Five New England Festivals to Enjoy This Fall

There is something special about being in New England in the fall. While enjoying the foliage, leaf peepers might also want to visit the festivals below to enjoy even more of fall in New England.


Ridgefield’s Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off

Ballard Park

Ridgefield, Connecticut

Sunday September 23rd

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission: Free

There are pumpkins, then there are these pumpkins! Visit this Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off where giant pumpkin and squash growers gather to compete for cash prizes. Along with the chance to view these giant vegetables, visitors can also stop and chat with the growers and learn about growing these behemoth vegetables. The event will also include a Pumpkin Decorating contest, farm stands, baked goods, food trucks, kids activities and live music. More information on the weigh-off can be found at the Ridgefield Annual Pumpkin Weigh Off Facebook page.



Fryeburg Fair

1154 Main Street


September 29-October 6

Admission: $12 per adult (12 and older)

Weekly pass $65.00

Senior Citizen Tuesdays- Seniors get in free.

Join the fun at Maine’s largest fair, first held in 1851. The fair is situated on 185 acres and has over 100 buildings. The eight-day fair hosts over 3,000 animals including prize winning horses, oxen dairy and beef cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry and rabbits.  The fair also includes Truck Pulls, an Agricultural Exhibition Center, Fiber Show and demonstrations and a Farm Museum highlighting crafts and early farm and farm related industries in New England area.  More information can be found at



North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

69 Chestnut Hill Rd.


September 28th and 29th

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: $10 a day (for those 12 and older)

$5 per day for students seniors and EBT card holders,

$8 for a weekend pass

Children 12 and under are free.

The Festival that stinks as this event has become known, is a fall tradition in the North Quabbin region. The event promotes a celebration of the artistic, agricultural and cultural bounty of the North Quabbin Region of Massachusetts and includes music on three stages, petting zoo, exhibitor demos, food courts with chef demos including many garlic related foods. Visitors do not want to miss the ever-popular raw garlic eating contest. Proceeds support the festival as well as a grant program for art, agriculture, health and energy projects.  More information can be found at



New Hampshire

New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival

Downtown Laconia

October 18

4-8 p.m.

October 19

Noon-8 p.m.

Those with carved pumpkins might want to attend this event to show their pumpkin off.  Along with display their own pumpkin festival goers can climb stairs to a platform to get a pumpkin view of the fair and take pictures, and participate in a Zombie walk which will allow them to show off their zombie garb. There will be a Pumpkin Fest Amazing Race which will include 50 teams of 4 people who will solve clues, complete challenges, beat the clock and win prizes.  A pumpkin lighting will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday.  More information can be found at



Rhode Island

Roger Williams Park Zoo

Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular

1000 Elmwood Ave.


October 3 to November 3

6p.m.-10;30 p.m.

Sensory Friendly Jack O’Lantern Spectacular 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

Admission is $18 for adults

$15 for children

children under 1 free.

The Roger Williams Park Zoo hosts it’s Jack O’Lantern Spectacular. The night includes 1,000’s of intricately carved pumpkins on display along the Wetland’s Trail.  The Eagle Zip Ride will also be open during the event. More information can be found at



Mount Holly Cider Days

Belmont Green

Mt. Holly, VT.

October 12 10am -4pm

October 13 12 p.m.-4pm.

Admission: Free
Every year the townspeople gather on the village green for two days of apple cider pressing on a century old cider press, apple pie eating, and local artisans and crafters selling their wares. There’s cheese sampling by Crowley Cheese, a local cheese company that has been making cheese in this town for over 100 years (Still doing it all by hand). Saturday starts with a pancake breakfast at the Mt. Holly Grange and the Cider Days begins promptly afterwards. After a day on the green a Public Dinner is held from 5-7pm at the Odd Fellows Hall in Belmont, an old turn of the century toy factory, which made sleds and wagons. More information can be found at the Mount Holly Community Association Facebook page.





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