Fall Foliage Weekend 5: October 8-10, 2016

Columbus Day Weekend Events in New England for Fall Leaf Peepers

Topsfield Fair Giant Pumpkin
••• The Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off is always a highlight of the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts. This was the first pumpkin in the world to weigh more than a ton: the 2012 champ!. © 2012 Kim Knox Beckius

Looking for a reason to visit New England during the Columbus Day holiday weekend of October 8-10, 2016? If stunning New England fall foliage isn't adequate enticement, here is a round-up of some of the fun festivals and other events happening in New England over Columbus Day weekend:

This Weekend's Best Bets

Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta - Damariscotta, ME

Topsfield Fair - Topsfield, MA


Apple Harvest Festival - Southington, CT

Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce - Bristol, CT

11th Annual Garlic & Harvest Festival - Bethlehem, CT

107th Annual Riverton Fair - Riverton, CT

Mystic Seaport Chowder Days - Mystic, CT

Southwind Alpaca Farms Annual Fall Festival and Open Farm Days - Watertown, CT

City-Wide Open Studios - New Haven, CT


North American Wife Carrying Championship at Sunday River - Newry, ME

166th Annual Fryeburg Fair - Fryeburg, ME

Acadia's Oktoberfest - Southwest Harbor, ME


Paradise City Arts Festival - Northampton, MA

Cranberry Harvest Celebration - Wareham, MA

Cape Ann Artisans Fall Open Studios Tour - Essex, Gloucester and Rockport, MA

Ashfield Fall Festival - Ashfield, MA

HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands - Somerville, MA

Wachusett Mountain Ski & Snowboard Sale & Swap - Princeton, MA

New Hampshire

69th Annual Warner Fall Foliage Festival - Warner, NH

New York State

Flaming Leaves Festival - Lake Placid, NY

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Rhode Island

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular - Providence, RI


16th Annual Tractor Parade - East Charlotte, VT

Harpoon Octoberfest - Windsor, VT

46th Annual Newfane Heritage Festival - Newfane, VT

Oktoberfest and Harvest Art & Craft Show at Mount Snow - West Dover, VT

34th Annual Stowe Foliage Arts Festival - Stowe, VT

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