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16 Perfectly Autumn Things You Must Do In NYC This Fall

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

No. 1

The New York Coffee Festival

Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street

new york coffee festival

October 12th-14th

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.

No. 2

The New York Comedy Festival

Multiple Comedy Venues

new york comedy festival nyc

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.

No. 3

Archtober
archtober dumbo

October 3rd-31st

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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No. 4

The Velvet Underground Experience

718 Broadway

the velvet underground nyc

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! 

No. 5

BRIC JazzFest
bric jazzfest

October 13th—20th

BRIC JazzFest is now in its 4th year and goes far beyond your classic jazz festival. Expect film, dance, poetry, and a three-stage, three-night live music marathon with a crazy talented lineup. See the full schedule and grab tickets here.

No. 6

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

New York Historical Society

harry potter a history of magic exhibit

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.

No. 7

Cider Week NYC
cider week nyc

November 2nd—11th

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.

No. 8

A History of Couple-hood at Albertine

972 5th Avenue

a history of couple hood

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.

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No. 9

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn

brooklyn botanic gardens

Not only is this place overflowing with your nature needs, there are tons of cool events to stay aware of, like herbs for winter immunityfall 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“.

No. 10

Brooklyn Grange Rooftop

63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn

brooklyn grange rooftop

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.

No. 11

Fort Tryon Park

Riverside Drive To Broadway, West 192 Street To Dyckman Street, Manhattan

fort tryon park

Welcome to your new favorite fall strolling spot. Take in the beautiful views of the Hudson, kick around some leaves and maybe even pop over to The Cloisters if you’ve never been. Who knew we had a medieval monastery right in upper Manhattan?

No. 12

New York City Wine & Food Festival
new york city food and wine festival

Wednesday, October 10th—Sunday, October 15th. Drinking, eating, events, sit-down dinners — this festival offers it all. Check out the event schedules here. It’s the ultimate foodie weekend.

No. 13

Get Cozy in a NYC Bookshop
topos bookstore cafe

Grab a “can’t put it down read” and snuggle up in any of the following bookstores. Strand, Rizzoli, Housing Works, Unnameable Books, Topos Bookstore Café or Word.

No. 14

Ghosts of New York Tour
ghost tour nyc

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.

No. 15

Queens County Farm Museum

73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, New York

queens county farm

Do all of the things: farmer’s market, maize maze (including the very cool Maze by Moonlight event on October 13th and 20th!), pumpkin patch, haunted house and more.

No. 16

Cheer on the Runners at the NYC Marathon!
nyc marathon

Sunday, November 4th. And why? Because it’s the most inspiring and motivating event of the entire year.