Celebrate the Best of NYC Culture at These 8 Fall Festivals

Get edutained!

Photo by Robin Zygelman/Courtesy of Mano a Mano

The New York Film Festival isn’t the only culture fair in town this month. If you’re more into espresso or Malbec or dance than, say, Scorsese, find the fall fest for you: 

When: Friday, October 11– Sunday, October 13
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues), Flatiron
What: Partake in hands-on workshops, seminars, and demonstrations led by expert baristas; catch live music performances; and, of course, sip brews from more than 100 top roasters in North America. All event proceeds will go toward Project Waterfall, which works to bring clean water to coffee-drinking communities. 

Photo courtesy of New York Coffee Festival

When: Saturday, October 12, 1–4:30 p.m. and 6–9:30 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Greenpoint
What: Don’t let the Expo Center location turn you off; this event is actually a terrific (and unlimited!) wine tasting of varieties sourced from all over the globe. You will come out an expert. In addition to the wine, expect live entertainment, interactive games, and fine fare.

When: Thursday, October 10–Sunday, October 13
Where: Various locations across the city
What: Pick and choose from a star-studded and delicious menu of events, including multicourse dinners and culinary demos led by the likes of Bobby Flay, Ina Garten, Martha Stewart, and Rachael Ray. We are psyched for the Tiki Showdown on Saturday night, featuring the best tiki cocktail shakers in the city and followed by a dance party with live music. There will be leis! 

Photo courtesy of New York City Wine & Food Festival

When: Saturday, October 19, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenues), Upper East Side
What: Bring your design-curious tweens and teens to this fun day of creative workshops that will challenge them to design new products and solutions for age-old problems. (How do you best stay dry in the rain? How can we make our environment more accessible for physically challenged people?). It’s also a great excuse to visit the Cooper Hewitt, one of our favorite museums. The festival is free, but do register in advance to secure a spot in case it reaches capacity.

Photo courtesy of Cooper Hewitt/Facebook

When: Tuesday, October 15–Friday, October 18
Where: Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Clinton Hill
What: Hear from some of the most brilliant minds in NYC, including community planners, activists, designers, and policymakers, on how the plebeian concerns of city living (traffic and trash) intermix with the erudite (happiness, opportunity, resiliency) to create our communities. This is a must-go for anyone who is fascinated with NYC. (So, um, all of us.) Our pick: The program on October 18, which will focus on mental health in urban planning and feature Gary Belkin, the founder of Billion Minds Institute and a former NYC deputy health commissioner.

Photo courtesy of the Center for Conscious Design

When: Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: 131 East 10th Street (between Second and Third Avenues)
What: Celebrate the diversity of our city at this Day of the Dead event, one of Mexico’s most time-honored traditions, at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, with Mexican food, live music, and dance. Plus, pick up a colorful bag or home accessory at the folk art market!

Photo by Nelson Aguirre/Courtesy of Mano a Mano

When: Friday, October 11–Sunday, October 13
Where: AMC Empire 25 Theaters, 234 West 42nd Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues)
What: Teenagers can learn the ins and outs of the movie business through workshops and events, including a scavenger hunt on the High Line, a photography walk, a musical theater master class, a one-day intensive introduction to voiceovers, and more. Then they can be inspired by award-winning films created by teenagers. Don’t let the future filmmakers in your family miss this event!

Photo courtesy of All American High School Film Festival/Facebook

When: Thursday, October 10–Sunday, October 13
Where: Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, 29 Jay Street, Dumbo
What: Experience the best of contemporary dance from all over the world, presented by White Wave, in one long weekend (we’re most excited to see 
Alessandra Corona Performing Works, Buglisi Dance Theater, and Thryn Saxon and Brad Beakes, all of which perform at the opening-night gala). In between performances, eat and drink your way through the charming streets of Dumbo.

Photo courtesy of Dumbo Dance Festival

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