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.
October 1 - 5, 2014 (begins Sept. 29)
2.5 miles southTech Week includes speakers, vendors, recruiters, parties, and Thurs./Fri. conference at 82 Mercer St.
October 1 - 12, 2014 (begins Sept. 26)
NYC locationsSee 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 locationsArchtober offers special tours of buildings, lectures, films, and exhibitions that help us to appreciate architecture and design in everyday life.
Haunted house - Lower Eastside
Oct. 1 - 31, 2014 (Sept. 26 to Nov. 1)
4 miles southNightmare New York is a horrifying attraction with a different theme each year at 107 Suffolk St. Hours.
Oct. 1 - 31, 2014 (begins Sept. 20)
12 miles northThe 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.
October 3 - Nov. 8, 2014
3 miles southCelebrate 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.
Halloween theme park
Oct. 3 - 31, 2014 (Sept. 12 - Nov. 8)
33 miles NEBayville 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 milesProfessional actors wear intense makeup at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse. Kids get a less intense version early on weekends, at Gateway Playhouse in Bellport.
October 4 - 5, 2014
12 miles northHoney Weekend features a candle-making workshop, honey-extraction demos, hive exhibits, and honey tastings at Wave Hill cultural center in the Bronx.
October 4 - 5 & 11 - 12, 2014
1 mile northAutumn Crafts Festival features 250 juried artists, entertainment, and craft demonstrations in tents outside the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Repeats in June. Free.
Oct. 4 - 26, 2014 (weekends)
23 miles SWPumpkin 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 northBoo 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.
October 5, 2014 (2:30 p.m.)
2.6 miles southJoin people worldwide watching the Manhattan Short Film Festival and voting for their favorites. You can see the films at Anthology Film Archives.
Craft beer festival
October 5, 2014 (12 to 6 p.m.)
6.7 miles southThe 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
16 miles NEDown & 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 (6 p.m.)
2.5 miles SWWatch 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.
White Light Festival
October 7 - Nov. 11, 2014
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.
October 8, 2014 (6 p.m.)
3 miles southEat 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
NYC locationsCBGB 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.
October 8 - 19, 2014
0.4 miles southFall for Dance Festival features five unique programs by international dance companies at City Center.
Pop culture convention
October 9 - 12, 2014 (nearly sold out)
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.
Literary and arts festival
October 10 - 12, 2014
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 11, 2014 (12 to 4 p.m.)
7.2 miles northTour 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
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.
Architecture open house
October 11 - 12, 2014
NYC locationsVisit 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 (11:30 a.m.)
0.1 miles southWatch 35,000 marchers and 100 bands, floats, and contingents go up Fifth Avenue from 47th St. in the Italian-American Columbus Day Parade. Free.
Animal film festival
October 13 - 19, 2014
NYC locationsSee stunning films (mostly short) about wildlife worldwide, and attend an opening party or panel discussion at Wildlife Conservation Film Festival.
Indie film fest
October 15 - 19, 2014
0.9 miles westNYC Independent Film Festival celebrates the independent filmmaker with screenings, panels, and parties at the Producers Club.
Wine & food fest
October 16 - 19, 2014
1.3 miles westThe New York City Wine & Food Festival features cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, seminars, wine tasting, dinners, and kids’ events on and near Pier 92 and 94 to support charity.
October 16 - 19, 2014
1.9 miles southSee films (including documentaries) about global issues at Chelsea Film Festival at SVA Theatre and The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.
Cool science films
October 17 - 24, 2014
NYC locationsThis year’s Imagine Science Film Festival explores time: time travel, time lapse, a lifetime, the future.
October 18, 2014 (12 to 3 p.m.)
0.8 miles NWStacked: A Sandwich Showdown is a walk-around lunchtime tasting hosted by Food Network star Robert Irvine at Hudson Hotel. Discount tickets.
Marco Polo Festival
October 18, 2014 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
3.2 miles southMarco Polo Festival celebrates Chinatown and Little Italy with a puppet parade and cultural performances on Hester Street from Mott St. to Mulberry St. Free.
October 18, 2014 (2 to 7 p.m.)
11 miles south via ferryHear 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.
October 18 - 19, 2014
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. Free.
October 19, 2014 (12 to 5 p.m.)
3.5 miles southEnjoy pickle on a stick, pickled brittle, and pickle truffles at Lower East Side Pickle Day on Orchard St., where vendors once sold pickles from barrels. Free.
