The best things to do in New York this fall

Find the best things to do in New York City each autumn, including the biggest seasonal events, autumn-only activities and more

The weather may be cooling down, but New York City’s cultural scene is just heating up. This guide will help you find the best things to do in New York this fall, including the hottest theater shows to see on Broadway and Off, new books to readbest food eventsand fall concerts that you need to know about. Plus, find out how to buy tickets to some of these must-see performances.

Things to do in New York by month

Things to Do

September

Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best activities, including Labor Day activities and our picks from theater, the arts and music. NYC events calendar 2013 May 2013 events calendar June 2013 events calendar July 2013 events calendar August 2013 events calendar September 2013 events calendar October 2013 events calendar November 2013 events calendar December 2013 events calendar New York’s arts and culture scene amps up in the fall, so best to start planning your season early. Our events calendar for September is chock-full of awesome things to do, including street festivals such as the Feast of San Gennaro and the Atlantic Antic. Plus, plan your Labor Day weekend, featuring events like the West Indian American Day Parade. RECOMMENDED: New York City events calendar for 2013 Featured events in September 2013 Electric Zoo It's only been a few years since Made Event tossed its first Electric Zoo in the open air at Randall's Island—but in that short space of time, the three-day festival has become a don't-miss attraction on the electronic-dance-music circuit, attracting EDM fans from throughout the area and around the world. Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival After many years of laying low, Dave Chappelle returns to the stage on his own terms as he coheadlines this festival with Flight of the Conchords. His set, worked out in part at the Just for Laughs fest this summer, has been fairly loose, but no doubt it’ll be crisp when Oddball makes its way

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October

Plan your month with our events calendar featuring Lykke Li, CMJ Music Marathon and the annual Village Halloween Parade New York's biggest events by month August Plan your month with our events calendar featuring St. Vincent, the Electric Zoo festival and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival.SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN AUGUST September Plan your month with our events calendar featuring the West Indian–American Day Carnival, Atlantic Antic and the Black Keys.SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN SEPTEMBER October Plan your month with our events calendar featuring Lykke Li, CMJ Music Marathon and the annual Village Halloween Parade.SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OCTOBER November Plan your month with our events calendar featuring the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Alt-J and the 2014 Radio City Christmas Spectacular.SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN NOVEMBER Let’s be honest: There are lots of cool things to do in October—we love Open House New York and the CMJ Music Marathon—but we’re just getting ready for Halloween festivities at the end of the month. Use our events calendar to find the best Halloween NYC events, along with our favorite theater and music events. Popular events this week Our October highlights Judas Priest + Steel Panther Metal fans across the globe shed a tear three summers ago when it seemed that the juggernaut that is Judas Priest would be embarking on its final tour. But the band recently decided that its 16-album discography was simply too scant, and this fall, it's gallivanting across the nat

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November

Plan your month with our events calendar featuring the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Alt-J and the 2014 Radio City Christmas Spectacular New York's biggest events by month August Plan your month with our events calendar featuring St. Vincent, the Electric Zoo festival and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival.SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN AUGUST September Plan your month with our events calendar featuring the West Indian–American Day Carnival, Atlantic Antic and the Black Keys.SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN SEPTEMBER October Plan your month with our events calendar featuring Lykke Li, CMJ Music Marathon and the annual Village Halloween Parade.SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OCTOBER November Plan your month with our events calendar featuring the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Alt-J and the 2014 Radio City Christmas Spectacular.SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN NOVEMBER Give thanks for our events calendar for November, which will help you make plans for Thanksgiving and the rest of the month. Use our guide to find the best holiday events, including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and 2014 Radio City Christmas Spectacular. For those who just want to rock out, November has a ton of great concerts including Alt-J and FKA twigs. Popular events this week Our November highlights The Dalai Lama The Dalai Lama’s annual NYC visit always causes something of a fuss, albeit a polite and reverential one. And why wouldn’t it? The Tibetan Buddhist figurehead is believed by many to be the 14th incarnation of the Dala

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Complete events calendar

Your month-by-month guide to the biggest and best new events in New York City Popular events this week Consult our events calendar to find the best things to do in New York City. We’ve got the details on all of the coolest events, from upcoming concerts to the best museum exhibits, and even more. Concert schedule for live music August September October New York's biggest events by month August Plan your month with our events calendar featuring St. Vincent, the Electric Zoo festival and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival.SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN AUGUST September Plan your month with our events calendar featuring the West Indian–American Day Carnival, Atlantic Antic and the Black Keys.SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN SEPTEMBER October Plan your month with our events calendar featuring Lykke Li, CMJ Music Marathon and the annual Village Halloween Parade.SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OCTOBER November Plan your month with our events calendar featuring the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Alt-J and the 2014 Radio City Christmas Spectacular.SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN NOVEMBER Time Out Offers & Experiences You might also like Best things to do today Most popular Dumbo Arts Festival The already art-forward northern Brooklyn ’hood pulls out all the stops during this three-day fest, featuring works by 300-plus contemporary artists. Ahead of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Lillian Gerson’s pop-up recording studio, Radio Wave, gives attendees the chance to dictate their storm stories; in T

