New York City events calendar for October 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities and Halloween haunted houses in NYC, New York.

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October 2014

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.

Film festival

October 1 - 12, 2014 (begins Sept. 26)

NYC locations

See classics, documentaries, and full-length feature films by the world’s great filmmakers at the New York Film Festival (NYFF). “Views from the Avant-Garde” is a showcase of non-narrative experimental films.

Architecture and design month

October 1 - 31, 2014

NYC locations

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

Haunted house - Long Island

Oct. 1 - 31, 2014 (Sept. 26 - Nov. 1)

62 miles

Professional actors wear intense makeup at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse. Kids get a less intense version early on weekends, at Gateway Playhouse in Bellport.

Crafts festival

October 4, 5, 11, 12, 2014

1 mile north

Autumn Crafts Festival features 250 juried artists, entertainment, and craft demonstrations in tents outside the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Repeats in June. Free.

Pumpkin festival

October 4 - 26, 2014

26 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.

Music and film festival

October 7 - 12, 2014

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.

Pizza party

October 8, 2014

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 9 - 12, 2014

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.

Architecture open house

October 11 - 12, 2014

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.

Columbus Day Parade

October 13, 2014

0 miles

Join the crowd watching 35,000 marchers and 100 bands, floats, and contingents go up Fifth Avenue in the Italian-American Columbus Day Parade. Free.

Marco Polo Festival

October 14 - 18, 2014

3.2 miles south

Marco Polo Festival celebrates Chinatown and Little Italy with a puppet parade and cultural performances on Hester Street from Mott St. to Mulberry St. Free.

Animal film festival

October 14 - 19, 2014

1 mile NW

See stunning films (mostly short) about wildlife worldwide, attend an opening party, and watch a panel discussion at Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in the auditorium at New York Institute of Technology.

Indie film fest

October 15 - 19, 2014

0.9 miles west

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

Wine & food fest

October 16 - 19, 2014

1.3 miles west

The 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. Buy tickets in June.

Halloween on Staten Island

October 18, 2014

32 miles south

Halloween Extravaganza features a costume parade, animals, hayrides, bouncy rides, face painting, a magician, and goody bags at the Conference House.

Oyster Festival

October 18 - 19, 2014

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.

Family party at the museum

October 21, 2014

2 miles north

Family Party offers exciting, educational activities like dancing, digging for gems, seeing butterflies and frogs, peering into microscopes, and meeting museum scientists at the American Museum of Natural History.

New-music marathon

October 21 - 25, 2014

NYC locations

CMJ Music Marathon includes a daytime conference of music-industry panelists, and evening performances by 1000 bands in 80 rock clubs throughout the city.

Female comedy festival

October 22 - 26, 2014

3.1 miles SE

Billed as America’s biggest all-female comedy festival, She-Devil Comedy Festival has 70 women competing for cash at The Laughing Devil in Long Island City.

Cultural film festival

October 23 - 26, 2014

2 miles north

The 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.

Candlelight Ghost Tours

Oct. 24-25 & 28-30, 2014 (uncertain)

2.5 miles south

Doors slam, floorboards creak, and voices call into the night during the evening Candlelight Ghost Tours, which last 50 minutes at Merchant’s House Museum.

Halloween festival

October 25, 2014

4 miles NE

Halloween Harvest Festival includes costume-making workshops, face painting, a bake-off, storytelling, puppets, spooky walking tours, and a costume contest for dogs at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. Free.
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Bronx bike ride

October 26, 2014

7.5 miles north

Join 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 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.

Whisky festival

October 29, 2014

0.5 miles west

Taste 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 south

See 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 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 parade

October 31, 2014 (7 p.m.)

3 miles south

The Village Halloween Parade features 53 bands, dancers, artists, puppets, and thousands of New Yorkers in costume parading up 6th Avenue. Free.

Victorian Halloween Ball

October 31, 2014

5 miles south

Phantasma Gorey Victorian Halloween Ball has an Edward Gorey theme, which is dark and whimsical, with costumes, digital art, jazz, and entertainment in a Victorian haunted mansion at 1 Hanover Square.

Halloween in Richmond Town

October 31, 2014

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.

TV festival

October 2014 (undated)

NYC locations

New 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.

Sherry festival

October 2014 (undated)

NYC locations

Taste sherry in local shops, enjoy meals that feature sherry, and hear experts speak at Sherryfest NYC.

Literary and arts festival

October 2014 (undated)

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.

White Light Festival

October 2014 (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.

Affordable Art Fair

October 2014 (undated)

1.7 miles south

Browse contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from 80 galleries at the Affordable Art Fair, which includes workshops and activities at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Repeats in April.

Czech festival

October 2014 (undated)

2 miles NE

Celebrate Czech Independence Day at the Czech Street Festival, which features live music, Czech food and beer, vendors, workshops, and an evening Staropramen Party at Bohemian National Hall. Free.

