Celebrate Halloween at Queens Zoo – Boo at the Zoo

Queens Zoo provides a little bit of the wild right in the city. Escape to a natural world teeming with tropical birds, eagles, pumas, coyotes, buffalo, bears, and more.

This Halloween, visit these marvelous creatures for spooky fun at Boo at the Zoo happening on Saturday, October 28, and Sunday, October 29, 2017.

Halloween in Queens: Zip Over to Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo is the zoo’s yearly Halloween celebration. The animals will get fun treats, and you’ll enjoy face painting and crafting with your whole family. Plus, the zoo’s Haunted Trail is a fun way to get spooked.

Animal Exhibits

Some of the animals you’ll find at the zoo include tiny deer (called pudu), American bison, bald eagles, Andean bear, pronghorns, Canadian lynx, and more on the Animal Trail. You’ll also see domestic animals like Flemish giant rabbits, sheep, cows, and longhorns. Don’t forget the playful sea lions in the Sea Lion Pool!

Ticket Information

You can visit the zoo and enjoy Halloween in Queens with general admission – adults 13 and older are $8, kids $5, seniors $6, and kids 2 and under receive free admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or when you arrive at the gate.

Visit the zoo for Halloween and book your stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


Get Caffeinated at the New York Coffee Festival

Coffee lovers and aficionados: Get ready for the New York Coffee Festival, a three-day event featuring food, music, art, and, of course, lots and lots of coffee.

Raise a Mug (or To-Go Cup) at Metropolitan Pavilion

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The event is set for Friday – Sunday, October 13-15, 2017 at Metropolitan Pavilion. Sessions will be held at different times each day.

On Friday, attend the afternoon trade session starting at 2 p.m. On Saturday, there will be morning, afternoon, and late sessions starting at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, the morning session is scheduled at 9:30 a.m., while the afternoon event will start at 1:00 p.m.

Charitable Information

All proceeds from this coffee lover’s event will go toward Project Waterfall. This initiative is all about helping people in developing countries get safe drinking water.

What to Expect

This NY Coffee Festival celebrates NYC’s fantastic specialty coffee scene. You’ll find barista demonstrations, artisan coffee tastings, gourmet food stalls, coffee cocktails, workshops, live music, and more. Your ticket for one three-hour event also includes unlimited free coffee!

For a coffee lover’s dream weekend, attend the festival and book your stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


NYC Museums Offer Unique Visual Journeys

For some culture and a taste of New York City’s thriving art scene, pay a visit to NYC museums. These world-class institutions are so packed with great attractions for you to see, do, and discover that you might need to set aside an afternoon or an entire day to experience it all.

Visit One of NYC’s Top Museums

New York City is known for its museums. Here are some of the top institutions to add to your list.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

This museum is devoted to showcasing thought-provoking, exceptional contemporary and modern art. Here, you’ll find everything from Max Ernst to Frank Lloyd Wright to early examples of the Impressionist movement.

American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)

If you’re interested in the history of life here on earth, the AMNH will not disappoint. Exhibits range from exploring Egyptian tombs to diving deep below the ocean’s surface. You can also discover the universe, birds in flight, butterflies, and animals from the earliest pages of human history.

The Guggenheim

Get going to the Guggenheim to see more world-class examples of fine modern and contemporary art. Sculpture, paintings, video, photography, and more, as well as names like Picasso, Kandinsky, Gaugin, and Pollock await you.

To take a tour of these fabulous centers for art and culture, and to see more of NYC, book your stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


The 44th Annual Village Halloween Parade Promises a Festive, Fun Night

It’s almost time once again for the 44th Annual Village Halloween Parade in NYC. This is one of the most electric, fun, creative Halloween events, so you won’t want to miss it!

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The parade is set for Halloween night – Tuesday, October 31, 2017. It all starts at 7 p.m.

Where to Watch

If you just want to watch the spectacle, you can grab a spot on 6th Avenue, north of Spring Street, up to 16th Street. Or, watch the whole thing unfold live on TV on NY 1 starting at 8 p.m.

Information for Participants

There’s one major requirement for joining the parade: You must be in costume, and the more creative, the better. The theme this year is Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie.

Once you have your Halloween get-up on, join the lineup for participants! This will be on 6th Avenue and Canal Street between 6:30 and 8 p.m.

How You Can Volunteer

There are two ways to volunteer. You can help to animate a giant puppet in the parade, or you can volunteer to help with crowd control, parade production, and the procession. No previous experience is necessary. Sign up on the parade website.

If you’ll be making your way to NYC to enjoy a vibrant and fun Halloween, book your stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


Fall Fun Is Here at the 2017 Queens County Fair

A true fair experience awaits at the 2017 Queens County Fair. Head out to the farm to enjoy a fall country weekend that’s perfect for the whole family without leaving NYC.

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The fair will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24, 2017 at the Queens County Farm Museum. This is a historic farm that dates back to 1697 and is located right in New York City.

Blue Ribbon Competitions

The fair is where you can see the best entries for livestock, produce, arts & crafts, baked goods, floral arrangements, canning, and more in blue ribbon competitions.

Classic Contests

Every fair needs a bit of fun and games! Join the pig races, watch the pie-eating contest, or check out the corn husking competition.

Fun Things to Do

The fall fun continues with hayrides, midway games, carnival rides, and loads of entertainment. The Shannon Breeze Irish Band will play in the Beer Garden, and bands like the Gas House Gorillas and the Something Special Big Band will perform on the main stage.

Round out the fair by trying out your luck in the corn maze, then grab some food from the many vendors who will be on hand.

If you plan on checking out this fall harvest festival in NYC, book your stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


NYC Comic Con Is Back!

