Brighton, Ontario's Applefest, founded in 1975, is held annually on the last full weekend in September. Events include BBQ's and breakfasts, entertainment, children's activities, dances, a street fair, car show, arts and crafts, and a parade. See Brighton Applefest for more.
The Bayfield Apple Festival, held in early October, was listed among "Top Ten Autumn Festivals in North America" by the Society of American Travel Writers in 2006. The 2010 festival will mark its 49th year, and in 2009 it attracted over 50,000 people. The city of Bayfield, Wisconsin, located on the southwest shore of Lake Superior, serves as the gateway to the Apostle Islands and was named by the Chicago Tribune as the "Best Little Town in the Midwest." Featured are classic apple fest activities such as an apple pie and apple peeling contests, live music, and a carnival. There is also an annual parade, over 150 arts and crafts booths, and Venetian boat parade in the harbor.
Warwick, New York
In Warwick, New York, Applefest is held on the first Sunday of October in the streets and parks of the village of Warwick, located in the Hudson Valley of New York. It attracts over 30,000 people each year, usually coming from points south, Northern New Jersey and the New York City area. For the past three years Applefest was voted by readers of the Times Herald-Record newspaper as the top "Family Event", and was named one of the top ten festivals in the "Top 100 Events in North American" by the American Bus Association. The festival features over 250 craft vendors displaying their handmade jewelry, stained glass, pottery, woodcarvings and more; dozens of food vendors offering traditional American favorites and more exotic ethnic cuisine; fifty local non-profit exhibitors; free music & entertainment; Farmers' Market, and a children's carnival. Applefest began in 1989 as a simple harvest celebration, and is now co-produced by the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Warwick Valley Community Center. Festival proceeds benefit these and other local non-profit organizations.
The Woodbine Applefest is always held each year on the last Saturday in September from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 25th Anniversary Applefest was held on Saturday, September 28, 2013. The event usually includes many vendor booths, a car show, a pancake feed, and a fun run, as well as many types of entertainment in the outdoor amphitheater. Admission is free.
Hilton, New York
The Hilton Apple Fest, located in Hilton, New York is also held in October each year and attracts approximately 70,000 visitors. The festival donates $5,000 per year on average to groups such as Ambulance Corps, local libraries, village parks, the Food Shelf, Camp Good Days and Special Times, the Historical Society, Braddock Bay Raptor Research, and other community center projects.
Applefest is also a yearly three-day festival held in Franklin, Pennsylvania that starts the first Friday of October that attracts over 300,000 people. The three-day event is the largest crafts festival in western Pennsylvania.
Music including folk, gospel, blues, country, rock, bluegrass and more as well as displays from local, regional and national artists begins daily during the festival at 10 am.
Other Applefests include the Tenbury Wells Applefest, held each year in October in Tenbury Wells in England, as well as others held in Clarksville, Missouri; Owensboro, Kentucky; and La Crescent, Minnesota.