Fall Festival: Saturday, October 24

pumpkins and outdoor games at a fall festival

What is Fall Festival?

Established in October 2013 by President Biddy Martin, Fall Festival is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to experience the tastes and traditional activities of a New England fall. This year's Fall Festival will feature local food vendors, live music, pumpkin carving (registration required), a scavenger hunt and opportunities to engage on social media. The design of the event has been modified for 2020 to comply with pandemic public health guidelines. Most notably, students are assigned a one-hour block of time to participate in the food locations based on their residence hall.

How can I participate in Fall Festival?

Fall Festival is Saturday, October 24 from 11:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. To ensure physical distancing and comply with local and state guidelines, this year's Fall Festival will be limited to students (no faculty or staff) who have been assigned a one-hour block of time to participate in the food locations based on their residence hall. Assignments are as follows: 

  • GROUP A: 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Appleton, Charles Drew, Charles Pratt, James, North, South, Stearns and Williston
  • GROUP B: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Ford, Greenway B, Greenway C, King and Nicholls Biondi
  • GROUP C: 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.  Moore, Morris Pratt, Morrow, Valentine and Wieland
  • GROUP D: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cohan, Garman, Hitchcock, Lipton, Mayo Smith, Newport, Porter, Seelye and Seligman 

What is there to do during my hour at Fall Festival?


A highlight of the Fall Festival experience is the opportunity to sample traditional New England fall flavors. This year's festival will feature vendors serving regional favorites. All food items will be individually packaged and are intended to be enjoyed at a safe distance. Vendor maps are included below. 

  • Atkins Farm (Amherst, MA):  Apple cider donuts (gluten free available), caramel apples and fresh pressed apple cider
  • Wildwood Barbeque (Hadley, MA): Pulled pork or pulled jackfruit sliders (gluten free available) and brisket chili or three bean chili (vegan)
  • Pete's Sweets (East Longmeadow, MA): Apple cider cupcakes, pumpkin spice cupcakes, cinnamon chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cupcakes (vegan) and cinnamon bun cupcakes (gluten free)
  • Daddy's Fried Dough (Woburn, MA): Fresh fried dough and pumpkin fries
  • Goodies by Giggles (Shelton, CT): Hand-popped kettle corn
  • Mom on the Go Authentic Grilled Cheese (Hanover, MA): Pumpkin butter or traditional grilled cheese
  • Myer's Catering (Easthampton, MA): Autumn bisque (dairy free and gluten free) or chowder


Fall Festival will feature live music from regional artists, including:

Fall Festival Musicians

Javier Colon (winner of the first season of The Voice)

Whiskey Treaty Roadshow

Drew Angus

The Sulls

Artist performing on the main stage will be live-streamed for students studying remotely. 

Asynchronous Fall Festival Activities

Pumpkin Carving at Book & Plow Farm

Registration for Pumpkin Carving is now closed. A limited number of walk-up slots may be available, please check in at Book and Plow Farm. Pumpkins and carving tools will be provided. This activity will take place in a field, so please dress accordingly.

Submit your photos to hashtag acfallfest

Fall Festival Photo Contest

Follow @AmherstStudentActivities on Instagram or like @ Amherst College Student Activities on Facebook. Submit a photo using the hashtag #ACFallFest for a chance to win a prize. The images will be displayed live on campus during the event. To participate in the contest:

  • Post on Instagram or Facebook using the #ACFallFest hashtag. For students studying remotely, the image should feature elements of the Fall Festival package you received. For students on campus, the image should highlight your experience participating in Fall Festival.
  • All submissions for the #ACFallFest social media contest are due by 11:59 PM on October 25, 2020. Winners will be selected at random.
  • Alternately, you can submit your photo via this Google form.

Scavenger Hunt

The scavenger hunt begins at the first building constructed at Amherst College, the cornerstone of which was laid in 1820. Visit the east entrance of this building for more information about the scavenger hunt and your next clue.

Safety Guidelines

  • Masks are required at all times. Students may only remove their mask when eating at a safe physical distance, away from the food tents and walking paths.
  • Maintain a physical distance of six feet at all times.
  • Parties of ten or more are prohibited.
  • Limit the attendance of any tent or activity to 50 people or less, including staff. 
  • Limit the length of any line to 40 people or less.  
  • Adhere to the student participation schedule to allow time for cleaning between groups.


Main Campus

5 locations shown on map, described in text below image

#1 Atkins Farm
(on Greenway near Science Center)

#2 Pete’s Sweets
(on Greenway near Wieland Hall)

#3 Wildwood Barbecue
(on Greenway near King Hall)

#4 Live Music
(southeast of King Hall)

#5 Mom on the Go Authentic Grilled Cheese
(near tennis courts)


Book and Plow Farm

3 locations at the Book and Plow Farm, described in text below image

#1 Daddy’s Fried Dough

#2 Goodies by Giggles

#3 Live Music


Fall Festival 2020 for Remote Students

Students studying remotely had the opportunity to register for a Fall Festival package that will be delivered the week of October 18, 2020. If you missed the deadline and would like to receive a package, please email events@amherst.edu.

Mammoth stomps and ground shakes and leaves fall from the sky

full moon with mammoth and bats flying by

Fall Fest Social Graphics

Find Instagram stickers, selfie backgrounds, and animated GIFs.