The ultimate pop culture convention, NYC Comic Con is coming up October 5th - 8th, 2017. There’ll be so much to see and do, and all of it will revolve around your favorite comics, movies, TV shows, and characters.

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Here’s a little of what you can expect to see at this world-famous convention. This is the premier fan event of the year – don’t miss it!

Show Floor

The show floor is where you’ll find exhibitors, vendors, and lots of cool art, collectibles, toys, comics, books, and more. Shop around and find souvenirs to take home.

Special Guests

Huge names from the comic, movie, book, and TV worlds will be showing up at the Javits Center for Comic Con this year.

You’ll see cast members and creators from shows like American Gods, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Once Upon a Time, The Tick, and more. You’ll also be able to see best-selling authors, comic writers, comic artists, and movie stars.

How to Get Tickets to New York Comic Con

Tickets are available for purchase online. You must buy tickets for each individual day you plan on attending. Admission is available from Thursday, October 5 through Sunday, October 8, 2017.

If you’re heading to Comic Con, make sure to book your stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel for a fantastic fan-friendly weekend.


Sigh and Swoon Over Swan Lake at the New York City Ballet

One of the most famous ballets of all time is returning to enrapture a fresh audience. Swan Lake at the New York City Ballet is your chance to take in a timeless classic.

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The ballet will be performed this fall, from September 19th to October 1st, 2017 at David H. Koch Theater.

The Performance

The central role in Swan Lake is Odette, the Swan Queen who is under an evil sorcerer’s spell. She must spend her days as a swan swimming on a lake of tears, and returns to her true form only at night.

The sorcerer’s daughter, Odile, is played by the same dancer. She’s the infamous Black Swan who impersonates Odette to trick the handsome prince who is in love with her. The challenging role of Odette/Odile is one many ballet dancers dream of playing.

The NYCB performance features choreography from Peter Martins set to Tchaikovsky’s classic, heartbreaking score.

Ticket Information

The ballet is set for a two-week run, with performances both in the afternoon and evening. You can purchase tickets on the ballet company's website in advance. The theater has orchestra seating and first through third ring seating.

If you’re planning on taking in one of these breathtaking performances, make sure you book your stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


Join the Movement at the Making Strides Walk

Walk for a worthy cause, and feel good both inside and out. Join the Making Strides Walk on Sunday, October 15, 2017 in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is an American Cancer Society Event that raises money and awareness for breast cancer. These walks are 3-5 miles long, non-competitive, and lots of fun.

How to Participate

To walk in the event, you can either start a team as a team leader and recruit members to walk with you, or join an existing team. Your team will have a fundraising goal and work together to reach it until the day of the walk.

How to Volunteer

Volunteers do everything from helping out at water stations on the course, helping participants check in, and so more. If you’d like to lend your time, you can do so by signing up online.

How to Donate

If you’d like to make a donation, you have a few options. You can donate to a specific participant, a team, the event in general, or directly to the American Cancer Society. Choose your preference when you donate online.

Join the movement this October and walk for a great cause. If you’re planning to participate, come stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


Fabulous Fall Events at Queens Botanical Gardens

For an escape from the urban jungle, head to the serenity of a 39-acre natural wonder right in the middle of Queens. Fall events at Queens Botanical Gardens are the best way to get outdoors this upcoming season.

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Queens Botanical Gardens is a sprawling center of blooms, trees, plants, fountains, pathways, plazas, and more. Wind your way through each garden and get your fill of green. There’s everything from a Bee Garden to a Rose Garden, a Children’s Garden, a Backyard Garden, and more.

In the fall, the Gardens host lots of events that will tempt you into nature.

September and October 2017 Events

NYC Farmer’s Market – Fresh produce is available at the Down to Earth Markets every Friday. Come to get seasonal veggies, herbs, and more. This free event starts at 8:30 a.m.

Seasonal Garden Tours – The first weekend of every month, you can get a tour throughout the gardens that highlight the current season’s wonders. This fall, the tour is available on Sunday, September 3rd; Sunday, October 1st; or Saturday, October 7th.

Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch – Pick a pumpkin and enjoy fall activities at the Harvest Fest, which is an annual favorite. It’s happening Sunday, October 15th.

Coming to the area to enjoy fall events in NYC? Book your stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


Enjoying Football Season in NYC - Jets & Giants Style

It’s fun to come to the New York area to see an NFL home team game. Your favorite players will be out on the field doing their best to bring in a win, and you’ll be in the stands cheering them on. Check out the New York Giants 2017 schedule, as well as the New York Jets 2017 schedule for home games to see which football games you can attend this upcoming season.

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New York Giants Home Games

Regular Season

September 18 at 8:30 p.m. – vs. Lions

October 8 at 1:00 p.m. – vs. Chargers

October 22 at 4:25 p.m - vs. Seahawks

November 5 at 1:00 p.m. – vs. Rams

November 19 at 1:00 p.m. – vs. Chiefs

December 10 at 4:25 p.m. – vs. Cowboys

December 17 at 1:00 p.m. – vs. Eagles

December 31 at 1:00 p.m. – vs. Redskins

New York Jets Home Games

Regular Season

September 24 at 1:00 p.m. – vs. Dolphins

October 1 at 1:00 p.m. – vs. Jaguars

October 15 at 1:00 p.m. – vs. Patriots

October 29 at 1:00 p.m. – vs. Falcons

November 2 at 8:25 p.m. – vs. Bills

November 26 at 1:00 p.m. – vs. Panthers

December 3 at 1:00 p.m. – vs. Chiefs

December 24 at 1:00 p.m. - vs. Chargers

Luckily, Courtyard Marriott is the official hotel of the NFL, so if you’re coming to the area to check out some games, make sure to stay with us at Courtyard New York La Guardia Airport.