By Alicia Dziak

The long-awaited Fall Festival weekend returns to Ellicottville Oct. 10-11. With all kinds of activities happening all weekend long, you won’t want to miss the fun and excitement of EVL’s biggest festival of the year!

Where to begin? How about burning off some of those calories you’re sure to take in? Sign up for the annual Fall Festival 5K on Saturday morning. Runners and walkers will enjoy a challenging 5K or 1-mile walking course, starting and finishing at Holiday Valley. For more info or to register, visit heartrateup.com.

Is mountain biking your thing? Head out Sunday, Oct. 11 for the Fall Festival Mountain Bike Race, where beginner, sport and expert Mountain Bike Racers take on a fast and fun course, starting at 10 a.m. at the HV Training Center.

After your workout, you can relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of HV this time of year with a ride on the chairlift to the top of Mardi Gras, where you can eat, drink and take in the spectacular fall colors.

Stick around and get your music fix by checking out live music, from noon to 4 p.m. both days at the top of Mardi Gras, and from 3:30-7:30 p.m. both days at the Cabana Bar.

In addition, stop by the Ski and Snowboard Swap in Creekside Lodge, and stock up at the Holiday Valley Mountain Shop’s Sale on the Plaza Deck. Enjoy wine and cheese and purchase season passes at Customer Service.

Of course, the main event is in the Village, where so much more awaits. Stroll the streets and visit the arts and crafts vendors, and be sure to check out the great deals from local shops, many of which will have convenient street-side sales. Indulge in festival food from a variety of vendors, or stop into your favorite local eatery to satisfy your hunger. Amusement rides and entertainment round out the daytime fun in the village.

Looking for even more ways for the kid in you to have a blast? Head to Pumpkinville, just a short drive from the village, where you can navigate a new corn maze, jump on some bouncy inflatable pillows, race the pedal cars, and eat to your heart’s content. There’s endless fall fun to be had at this unique and family-friendly place.

If it’s night life you’re after, head back to the heart of town, where the lineup of live music throughout the village is sure to impress. More details coming soon!

Fall Festival weekend comes only once a year. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this EVL tradition!

For more information, visit www.ellicottvilleny.com.