Queens. This bustling and dynamic borough of New York is pound-for-pound one of the most vibrant parts of the Tri-State area for those who see it for its true character. Whether you may be a tourist drafting a travel itinerary, a returnee visiting friends and family, or an adventurous local, all will find that there is so much to be discovered here in Queens. Read on for some of our favorite autumn festivals and events here in Queens, and get ready to start exploring.
Queens County Fair
With all the hustle and bustle of New York City, certain joys of life away from the city can be missed, such as the atmosphere of a county fair, but that is where Queens delivers yet again. The Queens County Fair brings the atmosphere captured in games, rides, zany shows, and daring festival fare to this borough for all to enjoy. Visitors can munch on candied apples and deep-fried candy bars while watching the variety of entertainment. These include daring acrobats, pig races, magicians, all to accompany a collection of rides for visitors of all interests. Ride in a teacup, catch a view of the city from a Ferris Wheel, navigate a maze and find something for everyone at the Queens County Fair.
Halloween Harvest Festival
Celebrate the spirit of Halloween in a charming and community-oriented setting, the Halloween Harvest Festival! Try out delicious sweets from local vendors, shop local artisans, support small businesses and enjoy the silly festivities here at the Halloween Harvest Festival. Enjoy a pumpkin carving competition with a twist, the pumpkins get catapulted afterward! Or watch a doggie costume contest, take part in an artist-led workshop, buy a dog special dog ice cream or make palm leaves with friends, family, and neighbors. Each year features a slight change, from circuses to Haitian holiday festivities, so be sure to keep an eye out for any special additions! Bring everyone out to the Halloween Harvest Festival for a laid-back (and adorable) Halloween party.
A colorful and imaginative display of expression, Poseidon’s Parade is a cheerful and memorable experience for all who are in Queens for autumn. This art parade features live music, exhibitions of artwork, costumes, floats, dance teams, and groups of all different interests and themes filling the streets with color and sound. This all takes place along the gorgeous Rockaway Beach, providing a great backdrop and the possibility of a transition to another addition to your itineraries given the location. Between mermaids, princesses, jellyfish, pirates, and Greek gods, visitors can line the sides of the parade and choose between their favorites to win the fierce costume competition. The proximity to the beach also provides relief and water activity options before the parade. For a colorful, unique experience appropriate for travelers of all ages, numbers, and accommodations, take it all to Poseidon’s Parade and enjoy the show.
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