New York City events October 2019. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events October 2019

Dance festival

October 1 - 13, 2019
0.4 miles south
Fall for Dance Festival features 20 international dance companies in five unique programs, with a number of world premieres at City Center.

New York Film Festival

October 1 - 13, 2019
(begins Sept. 27)
1.4 miles NW
See classics, documentaries, and full-length feature films by the world’s great filmmakers at the New York Film Festival (NYFF) at Lincoln Center.

Architecture and design month

October 1 - 31, 2019
NYC locations
Archtober offers special tours of buildings, river cruises, lectures, films, and exhibitions that help us to appreciate architecture and design in everyday life.

Halloween garden for families

October 1 - 31, 2019
(begins Sept. 21)
12 miles north
See scarecrows in the garden and join kids’ activities at Spooky Pumpkin Garden at New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Weekends add creepy creatures like bats and reptiles plus pumpkin-carving demonstrations. Closed Mondays except Oct. 14.

Ticket deal $8 to $22

Halloween theme park

October 1 - Nov. 3, 2019
(begins Sept. 27)
33 miles NE
Bayville Scream Park has six terrifying attractions, and on three days it also offers kids not so scary days on Long Island. See schedule.

Cheap pizza party

October 3, 2019
3 miles south
Get in line to buy $1 pizza samples for cash from dozens of New York City pizzerias at Slice Out Hunger in St. Anthony’s Church to support charity.

Bacon and beer

October 3, 2019
(7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
6.7 miles SW
A ticket to Bacon and Beer Classic includes unlimited craft beer samples and bacon dishes, DJ music, dancing, and interactive games at Harborside Atrium in Jersey City, NJ for age 21+.

Ticket deal $59 to $95

Comic Con

October 3 - 6, 2019
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.

Dramatic play

October 3 - 20, 2019
3.3 miles south
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is the haunting story of an overbearing mother, her poetic son, and shy daughter, living lives of illusion in the Depression at Wild Project. This version features a “chilling, dreamlike world” with props made of glass.

Ticket deal $18

African Restaurant Week

October 4 - 20, 2019
multiple locations
African Restaurant Week has 75 gastronomical events, including a A Taste of Africa food festival in Harlem, chef-hosted dinners, pop-up experiences, cooking classes, and special fixed-price African menus at 19 restaurants.

Halloween - Prospect Park Zoo

October 4 - 27, 2019
10 miles south
Boo at the Zoo features Halloween games and crafts, a scavenger hunt, and talks about bats at Prospect Park Zoo.

Pumpkin spectacular

October 4 - 28, 2019
23 miles east
Walk through a garden of thousands of pumpkins artistically carved with glowing faces of celebrities and demons at Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns in Old Westbury Gardens (Long Island). See schedule.

Haunted house - Long Island

October 4 - Nov. 2, 2019
(begins Sept. 27)
60 miles east
Professional actors wear intense makeup at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse in Bellport for age 12+. On October weekends, they offer a “not so scary” Kids Adventure. See schedule.

Haunted house

October 4 - Nov. 9, 2019
3.3 miles south
Intense, creepy actors confront you (but don’t touch you) as you walk in groups of six through the labyrinth of passageways at Blood Manor at 359 Broadway for age 14+.

Ticket deal $15 to $39

Show-tunes festival

October 5, 2019
1.2 miles north
Hear great songs from stage and screen at Elsie Fest in Central Park.

Dog walk

October 5, 2019
1.5 miles NW
Join animal lovers walking their dogs at Strut Your Mutt, a family-friendly festival with food trucks, vendors, and activities in Hudson River Park at Pier 84.

Caribbean musical

October 5, 2019
(7 p.m.)
4.5 miles north
Citizens of Jamaica fight the overreach of American commercialism in a show full of surprising sets, colorful costumes, and Calypso-inspired songs at Harlem Repertory Theatre.

Ticket deal $13 (VIP $20)

Lighthouse festival

October 5, 2019
(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.

Beer tasting in the garden

October 5, 2019
(12 to 5 p.m.)
12 miles north
Blues, Brews & Botany offers blues music, craft beer and cider, lawn games, and talks by brewing experts and garden scientists at New York Botanical Garden for age 21+.

Beer tasting in Queens

October 5 - 6, 2019
3.2 miles east
Queens Beer Festival promises “unlimited tasting of the best craft beers from the tri-state area” with DJ music and food vendors at LIC Flea & Food.

Ticket deal $39

Renaissance fair

October 5 - 6, 2019
(also Sept.)
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. Also open Labor Day, September 2, 2019.

Adult night at the zoo

October 5 - 26, 2019
9 miles north
An $85 ticket to Spooktacular Night Walks includes appetizers, wine, beer, and “creepy crawly animal guests” after hours at the Bronx Zoo for age 21+.

