As the leaves shift to an enchanting medley of browns and reds, one of the most charming times of the year to visit New York City sets in. During autumn, the Big Apple is alive with energy thanks to a stellar variety of events, and we’ve rounded up some of the best ones to add to your itinerary.
For the Sports Fanatic
Watch the Giants and the Jets
One of most iconic experiences to take in while visiting New York is a Giants game, and the state’s hometown heroes kick off the football season at MetLife Stadium on September 9 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Meanwhile, for Jets fans, the season begins one day later on September 10 against the Detroit Lions, but the first home game, also at MetLife Stadium, isn’t until September 16 against the Miami Dolphins. Book a stay at Hilton Meadowlands, which is basically across the street (some of the rooms even offer a killer view of the New York skyline).
Cheer on the Knicks and the Nets
For those who prefer their sporting events indoors, the Knicks commence basketball season at Madison Square Garden on October 17 against the Atlanta Hawks (and you can book a stay at Hampton Inn Madison Square Garden across the street). Or double down on the New York love when the Knicks play the Nets on October 19 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Book a stay at Hilton Brooklyn, just six blocks away, to avoid a long ride back into the city. And if you can’t make either of those games, note that the season runs until April 2019 .
Brookfield Place Workouts
For your own personal wellbeing, Brookfield Place – a shopping center in the Financial District – is offering a slate of free fitness classes through September every Wednesday at 6 pm and Saturday at 11 am. Classes take place outdoors overlooking the water at Waterfront Plaza, and while a few spots are open for walk-ins, it’s safer to reserve your place in advance. Many of the classes are from top local fitness studios like 305, Solace, and CorePower Yoga, and afterward, you can head over to Juice Press for a green drink.
For the Foodie
Feast of San Genaro
Little Italy’s signature celebration of Italian cookery runs from September 13–23, attracting pizza and cannoli lovers from near and far. The festival runs along Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets, and on Grand Street between Mott and Baxter Streets. The thoroughfares are embellished with festive red, white, and green ribbons, and lined with vendors selling everything from massive hunks of sweet, almond-studded torrone to mama’s meatballs. And speaking of meatballs, don’t miss the meatball-eating contest at 1 pm on September 23, hosted by actor Tony Danza.
NYC Wine & Food Festival
Deemed one of the greatest dining cities in the world, of course New York City has anannual food festival. Running from October 11–14, the event will see culinary powers from Manhattan and beyond join together for cooking demos, workshops, and other one-of-a-kind dining experiences. This year, highlights include a dinner prepared by world-renowned French chef Alain Ducasse, and a cocktail-making class by local drinks whiz Alex Day of Death & Co.
New York Pizza Festival
If you didn’t get enough Italian action at Feast of San Genaro, this one’s for you. New York is a city lauded for its pizza, and finally there’s a festival to celebrate it. The first New York Pizza Festival runs October 6–7 on Crescent Avenue in the Bronx, from noon to 6 pm, and showcases not only America’s top dough champs, but those from Naples, Italy as well. Expect an abundance of pies in varying styles, dressed with all manner of toppings. For example, Brooklyn pizza maker Domenico De Marco of the famed Di Fara Pizza will serve classic round tomato pies, while San Francisco’s Tony Gemignani of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana is going for a smoked mozzarella rendition, with tomato, basil, and pancetta.
Urbanspace Pop-Up Markets
Essentially an organized collection of street vendors that sprout seasonally in various parts of the city, Urbanspace will host three public food markets near Midtown in the fall. Each offers a collection of dining options (like lobster sandwiches and dumplings), from a mix of established eateries and up-and-comers. Check out the website for locations, dates, times, and vendors. And if you’re looking for a place to stay nearby, book a room the newly renovated DoubleTree on Lexington Avenue and 51st Street.
For the Culture Aficionado
New York Fashion Week
New York Fashion Week runs September 6–12, with events taking place around the city, and especially concentrated in Soho. While many shows are reserved for those in the industry, there are still opportunities for the public to get involved. Check this list for details.
Global Citizen Festival
Before the weather turns too chilly, take advantage of the remaining warmth with an outdoor show. On September 29, the 2018 Global Citizen Festival returns, with headliners like The Weeknd, Janet Jackson, and John Legend. You may want to snag accommodations close to Central Park where the show is taking place, so book your stay at Hilton Garden Inn New York/Central Park South-Midtown West.
World’s Fair Walking Tour
Learn about New York’s storied history via a two-hour World’s Fair walking tour through Queens on October 14, beginning at 11 am. You’ll hear the stories behind places like the New York State Pavilion, Hall of Science, and Queens Zoo Aviary. The event is free and first come, first serve, with tours commencing at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows.
Break out the face paint – New York’s 45th annual Halloween parade returns on October 31. This year’s theme is “I am Robot” – just make sure to show up in costume at Sixth Avenue and Canal Street between 6:30–8:30 pm. to get in on the spooky action. The Hilton Garden Inn Tribeca is just a short stroll away.