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Autumn: A Blaze of Glorious Color

Family fun in a corn maze

Corn Mazes

Many local farms grow, cut, and sculpt corn mazes—some as large as 8 or more acres with miles of trails. Enjoy hay rides, pumpkin patches, apple picking, games, potato cannons, and plenty of other fall activities that are a lot of fun for kids of all ages.

Some also offer haunted Halloween mazes at night—find your way in the dark using flashlights while escaping from ghosts and ghouls.
(Multiple locations)

Sculpture garden

Art In the Orchard

Art In the Orchard is a half-mile sculpture trail winding through apple and pear orchards and gardens.The juried exhibit includes dozens of sculptures and changes every year.

Follow the self-guided trail reading about each artist and their piece. Then shop for fresh produce and treats at the farm stand.

Carnival lights at night

The Big E

For 17 days each autumn this extravaganza features the Magic Midway, the world’s largest traveling midway, kiddie rides, carnival games, a circus, concerts, and the Grande Parade—and heaps of carnival food.

You'll also see traditional New England agriculture exhibits such as ox pulling contests, cow milking, and livestock judging.
(West Springfield)

Colonial New England cottage garden

Have a Colonial Thanksgiving

Experience the traditions of an early New England Thanksgiving as costumed historians at Old Sturbridge Village reenact families preparing their feast. Demonstrations include using authentic foods of the time grown on the grounds, pie baking, and competing in turkey "shoots."

Wander around the Village— the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast—and explore original homes, meetinghouses, stores, and a working farm on 200 acres.

Artisan Glassblowing

Paradise City Arts Festival

Rows and rows of artists and artisans display their original works of fine art and contemporary crafts at this award-winning show. You'll find furniture, jewelry, art glass, sculpture, ceramics, fashion design, painting and more.