Fall in New York is probably the most beautiful season, with the best weather that there can be in the city. In addition, it has the highest number of events and activities as well as fun things to do during all three months.
- September: 60-75°F, or 16-24°C
- October: 50-64°F, or 10-18°C
- November: 41-54°F, or 5-12°C
- Labor Day: first Monday in September
- Columbus Day: second Monday in October
- Thanksgiving Day: last Thursday in November
Fun Things to Do:
- Celebrate Oktoberfest. This fun event runs across a number of different venues in all five boroughs, from mid-September until the end of October. One of the best places to celebrate it is: a beer garden (you’ll find a number of them in New York).
- Go apple picking. 🍏🍎
- Wander around the beautiful and colorful foliage at one of the local parks. 🍁
- Go on a day cruise to the Bear Mountain (Upstate New York).
- Go hiking at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.
Festivals, Events and Shows:
- Attend the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy. This day in normally celebrated with a huge number of participating vendors selling everything from food and drinks to clothing, and with a bunch of fun activities for kids as well.
- Participate in the Vendy Awards. Taste the inexpensive and delicious bites from the participating food trucks and help chose the annual winner.
- Go dancing at the Electric Zoo Festival over the Labor Day weekend.
- Taste some coffee at the New York Coffee Festival.
- Attend the NYC Fashion Week to see the latest designs in the fashion world.
- Go to NYC Broadway Week, where you can enjoy 2 tickets for the price of 1 (pre-buy in advance!).
- Attend the Next Wave Festival (BAM) in Brooklyn to see the emerging talent in music, theater, dance, opera and more.
- Visit the annual Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park and step back in time, to the Middle Ages.
- Learn some samba moves at the Brazilian American Cultural Street Festival – a street fair event celebrating Brazilian Culture, in the heart of Little Brazil (West 46th street, NYC).
- Eat some delicious oysters at the New York Oyster Week.
- Or, some appetizing dumplings at the NYC Dumpling Festival.
- Attend the New York Comic Con – a popular and fun cultural convention. You will find expositions with comics, manga, anime, video games and graphic novels, and you will also have a chance to interact with their creators.
- Enjoy the New York City Wine and Food Festival (NYCWFF) – an awesome 4-day event where you not only get to taste some amazing food (and wine), but also meet a lot of celebrity chefs (like Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmern, Mario Batali, Anne Burrell, and many-many more).
- Taste some delicious Apple Cider. The Apple Cider week runs at over 50 participating bars and restaurants for 7 days straight.
- Go to the literary New Yorker Festival for engaging talks, interviews and discussions with some well-known authors, journalists and other intellectuals.
- Celebrate Latin culture with music and dance, and meet some famous celebrities at the Festival People en Español.
- Attend the New York Korean Film Festival at the Museum of Moving Image, in Queens.
- See the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
- Participate in the Beerathon and raise a glass or two with some amazing beer.
- Immerse yourself in some Latin culture during the Latin American Cultural Week.
- Watch some short movies at the NYC Shorts Film Festival.
- Or, some Puerto Rican movies at the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (IPRHFF).
- Or… even some horror movies at the New York City Horror Film Festival.
Walks and Races:
- Bronx 10 Mile (September)
- AVON: The Walk to End Breast Cancer (October)
- Grete’s Great Gallop (13.1M) (October)
- NYRR Staten Island Half (October)
- NYC Marathon (first Sunday in November)
- NYRR NYC 60K (November)
- Breathe Deep NYC Walk to End Lung Cancer (November)
- Kidney Walk (November)
- BT 5K Brain Tumor Run/Walk (November)
*For the full list of New York Road Runners (NYRR) races (including – 5K and 4M distances) visit: http://www.nyrr.org
- Labor Day Parade – held annually on the Labor Day weekend (runs on 5th Avenue, between 44th and 67th streets).
- The African-American Day Parade – celebrating Black American culture annually in Harlem (runs on 111th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard up to 136th street).
- West Indian Day Parade – a fun carnival event celebrating Caribbean culture, held annually on Labor Day weekend (runs in Crown Heights, Brooklyn).
- German-American Steuben Parade – an annual parade celebrating German American culture (runs on 5th Avenue, between 64th and 86th streets).
- Korean Day Parade – a fun event celebrating Korean culture, held on the first Saturday in October (runs on Broadway, between 23rd and 42nd streets).
- Pulaski Day Parade – an event celebrating Polish American culture, also held on the first Saturday in October (runs on 5th Avenue, between 39th and 56th streets).
- Columbus Day Parade – a beautiful parade held annually on the Columbus Day (runs on 5th Avenue, between 68th and 86th streets).
- The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade – one of the most popular parades in NYC, held annually on a Halloween’s day (runs on 6th Avenue, between Spring Street and 16th street).
- The Veteran’s (America’s) Day Parade – honoring the military and the American veterans (runs on 5th Avenue, between 26th and 52nd streets).
- The Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (held right on the Thanksgiving Day) – one of the most popular parades in NYC, featuring gigantic balloons, Disney characters, celebrities, music performances from Broadway shows, and much more!