We are officially heading into October... Time for some great Fall Festivals! Here are my suggestions for this upcoming week/end:
If you're hanging around the boroughs:
The must-see/eat festival for any local foodie is here again, the fourth annual NYC Wine and Food Festival, presented by Food Network, and benefitting (100% of proceeds!) the hunger relief organization, Food Bank for New York City. From September 29 through October 2, take part in culinary, wine and spirits demonstrations and tastings, many featuring celebrity chefs such as Emeril Lagasse and Martha Stewart. Purchase tickets to individual Festival events here. Hurry, as many events are already sold out. Most events are located at venues in the "Meatpacking" district of Manhattan, but others are scattered about the city. Also check out the Festival's online auction for gourmet dinners, get-aways and more--bidding will remain open through October 14.
Another idea: A few days ago, I stumbled upon this yahoo news article, which led me to information about the upcoming New York Musical Theatre Festival. It seems to be a really unique event that showcases new and rising Broadway-style talent and shows. Read the yahoo article and/or peruse NYMF's website for more info.
If you're willing to make a day trip:
If you don't mind a short drive or train ride, the Long Island Fall Festival is happening this weekend, from Friday through Sunday, at Heckscher State Park in East Islip, New York. You can take the Long Island Railroad to Huntington, or even just park your car for free (Saturday and Sunday) at the Huntington train station, and board a festival-sponsored shuttle for a $1 round-trip ride to the park. Once you arrive at the park, general admission is FREE. There will be hundreds of vendors, daily live musical performances, a carnival, a food court with beer and wine, and even a meatball eating contest! If that's not enough for you, try wandering the park's 20+ miles of hiking and biking trails, or taking a dip in the Great South Bay.