Apple festivals New York Apple Festivals in 2023

Update for 2023:

It looks like most festivals are returning, aside from those that were killed off by the lockdowns of the past 2 years. That took a heavy toll on their finances. I am checking with them day by day, if you have an update for an, please tell me via the Feedback form.

Looking for a apple festival in New York in 2023? (just scroll down the page)There is no other listing as complete and current as this list, just updated! All the apple festivals in New York we can find are listed on this page! If you love strawberries, look for a festival near you below! And I'm always looking for more apple festivals! Please write me, if you know of any to add! I update the dates as soon as the festivals publish their information, but you can always click on the links (usually the name of the festival) to see the current information on the festival's own website.

Always click on the links to the festival to confirm this year's dates; weather and other conditions could cause a change at the last minute. They may change or cancel at the last minute. . If they don't have a website, call the phone number provided, but ALWAYS CONFIRM THIS YEAR'S DATES AND TIMES BY EITHER VIEWING THEIR WEBSITE OR CALLING.

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2023 Apple Festivals in New York - Where, When and More to Find an Apple Festival Near You!

New York

Apples typically ripen from July (yes, some early varieties start then, especially in southern areas) through early November. Most apple varieties ripen in Spetember and October and this is when most apple festivals are held. Unlike strawberries, which grow almost anywhere, apples are grown commercially in half as many states. They do not grow well in very warm climates, like Florida, and along the Gulf coast, etc. Apples require a certain number of hours of cold (below 40 F) in order to produce fruit. So most commercial apple production and apple festivals are north of Interstate 20 (I-20).

There are two general types of apple festivals 1) community festivals, usually organized by a church, school, local Chamber of commerce or a town and 2). Apple festival held at and by a farm. They are different in what they offer, and community festivals tend to be less expensive so they are grouped separately. (of course not all states and areas have both.)
Following the festival listings are links to our easy to follow directions about making apple jam, freezing apples, apple pies and much more.

Community Apple Festivals

Chautauqua County

  • Busti Apple Festival - held on the last Sunday of September, rain or shine.
    3443 Lawson Rd, Jamestown, NY 14701. Phone at (716) 763-7738. Since 1972, the festival began as a Pioneer Crafts Festival to include a large farmer's market of locally grown apples. Home made apple pies are a major draw to the festival which also features many food and craft vendors as well as historical demonstrations, exhibits, and activities. Highlights of the festivals include: Spinning and weaving, Quilting, Log hewing, Flax breaking, Wood carving, Pioneer-style apple butter making, Civil War reenactment and displays, Shingle-making, Stagecoach rides, Busti Historical Society Apple Festival, Busti Historical Society Apple Festival, Thousands of visitors enjoy the one-day festival where they enjoy homemade lemonade, saltwater taffy, beef on Kummelweck, funnel cakes, corn on the cob, caramel apples, cotton candy, homemade apple cider and pies, and much more. Well over 100 craft booths line the street with everything from jewelry to homemade candles to woodcrafts and much more. The mill runs continuously and visitors can watch grain and corn being ground into flour and cornmeal in the exact same way it was done in the mid 1800s. the flour and cornmeal is for sale.

Monroe County

  • Hilton Applefest - always scheduled for the weekend preceding the Columbus Day weekend. Columbus Day is always the 2nd Monday in October. Therefore, the Hilton Apple Fest is scheduled for the preceding weekend; 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, and from 10 am to 4:30pm on Sunday..
    Hilton Community Center, Hilton, NY. Phone: 716-234-3378. Hilton Apple Fest 2016 is held Rain or Shine. Held every year in Hilton, New York our festival gets bigger and better each year! There is a special entertainment for kids of all ages. Singers, magicians, clowns and puppet shows have all been featured at the 'Kids Korner' in past Apple Fests. Check the entertainment line-up for children's entertainment.

Niagara County

  • Niagara's Apple Country Festival - Early October, from 10 AM to 5 PM
    Niagara County Fairgrounds, Lockport, NY. Phone: 716-433-3828. It was cancelled in 2015, but appears to be on for 2016.

Onondaga County

  • LaFayette Apple Festival - weekend in October
    LaFayette, New York. Email: Bringing Community, Non-profit organizations, Friends, Artists,
    and Crafters together to promote apples, small town America, and obtain monies for future endeavors. , Hours: Saturday 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 9 am to 5 pm. Free Parking. Admission: $4 Admissions ($3 advanced tickets available at LaFayette McDonald's). Pie Contest, Scarecrow Contest, King and Queen Contest. Please No Pets. Map & Directions.

