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.

Attend the Fall Harvest Festival in 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.

Making Strides of Queens: A Worthy Walk for an Important Cause

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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.

Fall Events in NYC for Nature Lovers

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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.

 

 


Go Modern at MoMA PS1

A hub for experimental, contemporary art, MoMA PS1 is a museum you should visit for a unique experience. Instead of collecting art, they feature exhibits that are constantly rotating and changing based on trends, ideas, and more.

If you want to see modern art that’s of-the-moment, this is the place to go.

Visit the Museum of Modern Art to See Cutting-Edge Exhibits

Now an extension of MoMA, the PS1 Contemporary Art Center was founded in 1971 and is one of the largest institutions of its kind in the U.S.

Visit this museum weekdays Monday, Thursday and Friday and on weekends, both Saturday and Sunday. They are closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Here’s what you can expect to see while you’re there.

Exhibitions

Because the museum is all about exhibitions, you’ll never see the same thing twice. A few you can view during the coming 2017 fall season include Maureen Gallace’s genre paintings through September 10, a documentary film from Stanya Kahn (Stand in the Stream) through September 4, and sculptural scenes from Cathy Wilkes starting October 22.

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The museum hosts fun programs for any age.

One is Warm-Up, a summer music concert series. Lasting through September 2, 2017. It features a wide array of artists and genres who play on an outdoor stage.

They also host the Young Architects Program, which focuses on boosting young and emerging talent in the field. Each year, a design contest determines who will get the opportunity to develop an outdoor installation at the museum.

There’s plenty more to see at MoMA PS1. Plan on staying with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel if the Museum of Modern Art is high on your itinerary during your next visit to NYC.


Visiting Governors Island New York

Governors Island is a unique, can’t-miss destination located right in the heart of New York Harbor. It has a wide variety of restaurants and activities to keep visitors entertained and well-fed while enjoying the magnificent view of lower Manhattan, a mere 800 yards away. If you like, bring your own picnic, and enjoy the picnic tables available for visitors.

Activities Abound on Governors Island

Venturing to Governors Island promises a mix of events not found anywhere else.

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Escaping Time: Art from US Prisons

Fridays through Sundays until September 24, 2017,  gain a special insight of life behind prison walls, with a display of artwork created by prisoners.

The Battle for the Ballot: The Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York

This exhibit, offered by the New York Historical Society, is a new presentation that includes reproductions of historic artifacts and artworks that recount the movement of women’s suffrage from the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, to the multitude of protests and parades that eventually won the right to vote for women in 1917. The exhibit is available to the public Saturdays and Sundays through October 1, 2017.

Christodora: Nature, Learning, Leadership

Saturdays through September 9, 2017, young people can take advantage of this program that opens the world of nature and their role within it, in an outdoor environment conducive to a pleasant learning experience.

NYC Audubon Summer Residency

Daily through October 1, 2017, the whole family can enjoy the NYC Audubon program. Activities offered include free bird walks, crafts for kids, family-friendly nature programs, and a story time gathering. Learn about the wildlife in the NYC area from the Audubon naturalists.

There are many more activities available throughout the Summer and Fall seasons on Governors Island for every interest.

Getting to Governors Island

Getting to Governors Island is easy, and an adventure in its own right. Just take a short ride on the Governors Island Ferry from lower Manhattan. Ferries are available from Manhattan or Brooklyn for the scenic ride to the island throughout the season.

Whenever your travel plans take you to Governors Island, plan to stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel. Our 288 modern and comfortable guest rooms cater to every need of family and business travelers, including such amenities as free WiFi, outdoor swimming pool and sundeck, and a state-of-the-art lobby with convenient spaces for work and gathering and our on-site restaurant, Aileron Bar & Grill.

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The Fun is On for Labor Day 2017 in New York City

Labor Day marks the official end of summer. Finish yours with a bang when you fill your three-day weekend with events for Labor Day 2017 in New York City.

How to Spend Your Three-Day Weekend

Here are some ideas on how to celebrate Labor Day weekend in NYC. You’ll find entertainment all over the five boroughs.

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West Side County Fair at Riverside Park

You don’t have to head to the country to enjoy an old-fashioned county fair. This one, in Riverside Park,will feature carnival rides, games, live bands, aerialists, local food vendors, and all the cotton candy you can eat. It’s happening on September 10th.

Labor Day at Riis Park Beach Bazaar

Head to Jacob Riis National Park for this Beach Bazaar, which is open through Labor Day. Here, along with sand and surf, you’ll find food vendors, DJs, and shopping on the historic boardwalk.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

West Village hosts this sidewalk art show every year. It’s free to wander among the exhibits and artists displaying their work, from painters and potters to photographers, crafters, and jewelers. It will last from September 2nd-10th.

The U.S. Open

The U.S. Open is taking place through Labor Day, and more than just a great chance to watch tennis pros battle it out on the courts. It’s also a haven for food trucks, celebrity-spotting, and live music-listening on the grounds. It’s all happening in Flushing Meadows Corona Park from August 28th through September 10th.

NYC Unicycle Festival

Featuring a 13-mile unicycle race, this unique festival is topped off with activities on Governors Island. Learn how to ride, watch unicycle sports and performances, and more. Best of all, it’s free.

If you’ll be spending Labor Day in NYC, book your stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


NYC Restaurant Week: Sample the Best of New York’s Food Scene

It’s the ultimate time to explore New York City’s famous food scene – NYC Restaurant Week. Join in for a tour of the city’s best cuisine, enjoy meals at incredible discounts and let your taste buds do the talking.

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Restaurant Week is happening this summer from July 24th to August 18th, 2017. The choices are diverse, from fine dining establishments to kitschy diners and ultra-trendy holes in the wall. You’re sure to find a fabulous meal or two (or three!) among the restaurants participating in this event.

Pricing

This bi-annual chance to dine out in NYC features prix fixe meals from over 380 restaurants throughout the five boroughs. Lunch is set at $29, with dinner at $42 per person.

What’s Included

Three courses are included with every meal, whether it’s lunch or dinner. Each restaurant will have their own special prix fixe menu. This will include limited selections for each course. In general, beverages, taxex, and gratuities are not included in the prix fixe prices.

How to Make Reservations

You can reserve a table at most participating restaurants on the event website. Of course, you can always call these restaurants directly or visit their homepages.

Top Restaurants and New-Comers

Hungry for suggestions? Check out one of these top-rated restaurants: Smoke Jazz & Supper Club on the Upper West Side, Catch NYC in the Meatpacking District, Sofrito on the Hudson in Harlem, or ABC Kitchen in Union Square.

There are also new eateries on the Restaurant Week scene, including High Street on Hudson, Green Fig, New Leaf Restaurant, Jue Lan Club, Quality Eats, Salvation Taco, and the Members Dining Room at the Met, i.e. the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art (no need for membership to visit during Restaurant Week).

If you plan to eat your way through New York City restaurants during this special event, book your stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.

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