Fall is a wonderful time of year on Long Island. The leaves are turning bright shades of red, yellow and orange, and we have sunny days without the scorching heat of summer. From a wealth of fall festivals and fairs to art exhibits, here are some things to see and do on Long Island in October.
Note: This page is updated annually, usually a few weeks before the start of the month. Here's the 2013 October Calendar of Events.
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Nassau County Museum of Art's Sculpture Garden features 50+ sculptures by Botero, Calder and more, displayed outdoors on the museum's sprawling property. The Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor. Call (516) 484-9337 or visit the Nassau County Museum of Art.
Family Sundays at the Museum are offered every week at the Nassau County Museum of Art. The program includes supervised art activities for children and their adults, family gallery talks and family-friendly gallery guides. The family tour is at 1 p.m., and art activities begin at 1:30 p.m. The program is free with museum admission.
The Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor. For more information, go to the Nassau County Museum of Art website.
Now through Sunday, October 13, 2013
The exhibit Alex Katz - Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art continues through Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive (just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A) in Roslyn Harbor. For more information, visit Nassau County Museum of Art or call (516) 484-9337.
Saturday, October 5, 2013 (rain date: Sunday, October 6), 2013The Apple Festival will take place at the Islip Grange, Montauk Highway and Broadway Avenue in Sayville from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, October 6.) This FREE fair will feature craft vendors, food vendors and continuous entertainment. For more information, please call the Town of Islip Cultural Affairs Office at (631) 224-5430.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
The Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at Hicks Nurseries in Westbury. Will you be the Long Islander who's grown the largest pumpkin this year? Winners in previous years have raised pumpkins weighing 876, 920 and 1030 pounds.
Everyone who has grown a pumpkin – no matter the size – is encouraged to bring it and show off their growing skills. In addition to awards for the three heaviest pumpkins, there will also be prizes to the ‘Rookie of the Year’ and ‘Best Pumpkin Grown by A Child’ (under the age of 15).
Find out more at Hicks Nurseries
Sunday, October 6, 2013At Bedell Cellars, 36225 Main Road, Cutchogue, NY, from 12 noon to 1:30 P.M., Vineyard Walks hosted by CEO Trent Preszler, Ph.D., the first person to obtain a Ph.D. in viticulture in the LI wine industry.
On these walks, guests will learn how wine grapes are grown, and the tour includes the vineyards and gardens, a field of native grasses and flowers, a honeybee apiary, and the Audubon bluebird trail. $50 per person includes a wine tasting.
To rsvp, please call (631) 734-7537 or email Trent@bedellcellars.com.
Thursday, October 10 through Sunday, October 14, 2013The 21st Annual Hamptons International Film Festival provides a forum for independent filmmakers from all over the world to express their visions and generally brings in 15,000 visitors each year. The festival is held for five days in October each year in a variety of theater venues from Montauk to Southampton. Celebrities from Martin Scorsese to Steven Spielberg have shown up at the festival. The 2008 festival featured the East Coast premiere of Slumdog Millionaire, which later went on to win eight Academy Awards. For more information, a schedule, and to buy tickets, visit The Hamptons International Film Festival
For more information, a schedule, and to buy tickets, please go to www.hamptonfilmfest.org or call (631) 324-4600.
Friday, Oct. 11, Saturday, Oct. 12, Sunday, Oct. 13 & Monday, Oct. 14, 2013The 20th Annual Long Island Fall Festival at Heckscher Park in Huntington, NY. There will be live music performances, rides, hundreds of vendors, food courts, and much more.
FREE admission. Parking at Huntington train station. $1 round-trip shuttle.
Times: Friday, October 511, 2013: 3 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, October 12, 2013: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, October 13, 2013: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday, October 14, 2013 (Columbus Day): 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For full schedule, please visit: Long Island Fall Festival website
Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, 2013The 32nd Annual Montauk Fall Festival, on the Green, across from the Chamber of Commerce building in the center of town, 742 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The famous Clam Chowder Contest will take place on Saturday only at 10 a.m. On both days, there will be carousel rides for the kids, pony ride, a farmers' market, face paintng, pupkin decorating, live music, Octoberfest-style food for sale, and much more. FREE admission.
On Saturday night, October 12, there will be Fireworks by Grucci.
For more info, call (631)668-2428 or go to www.montaukchamber.com.