NYC Art, Design, and Cultural Events: Fall Edition

With the recent onslaught of hot, humid days, it’s hard to believe that Fall is fast approaching. Before we know it, we’ll be trading our beach gear for scarves and sweaters. There are already countless art, design, and culture events planned for this Fall in NYC – here are some to get excited about:

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The U.S. Open Tennis Tournament
8/31 – 9/13
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens
$85 – $545; $2125 and up for a season pass

This annual tennis tournament will take over Flushing Meadows-Corona Park for two weeks at the start of Fall. Enjoy live music performances and international food vendors among a celebrity-studded crowd while tennis’ top pros duke it out for a total of $34,252,000 in prize money.

West Indian-American Day Carnival
9/7, 11am
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Free to the public

This annual parade draws almost two million people each year for seven hours of live music, elaborate costumes, and Caribbean food (think: jerk chicken, curry goat, and oxtail). The parade will move along Eastern Parkway from Schenectady Ave to Flatbush Ave starting at 11am.

Broadway Week
9/7 – 9/20
Prices vary

Grab 2-for-1 tickets for New York’s Broadway shows, including Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Hand to God, and Spring Awakening. has an official list of participating shows. They sell out quickly, so get your tickets soon.

Affordable Art Fair
9/10 – 9/13, various times
Flatiron District, Manhattan

At the Affordable Art Fair, you’ll find thousands of original paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from more than 1,000 artists. Pieces range in price from $100 – $10,000, with more than half priced under $5,000. Tickets range from $10 for seniors and students to $70 for private viewings.

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New York Fashion Week
9/10 – 9/17, various times
various locations

Known as one of the “big 4” fashion weeks (along with those in Paris, London, and Milan), New York Fashion Week is where designers from all over the world show their collections to buyers, editors, and the general public. There are dozens of events taking place throughout the city.

San Gennaro
9/10 – 9/20
Little Italy
free to the public

The Feast of San Gennaro is known for its festive atmosphere, colorful parades, free musical entertainment, and wide variety of Italian food delicacies. The central focus of the celebration takes place every September 19th, when a celebratory Mass is held in Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood, followed immediately by a religious procession in which the Statue of San Gennaro is carried from its permanent home in the church through the streets of Little Italy. Tony Danza will be the Grand Marshal of the Grand Procession on September 12, and festivities will last through September 20.

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Frida al Fresco Evenings
9/10 – 10/30, 6:30 – 9:30pm
The New York Botanical Garden – Bronx Park
$35 (non-members) or $25 (members)

Enjoy the New York Botanical Garden after hours during select evenings through October 30. A varied schedule of performers and events accompanies the reimagined version of Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul and rare works in the Art Gallery. Your ticket includes a complimentary Modelo Especial draft of Jose Cuervo Tradicional margarita.

9/13 – 9/19, 10am – 6pm (Monday – Saturday) or 11am – 5pm (Sunday)
Battery Park City, Manhattan
Free to visit

The 8th annual Motorexpo will bring the latest vehicles from the world’s leading manufacturers to Battery Park City this September. Motorexpo is the world’s biggest free-to-visit motoring event, and you don’t need to own a car to appreciate the world-class models that will be on display.

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Queens County Fair
9/19 – 9/20, 11am – 6pm
Floral Park, Queens
$9 for adults, $5 for children

You might not have guessed that you could experience a traditional county fair right in the middle of New York City, but Queens County Farm allows you to do just that. Complete with ribbon competitions (in livestock, produce, and arts & crafts), pie-eating and corn-husking competitions, pig races, and hayrides, the Queens County Fair provides fun for the whole family.

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Brooklyn Book Festival
9/20, schedule TBA
Downtown Brooklyn
Free to the public

The Brooklyn Book Festival attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages and is the largest free literary event in New York City. The Festival presents an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors, as well as a series of “Bookend” events in September. Check the Festival’s website in August for a detailed schedule and list of events.

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World Maker Faire
9/26 – 9/27, 10am – 6pm
New York Hall of Science, Queens
$35 (single day), $65 (weekend)

Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair, and a celebration of the Maker Movement, which encourages invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. This all-ages gathering will showcase creations from tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors.

