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Family fall festivals on Long Island

From hayrides and petting zoos to pumpkin picking and carnival games, we have everything you need to plan fun-filled family weekends this fall. Take a look at family festivals happening this season on Long Island....

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From hayrides and petting zoos to pumpkin picking and carnival games, we have everything you need to plan fun-filled family weekends this fall. Take a look at family festivals happening this season on Long Island.

Schmitt Family Farm Fall Festival

WHERE/ WHEN 6 Bagatelle Rd., Dix Hills; Saturdays-Sept. 15 through Oct. 28 (including Columbus Day) from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. DETAILS The family festival includes pumpkin-picking, hayrides, an animal train ride, a pumpkin bounce house, a firetruck slide, haunted maze, a John Deere trike play area, duck races, roasted corn, apple cider and more. Price: Free admission, fees apply for games and rides. INFO 631-549-3276, schmittsfamilyfarms.com

Hicks Nurseries Fall Festival

WHERE/ WHEN 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury; Sept. 15-Oct. 28: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fridays 8 a.m.-8 p.m.) DETAILS Enjoy hayrides, fresh picked apples, apple cider, live farm animals, children's workshops, pumpkin contests and more. Come see the "Otto the Ghost" animated story, that focuses on friendship, family and Halloween cheer; "Otto" will be available for photos 10 a.m.- noon and 2 p.m.-4 p.m. on weekends. Price: Parking and admission is free INFO 516-272-4649, hicksnurseries.com

Fink's Country Farm Fall Festival

WHERE/ WHEN 6242 Middle Country Rd., Wading River; open weekends Sept. 22 through Oct. 28: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Columbus Day/ October 8, also open) DETAILS Includes hayrides, a corn maze, U-pick pumpkins, train rides, combine slide, playground area, barnyard bouncer, face-painting, pony rides, roasted corn, fresh produce and more. Price: $15, free ages 2 and younger INFO 631-886-2272, finksfarm.com


Fall Farm Festival at White Post Farms

WHERE/ WHEN 250 Old Country Rd., Melville; weekends and Columbus Day, Sept. 22-Oct. 28: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. DETAILS Featuring an animal farm (including Patches, the resident giraffe), wagon rides, pumpkin picking and entrance into the bird aviary. Scheduled entertainment includes a dog show, magic show, exotic bird show, the "Rodeo Ricky and The Tourist Trap" show and the "Nick's Kids Show." Price: $22.10, which includes bounce and slides, wagon rides, hay play, all shows, admission to the animal farm and bird aviary; pumpkins, pony rides, food, train rides and animal feed available at additional cost. INFO 631-351-9373, whitepostfarms.com

‘Frontier Family Fun’ fall festival at Dees' Nursery

WHERE/ WHEN 69 Atlantic Ave., Oceanside; Sunday, Sept. 30 then Saturdays-Sundays in October plus Columbus Day (Oct. 8): 11 a.m.-5 p.m. DETAILS You'll find a children's corn maze, gem mining, an interactive petting zoo, pumpkin-painting, pumpkin patch, pony rides and a free trip through the "Spooky Walk." Price: Attractions free except for gem mining, interactive petting zoo and pumpkin painting INFO 516-678-3535, deesnursery.com.

Pickle Festival

WHERE/ WHEN John Gardiner Farm: 900 Park Ave., Huntington; Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. DETAILS The Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association's festival features specialty pickles, roasted corn, potato-digging, farmers market, lollipop farm train, corn maze, hay rides and family activities. Price: $5 donation, free younger than 12. INFO 631-754-1180, greenlawncenterporthistorical.org

Long Island Family Festival

WHERE/ WHEN Tanner Park: 400 Baylawn Ave., Copiague; Friday, Sept. 14 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 15 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 16 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (rain dates: Sept. 28-30) DETAILS Families can enjoy live entertainment, a pet expo and dog themed event and skate board demonstration, among other features. Price: Fee for rides. INFO lifamilyfestival.com.

