Rochester offers plenty of events for its residents and visitors alike for the fall season. While New York’s autumn season can get quite chilly, the cold doesn’t scare us away from an enjoyable activity. Plenty of Rochester residents still get out and about, attending outdoor events, relishing in delicious pumpkin treats, and spending time with their family and friends.
Visit Rochester Director of Communications and Public Relations Rachel Laber Polvino, mentions farms drawing big crowds during the fall season. “Farms are main hubs at this time of year for entertainment because there is always something going on,” says Laber Polvino.
Whether you are a family person, an ultimate foodie, or a thrill seeker, Rochester offers a wide range of events in the chillier months.
Photo by Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum
Pumpkin Patch Train Rides
All aboard! The Pumpkin Patch Train Ride is held most October weekends and is just 20 minutes away from Rochester. The train departs from Industry Depot, near Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum. Climb aboard an authentically restored freight train and take a ride to the Pumpkin Patch. Every child can pick out their own pumpkin to take home and decorate. There also is a petting zoo to visit after your ride, so don’t miss out on seeing the friendly furry animals.
Be sure to buy your tickets online ahead of time for this festive event. Tickets sell out quickly.
Boos and Brews
Don’t miss the 5th annual Boos and Brews, presented by Roc Brewing Co. LLC. on October 23. The event starts at the brewery, where you can delight in some spooky specials. Before you go, take a look at their wide selection of brews or you may be a little overwhelmed with all the delicious choices on arrival. They will have $1 off beers for the hayride event.
After imbibing a brew, or two, a bus will head out to Verhulst for the infamous haunted hayride.
Photo by Wayne Panepinto
Trick-or-treating is fun; trick-or-treating at Seneca Park Zoo is even better. While you’re walking through the zoo collecting treats, you can also view incredible animals while learning about orangutans and the dangers they face in their home country of Borneo. To help save the orangutans, only sustainable palm oil and palm oil-free treats are given out at ZooBoo.
Photo by Marie Kraus
This year there will be a scarecrow village, costume contests, crafting, and even some pop-up surprises to keep you guessing. It’s a gorgeous time to be at the zoo with the beautiful fall foliage. Many people use the zoo’s beautiful backdrop of colorful leaves to take family photos for upcoming holiday cards.
Purchase advance tickets and come prepared for the costume contest.
Apple Tasting Tour
The 19th annual Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour is in full swing, with the Tour Challenge happening throughout the month of October. Remember to collect stamps at each local farmers market so you can be entered to win a giveaway. Download the brochure to guide you in your travels to find the best apple in New York.
Corn Maze Adventure
Stokoe Farms is full of fun family activities during the season. One of the biggest highlights is their impressive corn maze. This year, the maze is shaped like Wegmans’ logo to help celebrate their 100th anniversary. If you aren’t from the area, a corn maze dedicated to a grocery store could seem extreme, but it really makes perfect sense. Who doesn’t love Wegmans? It’s time for you to get lost in Wegmans again.
Tails and Treats
Lollypop Farms will host Tails and Treats on October 29, an event that’s both educational and fun. Learn some animal facts as you trick-or-treat around the farms. All proceeds will help support Lollypop Farms. Be careful not to accidentally take a pup home with you! Register for the event.
Spirits of the Past Theatrical Tours
The Genesee Country Village & Museum is the largest living history museum in New York State. And trust us; they know how to put on a spooky evening. Don’t miss the chance for an evening of history and fright. This after-hours guided tour takes you through the historic village complete with five-minute theatrical vignettes based on Edgar Allan Poe poems. Spirits of the past transports you back to the 19th century and will leave you with chills.
Which events will you attend this fall?
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