New York City events calendar for October 2017. 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 events, festivals, and things to do in New York City with this calendar of events.

Miles are from Rockefeller Center in Midtown.

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Jazz festival

October 1, 2017

1 mile NW

Generations in Jazz Festival has performances every night at Dizzy’s Club at 60th & Broadway. Press release.

Chile Pepper Festival

October 1, 2017

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.

Medieval fair

October 1, 2017

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. Rain date Oct. 1. Free.

Renaissance fair

October 1, 2017

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.

New York Film Festival

October 1 - 15, 2017

NYC locations

See classics, documentaries, and full-length feature films by the world’s great filmmakers at the New York Film Festival (NYFF).

African Restaurant Week

October 1 - 22, 2017

multiple locations

African Restaurant Week has 75 gastronomical events, including food festivals, chef-hosted dinners, pop-up experiences, and cooking classes, with 26 restaurants offering special fixed-price African menus.

Dance festival

October 2 - 14, 2017

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.

Parade of Boats

October 3, 2017 (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. Free unless you attend the dinner on Pier 61.

Pizza party

October 4, 2017 (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. Bring cash.

Comic Con

October 5 - 8, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

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.

Literary and arts festival

October 6 - 8, 2017

NYC locations

Hear famous and influential authors, journalists, poets, screenwriters, and cultural icons speak at the New Yorker Festival.

Chocolate show

October 6 - 8, 2017

2 miles SE

Meet chocolatiers, artisans, and chefs at The Big Chocolate Show, with demonstrations onstage, master classes, chocolate and cocktail tasting, and family day (Sunday) in Chelsea.

Virtual-reality festival

October 6 - 8, 2017

11.6 miles south via ferry

Fost Festival promises the “best interactive, cutting-edge storytelling experiences” featuring virtual reality, augmented reality, haptics, games, film, panels, entertainment, and food, with a free shuttle to Snug Harbor Cultural Center from the Staten Island ferry.

Indian festival of lights

October 7, 2017 (2 to 9 p.m.)

0.5 miles SW

Diwali at Times Square has cultural performances, dancers, and Indian food vendors during the day, and at 6 p.m. a concert with “Bollywood stars, artists and performers” at Times Square (Broadway & 47th). Free.

Lighthouse festival

October 7, 2017 (12 to 4 p.m.)

7.2 miles north

Tour Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse (until full) at Little Red Lighthouse Festival with food vendors and live music in Fort Washington Park. [In case of bad weather, see the website for instructions.] Free.

Natural fiber festival

October 7, 2017

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.

Show-tunes festival

October 8, 2017

1.2 miles north

Hear great songs from stage and screen at Elsie Fest in Central Park.

French wine tasting

October 8, 2017 (2 p.m., VIP 1 p.m.)

2.8 miles SW

Taste 100 wines, champagnes, spirits, and cheese from France at the Toast of France, with auctions to support charity, at Le Du's Wines in the West Village.

Pow wow

October 8 - 9, 2017

6 miles NE

Bring a lawn chair to Indigenous Peoples Day, which features artists, singers, colorful dancers, speakers, and authentic tribal cuisine on Randall’s Island. Free.

Columbus Day Parade

October 9, 2017 (11:30 a.m.)

0.1 miles south

Watch marchers, bands, floats, and Italian folk groups parade up Fifth Avenue from 47th to 72nd in the Columbus Day Parade, on WABC-TV at noon. Free.

Underground art show

October 11 - 12, 2017 (7 p.m.)

3.2 miles south

Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition by 100 artists, with free pancakes, DJ music, live body painting, and a bar at M1-5 Lounge for age 21+. Begins both nights at 7 p.m. and goes to 2 a.m.

Tacos & Tequila

October 12, 2017 (10 p.m.)

1 mile NW

“Sample a wide variety of delectable tacos and creative cocktails prepared by top chefs and mixologists” during Tacos & Tequila for $150 at Hudson New York for age 21+.

Tasting event

October 12, 2017 (7 to 10 p.m.)

