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Things to do in NYC This Fall '23

After one of the hottest summers in NYC, fall is finally here! Aside from the 70-degree weather, leather jackets, and seasonal food I've waited all year for, I'm most excited to partake in all of the seasonal activities across the city!

Here are 20 things happening across the city, upstate, and in Long Island this fall you and your loved ones can enjoy. Some of these activities aren't particularly fall-related but only here for a short time and are so much more enjoyable during this season!

Fall Related Activities

Blaze Jack O Lantern

Weed Orchard and Winery with over 60 acres, Weed Orchard and Winery is my favorite farm upstate for apple and grape picking along with wine tasting in Hudson Valley.

Sea Streak fall foliage brunch cruise leaving from Pier 11 Wall Street and tours the Hudson River

Fall-O-Ween at the New York Botanical Garden

The Color Factory will run a haunted hues theme from September 14th - November 1st. This colorful experience includes fun prizes, seasonal treats, and bright orange pumpkins around the museum.

Catch a free movie every Friday at The Backyard at The Hudson Yards

Enjoy a Candlelight Halloween concert by Fever

Grab a pumpkin spice espresso martini with your friends at the Starbucks Reserve

📍Multiple Locations

Attend the Halloween dog parade at Tompkin Square Park on October 21st

📍Lower East Side

Carve Jack-O-Lanterns for The Pumpkin Flotilla In Central Park (date TBD)

Harbes Family Farm This Long Island Farm has been my favorite for apple picking, pumpkin picking, and a seasonal vineyard experience.

F&W Schmitt’s family farm is another excellent place for pumpkin picking in Long Island with a haunted house and detailed corn maze that changes in theme yearly!

Catch the upstate fall foliage on the Catskills Mountain Fall Foliage Adventure and Pumpkin Express $16 for adults

Non-Fall Related Activities

Apartment Therapy. The free, in-person event starts on October 13 and is open to the public every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 29, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Explore the top-predicted trends of 2024 — all in less than 120 square feet. The end result is jam-packed with super-cool (and yet super-achievable) decorating ideas you can try for yourself!

Spend a date night at The Met. Hosted every Friday and Saturday from 5 pm- 9 pm with live performances and drinks. Tickets are donation-based for New York State residents

Attend the New York Film Festival between September 29th - October 15th. Tickets are on sale now.

Attend the New York Coffee Festival October 6th -8th

Enjoy a boat ride at Central Park at the Loeb Boathouse before they close for the season. Boat rides are from 10 AM till dusk and $25 for 1 hour.

Soak up the last of rooftop season at Rooftop Reds

Intrepid after hours: mini astronomy night (for current and former service member-only) October 17th

Dog-friendly comedy show at Boris & Horton Williamsburg location Friday september 22nd

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