Must-See Arts & Culture

by Alyssa Grossman, 08/13/2013

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  • NYC Gardens
    There's no better place to take in vibrant fall foliage than at New York City's gardens. Wave Hill, a 28-acre expanse with sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Palisades, goes to the bees during Honey Weekend, (September 28–29) a celebration of Apis mellifera packed with tastings, extraction demonstrations, bee costumes and a cardboard hive for kids to play inside. Birds of prey get their due respect during Raptor Day (October 14). Families can stop by for nature walks, art projects, a performance and more activities centered on hawks, eagles, ospreys, falcons and kites. Enchanted Wave Hill (October 26–27) brings Halloween to the grounds with fables about fairies that live in the garden's woods, along with songs, tours and a house for kids constructed from sticks and leaves. Elsewhere in the Bronx, the New York Botanical Garden dazzles visitors with its Haunted Pumpkin Garden (September 21–October 31) and hosts tree-climbing demos and special tours during Fall Forest Weekends (November 3–4 and 10–11). Over at the Queens Botanical Garden, the annual Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch (October 20) brings music, walks, edibles and children's activities. The seasonal scenery isn’t the only thing drawing visitors to Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, either; the Staten Island arts center celebrates a successful summer and a full moon with cakes, performances and crafts during the Autumn Moon Festival (September 15). And the Brooklyn Botanic Garden honors all things hot and spicy during the Chile Pepper Festival (October 5), where garden-goers wake up their taste buds with hot sauces, salsas, chile-chocolate concoctions, fiery pickles and more. 

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