to lip balm, the event also highlights the region’s artists and craftspeople. It also doesn’t hurt that the festival almost always coincides with fall foliage in the area

How to get there: Both Greyhound and the Short Line buses have routes from Port Authority to Ithaca.

Glimmerglass Film Days

When: November 7-11, 2019

Where: Cooperstown New York

Cooperstown may be known as a hotspot for baseball and craft brews, but it’s also home to a four-day film festival with an environmental bent. Visitors can expect everything from shorts to feature length documentaries with a focus on films that explore “our complex relationship with the natural world”. Tickets start at $90 for access to unlimited films with higher priced tickets that include food and beverage.

How to get there: Take Adirondack Trailways from Port Authority to Cooperstown.

Rosendale Pickle Festival

When: November 24, 2019

Where: Rosendale, New York

An easy bus ride from NYC, the Rosendale Pickle Festival is a delicious and lighthearted event for all ages. Along with seemingly unlimited pickles, festival goers will find vendors with local crafts and other grocery products. Kids will love the pickle throwing contest and, perhaps, the pickle juice drinking competition.

How to get there: Take Trailways Bus to Rosendale Station from Port Authority. Rosendale Chamber will be running shuttles to the festival grounds.

For more suggestions on events and festivals this fall head to I Love New York.