If you’re planning a leaf-peeping trip, a last minute vacation, or just want to stay close to home, these exciting fall festivals will inspire a special day out with friends and family to celebrate the beauty of fall in New York. 


Sept. 8-10

St. George's 47th Annual Greek Festival

Friday 9/8, Saturday,9/9 11am-11pm
Sunday 9/10, 11am-3pm
Hellenic Center, 510 Liberty Street, Schenectady
Admission: free

This three-day event will feature live music, ethnic Greek food, beverages and pastries, folk dancing, arts and crafts, and raffles.


18th Annual Little Italy StreetFest

Saturday 9/9, 12-8:30pm
Union St at N Jay St, Schenectady
Admission: free

A Schenectady tradition featuring great food, entertainment for all ages, vendors, music, friends, & family.


Wolf Hollow Brewing Oktoberfest 2023

Saturday 9/9, 12-9pm
Wolf Hollow Brewing Co, 6882 Amsterdam Rd, West Glenville
Admission: free

Enjoy food, games, music and of course, a cold pint of Fall Tree Oktoberfest! Limited edition 1/2 liter WHBC mugs will be on sale while supplies last. Live music by Alpenglühen starting at 3:30pm.


Schenectady Caribbean Day

Saturday 9/9, 11am-dusk
Central Park Music Haven Stage, 500 Iroquois Path, Schenectady
Admission: free

Promoting the elements that are representative of Caribbean people all over the world. Music, Arts, Culture, Heritage, and Unity. Find food vendors, games, DJ & much more!


Annual Community Health Fair

Saturday 9/9, 10am-3pm
Outside Schenectady City Hall
Admission: free

The city of Schenectady in partnership with MVP Healthcare is hosting this great family friendly event. With a live DJ, raffle prizes, local vendors, health screening and safety tips, and fun kid activities. 


Open House Celebrating Our Farming Heritage: A Home Grown Event

Saturday 9/10, 11am-3pm 
Duanesburg Historical Society
Admission: free

CeCe’s Wool Spinning and Weaving Demonstration, “Little Moo the Jacob Sheep”, Butter Making Demonstration, Vintage Farm Tools, Free Ice Cream provided by Hannaford market and more …


72nd Annual Stockade Villagers' Art Show

Saturday 9/9, 10am-4pm 
Stockade Association, Ferry Street & Front Street  
Rain date 9/10 
Admission: free


45th Annual Carrot Festival

Sunday 9/10, 10am-5pm
Congregation Agudat Achim, 2117 Union Street, Schenectady
Admission: Parking fee

A day full of live entertainment, vendors and crafters, kids' activities, community service information, food, and of course carrot cake!


Sept. 16-17

Antique Fair

Saturday 9/16, 9am-4pm
Murray's Fools Distilling Co. and I Love Lucy's Antiques, 7052 & 7152 Amsterdam Road, Glenville 
Admission: free

A fun day full of antiques, collectibles & vintage clothing mixed with drinks, food trucks and music!


Forever Con- A Pop Culture Festival

Saturday 9/16, 11am-7pm
Sunday 9/17, 11am-5pm 
ViaPort Rotterdam
Admission: free

Forever Con is a pop culture festival based around Pop Culture Forever. Lots of fun vendors, costume contest, tabletop gamng tournament, food options and more!


The Hamburg Street Festival

Saturday 9/16, 12-6pm
2775 Hamburg Street, Rotterdam
Admission: free

Giveaways, Kids' Activities, Arts & Crafts Making, Bake Sale, Craft Sale, Food, Music, Elvis Impersonator


End of Summer Bash- Clam Bake!

Sunday 9/16, 1-6pm
Back Barn Brewing Co., 7082 Western Turnpike, Delanson 

Back Barn’s third annual clam bake will be Sunday, September 17! Music by 2096 and food by Wagon Train!


Sept. 23-24

1st Annual Capital Sweat Festival

Saturday 9/23, 8am-12pm
Frog Alley Brewing Co., 108 State St, Schenectady
Admission: $15, reserve online

A wide array of activities focused on wellness, networking, and entertainment this festival brings together local trainers, offers healthy food options, facilitates valuable networking opportunities, and concludes with an exciting and energetic hip hop brunch.


Porchfest Schenectady

Saturday 9/23, 12-7pm
GE Plot Neighborhood - multiple locations, Schenectady
Admission: free 

This is a community event featuring concerts on porches in Schenectady's historic GE Realty Plot, with music starting at noon!