October 19, 2014 (2 to 5 p.m.)
3.7 miles eastTaste beer, try a dozen kinds of sausage, and enjoy German desserts at Oktoberfest in The Garden at Studio Square in Queens.
October 19, 2014
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.
October 20 - 25, 2014
NYC locationsNew 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 (5 to 7:30 p.m.)
2 miles northFamily 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.
October 21 - 25, 2014
NYC locationsCMJ Music Marathon includes a daytime conference of music-industry panelists, and evening performances by 1000 bands in 80 rock clubs throughout the city.
Winter in Bryant Park
October 21, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015
0.5 miles southWinter Village at Bryant Park features 125 holiday shops in kiosks and an ice skating rink that stays open until March 4. Free unless you rent skates.
Female comedy festival
October 22 - 26, 2014
NYC locationsBilled as America’s biggest all-female comedy festival, She-Devil Comedy Festival has 70 women competing for a cash prize.
October 23 - 25, 2014
1 mile SWGarment District Alliance Arts Festival has concerts, performances, workshops, open studios, art, and gallery receptions near 8th Ave. & W. 38th St.
Cultural film festival
October 23 - 26, 2014
2 miles northThe Margaret Mead Film Festival screens nearly 40 outstanding non-fiction films and hosts special events and performances that explore world cultures at the American Museum of Natural History.
Haunted house in Brooklyn
Oct. 23 - 25 & Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2014
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.
Halloween for children
October 24 - 25, 2014 (4 to 8 p.m.)
10 miles SEKids 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 8:30 p.m.)
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.
Candlelight Ghost Tours
Oct. 24-25 and 28-30, 2014
2.5 miles southDoors slam, floorboards creak, and voices call into the night during evening Candlelight Ghost Tours that last 50 minutes at Merchant’s House Museum. Tickets.
Hard cider festival
October 24 - Nov. 2, 2014
NYC locationsCider Week celebrates traditional hard cider with tastings, flights, pairings, classes, and events.
Dogs in costume
October 25, 2014
3 or 6 miles south
October 25, 2014
4 miles NEHalloween 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 for children
October 25, 2014 (12 to 3 p.m.)
7 miles southTake a scary Halloween Haunted Walk with a parent past vampires and witches to Lookout Hill. Haunted Carnival nearby has games, pony rides, and treats. Both free in Prospect Park. Food trucks available.
Run from zombies
October 25, 2014 (3:30 or 8:30 p.m.)
14 miles SERun 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.
October 25, 2014 (3 to 7 p.m.)
20 miles southPractice 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
32 miles southHalloween Extravaganza features a costume parade, 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 southBoo at the Zoo features a spooky barn, costume parade, dance party, craft making, and treats for the animals at Prospect Park Zoo.
Halloween pub crawl
October 25 - Nov. 1, 2014
NYC locationsJoin the costumed party goers and get drink specials at the New York City Halloween PubCrawl.
Halloween in Central Park
October 26, 2014 (3:30 to 6:30 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 Dana Discovery Center.
Bronx bike ride
October 26, 2014
7.5 miles northJoin 6,000 bicyclists on 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 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.
October 28, 2014 (7 p.m.)
Location uncertainMen wear jackets, ladies wear dresses, and all don venetian masks for the Le Cirque du Cabaret, which begins with a cocktail reception.
October 29, 2014
0.5 miles westTaste 300 whiskeys, and learn from master distillers and blenders at WhiskyFest at Marriott-Marquis.
Food and film festival
October 29 - Nov. 2, 2014
8 miles southSee films about the world’s favorite foods and then eat them at the NYC Food Film Festival in Brooklyn.
Halloween at the museum
October 31, 2014
2 miles northKids 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.
October 31, 2014 (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. Free.
Halloween parade after-party
October 31, 2014
2.1 miles southGet 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 southMix, mingle, frisk, and frolic to DJ tunes at the Masquerade Ball in the grand opulence of Capitale.
Halloween costume ball
October 31, 2014
3 miles southDance, 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 southPhantasmagorey 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.
Halloween in Richmond Town
Oct. 31, 2014 (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.
Autumn beer festival
October 31 - Nov. 1, 2014
1.5 miles southSample 150 craft beers with local restaurant food at NYC Craft Beer Festival, Armory on Lexington Ave.