Fall festivals showcase the rich culture and harvest of the Hudson Valley

Orange County draws day trippers and weekenders for festival fun

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  • Photo by Deborah Grosmark The New York Renaissance Faire in Sterling Forest is one of the many fall festivals in Orange County.

GOSHEN — Autumn means festival season in the Hudson Valley. There’s no better way to enjoy the perfect weather and vibrant colors of fall than by heading to one of these family friendly outdoor events.

From live music and craft vendors to local produce and games, each festival offers a unique atmosphere and schedule of events.

“Pumpkin and apple are not only part of our autumn harvest, they’re just two of the colors in our beautiful fall foliage,” said Orange County Tourism Director Susan Hawvermale. “With dozens of fall festivals throughout the season, there are so many fun ways to celebrate the changing of the leaves.”

Here’s a sampling of fall festivals in Orange County to add to your calendar:

Pine Bush Harvest Festival

Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to p.m.

Celebrate the harvest in the hamlet of Pine Bush, adjacent to the Shawangunk Mountains. It’s a day of entertainment for all ages with arts and crafts, a farmers market, live music, food, games and more. 845-744-5856, Facebook: Pine Bush Harvest Festival

New York Renaissance Faire

Saturday-Sunday and Labor Day, Aug. 5 - Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Elizabethan England brought to life in Tuxedo’s Sterling Forest. Three hundred costumed characters, dancers, strolling minstrels and storytellers in a Tudor-style marketplace of period crafts and games. Food, drink, horseback joust, and more. 845-351-5171, www.RenFair.com

Fiesta Latina

Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Feel the warmth of Latin culture as live salsa music fills the air. Latin icon and recording artists “Cuboricua” will be performing. A variety of fun-filled activities and games are planned, along with appearances by noted speakers, book giveaways, face painting and vendors. 845-782-8248, www.MuseumVillage.org

Warwick Applefest

Sunday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit the historic village of Warwick and shop at hundreds of craft and food vendors. Sit and relax while listening to music and entertainment all day on several stages. Enjoy the wonderful farmer’s market, apple pie contest, and children’s carnival. 845-986-2720, www.warwickapplefest.com

• Also visit Orange County Tourism’s new website: www.orangetourism.org.

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