Autumn in Easton: The ultimate guide to fall in love with fall

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There are a multitude of events happening in Easton and beyond that will allow you to enjoy fall festivities. (Graphic by Bernadette Russo ’24 for The Lafayette)

Take a second to sense the crispness of the air, to watch the trees as they turn from green to bright shades of red and orange. Fall is here. Though some may be apprehensive of the cold weather, there is an array of events happening in Easton that will be sure to get anyone and everyone into the fall spirit. 

Put on your finest comfy sweater to attend the Easton Farmers’ Market, the oldest continuous, open-air market in the nation. Head downtown to Scott Park to get fresh produce, baked goods, flowers and more from local vendors. The market will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Dec. 17. 

If you are not feeling brave enough to make the trek down the hill, fear not, as the Easton Farmers’ Market will come to Lafayette’s very own Quad tomorrow for the first time ever in the market’s 270 years of operation. Head to the Quad from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for fresh food that will have you tossing out your microwaveable mac and cheese. 

After the farmers’ market this weekend, head downtown to attend Easton’s 19th annual Garlic Fest. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m on Saturday and Sunday, the city will bring the stink with all things garlic. With garlic fries, garlic knots and garlic-infused drinks, you’ll be untouchable to vampires for days to come.

The Nurture Nature Center will be hosting its fourth and final Easton Star Party, which first began in the middle of June. Come to Scott Park on Oct. 8 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to observe the planets under the guidance of telescopes and astronomy experts. The Moon, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible for viewing. Those who are interested in attending can email [email protected] to RSVP or call 610-253-4432. 

In case you have a hankering to attend more food festivals, the 10th annual Pennsylvania Bacon Fest will take place in downtown Easton from Nov. 5 to Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature anything and everything bacon-themed, as well as live music and family-friendly activities. Enjoy bacon on a stick, chocolate-covered bacon and even vegetarian bacon for those who don’t eat meat. 

If you are unable to make it to any of those events or find yourself searching for more fall activities, there are even more ways to channel autumnal energy on your own time.

With access to a car, spending your weekend apple picking is the perfect way to get into the fall spirit. Reminisce over walking into your kitchen as a child and smelling the sweet aroma of cinnamon and fresh apple pie as you pick bright red apples from local orchards — bonus points for making a delicious apple pie in your dorm kitchen.

Phillips Farms in Milford, New Jersey is about a 25-minute ride from campus. On Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., you can visit Phillips to fulfill your apple-picking dreams. Another option is Mackey’s Orchard located in Belvidere, New Jersey, about 20 minutes from campus. They are open every day from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a bakery, farmstand and greenhouse. 

If you’d like to remain on campus throughout the season, an easy way to get your daily dose of crisp fall air is by taking a walk on the Karl Stirner Arts Trail along Bushkill Creek. Walk with a friend, a dog or in your own solitude and admire the art installments with beautiful sights of nature as the backdrop. 

For the homebodies of the bunch, leaving your dorm is not a requirement for ringing in the fall season. Watching a nostalgic Halloween movie, making some popcorn and piling underneath a fuzzy blanket is more than enough to celebrate the enchanting change of the seasons. No matter if you stay in or go out, any way you choose to admire the magic of fall will be time well spent.