There is arguably nothing more beautiful than watching summer collapse into fall in New York City. The air finally cools, taking on a crisp nature; the leaves shed their green coloring and slowly drift to the earth; and unique and eclectic events pop up throughout the city to celebrate the changing of the seasons.
Whether you are a Manhattan native or are just visiting our magnificent city for a short time, you deserve to experience every event we pull together and enjoy this transition. So, with that in mind, let us take a look at the best events you can attend to make the most of the fall season in New York City.
Americans have been copying this autumnal German tradition for years now, but what some do not realize is that the biggest celebrations happen right here in the city. Although our version started on September 16, Manhattanites and visitors can still enjoy a wide selection of beer, pretzels, and plenty of merrymaking through October 2. Ticket prices vary by location and event.
Every year, the New York Botanical Garden gathers the largest gourds — some weighing up to 1,800 pounds — and places them on display for guests to admire and even take photos with. This event, which takes place October 21-22, is perfect for families and solo travelers alike. Tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for children ages 2-21, and children under the age of 2 are free.
If beer and pretzels are not your speed, cider week may be worth your time. For one week, guests can visit 50 participating bars to sample their best hard ciders, enjoy related events, and even participate in workshops. The festivities kick off on October 20 and span until October 29, with prices and events varying by location.
Although this event has already wrapped up for this year, it is worth marking on your calendar for next fall. The Feast of San Gennaro is a massive celebration of faith in Little Italy, which takes this time to tip its hat to Saint Januarius, the Patron Saint of Naples, Italy. For 11 days, this vibrant part of New York will be transformed, decorated from top to bottom with the colors of the Italian flag — red, white, and green — and come to life with flavorful food and live music in the streets.