Our Favorite Festivals, Events, and Activities around New York, NY

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New York City. The Big Apple. This global hub speaks for itself, needing no introduction in virtually every possible area, the action never stops in the city that never sleeps. With so much to see in New York, we’ll dive right in. Here are some of our favorite autumn festivals and events in the city. 

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is a must for anyone in New York during the autumn, a longtime American tradition featuring floats, bands, performances, and giant balloons of every character parading down the city. With the scale of the parade, this event usually lasts well into the day and is a great way to spend part of the day in unity with the city while getting to see the many talents that take to the streets for this holiday. 


Village Halloween Parade

Each Halloween, New Yorkers take to the streets in costume during the Village Halloween Parade, a fun event connecting the city and the most serious in costume design with normal partygoers over the love for Halloween. The afterparties and adjacent events that pop up with the Village Halloween Parade mean the party only really stops when you decide, another pro of New York City’s nightlife. 

Flatbush Frolic

Flatbush Frolic is a great way for visitors and New Yorkers of all numbers, ages, and interests to enjoy a good old-fashioned street fair right here in the Big Apple! Live music, rides and games, and the (in)famous pizza-eating contest make this a great day’s worth of activity for all. Couples will enjoy making memories, families will delight in the variety of activities and groups won’t run out of things to do here at Flatbush Frolic. 


Feast of San Gennaro

New York City’s famously proud and influential Italian-American community goes all out during the annual feast of San Gennaro, a massive celebration with the whole city embracing the beauties and commonalities of Italian culture. Here, the activities are endless. Watch the brave battle for the crown in the cannoli-eating contest, attend the parade complete with marching bands, floats, and the statue of San Gennaro, browse the myriad talented restaurants of Little Italy, or just sit back and enjoy the festive atmosphere. 

Did we mention the other professional eating events? Pros will also battle with meatballs and zeppole in two separate eating competitions for these beloved Italian dishes too. This event draws friends, family, and neighbors from not just Little Italy and all the boroughs but from proud and dedicated Italian Americans from over the Tri-State area. Connect and enjoy everything Italian-American in Little Italy and enjoy an outing in green, white and red between delicious dishes, inhuman feats of competitive eating, live music, colorful costumes, and smiles between the community that makes Little Italy the integral part of New York City’s character it has played in the past and in the present. 

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