Eight Fantastic Fall Happenings in the City

The weather might be cooling down soon, but NYC’s cultural events, music and bustling energy continue to heat up. Here are some nearby the Roger Smith Hotel for you to enjoy.


Broadway is Back

Enjoy fantastic shows as the majority of premier Broadway theatres are set to reopen after Labor Day for the first time since March 2020. Some of the most critically acclaimed shows including ‘Tina’, ‘Chicago’, ‘Hamilton’ and ‘The Book of Mormon’ – along with off-Broadway newcomers – are slated to open in September.


Cheer on NY’s Football Teams

The NFL season is back this fall and this year you can experience the action in person again. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to the New York Giants and the New York Jets (or your favorite hometown team competing against them) at the Metlife Stadium, less than a 20-minute cab ride from Grand Central.


The Feast of San Gennaro

Every September, Little Italy puts on an 11-day street festival known as the annual Feast of San Gennaro, also called ‘The Feast’ for short. Originally a religious ceremony to commemorate the Patron Saint of Napoli, the festival is now a fun-filled, gut-busting attraction that welcomes everybody to enjoy the flavors of Italian-American culture.


Enjoy the Fall Foliage

Fall in NYC is the perfect time to wander through the city’s many idyllic parks as the trees change colors. Although there are many to choose from, Central Park, Madison Square Park and the Sutton Place Parks are beautiful and conveniently located near Midtown East. Read our guide on excellent outdoor activities in Midtown to learn more.


Eclectic Performances at the Roger Smith Penthouse

The Roger Smith is regularly debuting distinctive shows from our artists-in-residence, including Kassa Overall, a jazz musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer who melds avant-garde experimentation with hip hop production techniques. In addition to the one-off shows, don’t miss the hotel’s weekly forró parties where you’ll hear exotic, dance-inspiring, rhythmic Brazilian forró music blasting from Henry’s Rooftop Bar and the 16th-floor Penthouse.


A Full Slate of Fall Festivals

Manhattan is replete with world-renowned festivals happening this fall, including the New York Comic Con Festival (where you can meet the actors of your favorite childhood comic series and other legends of the industry), the New York Film Festival (highlighting cinema from acclaimed and upcoming directors) and the Bryant Park Film Festival (outdoor movie theater and concerts by the New York Philharmonics), along with many others. 


Halloween in NYC

NYC’s Halloween parade is like none other, bringing over two million spectators where New Yorkers from all walks of life join in this quirky and fantastical parade through the heart of Greenwich Village. After, you can find plenty of parties and events happening all over the City.


Early Ice Skating

The first ice skating rinks open by the end of October, including the iconic Rockefeller Center rink. Although most think of this as a winter activity, you can beat the crowds and cold weather. Even if you aren’t a skater, the scenery and architecture at these venues, like the Winter Village at Bryant Park, are well worth the trip alone.