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What's On In New York City In October

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Updated: 7 October 2016
October is a wonderful time to be in New York City. The leaves are changing, the air is cool, but it’s still not yet winter. It’s the perfect time of year to take advantage of outdoor activities, cultural events, or simply to get involved with city life after summer vacation. And while there’s always lots going on in NYC, here are some events to look forward to this October.



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FILM | Check out art and design films at the Architecture and Design Film Festival

If you’re interested in architecture, there’s no better place to learn something new than at the Architecture and Design Film Festival. Even if you’re not an architecture buff, there are films of all lengths on a variety of topics, so you’re sure to find something intriguing. If you’re looking for guidance, read our list of films to check out.

📅  Monday, September 26th – Sunday, October 2nd

📍 Cinepolis Chelsea, 260 W 23rd St, New York, NY, USA

ART | Buy cool, inexpensive artwork at The Affordable Art Fair

This biannual event is all about making great art accessible, so check it out if you want modern art for between $100-$10,000. Over half of the works are under $5,000 and you’ll find pieces from over 500 different artists and 70 galleries from around the world.

📅   Wednesday, September 28th – Sunday, October 2nd

📍 Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St, New York, NY, USA

RUN | Get a work out and get muddy at the Down & Dirty Obstacle Race

For the Down & Dirty Obstacle Race, you can opt for a three or six-mile course, but both options will leave you sweaty and dirty. This race is more challenging (but also more fun) than most because along with running, you’ll face 20 obstacles including a jungle gym, mud pits, balance beams, a rock wall, and more.

📅  Sunday, October 2nd


PIZZA | Eat pizza for charity at Slice Out Hunger

Each year, Slice Out Hunger hosts an incredible event where over 50 of NYC’s most beloved pizzerias sell their slices under one roof. Each slice is $1 and the money goes to a local hunger relief organization. It’s a rare opportunity to eat pizza from around New York City in one place, so if you love pizza don’t miss it.

📅  Wednesday, October 5th

📍 155 Sullivan Street, New York, NY, USA

PERFORMANCE ART | See interactive street performances from Art In Odd Places

Art In Odd Places questions the definition of public space and brings performance art to the masses (by performing all over the city in unexpected places), and each year they host a festival on 14th street from Avenue C to The Hudson River. Check it out this year for a unique experience.

📅   Thursday, October 6th – Sunday, October 9th

📍 14th Street, New York, NY, USA


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WALK & EAT & DRINK | Walk through Williamsburg while enjoying a progressive dinner

The Lenz Winery on Long Island is putting on a walking tour/dinner event in which diners will walk to three different Williamsburg, Brooklyn restaurants, enjoy a three-course meal, and sample Lenz Winery wines. It’s a great way to experience many restaurants in one night, eat great food, and take a walk.

📅   Thursday, October 14th

📍Multiple Locations in Brooklyn

PARADE | Check out the floats at the Columbus Day Parade

Since 1929 The Columbus Day Parade has taken place in NYC, and this year is no different. There will be over 35,000 marchers, with over 100 groups including bands, dance troupes, floats, and more, and nearly 1 million viewers. Fifth Avenue will be shut down for this festival of Italian celebration, and it’s not to be missed.

📅   Monday, October 1oth

📍 Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 72nd Street. 

TECH | Learn about technology in the 21st century at Techweek. 

For the 4th year, Techweek returns to NYC. It’s a weeklong event with tons happening. There’s ‘Launch’ – a startup competition, ‘Summit’ – a series of talks by industry leaders, and a hiring fair where people can actually find jobs. It’s sure to be an inspiring week full of possibilities.

📅   Monday, October 10th – Sunday, October 16th

📍 Multiple Locations Around NYC

WINE & FOOD | One of the biggest and best food events in NYC all year

If you’re even a little bit of a foodie, don’t miss the NYC Wine and Food Festival (NYCWFF). It’s a mega four-day event with cooking demos from famed chefs, tastings, brunch events, and so much more. All the biggest names in food with be there, so check out their website to learn more.

📅   Wednesday, October 13th – Sunday, October 16th

📍 Multiple Locations Around NYC

FILM | Check out emerging filmmakers at the Chelsea Film Festival 

The Chelsea Film Festival is four days of screenings of films that address ‘global issues.’ There will be short films, feature lengths, and documentaries, primarily from emerging filmmakers. The festival aims to promote those who’ve taken risks and remained committed to their stories.

