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Gina Giordan


The Fall season is here!  The season officially changes September, 22.  By mid October, the kids are back and settled into their new school routine.  Those summer work hours are a distant memory and most folks are back in the office working five days a week.  

You may recall, the moment you transitioned from Summer to Fall, as you stepped outside and the brisk chilly air hit you in the face.  Instantly reminding you that it's time to layer up and winter is just around the corner!  

Despite the chill in the air, the transition from summer to the fall season is truly a magical time of the year.  One of our favorites!  The leaves are changing colors and the local farms open their doors to celebrate the harvest!  

If you live in the NYC there are several local farms that are open seven days a week and offer apple, pumpkin picking, food, live music and several seasonal activities for all ages!  

The Wanna curated a list of local NY farms below that offer pumpkin picking, hayrides and so much more! 


"Ya Know You Wanna!



DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 70 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION: 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem, NY 10560

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Apple, Pumpkin picking, Orchard tree walks, Animal watching.

Weekly hours are 9AM – 5PM.  Always check the website directly for exact address, hours of operation and events!

FOOD OPTIONS:  Weekdays the farm store is open to purchase lunch items from the market menu.  On the weekends guests can feast on the festival menu and the best part?  Farm-made hard cider!  

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  Every Saturday and Sunday the farm turns into an outdoor food and music festival.  Several local food vendors gather and serve the classic favs pizza, fresh seasonal dishes and don't forget that farm-made hard cider!  In addition to the weekly activities the kids festival activities include:  hayrides, face painting, trampolines, inflatable jumping land for all ages and more!  We suggest you review the farm website for the most up to date hours and events! 




Instagram @bennersfarm

Instagram @bennersfarm

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 110 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  56 Gnarled Hollow Road, Setauket- East Setauket, NY 11733

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Their tagline is “Old-fashioned Family Fun,” so you know you’re in for a great day at Benner’s!  They have pumpkin-picking, haunted hayrides, and more.  Make sure to check their event calendar for updated dates and times.

Hours: 12PM — 4PM

SPECIAL EVENTS:  There are a few different fun, educational courses to take part in, including “Mommy and Me,” “Farm Fun,” and “Down on the Farm.”  Check out what they involve here




DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 110 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  19 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton, NY 11932

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  On top of pumpkin picking and hayrides, Fairview is famous for it’s giant “Maize”.  They also have a corn cannon, a favorite for both kids and parents.

Hours: ONLY OPEN Thursday – Sunday: 10AM — 6PM

SPECIAL EVENTS:  New this year, a Tractor Trailer full of corn for kids to play in!




DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  240 Montauk Hwy., Watermill, NY 11976

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Hank’s boasts a wide range of activities to choose from, including pumpkin picking, apple picking, hayrides, wagon rides, tractor train rides, playgrounds, games and more.  Their new market has tasty treats your kids can munch on, including freshly baked pies, cookies, cupcakes, candy apples and cider donuts.

Hours: 9:30AM—6PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES: Get lost in the corn maze park, or get festive with face-painting!  They’re also open on Halloween weekend.




Courtesy Photo via CBS

Courtesy Photo via CBS

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 60 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  1335 White Hill Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:   Pumpkin picking, bake shop and hay play area for kids.

Hours are:  Pick-Your-Own: 10AM-4:30PM, Markets: 10AM-5PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  In addition to the weekly activities, Friday, Saturday and Sunday also include hayrides! 

We suggest you review the farm website for the most up to date hours and events! 




DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 80 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, NY 11747

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Daily pumpkin-picking and hayrides.

Hours: 10AM — 5PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES: The weekend is the best time to be at Schmitt Farms.  Activities range from pumpkin picking, corn maze, hay rides, playground & inflatables, farm animals, pony rides, and a spooky Haunted House for the older kids to walk through.

SPECIAL EVENTS: “The Haunted Mansion of Melville” was voted Long Island #1 Scariest Haunted House.  Be sure to check out the calendar here for dates and times to check out the terrifying house of horrors!




DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 90 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  1500 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  If you want a super authentic pumpkin harvest feel, Elwood grows pumpkins in their own fields.  Here, you’ll find no admission charge for pumpkin-picking.  You can also enjoy hay rides and a corn maze.

Hours:  Saturdays, Sundays: 10AM to 5PM, Monday – Friday: 3PM to 5PM




DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 50 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  250 Old Country Road, Melville, NY 11747 

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES & SPECIAL EVENTS:  Enjoy pumpkin-picking and hayrides daily.

Hours: 10AM — 5PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  Their annual Fall Festival goes from September 24th to October 30th.  Your admission includes entry to sing-a-long hayrides, their famous animal farm, a singin’ chicken show, and so much more.

