New York City events calendar for October 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities and Halloween haunted houses in NYC, New York.

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Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do in October 2014 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Rockefeller Center in downtown New York City, New York.

Technology week

October 1 - 5, 2014 (past)

2.5 miles south

Tech Week includes speakers, vendors, recruiters, parties, and Thurs./Fri. conference at 82 Mercer St.

Improv festival

October 1 - 5, 2014 (past)

NYC locations

Unscripted New York Improvised Theatre & Film Festival features live improv every day at Theatre 54 and films Friday night at HBO.

Film festival

October 1 - 12, 2014 (past)

NYC locations

See classics, documentaries, and full-length feature films by the world’s great filmmakers at the New York Film Festival (NYFF).

Architecture and design month

October 1 - 31, 2014

NYC locations

Archtober offers special tours of buildings, lectures, films, and exhibitions that help us to appreciate architecture and design in everyday life.

Haunted garden

Oct. 1 - 31, 2014 (begins Sept. 20)

12 miles north

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden is filled with pumpkin scarecrows, spiders, and bats. Do daytime activities, or follow the spooky nighttime trail to trick-or-treat at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

Haunted house - Lower Eastside

Oct. 1 - Nov. 1, 2014 (starts Sept. 26)

4 miles south

Nightmare New York is a horrifying attraction with a new theme each year at 107 Suffolk Street. Get a discount on regular tickets or no-line VIP tickets.

Gypsy music

October 2 - 17, 2014 (past)

3.5 miles south

New York Gypsy Festival includes 10 performers from India, Serbia, Russia, Slovakia, Mexico, and the U.S.

Haunted house - SoHo

October 3 - Nov. 8, 2014

3 miles south

Celebrate the macabre when intense, creepy actors confront you in the labyrinth of passageways at Blood Manor, 163 Varick St. Not for pre-teens. See dates. Discount express entry tickets.

Halloween theme park

Oct. 3 - 31, 2014 (Sept. 12 - Nov. 8)

33 miles NE

Bayville Scream Park has 5 terrifying attractions, plus “not so scary” kids days on Long Island. See dates.

Haunted house - Long Island

Oct. 3 - 31, 2014 (Sept. 26 - Nov. 1)

62 miles

Professional actors wear intense makeup at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse [sound] also a Kids Adventure on weekends at Gateway Playhouse in Bellport.

Honey festival

October 4 - 5, 2014 (past)

12 miles north

Honey Weekend features a candle-making workshop, honey-extraction demos, hive exhibits, and honey tastings at Wave Hill cultural center in the Bronx.

White Light Festival

October 4 - Nov. 11, 2014 (past)

1.5 miles NW

See world-class performances, films, and artist talks with a focus on music during White Light Festival at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Crafts fair

October 4 - 5 & 11 - 12, 2014 (past)

1 mile north

Autumn Crafts Festival features 250 juried artists, entertainment, and craft demonstrations in tents outside the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Repeats in June. Free.

Pumpkin festival

Oct. 4 - 26, 2014 (some days)

23 miles SW

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm features hayrides, face painting, farm animals, farm tours, arts and crafts, a corn maze, square dancing, and a pumpkin patch at a historic working farm in Staten Island.

Halloween at the zoo

Oct. 4 - Nov. 2, 2014 (*see below)

9 miles north

Boo at the Zoo features costume parades, magic shows, a hay maze, scary stories, pumpkin carving, and treats at the Bronx Zoo and is included free with a regular ticket. *Only Sat., Sun., and Oct. 13 & 31.

Short-film festival

October 5, 2014 (past)

2.6 miles south

Join people worldwide watching the Manhattan Short Film Festival and voting for their favorites. You can see the films at Anthology Film Archives.

Marine science festival

October 5, 2014 (past)

3.5 miles south

Learn about the oceans from marine scientists and hands-on activities at Submerge at Pier 26. Free.

