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.
October 1, 2016 (6 to 8:45 p.m.)
multiple locationsLit Crawl NYC is an evening for book lovers, with author readings, brain games, and live music. Attend 45-minute events starting at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. Free.
October 1, 2016 (begins Sept. 16)
NYC locationsOyster Week is a series of adventurous dining events and activities that benefit sustainable aquaculture.
October 1, 2016
6 miles SETaste coffee from 20 specialty roasters and coffee shops, with snacks and entertainment, at NYC Craft Coffee Festival at Villain in Brooklyn.
Chile Pepper Festival
October 1, 2016
7.5 miles SEThe Chile Pepper Festival features fiery foods like hot sauces, spicy pickles, “hot” chocolates, and chili peppers, plus sizzling music like salsa and Afro-Brazilian funk, at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
October 1 - 2, 2016 (begins Sept. 29)
NYC locationsNew York Burlesque Festival is four nights of bump and grind by 100 performers in feathers and lace, ending in a glittery razzle-dazzle spectacular.
Affordable Art Fair
October 1 - 2, 2016 (begins Sept. 29)
1.7 miles southBrowse contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from 50 galleries at the Affordable Art Fair, which includes workshops and activities at Metropolitan Pavilion. Repeats in March.
Architecture & design films
October 1 - 2, 2016 (begins Sept. 28)
1.7 miles southArchitecture & Design Film Festival features films, parties, and panel discussions with design leaders and filmmakers at Cinépolis Chelsea.
October 1 - 2, 2016
9.3 miles eastSee 600 exhibits about science, art, creativity, and innovation, and meet the makers at World Maker Faire New York at New York Hall of Science.
October 1 - 2, 2016 (begins Aug. 6)
44 miles NWTravel one hour north to 16th century England to see knights joust, mingle with costumed minstrels, shop in an artisan market, play games, and watch shows at New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park.
October 1 - 8, 2016 (begins Sept. 26)
0.4 miles southFall for Dance Festival features 20 international dance companies in five unique programs and two world premiere commissions at City Center.
October 1 & 8, 2016 (begins Sept. 18)
3.5 miles southNew York Gypsy Festival includes six shows from Turkey, Hungary, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and the U.S.A.
October 1-2 and 8-9, 2016
1 mile northAutumn Crafts Festival features hundreds of juried artists, entertainment, and craft demonstrations in tents outside Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Repeats in June. Free.
New York Film Festival
October 1 - 16, 2016 (begins Sept. 30)
NYC locationsSee classics, documentaries, and full-length feature films by the world’s great filmmakers at the New York Film Festival (NYFF).
Halloween - Bronx Zoo
October 1 - 30, 2016
9 miles northBoo at the Zoo features costume parades, magic shows, a hay maze, scary stories, pumpkin carvers, and treats at the Bronx Zoo and is included free with all tickets.
October 1 - 30, 2016 (dates below)
23 miles SWPumpkin Picking at Decker Farm features hayrides, face painting, farm animals, farmhouse tours, arts and crafts, a corn maze, and a pumpkin patch at a historic working farm in Staten Island. Open October 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30.
Architecture and design month
October 1 - 31, 2016
NYC locationsArchtober offers special tours of buildings (some by boat), lectures, films, and exhibitions that help us to appreciate architecture and design in everyday life.
Haunted house - Long Island
October 1 - 31, 2016 (begins Sept. 23)
60 miles eastProfessional actors wear intense makeup at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse [sound] in Bellport, which most weekends also has a Kids Adventure. See schedule.
Oct. 1 - Nov. 5, 2016 (begins Sept. 30)
3 miles southIntense, creepy actors confront you in the labyrinth of passageways at Blood Manor, 163 Varick Street. Not for pre-teens.
Halloween theme park
Oct. 1 - Nov. 6, 2016 (begins Sept. 23)
33 miles NEBayville Scream Park [sound] has five terrifying attractions, plus “not so scary” kids’ days (weekends 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) on Long Island. See schedule.
Parade of Boats
October 5, 2016 (6 p.m.)
2.5 miles SWWatch the Parade of Boats, including working ships, historic sailboats, magnificent yachts, and fireboats, as a narrator describes their history and purpose at Pier 62.
October 5, 2016 (6 p.m.)
3 miles southGet in line to buy $1 pizza samples from dozens of New York City’s best pizzerias at Slice Out Hunger in St. Anthony’s Church to support charity.
Pop culture convention
October 6 - 9, 2016 (sold out except Thursday)
1.5 miles SWFans 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.
October 6 - 9, 2016
2.6 miles SEYou never know what to expect when Art in Odd Places brings visual and performance art to 14th Street nearly its entire length. The 2016 theme is race. Free.
