30 Reasons to Love NYC in the Fall
One being: You finally get to go backstage at “Hamilton”
You’re probably squeezing the last rosé-filled drops out of summer right now (as you should), but when fall officially rolls around on September 22, you’ll be ready. Get excited for what’s arguably the city’s loveliest time of year with these happenings.
1. There’s still plenty of time to grab lunch in the park (or, to get specific, Roberta’s pizza and a double scoop from Ice & Vice): Mad. Sq. Eats is back until October 7.
2. Likewise, outdoor-food-festival season isn’t over yet: Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint brings 40 Brooklyn restaurants—like Lilia, Delaware and Hudson, and Pies ‘n’ Thighs—together on September 18 for your feasting convenience.
3. When the temperature drops, you have an excuse to wear a varsity jacket and as much velvet as possible.
4. Geek out over Louis C.K., Zadie Smith, Malcolm Gladwell and the rest of the amazing lineup at the New Yorker Festival.
5. Chow down on all the bivalves your heart desires during Oyster Week: The lineup includes a Governors Island beach party, a boozy brunch and plenty of fresh-shucked briny goodness.
6. You’ve still got a month or so of patio time left, but take comfort knowing that when the weather does finally turn, bars with fireplaces will be waiting.
7. Head to the 54th annual New York Film Festival (September 30 to October 16) to see a spate of new movies, including the eerie thriller Personal Shopper with Kristen Stewart and the bio-drama mash-up Neruda with Gael García Bernal.
8. Oh, and did we mention you’ll also be able to catch the world premiere of Hamilton’s America—yes, the behind-the-scenes documentary about the game-changing musical—before it airs on PBS?
9. Stuff your face with pizza—but, you know, for a good cause!—at Slice Out Hunger.
10. Use a rainy day as an excuse to check out the season’s many art exhibits. We’re especially excited for 108-year-old painter Carmen Herrera’s minimalist works at the Whitney and Rashid Johnson’s multimedia installation at Hauser & Wirth.
11. …Or as an excuse to stay in bed and binge on awesome new TV.
12. Pick up the state’s finest local apple varieties at your local Greenmarket. There’s nothing like the snap of a sweet-tart Winesap.
13. Better yet, pick them yourself at an orchard within an hour of the city. (And make sure to reward yourself with some fresh-baked apple-cider doughnuts for your trouble.)
14. You can also get your fill of apples in a boozier format during Cider Week, when restaurants around the city celebrate the hard stuff with tastings and pairing menus.
15. Leaf peeping! Keep an eye on the state’s official fall foliage report if you want to time your obligatory cheesy fall ’grams for maximum likes.
17. Once you’ve checked out the latter, pop over to the Queens County Farm Museum for tons of wholesome autumn fun: a giant corn maze, cute farm animals, a Charlie Brown-worthy pumpkin patch and lots of apple pie.
18. Rub elbows with Food Network stars and local chefs, attend gourmet tastings and support charities that fight hunger at the New York City Wine and Food Festival.
19. Nitehawk Cinema gears up for Halloween with an entire month of scary movies, culminating in “A Nite to Dismember,” a late-night marathon of haunted-house flicks (and breakfast for the brave souls who make it to the end).
20. Get a dose of extreme cuteness, creativity and on-the-nose pop-cultural references at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade.
21. And all the jokes you can handle as Marc Maron, Patton Oswalt, Bridget Everett and a dozen more funny folks take the stage for the New York Comedy Festival.
22. Consider your next three months of cultural enrichment planned: BAM Next Wave Festival brings a fresh crop of cutting-edge theater, dance, opera and classical performances through December 18.
23. Forget Pumpkin Spice Lattes: We’re counting the days until Milk Bar’s Thanksgiving croissant returns. (It usually shows up around November 1, FYI.)
24. Peek inside usually off-limits spaces—like the Metropolitan Opera House—for two days only, during Open House New York.
25. Nab tickets now for a packed season of theater, on Broadway and off: We’re stoked to see Nathan Lane and John Slattery in The Front Page, and last year’s off-Broadway hit, the heartfelt musical Dear Evan Hansen.
26. Say hello to all your favorite muppets at the Museum of the Moving Image’s Jim Henson exhibition in December.
27. Adult trick-or-treating might not be a thing (?yet), but you can still gawk at next-level pumpkin carvings at the Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze in Sleepy Hollow.
28. Cheer on the runners (and see some amazing signs) at the TCS New York City Marathon.
29. Two words: Mulled wine.
30. You tore through all your summer beach reads; now wrap up in your fuzziest blanket and bury yourself in brand-new books from Ann Patchett, Colson Whitehead and more.