Craft beer festival

October 5, 2014 (past)

6.7 miles south

The brand-new Brooklyn Local Craft Beer Festival features beer from local small to mid-sized breweries plus food trucks at 420 Carroll Street for ages 21+.

Muddy obstacle race

October 5, 2014 (past)

16 miles NE

Down & Dirty Obstacle Race is a 3 or 6 mile race that has 20 challenging obstacles at Pelham Bay Park.

Parade of Boats

October 6, 2014 (past)

2.5 miles SW

Watch the Parade of Boats, including working ships, historic sailboats, magnificent yachts, and human-powered boats, as a narrator describes their history and purpose at Pier 62, end of W 22nd or 23rd. Free.

Tango festival

October 7 - 15, 2014 (past)

NYC locations

See performances by 15 artists, take classes that range from beginner to advanced, or see Argentinian films on Sunday at Shall We Tango NYC.

Pizza party

October 8, 2014 (past)

3 miles south

Eat pizza samples from dozens of New York City’s best pizzerias at Slice Out Hunger in St. Anthony’s Church.

Music and film festival

October 8 - 12, 2014 (past)

NYC locations

CBGB Festival was originally named for a country, bluegrass, and blues music club. Now it’s a forum for American punk and new-wave bands, plus films.

Dance festival

October 8 - 19, 2014 (past)

0.4 miles south

Fall for Dance Festival features five unique programs by international dance companies at City Center.

Pop culture convention

October 9 - 12, 2014 (past)

1.5 miles SW

Fans of comic books, games, sci-fi, anime, manga, and popular culture meet artists, celebrities, vendors, and publishers at New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Midtown Manhattan.

Odd art

October 9 - 12, 2014 (past)

2.6 miles SE

You never know what to expect when Art in Odd Places brings visual and performance art to 14th Street along its entire length. Free.

Literary and arts festival

October 10 - 12, 2014 (past)

NYC locations

Hear famous and influential authors, journalists, poets, screenwriters, and cultural icons speak at the New Yorker Festival, which also includes comedy, film screenings, tastings, and walking tours.

Lighthouse festival

October 11, 2014 (past)

7.2 miles north

Tour Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse (while tickets last) at Little Red Lighthouse Festival with food vendors and live music in Fort Washington Park. Free.

Natural fiber festival

October 11, 2014 (past)

9 miles south

Kings County Fiber Festival features a marketplace of natural-fiber artists who crochet, dye, felt, knit, quilt, spin, and weave, plus crafting demonstrations and an art exhibit at historic Old Stone House in Brooklyn.

Architecture open house

October 11 - 12, 2014 (past)

NYC locations

Visit 200 of the city’s architecturally and culturally significant spaces and places (many closed to the public) during Open House New York Weekend. Free.

Columbus Day Parade

October 13, 2014 (past)

0.1 miles south

Watch 35,000 marchers and 100 bands, floats, and contingents go up Fifth Avenue from 47th to 72nd in the Columbus Day Parade. Free. Street closures.

Animal film festival

October 13 - 19, 2014 (past)

NYC locations

See stunning films (mostly short) about wildlife worldwide, and attend an opening party or panel discussion at Wildlife Conservation Film Festival.
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Indie film fest

October 15 - 19, 2014 (past)

0.9 miles west

NYC Independent Film Festival celebrates the independent filmmaker with screenings, panels, and parties at the Producers Club.

Architecture & design films

October 15 - 19, 2014 (past)

3.1 miles south

Architecture & Design Film Festival features 22 films, panel discussions with design leaders and filmmakers, and parties at Tribeca Cinemas.

Wine & food fest

October 16 - 19, 2014 (past)

NYC locations

The New York City Wine & Food Festival features cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, seminars, classes, wine tasting, and dinners, which all support charity.

Film festival

October 16 - 19, 2014 (past)

1.9 miles south

See films (including documentaries) about global issues at Chelsea Film Festival at SVA Theatre and The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.

