8 Exciting Events Happening in Binghamton This Fall!

Posted by Isabella Cavallo on September 23, 2021

The leaves are changing colors, the air is getting crisper, the sun is setting earlier and the apples seem to taste just a little bit better. Fall is once again upon us and there’s no better place to spend it than Binghamton.

Whether you’re walking around campus or on a hike upstate, the autumnal views are breathtaking. If you want to do more than look at the trees and eat the best apple cider donuts this fall, read on for just a few of the most fun upcoming events.

Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally

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Dating back to the 1980s, the Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally is a local favorite for good reasons. The event originated from a rivalry over which family made the best spiedies. Then, they threw in five hot air balloons and music with the cooking competition to make it exciting for the community. Nowadays, the event has around 100,000 entries, live music and is known as one of the best hot air balloon festivals in the country every summer. It was pushed back for the first time in history to the fall this year due to COVID-19, which means students finally have the chance to attend. So, if you’re in the mood for spiedies and want to listen to some great tunes, head on down to Otsiningo Park for the festival this October.

Fall Restaurant Week 2021

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Every fall and spring, Binghamton restaurants create special menus with lower prices for Restaurant Week. The week allows community members and students to try out different restaurants and new meals at a discounted price. The Colonial, Lost Dog, Social on State and 205 Dry are just a few of the participating restaurants. It’s a fun and affordable way to try different cuisine without breaking the bank. Last year I tried The Colonial’s tofu wings with Korean barbecue sauce for the first time and I still dream about it. 

Binghamton Block Party

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Kick off Homecoming the right way with the Bearcats of the Last Decade’s (BOLD) block party downtown. An entire city block will be shut down for the party, which will serve food from Binghamton Hots, Craft and Strange Brew. Sign up on B-Engaged for entry if you want to eat some great food and listen to music with your friends the first night of Homecoming Weekend. No worries if you can't make it, as there are plenty of other fun events happening during homecoming weekend!

The MAiZE at Stoughton Farm

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Stoughton Farm may be a great place to pick pumpkins and eat fresh popped kettle corn, but the MAiZE is what draws in the crowds once fall rolls around. Stoughton Farm’s eight-acre corn maze, known as the MAiZE, runs from Sept. 18 to Oct. 31. If you want to level up the difficulty and complete the maze in the dark, go on a Friday or Saturday night for the Night Maze in October.

Punk exhibition at the Binghamton University Art Museum

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“Now form a band,” A punk exhibition in 3 chords, is the new fall exhibition at the Binghamton University Art Museum. The art showcases photography from Sheila Rock and Andrew Krivine’s punk ephemera through three lenses — women and punk, Jamie Reid and the Suburban Press, and London’s punk fashion. The exhibition has some fascinating art and photography you can see free of charge.

Stilettos Fine Arts Studio’s Fall Tree Class

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Stilettos Fine Arts Studio is hosting a painting class with a fun twist for the fall. The Beginner Autumn Tree Acrylic Paint Class welcomes participants of all ages, and will not only teach you how to paint an autumn tree, but will also explain the basics and foundations of acrylic painting. Coming from someone who attempted teaching themselves how to paint, taking a class will make things a lot easier and enjoyable. The best part is Binghamton University students and staff can receive 10 dollars off any class fee until the end of 2021. All you need to do is call or text (607)-778-9393 to register and bring a Binghamton University ID. 

Stargazing at the KOPERNIK Observatory & Science Center

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Embrace your inner astronomer and learn about the constellations in autumn at the KOPERNIK Observatory & Science Center. Their Fall Skies event will teach attendees about the night skies in the fall and showcase the newest Hubble Telescope images. You can look through their telescopes to see Venus, Saturn and Jupiter, as long as the skies are clear (fingers crossed). Unfortunately, the event will not qualify you to become an astronaut for NASA, but it will definitely be a fun experience. 

Neo-Noir Film Series at the Bundy Museum

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The Bundy Museum is playing classic horror films the second Tuesday of every month in their Neo-Noir Film Series. Film noir refers to Hollywood crime dramas accompanied with twisted humor. If you missed the September viewing, bring some friends Oct. 12 to see The Long Goodbye or Nov. 9 to watch Chinatown. The movies are free to attend and run until February, but the dark films are perfect for the fall season.

Isabella Cavallo is a senior majoring in literature & rhetoric at Binghamton University. She spends her free time writing articles for Pipe Dream and Her Campus. When she's not writing, Bella is typically thrifting, playing piano, painting or forcing her friends to a game of chess.

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