New York takes the gold for hosting the biggest festivals year-round, but especially the autumn. Every fall you can expect to see some sort of festive street fair, intriguing activity to get involved in and of course loads of parades. Although there are many more fall festivities in NYC go ahead and check out these four I think you should attend this year to get a real taste of what “I <heart> New York” really means.
Halloween is one hot holiday and if you’re planning on celebrating the right way this is THE place to be! There are few things as fun as Greenwich Village at Halloween. All are welcome to join the parade, which starts at 6th Avenue south of Spring Street and above Canal. Join in on the live music, dancing shows, street artists, puppet entertainment and out-of-this-world costumed presenters who parade around Greenwich Village. Make sure you dress up for Halloween or you won’t be able to participate in all of the festivities.
The very popular New York Film Festival is filled with big names, big stars and BIG movies. As it has already started in September, the NYFF will continue until mid-October so make sure to check that out if you can. It will be the 50th anniversary this year for the festival and you know how big anniversaries can get! If not, there are still a dozen of other film festivals you can attend in NYC this fall.
Hope you’ve been training! Early this November the New York Marathon takes place where thousands of people run around each of the five boroughs of NYC that adds up to a little more than 26 miles. It’s also a celeb-filled event where you may even spot a model (ahem Christy Turlington) trading in her heels for a pair of running shoes. If you want to participate you will meet up on Staten Island, make your way through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx where you will finish in Central Park. If you simply want to cheer the runners on head to Central Park South where the finish line is so you can see what place your favourite runner gets.
Get up early and grab your spot for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! No matter where you decide to sit and watch, you’re bound to have a good time. From celebrity floats to Broadway street shows to bigger-than-life balloons, you haven’t experienced a true fall festival if you’ve never at least seen the Thanksgiving Day Parade on your TV. Although if you are visiting NYC during the fall, you should definitely see the parade firsthand, it will be above and beyond all your expectations. With Santa Claus as the ending finale you leave the parade in merry spirits knowing Christmas is just around the corner!
Photo by Christopher Bosum
Posted : Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 10:00
Andy Hayes is a travel journalist currently based in Seattle, Washington. When not soaking up the Pacific Northwest lifestyle or enjoying life on the road, he is spending time hanging out on his own travel lifestyle magazine, Sharing Travel Experiences.