From apple and pumpkin picking to exploring the outdoors with the family, you can do it all this Columbus Day weekend in Saratoga. Make plans today for a weekend of festive events, autumn activities, and local leaf peeping.
Fill Your Weekend With Festive Fall Events
Although the 2020 Saratoga Giant Pumpkinfest weigh-in was for growers only, you can still see some of these massive pumpkins around the area. Instead of a traditional festival, giant pumpkins have been placed at various locations in Saratoga County where the public can stop by and safely view them.
Movies in the Pumpkin Patch | Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11
The Salvation Army of Warren, Washington, and Saratoga Counties will present an outdoor movie weekend at the Washington County Fairgrounds featuring Jurassic Park on October 9, Hotel Transylvania on October 10, and Ghostbusters on October 11. Tickets are just $20/vehicle and can be purchased online.
Fall in Love with Maple at Mapleland Farms | Saturday, October 10 – Sunday, October 18
In celebration of the Fall 2020 NYS Maple Tour and the North America-wide Fall in Love with Maple campaign, Mapleland Farms in Salem will be open for visitors daily from October 10 – October 18. Admission is free, and you can experience a self-guided walk on their sugarbush nature trail and learn about sustainable forest management. Maple syrup, maple cotton candy, and other products will be available for purchase.
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- Sunday, October 18
The second weekend of the Fall Farm To Fiber Tour will take place on Saturday and Sunday at participating farms, fiber studios, and businesses across eight counties. Some of the participants will offer open house events and demonstrations, and all of them will be selling fleeces, yarn, and finished goods.
Find Fun Activities the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Pick a Bag of Apples or Two at a Local Orchard
For many of us, apple picking is a fall tradition that can’t be missed. This Columbus Day weekend, wake the family up early and head over to a nearby apple orchard before the crowds arrive. Don’t forget to buy some cider doughnuts to enjoy on the way home!
Spend the Day at Ellms Family Farm
Ellms Family Farm is one of the most family-friendly attractions you can visit during fall in the Saratoga area. Located in Ballston Spa, Ellms is home to acres of fun activities, including corn mazes, pumpkin picking, mini-excavators, and much more. Tickets and masks are required, and they are open on Thursday – Friday, 10:00AM – 5:00PM, and Saturday, Sunday, and Columbus Day from 10:00AM – 6:00PM.
Decorate Your Home With Pumpkins & Plants From Sunnyside
Looking to brighten up your property this season? Swing by Sunnyside Gardens in Saratoga Springs for the perfect pumpkins, beautiful fall mums and flowers, and some fresh baked goods too. Limited parking is available, so be prepared in case it’s busy on the weekend.
Travel Around to Get the Best Views of the Fall Foliage
Up For a Fall Drive? Here Are 6 of the Area’s Most Scenic Routes
The trees are alive with the colors of the season in Saratoga, which makes it the perfect time for a short road trip. Check out these 6 scenic fall foliage drives through Saratoga County that offer exceptional views.
Take a Hike at These Leaf Peeping Trails
Columbus Day weekend is always a popular time for hiking, so it’s good to have a few options to choose from. Here in the Saratoga area, we’ve highlighted a variety of local hiking trails where you can enjoy leaf peeping while social distancing.