Pumpkin spectacular

October 16 - Nov. 2, 2014

23 miles east

Walk through a garden of 5,000 pumpkins artistically carved with the glowing faces of celebrities and demons at Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns in Old Westbury. Discount tickets for certain nights.

Art & antiques

October 17 - 23, 2014

1 mile north

See exceptional art at the prestigious International Fine Art & Antiques Show at Park Avenue Armory.

Cool science films

October 17 - 24, 2014 (past)

NYC locations

This year’s Imagine Science Film Festival explores time: time travel, time lapse, a lifetime, the future.

Bad theater

October 17 - Nov. 2, 2014 (some days)

1.2 miles south

Bad Theater Fest welcomes new writers and actors, often with hilarious results, at Treehouse Theater. Discount tickets.

Sandwich tasting

October 18, 2014 (past)

0.8 miles NW

Stacked: A Sandwich Showdown is a walk-around lunchtime tasting hosted by Food Network star Robert Irvine at Hudson Hotel.

Marco Polo Festival

October 18, 2014 (past)

3.1 miles south

Marco Polo Festival celebrates Chinatown and Little Italy with a puppet parade and cultural performances on Grand Street from Mott St. to Mulberry St. Free.

Jazz festival

October 18, 2014 (past)

11 miles south via ferry

Hear legendary jazz artists at Staten Island Jazz Festival, and attend free family–friendly workshops in music, dance, vocals, and art plus panel discussions before performances at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

Oyster Festival

October 18 - 19, 2014 (past)

33 miles NE

The Oyster Festival has live entertainment, tall ships, pirate shows, midway rides, art, oyster eating and shucking contests, and a seafood court in Oyster Bay on Long Island. Free.

Meat festival

October 19, 2014 (past)

1.3 miles west

Get a $150 ticket to Meatopia to eat grilled meat like a carnivore with drinks and live music at Pier 92.

Pickle day

October 19, 2014 (past)

3.5 miles south

Buy a pickle on a stick or other food, and hear live music at Lower East Side Pickle Day on Orchard St., where vendors once sold pickles from barrels. Free.

Oktoberfest

October 19, 2014 (past)

3.7 miles east

Taste beer, try a dozen kinds of sausage, and enjoy German desserts at Oktoberfest in The Garden at Studio Square in Queens.

Harvest festival

October 19, 2014 (past)

11 miles east

Buy a pumpkin, take a nature walk, hear music, play games, do crafts, ride a pony, pet animals, shop from food & craft vendors, and visit a beer tent at Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch in Queens Botanical Garden.

TV festival

October 20 - 25, 2014

NYC locations

New York Television Festival (NYTF) offers screenings of creative shows, educational panels, competitions, pitches, fan events, parties, premieres, and seminars for artists, industry leaders, and viewers alike.

Family party at the museum

October 21, 2014 (past)

2 miles north

Expensive Family Party offers activities like dancing, digging for gems, seeing butterflies and frogs, peering into microscopes, and meeting museum scientists at the American Museum of Natural History.

New-music marathon

October 21 - 25, 2014

NYC locations

CMJ Music Marathon includes a daytime conference of music-industry panelists, and evening performances by 1300 bands in 80 rock clubs throughout the city.

Winter in Bryant Park

October 21, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015

0.5 miles south

Winter Village at Bryant Park features 125 holiday shops in kiosks and an ice skating rink that stays open until March 1. Free unless you rent skates.

Female comedy festival

October 22 - 26, 2014

NYC locations

Billed as America’s biggest all-female comedy festival, She-Devil Comedy Festival features 70 women competing for a cash prize.

Garment District festival

October 23 - 25, 2014

1 mile SW

Garment District Arts Festival offers exhibitions, performances, workshops, open studios, art, and gallery receptions near 8th Ave. and W. 38th St.

Cultural film festival

October 23 - 26, 2014

2 miles north

The Margaret Mead Film Festival screens 45 outstanding non-fiction films and hosts special events and performances that explore world cultures at the American Museum of Natural History.

