Summer has left the building, and the fall season has arrived! So before the weather turns bitterly cold, we should take advantage of this great sweater weather! Before you jump into your winter sweats and get into your comfortable Netflix coma, make sure you get out enjoy some of the great things NYC has to offer in the next few weeks! With the upcoming holiday season there are plenty of great seasonal things you can experience. So if you live in the NYC area or if you’re planning a trip in the next few months, I’ve put together a list of 7 FREE things do to in NYC in the upcoming months! After all, who doesn’t love FREE!?!?!?!
1. FREE Brewery Tours
(Actually ALL YEAR LONG!)
When: Saturdays & Sundays
Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, at Brooklyn Brewery
Details: From Brooklyn Brewery Website:
Free weekend tours are available on Saturdays at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30 and 5 and Sundays at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30 and 4. There are no tours on Friday night. Advance-day reservations are not available for the free weekend tour, instead tickets are released one hour before the tour time at the Company Store. A maximum of two tickets will be given out per person. Tours are limited to 40 people. First come, first available.
2. Fall Foliage!!!
When: Now through…who knows exactly?!? The next few weeks are the best time to see it, so get out there and enjoy right now!
Location: NYC Metro area
Details: Seriously anywhere around NYC is experiencing intensely beautiful fall foliage. As the leaves turn beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red, get out and enjoy the magic! So many parks to choose from in NYC alone, Central Park is always a favorite!
3. Big Apple Crunch
When: October 24, 2015
Where: Various NYC locations
Those with a taste for fall fruit and a desire to make history are invited to take a bite of an actual big apple at noon as part of a citywide attempt to break a world record: the most people at a “simultaneous apple crunching event.” It’s the height of fall apple season, so there’s good reason to try one from a New York City greenmarket (like the location in Union Square), many of which will host portions of the big crunch. For details, including other locations, visit www.bigapplecrunch.squarespace.com
4. Tour De Bronx
When: October 25, 2015
Where: The Bronx County Building 851 Grand Concourse (161 St. and Grand Concourse) Bronx, NY 10451
Details: from tourdebronx.org.
Join 6,000 cyclists and hit the road for the Tour de Bronx, the largest free cycling event in New York State. Choose a 25 or 40 mile route through diverse and vibrant Bronx neighborhoods.
This is a family friendly event and it’s free! Check out the website for more details!
5. Village Halloween Parade
When: October 31, 2015
Where: Marchers line up on Sixth Avenue between Canal and Spring Streets. The parade starts at 7pm and heads north up Sixth Avenue to 16th Street. A costume is a must to march in parade! If you don’t wear a costume you can watch from the sidelines.
Details: According to halloween-nyc.com: “…the nation’s most wildly creative public participatory event in the greatest city in the world!” This year will be the 42nd annual halloween parade! Approximately 50,000 people walk up Sixth Avenue in this parade every year! Come check out the costumes, crowds and festivities. Visit halloween-nyc.com for details!
6. NYC Marathon
When: November 1, 2015
Where: Starts in Staten Island, ends in Central Park.
Details: tcsnycmarathon.org states “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.” It’s fun to watch if you want to cheer on the runners, or if you want to be inspired to start running! You may even see a few celebrity sightings in the race!
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7. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
When: November 26, 2015
Where: Macy’s Herald Square
Details: Check out macys.com for more info!
For 89 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving day Parade has been the official kick-off to the holiday season! Every year, this Emmy Award winning tradition is seen by more than 3.5 million people in New York and 50 million people at home, all tuned in to see giant balloons, one-of-a-kind floats, amazing performances and much, much more.