As the biggest city in America and a popular tourist destination for people from across the globe, New York City plays host to innumerable events throughout the year. Fall is one of the best times to visit The Big Apple, whether you favor a walk through the crisp autumn air in Central Park or wish to enjoy the city's vibrant fall festivals. Regardless of your tastes, it's easy to find a festival that suits you.
The 2015 edition of the New York Film Festival runs from September 25 to October 11. This festival offers screenings of several of the best films of the year and also a chance for visitors to attend conversations with many of the film industry's leading figures. There are a variety of ticket options from $100 opening night passes to three-film packages starting at $30 for the general public.
No list of fall festivals is complete without including Oktoberfest. The New York version of this German classic runs from September 19 to October 5. Fill your beer stein at the best venues across the city and satisfy your taste buds with German-themed fare. Given the many bars and beer gardens taking part, prices range considerably. However, you can often expect to spend around $6 to $7 for a beer and about twice that for sausages and other foods.
Jousting, minstrels, crafts and food are all on the agenda at the Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park, which runs on October 4. This festival features fun for the entire family and an entertaining glimpse into life in the Middle Ages. All the day's entertainment is free, although the festival accepts donations at its medieval-style wishing wells.
Foodies can get their fill at the NYC Wine & Food Festival, held October 15 to 18. Attendees can expect to enjoy demonstrations from several notable TV chefs, dinners, wine tastings and panel discussions. Ticket prices range depending on the event. Panel discussions are in the $10 to $20 range, while a full weekend pass including accommodation costs $2,730.
Prepare to be clutching your sides as you laugh the night away at the hottest venues in the city. The New York Comedy Festival runs from November 10 to 15 and features performers such as Patton Oswalt, Bill Burr and Norm Macdonald. Prices depend on the performer and the venue; tickets for the November 12 conversation with Billy Crystal range from $65 to $110, while seeing Judd Apatow at Carnegie Hall costs between $50 and $95 per ticket.
The CMJ Music Marathon runs between October 13 and 17 and offers a full slate of performances and presentations at music clubs around the city. The best way to experience the festival is to buy a full-access badge that gets you into all the shows and conference events. Student badges cost $199 and regular badges cost $449.
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Auston grew up in Phoenix before escaping to Chicago in 2008. After 4 years working as an engineer, he sold his belongings and embarked on a round-the-world trip. After traveling non-stop for a year, he finally settled in Spain with his husband where he now calls home. When he's not traveling or writing guides about events, festivals or the best LGBT destinations, he enjoys the long sunny days and nightlife of Madrid. Read Auston's blog at Two Bad Tourists, or follow him on Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.
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