Haunted house - Brooklyn

Oct. 23 - 25 & Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2014

5 miles south

Gravesend Inn is a haunted hotel with animated characters and gory scenes, produced by students in City Tech's Theatreworks program, at 186 Jay Street.

Apple day

October 24, 2014 (past)

NYC locations

Join 1 million New Yorkers eating apples today. Find locations for Big Apple Crunch on the website. Free.

Halloween for children

October 24 - 25, 2014 (4 to 8 p.m.)

10 miles SE

Kids can wear costumes, dance to music, make kooky crafts, play games, go on a scavenger hunt, and hear stories at Monster Mash, Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

Haunted Fort Totten

October 24 - 25, 2014 (6:30 to 8:15 p.m.)

16 miles east

Follow a park ranger on the Haunted Lantern Tour in search of ghouls and learn about the history of the Water Battery at Fort Totten Park in Queens. Free.

Candlelight Ghost Tours

Oct. 24-25 and 28-30, 2014

2.5 miles south

Doors slam, floorboards creak, and voices call into the night during evening Candlelight Ghost Tours or kids’ version at Merchant’s House Museum. Tickets.

Hard cider festival

October 24 - Nov. 2, 2014

NYC locations

Cider Week celebrates traditional hard cider with tastings, flights, pairings, classes, and events.

Dogs in costume

October 25, 2014

3 or 6 miles south

Halloween at Socrates Park

October 25, 2014

4 miles NE

Halloween Harvest Festival includes costume-making workshops, face painting, a bake-off, storytelling, puppets, spooky walking tours, and a dog costume contest at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. Free.

Halloween at Prospect Park

October 25, 2014 (12 to 3 p.m.)

7 miles south

Take a scary Halloween Haunted Walk with a parent past vampires and witches to Lookout Hill. Halloween Carnival nearby has games, pony rides, and treats. Both free in Prospect Park. Food trucks available.

Obstacle race

October 25, 2014

10 miles east

Urbanathlon tests your strength and endurance on a 5-mile course with 10 obstacles (or 10 miles with 15 obstacles) followed by an after-party in Corona.

Run from zombies

October 25, 2014 (3:30 or 8:30 p.m.)

14 miles SE

Run three miles and overcome 10 insane obstacles as zombies try to steal the life flags around your waist at The Zombie Run, or be a zombie in Brooklyn.

Thriller dance

October 25, 2014

20 miles south

Practice dancing Michael Jackson's “Thriller” in advance, then show up (ghoulish costume optional) to perform Thrill the World NYC on the Coney Island Boardwalk, followed by dinner. Free to watch.

Halloween on Staten Island

October 25, 2014 (12 to 4 p.m.)

32 miles south

Halloween Extravaganza features a haunted kitchen, animals, hayrides, bouncy rides, face painting, a magician, and goody bags at the Conference House.

Halloween at the zoo

October 25 - 26, 2014

10 miles south

Boo at the Zoo features a spooky barn, costume parade, dance party, craft making, and treats for the animals at Prospect Park Zoo.

Halloween parades for kids

October 25, 26, 31, 2014

NYC neighborhoods

Kids in costume are welcome to join Free Halloween Parades for New York City Kids in neighborhoods.

Halloween pub crawl

October 25 - Nov. 1, 2014

NYC locations

Join costumed party goers and get drink specials at Halloween Weekend Pub Crawl.

Halloween in Central Park

October 26, 2014 (3:30 to 6:30 p.m.)

3.2 miles north

Wear a costume and bring a carved pumpkin (see rules) to Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla for free spooky music, crafts, a parade, and twilight pumpkin float at Charles Dana Discovery Center.

Bronx bike ride

October 26, 2014

7.5 miles north

Register to join the family-friendly Tour de Bronx, which follows a scenic 25-or-40-mile course from the Grand Concourse in the Bronx to a music festival in The New York Botanical Garden. Free.