Literary and arts festival
October 7 - 9, 2016
NYC locationsHear 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.
October 8, 2016
4.8 miles SEHump! is 21 short explicit films made by amateurs of all persuasions at Dobbins St in Brooklyn for age 18+.
Natural fiber festival
October 8, 2016
9 miles southKings 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.
October 9, 2016
2.7 miles SWThe Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition begins with a tug parade and ends in contests and awards at Pier 84. Free, or buy tickets to board the spectator boat leaving Pier 83.
Columbus Day Parade
October 10, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
0.1 miles southWatch 35,000 marchers and 100 bands, floats, and contingents go up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd in the Columbus Day Parade. Free.
October 10, 2016
6 miles NEBring a chair to the Indigenous Peoples Day Native American Festival, which features artists, singers, colorful dancers, and authentic tribal cuisine on Randall’s Island. Free.
October 10 - 14, 2016
1.7 miles southTechweek includes speakers, vendors, recruiters, and parties, mostly at Metropolitan Pavilion. Tickets come in three price levels determining your access to events.
Wine & food festival
October 13 - 16, 2016
NYC locationsNew York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) features cooking demos by celebrity chefs, seminars, classes, wine tasting, celebrity dinners, and a weekend grand tasting.
October 13 - 16, 2016
1.4 miles southSee films (including documentaries) about global issues at Chelsea Film Festival in three venues.
Cultural film festival
October 13 - 16, 2016
2 miles northThe 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.
October 13 - 31, 2016
7 miles NEPrepare to be terrified at the Haunted Hayride [sound], which offers 3 different experiences and was funded by TV’s “Shark Tank,” at 1 Randall’s Island Park.
October 14, 2016 (7 to 10 p.m.)
1.2 miles NWThe best chefs serve their favorite burgers with mac & cheese, beer, live music, and dancing on the roof of Pier 92 at $225 Blue Moon Burger Bash for age 21+.
Tasting in Brooklyn
October 14, 2016 (7 to 10 p.m.)
9.5 miles southBest of Brooklyn is a $160 walk-around tasting of signature dishes from local restaurants paired with cocktails at Berg’n for age 21+.
October 14 - 15, 2016
1.5 miles southSample 150 craft beers with local restaurant food at NYC Craft Beer Festival at Lexington Armory.
Cool science films
October 14 - 21, 2016
NYC locationsIn 2016, the Imagine Science Film Festival explores “light” in all its forms and meanings, from photons and photography to shadows and color perception.
October 14 - 30, 2016
NJ & NYWalk through a garden of 5,000 pumpkins artistically carved with glowing faces of celebrities and demons at Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns. See schedule.
Japanese flower arranging
October 15, 2016 (2 p.m.)
0.8 miles eastSee a Japanese master demonstrate Ikebana, hear a talk about it, watch a traditional ceremony, and attend a reception afterwards at Japan Society.
October 15, 2016
2.6 miles northThe Dog Film Festival features films about the bond between dogs and humans at Symphony Space.
Marco Polo Festival
October 15, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
3.1 miles southMarco Polo Festival celebrates Chinatown and Little Italy with a puppet parade (map) followed by cultural performances at Grand St. and Mott St. Free.
Beer festival in Jersey City
October 15, 2016 (12 and 5:30 p.m.)
7 miles SWA ticket to Jersey City Beer Fest includes beer tasting and live music, with food for sale at scenic Harborside Plaza for age 21+. Free parking.
October 15, 2016 (2 to 7 p.m.)
11 miles south via ferryHear legendary jazz artists at Staten Island Jazz Festival at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.
Architecture open house
October 15 - 16, 2016 (launch party Oct. 13)
NYC locationsVisit 275 of the city’s architecturally and culturally significant spaces and places (many closed to the public) during Open House New York Weekend. Most locations are free, but almost half require reservations.
October 15 - 16, 2016
5.7 miles NWSample and purchase products from 150 vendors at the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.
October 15 - 16, 2016 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
33 miles NEThe 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. No dogs. Free.
Indian festival of lights
October 16, 2016 (2 to 9 p.m.)
0.5 miles SWDiwali at Times Square features cultural performances, dancers, a live concert, Indian food, and digital fireworks at Broadway & 45th Street. Free.
October 16, 2016 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
11 miles eastBuy 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.
Science day in Brooklyn
October 16, 2016 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
12 miles southCity of Science offers interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities about science, technology, math, and engineering indoors at Park Slope Armory. Free.
