It's Sweater Weather! 14 Things You've Gotta Cross Off Your Brooklyn Bucket List This Fall

We're so excited fall is here! Like we literally can't stop talking about it. 

And one of the best places to spend the coolest season is in Brooklyn, which is indisputably the coolest borough.

But you've gotta admit, Brooklyn is crawling with some of the chic-est fall events– beer and wine tastings, halloween fests, flea markets– there is literally sooo much to do!

Whether you're looking to party or planning to mosey around a fair on a lazy Sunday with bae, we've seriously got you covered.

See for yourself, we've rounded up some of the most interesting and unique things to do across the Brooklyn Bridge before it gets too cold to drink icy cold craft beer (JUST KIDDING, it's never too cold for beer). 

As for the rest of NYC? Well, we broke down the best of fall for The Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan, and Queens

Greenpoint Beer & Ale Brewery Tour (September 24th)


Greenpoint Beer & Ale was established in January of 2014 and brew beer in the traditions of England, Belgium, and Germany. 


On this tour of their brewery, which runs from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., you'll get to sample 4 half pints of their house made ales and lagers. 

Purchase tickets here.

The Great Big Bacon Picnic (September 24th & 25th)

Bacon! You either love it or are a vegetarian. Vegetarians, you keep your veggie bacon handy when you accompany your bacon-loving friends to The Great Big Bacon Picnic September 24th and 25th.

The deliciousness has been divided into three separate sessions, each lasting two-and-a-half hours. A general admission ticket gets you ALL THE BACON NOMS YOU CAN EAT. Obviously, there’s a Bacon Bar, as well as actual beverages to imbibe with said bacon.

Are you drooling? So are we. Even better, ten percent of the net proceeds are going to charities like City Harvest, and the Brooklyn-based High & Mighty Brass Band will provide music.

This event will be so good, you’ll be bacon for more. (GET IT?) Prepare to feast after you’ve snagged your tickets here

Brooklyn Flea Record Fair (September 24th)

Is there anything better than wandering around a flea market on the weekends? How about the Record Fair, where you can indulge your inner hipster while rifling through over 60 record shops, collectors, and online sellers. 

There will also be a beer garden overlooking the East River and DJs from various indie labels, check out the list here.

The market will be open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. rain or shine at 90 Kent Avenue at N. 7th Street.

Atlantic Antic (September 25th)

You definitely have to stop by the oldest and largest street festival in NYC. The Atlantic Antic runs from Hicks Street to Fourth avenue, spanning through four Brooklyn neighborhoods: Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, and Downtown Brooklyn.

This epic celebration of the many heritages that coexist in Brooklyn will live music that showcase different cultural genres, feature food from local restaurants, and attracts boutiques and vendors from all over the country.

Expect over 100,000 people but this one is definitely worth the crowds.

2016 DUMBO Dance Festival (September 29th - October 2nd)


Celebrate the best of contemporary dance with four nights and three days of performances. There will be dances performed by over 70 dance troupes and 300 performing artists will be showcasing their work.

Grab tickets to the opening gala here; the rest of the festival performances are free/ pay-what-you-will but RSVP here.

Chile Pepper Festival (October 1st)


Feel the bern– no, burn (sorry, it's a habit now) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this October.

This festival, celebrating your favorite fiery fruits– yeah, according to Wikipedia, Chile Peppers are fruit, so let us know if that changed– will feature tastings from 62 artisanal food vendors. 

You'll be able to sample a variety of hot sauces, chile-chocolate (YAS), some other sweets, salsas, and pickled spicy treats like kimchi.

There will also be musical performances from 6 "scorching" global bands– listen to some clips over at their websiteGrab your tickets here, they're $20 each but if you have a student ID, they're $15.

The Stoop Series: It's Brewing in Brooklyn (October 4th)


Interested in brewing your own beer? There's really no excuse for you not to attend this panel discussion on hoppy topics like home brewing advice, entering brew contests, and launching a successful commercial brewery. 

Beer tastings with food pairings will be provided by City Farm Cafe.

Head over to the BRIC House Stoop on Fulton Street at 7 p.m. after you register here.

Morbid Anatomy Halloween Flea (October 16th)

Get a jump start on holiday gifts for your weird friend (unless you are the weird friend) and explore this flea market filled with taxidermy, artful bones, unusual antiques, obscure books, and assorted oddities and curiosities.

The flea is hosted by The Morbid Anatomy Museum, which is a whole other trip you should consider, and will be at The Bell House on 7th Street.

Blocktoberfest (October 22nd)


This will be the New York City Brewers Guild's 3rd Annual Blocktoberfest, their spin on Oktoberfest. Support New York City Beer Week and enjoy samples from over 15 local NYC craft breweries, and some tasty noms from The Well's backyard taco truck.

The party runs from 12:30 until 5:30 at The Well on Meserole Street, grab your tix here. There are options that include 12oz beers, 4oz beer samples, and general admission for non-drinkers.

Dessert Goals (October 23rd)

"Wait, how is this the first dessert festival in NYC?! How has no one thought of that?" You might be asking. WE DON'T KNOW EITHER, so definitely do NOT miss Dessert Goals, the Dessert Fest of your dreams.

They'll be selling sweet treats, with an average price point of $5 per dessert, from 20 vendors. The first round-up includes Boba Guys and Baba Cool beverages like bubble tea, Hong Kong egg waffles from Wowfulls, ice cream sandwiches from Melt Bakery, and artisinal twinkies (um, yes pls) from Jae NYC Eats.

These guys also know our priorities, which start and end with our 'gram game. They'll be setting up a photo garden specifically for Instagram and will offer dessert photo styling workshops so you can rack up the likes.

The early bird tickets released last Tuesday, which were going for $10, sold out just hours later. The next batch, which will go for $15, are going to drop on September 27th at noon, so set that phone alarm RN!

Brooklyn Bridge Park's Harvest Festival (October 29th)

This will be Brooklyn Bridge Park's 7th annual Harvest Festival and will be hosted on the newly opened Pier 6 lawns. This family friendly event will feature pumpkin carving, arts and crafts, puppetry, games, and live music. Also, don't forget to stop by the pumpkin patch, photo booth, and the haunted marsh.

The event runs from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. but strolling around Brooklyn Bridge Park is quite possibly one of the best ways to spend a Saturday ever.

Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest (October 29th)


Fort Greene Park has been hosting the cutest Halloween Costume Contest for 18 years. The event got so popular that this year, they are limiting the total number of entrants to 120, so if you're interested in registering your furry friend, do so in advance or the day of at 10:30 a.m. on the monument plaza.

If you're just going to spectate, the puppy parade will start at 11:30 a.m.

Halloween Headphone Costume Party (October 30th)

If you've never been to a headphones party, you're missing out. Grab yo' squad and tell them you're celebrating Halloween at this quiet but trendy AF rager.


So find a dope costume and get ready to dance the night away at the Tropical Paradise Ballroom from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. Each ticket comes with a set of headphones, grab yours here.

Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival: Fall Edition (November 12th)

Class it up this November at one of this fall's best wine events to the soundtrack of live jazz & blues serenading your tastings.

You'll get the chance to sample a selection of over 175 wines, ciders, and other beverages. Plus, artisanal foods from Brooklyn and beyond, light bites that complement the fall-inspired wine selections, and samples from Brooklyn's top chefs' signature dishes.

Of course, you'll have the opportunity to purchase bottles and cases of wine from many local wineries. It goes down at Industry City: Factory Floor at 233 37th Street. 

Purchase your tickets here.

[Feature Image Courtesy Pulsd] 

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