Welcoming Fall in the Region

One of the most concurrent and beloved sentiments often described about the Catskills region is that our area is truly one of the best locations to experience all of the changing seasons. As we transition from a steamy and unusually wet August, we start to ease into a lifestyle that is accompanied by a more comfortable and more forgiving climate. September in the Catskills is accentuated with cooler days, cooler nights, changing colors of foliage, and the sound of the crickets and cicadas singing their final cadences as we fade gracefully into the fall season.

Our region has no shortage of activities that allow you to fully immerse and embrace the beauty that September in the Catskills area has to offer. From touring historic railroad routes by vintage steam engine, or foot powered rail car, to attending internationally recognized film festivals, you will find that our region’s diverse offerings of arts events, historical tours, festivals and outdoor recreational activities are the ideal way to welcome the fall.


Ulster County

Rail Explorers USA, a company that offers guided rail explorer car tours, is located at 70 Lower High Street in Phoenicia, NY. Rail Explorers USA offers outdoors enthusiasts a unique way to discover the historic route of the Ulster & Delaware Railroad by pedal powered rail car. The vehicle is hands free, and there is no need to steer, which allows passengers to fully enjoy the breath-taking scenery all around them on their tour.

Rail explorer tours is an activity that the whole family can enjoy. To book your tour, visit their website here for ticket information and times.


Delaware County

The Delaware & Ulster Railroad station, located at 43510 NY-28 in Arkville, NY, will host rides powered by a vintage steam locomotive Saturday September, 29 2018 and Sunday September 30, 2018. This would be a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the changing colors of the fall foliage as you travel by vintage steam locomotive on the historic train route from Arkville Station to Roxbury Station.

The Delaware & Ulster Railroad offers themed events and tour packages all throughout the month of September, from lighthearted mock train robberies to twilight excursions and dinner tours. For schedule and ticketing information, you visit their website here.


Sullivan County

Another unique event being offered in September is the In the MKNG Festival, celebrating creativity, imagination and inspiration. This event runs from September 29, 2018-September 30, 2018 10a.m.-6p.m. both days, at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

In the MKNG festival is a gathering of people who love to DIY, create and craft. A hands-on, family-friendly experience for anyone looking to have some creative fun. The event includes exciting live demonstrations, interactive activities, charity involvement, craft vendors, food and music.

To learn more about the event line up, purchase tickets and register for workshops, visit the festival webpage.



Saturday-Sunday, September 15-September 16 from 10 a.m.-5.pm., The Farmers Museum of Cooperstown will be hosting its 40th Annual Harvest Festival featuring a program packed with activities for families celebrating the bounty of the harvest season. This event will occur on site at the historic farm located at 5775 NY-80 in Cooperstown, NY.

Attendees will be able observe in artisan demonstrations like rope making, help participate in the harvesting of potatoes, sample foods from this year’s harvest, and listen to live music on the festival stage.  Rest assured, there is plenty to keep you busy at this wonderful family friendly event, and it is a perfect way to end the Summer. For more event information and ticket prices, visit their website here.