Fun Fall Activities In and Around Troy, NY


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Fall is right around the corner! Once again, it’s time to unearth those sweaters, post photos of the changing leaves, and inhale the blissful aromas of pumpkin spice and baking apples. But as you know, fall tends to fly by in a flash, leaving only a short window of time to enjoy the bountiful harvest of fun activities the area has to offer.

In order to help you to make the most of this fleeting season, we here at Stoneledge Terrace Apartments have provided a rundown of some of the best happenings around.

Adirondack Balloon Festival

What better way to kick off the fall season than to be awed by a vivid array of hot-air balloons? Acclaimed as one of the top events in the country, this annual festival of balloons simply shouldn’t be missed. This year, activities take place in Glens Falls and Queensbury from September 17-20. In addition to the balloon launch, there is live music, kite flying, a craft fair and aircraft displays. For 40 years, this festival has been run and supported by volunteers, and amazingly still remains completely free to the public! They’re also holding a photo contest, so don’t forget to bring your camera. Learn more here!

23rd Annual Clifton Park Farm Festival

Beginning on September 19, this event offers an entire weekend of family fun. Several area farms participate in this “celebration of farming.” The activities include farm tours, hayrides, apple picking, pony rides, country food, local music, animals, pumpkin carving, a pie eating contest and face painting. Not only is admission free, but there is also a complimentary breakfast available, including cider donuts, apple cider, apples and coffee. Read this list of participating farms!

Troy Chowderfest

Sunday, October 11 marks the ninth annual Chowderfest, which takes place along River Street in downtown Troy. While enjoying entertainment from live local musicians, you can sample chowders from thirty different area restaurants and then vote for your favorite. There is a stipulation that participating chefs must use fresh local ingredients, so you’ll also be helping out local businesses as you savor delicious chowders. Admission is free and each 4 oz. sample of chowder is $1. Learn more here!

LarkFEST

Mark your calendars! You don’t want to miss the largest one-day street festival in upstate New York! Head over to Lark Street on Saturday, September 19 where there will be two stages of live local music from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. But it isn’t the music alone that makes this venue so special! There will also be hundreds of vendors selling crafts, retail goods and incredible food, as well as activities for all ages, including visual arts, poetry, magic acts, and much more! How lucky we are to have such an amazing event right in our own backyard. Learn more here!

Apples!

Apple season is here! What better way to celebrate the fruits of fall’s labor than to attend an apple festival? Here are two regional options worth checking out:

Capital Region Apple & Wine Festival

On September 19 and 20, this wonderful event will take place at the Altamont Fairgrounds. Enjoy an arts and craft show, car show, quilt show, food court with specialty food vendors and wine tastings. There will also be activities for kids, such as a haunted house, face painting, pumpkin decorating, pony rides, bounce houses and slides. And there will be plenty of apples at the farmers market courtesy of Altamont Orchards! Learn more here!

Goold Orchard Apple Festival & Craft Show

Located in the town of Schodack about nine miles from downtown Albany, Goold Orchard is holding its 27th Apple Festival October 10-11. The festivities will include a live musical performance by Hair of the Dog and wine tasting by wineries from the Hudson River Region and Finger Lakes Region. Parking is totally free and the event will happen rain or shine.

In addition to the festival, Goold’s has a farm store and bakery where they sell pressed apple cider, fresh cider donuts, four different kinds of apple pie and other delicious fruit pies. And, of course, they have pick-your-own apples and pumpkins! Learn more here!

Llama Trek

It sure is great weather for walking a llama! Stroll through scenic woodland trails with your very own ‘rented’ llama companion at one of the local llama farms. This activity is perfect for an outing with friends and family, and a great way to get some exercise while also learning about these gentle creatures. Here are two suggested places to try:

Dakota Ridge Farm
189 East High Street, Ballston Spa

Roughly 30 minutes from Troy, Dakota Ridge Farm has more than 50 llamas. The farm offers a tour that lasts approximately one hour and includes a hands-on experience with a llama, as well as a trek where you guide your assigned llama through the wooded trails. The trek is only available from spring through fall, so don’t delay, call now to sign up! Learn more here!

Wunsapana Farm
4557 Hurst Road, Altamont

Nestled on 30 lovely acres of land, Wunsapana Farms has trails that are ideal for walking llamas. These folks specialize in llama walks and they’re happy to show each visitor the basics. They do require an appointment and for participants to be at least 14 years of age. Learn more here!