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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  • 61. See works of art by Mike Kelley at MoMA PS1, one of the best things to do in New York this fall

  • 62. Treat yourself during Spa Week, one of the most relaxing things to do in New York in the fall

  • 63. Watch the Columbus Day Parade, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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    64. Go on a five-day music binge during the CMJ Music Marathon, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall if you don't like sleeping

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    65. Celebrate The Moth's new book, one of the best things to do in New York this fall

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    66. See Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry in Twelfth Night and Richard III, one of the best things to do in New York this fall

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    67. Catch the visiting San Francisco Ballet, one of the best things to do in New York this fall

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    68. Try Savages on for size, one of the best things to do in New York this fall

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    69. Mark the "Brooklyn Historical Society's 150th Anniversary," one of the best things to do in New York this fall

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    70. Mingle with culinary stars at the NYC Wine & Food Festival, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

61. See works of art by Mike Kelley at MoMA PS1, one of the best things to do in New York this fall


Art: Mike Kelley

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Mike Kelley (1954–2012) was one of the true greats of recent American art, whose provocative and multi-layered output commented upon and critiqued numerous facets of contemporary life—including popular culture, sex, religion, and the persistent of class in a supposedly classless society. Although Kelley was an internationally recognized fixture of the Los Angeles art scene, the energy and anger in his work ultimately drew upon his upbringing as the son of a janitor in Detroit. Working in a diverse range of mediums—painting, drawings, sculpture, performance, music, video, photography and video—Kelley was arguably the most original and influential artists of his generation, until suicide tragically cut short his career. This retrospective at MoMA PS1, is the largest and most comprehensive survey of his work to date, and for the first time in 25 years, the museum is devoting its entire building to a single artist. A show not to be missed.

  1. MoMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Ave, at 46th Ave
  2. Sun Oct 13 - Mon Dec 30
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Health & Beauty: Spa Week

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Treat yourself to a body or skincare treatment for a mere $50 when more than 100 venues throughout the city discount up to three services of their choosing. Specials include a 50-minute Thai-style massage incorporating a warm herbal compress (worth more than $100) at Bunya Citi Spa; a luxury mani-pedi at the mancentric Spa at The Out NYC (usually $75); and a 50-minute facial that would normally set you back $125 at the Red Door Spa in the Chatwal New York—one of the city's most luxurious hotels. Bookings can be made beginning Sept 16. Locations throughout the city; visit spaweek.com.

  1. Location TBA
  2. Mon Oct 14 - Sun Oct 20
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Things to Do: Columbus Day Parade

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  • Free

He may be one of the most popular failures in history, but 35,000 marchers and nearly 1 million spectators are expected along Fifth Avenue to mark the day when Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas and to celebrate the heritage of the Italian-American community. Sure, it isn’t New York’s glitziest parade, but where else can you catch the tarantella, a frenzied Italian folk dance? Fifth Ave from 44th St to 72nd St.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Mon Oct 14
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Music: CMJ Music Marathon

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Tons of acts descend upon NYC each fall for the CMJ Music Marathon, a five-day fest held on stages both huge (Terminal 5) and tiny (Cake Shop). This year’s initial lineup was announced late August and includes reformed D.C. indie-rock outfit the Dismemberment Plan, ’60s baroque-pop devotee Jacco Gardner, chilled-out local rock group Real Estate, Broken Social Scene frontman Kevin Drew, U.K. electro duo Fuck Buttons and many, many more. Shows typically have packed bills with reduced set times, so you can check out a bunch of groups in a short time. The unofficial showcases are a blast, too; Brooklyn Vegan’s free daytime bash, for instance, is always killer.  Locations, times and prices vary. Visit cmj.com/marathon for details.

  1. Various venues
  2. Tue Oct 15 - Sat Oct 19

Books: The Moth

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Autobiographical performance aficionados and addicts will celebrate the publication of the new title The Moth: 50 True Stories—and this event at the NYPL should send them into the stratosphere. Founder George Dawes Green, Moth artistic director Catherine Burns and writer Andrew Solomon (Far from the Tree) perform and talk with the enthusiastic Paul Holdengräber about the evolution of the organization and the power of telling tales live.

  1. New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Fifth Ave, at 42nd St, 10036
  2. Until Tue Oct 15
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Theater: Twelfth Night and Richard III

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The phenomenal Mark Rylance (Jerusalem) plays Olivia in an all-male rendition of Shakespeare's frothy comedy, in which all sorts of people are tripped up by inappropriate clothing. Stephen Fry costars as the starchy valet, Malvolio. This transfer from London's Globe Theatre and the West End plays in repertory with another all-boys take on the Bard: the history play Richard III. Rylance takes on the titular crookbacked villain.

  1. Belasco Theatre 111 W 44th St, between Broadway and Sixth Ave
  2. Until Sun Feb 16
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Dance: San Francisco Ballet

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The company's two-week New York season begins with six mixed-bill performances with works by Christopher Wheeldon, Edwaard Liang, Serge Lifar, Wayne McGregor, Mark Morris, Alexei Ratmansky, Yuri Possokhov and artistic director Helgi Tomasson. The second week showcases performances of Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella.

  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Wed Oct 16 - Sun Oct 27
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Music: Savages

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You may not have formed an opinion on Savages, but chances are you've read plenty on them, whether adoring or skeptical. Make up your mind at Terminal 5, as the arrestingly severe postpunk revivalists air their dark, pounding manifestos.

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Wed Oct 16
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Museums: "Brooklyn Historical Society's 150th Anniversary"

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The Brooklyn Historical Society, a repository of Gotham history since 1863, will unveil a newly renovated interior on Oct 16. The project has been under way since spring 2012, and includes restoring the building's traditional arched entrance and creating a new first-floor and lower-level galleries, as well as installing a 200-seat event space. Among the inaugural exhibits are a celebration of the BHS's century-and-a-half legacy and a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation.

  1. Brooklyn Historical Society 128 Pierrepont St, at Clinton St
  2. Wed Oct 16 - Sat Dec 28
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New York City Wine & Food Festival: Sandwich Showdown

Food & Drink: New York City Wine & Food Festival

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Food Network celebutoques join top global chefs for this annual fete, with a four-day lineup of demos, seminars and tastings. Highlights include an Oktoberfest bash with Andrew Zimmern and Pat LaFrieda, and a master sushi-rolling class taught by Masaharu Morimoto, both on October 20. Visit nycwff.org.

  1. Locations, times and prices vary
  2. Thu Oct 17 - Sun Oct 20

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