White Light Festival
October 16 - Nov. 16, 2016
1.5 miles NWSee world-class performances, films, and artist talks with a focus on music during White Light Festival at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Animal film festival
October 17 - 23, 2016
NYC locationsSee stunning films (mostly short) about wildlife worldwide, and attend an opening party or panel discussion at Wildlife Conservation Film Festival.
October 19, 2016 (6:30 p.m.)
0.8 miles eastLearn about wagyu beef from a professor, watch a cooking demonstration, and enjoy a tasting reception with wagyu beef imported from Japan at Where’s the Beef: Wagyu Fact & Fiction at Japan Society.
October 20, 2016
NYC locationsJoin 1 million New Yorkers eating apples today. Find locations for Big Apple Crunch on the website. Free.
Japanese noodle night
October 20, 2016 (evening sessions)
2.3 miles southLearn how to slurp the four regional styles of Japanese ramen in under 13 minutes like a local at New York Slurpfest at Astor Center for $100.
Taste of the world
October 20, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)
3.1 miles southTry food and drink from 20 countries as you walk around Edible Escape at 172 Norfolk Street.
Garment District festival
October 20 - 22, 2016
1 mile SWGarment 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 20 - 23, 2016
0.7 miles SWSee films about the world’s favorite foods and then eat them at the NYC Food Film Festival at AMC Empire 25.
LGBT film festival
October 20 - 25, 2016
1.7 miles SWNewFest screens a variety of gay and lesbian films at Cinépolis Chelsea.
Haunted house - Brooklyn
October 20-22 and 27-31, 2016
5 miles southGravesend Inn is a haunted hotel with animated characters and gory scenes, produced by students in City Tech’s Theatreworks program, at 186 Jay Street.
Family Halloween hunt
Oct 21, 22, 28, 2016 (6:15 & 7:30 p.m.)
1.4 miles NEExplore a museum by candlelight, collecting clues to unravel a mystery and solve the case of an unidentified skeleton during the Halloween Murder Mystery at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden.
Halloween garden for families
October 21 - 22 and 28 - 29, 2016
12 miles northWalk on a spooky trick-or-treat trail, see 30 friendly scarecrows, see scary scarecrows (age 10+), and do children’s activities (age 2-10) on Scarecrow Nights at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.
Hard cider festival
October 21 - 30, 2016
NYC locationsCider Week celebrates traditional hard cider with tastings, flights, pairings, classes, and events.
Candlelight Ghost Tours
October 21 - 22 and 27 - 30, 2016
2.5 miles southDoors slam, floorboards creak, and voices call into the night during evening Candlelight Ghost Tours at Merchant’s House Museum.
Free outdoor movies
October 21 - 31, 2016
Brooklyn & QueensWatch Movies Under the Stars in city parks. Free.
Day of the Dead
October 22, 2016
10 miles SEFamilies celebrate the departed with live music and art activities during Dia de los Muertos: Day of The Dead Celebration at Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
Elite art fair
October 22 - 26, 2016
1 mile northTEFAF New York Fall Fair features exceptional fine and decorative art from international galleries at the at Park Avenue Armory. Repeats in May. Tickets.
Dogs in costume
October 22 & 29, 2016
3 and 6 miles south
Halloween parades for kids
October 22 - 31, 2016
NYC neighborhoodsKids in costume are welcome to join Free Halloween Parades for New York City Kids in neighborhoods.
Family fall festival
October 23, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
5.5 miles SWHoboken 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. Free.
Bronx bike ride
October 23, 2016
10 miles northRegister to join the family-friendly Tour de Bronx, which follows a scenic 25-mile or 40-mile course from Harris Field in the Bronx to a music festival in New York Botanical Garden. Free.
October 24 - 29, 2016
NYC locationsNew 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.
October 27, 2016 (7 p.m.)
Secret locationMen wear suits and ties, women wear dresses, and all don Venetian masks for the Masquerade Ball Gala, which begins with a cocktail reception. [You must sign into Facebook to see the event page.]
Chic bar party
October 28, 2016 (7 p.m.)
0.5 miles westRegister for the free Escape from Litchfield party with Tayrn Manning of “Orange is the New Black,” featuring drink specials, DJ music, and a costume contest in The Living Room at W New York Times Square.
Halloween drag show
October 28, 2016 (10 p.m.)
1 mile SWDistorted Halloween features high-energy dance numbers, comedy, costumes, and lip-syncing witches with tributes to Thriller, Hocus Pocus, Wicked, and Rocky Horror at Laurie Beechman Theatre. Food or drink $20 minimum.
October 28, 2016 (7 & 10 p.m.)
