Literally everyone on your News Feed is posting about pumpkin spice lattes, which can only mean one thing––fall is in the air! This season contains some of the best traditions, like pumpkin picking, jumping into a pile of leaves and hayrides––just to name a few. We made a list of some (free) events happening in New York and Chicago near Grind locations so you can celebrate the season the right way.
NYC: Madison Square Eats
WHEN: September 10 – October 7 | 11:00am – 9:00pm
WHERE: Worth Square – 5th Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets
This bi-annual outdoor food festival hosts the diverse flavors of New York City with some of the best food and beverage purveyors in New York’s historic Flatiron District. The event draws thousands of visitors every year and is a perfect day trip for the entire family. Learn more on Madison Square Park's website.
NYC: Feast of San Gennaro
WHEN: September 15 – September 25 | all day
WHERE: Mulberry Street
This annual festival celebrates the traditions and customs of the early Italian-American immigrants in Manhattan's historic Little Italy. The feast is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year and features musical performances, attractions and all the delicious Italian food you can mangia! Be sure to make it out there soon––the 2016 feast closes down this Sunday, Sept. 25!
WHEN: September 17 – October 3 | all day
O'zapft! This annual festival originated in Munich, Germany over 200 years ago and it's the world's largest celebration to date. However, if you're unable to fly out to Europe, it's very possible the closest celebration could be at your neighborhood bar. As long as there's beer, someone sporting a lederhosen, endless pretzels and polka dancing, then you're celebrating Oktoberfest the right way. If you need some help tracking down Oktobefest celebrations, check out public listings in Chicago and New York.
Chicago: Fulton Market Harvest Fest
WHEN: October 2 | 11 am - 9 pm
WHERE: West Fulton Market
This annual festival showcases the history and rich dining of the West Loop. It brings together local businesses, local breweries and even renowned chefs with live music and cooking demonstrations that will surely get you in the autumnal spirit! You can learn more info about the festival on its website.
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