AS THE COOL AUTUMN BREEZE RUSTLES THROUGH THE LEAVES, IT'S TIME TO EMBRACE HARVEST CELEBRATIONS.
Classic and new fall harvest events are a testament to the beauty of the season and the importance of agriculture in our lives. Fall activities bring a sense of adventure and nostalgia to the harvest season. Hop on a hayride and experience the beauty of nature as you traverse through pumpkin patches, cornfields, and charming countryside landscapes. Enjoy sipping on fresh apple cider, navigating a corn maze, or indulging in a whiskey tasting, any way you choose you'll be immersing yourself in the essence of fall and celebrating the bounty of nature's produce.
Whether you're looking for an annual family-friendly weekend outing or a whiskey and music festival that's new to town this year, you are sure to find something that suits your tastes. So grab your loved ones, put on your favorite sweater, and get ready to explore the best festivals and events celebrating the season in Livingston County.
Autumn in the VillageBack to Top of List
Where: Livonia, New York
When: September 9th
Coined "a harvest of new beginnings and pride in the community", Livonia’s Autumn in the Village is an annual celebration that brings together locals and visitors of all ages on the second Saturday in September. Kicking off with a parade through the village, enjoy a day of arts and crafts, local vendors, food, and live music. Kids can bounce their way through tons of bounce houses and inflatables while adults enjoy the 2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament.
Farm FestBack to Top of List
Where: Piffard, New York
When: September 9th
Held annually at a local farm in LivCo, this year at Lawnel Farms in Piffard, start the harvest season by immersing yourself in the agricultural roots of the Genesee River Valley and learn about where your food comes from. Families can enjoy a petting zoo, food vendors, educational wagon rides, and farm activities.
OktoberfestBack to Top of List
Where: Livonia, New York
When: September 22nd & 23rd
An annual tradition at No BS Brew Company, this year's Oktoberfest celebrations kick off with the music of the Slambovian Circus of Dreams on Friday. On Saturday, enjoy a full day of live German music, food, and fun. Enjoy tastings of No BS beer, compete in the Steinhoist Competition and Keg Rolling contest, and be sure to wear your Lederhosen or Dirndl (there will be a contest for best dressed!).
Agricultural FairBack to Top of List
Where: Genesee Country Village & Museum
When: September 30th and October 1st
Celebrate the bountiful Western New York harvest with livestock, live entertainment, and market shopping in the tradition of the country fairs of days gone by. Explore an extensive range of bird life in the Waterfowl Tent and Exhibition Barn, watch professional sheep herding dogs from Ox Creek Farm, befriend horses from the WNY Sidesaddle Association, and talk with 4-H youth exhibiting rabbits, goats, and poultry.
1st Annual Lima Great Pumpkin Weigh-off & Ag DayBack to Top of List
Where: Lima, New York
When: October 7th
Is it even fall without pumpkins? Celebrate this autumn staple at Mark Tubbs Park in Lima. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides by Honey Locust, a bountiful farmer’s market, explore an antique farm and toy display, and watch chainsaw artist Jennifer Black create a truly unique piece. And don’t miss the winners of the largest Atlantic giant pumpkin and largest carved pumpkin!
Genesee Valley Hunt RacesBack to Top of List
Where: Geneseo, New York
When: October 14th
An event that has taken place for more than 120 years, the Genesee Valley Hunt Races is a family-friendly, day-long horse racing event you won't want to miss. With over $30,000 in prize money, the races attract steeplechasers from across the eastern seaboard. The day includes a petting zoo, stick-horse races, craft beverages and local foods, shopping, and live music. Enjoy dog jumping and agility competitions, “weiner-dog” races, and Jack Russell Terrier competitions, in addition to equine events and tailgating picnics.
It’s like an old-fashioned country fair with a race track instead of a midway, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Hoochenanny Whiskey FestivalBack to Top of List
Where: Geneseo, New York
When: October 20th and 21st
The inaugural Hoochenanny Whiskey Festival is a celebration of New York craftsmanship pairing culinary bites, craft whiskey, and specialty cocktails with an invigorating music lineup of regional and national artists.
Perfect for those looking for a new adventure, make sure to grab tickets for the Rickhouse Rendezvous, a one-of-a-kind educational whiskey-tasting experience featuring fan-favorite brands from across the state, including specially-curated distillers from the New York State Distillers Guild. From smooth bourbons to smoky whiskeys, you'll have the opportunity to expand your palate and learn about the craftsmanship behind this beloved spirit.
AUTUMN IS THE IDEAL TIME OF YEAR FOR FRESH PRODUCE, BAKED GOODS, AND LOCAL FLOWERS FROM FARMER'S MARKETS BEFORE THE END OF THE SEASON.
As we embrace the beauty of autumn, it's the perfect time to enjoy the best produce that the harvest season has to offer. From vibrant fruits to hearty vegetables, fall brings an abundance of delicious and nutritious options to the table.
Whether you're a seasoned chef or a self-proclaimed foodie, exploring the world of seasonal produce is a culinary adventure you won't want to miss. Not sure what to try? Don’t be afraid to ask for local recommendations!
Dansville Farmer's Market
Open Fridays from 11am to 4pm, this market offers a wide range of seasonal farm-fresh produce, Amish baked goods, handmade crafts, and locally raised meat. Find this casual open-air experience just minutes from downtown at the Dansville Airport.
Nunda Area Farmer's Market
Situated in the quaint village of Nunda, this weekly market on Saturday mornings is held on the front lawn of the Town Government Offices. Shop for locally grown products such as farm-fresh vegetables, pickled goods, jams and preserves, and Amish baked goods (cinnamon rolls, bread, cakes, and pies).
Geneseo Farmer's Market
Stop by Center Street in Geneseo on Thursdays from 3pm to 6:30pm for fresh produce, meat, and dairy products, along with locally-made items, baked goods, and plants.
Little Lakes Farm Market
Happening every Saturday at Little Lakes Community Center in Hemlock, at this market you'll meet local farmers, gardeners and artisans offering perennials and house plants, dried herbs, baked goods, honey, and a wide variety of seasonal produce. Shop artisan hand-made items including custom fabric, wall hangings, small baskets, soaps, lip balm, candles, birdhouses and garden decorations.
Lima Farmer's Market
Hosted at the Lima Presbyterian Church from 3pm to 6pm on Tuesdays, this market offers local produce, homemade baked goods, jams, natural soaps, and products of the Genesee River Valley.