Make the most of your fall by going out and enjoying all New York City has to offer. We’ve searched high and low to find you the most exciting food, sports and comedy festivals in the city. Let us know in the comments which festival you are most excited about and be sure to check out this year’s E.S.P. Fall Guide for more cool things to do and see in the Big Apple. By Rex Sakamoto
Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten Oktoberfest Halloween Party
7 Rivington St.
New York, NY 10002
Finish out October with a bang at a crazy costume, pig roasting, beer tasting filled bash. The party starts at 8 p.m. and a complimentary beer will be given to anyone donning a lederhosen or a dirndl. For those wearing a Halloween costume, there will be a costume contest. Best of all, it’s Loreley’s 10th anniversary so be prepared to win prizes.
Related: Buy your lederhosen costume here!
BROOKLYN HOOPS™ Winter Festival
620 Atlantic Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Dates: December 15, 2013
Score some sweet seats to NYC’s hottest NCAA Division I basketball games. Featured games include Fordham University vs. Princeton, St. John’s vs. St. Francis and University of Michigan vs. West Virginia University. If you purchase the BROOKLYN HOOPS™ Ticket Plan, you’ll receive a $25 Applebee’s gift card. The plan includes access to the Barclays Center Classic, BROOKLYN HOOPS™ Winter Festival and BROOKLYN HOOPS™ Holiday invitational. With great games and deals like these, there’s no reason not to come out and be a part of the action.
New York Comedy Festival
Date: November 6-10, 2013
You’ll never stop laughing as you listen to a weekend of hysterical acts by the biggest names in comedy. Stand-ups for the weekend include East Village local John Mulaney, a writer for Saturday Night Live, and Wanda Sykes, who Entertainment Weekly regards as one of the 25 funniest people in America. The festival also hosts an event called Stand Up For Heroes, which focuses on raising money for injured service members, veterans and their families.
ING New York City Marathon
Dates: November 3rd, 2013
Starting in Staten Island, the 26.2 mile race takes runners through Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Long Island City, across the Queensboro Bridge, into Harlem, and ends in Central Park. Every year thousands of people cheer on the runners all along the path. For the best viewing opportunity we recommend that you stand along the famed “Museum Mile” between 89th and 102nd St. on Fifth Ave. If you don’t mind braving the crowds, belly up to the barricades on Central Park South – the marathon’s homestretch.
Related: NYC’s Best Fall Cocktails
Rex Sakamoto is a student at Fordham University and enjoys writing about all things New York. Be sure to also check out his food blog Crazy Dorm Chef.