New York Fashion Week (Spring/Summer)
The world’s top designers debut their spring collections on the runways, as style-conscious celebrities from Hollywood, sports and the modeling world look on. You can be right there with them (if you land an invite first). Fans of upcoming designers, meanwhile, will want to explore MADE Fashion Week, which hosts shows in the Meatpacking District.
Feast of San Gennaro
Manhattan’s Little Italy is bustling all year round—and the excitement hits its peak at this annual salute to the patron saint of Naples. Banners and lights adorn the streets, and crowds pack every block. Join the revelers for 11 days of parades, entertainment, Italian food and a cannoli-eating contest.
Each September, New York City remembers and honors the victims of the World Trade Center attacks at a variety of memorial events. Churches, temples and synagogues throughout the City host special events for those affected by the tragedy, and memorial concerts and fundraisers continue throughout the month. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center serves as a yearlong tribute to those who lost their lives on both September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993, featuring a public plaza with two large memorial pools, along with a museum that presents the story of 9/11 along with educational resources and artifacts.
Richmond County Fair
There’s fun for the whole family at the Richmond County Fair, an old-time Staten Island tradition that was revived in 1979. Kids can enjoy circus performers, a petting zoo and even a visit from cartoon characters, while their parents groove to live music and other performances on two stages. Rides, food and county fair standbys like a pie-eating contest round out the weekend.
New York Film Festival (through October)
This festival has been bringing some of the world’s most inventive cinema to New York City , since 1963. This is the place to see cutting-edge films before they hit it big—in the past, the festival has showcased the likes of Jean-Luc Godard, Pedro Almodóvar and Martin Scorsese. Adventurous cineastes will want to check out the Projections sidebar, a selection of new avant-garde films.
BAM Next Wave Festival (through December)
Consistently on the cutting edge, Brooklyn Academy of Music hosts this showcase of creative dance, theater, film and literature from around the world. Past offerings have included the Philip Glass opera Kepler (of planetary motion fame), Isabelle Huppert starring in Phaedra(s) and Ivo van Hove’s staging of The Fountainhead.
The Metropolitan Opera Fall/Spring Season (through the following May)
The Metropolitan Opera always promises a sensational lineup, including company premieres, new productions and exciting revivals. Notable performances have included Georges Bizet’s Carmen, Julie Taymor’s production of The Magic Flute, John Adams’ Nixon in China and Gioachino Rossini’s rarely staged French opera Le Comte Ory, under the direction of Bartlett Sher.
New York City Ballet Fall Repertory Season
The New York City Ballet’s fall season typically includes favorites from the likes of Balanchine, Robbins and Tchaikovsky, all performed at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. The season kicks off with a Fall Gala and culminates with performances of The Nutcracker, a Christmastime highlight.
NYC Broadway Week℠
In January and September, NYC Broadway Week provides audiences with the chance to purchase 2-for-1 tickets to exciting Broadway shows. The hugely popular program includes both new productions and long-running hits, including The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Kinky Boots, School of Rock and Wicked.
Fall at Queens County Farm Museum
Each fall, the Queens County Farm Museum runs a series of family-friendly, harvest-themed events, including the annual Queens County Fair, with blue-ribbon competitions in livestock, produce and arts and crafts, not to mention pie-eating contests, hayrides and live music. On weekends through October, enjoy the Amazing Maize Maze, pick pumpkins and sample New York apples. The series finishes with the Children’s Fall Festival, featuring kids’ games, bounce houses, pig races and a petting zoo.