New York City events October 2018. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events October 2018

New York Film Festival

October 1 - 14, 2018
(begin 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, 2018
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 theme park

Oct. 1 - Nov. 4, 2018
(starts Sept. 21)
33 miles NE
Bayville Scream Park [sound] has six 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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Comic Con

October 4 - 7, 2018
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 5 - 7, 2018
NYC locations
Hear famous and influential authors, journalists, poets, screenwriters, and cultural icons speak at the New Yorker Festival.

Natural fiber festival

October 6, 2018
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 7 - 8, 2018
6 miles NE
Bring a lawn chair to Indigenous Peoples Celebration, which features artists, singers, colorful dancers, speakers, and authentic tribal cuisine on Randall’s Island. Free.

Columbus Day Parade

October 8, 2018
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.

Pizza party

October 10, 2018
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.

Tacos & Tequila

October 11, 2018
(10 p.m.)
2 miles SW
“Sample a wide variety of delectable tacos and creative cocktails prepared by top chefs and mixologists” during Tacos & Tequila for $150 at 543 W. 28th Street for age 21+.

Tasting in Chelsea

October 11, 2018
(8 to 10 p.m.)
2.3 miles SW
Chelsea Night Market is a $95 walk-around tasting through the food stalls after hours at the Chelsea Market, with cocktails, spirits, wines, and beer.

Wine & food festival

October 11 - 14, 2018
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.

Independent art fair

October 11 - 14, 2018
2 miles SW
Clio Art Fair is a curated fair in Chelsea featuring artists without exclusive gallery representation. Held in March and October. Free.

Odd street art

October 11 - 14, 2018
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. Theme in 2018 is “body.” Free.

Sandwich tasting

October 12, 2018
(7 to 10 p.m.)
0.3 miles north
Between the Bread is a $95 casual walk-around tasting at Tommy Hilfiger on 5th Avenue for age 21+.

Hamburger bash

October 12, 2018
(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+.

Happy hour cocktail party

October 12, 2018
(6 to 8 p.m.)
2.6 miles SW
An $95 ticket to Aperitivo gets you creative cocktails, wine, and restaurant bites at The Standard, High Line for age 21+.

Coffee festival

October 12 - 14, 2018
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 12 - 19, 2018
NYC locations
The Imagine Science Film Festival screens science-inspired short film with a different theme every year.

Tasting for dog owners

October 13, 2018
(3 to 5 p.m.)
1.1 miles south
Enjoy “festive cocktails and perfectly paired bites” with wine, spirits and beer, while your dog has “delicious doggie treats, toys, and products” and kids play games and drink soda at Yappie Hour in Big Screen Plaza.

Dessert night

October 13, 2018
(10 p.m. to midnight)
2 miles SW
All about Cake is a $135 walk-around tasting of gourmet desserts from the Milk Bar bakery and “top NYC pastry chefs” at 543 W. 28th Street for age 21+.

Tasting hosted by Robert Irvine

October 13, 2018
(4 to 6 p.m.)
2.6 miles SW
Chef Robert Irvine of TV’s Food Network hosts Pigs and Pours, a $125 tasting of roasted pig, pork tacos, and bacon desserts, with unlimited beer, wine, and spirits at The Standard, High Line for age 21+.

Marco Polo Festival

October 13, 2018
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.

Architecture open house

October 13 - 14, 2018
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.

Gourmet barbecue

October 14, 2018
(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).

Pickle day

October 14, 2018
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 14, 2018
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.

Architecture & design films

October 16 - 21, 2018
1.7 miles south
Architecture & Design Film Festival features films, parties, and panel discussions with design leaders and filmmakers at Cinépolis Chelsea.

A reading of terrifying tales

October 17 - 28, 2018
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 St.

Apple day

October 18, 2018
NYC locations
Join 1 million New Yorkers eating apples today. Find locations for Big Apple Crunch on the website. Free.

International film festival

October 18 - 21, 2018
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 18 - 21, 2018
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.

Animal film festival

October 18 - 28, 2018
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.

Masquerade ball

October 19, 2018
(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.

Aquarium show

October 19 - 21, 2018
5.7 miles NW
Visit the sea lions, join a seminar, shop the vendors, and see fish on display at the Aquatic Experience at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.

Haunted house - Brooklyn

October 19 - 31, 2018
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.

Bronx bike ride

October 21, 2018
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 24 - 30, 2018
1.7 miles SW
NewFest screens a variety of gay and lesbian films at Cinépolis Chelsea.

Food and film festival

October 25 - 28, 2018
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.