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Things to do in New York this fall

Bars

Oktoberfest in NYC

Make plans for Oktoberfest 2014 in NYC, with our guide to the best parties, beer gardens and the tastiest German quaffs to fill your stein One of the top things to do in New York this fall includes two weeks of drinking some of the best beer in NYC during Oktoberfest. Take in the beautiful fall foliage while drinking at one of the best beer gardens and beer halls in New York City. Oktoberfest New Yorkers, take advantage of this glorious holiday to sample fine Bavarian beer and food. Prost! Most popular in Food & Drink When is Oktoberfest? The official dates for this Bavarian festival are Saturday, September 20, through Sunday, October 5. More popular Food & Drink features Best beer in New York City Get the lowdown on the best beer bars to open within the past year, tastings and other boozy happenings Best new wings New chicken (and duck!) wings are flying high at restaurants all over NYC Best poutine in NYC From cheese-curd purists to newfangled updates, here are New York’s best takes on that Canadian junk-food classic Oktoberfest 2014 features What to drink during Oktoberfest: Resurrected German brews American and German breweries revive long-hidden styles like Gose, Rauchbier and more. Best beer gardens and beer halls in New York City Gotham’s beer garden and beer hall scene has taken off, and we have the list of which bars are worth the trek. Tweets by @thefeednyc !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement

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Halloween

Find parties, events and haunted houses with our comprehensive guide.

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Thanksgiving

Discover what to do for a NYC Thanksgiving, including seeing the Macy’s Parade, making a Turkey-Day restaurant reservation and more Thanksgiving events. Thanksgiving is tough, pilgrim. It's even tougher when you're ill-prepared. If you're staying in New York, there are plenty of ways to celebrate not being stuck in traffic or sitting on a runway. Gather some friends for a Thanksgiving dinner, make a restaurant reservation at one of these parent-friendly restaurants, or find a friendly barman at a dive bar to share the holiday with. Or if your family's in town, take them to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or a New York attraction. With everyone visiting relatives or in a tryptophan coma, the city is yours to enjoy. It's also a great time of year to donate to a food charity or volunteer your time—try one of these nonprofit groups.RECOMMENDED: Best things to do in New York this fall When is Thanksgiving 2013? Good question, thanks for asking. Thanksgiving is held on the fourth Thursday in November. This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 28, 2013. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013 event details Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route map (2012) Photos: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (2012) Photos: Macy's Parade balloon inflation (2012) Photos: Behind the scenes at the Macy's Parade Studio (2011) Photos: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (2011) Photos: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (2010) Photos: Macy's Thanksgiving Day

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Where to see fall foliage

See spectacular fall foliage in parks and gardens across the five boroughs and beyond, with our guide to leaf-peeping around NYC. More things to do in New York in the fall 123 new restaurants and bars for fall This fall, a fresh crop of restaurants, bars and markets make their debut in NYC. Here are 123 reasons to dine out this season. As temperatures start dipping, New York City’s dining scene will begin to heat up. This autumn, you’ll find new restaurants from talents like Amanda Freitag and John Fraser, along with big-name imports, steakhouses and more. Here are the exciting spots you need to know about in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Heavyweight comebacks Some boldfaced names return to the scene. The steakhouse, redefined The traditional chop-house mold is busted up. Slow-food sophomores Two trailblazers launch offshoots in a new era. The next big thing: Yakitori The skewered-and-grilled category blows up. By-type boozing The bar scene expands with these buzzed newcomers. Next-level nautical A maritime trend (really) sets sail. Ramen vanguard A pair of nouveau noodle houses up the ante. Coffee’s new wave What's brewing in New York's café scene. More hot openings Ken Oringer, Michael White and more open spots. Spin-offs New ventures from NYC restaurant vets. Best of the rest Check out 26 more projects coming to NYC. Food porn Click through our mouthwatering slide show. Most popular in Food & Drink 100 best New York restaurants From unimpeachable classics to buzzy newco

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Fall fashion and store and salon openings

Shopping and style

Fall fashion style guide

Use our fall fashion shopping guide to turn designers' runway concepts into real-life style you'll want to wear on the streets of New York

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Shopping and style

NYC store and salon openings

Find out about the biggest NYC store and salon openings, as well as the designer collaborations you need to know about this fall

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Fall's best events and things to do in New York

Music

The best fall concerts

Get ready for a busy season this fall, with shows from arena heavy-hitters to indie gems.

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Theater

20 shows on Broadway and Off to see this fall

Autumn brings a wave of new plays, musicals and classic revivals. Use our guide to keep up with all the action.

