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Mill Neck Manor Fall Harvest Festival

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Every year, https://millneck.org/community-events/fall-harvest-festival/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mill Neck Family’s Fall Harvest Festival draws tens of thousands of returning visitors and many more new friends. The Festival annually brings the best of the autumn season to Long Island, making a trip to the beautiful Mill Neck campus over Columbus Day weekend irresistible. The 2015 Fall Festival, is to be held on October 10 and 11 from 9 am to 5 pm, promises to be better than ever, with the return of ripe apples, handmade country crafts, seasonable produce, grilled bratwurst, children’s activities and many more activities throughout the weekend.

Located on the grounds of a historic Gold Coast estate, between Oyster Bay and Bayville, the Festival, also known as the Apple Fest, has it all. Visitors will find a wide variety of cheeses in the “Cheese House,” and plenty of mouth-watering baked goods, jellies, fudge and strudels. The “Country Store” also features meat and bacon products.

Village Day Fall Festival

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September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm The Sands Point Preserve

The fall harvest season will be celebrated with outdoor activities for children of all ages, including a petting zoo with popular small farm animals; hayrides around the Great Lawn to view the early fall foliage; pony rides overlooking the Long Island Sound; pumpkin painting for budding artists; a Green Grocer with wonderful items for purchase, including award-winning artisanal cheeses and farm picked vegetables. Guggenheim Estate Golden Honey from the Preserve’s hives has been harvested in time for the fair. DiMaggio’s delicious pizza and a variety of refreshments will be available for purchase. Bach to Rock student bands will provide entertainment throughout the day.


Rain Date: October 4, 2015


Admission $20 per car / $10 per car with Annual Pass.

Fall Garden & Harvest Festival

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Date: Saturday, September 26 & Sunday, September 27


Time: 10 am – 4 pm


Location: Bayard Cutting Arboretum 440 Montauk Hwy Great River, NY 11739


Park Admission Fee: $15.00 per car or $7.00 with a valid NYS Empire Passport (Proceeds go to supporting the care of trees at BCA)


The Bayard Cutting Arboretum presents its 4th Annual Fall Garden and Harvest Festival. This event will feature horticultural displays and demonstrations, kid friendly activities, food, live music, tours of the dahlia garden, a model train exhibit, local artisan vendors, pumpkin painting and hayrides. Bring your camera; there will be photo opportunities as well.


For more information:

Phone: 631.581.1002

Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns

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Old Westbury Gardens

***All New for 2015!*** Lighting up the night this October in New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego is the most unique and iconic family friendly fall event,  ComeRISE of the Jack O'Lanterns! see more than 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o'lanterns created by professional artists and sculptors arranged in creative ways along a 1/3-mile scenic walking trail all set to an original music score produced exclusively for The RISE! The variety of new and exciting themes created for 2015 is sure to impress both RISE newbies and returning RISE fans.


You'll go on safari and see larger-than-life animals carved from dozens of jack o'lanterns. Just watch out for our dragon that's over 50 feet long and contains hundreds of jacks carved by a team of artists! You'll visit the auto show and see some of your favorite classic cars re-imagined in a gourd-geous new way. You'll also see our talented artists hand-paint and hand-carve the images of some of your favorite TV and movie stars into giant 100 pound pumpkins at our live carving station! Our well lit parking lots and trail make The RISE experience safe and exciting for visitors of all ages.


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Old Westbury Gardens

Sunday, September 20, 2015 Rain or Shine

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

KidsFest is an interactive celebration of Kid Power and the Environment hosting upwards of 1,000 visitors annually!

Live Music A high-energy performance by Danny Weinkauf and his Red Pants Band who will make the entire family want to dance and jump up and down. Concert at 2:30 pm. Rain or Shine! .



$10.00 - General Admission for House and Gardens

$ 8.00 - Over 62

$ 5.00 - Children 7-17

Free - Children 6 and under

Free - Members (click HERE for membership information)

Murder, Madness, and Poe

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Sunday, October 18th at 2:00pm, at Coe Hall Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay

Murder, Madness, and Poe

Free with $5 admission to Coe Hall; no reservations necessary

$8 parking fee at main gate

Haunting tales and poems from Edgar Allen Poe’s best known works with musical interludes, performed by Michael Bertolini as Poe, the 19th century master of the macabre. Written and directed by David Houston. Come…if you dare! For more information contact Jennifer Lavella at (516) 922-8678 or [email protected]


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Saturday, October 3rd & Sunday, October 4th, 2015 Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay


11:00am - 5:00pm, rain or shine

Halloween trick or treat and costume parade, live music with Ready in Ten and River of Dreams (Billy Joel Tribute Band), jumbo garden games, pumpkins for sale, pony rides, potato sack races, watercolor demonstrations, bounce house, food and beer tastings (in the hay barn courtyard) of autumn provided by Coffeed Inc. , dahlia garden open and Coe Hall Open. Contact Jennifer Lavella (516) 922-8678 or [email protected] for more information.

Grateful Fest at Eagle's Nest

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The fourth annual Grateful Fest, the popular outdoor Grateful Dead tribute-band concert, will be held Sunday, September 27, from 12:00 to 6:30 p.m. on the Great Lawn, west of the Vanderbilt Mansion, overlooking Northport Bay and Long Island Sound.


Proceeds from this event benefit Vanderbilt Museum education programs. (Rain date: October 4).


Thirty artists will paint to live music by Half Step, The Electrix, Reckoning and Unbroken Chain. Concert-goers bring beach chairs, blankets and picnic lunches. Tickets: adults $25 on-line, $35 at door; children 5–15 $10 on-line or at door; children under 5 free.


Rich Rivkin – who produces the event and the annual Woodstock Revival concert – says “Grateful Fest is where the vibe attracts the tribe! Your eyes and ears will thank your brain.”

Bats & Brews Benefit

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Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 7 to 11 pm


Scully Estate - 550 S. Bay Avenue, Isilip




If you've attended past Bats & Brews, then there's nothing more we need to say here - we look forward to seeing you on October 24th!


If you're new to Bats & Brews, then you should know it's an event like no other: part lecture, part craft beer festival, part benefit and part dance party! It's an event that started as a lecture series and over the years has grown into one of Seatuck's primary annual fundraisers. Bats & Brews features a presentation about bats (for those who are interested), craft beer from the best breweries on Long Island, great beer-themed food and awesome live music. There's even a horseshoe pit for those who want to enjoy a little friendly competition! And it's all in the setting of the one-of-a-kind historic (and a bit spooky) Scully Mansion - the perfect place for a Halloween party!

Haunted Castle at Hempstead House

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October 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, and 31 Sands Point

6:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Once a year at Halloween, we unlock the doors to the mansion and welcome the spirits of those who once called the castle home: a stormy actress, tycoons, refugee children from World War II, servants passing through the mansion via a secret stairwell. Some report mysterious sightings at the mansion. This October, dare to see these chilling encounters for yourself!


Admission: $20 pp / $15 pp for Annual Members.