Pumpkin festival

October 5 - 26, 2019
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.

Halloween - Bronx Zoo

October 5 - Nov. 3, 2019
(begins Sept. 28)
9 miles north
Boo at the Zoo features costume parades, magic shows, craft making, a corn maze, pumpkin carvers, and a candy trail at the Bronx Zoo. It is included free with all tickets. Open weekends plus Oct. 14.

Pickle day

October 6, 2019
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.

Parade of Boats

October 7, 2019
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.

Underground art show

October 10, 2019
(7 p.m.)
3.2 miles south
The NYC 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+. Pay cash at the door or buy a line-jumper ticket online.

Contemporary art fair

October 10 - 13, 2019
2 miles SW
Clio Art Fair is a curated fair in Chelsea featuring artists without exclusive gallery representation. Held in March and October. Free.

Tacos & Tequila

October 11, 2019
(10 p.m.)
1.2 miles south
“Feast on unforgettable tacos and festive side dishes as you sip on unlimited tequila cocktail creations” plus beer and wine, with DJ music during $150 Tequila Cazadores Tacos After Dark at Second for age 21+.

Hamburger bash

October 11, 2019
(7 to 10 p.m.)
1.5 miles NW
Chefs serve their favorite burgers with live music, beer, wine, and spirits at the $225 Blue Moon Burger Bash at Pier 97 for age 21+.

Happy hour

October 11, 2019
(6 to 8 p.m.)
2.6 miles SW
A $95 ticket to Aperitivo gets you creative cocktails, wine, charcuterie, and “delicious bites” at The Standard, High Line for age 21+.

Literary and arts festival

October 11 - 13, 2019
NYC locations
Hear famous and influential authors, journalists, poets, screenwriters, and cultural icons speak at the New Yorker Festival.

Gourmet barbecue

October 12, 2019
(7 to 10 p.m.)
1.5 miles NW
Titans of BBQ serves premium steaks “and everything else you can imagine that can be slow cooked, smoked, or grilled on an open flame” with dessert, beer, wine, and cocktails at Pier 97 for $175.

Ticket deal $110

Cocktail party

October 12, 2019
(8 to 10 p.m.)
2.4 miles SW
Chef Robert Irvine of TV’s Food Network hosts Rocktails, a walk around tasting of “specialty craft cocktails, wine, beer, and bites” with a classic rock cover band at Highline Stages for age 21+.

Ticket deal $60

Whiskey tasting

October 12, 2019
2.4 miles south
The Whiskey Festival promises whiskey tasting, education about whiskey, live music, cocktail specials, and complimentary passed appetizers at Analogue.


October 12, 2019
(4 to 6 p.m.)
2.6 miles SW
“Giant steins of beer, soft-baked salty pretzels, juicy brats, and every kind of meaty delicacy will greet you” at the $125 Oktoberfest at The Standard, High Line for age 21+.

Wine tasting

October 12, 2019
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 February and October.

Ticket deal $20

Natural fiber festival

October 12, 2019
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.

Gourmet pizza party

October 12, 2019
(2 to 4 p.m.)
9.6 miles south
The Ultimate Pizza Party is an all-ages walk-around tasting of “the cheesiest, most mouth-watering slices fresh out of the smokey, wood-fired pizza oven” with beer, wine, and spirits at Fornino on Pier 6 in Brooklyn Heights. Special children’s price.

Aquarium show

October 12 - 13, 2019
5.7 miles NW
Face live sharks, join a seminar, shop the vendors, and see fish on display at the Aquatic Experience at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.

Gourmet ice cream tasting

October 13, 2019
(11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
1.2 miles south
Adults get cocktails, kids get face painting and crafts, and everyone gets “New York’s tastiest ice cream treats” at Family Ice Cream Fun-dae at Second.

Harvest festival

October 13, 2019
11 miles east
Buy a pumpkin, take a tour, hear live music, play games, do crafts, pet animals, shop from food & craft vendors, and visit a beer & wine garden at Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch in Queens Botanical Garden.

Pow wow

October 13 - 14, 2019
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 14, 2019
0.1 miles south
Watch marchers, bands, floats, and Italian folk groups parade up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd in the Columbus Day Parade, on WABC-TV at noon. Free.

Architecture & design films

October 16 - 20, 2019
1.7 miles south
Architecture & Design Film Festival features films, parties, and panel discussions with design leaders and filmmakers at Cinépolis Chelsea. Typically opening night is held at SVA Theatre.

Garment District festival

October 17 - 19, 2019
1 mile SW
Garment District Arts Festival offers exhibitions, performances, workshops, open studios, art, gallery receptions, and installations within walking distance of 7th Avenue and W. 38th Street. Program.

