September 20, 2013
As fall settles in to New York City, cool weather and brightly hued leaves invite locals and tourists to head outdoors. The following events will encourage you to linger in the fresh air longer. Best of all, they don’t cost a thing.
- Kayaking on the Hudson: The nonprofit Downtown Boathouse offers free kayaking instruction and rentals through October at Piers 40 and 96. Check the calendar for upcoming walk-up times, usually weekday evenings and weekend mornings.
- Brooklyn Flea: Stock up on scarves and vintage jackets for the fall at this outdoor weekend market held at several locations, including Williamsburg and DUMBO. Browse antiques, handmade goods and prepared meals and sweets. In Manhattan, the downtown Smorgasbar is open every day through October and features a full bar inside a shipping container along with a dozen food vendors.
- Oktoberfest: Celebrations of German culture – accented with cold steins of beer – will be held across the city starting Sept. 21 with the German-American Steuben Parade on Fifth Avenue. A free street fair takes place Sunday, Sept. 29, on Lexington Avenue from 42nd to 57th Street. Or celebrate with bratwurst and spatzle at a German restaurant such as Heidelberg in Yorkville, once the city’s Little Germany.
- Atlantic Antic: Billed as one of the city’s largest street fair, Brooklyn’s Atlantic Antic covers 10 blocks and features more than 500 vendors. The family-friendly festival takes place Sunday, Sept. 29, from noon to 6 p.m.
- Open House: One weekend a year, the doors to the city are swung open and New Yorkers have behind-the-scenes access to hundreds of sites across the city. Tour private residences, historic landmarks and skyscrapers and you learn about their architecture and inner workings. Open House takes place Oct. 12-13.