Despite a 4 a.m. wake-up call, West Point cadets show their enthusiasm as they volunteered for the 9th annual Tunnel to Towers Run Sept. 26 in lower Manhattan. Photo by Tommy Gilligan/PV

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Tunnel to Towers 5k
9/27, 9:30am – 4pm
Hamilton Avenue, Brooklyn – Financial District, Manhattan
$60 – $70 (children under 14 are free)

The Tunnel to Towers Run & Walk Series was created to honor Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers. The run starts on Hamilton Avenue in Red Hook and continues to the entrance of the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel toll plaza and proceeds through the tunnel, finishing at Murray and West Streets. Registration will remain open through September 26.

7th Annual H.P. Lovecraft Festival
10/1 – 10/11
East Village, Manhattan

Award-winning Radiotheatre will perform six terror tales by H.P. Lovecraft, known as “the Grandmaster of 20th Century Horror.” The cast of storytellers will be accompanied by an original orchestral score and plenty of sound effects. Performances run on weekend nights from 10/1 – 10/11, and tickets are on sale now.

Archtober (Architecture and Design Month)
10/1 – 10/31
various times and locations

The fifth-annual Architecture and Design Month will feature an entire month of activities, programs, and festivities to raise awareness of the important role of design in New York City. Check back on the blog next month for a roundup of Archtober events.

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The Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park
10/4, 11:30am – 6pm
Washington Heights, Manhattan
Free to the public

For the 30th year in a row, Fort Tryon Park will be transformed into a medieval market town with performers, guests, and festival goers in medieval costume. Authentic medieval music, dance, and entertainment will be available, and the afternoon will end with a joust between four knights on horseback. A festival map is available on the Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation website.

New York Comic Con
10/8 – 10/11
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
$50 per day

Comic Con celebrates the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Panels and autograph sessions allow fans to interact with their favorite creators, and over 151,000 attendees will flock to the Javits Center for the occasion – many in costume! Tickets are sold out, but even if you didn’t grab any, you’ll likely see costumed con-goers throughout the city that weekend.

Techweek New York
10/12 – 10/18
Chelsea, Manhattan
$50 for attendees; $250 for VIPs.

Techweek is a 7-day technology festival that culminates in a 2-day conference and expo on Thursday and Friday. The New York schedule will become available 4 weeks before the 10/8 kickoff. The expo is free to the public, but the $50 attendee pass will grant you access to a variety of private events, including film screenings and a wearable tech fashion show.

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CMJ Music Marathon
10/13 – 10/17
various locations
$449 (or $199 for students)

Now celebrating its 35th anniversary, CMJ features live performances at venues all over New York City alongside exclusive parties and conference events. A CMJ badge will grant access to all CMJ showcases and daytime conference activities, but individual events will be ticketed as well. For more information and a complete schedule of events, check the CMJ website in September.

Open House New York
10/17 – 10/18
various locations
$5 for some events; others free of charge

The annual Open House New York weekend allows access to some of New York’s most important buildings at hundreds of sites across the five boroughs. Along with tours, talks, performances, and other special events, Open House New York provides the opportunity to meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. A full list of sites and tours will be available on the Open House New York website in early October.

Haunted Lantern Tour
10/23 – 10/24, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Fort Totten Park, Queens
Free to the public

Join the Urban Park Rangers as they mix history with Halloween fun on a lantern tour of the historic Water Battery at Fort Totten. The Haunted Lantern tour is the perfect way to get into gear for Halloween.

International Fine Art & Antiques Show
10/23- 10/29, 11am – 7:30pm
Upper East Side, Manhattan

Founded in 1989, the International Fine Art & Antiques show is one of the world’s most prestigious art and antique fairs. Categories represented include silver, arms and armour, bronzes, rare books, carpets, ethnographica, furniture, garden furniture, glass, jewellery, maps, manuscripts, marine artefacts, pictures, porcelain, pottery and sculpture. For more information, check out the Fair’s website.

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42nd Annual Village Halloween Parade
10/31, 7:30 – 10:30pm
West Village, Manhattan
Free to the public

Join hundreds of costumed dancers, artists, and other New Yorkers as they don costumes of their own creation for this beloved New York tradition. The parade starts on 6th avenue north of Spring Street and ends on 16th street, and anyone who wants to walk is welcome. Otherwise, you can line up along 6th avenue to take in the spectacle from the sidelines. If you’ve never been before, you can check out videos from last year’s parade.

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New York City Marathon
All five boroughs
$216 – $347 to participate; free to watch

The New York City Marathon has grown from a Central Park race with 55 finishers to the world’s biggest and most popular marathon, with 50,530 finishers in 2014. The marathon starts in Staten Island, continues through Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, and ends in Central Park in Manhattan. A course map is available online, as is information about registration.

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