Festival attendees enjoying food and games at Fall Fest.

Fall Festival 2022

Candied apples + horse-drawn wagon rides + lobster rolls + live bluegrass music = Fall Festival 2022, now in its 9th year!

October 16, 2022

Amherst College Fall Festival, Sunday October 16, 1 to 3 pm, Greenway Quad, mammoth walking among pumpkins
1-3 PM • Greenway Quadrangle

What is Fall Festival?

Established in October 2013, Fall Festival is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and families to experience the food and activities that are traditional to New England throughout the fall season. This year’s festival will feature an extensive menu of seasonal favorites prepared by Dining Services and local vendors, as well as live music, pumpkin carving, horse-drawn wagon rides, face-painting, caricature artist, lawn games, and more.

Students, faculty, staff, and their families are invited!

This event is sponsored by the Office of the President.

Tell me more about the food!

A highlight of the Fall Festival experience is the opportunity to sample the traditional fall flavors of New England. The menu varies year to year but features staple items like fried dough, smoked barbeque, and apple and pumpkin served many ways.

  • Val Smokehouse (Dining Services) Fire-braised BBQ pork ribs, pulled BBQ chicken with slider rolls, red cabbage slaw, and farro and butternut salad
  • Apple Barn (Dining Services) Assortment of fresh local apples, brown butter apple tarts, apple blueberry crisp, hot apple cider, and hot chocolate
  • Pumpkin Patch (Dining Services) Pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin bread, pumpkin mousse, roasted pumpkin risotto, maple cotton candy, maple leaf hard candy pop, and pumpkin chai
  • Chowder Pot (Dining Services) New England clam chowder, butternut bisque, mini lobster rolls, and mini vegan “lobster” rolls
  • Donuts (Dude’s Donuts - Bristol, CT) Fresh apple cider donuts and raised sugar donuts
  • Grilled Cheese (Mom on the Go - Hanover, MA) Pumpkin butter or traditional grilled cheese
  • Fried Dough & Pumpkin Fries (Daddy’s Fried Dough - Woburn, MA) Fried dough with either powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar (maple cream topping available), and pumpkin fries
  • Kettle Corn (Minuteman Kettle Corn - Worcester, MA) Fresh popped kettle corn and fresh lemonade, orangeade, and limeade

The Wildmans band, three people sitting outside playing instruments


Fall Festival will feature live music from The Wildmans, an americana group from Floyd, Virginia, a town in the heart of the Appalachian mountain music tradition and heritage. The Wildmans is a family band featuring the talents of siblings Eli and Aila Wildman on guitar, fiddle, and vocals, joined by banjoist Victor Furtado. Often defined as a smattering of American roots music styles, The Wildmans apply skilled instrumentals and soulful vocals to traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs from Appalachia to create a fresh new sound, pushing the boundaries while carrying the Appalachian music tradition forwards.