Sunday 9/24, 11:30-3:30pm
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church - 103 S. Reynolds Street, Scotia
Admission: free, $15 dinners 

Homemade German Dinners which include fresh-made Bratwurst & Knockwurst, Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, Rye bread, Beverage & Dessert. Snack Bar, Potato Pancakes, Craft/Vendor Area on church lawn, and German Music provided by Herbi Liebenhagen. Funds raised will support Schenectady Community Ministries (SiCM) and our Bethesda Sandwich ministry


Sept. 30 - Oct.1 

Glenville Oktoberfest

Saturday 9/30, 12-9pm
Maalywck Park, 300 Maalwyck Park Road, Glenville
Admission: free

German food, helicopter rides, live German music, Biergarten, fireworks, vendors, sweet treats, car cruise-in and much more! PROST! 



Saturday 9/30, 2-8pm 
Frog Alley Brewing Co., 108 State Street, Schenectady
Admission: $10 

This event is outdoors, weather permitting, 21+ with live music, food, and cold brews! TOMMY V LIVE headlines the night, with LV Squared and Donna Tritico Band performing throughout the day. Annabel's Pizza Co, Wagon Train BBQ, SUNY SCCC Food Truck, and Sweet Pot Caribbean Cuisine.


Fall Festival

Saturday 9/30, 10am-3pm
Rotterdam Methodist Church, 1915 Helderberg Ave, Rotterdam
Admission: Free, donations encouraged

The annual fall festival features vendors, food, baked goods, our annual Auction, and FREE children's activities (pony rides, petting zoo, bounce house, and more!). There is no cost for admission or children's activities (donations will be accepted). Pony Rides and Petting Zoo will be available between 11am and 2pm.  


Oct. 7-8

Maple Ski Ridge 16th Annual Fall Festival

Saturday 10/7, 9am-4pm
Maple Ski Ridge, 2725 Mariaville Road, Rotterdam

This festival will include a craft and vendor show, tractor and car shows, small engine displays, chair lift and hay wagon rides, raffles and silent auction, food, and discounts for ski season.


Downtown Schenectady Wing Walk 2023

Saturday 10/7, 12-5pm
Downtown Schenectady
Admission: $20 through Proctors starting Sept 12 online, in person or on the phone

One of Downtown Schenectady's favorite foodie events is back! Stroll around downtown and sample unique wing flavors from local restaurants. 


6th Annual Electric City Trucks, Taps, Corks and Forks

Food truck festival featuring live music by Skeeter Creek, food trucks, specialty vendors, craft brews, a Kid's Zone and more!


Fall Festival at VIA Aquarium

Let’s kick off the fall season here at the aquarium the right way. See our newly decorated halloween themed tanks just in time for spooky season. We will also have some fall themed crafts and games to participate in during your trip to the aquarium.


Mabee Farm FallFest

Sunday 10/8, 10am-3pm
Mabee Farm Historic Site,1100 Main St., Rotterdam Junction
Admission: $10 suggested donation

A truly spectacular celebration of autumn featuring family-friendly activities like pony rides, boat rides, crafts, and a petting zoo, along with live music, and local beer. Plus, 75 of our favorite artists and crafters will fill the grounds, selling their eclectic wares.


Oct. 12-15

Town of Rotterdam Fall Fest

Thursday 10/12
1100 Sunrise Blvd., Rotterdam 
Admission: free

Enjoy a wonderful Fall evening in Rotterdam! With food trucks, hay rides, kids crafts, faceprinting and Trunk or Treat. Live music by Grand Central Station.

Rain date: October 19th.

Oktoberfest 2023

Friday 10/13- Sunday 10/15, 3-6pm
Back Barn Brewing Co., 7082 Western Turnpike, Delanson
Admission: free

This event will be rain or shine, so put your lederhosen on come enjoy the fall foliage, some awesome German brews, food and great company! PROST!



Saturday 10/14, 1-10pm
Mohawk Taproom, 153 Mohawk Ave, Scotia
Admission: free

Come party in the street at the annual Blocktoberfest! Beer truck outside with 10 additional draft selections, corn hole, and LIVE MUSIC by 2096!


Oct. 20-22

Downtown Schenectady Fall Spooktacular

Saturday 10/21, 12-4pm
Downtown Schenectady, around City Hall 
Admission: free 

Enjoy an awesome autumn afternoon of fall-themed fun filled with art, music, merchandise, food & drink vendors, and much more. A Jack o’ Lantern bounce house and hayrides will add to the enjoyment.