With sweater weather rapidly approaching, you may find yourself looking for ways to enjoy the last few days of summer. Whether you’d like to get off campus, get a better feel for Downtown or just spend some memorable quality time with friends, Binghamton and the surrounding areas offer a wide variety of fall festivals to fill up your weekends. We’ve compiled a list of upcoming festivals to help you make the most of pumpkin season.
Sept. 14: Binghamton Wingfest
For those of us who love chicken wings, local restaurants will battle out to decide who will be “King of Wings” at Binghamton’s eighth-annual Wingfest. Wingfest also includes live music and a wing-eating contest. This year, proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.
Sept. 21: Endicott Apple Festival
The Endicott Apple Festival is a decades-old tradition that welcomes the fall season. This event features a wide range of homemade apple products: apple pie, apple cider, apple turnovers and much more. The Endicott Apple Festival also includes homemade crafts and music.
Sept. 21: Port Dickinson Pumpkin FestiFall
On Sept. 21, Port Dickinson will be hosting their first-ever Pumpkin FestiFall. This festival celebrates fall with various art vendors showcasing their crafts, pumpkin-based foods and pumpkin carvings and paintings. Admission is free and all proceeds will go to local nonprofit Every Dog’s Dream Rescue.
Sept. 21: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Festival
Every year, the Vestal Museum organizes a Haudenosaunee Festival to celebrate the culture and heritage of the Haudenosaunee people. This year’s theme for the event is Haudenosaunee women and their impact on Haudenosaunee history and culture. The festival also offers traditional cuisine, a dance performance, lacrosse stick making and a pottery-making contest as well as various other arts and artifacts.
Sept. 28: RoberCon
For anyone interested in cosplay, gaming and geek culture, RoberCon offers an outlet for people to bond over fandoms of all types: tabletop games, comic books and anything related to geek culture. Hosted by the Roberson Museum and Science Center, RoberCon is two days long and includes a activities such as gaming contests, writing workshops, panels and costume contests.