The air is crisp; leaves are falling, and shops are prematurely rolling out their Christmas products. It must be October in New York. From festivals to holidays to world-famous (and infamous) events, this month is sure to be a real treat.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1st – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7th
DESIGN | Archtober
📅 Sunday, October 1st–Tuesday, October 31st
Mark your calendars, architecture enthusiasts: October—or should we say, Archtober?—is just around the corner. All throughout October, New York City will celebrate its Architecture and Design month with this annual design-focused festival. Expect building boat tours, film screenings, and exhibitions exploring architecture’s relationship to everything from democracy to the digital age.
FOOD | Slice Out Hunger
📅 Wednesday, October 4th
The largest pizza party in New York City is on this month, and you’re invited! At Slice Out Hunger, the city’s favorite pizza places, including Roberta’s, Emmy Squared, and more, dish out crust with a cause. Dig into dollar slices at this eating event, where 100% of the night’s proceeds go toward local charitable organizations.
CULTURE | New York Comic Con
📅 Thursday, October 5th–Sunday, October 8th
This month, let your freak—or rather, geek—flag fly at New York Comic Con. Pop culture, sci-fi, comic books and more are spotlighted at this iconic event, which brings together creators, celebrities, and fans of both. The event’s 2017 edition will feature an unmissable cast of characters, including Mark Hamill, Karen Gillan, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8th – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14th
CULTURE | Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration
📅 Sunday, October 8th–Monday, October 9th
Celebrate indigenous populations at this free forward-thinking festival. Inviting attendees of all backgrounds to rethink Columbus Day and honor water protectors, the Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration will offer dance and spoken word performances, authentic tribal cuisine, and an overnight camp, complete with tents and tipis.
MUSIC | Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
📅 Thursday, October 12th–Saturday, October 14th
It should come as no surprise that fall’s most-anticipated festival will take place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Dance to the beat of your own drum at Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, an annual event celebrating the local music landscape, including DJs, producers, bands, and beyond. This year’s fest may still be shrouded in mystery, but if any borough can be trusted to deliver on a blind-faith ticket, it’s Brooklyn.
FOOD | New York City Wine and Food Festival
📅 Thursday, October 12th–Sunday, October 15th
Save some room this October—New York City Wine and Food Festival is finally on its way, foodies. This year marks the event’s 10th anniversary, an occasion which will be celebrated by more than 500 world-renowned culinary personalities and 50,000 food aficionados. Cooking demos, celebrity dinners, and appearances by local talents such as Pies ‘N’ Thighs and John’s Juice are what’s on the menu at this nourishing New York City event.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15th – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21st
FOOD | Big Apple Crunch
📅 Thursday, October 19th
With this month’s Big Apple Crunch, supporting local farms is as easy as apple pie. Since its start in 2012, this Food Day celebration promoting New York food and farms has earned engagement from local eaters—a world record-setting 1,000,000 to be exact. This year, help FarmOn! Foundation break the 2013 record by joining crunchers across the state in enjoying a juicy New York apple.
EVENT | Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
📅 Saturday, October 21st
Man’s best friends become fall’s top fashion models when the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade comes bark—we mean, back—this October. Expect tricks and treats at the world’s “largest dog costume parade,” where hundreds of costumed canines will strut their stuff for thousands of spectators and thousands of dollars in prizes.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22nd – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th
CULTURE | Day of the Dead
📅 Friday, October 27th–Sunday, October 29th
Celebrate life at Day of the Dead, a Día de los Muertos event presented by Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders. This ethnic event, which honors the Mexican tradition of paying tribute to deceased loved ones and ancestors through fashioning special altars, enjoying pan de muertos and more, offers Mexican crafts, authentic cuisine, and a safe space for all to grieve and grow.
ART | TEFAF New York Fall Fair
📅 Saturday, October 28th–Wednesday, November 1st
Amongst October’s sea of tacky decorations and questionable costumes, one Halloween weekend event stands out for restoring style to New York City. At TEFAF New York Fall Fair, fine and decorative art from antiquity to the 1920s comes thoroughly vetted, allowing even art fair novices to consume with confidence. This Halloween, top off your collection (or your flapper girl costume) at this international art and antiques extravaganza.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29th – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31st
EVENT | Village Halloween Parade
📅 Tuesday, October 31st
Count on Manhattan’s Greenwich Village to deliver the city’s most creative Halloween celebration. More than 50 musical acts, hundreds of super-sized puppets, and thousands of outrageously outfitted New Yorkers combine at the Village Halloween Parade, New York City’s world-renowned public parade-cum-costume contest.
EVENT | Webster Hell
📅 Tuesday, October 31st
Do fallen angels have more fun? The folks at legendary nightclub and music venue Webster Hall seem to think so. This Halloween, New York City’s most famous (or, should we say, infamous?) entertainment hall will transform into Webster Hell, 40,000 square feet of dread and debauchery culminating in a $5,000 cash giveaway for one blessed creatively clad reveler.