Orange County

  • Warwick Applefest - Sunday, usually early October ,From 10 am to 5 pm Held RAIN or SHINE
    Warwick, New York. Phone: 845-987-8300. Email: Applefest began in 1989 as a simple harvest celebration. Named one of the "Top 100 Events" in the country, over 30,000 visitors now attend the one-day event, traveling from neighboring states to experience the extraordinary variety of Warwick's apples, culture, and entertainment. Admission is FREE. Over 200 craft vendors. Dozens of food vendors. 50 local non-profit exhibitors. Music & entertainment on several stages all day!. Children's Carnival. Farmers' Market. Walk to Village shops, restaurants & businesses. Apple Pie Baking Contest (slices for sale!). Fun for the whole family!

Oswego County

  • Lioness Club of Central Square Annual Apple Festival - always held on the last full weekend in September,
    Brewerton Speedway, 60 US-11, Central Square, NY 13036. Email: Our festival features lots of crafts, free entertainment and demonstrations, amusement rides, games, a variety of food, and fun for the entire family. If you would like to view more Apple Festival photos, please click here. Area non-profit organizations are encouraged to participate by having a booth of their own. If you are interested in joining the fun, please e-mail us. We are always looking for new ideas! Our Festival is always held on the last full weekend in September, so mark us on your calendar for September 22nd thru 46th, 2017. Click here for directions to the Festival, or call 315-675-8232 for more information.

Queens County

  • Queens County Farm Museum Apple Festival - apple festival and corn maze on a Sunday in early October, 11 am-4 pm (one-day event, see website for exact date each year).
    7350 Little Neck Parkway. Floral Park, NY 11004. Phone: (718) 347-3276. Email: October Apple Festival, A large variety of apples, apple products, and freshly pressed cider will be available. The nation's largest apple cobbler will be baked on site. Enjoy cider pressing demonstrations while leaning fun apple facts at this delightful event. Vendors will have a variety of collectibles for sale, food, hayrides and free children's games will make this event fun for all ages. Admission: free.

Tompkins County

  • Ithica Apple Harvest Festival - Friday to Sunday in early October
    Ithaca, NY (downtown). Phone: (607) 277-8679. Ithaca's premier event of the Fall, Apple Harvest Festival is a three day celebration of food, fun, and apples! And a kick-off event to begin Finger Lakes Cider Week 2015! Come taste regional ciders and talk with the makers. The Great Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival set to take place on Friday (12 pm to 6 pm), Saturday (10 am to 6 pm) and Sunday (10 am to 6 pm).
    Sample local wines and cider, stock up on local produce, savor locally baked goods, be entertained by musicians, and more. Plan to experience a play performed by Johnny Appleseed, a puppet show performed by Tom Knight, the "History of Apples by Ray" discussion, a climbing wall, and great music in the Bernie Milton Pavilion. Farmer's Market Friday will close at 6 pm On Saturday and Sunday the Commons will again be filled with great food, produce and entertainment, plus a craft show and amusement rides will appear on Cayuga and State St. The festivities begin at 11 am. and continue to 6 pm each day. Plan to experience live music and community dances plus an apple pie eating contest, the hand made craft fair, amusement rides and more. Click here for a link to our Facebook page.

Ulster County

  • Hudson River Apple Festival - October
    West Strand Park, Kingston, NY. Phone: 845-334-2760.The Hudson Valley Apple Festival is held annually on the first weekend of autumn in Germantown, NY and the proceeds from the event make it possible for the Germantown Lions Club to provide support for local charities, as well as assist those in the community with hearing and vision needs. Admission is $5.00 for ages 14 and older. Admission includes: children's activities, family hayrides, live music, an apple crate derby & much more!
    See the full schedule for the day HERE.

Farm Apple Festivals

In addition to community and church festivals, some private farms have their own apple festivals. See each farm for this year's dates (they often do not announce them until the end of May). They usually have PYO apples then, too. Also, scroll down to see the links to recipes, freezing, canning and jam making directions at the bottom of the page.

  • We will be adding these as we find them; Please write me, if you know of any to add!

Related Apple Information: Freezing, Making Jam, Jelly, Canning, Apple Pies, Recipes and More

Also, see our pages on easy illustrated apple directions:

Recipes and Canning directions

For other fruit and vegetable festivals, see this page!