Fall in New York can feel nothing short of magical. The weather is cooling down, the leaves are changing color and the cultural scene is gearing up. There are all sorts of fun activities you can do, and here are just a few of them, based off an article that I found on Timeout New York:
Oktoberfest: There are Oktoberfests going down all over the city in late September and early October; Central Park, East River, not to mention all of the bars and restaurants hosting their own celebrations. They’re jam-packed with generous pitchers of beer, cheerful German tunes and live music. A lot of the events require you to purchase tickets, and some of the events have already happened, so act fast!
Go out to Queens: While the classic tropes of fall (corn mazes, pumpkin patches, stacks of hay) aren’t typically found in New York, the Queens County Farm Museum hosts all of this and more on the weekend of September 24th. Live music, cider, corn mazes, livestock competitions, pie-eating contests, pig races, corn husking contests are just some of the events going on.
Cider Week: From October 21 to Halloween, various locations around the city pay homage to hard cider. More than 50 bars and restaurants host free tastings, events and workshops at popular venues.
Ghost tours: Around Halloween, Urban Park Rangers hosts lantern tours that explore the Water Battery Gate at Fort Totten Park, with guides sharing stories about the haunted grounds.
Giant Pumpkin Weekend: In the second to last weekend of October, the New York Botanical Garden hosts a pumpkin garden, displaying gigantic pumpkins (weighing up to 1,800 pounds).
Photoville: In late September, United Photo Industries takes over the Brooklyn Bridge Plaza to create a pop-up village based around photo taking. The Smorgasburg Beer Garden will be returning as well, with more than 100 vendors selling all sorts of food and drinks.
Atlantic Antic: On September 25th, more than 500 food and craft vendors and 15 stages will close down 10 blocks in Brooklyn. Billed as New York’s largest street fair, it’s got plenty to offer, from live music to clothes to food.