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NYC Events Not to Miss this Fall!


Oktoberfest / Bear Mountain Cruise

September 23 – November 5

Peak fall foliage, live bands, craft vendors, and the largest pretzels known to mankind all welcome you to a hoppy universe far away from the daily grind. You can burn off all those beer and brats, plus stock up on fresh air, with a gorgeous three-hour hike along one of the 50 hiking trails in Bear Mountain State Park. They’ll be setting sail Columbus Day, too. $65 adults, $52 kids. Boards 8:30am sharp. Pier 83, W. 42nd St. and 12th Ave., NY, 212-563-3200, 


September 28 – October 15

Take part in the 55th Annual New York Film Festival @ Lincoln Center

Attend world premieres, special events, live music, virtual reality, brilliant restorations, filmmaker talks, and more.

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And don’t forget about Chihuly at New York Botanical Garden. It’s truly spectacular! Now through October 29.


American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times at the New-York Historical Society 

Now through January 7

These photographs convey the famous Kennedy allure, a world that’s simultaneously approachable, glittering, and rarefied. This well-curated exhibition charts JFK’s trajectory as a politician, as well as the cultural and historical pulse of the times, when photojournalism was at an apex. It’s a wonderful opportunity to observe a world both familiar and lost, and to reflect on where the country was—and is.


Frank Lloyd Wright at MOMA

Now through Oct 1

MoMA marks what would have been Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday with this exhibition of more than 450 works he created between the 1890s and 1950s—including drawings, models, films, furniture, print media, paintings and photographs. Specific objects from the museum’s archives serve as starting blocks to investigate different stages of Wright’s career; famous works like Fallingwater and the Robie House as well as lesser-known projects are covered, as is Wright’s ascent to pop culture fame.

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October 1 – 31

Archtober (ärk’tōbər) is New York City’s Architecture and Design Month, the annual festival of architecture tours, lectures, films, and exhibitions taking place during October.

So many events! 




OCTOBER 6 & 7, 2017.

The Brooklyn Archway (under the Manahattan Bridge) is transformed into a traditional German “beer hall” with plenty of Brooklyn flair. We’ve lined up a robust schedule of themed entertainment and you’re invited! 

The Polka Brothers, a four man band of hipster polka lovers perform a unique mix of classic polka favorites, covers of pop and rock songs with a polka spin, as well as original tune. Arts & Crafts for kids + kidults with Creatively Wild.  Street Beat Brass, a New Orleans inspired brass band, play traditional German, Polka, and Oompah hits. AND MORE!


Open House New York

Oct 14 – Oct 15

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Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented by Coca-Cola

Oct 12 – Oct 15

NYCWFF returns for another food-and-beverage-filled few days, featuring Food Network personalities like Rachael Ray and Anne Burrell as well as a deep squad of local all-star chefs, restaurateurs and purveyors. Events include the competitive Blue Moon Burger Bash, a master sushi class with Masaharu Morimoto and Alain Ducasse hosting a celebration of female chefs—just a few of the hundred or so happenings at venues all around the City, with the home base once again at Piers 92 and 94. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Food Bank for New York City and No Kid Hungry.


October 28, 2017 11am – 2pm

Harvest Festival

Brooklyn Bridge Park // Pier 6


Haunted marsh, pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, face painting, music, and games await at this year’s Harvest Festival! 


NOV 25 & 26, 2017


Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar


Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar is a unique annual event that brings together the best of local talent, this time under TWO beautiful roofs: 501 Union and The Green Building in Gowanus. The 5th edition will be packed with fine handmade goods, delicious food, drinks, music, craft activities and more good times on Thanksgiving weekend.



Village Halloween Parade – October 31

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – November 23

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting – November 29

NewFest: New York’s LGBT Film Festival – Oct 19 – Oct 24

New York Comedy Festival – Nov 7 – Nov 12


The Butterfly Conservatory at The American Museum of Natural History

Oct 7 – May 28, 2018

Celebrate the return of this seasonal vivarium, which is filled with hundreds of live butterflies. The creatures flit about in a magical summerlike environment, surrounded by tropical flowers and lush vegetation in 80-degree temperatures. It’s a perfect exhibition for a cold fall or winter day (and equally nice in spring, of course).


NYC Ice-Skating Rinks

Oct 15 – Mar 31, 2018

New York City’s many ice-skating rinks are synonymous with winter and the first glimpse of the holiday season. If you prefer your skating experience to come with a killer view, take a spin at Wollman Rink (open late-October through March), with its amazing skyline vistas from inside Central Park, or enjoy the spectacular surroundings of the seasonalRink at Rockefeller Center (in December, the famous tree will be there too). The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, which is open October to March, is another fine option with stunning architecture nearby. For an indoor experience that will make you feel like a professional hockey or skating star, visit City Ice Pavilion in Queens or the Aviator Sports & Events Center in Brooklyn; both operate year-round.


Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal

Nov 13 – Feb 11, 2018

The New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store at Grand Central Terminal is back with its annual Holiday Train Show, whose layout features Lionel trains traveling through a two-level, 34-foot-long miniature New York City and countryside scene. Vintage trains from the museum’s collection, including New York Central models, travel all the way to the diorama’s North Pole. 


New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

Nov 22 – Jan 15, 2018


Holiday Markets

Oct 21 – Jan 2, 2018

New York City takes its shopping experience to a new level with the many holiday markets that pop up for the season. So grab a cup of hot cocoa and brave the cold to find homemade wares for everyone on your list at the three big outdoor markets—Union Square Holiday Market, Holiday Shops at Bryant Park and Columbus Circle Holiday Market—or stay warm at the indoor Grand Central Holiday Fair.