Whether you’re new to New York City or have been here for some time, autumn is the perfect time to experience the vast tapestry the city offers. One of the best ways to explore is by attending some of the many fall events and festivals in NYC. Here are our picks for the can’t miss options among the Big Apple’s crowded social calendar.
Driggs Ave. & N 8th St., Brooklyn
This Williamsburg pop-up festival celebrates the bounty of local produce and seasonal eats, featuring a curated selection of vendors that showcases New York City’s most exciting restaurants and wares from local independent designers. You’ll also enjoy drinks, games, and live entertainment. While the market runs throughout the summer, this October weekend marks your last chance to spend a glorious day sampling amazing culinary creations. Dog-lovers, rejoice: your furry friend is welcome.
New York Coffee Festival
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St., Manhattan
This festival, now in its third year, is a must-visit for any java lover and one of the premier fall events and festivals in NYC. More than 85 coffee, food, and equipment suppliers will provide the more than 12,000 visitors with free coffee tastings, workshops, demonstrations from some of the world’s most talented baristas, delectable street food, coffee cocktails, live music, art vendors, and more. This festival is also an opportunity to donate to a worthy cause: 50 percent of ticket sales will go to Project Waterfall, a nonprofit dedicated to clean water and sanitation infrastructure in coffee-producing communities.
New York City Sketch Festival 2017
Peoples Improv Theater, 123 East 24th St., Manhattan
Comedy lovers will laugh out loud throughout this festival celebrating the best of sketch comedy from NYC and all over the nation. Fans and aspiring stand-up comics alike will enjoy improvisation exercises, live performances, readings, workshops from master comedy teachers, and writers’ room seminars. If you’ve always wanted to have a career in comedy or you just enjoy the art of making others laugh, this fest is for you.
NewFest LGBT Film Festival 2017
Locations throughout NYC
NewFest, one of the most comprehensive and enduring LGBT film festivals in the world, celebrates and explores the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through film. The 29th annual event will feature screenings of films from new and established directors along with parties, forums, and other activities that will thrill cinema lovers of all orientations. Films screened at past events have included award-winning fare such as Carol, starring Cate Blanchett, making this a can’t miss option among fall events and festivals in NYC.
New York Television Festival
Multiple Locations in Lower Manhattan
This multimedia event is designed to immerse visitors in the exciting world of television. Festival attendees will experience screenings, panel discussions, pilot premieres, and other exclusive events alongside industry leaders, writers, directors, and actors. Each year, the festival also hosts a pilot competition for independent creators who want their work to be seen by influential individuals. This pioneering festival has been one of the top media events since its inception in 2005.
New York City Village Halloween Parade
Greenwich Village, 6th Ave. & Canal St., New York, NY
There’s no better place to be on Halloween night in NYC than at this iconic parade where the freaks indeed do come out at night. Put on your costume and join thousands of revelers for one of the city’s biggest parties of the year, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This year is truly special because not only is it the parade’s 40th anniversary, it’s also the first year the city has held this event since Hurricane Sandy’s interference in 2012. In addition to the throngs of costumed attendees (more than 50,000 people are estimated to attend), you’ll find hundreds of puppet floats and more than 50 musical acts. If you attend just one of the fall events and festivals in NYC this year, make it the Halloween Parade.
NYC Tourist’s Day 2017
Avenue of the Americas & W 50th St., New York, NY
The city will celebrate tourists this November at this massive street festival, featuring the best of what Midtown Manhattan has to offer. Whether you’re truly a tourist or live in NYC and want to experience the city with fresh eyes, you’ll have a blast at this all-day event featuring all types of food; clothing, jewelry, and craft vendors; rides and games for the kids; and so much more. The streets are blocked off to cars, which creates a celebratory atmosphere for visitors and locals alike.
Mark your calendar now for these fun fall events and festivals in NYC, and start making plans to purchase tickets for events that require reserved admission. Students with limited budgets will also find plenty of free events to suit their needs. Regardless of your interests, you’ll be able to find a special event in the city that is just what you’ve been searching for.
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