Fall Festivities Around NYC

Ahh, New York in the fall! You can just feel the restored sense of energy and excitement that fills the city.

So, if the changes in foliage, and the delicious aromas of apple and pumpkin are getting you in the fall spirit, then its never been a more perfect time for you and your pals to explore all things fall, with the best seasonal-inspired events around the city! 

Check out these essential fall activities that won't require leaving your own backyard! 

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1. Blocktoberfest 

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Guess what! You don't have to go to Germany to experience Oktoberfest! On October 14th, you and your friends can save your tickets and head on over to Brooklyn's Blocktoberfest, where you will experience a fun filled neighborhood bash featuring live music, yard games, and of course.. ENDLESS amounts of delicious NYC brewed craft beer. 

2. Central Park

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It's never been a better time to take a stroll through Central Park! Whether you walk, run, or hop on your trusted citi-bike, escape the crowded streets and admire the park's foliage as they turn Instagram worthy shades of red, orange and yellow! 

3. Queens County Farm 

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Fact: Your'e doing fall wrong if you don't go pumpkin picking. At Queens County Farm, you can get into the fall spirit and more, with an intricate corn maze that you and your friends will get lost in (but laugh about it later), wooden bins filled to the brim with fresh picked apples, and a pumpkin patch overflowing with pumpkins just waiting to be carved! If that's not the perfect fall day than I don't know what is..

4. Haunted Lantern Tours  

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Tryna get spooky?? Lucky for you, during this Urban Park Rangers tour you might have the chance to spot a few spirits.. soo I hope you aint afraid of ghosts! Be prepared to explore the creepy Water Battery Gate at Fort Totten Park with nothing but goose-pumps and a lantern. (Note: I'm good over here, but let me know how it goes!!)

5. Tompkins Sq. Park Halloween Dog Parade

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Pooch or no pooch, head on over to Tompkins Square Park to take part in the annual Halloween Dog Parade. Watch as hundreds of pups live their best lives, while decked out in the cutest and most creative costumes you've ever seen! Who knows, maybe you'll leave with some major costume inspo for your own costume! 

6. See a football game

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Whether your a Giants fan, or a Jets fan, one of the most classic New York things to do during the fall season is to see a live football game. Even if your not the most dedicated sports fan, attending a live game on a crisp fall day surrounded by thousands of energetic fans, delicious hot dogs and beer is the perfect Sunday afternoon! 

7. NYC wine and food festival 

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From October 12th-15th you and your friends can indulge in all things food and drink at the NYC wine and food festival that takes place annually. Drinking, eating, events, sit-down dinners..this festival offers it all, so don't miss out and check out the schedule on their website! It's the foodie lovers dream weekend! 

8. The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze 

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Where else, but The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze can you see over 7,000 glowing pumpkins? This is one of the best things in New York to do this fall, AND if you wish to bring that special someone, it's also a great fall date idea! Stroll around, and snuggle up with some hot chocolate and take advantage of the endless photo opportunities inside this Pumpkin Planetarium. 

9. Queens County Farm

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Feel like you left the craziness of the city behind without actually leaving the city at all! At this farm, you can spend a perfect day picking apples on a crisp fall day. Fill your bag to the brim and truly ring in the season's arrival! (If you want to be even more basic, save some apples for later and make apple pie!)

10. Blood Manor Haunted House 

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BOO!!! The scariest time of the year is officially here. So, if you're looking for a good scream and creepy clowns, exposed brains, cut up cadavers, and axes splattered with red stuff don't phase you, then Blood Manor is for you! On November 4th and 5th, you can visit this venue in the dark, with just a single glow stick to guide you!!