📅   Wednesday, October 13th – Sunday, October 16th

📍 208 W 23rd Street, New York, NY, USA


FILM | Watch films about man’s best friend

Everyone loves dogs, and now you can attend an entire film festival dedicated to films about your favorite furry creatures at The Dog Film Festival. The Alliance For NYC’s Animals receives 50% of the ticket sales, and the event itself consists of four themed programs that each include a feature film along with shorter films.

📅  Ssaturday, October 15th

📍 Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY, USA

AUTUMN | Pick pumpkins and grab a beer at Harvest Fest

There will be ample opportunity to pick pumpkins, drink cider, and ride tractors this fall, and one will be at Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch at the Queens Botanical Garden. There will be live music, a beer tent, farm tours, craft and food vendors, and more, so get a group and make a day out of it.

📅  Sunday, October 16th

📍 43-50 Main St, Flushing, NY, USA

NOODLES | Slurp four bowls of ramen in 13 minutes

If you love ramen (who doesn’t?) this is one you’ll want to know about. The New York Slurpfest brings four tasting-sized portions of ramen from across the US to one place, and guests have 13 minutes (the average time it takes to eat a bowl of noodles in Japan) to eat their four bowls.

📅  Thursday, October 20th

📍 Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, USA

FOOD & FILM | Eat food while watching films at the Food Film Festival

This event sounds almost too good to be true – the Food Film Festival is an event in which viewers watch films about food while having the chance to eat the foods on the screen. The events are one-of-a-kind and support local food charities, and the food is no joke. In the past they’ve had the first ramen burger ever made in the US, an oyster roast on a rooftop in Brooklyn, and a tasting menu by famed chef Sean Brock.

📅   Thursday, October 20th – Sunday, October 23rd


APPLES | Eat apples for apple day!

Celebrate apples at Big Apple Crunch, an event that started in 2012 that attempts to set a world record for the most people crunching apples together. It’s meant to celebrate New York farms and food, and with over 1 million people eating New York apples, it hopes to spread awareness about the importance of supporting local farms.

📅   Thursday, October 20th

📍 Multiple Locations Around NYC


CIDER | Sample autumn’s best drink at the Hard Cider Festival

Cider Week is on all week, and if you’re a fan of cider you’ll find loads of events to check out. Restaurants will serve menus with cider pairings; there will be a cider and fondue fest; you’ll find cider tastings around town, and so much more. Check out their website for a full list of events.

📅   Friday, October 21st – Thursday, October 27th

📍 Multiple Locations Around NYC

DOG PARADE | See dogs dressed up for Halloween

A favorite NYC Halloween tradition is the Halloween Dog Parade in Tompkins Square Park, and this year it returns for its 26th year. CNN calls it ‘the largest dog costume parade in the world’, and it’s truly a sight to see. Get there early, though, as the event gets seriously crowded.

📅   Saturday, October 22nd

📍 Tompkins Square Park, 500 E 9th St, New York, NY, USA

BIKE | Take a bike ride through The Bronx

With all the candy eating that’s coming up, consider Tour De Bronx – a bike ride through the Bronx. You can opt for a 25-mile course or a 40-mile course, but both end in a music festival in the New York Botanic Gardens. The event itself is free, and if you register you’ll even get a free t-shirt.

📅   Sunday, October 23rd

📍 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY, USA

HALLOWEEN | Go on a ghost tour at Fort Totten

Fort Totten park in Queens is a fascinating place to visit any day, but for Halloween you can experience a Haunted Lantern Tour. The park rangers will tell you about the history of the place while you search for ghosts and gouls, and since the site is a former Army installation you’re sure to find something interesting.

📅   Saturday, October 28th – Sunday, October 29th

📍 422 Weaver Ave, Bayside, NY, USA

HALLOWEEN | Celebrate Halloween in Central Park

For a Halloween event all ages can enjoy, come to Central Park for music, scary stories, pumpkin carving, a costume parade, and many other favorite Halloween activities. Plus, check out the ‘Pumpkin Flotilla,’ a display of floating pumpkins across Harlem Meer – a lake in the Northwest corner of the park.

📅   Sunday, October 30th

📍 Central Park at 110th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, USA