Fall Guide
Fall Guide

Top Five Things to Do in NYC This Fall

Autumn in New York captivates us with cool breezes and the exciting holiday countdown. The city buzzes with farmers’ markets, apple picking, pumpkin carving, and the start of many holiday festivities. Check out our list of essential activities, delicious food, and captivating shows as summer transitions to fall.

The 2019 Village Halloween Parade. Photo by Steven Pisano.
The Village Halloween Parade. Photo by Steven Pisano.

Halloween in the City

Halloween in NYC stands as a distinct celebration, embraced unlike any other by the city. Do you have a great costume planned this year? Share it with the world during the 50th Annual Village Halloween Parade, a renowned yearly event drawing countless New Yorkers. Anyone in costume is welcome to join! After the parade, take a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood — the West Village’s brownstones are renowned for their spectacular Halloween decor.

Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford
Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford in Sweeney Todd. Photo by Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman.

Shows for the Season

If you’re looking to see a Broadway show, there are many that perfectly match the spooky atmosphere of the fall season. Go on a hell-raising journey to the underworld at Hadestown, attend the tale of Sweeney Todd, or experience mind-blowing magic at Wicked or Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Make sure to embrace the delightful fall weather during the day before making your way to the theatre in the evening!

The New York Film Festival will also be around this fall. The NYFF is an annual two-week event hosted at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side and will have 25 to 30 feature-length films of various styles and themes, shorts, documentaries, an experimental showcase, special events, and more. Find out more about it.

Top 5 Things to Do this Fall
Central Park.

See the Fall Foliage

Embracing the enchanting autumn foliage in NYC is a delightful experience that celebrates the cool, crisp air of autumn. Be sure to take a leisurely stroll through some of the city’s parks, and immerse yourself in the vibrant colors and rustling leaves. From the picturesque landscapes of Fort Tryon Park and the natural beauty of Prospect Park to the iconic allure of Central Park and the serene surroundings of the New York Botanical Garden, each location offers its own unique tapestry of seasonal transformation. As leaves transform, these beloved green spaces turn into peaceful havens, offering an ideal getaway to enjoy the essence of fall in the busy city.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The Holidays in the City

The holiday season in NYC is always a spectacular time filled with enchanting traditions. If you’re visiting the city during Thanksgiving, be sure to check out the  Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and its larger-than-life balloons, intricate floats, and festive performances. It’s a cherished annual spectacle that marks the beginning of holiday celebrations.

In the heart of the city, the Bryant Park Winter Village adds to the magic with its charming ice skating rink, twinkling holiday market stalls, and the warmth of seasonal treats. At the end of October, this bustling village transforms Bryant Park into a winter wonderland, offering visitors the chance to shop for unique gifts and enjoy delicious food.

Chelsea Flea. Photo by Sam Hollenshead.
Chelsea Flea. Photo by Sam Hollenshead.

Fall Markets

From fresh-picked fruit and vegetables to artisan breads, jams, ciders, and beautifully cut flowers, the Union Square Greenmarket is the perfect place for you to pick up some delicious produce and explore new things to try. Though it’s open year-round, autumn truly feels like the best time to go, with hot and cold apple cider available, fresh pumpkins to pick from, and the most mouthwatering apple cider donuts.

Or, if you would prefer to shop for some vintage and antique items ranging from furniture to clothing and jewelry, be sure to check out the Chelsea Flea, which features more than 50 incredible vendors who focus on high-quality antiques, vintage goods, and collectibles.

Make sure to check out our guide to the fall season on Broadway, as well as our fall book guide!