Along with the cooler weather, fall also offers plenty of festivals in NYC. From art and culture to food and drinks, Manhattan’s streets are bustling this time of year with entertaining events for all ages. In this post, we’ll go over a few of our personal favorites to help you plan your next trip into the city. Whether you’re interested in sipping craft brews or getting the perfect Instagram opportunity, we’ve got you covered!
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A Must-Attend Event for Coffee Lovers
Coming up this weekend is New York’s premier coffee-related event–The New York Coffee Festival. For three days, sample some of the city’s best coffees, lattes, and espresso drinks. It features “…exceptional coffee, as well as food, cocktails, live music and art on offer, it’s an unmissable event for coffee lovers of all levels.” Witness expert baristas compete in the Latte Art Live competition for the best foam swirls on top of lattes and cappuccinos. We particularly love The Sensory Experience, where small groups of attendees learn how to identify flavor profiles in coffee drinks and differentiate between “good” and “bad” coffees. Grab your tickets to this weekend’s event before they’re all sold out!
Celebrate Local Businesses
The New York City Public Markets Festival is a one-of-a-kind local event where attendees can sample local bites from NYC’s public markets. These markets offer everything from artisanal cheese shops to bakeries. This festival runs over three Sundays this fall: October 13 (this weekend!), November 3, and December 8. It’s a great way to explore some of New York City’s different food offerings while also supporting small businesses and farms. This is a totally free festival, so save your money for the different treats offered by the vendors!
Enjoy Food and Wine Expertly Paired
New York’s Food and Wine Festivals are wildly popular for a good reason: attendees browse artisanal wines and ciders from all over the country and pair them with cheese, pasta, charcuterie, baked goods, and so much more. There are two food and wine festivals happening this fall, so get your tickets for either the October 19 or November 9 date. It’s a great way to learn about wine from vendors as well as get pairing ideas for impressing your friends next time you host a party!
Feast Your Eyes at the Lantern Festival
Now in its second year at Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, the NYC Winter Lantern Festival is truly the most stunning event you’ll ever attend. Spread over eight whole acres, you and your family can wander through 1,000 unique lantern displays. You’re likely to see glowing tigers, dragons, flowers, and more. There are also live cultural performances going on throughout the festival, such as hoop tumbling, Tibetan folk dance, and a face-changing magician who seemingly uses magic to swap masks. Be sure to bring an appetite, because there will be plenty of mouth-watering bites offered by local vendors! This festival runs from November 20 to mid-January, so there’s ample time to buy tickets.
Sample Craft Beers and Delicious Snacks
Beer lovers all claim that the NYC Craft Beer Festival is a can’t-miss event, and we have to agree. This two-day festival in Chelsea features about 75 different breweries and well over 150 craft brews, craft spirits and mixologists, and of course, food vendors serving up all sorts of tasty treats. You’re likely to find a few familiar beers in the crowd (Narragansett, Founders, etc.), as well as up-and-coming breweries from all over New England and the country. Make sure you mark your calendars for November 1 and 2 so you don’t miss this festival!
If you’ve already decided that you can’t miss one of these festivals, then you’ll need to start planning your trip into the city. Luckily, C&J makes getting to and from New York City a breeze. Check out our schedules and get your tickets. Find out first-hand how we take the stress out of traveling!