The Southington Apple Harvest Festival ends this weekend — Here's what you need to know

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The Apple Harvest Festival in Southington opened Friday, Sept. 30 and closes this weekend, Oct. 9. The event is hosted in the heart downtown Southington and is full of local vendors offering various treats and crafts with fall flair. Here is all you need to know about the Southington Apple Harvest Festival.

What is the Apple Harvest Festival?

According to the site, the Apple Harvest Festival is one of the largest and longest-running events in the Northeast, drawing crowds of over 100,000 people. Various vendors will have booths offering crafts, food, children's activities and more.

What kind of entertainment will be at the Apple Harvest Festival?

Festival-goers can also expect live entertainment like a laser light show, fireworks, apple fritter and pie eating contests. Additionally, there will be live arts and crafts show Oct. 8 and 9 at 11:00 a.m. where handmade goods and crafts will be displayed at various vendors. The full entertainment schedule and times can be seen here

What kind of food will be at the Apple Harvest Festival?

The website describes the festival as a "food-lover's dream" and will have many different food vendors offering things like classic New England lobster rolls and clam chowders and more traditional fair food like hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream. 

Seasonal treats:

Seasonal fall specialities like pumpkin spice fritters, apple fritters, apple empanadas, frozen apple cider slushies and apple crisp with spiked ice cream (for those 21+) will also be available at the Apple Harvest Festival. Festival goers can find out which more about vendor offerings and where they are located within the festival here.

What are the hours for the Apple Harvest Festival and the shuttle?

Friday, Oct. 7

  • Festival: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • No Shuttle Bus Service

Saturday, Oct. 8

  • Festival: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Shuttle Bus: 10:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 9

  • Festival: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Shuttle Bus: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

How much is admission and parking at the Apple Harvest Festival?

Admission to the Apple Harvest Festival is free. Parking at Southington High School (720 Pleasant Street) and the shuttle service are also free of charge.