Long Island Fair

WHERE/ WHEN Old Bethpage Village Restoration: 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage; Sept. 15-16, 22-23: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. DETAILS Featuring food and crafts for purchase, horticultural and agricultural exhibits, family-friendly activities like magic shows, a petting zoo and camel rides, as well as attractions including brass band concerts, pig racing, butterfly exhibit and lumberjack show plus a "ninja experience," Wild West show and a game of old-time "base ball." Price: $15, $13 children ages 5-12, ages four and younger enter free INFO 516-874-0502, lifair.org

Long Island Garlic Festival

WHERE/ WHEN 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead; Sept. 15-16: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. DETAILS Features contests, live music, a craft marketplace, hayrides and family activities, there'll also be garlic-inspired foods, local and organic agriculture and, as expected, a lot of garlic for sale to plant or eat. Contests will include a garlic-eating challenge and the "Stinky Garlic Breath Competition." Price: $5, children under 6 are free INFO 631-722-8777, gardenofevefarm.com

Mercy Medical Center Fall Festival

WHERE/ WHEN 1000 North Village Ave., Rockville Centre; Saturday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. DETAILS The family festival includes lunch, ambulance and fire truck tours, pumpkin decorating, face painting, bounce house and much more. Price: Free admission. INFO 516-62-MERCY, mercymedicalcenter.chsli.org..

Fiddle and Folk Festival

WHERE/ WHEN 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., E. Setauket; Sunday, Sept. 16 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. DETAILS This family-friendly festival will feature performances by Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, New Students, the Stony Brook Roots Ensemble and Pete Mancini and the Hillside Airmen, with Bob Wescott returning as host. There will be a sing-along with kids, farm animals and more. Price: Advanced tickets available online for $15 adult, $10 seniors and children at fiddleandfolk.com; may be more at the door INFO call 631-689-8172 for more details.

Brightwaters Farms Fall Harvest

WHERE/ WHEN 1624 Manatuck Blvd., Bay Shore; Sept. 26-Oct. 28 daily: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. DETAILS Families can enjoy pumpkin-picking (69 cents per pound), hayrides ($3 per person weekdays, unlimited hayrides Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day as part of admission fee), animal feeding ($2 per cone), a farm playground and more. On weekends, there will also be live entertainment with Zippy the Clown, face-painting, magic shows, rubber-ducky races, mini-tractor ride ($2 per ride) and more. Price: Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day: $10, free ages 1 and younger; admission is free weekdays. POP admission: $20 per child (includes general admission plus unlimited Little Farmers Playland rides, does not include pony rides or farm animal feeding). INFO 631-665-5411, brightwatersfarms.com

Barnyard Adventure at Harbes Family Farm

WHERE/ WHEN 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck; Mon-Thurs: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri-Sun: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. DETAILS Families can enjoy the Barnyard Adventure daily until Sunday, Oct. 28. Kids will enjoy singing hayrides (Fri-Sun, holidays only), a petting zoo, pig races (Fri-Sun, holidays only), a gnome-themed hedge maze, "Jumbo Jumpers" bounce pillows, Bunnyville rabbit attraction, an animatronic Chicken Show and more. Price: Mon-Thurs: $10.95, Fri-Sun: $18.95, holidays and festivals: $19.95, season pass: $39.95 INFO 631-365-2937, harbesfamilyfarm.com

Spooky Fest!

WHERE/ WHEN 1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre; Saturday, Oct. 13, 19-21, 26-28: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. DETAILS Features non-spooky activities such as a "Not-So-Spooky Walk" in the woods for young children, arts and crafts, an "Amazing Animals Live" animal exhibit, face painting and "Friendly Merry Monsters." Price: $10, or $15 when including the scary "Haunted Woods" and "Maze of Zombies" attractions INFO 516-764-0045cstl.org

Great Jack-O’-Lantern Spectacular Sail

WHERE/ WHEN Belmont Lake State Park: Southern State Parkway Exit 38, North Babylon; Saturday, Oct. 27: 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (sailing starts at 6:15 p.m.) DETAILS A family-friendly Halloween event featuring trick-or-treating, games, craft-making, a children's "Spooky Den" and the sailing of the first 50 carved pumpkins (lit with candles, at dusk) around Belmont Lake. Price: admission is free INFO 631-667-5055, parks.ny.gov

The Barkfest parade

WHEN | WHERE 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow DETAILS Bark if you think you have a winner. Dress your four-legged friend in a Halloween costume for the Barkfest parade. It's part of a larger festival with prizes for best costume (judging at 2:30 p.m.). All pets in attendance must be on a leash. INFO 516-315-6686; ruffhouserescue.org ADMISSION Free.

Crestwood's Fall Fair & Open House

WHERE/ WHEN 313 Round Swamp Rd., Melville; Saturday, Oct. 13: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. DETAILS: Activities include pumpkin-picking, a bungee trampoline, face-painting, raffles, snacks, adventure ropes course, carousel, a ferris wheel, treetop playground and more. Price: free admission; advance registration is required INFO crestwoodcountryday.com; RSVP at info@crestwoodcountryday.com or by calling 631-692-6361.

