Event News | Fall in New York City

New York City’s maple trees might soon be bare but the city’s cultural calendar is bursting to the brim this fall. From Manhattan to the boroughs, the “Big Apple” plays host to family-friendly events, beer fests and Halloween celebrations. Here are five of the best.

Fall for Dance Festival

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Saturday, October 1 to Saturday, October 8
Where: New York City Center, Manhattan
The 13th annual Fall for Dance Festival features live performances from the world’s most innovative dance companies, such as the Hong Kong Ballet, Australia’s Bangarra Dance Theatre and Brazil’s Grupo Corpo. Designed to showcase dance to mainstream audiences, guests can enjoy a range of styles including classical ballet, jazz and street dance. Tickets cost $15.


Pumpkins: Playful and Plentiful

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Image courtesy nybg.org
When: Saturday, October 1 to Sunday, October 30
Where: New York Botanical Garden, Bronx 

Halloween comes early at the New York Botanical Garden with a bounty of unusually-shaped pumpkins in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. The event, which is priced $8 for kids and $20 for adults, runs every day through October except Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Other must-see attractions include interactive live demonstrations with bats and reptiles, making this the perfect pre-Ween party for children.

NYC Craft Beer Festival

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Image courtesy nyccraftbeerfest.com
When: Friday, October 14 to Sunday, October 16
Where: Lexington Avenue Armory, Manhattan
This year’s NYC Craft Beer Festival kicks off on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m., and brings the best craft ales and meads to the center of Manhattan.  There will be 150 beers from 75 breweries to choose from — with bar snacks at the historic Lexington Avenue Armory, famous for its Beaux-Arts facade. Expect the usual fusion of beer samples and fun. Tickets start from $45.

NYC Wine and Food Festival

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When: Thursday, October 13th to Sunday, October 16th 

Partnering with charities No Kid Hungry and Food Bank For New York City, this event will host multiple events around the City. From dinners hosted by some of NYC’s top chefs to a Rooftop soirees this event has something to offer every food loving attendee. Event tickets range from $85 – $800. For more information and to purchase tickets visit nycwff.org. 

Halloween Harvest Festival

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image courtesy socratessculpturepark.org

When: Saturday, October 29th 
Where: Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens

Forget apple bobbing, the circus rolls into to Queens in late October. The big top-themed Halloween Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park boasts juggling, stilt walking and creepy clowns, and hosts its annual canine costume contest, which awards the best-dressed pooch. Other sideshows include improv theater, live music and food stalls. The event runs from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m.