New York City events calendar for October 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities and Halloween haunted houses in NYC, New York.

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October 2015

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

Mileage is from Rockefeller Center in downtown New York City, New York.

Gypsy music

October 1 & 4, 2015 (begins Sept. 30)

3.5 miles south

New York Gypsy Festival includes 17 performers from France, Algeria, Spain, Poland, Georgia, Russia, and the U.S.

New York Film Festival

October 1 - 11, 2015 (begins Sept. 30)

NYC locations

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

Dance festival

October 1 - 11, 2015 (begins Sept. 30)

0.4 miles south

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

Art of Mexico

October 1 - 30, 2015

12 miles north

A ticket to Frida al Fresco Evenings includes a beer or margarita to sip, a stroll in Frida Kahlo’s recreated studio, and weekend music at New York Botanical Garden for age 21+.

Architecture and design month

October 1 - 31, 2015

NYC locations

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

Dog films

October 2 - 3, 2015

2.6 miles north

The Dog Film Festival features short films about the bond between dogs and humans at Symphony Space.

Food and beverage show

October 2 - 4, 2015

10 miles south

Sample New York beer, wine, spirits, and cider with local food, and visit vendor booths at Cheers NY at Industry City in Brooklyn. Requires age 21 ID.

Haunted house - Long Island

Oct. 2 - 31, 2015 (schedule)

60 miles east

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

Haunted house

October 2 - Nov. 7, 2015

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.

Halloween theme park

October 2 - Nov. 8, 2015

33 miles NE

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

Marine science festival

October 3, 2015

3.5 miles south

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

Coffee festival

October 3, 2015

6 miles SE

Taste coffee from 20 specialty roasters and coffee shops, with snacks and entertainment, at NYC Craft Coffee Festival at Villain in Brooklyn.

Gluten-free expo

October 3 - 4, 2015

5.7 miles NW

Sample and purchase products from 150 vendors at the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.

Crafts fair

October 3-4 and 10-11, 2015

1 mile north

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

Halloween at the zoo

Oct. 3 - Nov. 1, 2015 (weekends)

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.

Pumpkin festival

October 3 - Nov. 1, 2015 (weekends)

23 miles SW

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

Literary and arts festival

October 4, 2015

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.

Short-film festival

October 4, 2015

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.

Pickle day

October 4, 2015

3.5 miles south

Buy a pickle on a stick or other pickle-themed food, take part in activities, and dance to DJ music at Lower East Side Pickle Day on Orchard St., where vendors once sold pickles from barrels. Free.

Medieval fair

October 4, 2015

9 miles north

The Medieval Festival transforms Fort Tryon Park into a medieval town with bright banners, processional flags, and performers in period dress. Enjoy medieval music, magic, dancing, juggling, food and craft vendors, and knights jousting on horseback. Free.

Muddy obstacle race

October 4, 2015

16 miles NE

Down & Dirty Obstacle Race [sound] is a 3 or 6 mile race with 20 challenging obstacles at Pelham Bay Park.

Pumpkin spectacular

Oct. 4 - 25, 2015 (Sun. to Thurs.)

23 miles east

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

Pizza party

October 7, 2015

3 miles south

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

German dinner

October 7, 2015

5 miles SE

The Edible Oktoberfest is a multi-course traditional meal served family style and including beer at Brooklyn Brewery for age 21+. Buy in advance.

Odd art

October 7 - 11, 2015

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.

Horror show - Lower East Side

October 7 - 31, 2015 (schedule)

4 miles south

Nightmare New York is a scary theater festival of 7 rotating plays instead of a haunted house at 107 Suffolk Street.

Natural fiber festival

October 10, 2015

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.

Pow wow

October 10 - 12, 2015

6 miles NE

The Indigenous Peoples Day Native American Festival features artists, singers, colorful dancers, and authentic tribal cuisine on Randall’s Island.

Pop culture convention

October 11, 2015

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.

Taiwan rock concert

October 11, 2015

13 miles east

Eat Chinese food 5 to 7 p.m, and then rock out at 7 p.m. with three bands at Hello Taiwan! at the Taiwan Center in Flushing.

Columbus Day Parade

October 12, 2015

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.

Indie film fest

October 12 - 18, 2015

0.9 miles west

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

Technology festival

October 12 - 18, 2015

1.8 miles south

Techweek includes speakers, vendors, recruiters, parties, and a conference on Thursday and Friday.

Tasting at Sotheby’s

October 13, 2015

1.9 miles NE

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and spirits prepared by 25 chefs at The Art of Food, surrounded by elegant art at Sotheby’s headquarters on York Ave.

New-music marathon

October 13 - 17, 2015

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.

Architecture & design films

October 13 - 18, 2015

3.1 miles south

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

White Light Festival

October 14 - Nov. 22, 2015 (schedule)

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.

