101 things to do in New York City in the fall 2013

Clear your schedule: Our fall calendar of things to do in New York—festivals, parades, shows, new activities and more—will fill your planner through November.



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    1. Dance at Verboten's new club, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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    2. See Zachary Quinto and Celia Keenan-Bolger in The Glass Menagerie, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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    3. Race in the Color Run, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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    4. Try food truck treats at the 2013 Vendy Awards, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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    5. Go the whole hog at Pig Island, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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    6. Get in line and snag tickets to the sold out TimesTalks: A Conversation with Ricky Gervais, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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    7: Join the festivities at the Feast of San Gennaro, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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    8. Explore LGBT style at "A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk," one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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    9. Binge on books during Lit Crawl NYC, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

  • 10. Cop a fresh, affordable look with the new clothing line 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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1. Dance at Verboten's new club, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

Start planning a perfect fall with our events calendar of things to do in New York from September to November, including the best festivals, museums shows, concerts and where to see the leaves change color.

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Verboten with Solomun, Huxley and Stadenco at Highline Ballroom

Nightlife: Verboten

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With the party-tossing Verboten gang’s eponymous venue on North 11th Street slated to open soon, it’s official: Williamsburg has become New York’s new clubland paradise. With the Fixed, Trouble & Bass and Bespoke posses already signed on as residents, and boldfaced-name DJs Guy Gerber, Carl Craig and Davide Squillace on board as partners—and barring an unexpected switch in music policy to meathead-friendly EDM—this should be the best addition to the late-night landscape since, well, Output.

  1. 60 North 11th St between Kent and Wythe Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
  2. Opens early fall

Things to Do: The Color Run

Many events are described as "colorful," but this one really is. White-clad runners get pelted with vivid paint (made from food-dyed corn starch) as they traverse a 3.2 mile course in Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field. Billing itself as the "happiest 5k on the planet," the Color Run isn't a competitive race. Participants kick off in 15 minute intervals between 9am and 10:15am, and can take their own sweet time to cross the finish line. With more than 170 events across the country and around the world in 2013, the Color Run benefits the Global Poverty Project, among other charities.

  1. Aviator Sports and Events Center Floyd Bennett Field, Hangar 5, 11234
  2. Sat Sep 7 - Sun Sep 8
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Food & Drink: 2013 Vendy Awards

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The street-food Oscars return for the ninth year, with the city’s best mobile chefs rolling into Sunset Park for the culinary showdown. After munching on empanadas from Nuchas, Mamak's rendang stew and Liddabit Sweets' beer-pretzel caramels, cast your vote for the People’s Choice Awards, while a celebrity panel—including Top Chef Masters’ Francis Lam, prime-meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda and Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver—will make their choices. Along with stock categories including Best Market (nominees include Brooklyn Cured and Bon Chovie), Rookie (Toum, Sweet Chili) and Dessert (OddFellows Ice Cream Co., Itizy), this year’s competition will honor 54 food trucks, which served more than 350,000 hot meals in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Test your luck during a raffle for prizes like dinner at Roberta’s, cashmere from White + Warren and a personalized street-food tour. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, a nonprofit that advocates for vendors' rights.

  1. Industry City 116 39th St, between First and Second Aves, 11232
  2. Sat Sep 7
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Food & Drink: Pig Island

  • Price band: 3/4

Break out your loosest-fitting pants, because the porkcentric bacchanal is back, this time in Red Hook. Twenty-five chefs—including Danny Mena (Hecho en Dumbo), Evan Hanczor (Parish Hall) and Bill Fletcher (Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue)—will break down 80 locally sourced hogs for unlimited plates. Drinkers can find Sixpoint Brewery beers—including an event-exclusive Signal smoked ale—along with Hudson Valley hard ciders and Finger Lakes wines. Watch a cooking demonstration with Bacon Nation author Peter Kaminsky, and enjoy live sets by djembe-driven folk outfit SisterMonk and eight-piece bluegrass band NYCity Slickers. Ticket proceeds benefit Added Value, a Red Hook nonprofit teaching teens about urban agriculture.

  1. Ikea Erie Basin Park 1 Beard St, at Columbia St
  2. Sat Sep 7
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Things to Do: TimesTalks: A Conversation with Ricky Gervais

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff grills The Office and Extras creator on his latest offering, Derek, which premieres stateside on Sept 12 on Netflix. Tickets may be available at the venue one hour before the sold-out event; if you don't like those odds, watch the interview via live webcast at nytimes.com/artsbeat.

  1. The Times Center 242 W 41st St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Mon Sep 9
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Things to Do: Feast of San Gennaro

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Celebrate the martyred third-century bishop and patron saint of Naples at this 11-day festival that fills the streets of Little Italy every year. Watch the professionals in action at the cannoli-eating competition and you won't feel so bad about indulging in calorific treats from the food vendors; return daily for live musical performances. Mulberry St between Canal and Houston Sts; Grand St between Baxter and Mott Sts; Hester St between Baxter and Mott Sts.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Thu Sep 12 - Sun Sep 22
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Museums: "A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk"

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  • Free

The Museum at FIT explores LGBT contributions to sartorial history, including statement-making ensembles from the 18th century through today. Pieces on display include a 1950 cocktail dress by Christian Dior and a dapper neo-Edwardian three-piece suit originally worn by dandy and old-school party boy Bunny Roger.

  1. The Museum at FIT Seventh Ave, at 27th St
  2. Fri Sep 13 - Sat Jan 4
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Books: Lit Crawl NYC

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This gratis night combines two of New Yorkers’ favorite things—literature and booze—into one 29-event multivenue fest in lower Manhattan. This season’s incarnation kicks off with a special edition of NPR quiz show Ask Me Another, featuring dirty trivia and host Ophira Eisenberg reading from her new memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy (Professor Thom's; 6pm). Other highlights include “Ghost Stories with Lapham’s Quarterly” (Merchant’s House Museum; 6pm), a discussion of oceangoing lit labeled “Whales, Wenches & Winches” (Preserve24, 175–177 E Houston St between Allen and Essex Sts; 8:15pm)and lots more. Visit litcrawl.org/nyc for a complete schedule.


Shopping: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

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Fans of the contemporary designer’s ability to blur the line between dressy and casual won’t be disappointed by this set of budget-friendly clothing ($20–$300) and accessories ($20–$60) for both sexes. The 100-piece assortment features a dark, neutral palette punctuated by muted florals, faux-leather accents and nontraditional camo prints. Standouts include women’s long-sleeved, floral-print blouses ($30) and mini satchels ($35) that resemble Lim’s best-selling Pashli bags. Visit target.com.

  1. Target, locations throughout the city
  2. Available Sep 15

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