Fall in Fairfield County

It’s official – the green leaves have begun to transform. As you drive around the bucolic streets of Fairfield County, you will spot shades of yellow, orange, and red. Along with checking out open houses, fall in New England means many things: apple picking, pumpkin festivals, leaf peeping, and Halloween parties. Here are my picks for the top activities you should not miss:

Apple picking. What’s great about Fairfield and Westport is that we’re close to Easton, Redding, and other rural towns. October is still prime apple-picking month and many of the local farms offer wagon rides, corn mazes, and other family friendly activities to keep everyone entertained when your basket is full of apples. My favorites are Silverman Farm for the little ones, and Lyman Orchard or Beardsley Cider Mill if you’re up for more of a drive.

Fall festivals abound in September and October in Fairfield County. Start in Newtown at the Castle Hill Farm and take a wagon ride to check out their extensive corn maze and pumpkin patch. Halloween needs its own category as there are so many activities related to this family-fun holiday. Stepping Stone’s annual Monster Mash party is the perfect early evening family outing. The Stamford Nature Center hosts their annual Harvest Festival weekend mid-October. This year, Fairfield’s Museum and History Center will host Halloween on the Green with trick-or-treating, crafts, activities, and performances. The Beardsley Zoo also hosts Halloween-themed activities including a “haunted” farmyard and “gruesome” greenhouse. The Discovery Museum and Bass Pro Shops both host Halloween themed events this month.

Leaf peeping and hiking. Explore the myriad hiking trails offered in this area, including The Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford, The Stamford Nature Center, Earthplace in Westport, the Audubon Society in Fairfield, or drive a little farther north and hop on the Essex Steam train which follows the Connecticut River and delivers you home on a river boat to give you an idyllic fall foliage experience. The Connecticut Wine Trail also offers beautiful vistas from which to appreciate the changing seasons as you sip wine at the various vineyards.

For evening outings, our local Live Music venues, including The Fairfield Theater Company, The Ridgefield Playhouse, and The Capitol Theater all have stellar line-ups this fall.

To end the fall season, no need to head into the city on Thanksgiving. Instead, pop down to Stamford to check out the UBS Parade Spectacular. The night before the parade, you can check out the giant Balloon Inflation Party, then wake up the next day and watch one of the country’s largest helium balloon parades. And for the foodies – Fairfield restaurant week begins next week on October, 9th. Let me know what I’ve missed. What are your favorite fall activities in Fairfield County?

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