Experiencing the Magic of Fall on the North Fork
The North Fork is a magical destination to visit during the fall, which brings colorful foliage and celebrations of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the annual harvest. Here’s everything you need to know about the best times to visit, the weather forecast, and seasonal events.
Best Times to Visit
Although the North Fork is lovely throughout the warmer months, October and November are fantastic times to visit. If the weather is still warm in early October, you can enjoy kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, as well as outdoor-dining experiences throughout Greenport and Riverhead. This is also the optimal month for leaf-peeping conditions, thanks to postcard-worthy autumn foliage, and it’s a great time for apple- and pumpkin-picking. If you choose to visit in November, expect more of a winter vibe, as most of the holiday decorations go up the week before Thanksgiving.
Autumn weather varies, but you can generally expect mild temperatures during October, with temperatures starting in the high sixties at the beginning of the month and dropping down to the fifties toward the end. Weather throughout November hovers around the mid-forties. There’s a slightly higher chance of rain as the season continues, and a small chance of snow starting in early November.
The seasonal event calendar kicks off with the Long Island Garlic Festival at the ever-popular Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market, which this year takes place from September 14-15. After that comes the Long Island Hop Festival and the Fall Festival at Wildwood State Park. The latter is a favorite event among local families, with wagon rides, a pumpkin-weight raffle, a petting zoo, and live entertainment.
October is one of the busier months of the year, bringing the aforementioned pumpkin- and apple-picking events, plus corn mazes at local farms, such as Peconic’s Krupski Farms and Mattituck’s Harbes Family Farm. There’s also the Greenport Harbor Brewery Oyster Fest, Oktoberfest celebrations, and haunted houses to enjoy. The biggest regional event of the season, the Riverhead Country Fair, also takes place during October. Toward the end of the month, Garden of Eve is known to host the “Gleaning of the Fields,” when extra produce is collected and donated to charity, and Long Island Aquarium hosts its Halloween blowout.
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