Food and film festival

October 17 - 20, 2019
0.7 miles SW
Watch films about the world’s best foods and then eat them during NYC Food Film Festival at AMC Empire 25 and other venues for age 21+. Your ticket includes unlimited food and drinks.

International film festival

October 17 - 20, 2019
1.3 miles SW
Chelsea Film Festival screens “independent shorts, feature-lengths, and documentaries from emerging directors” at AMC Loews 34th Street.

Cultural film festival

October 17 - 20, 2019
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.

Odd street art

October 17 - 20, 2019
2.6 miles SE
Art in Odd Places (AiOP) brings surprising visual and performance art to most of 14th Street (from Avenue C to the Hudson River). The theme in 2019 is “invisible” and features artists who are age 60+. Free.

Animal film festival

October 17 - 27, 2019
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.

Free comedy show

October 17 - Nov. 21, 2019
(Thursdays 8 p.m.)
0.8 miles west
The Bomb Shelter Comedy Show promises “comedians with national TV credits,” free pizza, and no drink minimums at The Gaf West, in Hell’s Kitchen.

Free tickets

Charity cocktail party

October 18, 2019
(6:30 p.m.)
2 miles SW
Cocktails for a Cure promises young professionals a premium open bar, gourmet light bites, dance music, and a silent auction at Marquee New York to support charity.

Salsa concert

October 18, 2019
(8 p.m.)
36 miles west
Grupo Niche performs both upbeat dance music and slower-paced romantic numbers with amazing spirit and infectious rhythms at Kupferberg Center for the Arts.

Ticket deal $27

Cool science films

October 18 - 25, 2019
NYC locations
Imagine Science Film Festival screens science-inspired short films with a different theme each year. The theme in 2019 is survival of life on earth and beyond.

Candlelight Ghost Tours

October 18 - 19 & 23 - 30, 2019
2.5 miles south
Hear true tales by flickering candlelight of restless phantoms, voices calling into the night, and unsettling occurrences at Merchant’s House Museum during Candlelight Ghost Tours. Midnight tours cost more.

Marco Polo Festival

October 19, 2019
3.1 miles south
Marco Polo Festival in Chinatown and Little Italy features a parade of giant marionettes on Mulberry Street (from Bayard to Grand) ending at a stage on Grand Street with music and dance performances from China, Mongolia, and Italy. Free.

Fall festival for families

October 19, 2019
5.5 miles SW
Hoboken Harvest Festival features hay rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, a hay maze, pumpkin painting, crafts, inflatables, and live music & dance at Pier A Park in Hoboken, NJ. Free.

Beer & music festival

October 19, 2019
(3 to 11 p.m.)
6.6 miles SE
Octfest is “an international beer, music, and food celebration” featuring 10 performing artists and 55 breweries at Knockdown Center in Queens for age 21+.

Architecture open house

October 19 - 20, 2019
NYC locations
Visit 270 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 they may require reservations.

White Light Festival

October 19 - Nov. 24, 2019
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.

Fall festival for families

October 20, 2019
7.5 miles SE
Harvest Homecoming [formerly Ghouls & Gourds] has hay rides, lawn games, Brussels sprout bowling, kombucha brewers, cider makers (hard and soft), a farmers’ market, and a children’s Halloween costume parade at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Children under age 12 are free. Children under age 14 need a parent.

Taste the city’s best

October 21, 2019
2.1 miles SW
Meet the best chefs and mixologists, selected by New York Magazine, as they prepare and plate your food with an open bar at New York Taste at 269 11th Ave.

LGBT film festival

October 23 - 29, 2019
1.7 miles SW
NewFest screens a variety of gay and lesbian films at Cinépolis Chelsea & SVA Theatre. (Please note that the film are not listed in order by date.)

Photography expo

October 24 - 26, 2019
1.5 miles SW
Billed as the largest photography and imaging show in North America, PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo features educational seminars, workshops, photo walks, master classes, and 200 exhibitors at Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Art prints

October 24 - 27, 2019
(preview Oct. 23)
1.5 miles SW
Find affordable art from 81 dealers at the Fine Art Print Fair at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Sexy poetry party

October 24 & 31, 2019
(7 p.m.)
multiple locations
Inspired by 19th-century bordellos of Paris and New Orleans, The Poetry Brothel presents a rotating cast of poets in an immersive and lush, speakeasy-style environment with a bar and live music for age 21+.

Apple day

October 25, 2019
NYC locations
Join one million New Yorkers eating apples today to celebrate Big Apple Crunch. Free.

Whiskey tasting

October 25, 2019
(8 p.m.)
2.5 miles south
Whiskey Washback is a tasting of 75 types of whiskey, bourbon, rye, and Scotch, with a live band and food for sale at The Bowery Hotel.