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10 books to read this fall

Empty your tote, charge up the eReader. Here are ten must-read essay collections, debut novels, tales of the apocalypse and more.

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Movies

30 movies to see this fall

Say hello to a much cooler film season—here are 30 picks to set your cinema-lovin’ heart ablaze this fall.

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Museums

10 new museum exhibits and events this fall

This fall, treat your inner culture vulture with one of these great museum happenings.

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NYC’s five best food events

Find top chefs, food trucks and details on the NYC Wine & Food Festival.

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Art

10 fall art exhibitions to see

Gear up for the best fall art shows with our picks of the top ten must-see museum exhibits.

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10 New York authors to read right now

You can count on NYC to keep turning up innovative, emerging writers—and they just might live around the corner from you, too.

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Related fall content

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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. More things to do in New York in the fall 123 new restaurants and bars for fall This fall, a fresh crop of restaurants, bars and markets make their debut in NYC. Here are 123 reasons to dine out this season. As temperatures start dipping, New York City’s dining scene will begin to heat up. This autumn, you’ll find new restaurants from talents like Amanda Freitag and John Fraser, along with big-name imports, steakhouses and more. Here are the exciting spots you need to know about in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Heavyweight comebacks Some boldfaced names return to the scene. The steakhouse, redefined The traditional chop-house mold is busted up. Slow-food sophomores Two trailblazers launch offshoots in a new era. The next big thing: Yakitori The skewered-and-grilled category blows up. By-type boozing The bar scene expands with these buzzed newcomers. Next-level nautical A maritime trend (really) sets sail. Ramen vanguard A pair of nouveau noodle houses up the ante. Coffee’s new wave What's brewing in New York's café scene. More hot openings Ken Oringer, Michael White and more open spots. Spin-offs New ventures from NYC restaurant vets. Best of the rest Check out 26 more projects coming to NYC. Food porn Click through our mouthwatering slide show. Most popular in Food & Drink 100 best New York restaurants From u

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Top five events and festivals (2013)

Get out of the apartment and see a new side of New York at these fall events that offer culture, construction sites and cannoli. There's plenty to look forward to this fall: big-ticket lectures, exciting museum events and the reopening of the Queens Museum. We've collected the top five cultural events and festivals to get you prepped for the autumn's deluge of great events. RECOMMENDED: See all things to do in New York this fall Feast of San Gennaro 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. Photoville Kings County exhibition producer United Photo Industries takes over Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5 to create a pop-up village honoring the art of picture taking. This year's festival also includes a beer garden dispensing Brooklyn Brewery suds. Peruse 45 shipping containers, which provide venues for curated gallery installations—from photojournalism chronicling Liberia's civil war to Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner's intimate on-the-road shots of his fellow band members—and interactive workshops, as well as panel discussions with photographers, editors a

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Top five talks and lectures (2013)

The big hitters are coming to town this fall. Here are the can't-miss talks and lectures, covering architecture, politics and pop culture. This fall, feed your brain at one of these enlightening talks. Not the listening type? Get an eyeful of three cool NYC photo books we're excited to add to our shelves, or head to the top five events and festivals of the season. Plus, the Queens Museum reopens in October after a major overhaul. Check it out along with the rest of fall's top museum exhibits.  RECOMMENDED: See all things to do in New York this fall TimesTalks: A Conversation with Ricky Gervais 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. Grand Central Terminal: A Century of Greatness Architectural historian Barry Lewis holds forth on one of the world's most recognizable train stations, which celebrates its centennial this year. He'll look at the Beaux Arts transit terminal within the context of the other architectural landmarks built at that time, including the Met itself. The New Yorker Festival “It’s The New Yorker in 3-D, but without the funny glasses,” says David Remnick, editor-in-chief of The New Yorker, of its signature festival. Over the course of a weekend, staff writers and edi

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New movies to see: Six protagonists up against the odds (2013)

Fall’s most anticipated new movies to see have one thing in common: The stars are fighting against huge obstacles in movies like Rush and Oldboy. 101 things to do in the fall 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. Most popular September 2013 events calendar for New York City Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best activities, including Labor Day activities and our picks from theater, the arts and music. NYC events calendar 2013 May 2013 events calendar June 2013 events calendar July 2013 events calendar August 2013 events calendar September 2013 events calendar October 2013 events calendar November 2013 events calendar December 2013 events calendar New York’s arts and culture scene amps up in the fall, so best to start planning your season early. Our events calendar for September is chock-full of awesome things to do, including street festivals such as the Feast of San Gennaro and the Atlantic Antic. Plus, plan your Labor Day weekend, featuring events like the West Indian American Day Parade. RECOMMENDED: New York City events calendar for 2013 Featured events in September 2013 Electric Zoo It's only been a few years since Made Event tossed its first Electric Zoo in the open air at Randall's Island—but in that short space of time, the three-day festival has become a don't-miss attraction on the electronic-dance-music circuit, attracting EDM

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