Hours: 10AM – 4PM



Caroline Slusarczyk

Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Dreaming of warmer weather?  Now is the time to start planning a spring break!  Coachella, the annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, may be the perfect spring break getaway.  This year’s festival will take place on April 14-16 and 21-23, and tickets are currently for sale here.

In January, the 2017 Coachella lineup was announced.  The headliners are Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead.  Other big names who will perform include Lorde, Mac Miller, Bon Iver, Future, Hans Zimmer and Gucci Mane.  Check out the rest of the impressive Coachella lineup below:

Beyonce, who is pregnant with twins, must first get her doctor’s approval to perform.  Goldenvoice, the AEG Live subsidiary that produces Coachella, was reportedly unaware of Beyonce’s pregnancy until her recent announcement.  This has caused controversy around Beyonce’s headlining gig, and no official statement has been made yet by Beyonce on whether or not she is permitted to perform.

Another controversial aspect of Coachella 2017 is the scandal surrounding Philip Anschutz, the owner of AEG.  In January, The Washington Post revealed that Anschutz helped fund the Alliance Defending Freedom campaign, an anti-LGBTQ legal group.  Anschutz has also donated to the Family Research Council and the National Christian Foundation, which are strictly pro-life and pro-marriage organizations.  "Freedom for All Americans," an LGBTQ advocacy group has called Anschutz an “enemy of equality."

But despite these issues, as they say in showbiz, "the show must go on!” 

If you can’t make the two weekends of Coachella, there are plenty of exciting sideshow performances throughout Los Angeles to attend.  These include performances by, Future Islands, The Avalanches, DJ Shadow, Empire of the Sun, Bonobo and Jamie xx.  The various LA venues include The Observatory, The Glass House and The Regent.  Below is the full list of sideshows:

If you want to spend your spring break partying alongside A-list celebrities, Coachella is definitely the answer.  Several famous faces can be spotted every year at the festival, including: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emma Roberts, Taylor Swift, Alexander Skarsgard, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Bosworth, Jared Leto, Orlando Bloom, and more.

Find out more about the Coachella festival here and make sure to plan your exciting spring break trip ASAP!


Ya Know You Wanna!


Caroline Slusarczyk

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

While President Trump is settling into the White House and overturning Obamacare, the 2017 Sundance Film Festival is in full swing in Park City, Utah!

This season, many feared the reports earlier in the year on the shortage of snow might affect the festival turnout.  Yet, despite the snow reports, the turnout was OTT and showed no shortage of Hollywood "it" girls frolicking around town!  In fact, several quintessential "it" girls were spotted on the red carpet promoting their upcoming films.  Ya know that quintessential Sundance "it" girl...She's that indie actress that everyone is talking about.

In the middle of a blizzard, she manages to arrive at her scheduled screening fashionably late, just in time for a few pictures posing with her hair perfectly messy, snow-kissed skin all a glow and an entourage of directors and writers in tow! 

This year at Sundance the "it" girls were in full force!  Ms. Rooney Mara (Ghost Story), Aubrey Plaza (Ingrid Goes West), Elizabeth Olsen (Ingrid Goes West, Wind River), Riley Keough (The Discovery), Zoey Deutch (Rebel in the Rye, Before I Fall), and Jenny Slate (Landline) all made the list!  

Getty Images

Getty Images

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C Flanigan/Getty Images

Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune

Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune

In 2014, Rooney attended the festival to support her boyfriend, Charlie McDowell’s directorial debut film, "The One I Love."  THE WANNA was there to capture all the action.  You can watch our interview with Charlie and the cast HERE.

In 2014, Elizabeth Olsen attended the festival alongside her now ex-boyfriend Boyd Holbrook.  This season, Olsen hit the slopes solo and promoted two films that premiered at Sundance this season including:  "Ingrid Goes West," directed by Matt Spicer and "Wind River," directed by Taylor Sheridan.  

You can catch Olsen and the cast of Wind River’s red carpet interview here.

Olsen's co-star in "Ingrid Goes West" is the Indie darling, Aubrey Plaza!  Plaza is Hollywood's next leading lady!  The edgy and talented actress attended the festival in 2014 to promote and star in her boyfriend’s latest film, "Life After Beth."  The couple shared some tips on how to date and successfully work our coverage HERE!

Speaking of Sundance "it" girls, in 2012, "Fifty Shades of Grey" star, Dakota Johnson was a complete unknown and the new girl on the scene.  Watch this interview with THE WANNA host, Gina Glickman Giordan and a very shy Johnson who was promoting the indie film, "Goats," directed by Christopher Neil and co-starring David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga.  

Be sure to WATCH our Sundance series:  “Shit Celebs Say" starring more Sundance "it" girls including:  Kristen Wiig, Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, Anna Lynne McCord, Amy Poehler and more!  


Ya Know You Wanna!