Harvest Festival at Benner’s Farm

WHERE/ WHEN 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., East Setauket; Oct. 20-21: noon-4 p.m. DETAILS Featuring apple cider making demonstrations, farm animals to pet and feed, hayrides, fresh local produce and live music by band Michael and the Dingers. Price: $8 adults, $6 for children ages 2-12. INFO 631-689-8172, bennersfarm.com

Rolling River Fall Festival

WHERE/ WHEN Rolling River Day Camp: 477 Ocean Ave., East Rockaway; Saturday, Oct. 20: noon-4 p.m. DETAILS Offers face painting, cooking projects, pony rides, live entertainment, bounce house fun and more. Price: general admission is free; "Ride Zone" bracelets are available for a to-be-announced price INFO 516-593-2267, rollingriver.com

Center Moriches Fall Fair

WHERE/ WHEN Main Street, Center Moriches; Saturday, Oct: 20: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. DETAILS You'll find vendors on Main Street; merchants selling goods and food, raffles, artists, pony rides and more activities for children. Price: Free admission INFO 631-874-3849 moricheschamber.org

Huntington Historical Society’s Apple Festival

WHERE/ WHEN Kissam House: 434 Park Ave., Huntington; Sunday, Oct. 14: noon-4 p.m. DETAILS The Huntington Historical Society hosts this annual autumnal celebration, featuring a magician, traditional games, old-time crafts (including scarecrow-making), pumpkin painting, live fiddle band and harvest foods such as pies and candy apples. Price: Admission is free INFO 631-427-7045 (Ext. 401) huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org

Apple Festival at Mill Neck Manor

WHERE/ WHEN Oct. 6-7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. DETAILS Country crafts, children's activities, baked goods, cheeses, apples and more, as well as the latest in deaf technology and information. Price: $15 a vehicle, and tickets are available for purchase for rides and food INFO 516-922-4100, millneck.org (certified service dogs permitted with proof only)

Oyster Festival

WHERE/ WHEN Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park: West End Ave., Oyster Bay; Oct. 13-14: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. DETAILS Features Check out carnival rides, pirate shows, a zoo attraction, vendors, live entertainment, an oyster eating/ shucking contest, sports clinics, a food court and more; rain or shine. Price: Free admission, free parking, some attractions require fees INFO 516-628-1625, theoysterfestival.org

Long Beach's Fall Festival and Costume Parade

WHERE/ WHEN Kennedy Plaza: 1 W. Chester St., Long Beach; Oct. 13-14: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. DETAILS Features include craft vendors, a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, live music, hay rides and more; the always-popular costume parade starts at noon on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Recreation Center field on Magnolia Boulevard. Price: Free (some attractions require fees); 516-431-3890, longbeachny.gov

Montauk Fall Festival

WHERE/ WHEN Montauk Village Green: Montauk Hwy. and The Plaza; Oct. 6-7: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. DETAILS features a clam chowder-tasting contest (Saturday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m.), a free carousel, Octoberfest foods, farmers market and live music. Price: Free admission INFO 631-668-2428, montaukchamber.com

Long Island Fall Festival

WHERE/ WHEN Heckscher Park: Prime Ave. and Main St., Huntington; Friday, Oct. 5: 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Oct. 6-7: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 8: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. DETAILS features live entertainment, a carnival, vendors, food court, activities for young children and more. Price: admission is free INFO 631-423-6100, lifallfestival.com

Riverhead Country Fair

WHERE/ WHEN Main St. and Peconic Ave. in Riverhead; Sunday, Oct. 7: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine DETAILS features craft vendors, live entertainment, carnival rides and activities. Price: free admission INFO 631-727-1215, riverheadcountryfair.com

Fish Hatchery Fall Festival

WHERE/ WHEN 1660 Rte. 25A, Cold Spring Harbor; Saturday, Sept. 29: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. DETAILS Features fishing for children ages 12 and younger, a petting zoo, castle bouncer, pumpkin patch, games, exhibits, animals, food and more. Price: $6, $4 children 3-12 and 65 and older INFO 516-692-6768, cshfishhatchery.org

San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons

WHERE/ WHEN at the Hampton Bays Long Island Rail Road station, Good Ground Rd.; Sept. 29: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. DETAILS Live entertainment, carnival rides, artisan vendors, food vendors and more. Proceeds from the feast support the local school with scholarships as well as local charities, namely Maureen's Haven and Coalition for Women's Cancers of Southampton Hospital, and help to those in need. Price: Admission is free; fee for rides and food INFO sangennarofeastofthehamptons.com

