The Ultimate NYC Fall Bucket List

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Though fall may feel like New York’s shortest season, sandwiched between relentless heat and frigid temperatures, it’s one we cherish and hold close to our plaid scarf-adorned chests. But as the humidity fades and the leaves begin to change, we swap our aperol spritzes for pumpkin spice lattes and prepare for the spookiest season of all. Whether you’re Team Candy Corn or a human with taste (yes, that is a candy corn dig), we’ve rounded up 16 of the best fall activities that everyone can agree on.

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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze 

Nothing gets you in the spooky spirit quite like 7,000 jack o’lanterns. Each pumpkin is designed and hand-carved on site by professional artists so you know they’ve got to be gourd. 

When: September 20-22; 26-29; October 3-31; November 1-3; 8-10; 15-17; 22-23; 29-30
Where: Van Cortlandt Manor at 525 S Riverside, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

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Eataly’s Serra d’Autunno Seasonal Rooftop

Eataly’s widely popular rooftop restaurant has received yet another seasonal makeover – this time transforming itself into an autumn greenhouse. With a cocktail menu that lets you build your own spiked cider and seasonal plates focusing on squash and apples, we’ve already fallen in love with this insta-worthy spot.  

When: Sunday-Thursday from 11:30 AM - 10 PM; Friday-Saturday from 11:30 AM - 11 PM (Through October)
Where: 200 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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Stroll Through Central Park During Foliage

A walk in the park is enjoyable 365 days a year – okay, maybe not during a polar vortex – but nothing quite compares to a Central Park stroll during autumn. In these coming months, Central Park’s 20,000 trees turn to hues of red, yellow and orange, transforming the Concrete Jungle into a colorful one.

When: Throughout October and November

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Oktoberfest

Get ready to *prost* because Oktoberfest is back in NYC this fall. With authentic German beer and traditional Oktoberfest food, it'd probably be in your best interest to order that lederhosen at least one size up. Though Oktoberfest celebrations will be scattered throughout the city over September and October, the largest event takes place at the downtown waterfront bar, Watermark.

When: September 13-15, 21-22, 28-29; October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 from 11 AM - 12 AM
Where: Pier 15 at 78 South St, New York, NY 10038 

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Village Halloween Parade

Grab your costume and face paint, New York City’s infamous Halloween Parade is back for its 46th year. Volunteer to be a puppeteer or performer, or simply people costume watch.

When: Thursday, October 31 at 6:30 PM
Where: 6th Avenue at Canal Street 

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Day Trip To Storm King 

Situated just over 60 miles north of Manhattan is Storm King Art Center, an open-air museum with unrivaled autumn views. Bike through the grounds, set up a picnic, get off the grid and forget about how you really, really need to switch out your summer closet for the sweaters under your bed. 

When: Varies per season
Where: 1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY 12553

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The Pumpkin Flotilla In Central Park

The first rule of The Pumpkin Flotilla is: You do not talk about The Pumpkin Flotilla. Just kidding, it’s that you must bring your own soccer-sized carved pumpkin. After you drop off your pumpkin, enjoy Halloween crafts, a costume parade, a festive pumpkin patch, and I quote,“spooky stories.”

When: Wednesday, October 30 from 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Where: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (Inside Central Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues)

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Apple Picking At Harvest Moon Farm And Orchard

Apple picking season has arrived! At Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard you can buy a bag that holds 25 pounds of apples for just $30. For scale, that’s essentially a corgi-sized bag of apples. Additionally, every weekend through October, the farm hosts its fall festival complete with hayrides, donuts, live music, cider, donuts and did we mention, donuts.

When: Apple Picking Daily from 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Fall Festival every weekend in September and October as well as 9/30, 10/1, 10/9, 10/14 from 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Where: 130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY 10560

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New York Bucket List Pizza Tours

Every season is technically pizza season (just as every hour is pizza hour – 2PM, 2AM, who cares 🀷🏻‍♀️). However, this fall season, Bucket Listers has officially launched  our New York Pizza Tours. Our pizza walking tour will take you to three of the city’s most popular pizzerias and teach you more than you need to know about everyone’s favorite food.

When: Weekends through October from 11:30AM - 1:30PM
Where: Prince Street Pizza, Scar’s Pizza, Rubirosa

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A Current Affair: Vintage Pop Up

With over 70 premier vintage retailers, A Current Affair offers the best vintage clothing, accessories and jewelry throughout their two day fair. Stock up on your band graphic t’s, find some perfectly worn-in jeans or better yet, piece together a one of a kind Halloween costume.

When: October 12-13 from 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Where: Industry City at 268 36th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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NYC Autumn Wine & Food Festival

Take a bite out of the New York Wine Event’s Autumn Wine & Food Festival on Saturday, October 19th. With 100 of the finest wines and artisan hors d’oeuvres, be sure to come with an empty stomach and cleansed palette. Sometimes, you can have your cake (and wine) and eat it too. πŸ˜‹

When: Saturday, October 19 from 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Where: The Altman Building at 135 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

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Fall Foliage Tour at the New York Botanical Garden

Though you can visit the garden’s “Spooky Pumpkin Garden” from September 21 through October 31, we recommend attending one of their two event filled Fall Forest Weekends on November 18 and 25 at 2:30PM to witness the fall foliage. Now say fall forest foliage five times fast.

When: Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Where: 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458-5126

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Halloween Dog Parade

What’s more exciting than a weiner dog dressed as a hot dog? Answer: An entire parade dedicated to pups in costumes. Every year, NYC hosts the largest dog costume parade in the world and we’re pretty pawsitive you’re not going to want to miss it.

When: Saturday, October 19 from 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Where: East River Park Amphitheater located along the FDR at Grand Street

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NYC Marathon

Whether you’re running 26.2 miles or providing moral support from the sidelines, it’s exciting to have some part in the world’s largest marathon. Plus, there's beer at the finish line. Cheers 🍻

When: Sunday, November 3 at 8:30AM
Where: Spanning all five boroughs 

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The Met Cloisters

Fall is the perfect time to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s lesser known Met Cloisters. Along with rotating museum exhibits and stunning architecture that will transport you to straight to ancient Europe, the Cloisters’ sea of autumn foliage make it a bucket list worthy spot.

When: March–October from 10:00AM - 5:15PM; November–February from 10:00AM - 4:45PM
Where: 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, New York, NY 10040

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Lower East Side Pickle Day 

The Lower East Side is home to the largest pickle festival (because why not?), featuring 20+ picklers, 30 local eateries, specialty ice cream surprises (read: pickle ice cream πŸ€”), pickles on a stick and of course, the giant pickle mascot. We're both delighted, suspicious and intrigued.

When: Sunday, October 6 from 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Where: 54 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

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