18 Reasons We’re Looking Forward to Fall

By nycgo.com staff

Fall is here. We’re psyched—and once you read why, we think you’ll feel the same.

Village Halloween Parade. Photo: Joe Buglewicz

1. The City’s biggest costume party hits the streets. The Village Halloween Parade of costumed revelers and larger-than-life spooky puppets makes its way through the West Village on Halloween night. Thanks to a crowd that’s often as dressed up as the parade goers, this downtown tradition takes people-watching to the next level. —Brian Sloan

TCS New York City Marathon. Photo: Julienne Schaer

2. The NYC Marathon is back. Sporting events don’t get much bigger than this November 5 race, during which nearly 50,000 professional and amateur runners race through all five boroughs and millions watch in person and on television. There are plenty of great viewing spots along the route, but you’ll see the most action at the finish line in Central Park near Tavern on the Green. —Jonathan Zeller

Le Coucou. Photo: Corry Arnold

3. We’ll have plenty to eat. Well, admittedly, there’s plenty of great stuff to eat in NYC year-round, but we’re particularly geared up to try the local eateries on Bon Appétit’s just-released list of America’s Best New Restaurants. As the weather cools down, catch us at culinary hot spots like Le Coucou, Aska, Hart’s and Olmsted. At the last of those, we’ll be cozied up in the back garden roasting the ideal fall snack: s’mores. —Gillian Osswald

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4. Amy Schumer will take Broadway by storm. The Queen of Comedy (Central, that is) makes her NYC stage debut in a new comedy, Meteor Shower (starting November 1), penned by writer-actor-genius Steve Martin. The play features another Comedy Central superstar, Keegan-Michael Key, along with NYC stage veteran Laura Benanti (She Loves Me). —BS

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5. We’ve got fashion, darling. MoMA’s new exhibit Items: Is Fashion Modern? (opening October 1) will trace the significance of 111 iconic clothing pieces and accessories, including beloved basics like Nike Air Force 1s, aviator sunglasses, the little black dress and the Hanes white T-shirt. The collection is not only a chic #tbt; it’s an intriguing lens into the history of design. —GO

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6. You can journey to the past in Northern Manhattan. It’s all about jousting, traditional music and giant turkey legs at the Medieval Festival (October 1) in Fort Tryon Park. For something a bit more sedate, head to Manhattan’s lone lighthouse, in Fort Washington Park, to celebrate the kids classic Little Red Lighthouse (October 7). —Andrew Rosenberg

Courtesy, Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival.

7. The comedians are coming. Fall is comedy festival season in the five boroughs. Among the highlights: the 10th (and, we’ve been told, final) Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival brings its bizarre brand of humor to Brooklyn (September 15–19), with talent including its eponym, Jo Firestone, Janeane Garofalo, Bobcat Goldthwait, Mike Birbiglia, Aparna Nancherla, Jon Glaser and Neil deGrasse Tyson (the last of whom is not technically a comedian but is very smart and entertaining). The New York Comedy Festival returns for another run (November 7–12). The stacked lineup includes 2 Dope Queens, How Did This Get Made?, Kevin Smith and live NYC tapings of Conan and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. —JZ


8. This is where the boys are. The Highline Ballroom plays host to the Boylesque Festival (November 3–4), which showcases the best in the all-male version of burlesque. This is more than just a night at Magic Mike’s as a lineup of international performers present theatrical-style acts involving elements like magic, classical dance and lots of sequins. —BS

David Villa. Photo: Elizabeth Shrier

9. We’ve got all the team sports. Two summer seasons barrel toward the playoffs this fall, as soccer’s Red Bulls and NYCFC find themselves in the race to challenge for the MLS Cup and the Yankees hope to play in the MLB postseason. (The Mets fell short this year, but call-ups of prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith should give their faithful ample entertainment down the stretch). When New York teams make the playoffs, the fans get very excited. Meanwhile, the NBA’s Knicks and Nets, NHL’s Rangers and Islanders, and NFL’s Giants and Jets all kick off their new seasons this fall. —JZ

Courtesy, Queens County Farm Museum.

10. It’s always fun to spend a day at the fair. You don’t have to leave NYC for a country-style fall afternoon at a working farm. Celebrate the harvest season at the Queens County Fair (September 23–24), deep in the borough, with carnival rides, hay rides, pie-eating contests and an actual corn maze. —BS

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11. The New York Film Festival ends on a nostalgic note. Woody Allen’s latest film, Wonder Wheel, set in 1950s Coney Island and shot in the City, is scheduled to close out this year’s annual celebration of cinema at Lincoln Center (October 16). It doesn’t get any more New York than that! —BS

Photo: Gregory Warren. Courtesy, NewFest

12. And there’s plenty more on the silver screen. It’s also the season for NewFest, the City’s 30-year-old LGBTQ+ film festival. Other events celebrating movie magic: the Horror Film Festival, Urbanworld, Latino Film Festival, Coney Island Film Festival and, for those who favor the canine canon, the Dog Film Festival. —AR

Photo: David Andrako

13. You can have a swingin’ time atBRIC Jazzfest. Following a few evenings of jazz documentaries and discussions, a three-night music marathon kick in. On tap: the Sun Ra Arkestra, Regina Carter, Maceo Parker and many more jazz greats (October 14–21). —AR

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14. There will be rock. Also, roll. September brings plenty of excitement for the live-music aficionado, including the free Seaport Music Festival (September 7–10), headlined by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists; The Meadows (September 15–17) near Citi Field, with Jay-Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, Nas, Weezer and 60 other acts; and big arena shows at MSG and Barclays Center including Guns N’ Roses, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry. And then there’s perhaps the biggest rock music news for fall… —JZ

15. Broadway will find out who’s the Boss. Bruce Springsteen takes to the Broadway stage at the Walter Kerr Theatre, with just his guitar, piano and a stories from his life chasing the runaway American dream. (He detailed these to great effect in his memoir, Born to Run). We’re sure he won’t be blinded by the lights. —AR


Photo: Nina LoSchiavo

16. Pickle Day is upon us. The internet can tell you it’s got all kinds of #NationalSuchAndSuchDays, but Lower East Side Pickle Day (October 15) is a real-life celebration of pickles in all their briny glory. Among the attractions are 20 picklers, live music and what organizers call “the world’s first ever home pickling/dancing contest.” What could that possibly entail? We don’t know, but if you miss it you might be left feeling half sour. (By the way, National Pickle Day is November 14.) —JZ

Radio City Music Hall. Photo: Sascha Mombartz

17. There’s an open-door policy. Hundreds of buildings and landmarks take part in Open House New York, a fall weekend (October 14–15) that marks your chance to see the inner workings of structures sometimes off-limits. This year’s list isn’t out, but based on past iterations we’re hoping to explore the clocktower of the Jefferson Market Library, La Guardia’s Marine Air Terminal and the super-futuristic looking Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant; popular spots like Radio City Music Hall also participate. —AR

18. NYC is one big gallery. Noguchi’s Cube at the Marine Midland Building. Non-Violence, or the Knotted Gun sculpture at the UN. The Charging Bull statue. The City is loaded with public art, and the Museum of the City of New York will pay tribute to 50 years’ worth of it with Art in the Open (starts November 10). —AR