Ultimate Buffalo Fall Bucket List

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Holiday Valley in Ellicottville / Step Out Buffalo

Fall is here, and we’re pretty excited about it. Happy medium temperatures, colorful leaves, and the return of pumpkin everything are just a few of the reasons this season’s festivities are our favorite (don’t tell summer). In honor of the first day of fall, check out our top picks to add to your fall bucket list this season below.

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1. Go Apple Picking- Pick your own apples at a beautiful local orchard, such as Becker Farms in Gasport, Blackman Homestead Farm in Lockport, Smith’s Orchard Cider Mill in Lockport, or Mayer Bros. in West Seneca. Check out our full guide here!

2. Go Pumpkin Picking- Visit a pumpkin farm to find your canvas to carve the perfect jack-o’lantern. Explore favorites like The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm in North Tonawanda, or Pumpkinville in Great Valley – they always have other fun stuff for the kids to do on top of harvesting your pick of pumpkins.

3. Restock Your Fall Wardrobe- Scarves, sweaters, boots, oh my! Shop local first, or take a trip to the Galleria, Boulevard, Outlets, or even Rochester’s Eastview Mall to layer up for the season.

4. Tailgate at a Bills Game- Get your Bills gear, booze, and snacks to catch a home game on Oct. 22, Oct 29, or Nov. 12 at New Era Field. Our favorite app to get a deal on tickets is Gametime – just FYI.

5. Find Your Fall Signature Drink- It’s no secret that fall brings the best alcoholic bevys. Whether you need your pumpkin spice latte fix every morning, you can’t get enough pumpkin beer in that belly, or better yet fall cocktails are your thang, there are plenty of coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and breweries to visit in Buffalo. Plus, Step Out Buffalo is hosting WNY’s first Buffalo Cocktail Classic on Nov. 5 (think classy craft cocktail fest) where you’ll get to try 10 different cocktails made by Buffalo’s best craft cocktail bars and bartenders. 

6. Make a trip to Ellicottville- Fall is the best time of year for an Ellicottville adventure filled with beautiful foliage. Ride the chairlift to the top to catch the best view of in the entire village or try out Holiday Valley’s Adventure Park.

7. Attend a Fall Fest- Get the whole family together to enjoy a day of fall-themed fun. Save these dates: Allentown Fall Festival and HRVST Fall Music Festival on Oct. 14 and Peak n Peek Fall Festival on Oct. 21-22.

8. Give Your Home Some Fall Flair- Light up those autumn scents, bring reds, oranges, and yellows back to add warmth, and don’t forget to accent with leaves and pumpkins.

9. See a Horror Movie- Look up showtimes at the nearest Regal or AMC or for something a little different plan a night at Transit Drive-In Theatre in Lockport, NY. If you want to pair your bag of popcorn with a beer or glass of wine, check out The Screening Room in Amherst, NY for cafe-style seating.

10. Get Spooked at a Haunted House- A good scare is a fall-must, try not to chicken out when you visit Frightworld in Tonawanda or House of Horrors and Haunted Catacombs in Cheektowaga.

11. Celebrate Oktoberfest– Hit up one of Buffalo’s breweries to try seasonal Oktoberfest beers or make the venture to one of many Oktoberfest events happening in WNY!

12. Eat Apple Everything- Make or buy apple pies, apple cider doughnuts, candied apples, caramel apples, apple slushies, or anything else you can find on Pinterest.

13. Go on a Guided Haunted Walk/Tour/Pub Crawl- Book a tour at Canalside, Allentown, Larkinville, Theater District, Lewiston, East Aurora, or The Roycroft Inn, and more!. More details here.

14. Solve an Escape Room- With 60 minutes or less on the clock, an escape room is the ultimate opportunity to put your sleuthing skills to work. You have options all over the place including Escape Room Buffalo in North Tonawanda, Trapped in Tonawanda, Lock & Key Escape Room in Buffalo, Perplexity Escape Room in Buffalo, or Queen City Escape in Buffalo.

15. Go on a Haunted Hayride- Something about tractors and creepy dirt paths make haunted hayrides extra frightening. Sit tight at The Haunted Hayride at Becker Farms in Gasport, Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville Street in Ellicottville, or Haunted Hayrides at Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm in North Tonawanda.

16. Take a Foliage Filled Hike- Seeing the leaves change colors makes for a picture-perfect backdrop while hiking. Some popular spots include Letchworth State Park, Devil’s Hole State Park, Delaware Park, and Ellicottville.

17. Have a Last Chance Bonfire- Tell scary stories and roast s’mores around the campfire before the entire city is covered in feet of snow for months.

18. Visit a Cider Mill- Nothing’s quite as crisp as fresh-pressed cider in autumn. Get your fill at Smith’s Orchard Cider Mill in Lockport, Mayer Bros. in West Seneca, or Cherry Bank Farm Cider Mill in Sanborn.

19. Visit Rolling Hills for a Good Scare – Have you been meaning to get to this haunted Asylum in East Bethany? This is by far the best time to do it in our opinion. Check out one of their many events or ghost hunts.

20. Have a Magical Movie Marathon- If you don’t already own them, you can rent, stream, or tune in to a TV special to watch Hocus Pocus, Friday the 13th, Halloweentown, Casper, It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, The Addams Family, Jeepers Creepers, and all the other classics.

21. Get Lost in a Corn (Hay) Maze- Navigate your way through the twists and turns with your kids and family friends at The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence or Cambria Corn Maze in Lockport.

22. Host a Friendsgiving- Invite all your chosen family over, prepare all your favorite dishes, and restock your liquor cabinet to enjoy an evening of friendship and gratitude.

23. Finally Check out The Establishment- You know you’ve been meaning to see what The Establishment is all about. The cooler temps are the perfect chance to see what all the fuss is about and learn some stuff that you might actually need to know. Plus, drinks are on them.

24. Throw Hatchets- Buffalo has a new form of entertainment as of last fall and it might come as a shock to you – hatchet (you know like an axe) throwing. Hatchets and Hops is sort of bowling alley meets camping. Right now you can’t exactly enjoy hops while your throwing hatchets but it’s still worth a go in our opinion.


Did we miss your favorite fall activity? We want to hear about it! DM us on Instagram @stepoutbuffalo.

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