2 and 3. Two festivals in central Massachusetts this weekend are worth a trip. On Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., head to Wachusett Mountain in Princeton for the 23rd annual AppleFest featuring a craft show, a farmers' market, kids' activities and an Oktoberfest celebration complete with German music, food and beer. While you're there, don't miss the chance to view fall foliage from the ski area's SkyRide. The Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton will host its Oktoberfest on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free, and you can sample German food, taste wine and beer, listen to German music and pick your own apples to take home.
4. On Saturday evening, Providence, Rhode Island, hosts its final WaterFire event of the year. If you've never seen WaterFire, you'll be mesmerized by the beauty and romance of this evening of music and flames. Bring someone you love, bundle up and arrive early. WaterFire begins at sunset, which will be around 5:56 p.m. For more information, visit waterfire.org.
5. And finally, if you're in the mood for something spooky, make reservations for Nautical Nightmares at Connecticut's Mystic Seaport on Friday, Saturday or Sunday night. From chilling ghost tales to tours led by spirit guides, frightening fun awaits. For tickets, call toll free, 888-973-2767.
Wherever you roam in New England, have a fabulous weekend. Thank you for joining me for The Weekly Peepcast. I'm Kim Knox Beckius, and I'll be back next Thursday with my final fall update for the 2006 season. Until then, visit me online at GoNewEngland.About.com.
And be sure to stop by The Boston Globe's explorenewengland.com for more ways to make the most of this beautiful season. There's no better time than autumn to explore New England.