Complete list of fall festivals
Explore the world of beekeeping and its sweet rewards during Wave Hill's annual weekend dedicated to honey. Check out an extraction demo and a hive-and-honey information station for an overview of apiculture (2–4pm), or head straight to the garden's shop to taste several varieties.
At this seasonal event, families can listen to readings from Fresh Meadows Poets, catch bluegrass music, go on a bird walk and of course, peruse the pumpkin patch for the perfect Halloween crop. All ages.
This immersive four-day feast shows more than 30 gastro-minded flicks alongside dishes featured onscreen, like Japanese noodles with short film Cocolo Ramen. Other showings include an Edible Films episode about Brooklyn Brewery head Garrett Oliver and the tragic diner doc Nothing with Something, and all compete for titles like Food Filmmaker of the Year and Best Food Porn. You can cast ballots for the flick that won your heart (and stomach), so eat wisely.
This festival of deliberately substandard work includes comedy, vaudeville and mock drama—staged, appropriately enough, at the PIT Loft Space. Expect to see shows with gaping plot holes, underdeveloped characters and some strong (but ultimately wrong) choices.
Bottoms up at this weekend-long brew fest, pouring unlimited tastings from nearly 75 breweries nationwide, including Dyckman Beer Co.’s Café con Leche Milk Stout, a chai-spiced cider from B. Nektar and Irish Yankee Beer’s Sunbird Red ale. Then soak up all that booze with baked empanadas (mac and cheese, beef) from Dos Toros Taqueria.
Fashion your own costume to resemble Fido’s at this daylong holiday primer. Four-legged family members can compete in the Canine Costume Contest while their two-legged counterparts create their own getups on-site with the help of resident artists.
For four days, both well-established and promising up-and-coming producers will be at some of Brooklyn's hottest venues, including Output, Verboten and Music Hall of Williamsburg. This year the annual fest is bringing the likes of Django Django, MK, Voices of the Lake and an 11-piece version of genre-defying Floating Points.
To celebrate the season of spiked apple spirits, restaurants and retailers around the city will host cider-pairing classes and tap takeovers spotlighting upstate cideries, including Bellweather, Bad Seed and Harvest Moon. Throughout the week, stop into shops like Astor Wine & Spirits for free tastings and Murray’s Cheese Bar for $25 three-course lunches (cheese-and-cider flights, pear-cider sorbet).
Comedy Central is shutting it down this year with a slate of household names in comedy performing and speaking throughout the city. See stand-up from the likes of Margaret Cho and Kathy Griffin, catch Trevor Noah do an original set at the dawn of his Daily Show career, enjoy conversations with Billy Crystal and Bill Maher and more. NYC comedy fans are serious, so don't wait to reserve your seats.
Ring in December with this annual tree-lighting ceremony and New York's largest holiday festival. Along with the arboreal illumination in Dante Park (Broadway at 63rd St), catch live performances, ice-sculpting demonstrations, circus performers and tastings ($1–$4) from more than 30 Lincoln Square restaurants.