Halloween festival for kids

October 26, 2014 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

16 miles east

Wear a costume to Children’s Fall Festival, which has games and bounces, a haunted house, a corn maze, a petting zoo, pony rides, pig races, country music, crafts, and food at Queens County Farm Museum.

Halloween scavenger hunts

October 26 & 30, 2014

NYC locations

Race to find hidden clues and complete fun tasks.

Masquerade ball

October 28, 2014 (7 p.m.)

2.2 miles south

Men wear jackets, ladies wear dresses, and all don Venetian masks for Le Cirque du Cabaret, which begins with a cocktail reception at 35 W. 8th Street.

Whisky festival

October 29, 2014

0.5 miles west

Taste 300 whiskys, and learn from master distillers and blenders at WhiskyFest at Marriott-Marquis.

Food and film festival

October 29 - Nov. 1, 2014

8 miles south

See films about the world’s favorite foods and then eat them at the NYC Food Film Festival in Brooklyn.

Taste of the world

October 30, 2014 (food 6 to 8 p.m.)

1.6 miles south

Try food and drink from 20 countries as you walk around Edible Escape at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

Spooky evening

October 30, 2014 (6 p.m.)

15 miles NE

Cemetery Walk and Ghost Stories in the Double Parlors is a guided, candlelit walk to Pell Cemetery followed by a spooky staged reading of ghost stories by City Island Theater Group at Bartow-Pell Mansion.

Halloween in Richmond Town

Oct. 30, 2014 (3:30 to 5 p.m.)

27 miles south

Halloween in Richmond Town features trick-or-treating, crafts, apple bobbing, games, and friendly ghosts at historic Richmond Town in Staten Island.

Trick or treating for kids

October 31, 2014

NYC locations

Children in costume can get free Halloween candy.

Party at the bowling alley

October 31, 2014

1.4 miles west

Bowlloween has DJ dancing and a bar at Lucky Strike.

Halloween at the museum

October 31, 2014 (4 to 7 p.m.)

2 miles north

Kids can come in costume for trick-or-treating, magic shows, craft projects, music, and live storybook characters at the evening Halloween Celebration at the American Museum of Natural History.

Halloween parade

October 31, 2014 (7 p.m.)

3 miles south

The big Village Halloween Parade features 53 bands, dancers, artists, puppets, and thousands of New Yorkers in costume parading up 6th Avenue. Free.

Parade after-party

October 31, 2014 (8 p.m.)

2.1 miles south

Get a ticket and a costume to join the crowded dance party, and witness scenes of terror and debauchery when four-story Webster Hall becomes Webster Hell.

Halloween masquerade ball

October 31, 2014

3 miles south

Mix, mingle, frisk, and frolic to DJ tunes at the Masquerade Ball in the grand opulence of Capitale.

Halloween costume ball

October 31, 2014 (9 p.m.)

3 miles south

Dance, dine, show off your costume, and watch creative cabaret acts all evening at the Village Halloween Costume Ball at Theater for the New City.

Victorian Halloween Ball

October 31, 2014 (10 p.m.)

4 miles south

Phantasmagorey Victorian Halloween Ball has a dark and whimsical Edward Gorey theme, with costumes, digital art, jazz, and optional dessert buffet in a haunted Victorian mansion at Down Town Association.

Autumn beer festival

October 31 - Nov. 1, 2014

1.5 miles south

Sample 150 craft beers with local restaurant food at NYC Craft Beer Festival, Armory on Lexington Ave.

Crypt tour

October 31 - Nov. 1, 2014

3.7 miles SE

Bring a flashlight for a guided tour of the crypt at St. John the Divine Cathedral, and hear stories about the entombed, during Crypt Crawl for ages 12+.

Scary Movies

October 31 - November 6, 2014

1.2 miles NW

Enjoy new and old Scary Movies at Lincoln Center, and a vampire-themed costume party opening night.
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October 2014 calendar of events in NYC, NY: Halloween haunted houses, parties, festivals, best things to do in New York City, New York.     steve.adams@events12.com