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NYC's October Cultural Calendar
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NYC's October Cultural Calendar

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Updated: 9 January 2017
It’s that time of year again. Put on your coat, get a pumpkin coffee, and venture through NYC to take part in the best October has to offer. So much is happening, from film to art to theater to food to parades… Keep the following events in mind this fall.

Chelsea Film Festival

Bringing together producers, filmmakers, and performers, the Chelsea Film Festival features films from around the world – shorts, documentaries, and full-length films. The theme of this year’s Chelsea Film Festival is women in film and media. The festival opens with Solitary, a film by Sasha Krane that introduces Nora, the protagonist, as she struggles with her life and her relationships. After moving back in with her family, she is confronted with troubling problems from her childhood that have remained unsolved. The festival ends with Valley, a film by Sophie Artus about the complicated lives of three teenagers, Josh, David, and Linoy, in Israel. Their lives are shaped by the violence with which they are constantly surrounded. The CFF is a definite must-attend for all film lovers.

October 15, 2015 – October 18, 2015

SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 592 2980

Fashion Institute of Technology, Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, 227 West 27th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 217 7999

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Broadway’s newest musical, Allegiance, opens this October. Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family during internment during World War II and was based on the real experiences of George Takei. To combat the U.S.’s policy of internment, a brother and sister, Sam and Kei, travel opposite paths: Sam joins the army and fights in Europe, and Kei fights for the rights of Japanese-Americans in the U.S. Featuring the great talents of George Takei, Telly Leung, and Lea Salonga, Allegiance promises to impress its audience.

Previews begin October 6, 2015; the official opening is November 8, 2015.

Longacre Theatre, 220 West 48th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 239 6200

Salvation Burger

April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman will be opening another restaurant, Salvation Burger, in a similar vein to their Salvation Taco. It will have veggie burgers, chicken burgers, hot dogs, and French fries. This restaurant, however, promises to be different from traditional burger restaurants. Bloomfield will grind the meat on premise, as well as make pickles, mustard, cheese, and buns. Salvation Burger will also have pies, beer, wine, and alcoholic shakes. Keep this place in mind if you’re looking for more than just a boring hamburger. An exact opening date hasn’t been released, but it looks like Salvation Burger at The Pod Hotel 51 will be opening up sometime this month.

Salvation Burger, Pod Hotel 51, 230 East 51st Street, New York, NY, USA

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New York Comic Con

Fans of the world unite and head to New York Comic Con, a multi-day conference at which to explore your love of comics, video games, and more. Some of this year’s featured guests include: Amy Reeder, David Finch, Joe Madureira, and Shane Davis. There are also a number of autograph signings from the likes of Natalie Dormer, Danny Glover, John DiMaggio, and Felicia Day. There will be panels for Adventure Time, Elementary, Mr. Robot, Colony, and Ash vs. Evil Dead. And watch out for walkers at The Walking Dead fan premiere on October 9th. Don’t miss it!

October 8, 2015 – October 11, 2015

The Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 216 2000

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Greater New York

This is the fourth time Greater New York has been featured at MoMA PS1. This time around, the exhibition will focus on the elements that have changed in New York. Also, instead of focusing on younger individuals, this exhibit will focus on renowned artists. It will explore iconic artists amidst the changing nature of New York City. Organized by Peter Eleey, Douglas Crimp, Thomas J. Lax, and Mia Locks, Greater New York is sure to impress.

October 11, 2015 – March 7, 2015

MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101 +1 718 784 2084

Pickle Day

Originally conceived in the 1990s, Pickle Day plays on the rich history of the Lower East Side. Originally home to picklers selling from barrels on the street, the Lower East Side currently only has one store dedicated to selling pickles, The Pickle Guys. On Pickle Day, there are tons of pickle-related activities, like Pin the Pickle, Pickle Toss, Pickle Relay Race, and Pickle Trivia. Also, get ready, competitive picklers: there is a home pickling contest that anyone can enter. Pickle any vegetable you want, and you may just win.

October 4, 2015

Delancey Street and Orchard Street, New York, NY, USA

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Columbus Day Parade

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Columbus rides again, but this time its not on the Niña, Pinta, or Santa María. Instead, the Columbus Day Parade rides down Fifth Avenue every year to celebrate this legendary traveler. This year’s Grand Marshal will be Alberto Cribiore. The parade begins at 44th Street and ends at 72nd, with special performances happening between 67th and 69th Streets. Join nearly one million spectators on this day of celebration.

October 12, 2015

Fifth Avenue and West 44th Street, New York, NY, USA

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Walid Raad at MoMA

Lebanese artist Walid Raad will be featured at the Museum of Modern Art. His pieces show the tense connection between art and politics in Lebanon. This exhibit will focus on two projects, The Atlas Group and Scratching on things I could disavow. The Atlas Group is based on real events, photographs, and film, but the project is fictionalized. It addresses Lebanese history and politics. Scratching… asks: how do politics and art fit together in the modern Middle East? He explains that new sites to display art, like museums, emerged during times of political and military conflict in the region. In addition to these two projects, Raad will address visitors multiple times a week with Walkthrough, a lecture-performance that accompanies the exhibit.

October 12, 2015 – January 31, 2016

The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 708 9400

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New York City Wine and Food Festival

Get ready for some good eats. For the seventh year, the Food Network and Cooking Channel hosts an event in NYC to provide food for New Yorkers with locations across NYC. With 100% of the proceeds going to the Food Bank For New York City and the No Kid Hungry Campaign, the New York City Wine and Food Festival is worth the cost. See great food personalities like Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence, Rachael Ray, and Giada De Laurentiis. Check out ‘A Dinner with April Bloomfield and Amanda Cohen,’ as the two chefs from New York City cook meals centered on vegetables.

October 15, 2015 – October 18, 2015

Pier 92/94, 711 12th Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 800 677 6278

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Village Halloween Parade

This is not your ordinary Halloween celebration. The Village Halloween Parade has a huge following in NYC, featuring thousands of New Yorkers in extravagant costumes and dancers, artists, and bands. To march in the parade itself, make sure you’re wearing a great costume, because only people in costumes can march. If you’re more interested in watching, make sure you get there early to reserve a spot and beat the incredible subway congestion. Check out the giant puppets, like the Spider and Squid, which have been crafted in intense workshops across the Northeast. Don’t worry; bars in the area are open and lively at the end of the parade.

October 31, 2015

Canal Street and Sixth Avenue, New York, NY, USA