Wine & food festival

October 15 - 18, 2015

NYC locations

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

Hamburger bash

October 16, 2015

1.2 miles NW

The best chefs in the U.S. serve their favorite burgers with mac & cheese, beer, live music, and dancing on the roof of Pier 92 at Blue Moon Burger Bash, $225.

Cool science films

October 16 - 24, 2015

NYC locations

This year the Imagine Science Film Festival explores "air" in all its forms and meanings, from respiration to weather.

Sandwich tasting

October 17, 2015 (12 to 3 p.m.)

0.8 miles NW

Stacked: Sandwiches and Sides is a walk-around lunchtime tasting at Hudson New York for $125.

Marco Polo Festival

October 17, 2015 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

3.1 miles south

Marco Polo Festival celebrates Chinatown and Little Italy with a puppet parade (map) followed by cultural performances at Grand St. and Mott St. Free.

Family fall festival

October 17, 2015 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

5.5 miles SW

Hoboken Harvest Festival features hay rides, pony rides, trackless train rides, a hay maze, pumpkins, crafts, inflatables, and live music at Pier A Park in Hoboken, NJ. Photos. Free.

Jazz festival

October 17, 2015 (2 to 7 p.m.)

11 miles south via ferry

Hear legendary jazz artists at Staten Island Jazz Festival at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

Architecture open house

October 17 - 18, 2015 (launch party Oct. 15)

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.

Film festival

October 17 - 18, 2015

1.8 miles SW

See films (including documentaries) about global issues at Chelsea Film Festival at SVA Theatre.

Honey festival

October 17 - 18, 2015

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.

Oyster Festival

October 17 - 18, 2015

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 18, 2015 (4 to 7 p.m.)

1.3 miles west

A ticket to Meatopia includes grilled meat, drinks, and live music at Pier 92.

Harvest festival

October 18, 2015

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 19 - 24, 2015

NYC locations

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

Animal film festival

October 19 - 25, 2015 (retreat Oct. 16)

NYC locations

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

Family party at the museum

October 21, 2015 (5 to 7:30 p.m.)

2 miles north

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 for $175 adult, $85 child.

Literary party

October 21, 2015 (7 to 10 p.m.)

2.7 miles south

Lit Crawl NYC is a party for book lovers, with author readings, brain games, and live music at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Free.

Garment District festival

October 22 - 24, 2015

1 mile SW

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

Food and film festival

October 22 - 25, 2015

0.7 miles SW

See films about the world’s favorite foods and then eat them at the NYC Food Film Festival at AMC Empire 25.

Cultural film festival

October 22 - 25, 2015

2 miles north

The Margaret Mead Film Festival screens 50 outstanding non-fiction films and hosts special events and performances that explore world cultures at the American Museum of Natural History.

LGBT film festival

October 22 - 27, 2015

1.7 miles SW

NewFest screens a variety of gay and lesbian films at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas.

Haunted house - Brooklyn

October 22 - 31, 2015

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. Open Oct. 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31.

Bad theater

October 22 - Nov. 7, 2015

1.2 miles south

Bad Theater Fest welcomes new writers and actors, often with hilarious results, at The Pit Loft.

Haunted garden for families

Oct. 23, 2015 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

12 miles north

Walk on the spooky trick-or-treat trail, hear ghost stories, and see giant skeletons celebrating the Day of the Dead during Frida for Families: A Spooky Nighttime Adventure at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

Haunted Fort Totten

October 23 - 24, 2015

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.

Art & antiques

October 23 - 29, 2015

1 mile north

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

Candlelight Ghost Tours

October 23-24 and 28-30, 2015

2.5 miles south

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

Apple day

October 24, 2015

NYC locations

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

Thriller dance

October 24, 2015 (2 to 6 p.m.)

3.1 miles south

Get a ticket to watch or participate as a zombie on Thrill the World Day, dancing Michael Jackson's “Thriller” at Celebration of Whimsy Theatre, 21 A Clinton St.

Halloween at Socrates Park

October 24, 2015 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

4 miles NE

Halloween Harvest Festival includes art and costume making workshops, face painting, restaurant food, live music, and a dog costume contest at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. Free.

Halloween at Prospect Park

October 24, 2015 (12 to 3 p.m.)

7 miles south

Take a Halloween Haunted Walk with a parent past vampires and witches to Lookout Hill. Halloween Fair (nearby on The Nethermead) has family activities and food trucks. Both free in Prospect Park.

Halloween on Staten Island

October 24, 2015 (12 to 4 p.m.)

32 miles south

Halloween Extravaganza [scroll down their page] features a zombie kitchen, hayrides, bouncy rides, crafts, a magician, and hot dogs at the Conference House. Rain date Oct. 25.

Halloween at the zoo

October 24 - 25, 2015

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 24 - 31, 2015

NYC neighborhoods

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

Dogs in costume

October 24 & 31, 2015 (12 p.m.)