Caroline Slusarczyk

Kevin Sawyer

Kevin Sawyer

The 33rd annual Sundance Film Festival kicks off this year on January 19th in Park City, Utah.  The Sundance film festival is the largest independent film festival in the United States, and each year thousands of attendees turn up to see the most anticipated films of the coming year.  If you plan to head to Sundance this year, you may catch a glimpse of a few celebrities as they make their way around the streets of Park City for the festival.  Celebrities with films in the 2017 festival include Kristen Stewart, Jeremy Renner, Cate Blanchett, Kiefer Sutherland, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jon Hamm, Mahershala Ali, Mary J. Blige, Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Elijah Wood, Elle Fanning, Aubrey Plaza, Jennifer Aniston, and so many more.  This year’s Sundance jury includes Peter Dinklage, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Patton Oswalt.

This year, there are several highly anticipated films that you will WANNA know about.  The WANNA has gathered some of the biggest films of the 2017 Sundance film festival for you to keep an eye out for below.

Where Is Kyra?

“A drama set in Brooklyn, Kyra loses her job and struggles to survive on her ailing mother's income. As the weeks and months go on, her problems worsen. This leads her on a risky and enigmatic path that threatens her life.” 

Directed by Andrew Dosunmu

Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Michelle Pfeiffer

Marjorie Prime

“A service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones and allows a man to come face-to-face with the younger version of his late father-in-law.” 

Directed by Michael Almereyda

Starring John Hamm, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins

A Ghost Story

“This is the story of a ghost and the house he haunts.” 

Directed by David Lowery

Starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck

Come Swim (Short)

“A diptych of one man's day; half impressionist and half realist portraits.” 

Directed by Kristen Stewart

Starring Kristen Stewart

Sidney Hall

“Sidney Hall finds accidental success and unexpected love at an early age, then disappears without a trace.” 

Directed by Shawn Christensen

Starring Elle Fanning, Logan Lerman, Michelle Monaghan, Kyle Chandler

Ingrid Goes West

“Ingrid Thorburn, a mentally disturbed young woman, becomes obsessed with Taylor Sloane, a social media star who appears to have the perfect life. But when Ingrid decides to drop everything and move west to befriend Taylor, her behavior turns unsettling and increasingly dangerous.” 

Directed by Matt Spicer

Starring Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen

The Yellow Birds

“Two young soldiers, Bartle (21) and Murph (18) navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise he made to Murph's mother before their deployment.” 

Directed by Alexandre Moors

Starring Alden Ehrenrich, Jennifer Aniston, Toni Collette, Tye Sheridan

Wind River

“An FBI agent teams with the town's veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.” 

Directed by Taylor Sheridan

Starring Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Jon Bernthal


“Cate Blanchett performs manifestos as a series of striking monologues.” 

Directed by Julian Rosefeldt

Starring Cate Blanchett

The Discovery

“A love story set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified.” 

Directed by Charlie McDowell

Starring Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford


“Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.” 

Directed by Dee Rees

Starring Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Mary J. Blige

Make sure to check out The WANNA’s exclusive coverage from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival of the films Dope, Cop Car and Diary of a Teenage Girl.  Enjoy!


Ya Know You Wanna!


Caroline Slusarczyk

Fan Wu, Courtesy of 90sFEST

Fan Wu, Courtesy of 90sFEST

This past Saturday, 90s Fest 2016 hit Governors Island, NYC!  Nostalgic festival-goers were transported back in time to the 1990s era with music, games and Nickelodeon-themed spectacles.  Guests posed for selfies with the Rugrats as they got slimed and played Nickelodeon classic games including:  Legends of the Hidden Temple and Double Dare.  Several famous artists from the 90's rocked out live centerstage including:  Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Sugar Ray, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Pauly Shore and Sister Hazel

The festival was a totally awesome destination for 90's junkies to dress the part!  From retro band tee's, choker necklaces to babies decked out in 90's garb, the fans really kept the 90's spirit alive in 2016!


This girl rocking a Nirvana tee:

Fan Wu, Courtesy of 90sFEST

Fan Wu, Courtesy of 90sFEST

These girls channeling the Spice Girls:

Fan Wu, Courtesy of 90sFEST

Fan Wu, Courtesy of 90sFEST

Wacky 90's accessories + Pokemon:

Fan Wu, Courtesy of 90sFEST

Fan Wu, Courtesy of 90sFEST

Hip-riding flannel was a common theme:

Fan Wu, Courtesy of 90sFEST

Fan Wu, Courtesy of 90sFEST

Can you spy the choker necklace?

Fan Wu, Courtesy of 90sFEST

Fan Wu, Courtesy of 90sFEST

Overalls, anyone?

Fan Wu, Courtesy of 90sFEST

Fan Wu, Courtesy of 90sFEST

And this girl, summing it all up in one sentence:

Fan Wu, Courtesy of 90sFEST

Fan Wu, Courtesy of 90sFEST