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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    81. Throw frilly underthings at Drake, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall. Oh who are we kidding, one of the best things to do period.

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    82. Throw in a couple of bones to support the Village Halloween Parade, one of the best things to do in New York this fall

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    83. See Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot, one of the best things to do in New York this fall

  • 84. See if Ender’s Game lives up to the hype, one of the best things to do in New York this fall

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    85. Get back to nature during the New York Botanical Garden's Fall Forest Weekends, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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    86. Cheer on the runners in the ING New York City Marathon, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

  • 87. Spend one night with Joan Collins, one of the best things to do in New York this fall

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    88. Discover the night owls who put the art in party with new book The Fun: The Social Practice of Nightlife in NYC

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    89. See Larry David at the New York Comedy Festival, one of the best things to do in New York this fall

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    90. See James Blake, one of the best things to do in New York this fall

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81. Throw frilly underthings at Drake, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall. Oh who are we kidding, one of the best things to do period.


Music: Drake + Miguel + Future

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Hip-hop's Prince Charming hits town for two arena-show screamfests. Last time we talked to the star, he told us that he has a special chest where he keeps the bras thrown at him onstage. We're guessing that by now Drake could keep a small country in "support." Speaking of which, heat-seeking soul smoothie Miguel and Atlanta rapper Future lend their support at these gigs. Ahem.

  1. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave, 11217
  2. Sun Oct 27 - Mon Oct 28
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Things to Do: Village Halloween Parade

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  • Free

Hurricane Sandy put the kibosh on this annual procession last year, so we're looking forward to it making a triumphant return for its 40th anniversary. But it needs your help to overcome the financial impact of 2012's cancellation and will be launching a Kickstarter campaign on Sept 19. Dig deep, and not merely one of the rewards will be a spot at the puppet-making workshops in upstate New York. This year's theme is Revival, and the parade will honor New Yorkers who stepped up to help the community after Sandy. They'll be joined by the awe-inspiring puppets created by Superior Concept Monsters, the Madagascar Institute, the Puppeteers’ Cooperative and Basil Twist’s studio, among others, as well as the Hungry March Band, the On the Lam Band and 35 more musical troupes. Sign up via halloween-nyc.com now to volunteer to be a puppeteer or a performer in the procession. To walk in the parade, turn up in costume (start at Sixth Ave between Canal and Spring Sts; Oct 31 6:30–8:30pm). Parade: Sixth Ave from Spring St to 16th St.

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  2. Until Fri Oct 31
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Theater: No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot

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One of the earliest and most influential examples of theater of the absurd, Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot returns to Broadway with X-Men collaborators Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. They perform it in rep with Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, a crepuscular study of death and memory. Shuler Hensley and Billy Crudup round out the casts.

  1. Cort Theatre 138 W 48th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Until Sun Mar 30
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Ender's Game

Film: Ender’s Game

His regrettable views on gay marriage notwithstanding, novelist Orson Scott Card can claim to have written one of the most provocative sci-fi stories of the past 30 years: a tale of future children trained to become military geniuses long before their ethics catch up. Here’s hoping the script isn’t dumbed down.

  1. Opens Fri Nov 1

Things to Do: Fall Forest Weekends

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Experience the colors of the season in the New York Botanical Garden's Thain Family Forest, a 50-acre thicket which boasts sweet gums, whose star-shaped leaves turn red and purple as autumn progresses, and tulip trees and hickories which display vivid golden yellows. During this annual series, gratis guided tours will point out seasonal foliage and birds, as well as offering free canoe trips, courtesy of the Bronx River Alliance. While you'll also see arborists demonstrating how to scale trunks, sign up in advance for a Recreational Tree Climbing class ($135, members $122) to try it yourself.

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd
  2. Sat Nov 2 - Sun Nov 10
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Things to Do: ING New York City Marathon

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  • Free

More than 40,000 marathoners hotfoot it (or puff, pant and stagger) through all five boroughs over a 26.2-mile course. Stake out a lively spot—we recommend along Fourth Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn; First Avenue between 60th and 96th Streets in Manhattan; or Central Park South near the finish line—to cheer on the passing throngs. Visit ingnycmarathon.org for more details.


LGBT: Joan Collins: One Night with Joan

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Camp vamp icon Joan Collins—indelibly etched in our memories as Dynasty villain Alexis Carrington Colby—glams it up in a night of stories from her jet-setting life, brought to you by queer-nightlife king Daniel Nardicio.

  1. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 237 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves, 10036
  2. Tue Nov 5
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Ladyfag: Emerging from under the wing of seasoned nightlife practitioners and NYC icons Kenny Kenny and Susanne Bartsch, Ladyfag continues in the tradition of NYC nightlife royalty.

Books: The Fun: The Social Practice of Nightlife in NYC

You can’t spell party without art, and this review—edited by Museum of Arts & Design public-programs director Jake Yuzna—looks at the intersection of the two worlds. In addition to profiles of the individuals (Earl Dax, Sophia Lamar, Ladyfag) and collectives (FCKNLZ, Silent Barn, Xtapussy) that enrich New York’s after-dark cultural landscape, the book also features experts—such as Michael Musto and Susanne Bartsch—weighing in on NYC’s ’80s and ’90s party scenes. Look out for MAD’s the Fun conference (Nov 8–10), a weekend of panel discussions and lectures on topics like nightlife regulation, online party promotion and the art of hosting, which coincides with the publication’s release.

  1. Released Nov 5

Comedy: New York Comedy Festival

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As always, the New York Comedy Festival is comedy’s most massive happening of the fall. It celebrates its tenth anniversary this year with a hell of a lineup. The preliminary schedule includes Larry David (in conversation with David Steinberg), Wanda Sykes, Whitney Cummings, Bill Burr, John Mulaney and plenty more. If these big-ticket shows, going down at grand venues like the Theater at Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall, don't appeal to you (or your wallet), there will also be emerging and indie comedians performing. Stay tuned for further lineup announcements as we move into fall. Visit nycomedyfestival.com.

  1. Various locations
  2. Wed Nov 6 - Sun Nov 10

Music: James Blake

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With a new album under his belt—Overgrown is the follow-up to 2011's stunning debut—24-year-old Brit James Blake returns to the city for two big dates. Expect a set of his trademark sparse, dubstep-wobbled falsetto soul, with funky, R&B-flecked new material, and (fingers crossed) his lovely cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You."

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Wed Nov 6 - Thu Nov 7
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