If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the busy and beautiful city of New York during the colorful autumn season, there are a multitude of fun and wonderful things for you to experience during your visit.


Cider Week

This celebration is as delicious as it sounds. For an entire week beginning on October 20th, various events will pop up all over the city of New York in over 50 bars and restaurants. At these events, patrons will be able to indulge in the deliciously spiced apple ambrosia known as cider at free tastings, autumn events, and workshops that take place at popular establishments such as Craftbar and Chelsea Wine Vault. All events start at noon and while the tastings are free, there may be a cover charge depending on the venue.



This is one of the traditional fall festivities that many people look forward to every year. Oktoberfest is a celebration that originated in Germany to honor the Bavarian Crown Prince’s marriage, but here in the States, we celebrate it by drinking beer, eating pretzels, wearing lederhosen, and dancing our hearts away to polka music. If you happen to be in New York City between September 16 and October 2, be sure to strap on a pair of lederhosen and head to Central Park for beer, brats, and boisterous merrymaking.


Kickoff to Fall

Although the weather gets cooler and the leaves begin to change colors, it doesn’t officially feel like fall until you go to your first fall festival. New York City understands this and holds an annual Kickoff To Fall festival at Queen’s County Farm Museum. At this fall festival, you will be able to enjoy corn mazes, apple-filled wooden barrels, and a pumpkin patch filled with waves of yellow and orange gourds. The country band Savannah Sky will provide live music for the event and a sheep shearing demonstration will allow city folk a first-hand view of life on a farm.


Haunted Lantern Tours at Fort Totten Park

No autumn season would be complete without a haunted house experience. New York City will not be outdone in this regard as it offers you something better than a haunted house. It has a lantern-guided tour of pitch-black tunnels at Water Battery Gate at Fort Totten Park. Admission is free, but it’s only open for the weekend before Halloween, so time is limited. Happy ghost hunting!


There’s so much more to see and do in New York City during the fall. These are just a handful of the many exciting and joyous celebrations held there annually. If you weren’t planning on visiting New York City during the fall before, you should definitely be considering it now.