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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Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do in October 2015 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.

Bronx restaurant deals

October 1 - 2, 2015 (begins Sept. 14; uncertain)

10 miles north

Dozens of restaurants offer special lunch and dinner menus or 15% off your bill during Savor the Bronx.

Film festival

October 1 - 11, 2015 (begins Sept. 25)

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, 2015

NYC locations

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

Literary and arts festival

October 2 - 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.

Haunted house - SoHo

October 2, 2015 - 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. See dates.

Marine science festival

October 3, 2015 (11 a.m.)

3.5 miles south

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

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.

Pumpkin festival

October 3 - Nov. 1, 2015

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.

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, Pelham Bay Park.

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.

Pop culture convention

October 8 - 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.

Odd art

October 8 - 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.

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.

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

Location uncertain

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

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 22 films, panel discussions with design leaders and filmmakers, and parties at Tribeca Cinemas.

Wine & food spectacular

October 15 - 18, 2015

NYC locations

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 15 - 18, 2015

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.

Hamburger bash

October 16, 2015 (7 to 10 p.m.)

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 - 23, 2015

NYC locations

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

Animal film festival

October 16 - 25, 2015

NYC locations

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

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.

Marco Polo Festival

October 17, 2015

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.

Brunch with Martha Stewart

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

4.3 miles south

For a few hundred dollars, eat classic French brasserie dishes paired with rosé wines, see Martha Stewart, and get her cookbook at Rosé Brunch at Beaubourg.

Architecture open house

October 17 - 18, 2015

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.

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

Get a $165 ticket to Meatopia to eat grilled meat like a carnivore with drinks and live music at Pier 92.

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.
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International taste

October 22, 2015 (uncertain)

1.6 miles south

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

Cultural film festival

October 22 - 25, 2015

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.

Food and film festival

October 22 - 25, 2015

8 miles south

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

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 - 24 and 29 - 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.

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 - 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 (uncertain)

NYC locations

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

Halloween at Socrates Park

October 24, 2015

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.

Obstacle race

October 24, 2015

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.

Thriller dance

October 24, 2015

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 24, 2015

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 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.

Bronx bike ride

October 25, 2015

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 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.

Halloween in Richmond Town

October 30, 2015

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 pub crawl

October 30 - Nov. 1, 2015

NYC locations

Join costumed party goers and get drink specials at New York City Halloween PubCrawl.

Trick or treating for kids

October 31, 2015

NYC locations

Children in costume can get free Halloween candy.

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 parade

October 31, 2015

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, 2015

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 party

October 31, 2015

4 miles SE

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

Victorian Halloween Ball

October 31, 2015

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.

Improv festival

October 2015 (undated)

NYC locations

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

Gypsy music

October 2015 (undated)

3.5 miles south

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

Honey festival

October 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

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.

Short-film festival

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Craft beer festival

October 2015 (undated)

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+.

Parade of Boats

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Music and film festival

October 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

0.4 miles south

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

Lighthouse festival

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Bad theater

October 2015 (undated)

1.2 miles south

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

Jazz festival

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Pickle day

October 2015 (undated)

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.


October 2015 (undated)

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.

Autumn beer festival

October 2015 (undated)

1.5 miles south

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

Family party at the museum

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Winter in Bryant Park

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Garment District festival

October 2015 (undated)

1 mile SW

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

Masquerade ball

October 2015 (undated)

2.2 miles south

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

Crypt tour

October 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

1.2 miles NW

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

Haunted garden

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Dogs in costume

October 2015 (undated)

3 or 6 miles south

Haunted house - Lower Eastside

October 2015 (undated)

4 miles south

Nightmare New York is a horrifying attraction with a new theme each year at 107 Suffolk Street.

Halloween theme park

October 2015 (undated)

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

October 2015 (undated)

62 miles

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

Halloween at the zoo

October 2015 (undated)

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 spectacular

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Spooky evening

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Harvest festival

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Halloween for children

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Halloween at Prospect Park

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Halloween in Central Park

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Halloween scavenger hunts

October 2015 (undated)

0.4 miles north

Race to find hidden clues and complete fun tasks on the Manhattan Amazing Halloween Scavenger Hunt.

Party at the bowling alley

October 2015 (undated)

1.4 miles west

Bowlloween features dancing to DJ music and a bar at Lucky Strike Lanes.

Halloween at the museum

October 2015 (undated)

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 party

October 2015 (undated)

3 miles east

HalloQueens is a chic and arty Halloween ball at the Museum of Modern Art in Long Island City. Cash bar.

Halloween masquerade ball

October 2015 (undated)

3 miles south

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