Halloween show

October 25, 2019
3.6 miles north
Watch the silent classic horror film Nosferatu 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.

Crypt tour

October 25 - 26, 2019
3.6 miles north
Bring a flashlight on the Crypt Crawl, a guided tour of the crypt at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine with stories about the entombed, for ages 12+.

Haunted house - Brooklyn

October 25 - 31, 2019
5 miles south
Gravesend Inn is a haunted hotel with high-tech animated characters that are more fun than gory, produced by students in City Tech’s Theatreworks program, at 186 Jay Street for age 10+.

Luxury wristwatch expo

October 26, 2019
(party Oct. 25)
0.9 miles SW
WatchTime New York has manufacturers of 30 brands, an optional cocktail party, and “a schedule of specially curated presentations and industry panels for every caliber of watch geek” at Gotham Hall.

Halloween party

October 26, 2019
(8 p.m.)
1.1 miles NW
Costumes are recommended at the Monster Ball, which has DJ music, multiple dance floors and bars, and a costume contest at Stage 48 for age 21+.

Halloween at the museum

October 26, 2019
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.

Edgy Halloween ball

October 26, 2019
(9:30 p.m.)
3.1 miles south
Dance of the Red Death Halloween Masquerade by Dances of Vice is a fantasy party welcoming costumes both demonic and divine, and featuring risque performances at Capitale for age 21+.

Halloween at Socrates Park

October 26, 2019
(12 to 4 p.m.)
4 miles NE
Halloween Harvest Festival includes art and costume making workshops, face painting, and a dog costume contest at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. Haitian dance and drum performances are featured in 2019. Free.

Distillery tasting

October 26, 2019
(7 to 10 p.m.)
7 miles SW
A ticket to Jersey City Craft Distillery Fest includes samples of 100 styles of spirits (rum, cognac, whiskey, vodka, gin, tequila), with live music and food for sale at Harborside Plaza in Jersey City, NJ for age 21+.

Ticket deal $49

Halloween at Prospect Park

October 26, 2019
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 and best for children ages 7 to 12. An after-party at City Point lasts until 5 p.m. Free.

Halloween scavenger hunt

October 26, 2019
8 miles NE
The Amazing Halloween Scavenger Hunt has you read clues on your phone that send you around town performing physical and mental challenges, beginning at Irish Rover in Astoria.

Halloween Game Expo

October 26, 2019
0.9 miles SW
Play video games from 100 developers at the family-friendly Halloween Game Expo, which welcomes costumes (without guns) and includes “games, pizza, treats, and prizes” at Microsoft Technology Center. Free, but you must register online and bring ID.

Halloween mansion tour

October 26, 2019
(6 to 8 p.m.)
15 miles NE
“Watch out for spirits and other creatures as you intrepidly make your way through the mansion and grounds” when Bartow-Pell Mansion transforms into Bartow-Hell Haunted Mansion for age 10+.

Traditional Halloween festival

October 26, 2019
27 miles south
Halloween in Richmond Town features kids’ trick-or-treating, games, crafts, apple bobbing, magic, music, and a 5 p.m. costume parade at historic Richmond Town in Staten Island. Buy tickets in advance online.

Day of the Dead

October 26 - 27, 2019
2.3 miles south
Photos, candles, and marigolds cover an altar to celebrate the departed outdoors at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery on Day of the Dead, with live music and a Mexican market of food & crafts. Free.

Bronx bike ride

October 27, 2019
6 miles north
Family-friendly Tour de Bronx follows a scenic 25 or 40 mile course from Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx to a music festival at New York Botanical Garden. Children younger than 16 must be with a parent or guardian. Register each person separately. Free.

Halloween festival for kids

October 27, 2019
16 miles east
Wear a costume to Children’s Halloween Festival [formerly Children’s Fall Festival], which has games, a haunted house, farm animals, pig races, pony rides, hayrides, country music, crafts, and food vendors at Queens County Farm Museum.

Halloween in Central Park

October 30, 2019
(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.

Family party at City Museum

October 31, 2019
2.9 miles north
Wear a costume or mask to Spooky City: Halloween to enjoy a haunted scavenger hunt with treats, spooky tales, a Monster Mash Dance party, and pumpkin decorating at the Museum of the City of New York.

Halloween costume ball

October 31, 2019
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 begins at 4 p.m., doors open for the ticketed event at 7:30 p.m.

Halloween parade

October 31, 2019
3 miles south
The big Village Halloween Parade features 35 bands, dancers, artists, puppets, and thousands of New Yorkers in costume parading up 6th Avenue (from Spring Street to 16th Street). Free.

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