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 New York City events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan.

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. Free. Rain date Oct. 8.

Renaissance fair

October 1, 2017 (begins Aug. 5)

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.

Discount tickets $13 to $22 at Goldstar.

New York Film Festival

October 1 - 15, 2017 (begins Sept. 28)

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, 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.

Haunted house - Long Island

October 1 - 31, 2017 (begins Sept. 29)

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.

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.

Pizza party

October 4, 2017

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 5 - 8, 2017

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, which also includes comedy, film screenings, tastings, and walking tours.

Indian festival of lights

October 7, 2017

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.

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.

Pumpkin festival

October 7 - 29, 2017 (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. Dates in 2017: Oct. 7-9, 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29.

Pow wow

October 8 - 9, 2017

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.

Columbus Day Parade

October 9, 2017

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.

Fake wedding

October 10, 2017

3 miles east

Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, eat a light dinner, and dance at a reception to check out the wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding NYC at The Foundry in Queens. No gifts required!

Wine & food festival

October 12 - 15, 2017

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.

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 on the roof of Pier 92 at the $225 Blue Moon Burger Bash 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 cocktails and wines served with restaurant hors d’oeuvres at The Standard, High Line for age 21+.

Tasting in Brooklyn

October 13, 2017 (7 to 9 p.m.)

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 has a different theme every year. In 2016, it explored “light” in all its forms and meanings, from photons and photography to shadows and color perception.

Tasting with TV star

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+.

Marco Polo Festival

October 14, 2017

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.

Architecture open house

October 14 - 15, 2017

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 14 - 15, 2017

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.

Discount tickets $5.25 at Goldstar.

Oyster Festival

October 14 - 15, 2017

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.

Pickle day

October 15, 2017

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, where vendors once sold pickles from barrels. Free.

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 determining your access to events.

White Light Festival

October 18 - 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.

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 (9 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 before you can open the event page.]

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.

Film festival

October 19 - 22, 2017

1.4 miles south

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

Cultural film festival

October 19 - 22, 2017

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.

LGBT film festival

October 19 - 24, 2017

1.7 miles SW

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

Animal film festival

October 19 - 26, 2017

NYC locations

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

Hard cider festival

October 20 - 29, 2017

NYC locations

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

Bronx bike ride

October 22, 2017

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 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.

Horror film festival

October 26 - 29, 2017

0.7 miles SE

The competitive NYC Horror Film Festival (NYCHFF) shows short and full-length films near Times Square.

Art prints

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

1.5 miles SW

Find affordable art at the Print Fair at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Halloween show

October 27, 2017

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.

Dogs in costume

October 28, 2017

3 and 6 miles south

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 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 at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. Free.

Elite art fair

October 28 - Nov. 1, 2017

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.

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.

Parade after-party

October 31, 2017

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 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. Outdoor entertainment starts 4 p.m., 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 St. to 16th St. Free.

Oyster Week

October 2017 (undated)

NYC locations

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

Winter in Bryant Park

October 2017 (undated)

0.5 miles south

Winter Village at Bryant Park [slow page] has 125 holiday kiosk shops and an ice-skating rink open until March 5 (free unless you rent skates).

Garment District festival

October 2017 (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.

Beer bash

October 2017 (undated)

1.5 miles south

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

Cider cookout

October 2017 (undated)

2.2 miles SE

Ciderfeast includes unlimited cider samples from a dozen producers, grilled meat, tacos, vegetarian options, and live music at SolarOne for age 21+.

Day of the Dead

October 2017 (undated)

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.

Japanese noodle night

October 2017 (undated)

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.

Candlelight Ghost Tours

October 2017 (undated)

2.5 miles south

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

Parade of Boats

October 2017 (undated)

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.

Taste of the world

October 2017 (undated)

3.1 miles south

Try food and drink from 20 countries as you walk around Edible Escape at 172 Norfolk Street.

Gypsy music

October 2017 (undated)

3.5 miles south

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

Crypt tour

October 2017 (undated)

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+.

Family fall festival

October 2017 (undated)

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.

Bad theater

October 2017 (undated)

6.4 miles SE

Bad Theater Fest welcomes new writers and actors, often with hilarious results, at 334 South 5th Street in Brooklyn.

Jazz festival

October 2017 (undated)

11 miles south via ferry

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

Science day in Brooklyn

October 2017 (undated)

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.

Cemetery walk & talk

October 2017 (undated)

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.

Haunted house

October 2017 (undated)

3 miles south

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

Haunted house - Brooklyn

October 2017 (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.

Haunted experience

October 2017 (undated)

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.

Halloween parades for kids

October 2017 (undated)

NYC neighborhoods

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

Party at the wax museum

October 2017 (undated)

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 drag show

October 2017 (undated)

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 for kids

October 2017 (undated)

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 at the museum

October 2017 (undated)

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.

Family party at City Museum

October 2017 (undated)

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 in Central Park

October 2017 (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 A. Dana Discovery Center.

Pumpkin spectacular

October 2017 (undated)


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.

Halloween at Prospect Park

October 2017 (undated)

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 - Bronx Zoo

October 2017 (undated)

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.

Halloween - Prospect Park Zoo

October 2017 (undated)

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.

Halloween ball

October 2017 (undated)

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+.

Harvest festival

October 2017 (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 at Fort Totten

October 2017 (undated)

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 festival for kids

October 2017 (undated)

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 2017 (undated)

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.

Halloween theme park

October 2017 (undated)

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.
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