Fall in love with these fall festivals in Rochester, Buffalo, and Hilton, New York

Summer is almost over and next month marks the beginning of fall. It’s that time of the year when the days are shorter and the temperature is colder. But the sight of falling leaves and dark days can be depressing for some people and cause what’s known in medical circles as “autumn anxiety.”

Fortunately, there’s a cure for that. If you happen to be in Rochester, Buffalo, or Hilton, New York at this time, brace yourself for a lot of excitement from these fun-filled activities:

1. Rochester Fringe FestivalSeptember 10–21, 2019
Twelve days. Over 550 performances. More than 60,000 people. Are you ready for the Rochester Fringe Festival?

Get set for another all-out, no-holds-barred, multi-disciplinary event as local and national artists converge on One Fringe Place (at the corner of Gibbs and Main Streets) for unforgettable performances. This year’s event will showcase theater, music, dance, opera, poetry, children’s entertainment, visual arts, and more.

The Rochester’s Fringe Festival started in 2012 and initially attracted over 30,000 people. It is part of more than 200 similar festivals worldwide and drew over 78,000 attendees in 2018. The latest show features 12 days of food, drinks, outdoor entertainment, a merchandise tent, and one big party! To join the festivities, click on the link above and choose from the hundreds of shows. See you there!

2. Ballpark Brew Bash, BuffaloSeptember 21, 2019
Thirsting for beer? Have a ball at the Ballpark Brew Bash happening at the Sahlen Field (formerly Coca-Cola Field) this September! The event features over 50 breweries and 100 unique beers from across the globe for your drinking pleasure. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the beer starts flowing at 6:00 p.m. No pets or people under 21 are allowed though.

Tickets can be purchased at any Consumer’s Beverages (CB) branch. Get yours early and take advantage of their buy one, get one offer for only $35. Aside from admission, a ticket entitles you to a souvenir tasting glass, event program, and 20 tasting tickets that you can exchange for one three-ounce beer sample each. Additional tasting tickets are sold at $1 each.

VIP tickets cost $75 and come with a $10 CB gift card. VIPs will be seated at the new Consumer's Pub at the Park (formerly Pettibones Grille) where they can relax and sample over 20 special beers that are only available at the festival. They’ll also be treated to some of Buffalo’s favorites like cheese plates and other mouthwatering goodies.

3. Walk4Hearing, BuffaloSeptember 29, 2019
You’ve probably heard the bad news. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), more than 48 million people (20%) suffer from some degree of hearing loss. If you want to do something about it and lend your ears to this deafening problem, then take a hike! No, we’re not telling you to go away but to walk for a cause by joining Walk4Hearing.

Since 2006, this national program organized by the HLAA has been raising money to promote awareness about hearing loss and empower hearing professionals, their patients, families, friends, and loved ones. So far, the five-kilometer walk has helped about 100,000 people and 8,300 teams by providing information, education, and support to fight hearing loss.

Make a difference today! Get some exercise and walk for a cause. Head off to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens in South Park on September 29. Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. and the walk starts at 10:00 a.m. For more information, get in touch with National Walk Manager Alissa Peruzzini at [email protected]

4. 39th Annual Hilton Apple FestOctober 5–6, 2019
Looking for a festival that’s as American as apple pie? Then go straight to the Apple Fest. Founded in 1981 by Hilton businessmen Patrick Marlow and Douglas Marple, this yearly event celebrates the apple harvest season and its dedicated growers, and is usually held before the Columbus Day weekend. With the goal of offering free family entertainment, the festival started with a handful of volunteers, 75 craft booths, and 5 food booths.

Today, the volunteers have grown to 300 and attendance is close to 50,000 people. There are 125 craft booths and 24 food booths with musical numbers from some of the best Rochester bands. Kids (and kids at heart) will be entertained by magicians, puppet shows, and clowns.

But the best part is that the festival donates an average of $5,000 yearly to various organizations. In its first 25 years, the Apple Fest has given away over $100,000 to different charities.

Admission, entertainment, and parking are free. The festival will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
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