Happy Fall! By far, the fall is my favorite season of the year. Besides the great clothes, the air is cooler, people are happier, and in general everything is just more fun. There are tons of both outdoor and indoor events to attend and enjoy that last bit of nice weather before the dreaded winter hits. I know I’m a bit behind on rounding up fall events considering it’s basically half over already – time flies when you’re having fun.
New York City Wine & Food Festival:
Running from October 15-18, the Food & Wine Festival is, not surprisingly, hosted by Food & Wine magazine (one of my personal favorites). The long weekend is packed full of various events that are individually ticketed and all of the tickets are available via the event’s official website. All of your favorite Food Network stars will be in the mix, including Rachel Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, and even Whoppi Goldberg makes an appearance. The events are hosted throughout the city, so you probably won’t even have to travel very far to fan-girl over your favorite celeb chef.
Butterfly Conservatory at the Museum of Natural History:
This annual exhibit, which runs from Sept. 5-May 29 of next year, is a huge draw to the Museum of National History (second only to the allure of re-enacting Night at the Museum). The ticket, which is just a general admission, gives access not only to the Butterfly Conservatory but to the entire Natural History Museum and is a pretty big steal at only $22 (though, some Yelpers have advised there’s additional cost for the Conservatory but I can’t find info anywhere on the official site). Unrelated to the actual exhibit itself, I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for this really interesting woman when I make it for a visit.
Central Park leaf peeping:
The best part about this “event” is that it’s 100% FREE! That doesn’t happen often in New York, so you’ve got to take advantage of it when it does. Since we’re kind of lacking on the fall foliage here in New York, Central Park is your best bet to catch a glimpse of the changing leaves. Check out the areas surrounding the Loeb Boathouse, the Central Park Mall (the elm trees turn bright yellow), Bethseda Fountain (one of my favorite spots) and the Bow Bridge. You’ll get a full tour of the park’s best spots, plus take in some super fall-y scenery and be able to take some great pics – because, this is definitely Instagram worthy. And if you don’t Insta, did it really happen?
Fort Tyron Park and the Cloisters:
If you head to the very upper edge of Manhattan to Fort Tyron park, it’s another free activity and chance to take in the fall foliage. You get views of the George Washington Bridge and the Hudson river at this national landmark. Plus, if you venture up here, you’ll also be near The Cloisters – a branch of The Met dedicated to medieval European art and architecture. Make a day of the trip and get the most out of your venture into upper Manhattan.
Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade:
Not that this event needs much of a description – I mean, come on. Dogs dressed in Halloween costumes? Sign me up. This year, the parade is on Oct. 25, the Saturday prior to Halloween. I looked through tons of photos from previous years’ parades, and I’m so excited to go scout out the cutest puppies in all of Manhattan dressed in little costumes. I don’t think anything could be cuter – plus the $4,000 prize is pretty good motivation for the pups’ owners.
Giant Pumpkin Carving Weekend at the New York Botanical Gardens:
Head to the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx (easily accessible by Subway and Metro North) for the Pumpkin Carving Weekend, this year from Oct. 24-25. Master carvers take pumpkins weighing about 1,800 and transforms them into sculptural works of art. But if you can’t make it those days there is a Q&A sessions with the artists daily, through Nov. 1, and the final carvings will remain on display.