Our Favorite Festivals, Events, and Activities Around Times Square, NYC

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Vibrant Times Square. This energetic and dynamic part of New York City with its shops, shows, and lights showcase so much that New York City has to offer. Whether a visitor or a local resident, you don’t need to go too far from here to see and do it all. Read on for some of our favorite autumn festivals, events, and activities around Times Square. 

Curtain Up! at Broadway

Like other major performing venues in New York City, Broadway’s collection of famed theaters has quite the packed schedule throughout the autumn, making this another great addition to any autumn plans. Broadway being one of the most esteemed locations for theater in the world, this is another one-of-a-kind experience to catch here in the Times Square area. Broadway kicks off autumn with the Curtain Up! series, finishing in a live, outdoor concert by the biggest faces on Broadway. This autumn alone, visitors can catch Chicago, Aladdin, Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, Wicked, and The Lion King. If you’ll be in the Times Square area during the autumn, we recommend clearing a spot in any plans to go to Broadway. 


Times Square Expo

The Times Square Expo marries the feel of the crowded open-air market with the bustle of New York City and Times Square, where hundreds of booths turn Times Square into a day without cars, bikes, and construction, but instead endless food vendors and artisans selling rare wares. This is a unique moment that changes the otherwise rushing feel of Times Square, and it is completely free! So get ready to dress for the crowds and the October sun, and wander out into Times Square to browse pizza slices, gourmet desserts, one-of-a-kind metal statues, African baskets and intricate jewelry and fashion articles. 


Broadway’s Back!

Another celebration of Time Square’s proud history with Broadway, this autumn also kicks off the autumn and winter season with Broadway’s Back! bringing live theatre to homes and the world once again. After the closure of Broadway’s activities last year, New York and thespians everywhere are elated for Broadway’s Back! event. Whether from the comfort of your residence, hotel, or on the streets of Times Square, this is a memorable moment in Broadway’s history for locals, visitors and travelers to attend and add to the myriad experiences one can find here in Times Square.


Attend a Taping

New York City is still home to many famous television shows, being the place where the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and The Daily Show With Trevor Noah are all taped. If you’ll be staying in the Times Square area, catching tickets to be on one of these television staples is a rare and special opportunity, despite operation occurring nearly year-round. Tapings usually occur in the early evening, leaving time afterward to plan out other activities for a night out. 


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