Wednesday, September 26, 2012

10 Things to Do This Weekend Under $20

This weekend, enjoy German food at Oktoberfest, board a hay ride at a pumpkin farm or take a walk in Emery Park.

1. Great Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival (Clarence)

Time: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10 a.m. to dusk
Cost: $5 adults, free for children under 3
More Information: Website

The Great Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival has something for everyone: pumpkin picking, tractor hayrides, a petting zoo, a magic show and pumpkin decorating. This weekend, the festival features a pumpkin weigh-off and a dog show.

The Great Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival is open through October 31st.

2. Springville Oktoberfest

Time: Saturday: 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

The 7th annual Oktoberfest features live music, German food, European beers and contests for the best German costume and hot dog eating.

3. Marble Orchard Ghost Walk (Lewiston)

Time: Saturday: 7 p.m.
Cost: $12 adults, $6 children under 12
More Information: Website

Step back in time with this historical and educational Lewiston tour as The Marble Orchard Players take you in to the Village Cemetery. You'll learn about graveyard etiquette and tombstone symbols and see the unique personality of Lewistons rough-and-tumble frontier past as well as its present.

Walks occur on Saturdays in September and October.

4. Pumpkin Fiesta (Gasport)

Time: Saturday, Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 adults, $7 children
More Information: Website

This kids' event includes pony rides, hay rides, pig races, a castle labyrinth, and a bounce house. Food and drink options: fresh cider, homemade donuts, and a chicken BBQ.

5. Pumpkinville (Great Valley, near Ellicottville)

Time: Daily, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Take a hayride around the farm, through the woods and into the horse pasture to see ponies. Plus, meet farm animals, wander through a six-acre corn maze and mine for gems. You'll enjoy fresh milled cider, donuts, homemade fudge and old-fashioned kettle corn. You can also tour the antique cider mill.

Pumpkinville is open through October 31st.

6. National Alpaca Farm Days (Kendall, Brockport, Bergen, Churchville)

Time: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

A 30-mile trip through Alpaca Country will take you and your family on an adventure! Pick up a detective's notebook at any participating farm and find clues to solve the mystery. Along the way, you'll feed alpacas, see spinning and fiber crafting demonstrations, and learn why alpacas are bred.

7. Meet in the Center Fall Fest (Clarence Hollow)

Time: Friday: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Live music, food, hayrides and artisan vendors at the four corners of Clarence Center and Goodrich Roads make for a family-friendly Friday night.

8. Be Active Erie County Walks - Emery Park (South Wales)

Time: Saturday: 9 a.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Walking is one of the best things you can do for your health: it's cheap, easy, and good for you.

In September and October, join "Be Active Erie County!" for walks in the Erie County parks sponsored by The Erie County Health Department and the Wellness Institute.

This week's walk is at Emery Park. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:45 a.m.

Walks are every Saturday through October 27th.

9. Oktoberfest in the Village (Williamsville)

Time: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Cost: Cost for food and drink
More Information: Website

Join the fun along Main Street at restaurants serving German food and drink for Oktoberfest. Catch the Oktoberfest kick-off party on Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the Village Hall, where free beer will be offered from the first keg. Chocolate and ice cream samples will be offered at Sweet Jenny's, where you can also try their fall ice cream flavors. Prizes and giveaways will take place throughout the weekend.

10. 1776, The Musical (Tonawanda)

Time: Friday, Saturday: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $14 pre-sale, $17 general admission, $15 seniors and students, $10 16 and under
More Information: Website

At the The Ellicott Creek Playhouse, John Adams fights a divided Continental Congress along with the aid of soft spoken Thomas Jefferson and outspoken Benjamin Franklin to declare our independence from England. The musical is based on the letters of John Adams and his wife, Abigail.

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