Fall is objectively the best season — crisp air, all the food holidays, the odd traditions we’ve clung to over the centuries. In that vein, head east for some old-timey fun this weekend at the Queens County Fair.

Just an hour and a half and accessible by train and bus, the Queens County Farm Museum will be hosting its annual fair with traditional midway food and games and carnival performers alongside contests for everything from crafts to produce, livestock and pie-eating, a beer garden and live music. 

It’s also the first weekend of the farm’s Amazing Maize Maze. From Saturday through Oct. 25, spend a weekend afternoon wandering three acres of cornfield carved into an intricate labyrinth, with clues and puzzles scattered through the maze to guide you. (Probably necessary, since walking the Manhattan grid didn’t prepare us for this.) 

The maze is usually open 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but on Maze by Moonlight nights (Oct. 3 and 17) bring a flashlight and stay until 9 p.m. 

Queens County Fair
Sept. 19-20, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
$9 adults, $5 kids each for fair & maze