Fall Fun

Always Free Parking & Entry

Family Fun • Apple Picking • Old Fashion Cider • Region's Best Cider Donuts* • Farm Animals • Free Hayrides

* Voted best cider donuts of the capital region by Times Union Sweet 16 votes.

Fall Festivities

U-Pick Apples – Starting early September, come pick your own Macs, Cortland, and Empires! Later varieties will begin in October.

New! Self-Guided Farm Walkabout: Stop by anytime during store hours to take our contact-free, self-guided farm walkabout. Full of activities and facts the family will love.

Straw Maze & Animal Viewing $1 per person & Free Hayrides 12 – 5 Saturday & Sundays (September 12th – Columbus day) 

Per New York State Guidelines:

  • Masks shall be worn on the hayride and during times social distancing is not possible. 
  • Our Petting Paddock will not operate normally this year. Animals will be visible, and social from within their paddock, but is not a petting zoo.
Other COVID changes:
  • Outdoor cashier – our indoor cashiers will also be available as usual, but if you feel more comfortable staying outside, our outdoor cashier station is ready for action. 

Fall Weekend Events

Other than apple picking and riding around on our free hayrides, we’ve got some other fun activities cookin’ up this year.

Oct 3 & Oct 4

1- 4 pm Sat, Oct 3rd

Music by: Yankee Holler Band Duo

Acoustic duo Matt Aumond and John Docherty covering a variety of T Petty, Pearl Jam, CCR, Avett Brothers, N Young, and like styles. 

Food by: Jack's Drive In - Sat, Oct 3rd

1- 4 pm Sun, Oct 4th

Music by: Izzy Singer

Singer in local band Sub Slab, Izzy also performs solo or “As Iz” .  Sunday’s roster TBD.

Food by: Gourmeli's Taste Food Truck - Sun, Oct 4th

Oct 10, 11 & 12

Sun, Oct 12th

Music by: Gone Gray

Joining us one more time. A crowd favorite playing covers from the best of all time – Dylan. Clapton. Allman Bros. Beatles. Nelson. Young. Taylor. Blind Faith. Eagles. CCR. Skynyrd. Dead. The Band.

Food by: Livin' the Dream Food Truck - Sun, Oct 12th

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Do we pay for U-Pick Bags?

No! Our U-Pick pricing is based on the weight you pick. For ease of carrying, grab as many or as few bags as you’d like, enjoy yourself out there, then visit us later to pay for the apples you’ve picked.

Can we bring our dog?

We do love dogs, but please leave them at home for this trip. Due to insurance we do not allow dogs on the farm. On-duty service animals welcome.

When do the hayrides go?

On Saturdays & Sundays from Sept 12 – Columbus Day, our hayrides run a loop of the farm about once every 20 minutes from noon until 5 pm. If you don’t see it when you pull up, it’ll be back shortly. If it’s sitting there you’re welcome to find a seat. The driver will be back shortly.

Please do not leave children unattended around the hayride. Please leave our bales intact.

11 Things to Do This Fall!

Make sure you get the most out of fall, here’s a list to help you out!
Best Apple Cider Donuts

1. Try the BEST apple cider donuts in the Region!

Weeks spent perfecting our apple cider donut recipe paid off when they were voted best in the Capital District by Times Union readers! We’re honored by this recognition and invite everyone to come give them a try…maybe you can identify our secret ingredient?!
Fall Festivities Upstate New York

2. Eat Apples!

Come pick your own apples or purchase some in our store. Whether you’re a serious apple picker, or just interested in picking a few for fun, you’ll find it at our farm! Call us for the most up-to-date picking information.


3. Pick your own fall raspberries!

Not ready to see summer go? Extend it by picking this summer-flavored berry! Picking goes until the first frost.

Hay Rides in the Fall

5. Take a FREE Hayride...or three

Get off at the different stops or stay on, and ride around. Our free hayride will drop you off or pick you up at the Barn, Petting Paddock, pumpkin patch, and the far apple orchard.

Hayrides run approximately every half hour from noon to 5pm weekends starting September 15th through October 14th as long as the weather permits!
Columbus Day hours: 11am to 3pm – weather permitting.

Fall Festivals Near Albany New York


Can you pick a perfect pumpkin? We’re sure you will be able to find one at Kristy’s Barn! Walk or take a free hayride on weekends down to the patch or search around The Barn for a pumpkin that will make a great Jack-O-Lantern! Pumpkin fun begins the end of September – call us for more information!
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7. See Farm Animals

Per New York State Guidelines, we are unable to open our Petting Paddock this year, but farm animals may be seen throughout the day. 

Home baked pies

8. Pies!

Apple, Apple Crisp, Apple Walnut and many more! We’ve got them, or we’ve got the supplies if you want to bake your own!

Want to reserve a pie for Thanksgiving? Call us at the store to get added to the Thanksgiving Pie List, then pick up your fresh baked pie the day before Thanksgiving.

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9. Decorate for Fall

We have beautiful mums, corn stalks, straw, mini pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, pumpkins, and more. If you want to get into the fall spirit, we’ve got you covered!
Free hayrides NY

10. Plan a Bonfire or Group Tour!

Kristy’s Barn offers affordable bonfire parties great for clubs, groups, families, and friends! These bonfires start out at the store, where groups load onto the wagon for a moonlight ride to a secluded bonfire destination. Once there, groups can enjoy apple cider, donuts, and other snack packages. Contact us to find out the details.

Not so interested in the dark? Kristy’s Barn offers group and school tours tailored for your specific group. These hands-on walking or wagon tours allow children to learn about farming, our agricultural practices, and see where their food comes from. Farm animals such as ducklings, calves, and sheep, can make guest appearances too! Contact Kris using the form below, or call her Monday – Friday between 9am and 3pm for more information.

Local Farms in Upstate New York

11. Sit back and enjoy the view!

I know we said we only had ten for you… but here’s one extra you might enjoy! We know that fall can be a busy time of year so we invite you to schedule some time for yourself this fall and Kristy’s Barn! Meet a friend, enjoy your family, or just take an afternoon for yourself. We’ve got picnic tables, rocking chairs, snacks, and a terrific view of Thatcher park and the Heidelberg Mountains! Come see for yourself.