North Fork fall festivals and fun: 9 to check out in 2017

The East End Maritime Festival runs this weekend, Sept. 23, 24 and 25. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The East End Maritime Festival runs this weekend, Sept. 22, 23 and 24. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Some might argue that harvest is the best time on the East End.

With plenty of fall festivals, pumpkin picking, corn mazes and more, it certainly is often the busiest season.

Here are 9 festivals and events for fun on the North Fork this autumn.

Farm animals at Fink's Country Farm in Wading River. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Farm animals at Fink’s Country Farm in Wading River. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Fink’s Country Farm Fall Festival
6242 Middle Country Road, Wading River, (631) 886-2272
Finksfarm.com

Animal farm, bounce house, hay rides, pig races, character appearances, playground and more. Open Saturdays and Sundays 9:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 23 through Oct. 30. $15 per person, children under 2 are free.

Pigs race around the track at Harbes Barnyard Adventure. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

Pigs race around the track at Harbes Barnyard Adventure. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

Harbes Family Farm
Mattituck, Jamesport and Riverhead locations (631) 298-0800
Harbesfarm.com

Apple picking, pumpkin picking, corn mazes, hay rides and Harbes’ Barnyard Adventure at the farm’s three locations (Jamesport Western Farm, Mattituck Family Farm and Harbes Orchard in Riverhead). Visit the Harbes website to see which activities are offered at the different locations. Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $9.95 Monday through Friday and $17.95 Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Owner George Gabrielsen feeds his goats in their new pen (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Owner George Gabrielsen feeds his goats in their new pen (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Gabrielsen’s Country Farm
200 Herricks Lane, Jamesport, (631) 722-3259
Gabrielsenscountryfarm.com

Gabrielsen’s offers hay rides, train rides, bounce houses, farm animals, pumpkin picking, roasted corn and their greenhouse-grown hardy mums, Montauk daisies and ornamental cabbage and kale. Admission to Gabrielsen’s Country Farm Fall Festival is $5 for adults and $9.95 for children on both weekends and weekdays. Live music and hay rides are only available on weekends and begin Sept. 16. The farm is open from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. every day and the festival runs through Oct. 31.

A scene from the 2015 East End Maritime Festival. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

A scene from the 2015 East End Maritime Festival. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

East End Maritime Festival
Greenport Village
eastendmaritimefestival.org

Tickets for the Land and Sea Gala, the festival’s kickoff event which will be held Friday, Sept. 22, are available here. The Merry Merfolk Parade steps off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. The parade kicks off the two-day festival and introduces its grand marshals Lisa and Richard Israel. Music, entertainment, kayak races, fair vendors, lighthouse tours and more. The festival continues on Sunday, Sept. 24.

Windy Acres Farm in Calverton. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Windy Acres Farm in Calverton. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Windy Acres Farm
3810 Middle Country Road, Calverton (631) 727-4554

Pumpkin picking, apple picking, corn maze and playground. Find them on Facebook for more information.

Riverhead Country Fair
Peconic Riverfront, Riverhead, (631) 727-1215,
riverheadcountryfair.com.

Celebrate Riverhead’s agricultural heritage with displays, competitions, live music, vendors and family-friendly entertainment. The fair is set for Sunday, Oct. 8.

Peter Lynch of Rockville Centre carries pumpkins to the cash register at Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm as his family watches. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Peter Lynch of Rockville Centre carries pumpkins to the cash register at Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm as his family watches. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm
270 West Lane, Aquebogue, (631) 722-3467
Stakeyspumpkinfarm.com

Hay rides, pony rides, bounce house, corn maze, on-the-vine pumpkin picking and more. The farm opens Saturday, Sept. 16. Pumpkin picking is $30 for all-you-can-carry or 69 cents per pound. Other activities are priced accordingly. Check the website for hours.

The Copperage Inn in Baiting Hollow. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The Copperage Inn in Baiting Hollow. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Cooperage Inn
2218 Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow, (631) 727-8994
Cooperageinn.com

Outdoor seating, live music, pony rides, face painting and family-friendly activities. There will be a full bar as well as kid-friendly food. The festival runs every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. as well as Monday, Oct. 9. Admission is free.

Fun at the Wildwood Fall Festival. (Credit: File photo)

Fun at the Wildwood Fall Festival. (Credit: File photo)

Wildwood Fall Festival
Hulse Landing Road, Wading River, (631) 929-4262

Children’s entertainment, fair vendors, pony rides, a petting zoo, funny photos, inflatables, a wagon ride, donut-eating contest, build-a-scarecrow contest, environmental displays, food and more. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sept. 23. Admission is free.