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

Topsfield Fair - Topsfield, MA


Apple Harvest Festival - Southington, CT

107th Annual Riverton Fair - Riverton, CT

City-Wide Open Studios - New Haven, CT


166th Annual Fryeburg Fair - Fryeburg, ME

Acadia's Oktoberfest - Southwest Harbor, ME


Paradise City Arts Festival - Northampton, MA

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

Ashfield Fall Festival - Ashfield, MA

New Hampshire

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