By: Jordan Scott
Fall in New York is an exceptional time to be alive. It’s especially exceptional when you’re in love with someone. Because fall in New York is, without a doubt, the most romantic place in the entire universe. The slight bite in the air, holidays around the corner, the most flattering fashion—we’re all pretty much on our A-Game from now until December.
Below, we’ve rounded up the best activities and happenings for you and your person to take part in this autumn. Get to frolicking.
The Best Fall Activities in NYC
The New York Coffee Festival
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street
We love coffee all year long, but there’s something special about coffee in the fall (and we’re not just talking about you, pumpkin spice). This three-day festival boasts a fancy brew bar, live latte art, giveaways, a coffee master competition, coffee cocktails, live music and even a “sensory maze” containing a series of unique experiences to test your senses to the max.
The New York Comedy Festival
Multiple Comedy Venues
Monday, November 5th—Sunday, November 11th
Seven days, 200+ comedians, 100+ shows and plenty of opportunities for you to see your absolute favorite comics IRL. We’re talking Bill Burr, Conan O’Brien, David Cross, Jen Kirkman, Jonathan Van Ness & Antoni Porowski from Queer Eye, Your Love, Our Musical and so many more. See the full event lineup here.
Archtober is a month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions held throughout October. Follow along on the website to see the “building of the day”. Make it a point to go visit with your love when one strikes your interest.
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Put together a glorious, gorgeous floral arrangement at an expert Floral Design Workshop, then indulge in simple and delectable Roman fare at bougie restaurant Lupa.
Satiate your deepest Italian food cravings at Giano, then make the most of a two-for-one happy hour special at lowkey, chic wine bar Ten Degrees.
Grab a burger and some beers at Irish pub La Cheile, and then take a sunset stroll through Washington Heights’ beautiful Fort Tryon Park.
Fuel up with creative sandwiches and burgers at Gnarly Eats, in South Slope, and snack on free candy and laughs at Ed Sullivan on Acid.
Watch the premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones at Indian restaurant Junoon, then head over to Sir Henri Rooftop Bar for your nightcap.
Keep it classic with date night in Astoria, starting with family-oriented Greek food at Stamatis and finishing on a sweet note at Gelato & Co.
Achieve your fried chicken dreams at Bonchon, in Midtown, and laugh like an ally at the hilarious YAS! Showcase at The Tank.
Start off with a savory, aromatic feast at staple Indian eatery Mughlai, then double down on some one-of-a-kind cocktails at unique drinks outpost Subject.
Celebrate the carnivore in you at Brooklyn steakery Chadwick’s, and then cozy up and lounge over drinks at neighborhood gem Delia’s.
Cook your own steak at Japanese fast-casual chain Pepper Lunch, then grab a pint and a game at The Three Monkeys in Midtown.
Choose from a variety of burgers and dogs at New Amsterdam Burger bar, then get frosty with a frozen margarita at Blockheads on the Upper West Side.
Get cozy with a taco at the rustic spot, The Alcove, in Queens, then head over to The Globe Tavern for a nightcap and a game.
Dine on grilled meatballs café style at Kofte Piyaz in Sunset Park, then get some sage advice in liquor form at chic bar & lounge L’Wren.
Scoop up custom ice cream flavors inspired by pop culture icons at Mikey Likes It, then stroll over to Zadie's Oyster Room wine and fresh oyster specials.
Get a taste of the Carribean at Malecon, then wander over to Forever Coffee and Art Bar for a creative, caffeinated fix at their BYOB Drink and Draw series.
Settle into an intimate dinner at the rustic chic Café Zona Sur in Sunset Park followed by no-frills, vintage bowling at Melody Lanes.
Fill up on French food in the West Village at Le Gigot, then enjoy your nightcap with some live music from local talent at The Red Lion.
The Velvet Underground Experience
October 10th—December 30th
Revisit New York City in the early 1960s to explore how this iconic American rock band influenced our world. The exhibit contains six films, 350+ photos, 1,000+ objects and a unique series of experiences from concerts, lectures, pop-ups and more. Learn more and grab tickets here!
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
New York Historical Society
October 5th—January 27th
Journey to where magic and myth began! Harry Potter: A History of Magic will exhibit rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society—with original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. Expect medieval descriptions of dragons, explanations as to the origins of the sorcerer’s stone, and so much more.
Cider Week NYC
Originally launched in 2010, Cider Week is all about cultivating an appreciation for New York’s orchard-based cider by showcasing its diversity, food-friendliness, and excellent quality. You had us at Cider Week. Learn more and see the participating locations here.
A History of Couple-hood at Albertine
972 5th Avenue
Wednesday, October 24th
A conversation with Éric Smadja and Rubén Gallo, this event will dive into the psychological and sociological characteristics of couples, and explore the connection between modern-day couples and contemporary societies.
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn
Not only is this place overflowing with your nature needs, there are tons of cool events to stay aware of, like herbs for winter immunity, fall foliage tours and more. We have our eye on October 14th for “The Botanical World of Harry Potter Tour Series: Magical Plants and their Muggle Cousins“.
Brooklyn Grange Rooftop
63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn
The world’s largest green-roof farm. #Goals. If any of the below sound cool to you and yours, we recommend grabbing tickets quickly, as this is a pretty coveted fall destination. Find the full event listings here.
Fort Tryon Park
Riverside Drive To Broadway, West 192 Street To Dyckman Street, Manhattan
New York City Wine & Food Festival
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Ghosts of New York Tour
Expect a full-fledged Halloween in New York guide coming to you soon, but for now, we recommend booking a ghosty tour with your love. Get freaked out, walk around the city clutching each other, and learn something all in one evening. Tours include the Edgar Allen Poe Spook tour, the Ghosts of Grand Central, the Ghostbusters Tour and more.
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, New York