33 Things Every New Yorker Should Do This Fall

Jennifer Polland

New York City is a magical place in the fall.

There are crisp days perfect for walks in the park, hot apple cider from local farmers markets, and football.

Plenty of events and festivals, from the New York City Marathon to the Wine & Food Festival, also take place.

Autumn officially starts Sept. 22, so get ready for the new season with our ultimate guide on what every New Yorker should do this fall.

Gorge yourself on sausages with peppers and cannoli at the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy, which runs Sept. 11-21.

For a map and event schedule, click here >

Pick apples at one of the gorgeous orchards in upstate New York, Connecticut, or New Jersey, where you can wander the grounds picking bushels of your own fruit.

Some good options near New York City include Applewood Orchards & Winery, Barton Orchards, Dr. Davies Farm, and Greig Farm.

For more suggestions, click here >

Shop at one of New York City’s largest street fairs, the Atlantic Antic in Brooklyn. It takes place Sept. 28 and runs through Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, and Boerum Hill.

You can find a street map of vendors here >

Watch an indie film at the New York Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 26 to Oct. 12.

Find out what films will be playing this year here >

Take shelter inside a cozy speakeasy. Little Branch is a 1920s-style speakeasy with suspenders-wearing bartenders serving cocktails and house-made ginger beer.

Find directions to Little Branch here >

See more speakeasy suggestions here >

Throw on your fanciest outfit and go see a performance at the Metropolitan Opera House. This season, it's producing famous operas like La Bohème, Carmen, and Le Nozze di Figaro, to name just a few.

Click here for tickets and this season's show schedule >

Sip steaming hot spiced apple cider at the Union Square Greenmarket while you pick out fresh produce from the new season.

Check out the schedule and participating farmers here >

Dress up like your favorite superhero at New York Comic Con, which takes place at the Javits Center Oct. 9-12.

Buy tickets and see who's coming here >

Enjoy a Thanksgiving turkey sandwich all fall long. You can stick with a classic option at Berkli Parc on the Lower East Side, or try an out-of-the-box sandwich like the Turducken Meatloaf at Astoria's William Hallet.

Find directions to Berkli Parc here >

Find direction to William Hallet here >

Go wine tasting on Long Island's North Fork during harvest season.

Learn more about Long Island wineries >

Stargaze on the High Line on Tuesday evenings through the end of October. The event is free and open to the public, with members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York on hand to explain what you're seeing.

For viewing times and locations, click here >

Feast to your heart's content at the New York City Wine & Food Festival. It takes place Oct. 16-19 with parties, seminars, and walk-around tastings.

Find out more about attending NYCWFF and its sponsors here >

Check out the Whitney Museum's "Jeff Koons: A Retrospective" exhibition before it travels to Paris. It's going on now until Oct. 19.

Plan your visit to the Whitney here >

Round up some friends and play a game of touch football in Central Park or Prospect Park on a lazy Saturday afternoon. You'll have more space because all the summer sunbathers will be gone.

Pamper yourself with a discounted massage or facial during Spa Week. It runs Oct. 20-26 with over 100 venues discounting up to three services of their choosing for $50.

See a full list of participating spas in New York here >

Discover a new restaurant before you're too cold to venture outside — we recommend Estela in NoHo, which serves shareable small appetizers and exceptional entrées like ricotta dumplings.

Check out the menu at Estela here >

Beat the holiday crowds and ice skate at the rink at Rockefeller Center, which officially opens in mid-October.

Learn more about the Rink at Rockefeller Center >

Go pumpkin picking. You can drive to a pumpkin patch in the countryside or stay local and choose your gourd at the Queens County Farm Museum, which is open on weekends in October.

Learn more about pumpkin picking at the Queens County Farm Museum here >

Celebrate Oktoberfest at a New York City beer garden, like The Biergarten at The Standard in the Meatpacking District or the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria.

See the hours for The Biergarten at The Standard and Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden

Exercise your lungs with a good scream at Blood Manor, one of New York City's most epic professional haunted houses.

Learn more about what it's like inside Blood Manor here >

Grab a hot beverage and stroll through one of New York's beautiful parks while admiring all the fall foliage.

Ogle all the amazing costumes at the Village Halloween Parade, or better yet — dress up and participate. The annual parade heads up Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street, taking over the Village.

For more info about this year's bash, click here >

Journey to a New York neighborhood you've never been to and try out some ethnic food, like the soup dumplings at Nan Xiang Dumpling House in Downtown Flushing.

Plan your trip to Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao here >

See what authentic Chinese dishes to order here >

Tailgate at the Meadowlands. Whether you're a Giants or Jets fan, there's nothing quite like the smell of sausages and steaks wafting through the air on game day.

Here's a guide on parking at the stadium, and check out the New York Jets and Giants season schedules before you go.

Gallery hop in Chelsea. The cool fall weather is the perfect excuse to wear an artsy leather jacket and wander around the neighborhood checking out exhibits.

To see what galleries you want to hit and coming exhibitions, check out the Chelsea Gallery Map >

Eat up at New York food trucks before they hibernate this winter. The Cinnamon Snail, Desi Food Truck, El Rey Del Taco, Lechonera La Pirana, and Nuchas were all finalists in the 2014 Vendy Awards and are well worth a visit.

Find out more about the Vendy Awards here >

Cheer on the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. They play their first home game on Nov. 3.

See when the Nets play >

Picnic at the Storm King Arts Center, an open-air sculpture garden in New Windsor, about an hour and 15 minutes from New York City.

Plan your visit and find directions here >

Cheer on the runners at the New York City Marathon, which takes place Nov. 2 this year. The race starts in Staten Island and goes through Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx before ending in Central Park.

You can find out more info about this year's race here >

Now that the weather is no longer stifling, slurp up a bowl of hot ramen from Ivan Ramen with toppings like pickled bean sprouts, enoki mushrooms, and minced pork.

Learn more about Ivan Ramen >

Visit the Cloisters and take an Instagram-worthy stroll through Fort Tryon Park as the leaves are turning.

Click here for directions and hours >

See the enormous floats drift by at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. You can also watch them get inflated at the American Museum of Natural History the night before near Central Park.

Check out the route of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade here >

And instead of pumpkin pie, pick up a pumpkin donut from Doughnut Plant. It has a light glaze and is topped with spiced pepitas — yum.

Plan your trip to Doughnut Plant here >

Now see where to eat in the city.

The 13 Best Restaurants In New York City >

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