Ten Must Do's in NYC this Fall
There are destinations all over the country that will truly bring out the beauty of fall and as some of you may remember reading, last week I wrote about some of the top destinations for fall 2016. Of course, New York City was on that list & since the big apple is a place that I am always spending time in (and most of you are too!), I wanted to break down ten must do's in NYC this Fall. All of these activities are in and around New York City - remember that New York City has five boroughs, so not all of these are found on the island of Manhattan. I always love a fun trip into Brooklyn! Fall is a beautiful season in the northeast and if you have the chance I certainly recommend heading over to NYC to enjoy everything fall 2016 has to offer. Even if you can just make it up here for a few days, you will not be disappointed by the beauty that this part of the U.S. has to offer!
#1: Feast of San Gennaro
This 90th annual Feast of San Gennaro can be enjoyed from September 15th through September 25th in the lower Manhattan community of Little Italy. Every year, this feast brings millions of tourists & New York City residents down to the streets of Little Italy to enjoy the food, music, and religious events. Check out the schedule to map out your plan of action to ensure that you don't miss out on the best events the festival has to offer.
#2: New York Oyster Week
New York Oyster week commences on September 16th with a Regatta Bash featuring an open bar, live reggae music, full oyster bar and seafood specialties from New York restaurants all over the island. Throughout the next two weeks, you will find events throughout Brooklyn & Manhattan for everyone. There are tickets for each event, so you will only buy tickets for the event that you want to partake in - not for the whole week. Some events are already sold out so be sure to check out everything ASAP. If there aren't any events that catch your interest, there are several restaurants that are participating in New York Oyster week - if you love oysters definitely check out these restaurant's featured oysters.
#3: The New York Coffee Festival
Coffee lovers rejoice! From September 16th through September 18th, at the 69th Regiment Armory you can enjoy endless coffee tastings, delectable street food, intoxicating coffee cocktails, and live music. For every ticket purchased to this festival, 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Project Waterfall. This is the second annual festival, so be sure to join the thousands of people that are already expected to make this festival a success.
#4: Oktoberfest at South Street Seaport
For three weekends starting on September 17th, you can enjoy food, games, beer, and entertainment at the South Street Seaport. At this free event, you will have sweeping views of the Brooklyn Bridge, but feel as though you are in the middle of Munich, Germany celebrating with the locals. The festival is free, but you need to reserve a ticket in advance to ensure your entrance to the festival.
#5: Bronx Latin American Art Biennial
This is the 5th annual art biennial in the Bronx and it is exhibited in 7 different venues. What makes this art biennial so special is that any Latin American artists can submit their pieces, but no one that was featured in 2014 can be featured this year - giving new and undiscovered artists to their chance to shine. There is plenty of time to view the photographs, videos, drawings, paintings, and so much more as the Bronx Latin American Art Biennial starts on September 19th and ends on December 7th.
#6: A Tribute to Bill Cunningham
For those of you who haven't heard of the legend, Bill Cunningham was an iconic fashion photographer for the New York Times - he was known for his candid street style shots. Unfortunately, Mr. Cunningham passed away on June 25, 2016 at age 87. The New York Historical Society Museum will be honoring Bill Cunningham on September 23rd with a talk from Dr. Valerie Paley & a screening of Bill Cunningham New York. Admission to this event is included with the regular admission ticket for the museum.
#7: Fall at Queens County Farm Museum
The Queens County Farm Museum is known for all of their harvested fall events & this coming fall 2016 is no different. The festivities start on September 24th with the 34th annual Queens County Fair featuring arts and crafts, pie-eating contests, hayrides, and live music. In the weekends to follow, there is an Amazing Maize Maze, pumpkin picking, and special New York apple samplings. If you have any nieces/nephews, your own children or any kiddie friends be sure to take them to the finale of the season on October 30th, where there is a Children's Fall Festival featuring kid's games, bounce houses, pig races, and a petting zoo.
#8: Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival
At The Sophisticato, we are definitely winos, but that does not mean we don't enjoy a craft beer festival every now and again (okay - maybe just twice a year...LOL). The 6th annual Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival features over 100 craft beers at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Be sure to mark September 24th down on your calendar so you don't miss this!
#9: Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Station
The Holiday Train Show starts just before Thanksgiving on November 14th and runs into early 2017. It is a part of the Grand Central Holiday Fair & has been around for 14 years. The trains travel through a two-level 34-foot long miniature New York City and countryside scene. The scene has a very appropriate holiday theme, where the trains travel all the way to the North Pole. This show is not just for little boys :)
#10: New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
This train show is slightly different than the show at Grand Central Station. Since the botanical garden features flowers, plants, and trees; you can expect the scenery that the train goes through to be created using bark, leaves, and other natural materials. There are more trains featured this year than any other year and there is now a special New York finale featuring the Coney Island amusement park's architecture and attractions. This show runs from November 19th through January 16th, so you have plenty of time to fit it into your busy holiday schedule.
New York City has events and activities for almost anyone - truly taking on the "melting pot" phrase that has been used to describe the Big Apple for years. Let us know in the comments if you plan on heading to any of these events & be sure to tag @TheSophisticato in any pictures posted on Instagram - we would love to repost some of your pictures.
Not heading to NYC this fall? Let us know what you're looking forward to during fall 2016 in the comments. There is always more to eat in NYC, check out our hot list!