The Best Fall Events and Activities in Lower Manhattan

The Best Fall Events and Activities in Lower Manhattan

“I recall Central Park in fall,” goes the famous Wayne Newton song Danke Schoen. It’s certainly something to be remembered, as autumn is one of the best times of year to be in New York City. You don’t even have to leave Lower Manhattan to revel in all things fall, from leaf peeping to Oktoberfest to pumpkin picking.

Grab your Pumpkin Spice Latte, put on a flannel and participate in any of these fun fall events and activities happening in the neighborhood.

1. See fall foliage in Battery Park

Lower Manhattan is home to one of the most beautiful green spaces in New York City, Battery Park. Every autumn, it goes from green to red, yellow and orange as the tree leaves change color, and it’s sure to get you in the fall spirit. Take a stroll, jog or bike ride through the park and take in this seasonal sight before it’s gone until next year. Use this interactive map to find out when the foliage will reach its peak.

2. Enjoy fall food and wine at Eataly Downtown

There are two events left in Eataly Downtown’s Fall Food & Wine Festa, and lovers of Italian cuisine won’t want to miss them. On October 5, check out the Passport Edition, featuring over eight seasonal Italian dishes and more than 35 wines taking you on a culinary journey through the various regions of Italy. On November 16, treat yourself to the Truffle Edition, with more than eight Italian dishes highlighting the elusive fungus known as the “diamond of the kitchen,” as well as over 20 perfectly paired wines.

3. Celebrate Oktoberfest at Watermark Bar

Watermark Bar, situated right on the East River adjacent to the Seaport District, is bringing Munich to NYC for two more festive weekends this season: October 4-7 and 11-14. General admission is free, but patrons can buy a package of tickets and use them on food items, giant pretzels and large steins full of authentic German beer. Enjoy live music and games with a brew in hand.

4. Go pumpkin picking or trick-or-treating on Governor’s Island

Hop a ferry to New York City’s only pumpkin patch October 20-28 on none other than Governors Island, surrounded by fall foliage, charming 19th-century homes and the Lower Manhattan skyline. Visitors can pick small and medium-sized pumpkins and purchase them for a small donation benefiting the Friends of Governors Island. Adults can enjoy the fall beer garden, as well as warm cider, mini pumpkin pies, Blue Marble ice cream and more for the kids. More information is here.

Looking for a chance to trick-or-treat in NYC too? Come to Governors Island on October 27 for a rare opportunity to collect candy at the historic houses of Nolan Park. It’s free to attend and the whole family is welcome. More info here.

5. Get fall produce from the Fulton Stall Market

There’s no better way to obtain fresh, local produce than through a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Join the Fulton Stall Market’s Fall CSA Farm Share any time between now and December 13 to pick up a weekly assortment of seasonal produce, coming directly from a small number of farmers and producers. The Fulton Stall Market is located in the Seaport District and also hosts regular indoor and outdoor farmers markets.

For more Lower Manhattan happenings now and all year round, visit the Q&A Hotel blog.

Image courtesy of Bruce Monroe