By now you should be settling into autumn — cozying up in your sweaters you’ve unearthed and adorning your doorsteps with pumpkins, or naturally with fallen leaves. Don’t forget to embrace the season for its fruitful bounty, check out these cider events happening this month and next throughout the country.
A Celebration of Cider and Music Festival | October 14 | Sturbridge, MA
Don your petticoats and grab your trousers to travel back in time to 19th century New England. The Old Sturbridge Village — a sort of living history museum — is celebrating the harvest with cider and music. Grab a cider from the horse stables and walk around as you learn about the importance of the drink to those in the 19th century and see working replica of a cider mill.
Hardcore Cider Tour | October 20 | San Diego, CA
Soak in the sun at Embarcadero Marina Park South as you enjoy unlimited samples of cider from the Hardcore Cider Tour. This cider event isn’t giving away just an souvenir glass, they’re giving out mason jars so the next cider you drink will be just as trendy as you.
Pour the Core | October 20 | Philadelphia
Prepare yourself for a day of cider at the Navy Yard in Philly. For $45, a general admission ticket gets you access to over 75 cider samples, a souvenir glass to add to your collection, food trucks and entertainment. And because everyone knows that the best thing to enjoy cider with is doughnuts, throw your hat into the ring for their annual doughnut eating contest.
Rock the Core Festival | October 27 | Washington, D.C.
Beer, music, cider, good eats — what more do you really need in life? Occurring alongside the Taste of DC, the Rock the Core Festival offers over 50 ciders and beers to sample. General admission to the festival also gets you into the Taste of DC for when the munchies hit. Get the “Cider Lovers” package for $75, just 15 more bucks than the cost of a general admission ticket for a 12-pack of curated ciders to take home.
Cider Days | November 2-4 | Franklin County, MA
This cider event is for everyone — those who make cider, drink cider and even those who don’t like cider but do love the autumnal season. Attend workshops covering everything from pairing cider with cheese to a seminar on women in the industry. If you’re looking for more a tasting experience, choose from among an array of tasting events being held over the weekend, most of them free unless noted.
Cider Week | November 2-11 | New York City
Another product of the New York Cider Association, this cider week is held across the one and only Big Apple. Attend a seminar on the commonalities found among beer, cider and wine the first day then gorge yourself in Brooklyn at Ciderfeast. Top off the weeklong cider celebration by heading to Bushwick for their cider festival and market which doesn’t cost a penny to get into.