1.3 miles NW

A $150 ticket to Smorgasburg gets you cocktails, food, and live music on the rooftop of Pier 92 for age 21+.

Electronic music

October 12 - 14, 2017

4.5 miles SE

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival showcases emerging and established artists in Williamsburg.

Wine & food festival

October 12 - 15, 2017

NYC locations

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

Odd street art

October 12 - 15, 2017

2.6 miles SE

You never know what to expect when Art in Odd Places brings visual and performance art to nearly the entire length of 14th Street. The 2017 theme is sense. Free.

Hamburger bash

October 13, 2017 (7 to 10 p.m.)

1.2 miles NW

Chefs serve their favorite burgers with live music, beer, wine, and spirits on the rooftop of Pier 92 at the $225 Blue Moon Burger Bash for age 21+.

Cocktail party

October 13, 2017 (7 to 11 p.m.)

2.2 miles SW

Cocktails for a Cure is an “inspiring evening complete with the hottest music, signature cocktails, and premier cuisine” including restaurant hors d’oeuvres, a photo booth, an open bar, a karaoke room, and two DJs on two floors at Up&Down to support charity.

Dessert night

October 13, 2017 (10 p.m.)

2.2 miles SW

Pie vs. Cake is a $125 walk-around tasting of gourmet desserts “with a star-studded panel of expert judges” at The High Line Hotel for age 21+.

Happy hour cocktail party

October 13, 2017 (6 to 8 p.m.)

2.6 miles SW

An $85 ticket to Aperitivo gets you creative cocktails, wine, and restaurant bites at The Standard, High Line for age 21+.

Tasting in Brooklyn

October 13, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

6 miles SE

Best of Brooklyn is a $95 walk-around tasting of signature dishes from local restaurants paired with cocktails at 39 S. 5th Street in Brooklyn for age 21+.

Coffee festival

October 13 - 15, 2017

1.7 miles south

Choose a three-hour session to attend The New York Coffee Festival for tastings, exhibits, demos, and live music at Metropolitan Pavilion.

Cool science films

October 13 - 20, 2017

NYC locations

The Imagine Science Film Festival screens science-inspired short film with a different theme every year. The 2017 theme is “hybrid identity.”

Tasting hosted by Alton Brown

October 14, 2017 (7 to 10 p.m.)

1.3 miles NW

A $215 ticket to Iron Chef Showdown includes tastes of Autumn-themed dishes from 30 competing chefs plus beverages on the rooftop of Pier 92 for age 21+.

Tasting hosted by Robert Irvine

October 14, 2017 (4 to 6 p.m.)

2.6 miles SW

Chef Robert Irvine of TV’s Food Network hosts Pigs and Pints, a $110 tasting of roasted pig, pork tacos, and bacon desserts, with beer, wine, and spirits at The Standard, High Line for age 21+.

Sustainable food festival

October 14, 2017 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

9 miles south

Get back to nature at Permaculture Festival & Skill Share, which has garden walks for herbs and flowers, craft & health vendors, demonstrations of making soap and plant-based dye, music, discussions, and cooking in the brick oven at Old Stone House of Brooklyn.

Architecture open house

October 14 - 15, 2017

NYC locations

Visit 240 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 many require reservations.

Gluten-free expo

October 14 - 15, 2017

5.7 miles NW

Sample and purchase products from 130 vendors at the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.

Gourmet barbecue

October 15, 2017 (4 to 7 p.m.)

1.3 miles NW

Backyard BBQ serves “delicious BBQ staples, innovative grilled bites, decadent desserts, and fun & games” on the rooftop of Pier 92. Tickets are $175 with beer, wine, and cocktails ($40 for age 2 to 20).

Cheese tasting

October 15, 2017 (2 to 4 p.m.)

2.1 miles south

“Savor artisanal cheeses from the finest local farms and artisans, served alongside fantastic wines” during the $95 Fromage Fête at Norwood, 241 W. 14th St.

Pickle day

October 15, 2017 (12 to 5 p.m.)

