I love autumn in New York. The air is crisp, the leaves are changing color in the parks, and the subways are no longer as hot as coal furnaces.
There is plenty of fun to be had in New York City this fall. We've got festivals, football, medieval jousting, New York institutions like the Village Halloween Parade and the NYC Marathon, and more. Better start planning now.
1. Fashion Week
Attention cannoli lovers: Little Italy's Feast of San Gennaro runs from September 13-23, 2012. This outdoor festival is one of New York's oldest and most popular. Brave the crowds for live entertainment and lots of great food.
Don't miss your chance to sample indulgent treatments from New York's best spas for just $50 a pop from October 15-21, 2012. Get wrapped, waxed, polished or pampered at the best spas in town.
Paint your face, grab your jumbo foam finger, and head to the stadium to support your favorite New York home football team. There's nothing quite like seeing it live, but you can also catch a game at one of New York's best bars for football fans.
New York Giants
New York Jets
This fall, see a major exhibit documenting Andy Warhol's influence on contemporary art. Approximately 45 Warhol works will appear alongside 100 works by 60 other artists. Also at the Met this fall: exhibits devoted to the manipulation of photography before and during the digital age, African art, Princely furniture, and more.
Catch a concert at Carnegie Hall this fall. This fall, Carnegie Hall will host some of the world's greatest orchestras and musical virtuosos in classical, jazz, pop, and folk.
The 49th New York Film Festival will premiere 27 films at Lincoln Center from September 28 through October 14, 2012. Festival highlights will include gala screenings of Ang Lee's Life of Pi, Robert Zemeckis' Flight with Denzel Washington, David Chase'sNot Fade Away with James Gandolfini, and Lee Daniels' The Paperboy with Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron.
The Village Halloween Parade is the nation's largest public Halloween celebration and a New York institution. It's crazy, crowded, and chaotic. And it's one of those things you have to experience live at least once. Grab a costume and join 32 marching bands, giant puppets, and more than 35,000 costumed revelers. Or just line up on 6th Avenue between Spring and 21st St. to watch the fun.
The New York Comedy Festival is a week-long celebration of stand-up comedy. From November 7-11, 2012, some of the biggest comics in the business (Aziz Ansari, Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Bill Maher, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, and more) will be headlining at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Beacon Theatre, Town Hall, and Carolines on Broadway.
The ING New York City Marathon is one of the world's great road races, drawing more than 85,000 applicants. Five bridges, five boroughs, and more than two million spectators make the ING New York City Marathon a race like no other. Cheer on world-class professional athletes as they run for more than $500,000 in prize money, while millions of New Yorkers cheer them on.