Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fall Festivals and Events This Weekend

Western New York celebrates autumn's changing leaves and pumpkin patches with this week's festivals and events.

Which are you planning to attend?

Note: the Niagara Apple Fest has been cancelled, but plans are underway for next year's event.

1. Fall Festival at the The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence

Time: Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to Dusk
Cost: $5, Free for Kids 3 and Under
More Information: Website

Don't miss out on the pumpkin weigh-off on Saturday, when The Great Pumpkin Farm will search for a world record pumpkin. Admission to the Festival includes entertainment including In-Jest Juggling, a magic show, Cackling Hen Revue Show, a petting zoo, and more.

2. Scare-assic Park 2011: Pirate Fest

Time: Saturday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $4 Members, $6 Non-Members
More Information: Website

Take a hay ride, watch a demonstration of medieval weaponry, and dig for fossils. The local Pirate Tavern offers “Scurvy Dogs” and soda for sale.

3. Salamanca Falling Leaves Festival

Time: Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Usher in the fall season at the Salamanca Falling Leaves Festival. Artwork by Native American artists will be on display. Enjoy live music while you (or your kids) participate in hula hoop contests, hot dog eating contests, and bed races.

4. The MAiZE - WNY’s Original Corn Field Maze

Time: Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $8, Free for Kids 3 and Under
More Information: Website

Can you make your way through a corn field maze? Find out in Wheatfield's The MAiZE! Farm animals, pumpkin patches, and hay rides are also among the event's attractions.

5. Fall Festival at the Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center

Time: Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Crafts and games keep the kids entertained, while adults enjoy a basket raffle and shopping at local craft vendors.

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