3.5 miles south

Buy a pickle on a stick or other pickle-themed food, take part in games and activities, and hear live music at Lower East Side Pickle Day on Orchard Street (from Delancey to E. Houston), where vendors once sold pickles from barrels. Free.

Harvest festival

October 15, 2017

11 miles east

Buy a pumpkin, take a tour, hear music, play games, do crafts, pet animals, shop from food & craft vendors, and visit a beer & wine tent at Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch in Queens Botanical Garden.

Technology festival

October 16 - 20, 2017

1.7 miles south

Techweek includes speakers, vendors, recruiters, and parties, mostly at Metropolitan Pavilion. Tickets come in three price levels ($0 to $115) that determine your access to events.

Apple day

October 19, 2017

NYC locations

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

Masquerade ball

October 19, 2017 (8 p.m.)

3 miles south

Men wear suits and ties, women wear dresses, and all don Venetian masks for The Champagne Ball at GoldBar.

Taste of the world

October 19, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)

4.4 miles south

A ticket to Edible Escape includes food and drink from different countries at Pier A Harbor House for age 21+.

Garment District festival

October 19 - 21, 2017

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 19 - 22, 2017

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.

International film festival

October 19 - 22, 2017

1.4 miles SW

Chelsea Film Festival screens “independent shorts, feature-lengths, and documentaries from emerging directors” at two venues (AMC Loews 34th Street & Fashion Institute of Technology).

Cultural film festival

October 19 - 22, 2017

2 miles north

The Margaret Mead Film Festival screens 40 outstanding non-fiction films and hosts special events and performances that explore world cultures at the American Museum of Natural History.

Brooklyn Oktoberfest

October 20 - 22, 2017

4.4 miles SE

The inaugural Brooklyn Oktoberfest promises “authentic German dancing, food, entertainment, beer, and more” in a four-hour session at Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse.

Celebrate immigrants

October 21, 2017 (12 to 4 p.m.)

2.4 miles south

A ticket to We, America gets you exotic street food, an open bar, live music, inspiring speakers, and a silent auction to benefit immigrants at the Astor Center.

Marco Polo Festival

October 21, 2017 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

3.1 miles south

Marco Polo Festival celebrates Chinatown and Little Italy with a puppet parade on Mulberry Street (from Bayard to Grand) ending at a stage on Grand Street with cultural performances. Free.

Fall festival for families

October 21, 2017

5.5 miles SW

Hoboken Harvest Festival features hay rides, pony rides, trackless train rides, a petting zoo, a hay maze, pumpkins, crafts, inflatables, and live music at Pier A Park in Hoboken, NJ. Free.

Beer tasting & 5K

October 21, 2017

7 miles NE

Brew Hop 5K & Beer Festival includes unlimited beer samples, food trucks, lawn games, and live music at Randall’s Island Park for age 21+. The 5K run/walk is optional.

Jazz festival

October 21, 2017 (2 to 7 p.m.)

11 miles south via ferry

Hear legendary jazz artists at Staten Island Jazz Festival at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

Bronx bike ride

October 22, 2017

6 miles north

Register to join the family-friendly Tour de Bronx, which follows a scenic 25-mile or 40-mile course from Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx to a music festival at New York Botanical Garden. Free.

LGBT film festival

October 23 - 24, 2017

1.7 miles SW

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

Animal film festival

October 23 - 26, 2017

2 miles south

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

TV festival

October 23 - 28, 2017

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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Hard cider festival

October 23 - 29, 2017

NYC locations

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

Architecture and design month

October 23 - 31, 2017

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.

Halloween garden for families

October 23 - 31, 2017

12 miles north

See scarecrows in the garden and do kids’ activities for ages 2 to 10 (daily), meet bats and creepy Halloween creatures (weekends), and wear a costume and visit the trick-or-treat trail (Oct. 21 & 22) at Scarecrows & Pumpkins at New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Closed Oct. 16, 23, 30.


October 23 - Nov. 4, 2017

1.1 miles NW

La Bohème is Puccini’s story of youth, loss, and love, set in the Latin Quarter of Paris at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Discount tickets $25 to $119.