Town of Babylon Fall Festival

WHERE/ WHEN Phelps Lane Park: 151 Phelps Ln., North Babylon; Sept. 29: noon-3 p.m. DETAILS Features to include a petting zoo, hay rides, a pumpkin patch, live music and food. Price: Admission is free INFO 631-893-2100, townofbabylon.com

Fall Festival at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve

WHERE/ WHEN Caleb Smith State Park Preserve: 581 W Jericho Tpke., Smithtown; Sunday, Sept. 30: 10 a.m. DETAILS Featuring live music, crafts, children's games, fishing (including free bait and tackle), face-painting, nature tours and free pumpkins for children ages 12 and younger. Price: $10 per car. Price: $10 per car INFO 631-265-1054, friendsofcalebsmith.org

Sands Point Preserve's Village Day Fall Festival

WHERE/ WHEN 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point; Sunday, Sept. 23, noon-4 p.m. DETAILS Enjoy family-friendly outdoor activities such a petting zoo, hayrides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, a green grocer market and more. Price: Admission is $20 per car (members $10 per car) INFO 516-571-7901, thesandspointpreserve.org


WHERE/ WHEN 350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank; Sept. 29-30: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. DETAILS Enjoy a fun-filled day for the whole family with various activities and attractions including wagon rides, pumpkin decorating, a corn maze, family games and more. Price: $12, ages three and up (ages two and under free); additional fees for food vendors and some attractions INFO 631-852-4600, ccesuffolk.org

Long Island Apple Festival

WHERE/ WHEN Sherwood-Jayne Farm: 55 Old Post Rd., East Setauket; Sunday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. DETAILS Activities will include live music, an apple pie baking contest, a pie auction, hay and pony rides, vendors selling wares, open-hearth colonial cooking demonstrations, tug-o-war, apple relay races and apple-head doll making. Foods and drink (including fresh-pressed apple juice) will be available, as will tours of the historic Sherwood-Jayne House. Price: $7 adults, $5 seniors and children ages 2-12 INFO 631-692-4664, preservationlongisland.org

East End Maritime Festival

WHERE/ WHEN Village of Greenport: Saturday, Sept. 22: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. DETAILS Festival includes vendors, games, boat tours, live music, story times, nautical demonstrations and more. INFO 631-477-2100, eastendseaport.org

Queens County Fair

WHERE/ WHEN Queens County Farm Museum: 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park; Sept. 22-23: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. DETAILS Features pig races, hayrides, carnival rides, midway games, pie-eating and corn-husking contests, blue ribbon competitions in livestock, craft-making and more. Price: Admission is $10, $5 for children ages 12 and younger; free for farm members (expect additional fees for some rides and games) INFO 718-347-3276, queensfarm.org

Family Festival By the Sea

WHERE/ WHEN Lido Beach Town Park: 630 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach; Sept. 21- 23: 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. DETAILS Featuring food and craft vendors, live music, children's shows, petting zoo, pony rides, rib and clam eating contests, among other events. Price: admission and parking is free INFO 516-292-9000, festivalnet.com

Valley Stream Community Fest

WHERE/ WHEN Rockaway Ave. between Sunrise Hwy. and Merrick Rd.; Saturday, Sept. 29: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. DETAILS includes children's activities, food, live entertainment, sports activities, vendors and art activities, among other happenings. Price: free admission INFO 516-825-1741, vscommunityfest.com

Wildwood Fall Festival

WHERE/ WHEN Wildwood State Park: 790 Hulse Landing Rd., Wading River; Sept. 22: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. DETAILS Featuring vendors, wagon rides, pony rides, petting zoo, children's build-a-scarecrow contest, games and more. Price: Admission is free, parking is $8 INFO 631-929-4314, nysparks.com

Cow Harbor Weekend

WHERE/ WHEN Main Street in Cow Harbor, Northport; Sept. 15-16, hours vary DETAILS Highlights are to include the annual Great Cow Harbor 10-Kilometer Run on Saturday, Sept. 15 (after 8 a.m.), followed by a Decorated Boat Display on the Village Dock (6 p.m.) and a concert in the village park with Jimmy Buffett tribute band, Barometer Soup (8 p.m.). Sunday, Sept. 15 sees the annual parade (noon) followed by food vendors, rides and games, more music and boat races (races at 2 p.m.). Admission is free, all rides are individual tickets (prices to be announced). INFO cowharbor.org