By: Ashley Thomaz

It is no surprise that there are tons of things to do in the Hudson Valley, especially in the fall. From apple festivals to haunted houses, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

Albany Book Festival – Sept. 25

If you are a reader, this is for you! The University of Albany is hosting a literary celebration with a diverse group of voices who write in almost every genre. Those in attendance will include authors who are nationally recognized, as well as our very own Hudson Valley writers.

Headless Horseman – Sept. 25 to Oct. 31

Just in time for October, the “#1 Haunted Attraction in America” returns. This year, instead of the hayride, visitors will be able to walk through the haunted woods where the Horseman lurks. After the frightful walk, scare yourself with eight other attractions including spooky motels, haunted corn mazes and more. Reservations are encouraged.

New York Renaissance Faire – Now to Oct. 3

Transport to 16th century Elizabethan England each weekend at the New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo. Enjoy the (imaginary) world of magical fairies, knights, acrobats and more! Feast on savory and tempting treats and shop at authentic artisan parlours. Grab a turkey leg (or two) and travel back in time. 

Weeds Orchards & Winery

Now through the fall, pick your own vegetables, fruits and flowers! Weeds Orchards offers a variety of activities like hayrides, a corn maze, live music, food, wine and acres of land to pick apples and pumpkins. Open from 11-5 weekdays and 10-5 on the weekends with $3 admission.