Halloween theme park

October 23 - Nov. 5, 2017

33 miles NE

Bayville Scream Park [sound] has six terrifying attractions, plus “not so scary” kids’ days (weekends & Oct. 9, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) on Long Island. See schedule.


October 23 - Nov. 30, 2017

multiple locations

These discount prices include all taxes and fees.

Harry Potter parody

October 23 - Dec. 23, 2017

0.6 miles west

Puffs is all about the mediocre students of Hogwarts School, lovable underachieving wizards not destined to save the world from the forces of evil, at New World Stages.

Discount tickets $27 to $47.

Haunted house

October 24 - Nov. 4, 2017

3 miles south

Intense, creepy actors confront you in the labyrinth of passageways at Blood Manor, 163 Varick Street. Not for pre-teens. See schedule.

Discount tickets $19 (VIP $33).

White Light Festival

October 24 - Nov. 15, 2017

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.

Evening cruise

October 24 - Nov. 22, 2017

2.4 miles SW

The Champagne City Lights Cruise includes 1.5 hours of views and a glass of champagne or other beverage on Yacht Manhattan, leaving Chelsea Piers (Pier 62).

Discount tickets $34.

Haunted house - Long Island

October 25 - Nov. 4, 2017

60 miles east

Professional actors wear intense makeup at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse [sound] in Bellport. It adds a Kids Adventure on weekends Oct. 7 to 29. See schedule.

A reading of terrifying tales

October 25 - Nov. 5, 2017

2.4 miles south

Hear two or three spine-tingling stories read live onstage with orchestral score and sound effects each night at H.P. Lovecraft Festival at 81 Christopher Street.

Discount tickets $7 to $12.

Art prints

October 26 - 29, 2017 (preview Oct. 25)

1.5 miles SW

Find affordable art from 81 dealers at the Fine Art Print Fair at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Horror film festival

October 26 - 29, 2017

1.7 miles SW

The competitive NYC Horror Film Festival (NYCHFF) shows short and full-length films at Cinepolis Chelsea.

Pumpkin spectacular

October 26 - 29, 2017

5 miles south via ferry

Walk through a garden of thousands of pumpkins artistically carved with glowing faces of celebrities and demons at Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns. See schedule.
  • Oct. 6 - 29: Old Westbury Gardens (Long Island)
  • Oct. 26 - 29: Governor’s Island

Candlelight Ghost Tours

October 26 - 30, 2017

2.5 miles south

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

Haunted house - Brooklyn

October 26 - 31, 2017

5 miles south

Gravesend Inn is a haunted hotel with high-tech animated characters, produced by students in City Tech’s Theatreworks program, at 186 Jay Street.

Stylish ballet

October 26 - Nov. 5, 2017

0.4 miles north

The audacious new ballet The Red Shoes, based on a beloved fairy tale, tells the story of a ballerina forced to choose between an affair of the heart and her rapturous love of dance at New York City Center.

Discount tickets $43 to $79.

Cocktail show

October 26 - Dec. 30, 2017

0.6 miles west

A ticket to The Imbible includes 3 craft cocktails plus a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at New World Stages.

Discount tickets $20 to $49.

Halloween show

October 27, 2017 (7 and 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.

Edgy Halloween ball

October 27, 2017 (10 p.m.)

10.2 miles south

Danse Sauvage Halloween Ball by Dances of Vice promises “provocative performances that delve into animalistic fantasies and fever dreams” with costumes required (preferably “feral”) and a no-host bar at Capitale for age 21+.

Brandy & cider tasting

October 27, 2017 (6:30 p.m.)

10.3 miles south

Sample true brandies and hard ciders with food and drink expert Tonya Hopkins at Fall for Brandy, including warm breads from the brick oven of Old Stone House in Brooklyn.

Traditional Halloween festival

October 27, 2017 (3:30 to 5 p.m.)

27 miles south

Halloween in Richmond Town features kids’ trick-or-treating, games, crafts, apple bobbing, and friendly ghosts at historic Richmond Town in Staten Island. Buy tickets in advance on their web page.

