New York City‘s arts and culture scene amps up in the fall, so best to start planning your season early. Our events calendar from September through November is chock-full of concerts, festivals, and fashion.
US Open Tennis Championship August 25- September 8. Flushing Meadows, Queens. The US Open Tennis Championships is one of the premier sporting events in the world.
Fashion Week September 4-11. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week once again takes over Lincoln Center, showcasing fashions for spring 2015. Though the Fashion Week shows are closed to the general public, the City is filled with plenty of attendant events accessible to all.
Baseball Season New York City is home to a famous rivalry between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets. Experience the passionate fans for either team throughout the season.
NFL Football With the arrival of autumn comes a new football season and renewed hope for New York’s teams. The Jets hit the gridiron on September 7; the Giants’ first home game is September 14.
Feast of San Gennaro September 11–21. Now in its 88th year, Little Italy’s Feast of San Gennaro salutes the patron saint of Naples with celebrations during the festival’s 11-day run. Aside from the edibles, guests can enjoy free activities, book signings and musical performances that take place on a stage located at Grand and Mott Streets.
Brooklyn Book Festival September 15–21. The Brooklyn Book Festival returns for another ambitious, sprawling celebration of the written word. The marketplace includes literary vendors jockeying for the attention of the bookwormy hordes, while readings and panels can be found on both indoor and outdoor stages.
Central Park Horse Show September 18–21. This four-day sporting event takes place at Trump Rink in Central Park and features a show-jumping competition, a dressage challenge and a polo match, among other events. The show benefits local charities, including the New York City Police Foundation/NYPD Mounted Unit, the Police Athletic League NYC, Gallop NYC and local children’s groups.
Photoville September 18–28. Now in its third year, Photoville is a two-week pop-up photography show that utilizes repurposed shipping containers as its backdrop, showcasing the best in global photography and bringing together artists and art lovers from around the world.
New York City Ballet 2014–2015 Repertory Season September 23–June 15, 2015. Expect plenty of Balanchine and Robbins, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, as well as programs celebrating 21st-century choreographers, including premieres from Alexei Ratmansky and NYCB’s newly appointed resident choreographer, Justin Peck.
New York Film Festival September 26- October 12. Since 1963, the New York Film Festival has showcased the latest work from the world’s most venerable filmmakers and introduced some of the most innovative international talent to New York audiences. Organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the fest presents classics, a full slate of documentaries and full-length features and other special events.
Columbus Day Parade October 13, 11:30 AM. The Columbus Day Parade has been organized by the Columbus Citizens Foundation in New York since 1929. Over 35,000 people participate in the Columbus Day Parade in New York City each year, including over 100 groups, with bands, floats and contingents. The parade attracts nearly one million spectators and is the largest celebration of Italian-American culture in the world.
New York Food + Wine Festival October 16-20. Various locations. The New York City Wine & Food Festival offers over 100 events featuring famous chefs and culinary personalities from New York City and around the world. You can even feel good about indulging at these events, since all proceeds benefit the Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign.
New York Comedy Festival November 3–7. Pretty much every big name in comedy will grace a New York stage during the New York Comedy Festival, from Louis CK and Margaret Cho to Kevin Hart and Rosie O’Donnell.
Chocolate World Expo November 3. Life in the City gets sweeter every November with the annual Chocolate Expo, a full-on chocolate extravaganza, chock-full of inventive presentations, samples, book signings and more.
New York City Marathon November 7. This is the big one—a sporting event that often proves to be as much a life-changing experience as a physical challenge. Thousands will run, millions will watch
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade November 27. Begins at W 77th St and Central Park West. For the 88th year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will usher in the holiday season with familiar sights like giant balloons, high-kicking Rockettes and Santa’s sleigh, plus celebrity appearances.
There is so much to do in the Big Apple this fall! If I have missed anything, be sure to share in the comments!