One-person acts

October 2014 (undated)

2.5 miles south

All For One Theater Festival offers solo theater, workshops, and panels that celebrate and support solo performers at Cherry Lane Theatre.

Parade of Boats

October 2014 (undated)

2.5 miles SW

Watch the Parade of Boats, including working ships, historic sailboats, magnificent yachts, and human-powered boats, as the narrator describes their history and purpose at Pier 62. Free.

Pickle day

October 2014 (undated)

3.5 miles south

Enjoy pickled brittle, pickle on a stick, and pickle truffles at Lower East Side Pickle Day on Orchard St., where vendors once sold pickles from barrels. Free.


October 2014 (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. Tickets sell out.

Natural fiber festival

October 2014 (undated)

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.

Film festival

October 2014 (undated)

1.9 miles south

See films (including documentaries) about global issues at Chelsea Film Festival at SVA Theatre or The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.

Birds-of-prey day

October 2014 (undated)

12 miles north

Raptor Day features bird walks, storytelling, a live raptor show, a puppet show, and raptor exhibits at Wave Hill in the Bronx.

Fashion-district festival

October 2014 (undated)

1 mile SW

Garment District Alliance Arts Festival includes performances, concerts, workshops, open studios, art, and gallery receptions in the area near 8th Ave. & W. 38th St.

Hard cider festival

October 2014 (undated)

NYC locations

Cider Week celebrates traditional hard cider with tastings, flights, pairings, classes, and events.

Jazz festival

October 2014 (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.

Dance festival

September 2014 (undated)

NYC locations

Fall for Dance Festival features performances by dozens of international dance companies, plus pre-show dance lessons and panels at the Delacorte Theater and City Center. Some events are free.

Dog costume contest

October 2014 (undated)

3 miles south

Dogs don crazy costumes to win valuable prizes for their owners at Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in Tompkins Square Park. Free.

Halloween in Central Park

October 2014 (undated)

3.2 miles north

Wear a costume and bring a carved pumpkin (see rules) to Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail for free spooky music, crafts, a parade, and twilight pumpkin float, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Central Park.

Pumpkin festival

October 2014 (undated)

1.2 miles north

Pumpkin Fest has a haunted house, Big Apple Circus performers, marionettes, Harry Potter-style quidditch matches, kids’ crafts, and pumpkins to carve and take home at Central Park Bandshell. Expect lines. Free.

Halloween Art Show

October 2014 (undated)

6 miles south

The Halloween Art Show of affordable art opens with a costume party at MF Gallery on Bond Street. After the party night, the show requires an appointment. Free.

Haunted walk & carnival

October 2014 (undated)

7 miles south

Take a harrowing Halloween Haunted Walk past zombies, witches, and wolf men to Lookout Hill (OK for a child with a parent). Houlihan Lokey Carnival nearby offers games & treats in Prospect Park. Free.

Halloween at the zoo

October 2014 (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. Free for kids in costume.

Halloween at children’s museum

October 2014 (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.

Harvest festival

October 2014 (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.

Haunted garden

October 2014 (undated)

12 miles north

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden is filled with pumpkin sculptures of bugs and bats. Enjoy daytime activities, or follow the spooky nighttime trail and trick-or-treat at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

Haunted Fort Totten

October 2014 (undated)

16 miles east

Follow a park ranger on the Haunted Lantern Tour in search of ghouls and learn about the history of the Watery Battery at Fort Totten Park in Queens. Free.

Corn maze

October 2014 (undated)

21 miles SW

Trapped in Purgatory: The Funeral is a giant, spooky corn maze by moonlight, and a non-scary kids’ maze by daylight, at Green Side Up Nursery, Staten Island.

Doggie Halloween

October 2014 (undated)

22 miles south

Bring your dog in costume for the Pooch Parade and Howl-ween at Wolfes Pond Park, Staten Island. Free.

Crypt tour

October 2014 (undated)

3.7 miles south

Bring a flashlight for a guided tour of the crypt at St. John the Divine Cathedral during Crypt Crawl.

Haunted House - Coney Island

October 2014 (undated)

14 miles south

Coney Island’s Nights of Horror [website requires Flash] is two haunted attractions at Luna Park.

Haunted house

October 2014 (undated)

3 miles south

Celebrate all things macabre at Blood Manor when intense, creepy actors confront you in its labyrinth of passageways at 163 Varick Street. Not for pre-teens.

Haunted house - Lower Eastside

October 2014 (undated)

4 miles south

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

Haunted house in Brooklyn

October 2014 (undated)

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.

Halloween theme park

October 2014 (undated)

33 miles NE

Bayville Scream Park offers five terrifying attractions, plus “not so scary” days for kids on Long Island.
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October 2014 calendar of events in New York City. What to do in NYC today, this weekend, this month. Halloween haunted houses, parties, things to do in New York, NY.