NYC’s Best Free Fall Events

Forget schilling out your hard earned money for pricey events and hit this fall's finest freebies


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Financially speaking, fall can be a tricky season to navigate. With summer over and the Holiday season ahead, it's time to save. But on the other hand, it's one of the most action-packed times of the year, stacked with sporting events, cultural happenings and other great excuses to get out of the house and explore your city. 
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That's why they've curated a list of the best free fall events in NYC. Read on for fun outings that won't break the bank. 
11th Annual Open House
October 12-13
Ever wonder what's behind the walls of some of NYC's most famous and exclusive addresses? Well, you can take an exclusive tour of these hallowed halls, marveling at the architecture as you get an insiders look. From landmarks to skyscrapers, private residencies to magnificent rooftops, explore all the great architecture this city has to offer during the 11th Annual Open House New York Weekend. Click here for schedules and other details. 
CMJ Music Marathon
October 15-19
As CMJ has grown, so have the reputations of the bands it attracts. But this festival is first and foremost about breaking new bands, meaning a handful of the showcases are still free and taking place in some of Manhattan and Brooklyn's best venues. Check out the CMJ site for a full line up, then head out to discover that next great sound.
ING New York City Marathon 
November 3
After a one year hiatus due to Hurricane Sandy, the New York City Marathon is back and sure to be better than ever. Watch 40,000 runners compete, from world class athletes to everyday heroes pursuing a personal best. Cheer them all on from prime locations like Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, First Avenue in Manhattan and, of course, the Central Park finish. Click here for more details
Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix: A Retrospective
November 9-December 31
A retrospective of graphic novel pioneer Art Spiegelman's work rounds out the year at The Jewish Museum. Peruse everything from his early drawings to his New Yorker covers to his famous Maus graphic novel. And be sure to go on Saturdays, when the museum is free to the public.  Click here for more details. 
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 
December 4
Emblematic of the Holidays, you can't get much more classic New York than the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting. Participate in the fun by joining thousands lining the plaza and sidewalks to watch the big tree light up with thousands of halogen bulbs. For more information, click here
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