3 and 6 miles south

Halloween in Central Park

October 25, 2015 (3:30 to 7 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 A. Dana Discovery Center.

Craft beer festival

October 25, 2015

7 miles south

Tapped offers 100 beers, wines, and ciders at Barclays Center, with food for sale, live music, and football games on TV.

Bronx bike ride

October 25, 2015

7.5 miles north

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

Halloween festival for kids

October 25, 2015

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.

Vegan taco tasting

October 26, 2015 (7 to 9 p.m.)

2.3 miles south

Taste eight spicy plant-based mini tacos made by restaurant chefs at El Macho Taco at VSpot Organic.

Masquerade ball

October 29, 2015 (7 to midnight)

Secret location

Men wear suits and ties, women wear dresses, and all don Venetian masks for the Masquerade Ball Gala [first login to Facebook], which begins with a cocktail reception.

Cemetery walk & talk

October 29, 2015 (6 p.m.)

15 miles NE

Cemetery Walk + Tombstone Talk is a guided, candlelit walk to Pell Cemetery followed by a talk about funerary monuments by a tombstone expert and carver at Bartow-Pell Mansion.

Halloween pub crawl

October 29 - 31, 2015

NYC locations

Join costumed party goers getting drink specials at Halloween PubCrawl New York.

Masquerade ball

October 30, 2015

1.2 miles south

Danse Macabre Masquerade by Dances of Vice is a Venetian carnival of court jesters, fire breathers, diabolists and roving minstrels, with decadent scenes from the underworld at The Cutting Room, age 21+.

Halloween show

October 30, 2015 (7 or 10 p.m.)

3.6 miles north

Watch silent 1922 German horror film “Nosferatu” with live organ, then see an immersive show of fantastic creatures at Nosferatu and Procession of the Ghouls at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Halloween in Richmond Town

October 30, 2015 (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.

Halloween beer bash

October 30 - 31, 2015

1.2 miles west

Sample 150 craft beers with local restaurant food at NYC Craft Beer Festival, at 639 W. 46th Street. Costume optional.

Crypt tour

October 30 - 31, 2015

3.6 miles north

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

Digital-content convention

October 30 - Nov. 1, 2015

1.7 miles SW

Stream Con NYC offers workshops, celebrity panels, concerts, and vendors for both digital-content creators and their fans at the Javits Center.

Scary Movies

October 30 - Nov. 5, 2015

1.2 miles NW

Enjoy new and old Scary Movies at Lincoln Center, and a vampire-themed costume party opening night.

Winter in Bryant Park

October 30, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016

0.5 miles south

Winter Village at Bryant Park has 125 holiday kiosk shops, an ice-skating rink open until March 6, and a Tree Lighting Skate-tacular on Dec. 1. Free unless you rent skates.

Halloween scavenger hunts

October 31, 2015

NYC locations

Find hidden clues and complete fun tasks with a Halloween theme in a race around Manhattan.

Trick or treating for kids

October 31, 2015

NYC locations

Children in costume can get free Halloween candy.

Halloween for kids

October 31, 2015 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

1.1 miles NW

LC Trick-or-Treat includes candy, crafts, photos, and a noon costume parade at Lincoln Center. Free but arrive early to get a ticket, one per person.

Halloween at the museum

October 31, 2015 (2 to 5 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 Halloween Celebration at the American Museum of Natural History.

Parade after-party

October 31, 2015 (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 costume ball

October 31, 2015

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.

Halloween masquerade ball

October 31, 2015 (9 p.m.)

3 miles south

Mix, mingle, frisk, and frolic to DJ tunes with crowds at the Masquerade Ball in the grand opulence of Capitale for age 21+.

Halloween parade

October 31, 2015 (7 to 10:30 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 from Spring St. to 16th St. Free.

Halloween party

October 31, 2015 (8 p.m. to midnight)

3 miles east

MoMA PS1 Halloween Ball is a chic and arty party at the Museum of Modern Art in Long Island City. Cash bar.

Halloween Ball

October 31, 2015 (sold out)

4 miles south

PhantasmaGorey offers both a Savage Kingdom of barbaric beasts and an Enchanted Forest of fairies and witches, with optional food and dessert buffet at Down Town Association.

Halloween party

October 31, 2015 (8 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

4 miles SE

Celebrate the living and the dead in costume with DJ sets at Dia de los Terribles at the Wythe Hotel.

Halloween jazz

October 31, 2015

4.2 miles north

Masquerade Extravaganza is a chic masquerade that features a New Orleans jazz orchestra at 7:30 and a brass band at 10:00 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

Halloween for children

October 31, 2015

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.

Day of the Dead

October 31 - Nov. 2, 2015

2.3 miles south

Bring photos, candles, and marigolds to remember the departed at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery during Day of the Dead, with food and crafts for sale. Free.
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