1. Experience the quintessential fall festival experience at the 40th Annual Autumn Festival October 6 at the Minna Anthony Nature Center. Located on Wellesley Island State Park, the nature center underwent a $1.75 million, two-year renovation before reopening in June. New exhibits and features provide the perfect backdrop for the fall festival, which offers a day of family-friendly fun. Compete for the honor of building the best scarecrow, see how apple cider is made and enjoy samples, find treasures at the craft show and sale, and rock the day away to live musical and entertainment performances – and more! Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for military, seniors, $1 for ages 12 and under, or free with a non-perishable food donation.
2. Toast to the changing seasons at the Alex Bay Wine Festival & Farmers’ Market September 15 at the Scenic View Park Pavilion from 11 am – 4 pm. Experience one of the most unique wine festivals in the Northeast overlooking the St. Lawrence River and Boldt Castle. Enjoy samples of regional wines, stroll along the River Walk, and shop for locally produced maple syrup, honey, flowers, fresh produce and more.
3. Chunk those pumpkins this fall at Punkin Chunkin October 20 at the Frink Park on Riverside Drive. Watch as pumpkins are hurdled into the St. Lawrence River using trebuchets and catapults. This popular event is fun for the whole family with youth Chunkin kicking off at 11 am, and the adult category slated for 1 pm. Enjoy barbecue, a farmers’ market and more!
4. Bring your friend that likes to dance at the drop of a hat to the Clayton Jazz Festival September 21-23 at Frink Park Pavilion. In addition to Clayton’s all-around awesome jazz festival on the water featuring performances throughout the weekend – as well as a Jazz Brunch at Saint Lawrence Spirits Chateau, which specializes in farm-to-table cuisine, don’t miss all the exciting live music going on throughout the 1000 Islands Region this fall.
5. Grab your beer stein and head to the 1000 Islands for two Oktoberfests this fall. On September 22, the 10th Annual Cape Vincent Oktoberfest kicks off with a beer garden featuring authentic German beers and wines, performances by Enzian Bavarian Band and dancers, as well as food vendors, a craft and farmers’ market, and a Dirndl and Lederhosen contest. Don’t miss this fun event, just $5 to get in. On October 6, Oktoberfest at Thousand Islands Winery will offer authentic German cuisine, live music and performances by German entertainers, a farmers’ market, hayrides, and the annual grape stomping competition. Tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for senior and military in advance.
6. Fall means colorful leaves, pumpkin spice everything and harvest festivals in the 1000 Islands Region. On September 29, the 14th Annual Harvest Festival at LaFargeville’s Agricultural Museum in Stone Mills will feature draft horse pulling competitions. October 7th’s Harvest Festival in Sackets Harbor offers sidewalk sales, kid-friendly activities, and a farmers’ market. Coyote Moon Vineyard’s Harvest Festival on October 13 will offer live music by Bad Husbands Club, award-winning wine, beer and mulled wine, kid-friendly activities.
Don’t miss fall in the 1000 Islands. Check out the incredible variety of events, attractions and more set against the colorful fall foliage of the 1000 Islands Region.⇧