New York City events calendar for October 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities and Halloween haunted houses in NYC, New York.

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October 2016
October 2016

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.

Literary party

October 1, 2016 (6 to 8:45 p.m.)

multiple locations

Lit 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.

Oyster Week

October 1, 2016 (begins Sept. 16)

NYC locations

Oyster Week is a series of adventurous dining events and activities that benefit sustainable aquaculture.

Coffee festival

October 1, 2016

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.

Chile Pepper Festival

October 1, 2016

7.5 miles SE

The 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.

Burlesque festival

October 1 - 2, 2016 (begins Sept. 29)

NYC locations

New 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 south

Browse 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 south

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

Maker fair

October 1 - 2, 2016

9.3 miles east

See 600 exhibits about science, art, creativity, and innovation, and meet the makers at World Maker Faire New York at New York Hall of Science.

Renaissance fair

October 1 - 2, 2016 (begins Aug. 6)

44 miles NW

Travel 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.

Dance festival

October 1 - 8, 2016 (begins Sept. 26)

0.4 miles south

Fall for Dance Festival features 20 international dance companies in five unique programs and two world premiere commissions at City Center.

Gypsy music

October 1 & 8, 2016 (begins Sept. 18)

3.5 miles south

New York Gypsy Festival includes six shows from Turkey, Hungary, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and the U.S.A.

Crafts fair

October 1-2 and 8-9, 2016

1 mile north

Autumn 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 locations

See 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 north

Boo 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.

Pumpkin festival

October 1 - 30, 2016 (dates below)

23 miles SW

Pumpkin 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 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.

Haunted house - Long Island

October 1 - 31, 2016 (begins Sept. 23)

60 miles east

Professional actors wear intense makeup at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse [sound] in Bellport, which most weekends also has a Kids Adventure. See schedule.

Haunted house

Oct. 1 - Nov. 5, 2016 (begins Sept. 30)

3 miles south

Intense, 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 NE

Bayville 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 SW

Watch the Parade of Boats, including working ships, historic sailboats, magnificent yachts, and fireboats, as a narrator describes their history and purpose at Pier 62.

Pizza party

October 5, 2016 (6 p.m.)

3 miles south

Get 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 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.

Street art

October 6 - 9, 2016

2.6 miles SE

You 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 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.

Racy movies

October 8, 2016

4.8 miles SE

Hump! 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 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.

Tugboat races

October 9, 2016

2.7 miles SW

The 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 south

Watch 35,000 marchers and 100 bands, floats, and contingents go up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd in the Columbus Day Parade. Free.

Pow wow

October 10, 2016

6 miles NE

Bring 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.

Technology festival

October 10 - 14, 2016

1.7 miles south

Techweek 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 locations

New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) features cooking demos by celebrity chefs, seminars, classes, wine tasting, celebrity dinners, and a weekend grand tasting.

Film festival

October 13 - 16, 2016

1.4 miles south

See films (including documentaries) about global issues at Chelsea Film Festival in three venues.

Cultural film festival

October 13 - 16, 2016

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.

Haunted experience

October 13 - 31, 2016

7 miles NE

Prepare 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.

Hamburger bash

October 14, 2016 (7 to 10 p.m.)

1.2 miles NW

The 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 south

Best of Brooklyn is a $160 walk-around tasting of signature dishes from local restaurants paired with cocktails at Berg’n for age 21+.

Beer bash

October 14 - 15, 2016

1.5 miles south

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

Cool science films

October 14 - 21, 2016

NYC locations

In 2016, the Imagine Science Film Festival explores “light” in all its forms and meanings, from photons and photography to shadows and color perception.

Pumpkin spectacular

October 14 - 30, 2016

NJ & NY

Walk 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 east

See a Japanese master demonstrate Ikebana, hear a talk about it, watch a traditional ceremony, and attend a reception afterwards at Japan Society.

Dog films

October 15, 2016

2.6 miles north

The 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 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.

Beer festival in Jersey City

October 15, 2016 (12 and 5:30 p.m.)

7 miles SW

A 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.

Jazz festival

October 15, 2016 (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 15 - 16, 2016 (launch party Oct. 13)

NYC locations

Visit 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.

Gluten-free expo

October 15 - 16, 2016

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.

Oyster Festival

October 15 - 16, 2016 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

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. No dogs. Free.

Indian festival of lights

October 16, 2016 (2 to 9 p.m.)

0.5 miles SW

Diwali at Times Square features cultural performances, dancers, a live concert, Indian food, and digital fireworks at Broadway & 45th Street. Free.

Harvest festival

October 16, 2016 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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.

Science day in Brooklyn

October 16, 2016 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

12 miles south

City 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 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.

Animal film festival

October 17 - 23, 2016

NYC locations

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

Japanese beef

October 19, 2016 (6:30 p.m.)

0.8 miles east

Learn 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.

Apple day

October 20, 2016

NYC locations

Join 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 south

Learn 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 south

Try 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 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 20 - 23, 2016

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.

LGBT film festival

October 20 - 25, 2016

1.7 miles SW

NewFest screens a variety of gay and lesbian films at Cinépolis Chelsea.

Haunted house - Brooklyn

October 20-22 and 27-31, 2016

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.

Family Halloween hunt

Oct 21, 22, 28, 2016 (6:15 & 7:30 p.m.)

1.4 miles NE

Explore 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 north

Walk 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 locations

Cider 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 south

Doors 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 & Queens

Watch Movies Under the Stars in city parks. Free.

Day of the Dead

October 22, 2016

10 miles SE

Families 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 north

TEFAF 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 neighborhoods

Kids 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 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. Free.

Bronx bike ride

October 23, 2016

10 miles north

Register 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.

TV festival

October 24 - 29, 2016

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.

Masquerade ball

October 27, 2016 (7 p.m.)

Secret location

Men 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 west

Register 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 SW

Distorted 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.

Halloween show

October 28, 2016 (7 & 10 p.m.)

3.6 miles north

Watch 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 SE

Disney 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 south

Halloween 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.

Crypt tour

October 28 - 29, 2016

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+.

Halloween at Fort Totten

October 28 - 29, 2016

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.

Halloween cruise

October 29, 2016

Manhattan

Join 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 SW

Madame 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 NW

LC 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 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 at Socrates Park

October 29, 2016 (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 29, 2016 (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 ball

October 29, 2016 (10 p.m.)

10.2 miles south

Phantasmagorey: 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 NE

Gravestones 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 south

Boo 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 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.

Winter in Bryant Park

October 29, 2016 - Jan. 2, 2017

0.5 miles south

Winter 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 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.

Family Halloween dance

October 30, 2016 (2 to 5 p.m.)

5.1 miles SE

Little 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 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.

Trick or treating for kids

October 31, 2016

NYC locations

Children 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 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, 2016 (8 p.m.)

2.1 miles south

Join 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 north

Anderson & 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 north

Wear 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 south

Dance, 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.

Halloween parade

October 31, 2016 (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 from Spring St. to 16th St. Free.
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