Halloween bar parties

October 27 - 28, 2017

multiple locations

Join a bar party with DJ dance music & drink specials.

Halloween cruise

October 27 - 28, 2017


Join a yacht party with DJ music, views, and a cash bar for age 21+. Boarding times are shown below.

Crypt tour

October 27 - 28, 2017

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 Crawls for ages 12+.

Daytime sail

October 27 - 28, 2017 (2:15 & 4:30 p.m.)

4.5 miles south

See the Manhattan skyline & Statue of Liberty aboard majestic Clipper City tall ship, leaving Battery Park.

Discount tickets $24.

Halloween at the mansion

October 27 - 28, 2017 (7 to 10 p.m.)

15 miles NE

“Watch out for spirits and other creatures as you intrepidly make your way through the mansion and grounds of Bartow-Pell” when it transforms into a Haunted Mansion for age 10+. Tickets.

Halloween at Fort Totten

October 27 - 28, 2017 (6:30 to 8 p.m.)

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. Also check out the Halloween Festival on Saturday. Free.

Day of the Dead

October 27 - 29, 2017

2.3 miles south

Bring photos, candles, and marigolds to remember the departed outdoors at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery on Day of the Dead, with food & crafts for sale. Free.

Jazz cruise

October 27 - Nov. 12, 2017

2.4 miles SW

Enjoy skyline views, live jazz, and a complimentary drink on the Evening Jazz Cruise Aboard Manhattan on a decorated 1920s-style yacht departing from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62).

Discount tickets $64 (Fri. & Sun.)

Classic soul & Motown revue

October 27 - Nov. 25, 2017

0.7 miles SW

A Decade of Soul features R&B music of the classic soul era performed live on stage at B.B. King Blues Club ($10 minimum food/drink at tables).

Discount tickets $8 to $12.

Halloween for kids

October 28, 2017 (11 a.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.

Chic Halloween cirque show

October 28, 2017 (8 p.m.)

1.5 miles south

Watch “otherworldly performances featuring the wonders of the circus, the sideshow, the opera, the dancehall, and the theatre” when Underworld Circus transforms Masonic Hall NYC into the Halls of Hades at 46 West 24th Street.

Disney Halloween Ball

October 28, 2017 (11:30 p.m.)

2 miles south

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 Irving Plaza. Anyone under age 16 must be with a parent.

Discount tickets $6.25.

Halloween at the museum

October 28, 2017 (2 to 6 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.

Halloween masquerade ball

October 28, 2017

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 movie

October 28, 2017 (pre-show 6:30 p.m.)

3.9 miles south

Watch three outlandish witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) on the big screen in Hocus Pocus, with pre-show drag impersonators, a cash bar, a costume contest, and a dance party at Schimmel Center at Pace University.

Discount tickets $15.

Halloween at Socrates Park

October 28, 2017 (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 (1 p.m.) at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. Free.

Wine tasting

October 28, 2017 (12 and 5:30 p.m.)

4.4 miles SE

Brooklyn Wine Fest includes unlimited tastes of wine from 10 countries, with live music and food for sale at Brooklyn Expo Center for age 21+.

Cider tasting

October 28, 2017 (1 to 4 p.m.)

5.7 miles SE

A ticket to Ciderfeast includes unlimited cider samples from 10 producers paired with small bites of hearty food in Williamsburg for age 21+.

Halloween at Prospect Park

October 28, 2017 (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 are free in Prospect Park.

Fall festival for families

October 28, 2017 (noon to 5:30 p.m.)

7.5 miles SE

Enjoy non-stop music, activities, and entertainment at Ghouls & Gourds at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Costume parade 4:30 p.m. Free for kids age 12 and younger.

Discount tickets $6.

Halloween Game Expo

October 28, 2017 (2 to 7 p.m.)

0.9 miles SW

Play video games from 100 developers at the family-friendly Halloween Game Expo, which welcomes costumes and includes “games, pizza, treats, and prizes” at Microsoft Technology Center. Bring ID.

