37 Things You Need to Add to Your NYC Fall Checklist
Pull your sweaters out of storage and pour yourself a cider: It’s almost fall—our favorite time of year. Why? Because between the food fests, cutting-edge films and A-listers on Broadway, there’s something awesome to do every day from now until December. (Also: dogs in costumes.)
1. Catch a sneak peek of brand-new shows and returning favorites at the Tribeca TV Festival (September 20 to 23). Of note: the 12th-season premiere of the late, great Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown.
2. Little Italy’s Feast of San Gennaro is in full swing through September 23, so stop by to fill up on cannoli—and if you’re feeling ambitious, enter the meatball-eating contest on September 22.
3. Sample the best eats from restaurants including Nur, Junoon and Union Square Café at Harvest in the Square on September 20.
4. Not quite ready to let go of summer? We fully support indulging your denial with Big Gay Ice Cream’s new Truckers: ice-cream sandwiches made with chocolate wafer cookies, the shop’s signature fluffy soft serve and sprinkles (obviously).
5. Big news, guys: Shake Shack just launched Chick'n Bites, the grown-up, sous-vide-cooked crispy chicken nuggets of our dreams. They're available starting today at the new West Village location (225 Varick Street) and at other NYC Shacks later this month.
6. Give your apartment a fall makeover with one-of-a-kind wares from the NYC Home Décor and Furniture Bazaar on September 23. (Psst: One hundred percent of profits are donated to local public schools.)
7. It’s not too late to check out Color Factory. The artist-designed immersive installation runs through October 14.
8. We’re hooked on Dirty Lemon’s wellness elixirs (the CBD drink majorly chilled us out), and now we’ll be able to stock up in person at the brand’s newly opened brick-and-mortar outpost, the Drug Store, at 293 Church Street in Tribeca.
10. Upgrade your gallery wall with some new pieces from the Affordable Art Fair (September 27 to 30).
11. Expand your cinematic horizons at the New York Film Festival (September 28 to October 14).
12. Admire pumpkin-carving handiwork that puts your basic triangle-eyed smiley face to shame at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in the Hudson Valley (opening September 28).
13. Help fight extreme poverty at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on September 29, with some help from Janet Jackson, the Weeknd, Janelle Monae and recent EGOT winner John Legend.
14. Put on your dancing shoes for the Hot Jazz Festival (September 30). More than a hundred artists will take over the McKittrick Hotel’s rooftop and performance venue for a 12-hour party that starts with brunch and ends with a midnight speakeasy.
15. Speaking of the McKittrick, you can catch live entertainment seven nights a week at its new after-hours destination, The Club Car. (The acts range from a magical dinner party to an adults-only cabaret.)
16. Give Biscuit the best day of his life at Human’s Best Friend—aka the pop-up for dogs—through November 12.
17. BAM’s Next Wave Festival (October 3 to December 23) has been spotlighting groundbreaking performances for 36 (!) years. This season, expect a theatrical staging of Joan Didion’s book The White Album and a Shakespeare play reimagined for the #MeToo era.
18. The city has no shortage of food-focused events, but the Catskills Wine and Food Festival (October 6 and 7) is worth a trip out of town. The lineup includes Gail Simmons, Marcus Samuelsson and Lord Huron (that last one is a band, not a chef).
19. There’s a lot to look forward to on stage this season: Kerry Washington in American Son, Glenn Close as Joan of Arc’s mother in Mother of the Maid and what’s already our favorite musical of all time, The Cher Show.
20. Ready thy stomachs: The first-ever New York Pizza Festival comes to the Bronx’s Little Italy on October 6 and 7 with an all-star lineup of pizzerias from NYC, cities across the country (yes, some of them have good pizza) and even Naples, Italy.
21. Hope you saved some room, because Slice Out Hunger’s Dollar Pizza Party (October 10) brings together the city’s best pies (including not-usually-by-the-slice spots like Di Fara, Emmy Squared and Lucali) for a good cause.
22. But wait, there’s more… pizza. The Museum of Pizza gives our favorite cheese-topped meal the star treatment from October 13 to 28.
23. Were you raised on Green Eggs and Ham? Delve into the work of the beloved children’s author at “The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection” (opening October 13) at Pop International Galleries.
25. Architecture buffs are already counting the days until Open House New York Weekend (October 12 to 14), when we get to peek inside the city’s most stunning (and usually off-limits) spaces.
26. Sample the best suds the outer boroughs have to offer at the Queens Beer Festival (October 13 and 14), hosted by one of our favorite outdoor markets, LIC Flea & Food.
27. More of a wine person? Sip more than a hundred varietals at the NYC Autumn Wine Festival on October 20. If you’re feeling fancy (or you just really like wine), spring for tickets to the VIP Rosé and Bubbly Suite.
28. Skip the haunted houses in favor of an authentic ghostly experience: Nightfall at Green-Wood Cemetery (October 19 and 20), an immersive candlelit evening of music, performance, storytelling and film along the cemetery’s winding paths.
29. Can’t get tickets to The Cursed Child on Broadway? Hop across the Hudson on October 27 for a live-scored screening of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
30. Now that there’s dim sum happy hour at Kings Co. Imperial LES, we may never be able to go back to a regular happy hour.
31. We have some heartbreaking news: As of now, the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade has been canceled due to a funding issue, but you can donate to help save the beloved event.
33. Drinking cider in the fall is practically a seasonal requirement. Make sure you fill your quota during New York City Cider Week (November 2 to 11).
34. This year’s New York Comedy Festival (November 5 to 11) is as eclectic as it gets, with a lineup that includes Insecure’s Yvonne Orji, Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness and Antoni Porowski, and an evening of “stand-up and investment tips” with Conan O’Brien and friends.
35. See cutting-edge films—at lengths that don’t require a bathroom break—at the Nitehawk Shorts Festival (November 7 to 12). More than half of the films are from female directors, and the fest culminates with a closing party at Nitehawk’s brand-new Prospect Park location.
36. His works are so ubiquitous they’re practically wallpaper, but there’s plenty more to learn about the iconic artist at the Whitney’s massive retrospective “Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again” (opening November 12).
37. Beads, fringe and Champagne abound at the Great Gatsby Party on November 30 and December 1. (We knew we'd been saving that flapper dress for a reason.)