Halloween show

October 26, 2018
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.

Halloween at Fort Totten

October 26 - 27, 2018
(uncertain)
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.

Art prints

October 26 - 28, 2018
(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.

Halloween at the museum

October 27, 2018
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 at Socrates Park

October 27, 2018
(noon to 4 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.

Fall festival for families

October 27, 2018
(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.

Halloween scavenger hunt

October 27 - 31, 2018
multiple locations
The Amazing Halloween Scavenger Hunt has you read clues on your phone that send you around the city performing physical and mental challenges with a Halloween theme. The 2018 dates are Oct. 27 (Brooklyn), Oct. 28 (Queens), Oct. 31 (Manhattan).

Elite art fair

October 27 - 31, 2018
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.

Halloween in Central Park

October 28, 2018
(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.

Halloween festival for kids

October 28, 2018
(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 29, 2018
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 costume ball

October 31, 2018
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, 2018
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.

Dance festival

October 2018
(undated)
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.

Indian festival of lights

October 2018
(undated)
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.

Garment District festival

October 2018
(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.

Food Book Fair

October 2018
(undated)
1.4 miles south
Food enthusiasts, chefs, artists, writers, designers, and publishers attend Food Book Fair to celebrate, discuss, and sample fine food at Ace Hotel.

White Light Festival

October 2018
(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.

Free horror films

October 2018
(undated)
1.6 miles south
TromaDance (name mimics Sundance) focuses on horror, fantasy, and sci-fi films and is free for both filmmakers and attendees at Peoples Improv Theater.

Technology festival

October 2018
(undated)
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.

Cocktail party

October 2018
(undated)
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.

Day of the Dead

October 2018
(undated)
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.

Celebrate immigrants

October 2018
(undated)
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.

Candlelight Ghost Tours

October 2018
(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 2018
(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. Free unless you attend the dinner on Pier 61.

French wine tasting

October 2018
(undated)
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.

Crypt tour

October 2018
(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 Crawls for ages 12+.

Hip hop convention

October 2018
(undated)
4.2 miles north
Watch the best hip-hop dance companies from around the corner and around the world perform at Breakin’ Convention at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

Japanese convention

October 2018
(undated)
4.4 miles SE
Enjoy Japanese food, drumming, rock, pop, games, and cosplay at Asian Ultra at Brooklyn Expo Center.

Taste of the world

October 2018
(undated)
4.4 miles south
A ticket to Edible Escape includes food and drink from different countries at Pier A Harbor House for age 21+.

Wine tasting

October 2018
(undated)
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+. Held in April and October.

Fall festival for families

October 2018
(undated)
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.

Cider tasting

October 2018
(undated)
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+.

Beer tasting & 5K

October 2018
(undated)
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.

Lighthouse festival

October 2018
(undated)
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.

Sustainable food festival

October 2018
(undated)
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.

Brandy & cider tasting

October 2018
(undated)
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.

Jazz festival

October 2018
(undated)
11 miles south via ferry
Hear legendary jazz artists at Staten Island Jazz Festival at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

Show-tunes festival

October 2018
(undated)
1.2 miles north
Hear great songs from stage and screen at Elsie Fest in Central Park.

Haunted house

October 2018
(undated)
Location uncertain
Intense, creepy actors confront you in the labyrinth of passageways at Blood Manor. Not for pre-teens. See schedule.

Haunted house - Long Island

October 2018
(undated)
60 miles east
Professional actors wear intense makeup at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse [sound] in Bellport. It adds a Kids Adventure on some weekends. See schedule.

Halloween for kids

October 2018
(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.

Disney Halloween Ball

October 2018
(undated)
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.

Family party at City Museum

October 2018
(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.

Edgy Halloween ball

October 2018
(undated)
3.1 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+.

Halloween masquerade ball

October 2018
(undated)
3.1 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+.

Pumpkin spectacular

October 2018
(undated)
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.
  • Old Westbury Gardens (Long Island)
  • Governors Island

Chic Halloween cirque show

October 2018
(undated)
7 miles SE
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.

Halloween at Prospect Park

October 2018
(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 are free in Prospect Park.

Halloween - Bronx Zoo

October 2018
(undated)
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.

Halloween Game Expo

October 2018
(undated)
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.

Halloween - Prospect Park Zoo

October 2018
(undated)
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.

Halloween garden for families

October 2018
(undated)
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 at Scarecrows & Pumpkins at New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

Halloween at the mansion

October 2018
(undated)
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+.

Pumpkin festival

October 2018
(undated)
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.

Traditional Halloween festival

October 2018
(undated)
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.