Five Fall Events You Won't Want To Miss

By Aura "Kymi" Manjarrez

Summer might be over, but the partying doesn't stop; Fall proves to be just as fun and full of excitement as the previous season, being not only a time of retrospection and festivities but also of giving yourself a chance to attend events that aren't available any other time of the year. The Greenwich area provides such entertainment from the very beginning of Fall to the very end; five of their most fun and renowned events are listed below:

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The Greenwich Food and Wine Festival

Starting preparations in mid-September and being open to public the last weekend of the same month, the Food and Wine Festival offers cooking classes, vendors' alleys, gourmet tastings and more. It is hosted at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, which is beautiful to visit by itself. All profits collected at the Festival go towards helping the Paul Newman’s The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. This organization is dedicated to providing aid to children and their families who deal with debilitating illnesses.

 Oktoberfest at Bear Mountain

Although Bear Mountain is an hour away from Greenwich, this German-inspired event is one of the area's most anticipated ones. Food carts, live music, all-you-can-eat buffets, etc. are all incentives that invite fun-seekers to come out. Definitely worth the drive! It runs from the end of September to the end of October.

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Outdoor Fall Arts Festival at the Bruce Museum

For the artsy types, the Fall Arts Festival gathers the best artists from around the country and gives them a 101 experience with them, featuring panels with Q&A sessions, casual conversation with the visitors as well as auctions. This event typically happens mid October, and the admission cost doesn't go beyond $10.

Fall Festival at Elmsford

Though this event doesn't take place in Greenwich either, it is no less beautiful or entertaining. The Fall Fest is the traditional Fall celebration at which people gather to carve pumpkins, sell their handmade wares and baked goods, and simply walk around and share the fall spirit! This year's Fall Fest at Elmsford will take place on November 3rd, and tickets are available online!

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Greenwich Holiday Stroll

To finalize the Fall festivities and welcome Winter with open arms, Greenwich holds an Annual Holiday Stroll on the first weekend of December. In this event, kids and general public can get their picture taken with Santa and his reindeer, attend live Nativity scenes, play in the several different game areas or attend ice sculpture demonstrations. The money collected all goes towards helping Kids in Crisis, Connecticut's most prominent hands-on organization, which helps families in need with housing, emergency medical attention, etc.

 All in all, these events are all must-go's; whether you're a food lover, a bohemian music-oriented soul or an art collector, you're bound to find something you'll adore and will keep in your mind and heart forever!

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