Autumn in Ridgefield

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For many, the fall season is the perfect time to visit New England. The changing leaves, the crisp air, and the fresh bounty of autumn meals are all best enjoyed in our charming town. Ridgefield is the ideal destination to fully immerse yourself in this favorite, coziest of seasons. Here is a recap of the many exciting events, family fun activities, and peaceful outdoor moments to experience during this magnificent season right here #inRigefield!

Explore gorgeous fall foliage 

Ridgefield’s natural beauty is at its peak during the fall. Our wooded hillsides and pristine forests come alive with the most vibrant shades of reds, oranges, and yellows. Ridgefield is truly a leaf-peeper’s dream and there are many breathtaking vantage points around town to enjoy all of the magnificent foliage. Our state parks and hiking trails offer some of the best vistas in which to view Ridgefield covered in gorgeous colors. Here’s the low down on the best fall foliage viewing spots around town: Into the Woods: Autumn in Ridgefield is a Sight to Behold.

Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off & Festival

Fall community events

Our town hosts two very exciting events in the fall that gather everyone together to celebrate the season. The Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off and Festival takes place every September and features pumpkin growers from around the region competing to see who has grown the largest pumpkin. A recent winner weighed in at over 1,900 pounds! Fall in Love with Ridgefield takes place in October and is a festival that includes haunted hayrides, window painting, and a scarecrow contest. Both events also have special activities for kids, fun games, and delicious fall goodies to taste. For these and many more amazing fall events, view our Events Calendar.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Special fall art events

Fall is also quite a busy time for our arts and culture community in Ridgefield. Each fall, Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center honors #HandsOnHistory Month with special hands-on exhibits that delight and educate viewers on a specific topic from American history. Don’t miss the cutting-edge art exhibits on display at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut’s only contemporary art museum. Get inspired by the visual art exhibits at The Ridgefield Guild of Artists, D. Colabella Fine Arts Gallery, and RPAC Gallery, all conveniently located in downtown Ridgefield and perfect for gallery hopping.

Halloween in Ridgefield

Ridgefield loves to dress up and get spooky for Halloween. Our annual Halloween Walk on Main Street is a beloved tradition, where the whole town comes out to celebrate in costume and the kids enjoy trick-or-treating at the local businesses. Ridgefield Fathers Club hosts its Paranormal Park Ghost Walk fundraiser – caution: very scary! Keeler Tavern gets into the Halloween spirit with its Ghosts of Ridgefield Tours, a favorite with kids and adults alike. And The Aldrich joins in on the Halloween fun with arts & crafts and special treats for the kids. View Events Calendar

Ridgefield Theater Barn

Fall performances

Ridgefield is known for its superlative cultural scene and the exciting new seasons kicks off each fall. Enjoy Broadway caliber performances by ACT of Connecticut and community theater and cabaret-style performances at The Ridgefield Theater Barn. Don’t miss outstanding classical concerts The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra. And of course, The Ridgefield Playhouse hosts incredible musicians, comedians, and performers to add to the stellar lineup of autumn festivities in town! Check out our Events Calendar for performances.

Ridgefield Running Club

Outdoor sporting events

The crisp, mild weather that comes with a New England fall makes outdoor sporting events a favorite pastime. In September, you can get sporty at several popular races organized by Ridgefield Running Company (voted best Running Store in America!) Where The Pavement Ends traverses through beautiful and lush Ridgefield Open Space trails for 4.25 miles. And then in October, you can compete in Ridgefield’s Half Marathon & 7 Miler, one of the prettiest courses in New England at the peak of fall foliage. Get running!  View Events Calendar

For even more fun happenings and special events to enjoy in Ridgefield during the fall season, check our events calendar.

We hope you enjoy #fallinRidgefield!