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New York City's Fall Festivals Return

Fall is one of the best seasons in New York City, and we have the festivals to prove it.

We love September in New York. Broadway season begins (yes, shows are back!), we leave summer temperatures behind and usher in cooler weather making outdoor activities perfect for this time of the year. With the onset of fall, we are in an autumn frame of mind in anticipation of the symphony of colors the season will bring. September also welcomes back many festivals that were canceled last year due to the pandemic.

Festivals Return to NYC

From the largest music festival in New York to the New York Comedy Festival, there are many festivals to choose from while in the Big Apple. Grab your pumpkin spiced latte or your favorite fall beverage and check out these festivals.

Governors Ball Music Festival (September 24–26)

The Governors Ball is one of New York’s largest music festivals. It features some of the most popular performers of various genres. Billie Eilish, Post Malone, Ellie Goulding, and Megan Thee Stallion are among the 60+ acts set to perform. The festival will also highlight a “Taste of New York” food and drink selection. Tickets information is available here

Governor's Ball Music Festival 2019 (©ALIVECOVERAGE) New York | WhereTraveler
Governor's Ball Music Festival 2019 (©ALIVECOVERAGE) 

59th New York Film Festival (September 24–October 10)

The New York Film Festival is a much anticipated annual event that features a lineup of critically-acclaimed movies. There is something for every film fan at this festival. There are feature films, a selection of short films, animations, and documentaries shown throughout the festival. Screenings will take place at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center, showcasing works from seasoned filmmakers, as well as fresh new talent from around the world.Tickets information is available here

Still From "Dune" (©Chiabella James) | WhereTraveler
Still From "Dune" (©Chiabella James) 

Superhero Festival 2021 (September 25)

The Superhero festival is a favorite among both children and adults. The event is organized by New York State of Mind (NYSoM), and the event is free for all attendees. The festival will feature DC heroes like Batman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman. Classic video game legends like Super Mario Brothers and Mortal Kombat will also be making an appearance. The event will also feature a Create your own Superhero activation, a Pokemon Scavenger Hunt, The Flash vs. Sonic the Hedgehog Relay Race, a Create your own anime/manga activation and much more. The Superhero Festival takes place at Evergreen Park at St. Felix Place & 60th Place. Additional event information can be found here

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Spider-Man Cosplay (©Judeus Samson)

New Yorker Festival (October 4 – 10)

The New Yorker Festival is hosted by New Yorker magazine. Following the success of the first virtual event last fall, the New Yorker Festival this year will be a combination of both in-person and live-streamed experiences. The event will feature a mix of conversations, panels, performances and behind-the-scenes access and highlight prominent figures in music, pop culture, art, film and more. This year, much of the live festival will be filmed and viewable on-demand for ticket holders, no matter where they live. For ticket information, click here

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Jane Mayer at the 2019 New Yorker Festival New York | WhereTraveler
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Jane Mayer at the 2019 New Yorker Festival (©Brad Barket, Getty Images for The New Yorker)

New York Comic Con (October 7–10)

Although not strictly a festival, it is close enough, and the New York Comic Con is a much-anticipated event. After a two-year hiatus, it is finally back! The organizers considered COVID-related concerns and have offered more options this year to attend the event at Javitz Center in Manhattan. For individuals who feel uncomfortable attending the physical event, digital events will run simultaneously with the physical ones. Those who will be at the physical event will see plexiglass at each table. In addition, all attendees must wear a mask and show proof of vaccination. For tickets, click here

Deadpool Selfie at NYCC New York | WhereTraveler
Deadpool Selfie (Courtesy New York Comic Con)

New York Wine & Food Festival (October 14–17)

The New York Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) is a food and wine lover’s dream. The four-day event showcases the talents of the world’s most renowned chefs, wine and spirit producers, culinary personalities, lifestyle experts and America’s most beloved television chefs while raising funds for New Yorkers affected by severe illness and food poverty through God’s Love We Deliver and Food Bank for New York City. The festival is recognized as the largest wine and food festival in NYC, with more than 80 events. Attendees will enjoy walk-around tastings, intimate dinners with world-renowned chefs, hands-on classes, wine tastings and more. Tickets available here

Culinary Tastings (©Cayla Z) New York | WhereTraveler
Culinary Tastings (©Cayla Z/Courtesy New York Wine & Food Festival) 

New York Comedy Festival (November 8–14)

The week-long festival will feature more than 200 comedians from around the world performing in over 100 shows across New York City’s most iconic venues, including the Apollo Theatre, Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Carolines on Broadway, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden and Town Hall, among others. In addition to the standup comedy, the festival will include workshops and podcasts with various comedians.Tickets are available here

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(Courtesy New York Comedy Festival)