Discount tickets $4.25.

Dogs in costume

October 28 & 29, 2017

3 and 6 miles south

Halloween - Bronx Zoo

October 28 - 29, 2017

9 miles north

Boo at the Zoo features costume parades, magic shows, a hay maze, a haunted forest, pumpkin carvers, and treats at the Bronx Zoo and is included free with all tickets. Weekends plus Monday Oct. 9.

Halloween - Prospect Park Zoo

October 28 - 29, 2017

10 miles south

Boo at the Zoo features a scavenger hunt, face painting, Halloween games and crafts, talks about bats, treats for animals, and a 4 p.m. dance party at Prospect Park Zoo.

Pumpkin festival

October 28 - 29, 2017

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. Dates in 2017: Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 7-9, 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29.

Discount tickets $6.

Halloween parades for kids

October 28 - 31, 2017

NYC neighborhoods

Kids in costume are welcome to join Free Halloween Parades for New York City Kids in neighborhoods.

Elite art fair

October 28 - Nov. 1, 2017 (VIP Oct. 27)

1 mile north

TEFAF New York Fall is a fair that offers exceptional fine and decorative art from international galleries at the Park Avenue Armory. Repeats in May.

Science magic

October 28 - Dec. 23, 2017 (weekends)

0.7 miles SW

A physics demonstrator from Rutgers University performs amazing feats in That Physics Show using cold liquid nitrogen, burning hydrogen, and bright laser lights at Elektra Theatre.

Discount tickets $32.

Winter in Bryant Park

October 28 - December 24, 2017

0.5 miles south

Winter Village at Bryant Park [slow page] has 125 holiday kiosk shops and an ice-skating rink open until March 4, 2018 (free unless you rent skates).

Halloween in Central Park

October 29, 2017 (4 to 7 p.m.)

3.2 miles north

Bring a carved pumpkin (see rules) to Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla for spooky stories, crafts, a 6 p.m. costume parade, and a 6:30 p.m. pumpkin float near Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. Free.

Japanese convention

October 29, 2017

4.4 miles SE

Enjoy Japanese food, drumming, rock, pop, games, and cosplay at Asian Ultra at Brooklyn Expo Center.

Discount tickets $8.

Zombie night in Washington Heights

October 29, 2017

7 miles north

Visit a zombie paint station at 3:30, attend pre-show events at 4:15 (costume parade on stage, short zombie film, and tribute to the feature’s director), and then watch the 1968 classic film Night of the Living Dead at 5 p.m. at the United Palace.

Day of the Dead

October 29, 2017

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.

Halloween festival for kids

October 29, 2017 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

16 miles east

Wear a costume to Children’s Fall Festival, which has games, bounce houses, a haunted house, farm animals, pony rides, hayrides, country music, crafts, and food vendors at Queens County Farm Museum.

Plays made in a day

October 30, 2017 (8 p.m.)

0.7 miles SW

Famous actors are among the cast at 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, where you watch six brand new plays created, staged, memorized, and performed in a single day at American Airlines Theatre.

Halloween scavenger hunt

October 31, 2017 (sign in 6:30 p.m.)


The Amazing Halloween Scavenger Hunt begins at Slattery’s Midtown Pub at 7 p.m. with clues on your phone that send you around the city performing physical and mental challenges with a Halloween theme.

Discount ticket $20.

Trick or treating for kids

October 31, 2017

NYC locations

Children in costume can get free Halloween candy at Where to Trick-or-Treat with New York City Kids.

Family party at City Museum

October 31, 2017 (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.

Halloween costume ball

October 31, 2017

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. Free outdoor entertainment starts 4 p.m., ticketed indoor 8 p.m.

Halloween parade

October 31, 2017 (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 Street to 16th Street). Free.

Neighborhood Halloween show

October 31, 2017 (5 to 9 p.m.)

8.6 miles south

Repeating every 30 minutes, Halloween 313 is a scary show performed by volunteers, which you watch standing in the closed street at 313 Clinton Avenue. In 2017 it features a Voodoo Queen and her zombie minions. Free.
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