Long Island Fall Festival returns to Heckscher Park for Columbus Day weekend

Three stages of entertainment, carnival rides and games, arts and craft vendors, food courts and fall-fun activities for the family will transform the 25 acres of Heckscher Park in Huntington for this year’s Long Island Fall Festival, held Oct. 6-9.

Seasonal bows and other festive crafts may be found at the vendor booths.

From Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti (the crooner from Bethpage who starred on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”) to the Fred Astaire Dance Studio, there’s endless options of live entertainment on the festival’s three stages: the Chapin Rainbow Stage, the Acoustic Stage and Scotto’s Carnival Stage. Check out The Legendary Allman Bros Tribute with Mike Guido on the Scotto’s Carnival Stage on Sunday; or enjoy Coffee House acoustic music offered on Saturday and Sunday.

Brought to you by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Huntington, this fest is to showcase 300 vendors – WOW – with items ranging from jewelry and clothing to candles and soaps; there’s even going to be a booth selling homemade pickles. Local artists, craftsmen and Huntington Village merchants are to be stationed both in and outside the park (street vendors only on Saturday and Sunday).

If you spend most of your time having fun shopping and listening to music, you can always end your night by taking a spin on some of the amusement rides. Better yet, you have four days to enjoy all the fun at this fall fest!

Long Island Fall Festival
Heckscher Park
NY-25A and Prime Avenue, Huntington
Hours: Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Mon., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
631-423-6100 · lifallfestival.com

Quick tip: The Farmingdale Fire Department is hosting a Columbus Weekend Fair, from now through Oct. 9. Families can enjoy carnival rides, games and live music behind the firehouse, 361 Main St. There’s also a street fair along Main Street, on Saturday and Sunday. Also on Sunday, join the community for a parade at 6 p.m., and a fireworks display at 8 p.m. farmingdalevillage.com.