The autumn season is one of the best times to spend on Long Island. The crisp temperatures and the colorful foliage combine to make the perfect backdrop for any fall activity. Before winter, you’re going to want to spend as much time enjoying the outdoors as possible. Fortunately, there are several great outdoor Long Island Festivals this October. From Nassau to Suffolk, these fairs and festivals are the perfect place to spend a fall day.
The Top Long Island Festivals in October
33rd Annual Oyster Festival
From October 15 to 16, Teddy Roosevelt Park in Oyster Bay will be overrun with more than 20,000 visitors attending the 33rd Annual Oyster Festival, Long Island’s biggest outdoor festival. Open rain or shine, the festival, presented by the Rotary Club of Oyster Bay, will showcase live entertainment, local artisans and musicians, iconic ships, pirate shows, rides and the famous oyster eating and shucking contest. You can also stop by their one-of-a-kind food court to try some of the very best fresh, local seafood including clams, mussels, crabs, lobster, and, of course, oysters. By the way, the whole event is completely free!
Family Fall Fishing Festival
Embracing Long Island’s storied nautical history, the Family Fall Fishing Festival celebrates and promotes one of our area’s oldest traditions. At Hempstead Lake State Park on October 15 from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., you can fish for free without a freshwater license or Recreational Marine Fishing Registry enrollment. There will also be informational presentations on fishing equipment, fish identification, techniques, angling ethics, aquatic ecology and fishery management. Come down for some family fun with a little bit of learning, too!
6th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Fall Festival
Head over to the Association for Mental Health and Wellness in Ronkonkoma on October 15 for the 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Fall Festival. You can enjoy some of the most creative and unique chili dishes, both meat and vegan, from local restaurants, businesses and willing participants. There will even be awards handed out for all different categories, including a “People’s Choice” prize. If chili isn’t your thing, there will be tons of other tasty options, as well as live music, kids’ games and craft vendors. Admission is free but all other proceeds go to supporting those with mental illness and at-risk and homeless veterans, especially those suffering from PTSD and depression.
Get in the Halloween spirit at Spooky Fest in Rockville Centre’s Tanglewood Preserve from 6:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. on October 15, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30. This event is perfect for families with children of all ages. For the older kids, they have scary attractions like the Haunted Woods and Maze of Zombies. Younger guests can enjoy a Halloween theater, a Not-So-Spooky Walk in the woods, arts & crafts, face painting, fortune telling and live animals.