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October Events: Fall Foliage, Pumpkin Patches, and Halloween Happenings

From pretty to paranormal, October in Rochester has no shortage of unique seasonal activities! Enjoy scenic train rides, leaf-peeping in our arboretums, fall bird migrations, ghost walks, and fun on the farm this month.

For the ultimate fall foliage experience, it’s best to plan your leaf-peeping outings from mid-October to early November. Arboretums like Mount Hope Cemetery, Durand Eastman Park, and Highland Park showcase breathtaking displays of vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows, creating a picturesque scenery perfect for capturing those Instagram-worthy moments.

Sep 9–Oct: Bristol Mountain Fall Sky Rides. Enjoy a 20-minute round-trip ride on the Comet Express chairlift on weekend afternoons from mid-September through October, plus Monday, October 11. Absorb the rich fall colors while facing Stid Hill on the ride back down. Admission fee. 5662 New York State Route 64, (585) 374-6000,

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🍁 Fall Foliage: 7 Breathtaking Views Near Rochester

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Featured October Events

High Falls walking tour ROC the Riverway
Roc the Riverway tours

Oct 6–8: ROC the Riverway Weekend. This multi-day event celebrates the Genesee River and its impact on the city with guided hikes, bike rides, and paddles. Discover the hidden beauty of Rochester’s natural landscapes. Most activities are free, though a few are ticketed and require registration.

Genesee Country Village and Museum Spirits of the Past house
GCVM Spirits of the Past

Halloween Happenings

As October rolls in, there’s an undeniable attraction to the paranormal. Explore the eerie side of Rochester through ghost walks, storytelling, and investigations that will give you Goosebumps!

Oct 1–31

Oct 6–28

Oct 7

Oct 12–31

Oct 20–21

Oct 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29

Oct 20–22

Oct 21–23

Oct 26

Oct 27

Oct 28

Oct 29

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Paranormal Activities: Our Favorite Haunts for 2023

There is something about October that piques our interest in paranormal activities. Explore the other side of Rochester!

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Wickham Farms
Wickham Farms

Fall Harvest Celebrations

No October is complete without indulging in fall harvest celebrations. Delve into the quintessential fall experience by spending time on Rochester-area farms and at harvest-themed events. Enjoy hayrides, apple cider, corn mazes, and the scent of freshly baked fry cakes.


Sep 16–Oct 22

Sep 16–Oct 29

Sep 30–Oct 1

Sep 30–Oct 1

Oct 1–31

Oct 9

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🎃 Pumpkin Patches & Farms Around Rochester

Experience the perfect autumn day at our Rochester-area pumpkin farms with wagon rides, fresh apple cider and donuts, and corn mazes.

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🍎 Apple Everything! Rochester’s best ciders, fry cakes, fritters, pies, and more

Come mid-September, we begin to crave all things apple. Apple cider. Apple cider donuts. Apple fritters. Apple pie. And warm fry cakes.

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Farms & Farmers’ Markets: Your Guide to Locally Grown Produce

Exploring local markets and roadside produce stands is a great way to immerse yourself in the community and support family farms.

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Medina Railroad Museum train ride
Medina Railroad

Scenic Boat & Train Rides

Ride the rails on a heritage train or cruise along Rochester’s waterways to witness the fall transformation from a different perspective. The fall-themed schedules of these family-friendly experiences provide a unique opportunity to appreciate the season.

Oct 1–22

Oct 1

Oct 7 & 14

Oct 8 & 15

Oct 7, 8, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22

Oct 8, 15, 29

Oct 14, 15, 16, 21, 22

Oct 21, 22, 28, 29

Oct 22

Oct 28 –29

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Listen to the rhythmic chugga-chuggas and whistling choo-choos while enjoying the scenic landscape passing by on a Rochester-area train ride.

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More October Events

Beyond leaf-peeping and pumpkin-spiced everything, October around Rochester is filled with engaging events. The month is a hub of activity that caters to various interests, from art exhibitions and live performances to antique shows and eco festivals.

Geva stage
Geva Theatre

City of Rochester

Sep 26–Oct 8

Oct 5–15

Oct 6

Oct 6–8

Oct 7–Nov 12

Oct 12

Oct 13

Oct 14

Oct 15

Oct 17–20

Oct 21

Oct 27

Monroe County

Oct 12–14

Oct 21

Genesee Valley Hunt race
Genesee Valley Hunt

Greater Rochester

Oct 7–8

Oct 7–9

Oct 14

Oct 21

Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve
Penn Dixie Fossil Park

Surrounding Counties

Oct 1

Oct 1

Oct 7-9, 14-16, 21-24

Oct 14, 15, 21, 22

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Autumn in Rochester

Scenic train rides, leaf-peeping, bird migrations, and ghost walks happen only in autumn in Rochester—take advantage of them while you can!

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November Events: Bountiful Harvests and Festivities to be Thankful For

Our favorite November events include live performances, cherished traditions, visual spectacles, and opportunities to support local talent.

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What are your favorite October events and activities?

Your insights and experiences are valuable. Please share them in the comments.

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Debi Bower is the founder and creative director of and author of the award-winning book Day Trips Around Rochester, New York.

People often ask me if I get free access to places while exploring. The answer is no unless I’m invited to previews or granted behind-the-scenes access as part of my media role. Generally, I don’t mention my project, Day Trips Around Rochester, NY, because I want the same experience you would have. I create and share content simply because it brings me joy. I would appreciate your support—a cup of coffee or two to help fuel future field trips—if you have found valuable information here that has helped you explore the Rochester area.

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