Adam KidanIt’s that time of year again – and we’re not just talking about the menu change at Starbucks. New York City is at its most vibrant during the fall season, where yellow and burnt orange leaves cover the tree-lined streets, and there are endless amounts of festivals, museum exhibitions, and broadway shows for all members of your family to enjoy. Here’s a list of some of the most anticipated things to do in New York City this fall:

First, from September 25th to October 11th, celebrate the 53rd annual New York Film Festival organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The lineup for this year includes 26 films, not including breathtaking cinematic short films with new filmography from Todd Haynes, Michel Gondry, and Steven Spielberg to name a few. Get your tickets as soon as possible though, because they will sell out faster than you think. New York City is one of the most filmed cities in the world, and there’s no shortage of film fans either.

Adam KidanAs the summer winds down and the winds pick up, enjoy the crisp autumn air with a glass of wine in hand and a delicious meal in front of you. The New York City Wine & Food Festival takes place from October 15th to October 18th and features some of the most famous chefs from all around the world. This year, you’ll see Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, and Michael Symon on the lineup. You may also want to indulge in a wide range of chef-led cooking classes all over the city, which can include anything from baking cookies to the precision and art of meat butchery. The tickets will be pricey, but they will also be undeniably worth it – and if you don’t think so, just let your stomach decide.

Last, New York City is home to some of the most incredible art museums in the world. Though it doesn’t have quite the same repertoire as Paris’s latest nickname, “The City of Museums,” New York comes in at an extremely close second. The MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) will be displaying a Picasso Sculpture exhibit in mid-September, which will display the artists not-so-famous three-dimensional works. There will also be a haute couture Costume Institute exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will showcase the beautifully cloaked works of Jacqueline de Ribes starting November 19th. Last, be sure tAdam Kidano head downtown to the new Whitney Museum and check out the Frank Stella retrospective exhibit beginning the day before Halloween – there’s nothing like good art to get you excited for the holiday season.

There’s no denying that New York City is one of the greatest cities in the world. But don’t let fatigue stop you from enjoying all of the many exciting shows and events to participate in this fall. After all, you will be gaining an extra hour of sleep.