3.6 miles northWatch a silent classic horror film with live organ, and then see an immersive show of fantastic creatures that surround you at Halloween Extravaganza at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Disney Halloween Ball
October 28, 2016 (10:30 p.m.)
5 miles SEDisney Halloween Ball features a Disney rock cover band playing songs from classic Disney movies, sing-alongs, dancing, Disney-themed cocktails, and a costume contest at The Hall at MP.
Halloween in Richmond Town
October 28, 2016 (3:30 to 5 p.m.)
27 miles southHalloween in Richmond Town features trick-or-treating, crafts, apple bobbing, games, and friendly ghosts at historic Richmond Town in Staten Island. You must call to reserve tickets at 718-351-1611 x 280.
October 28 - 29, 2016
3.6 miles northBring 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+.
Halloween at Fort Totten
October 28 - 29, 2016
16 miles eastFollow 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.
October 29, 2016
ManhattanJoin a costume party with DJ music, views, and a cash bar for age 21+ boarding and (sailing) at times below.
Party at the wax museum
October 29, 2016 (11 p.m.)
0.8 miles SWMadame Tussauds' Halloween has eight floors of wax celebrities, a Ghostbusters haunted house, a presidential dance party, a horror-themed show, and a costume contest, for age 21+.
Halloween for kids
October 29, 2016 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
1.1 miles NWLC Trick-or-Treat includes candy, crafts, photos, a costume parade, and a film at Lincoln Center. Free but arrive early to get a ticket, one per person.
Halloween masquerade ball
October 29, 2016 (9 p.m.)
3 miles southMix, mingle, frisk, and frolic to DJ tunes with crowds at the Masquerade Ball in the grand opulence of Capitale for age 21+.
Halloween at Socrates Park
October 29, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
4 miles NEHalloween 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 29, 2016 (12 to 3 p.m.)
7 miles southTake 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.
October 29, 2016 (10 p.m.)
10.2 miles southPhantasmagorey: The Haunted Ballroom Halloween Ball by Dances of Vice promises “a timeless dance with genteel ghouls and spirit sophisticates” at Grand Prospect Hall for age 21+.
Cemetery walk & talk
October 29, 2016 (6 to 8 p.m.)
15 miles NEGravestones and Goth is a guided, candlelit walk to Pell Cemetery followed by readings of 19th-century horror literature in the parlors of Bartow-Pell Mansion.
Halloween - Prospect Park Zoo
October 29 - 30, 2016
10 miles southBoo at the Zoo features a spooky barn, scavenger hunt, dance party, craft making, and treats for the animals at Prospect Park Zoo.
Day of the Dead
October 29 - 31, 2016
2.3 miles southBring 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.
Winter in Bryant Park
October 29, 2016 - Jan. 2, 2017
0.5 miles southWinter Village at Bryant Park has 125 holiday kiosk shops and an ice-skating rink open until March 5 (free unless you rent skates).
Halloween in Central Park
October 30, 2016 (3 to 7 p.m.)
3.2 miles northWear 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.
Family Halloween dance
October 30, 2016 (2 to 5 p.m.)
5.1 miles SELittle Club Heads Halloween Family Dance Party features dance music by 10-year-old twin DJs, live performances, goodie bags, face painting, a magic show, and a costume contest at Broad Street Ballroom. Tickets online only.
Halloween festival for kids
October 30, 2016 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
16 miles eastWear 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.
Trick or treating for kids
October 31, 2016
NYC locationsChildren in costume can get free Halloween candy at Where to Trick-or-Treat with New York City Kids.
Halloween at the museum
October 31, 2016 (4 to 7 p.m.)
2 miles northKids 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.
October 31, 2016 (8 p.m.)
2.1 miles southJoin the crowded dance party, and witness scenes of terror and debauchery when four-story Webster Hall becomes Webster Hell for age 19+.
Halloween piano concert
October 31, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)
2.7 miles northAnderson & Roe Piano Duo play music from Thriller and Danse Macabre plus works by Ravel and Rachmaninoff at Advent Lutheran Church. Non-reserved seats are available if you show up early. Free.
Family party at City Museum
October 31, 2016 (2 to 5 p.m.)
2.9 miles northWear a costume or mask to Spooky City to enjoy a haunted scavenger hunt, spooky tales, a Monster Mash Dance party, and pumpkin decorating at the Museum of the City of New York. Suggested donation.
Halloween costume ball
October 31, 2016 (opens at 7:30 p.m.)
3 miles southDance, dine, show off your costume, and watch creative cabaret acts all evening at Village Halloween Costume Ball at Theater for the New City. Outdoor entertainment starts 4 p.m., indoor 8 p.m.
October 31, 2016 (7 p.m.)
3 miles southThe 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.