The Best Things About NYC in the Fall

Tue, Sep 05, 2017

Fall In Central Park

Yes, summer is ending – but don’t be sad! Fall in the Big Apple is unbeatable. The crisp air, foliage, amazing treats, and crazy celebrations… they all make New York the place to be once the leaves start changing. Here are some of the best parts about NYC in the fall.


Visiting Little Italy is always a treat, but visiting in September is next level. That’s because the Feast of San Gennarocomes around during this time every year. The Feast, which is entering its 91st year this year, celebrates Italian culture with the parade, religious procession, music, and, of course, food.

People from all over the world come to Little Italy in the fall to enjoy delicious, classic Italian meals like sausage and peppers, baked clams, and calzones. There’s even a cannoli-eating contest! The Feast of San Gennaro is also great for families as it features carnival games, rides, and other kid-friendly entertainment.

The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro takes place in Little Italy on September 14-24, 2017.


You don’t need to go Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest. Actually, you don’t even need to leave New York! Many spots in and near the city host Oktoberfest, serving lots and lots (and lots) of beer along with German favorites like schnitzel and bratwurst. Check these ones out:

  • Oktoberfest in Central Park, September 16: Perhaps the most popular Oktoberfest in the city, this one sells out fast, so get your tickets now!
  • Bear Mountain Cruise, every Saturday & Sunday, September 23 – November 5 (and Columbus Day): Head over to Pier 83 for a ride to Bear Mountain with Circle Line Cruises, where you’ll enjoy drinks, food, music and more.
  • Munich on the East River, September 29 – October 8: Hosted by Zum Schneider, this event offers great views of the river along with authentic German celebrations.
  • New York City Oktoberfest, September 16-17: Oktoberfest meets bar crawl. A ticket to New York City Oktoberfest gets you a tour of the city’s best German bars with the best German beer.


Beer and Oktoberfest not really your thing? Or hey, maybe you’re down for some more alcohol-filled celebrations? (No judgment here!) Either way, you’ll definitely want to hit up Cider Week.

New York City Cider Week takes place October 20-29 and features ciders from throughout the state. You’ll find the smallest orchards to popular brands like Angry Orchard. Tons of bars, restaurants, and markets will be participating, so check out the list here!


Fall Foliage

Can you even Autumn without the beautiful, colorful foliage? Despite NYC’s high ranking on the world’s most concentrated cities list, NYC is quite the spot to see the leaves change. Check out our favorite parks to step up your fall Instagram game:

  • Central Park (duh!)
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • The Brooklyn Bridge
  • Fort Tyron Park
  • Van Cortlandt Park
  • Wave Hill


Food, wine, and New York City. What else could you ask for?

What about a celebrity chef or two?

The New York Wine and Food Festivalis held by both the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, so you know it’s jammed with the city’s best cuisine. The festival features over 100 events, including brunches, rooftop parties and wine tastings, all hosted by famous chefs and TV stars. But the best part? Proceeds go to the fight against hunger!

The New York Wine and Food Festival is held October 12-15.



You can’t talk about fall in NYC without talking about Halloween.

New Yorkers love Halloween. Seriously, they can go hard. Maybe it’s the over the top haunted houses, the themed bar crawls, or the dogs in costumes - there’s just something about Halloween that locals can’t get enough of. (Okay, it’s mostly the dog thing.) Here are some of the city’s most exciting Halloween activities.

  • Blood Manor: Not for the faint of heart. This haunted house in Lower Manhattan features real actors dressed as zombies, clowns, and other freaky creatures waiting to pop out and scare you. It’s one of the most popular attractions in the area this time of year, so book your tickets in advance!
  • Haunted Lantern Tour: This doesn’t involve actors – no, the Haunted Lantern Tour’s got real life ghosts (if you believe in that sort of thing…). Located in Fort Totten Park in Queens, this tour through the historic water battery is definitely eerie, but not quite horrifying like that haunted houses that are designed to make you scream.
  • Giant Pumpkin Weekend: Located at the gorgeous New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, Giant Pumpkin weekend takes place October 21-22. Take pics with the country’s biggest pumpkins and gourds and learn about the growing process.
  • Halloween Parties: Okay, there are seriously way too many to list, but you can check out some cool ones on Eventbrite!
  • The Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade: Puppies in costumes. Enough said.


It’s starting to get chilly in the city, and the ultimate way to warm up is with a mug of hot cocoa. But don’t head to Starbucks, yet – check out these unique spots for some true NYC hot chocolate.

  • Max Brenner: Of course NYC’s chocolate haven has an amazing hot cocoa. Try the Oreo flavor….actually, try them all.
  • Momofuku Milk Bar: Known for their cereal milk and other desserts, it’s no surprise Milk Bar has epic hot chocolate for cold days – and yes, it comes in a cereal milk flavor!
  • Serendipity 3: Yes, it may be tourist central. But there’s a reason why this place and their decadent drinks are so famous. Plus, a frozen hot chocolate really hits the spot on those days where it’s strangely warm for fall.
  • Martha’s Country Bakery: This cute café has a few locations in Queens and Brooklyn to grab a cup of their insane red velvet hot chocolate.
  • The Chocolate Room: Looking for something with a kick? The Chocolate Room in Brooklyn’s spiced dark hot chocolate is made with chilies, cloves and cinnamon.

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