With the leaves turning, the nights getting colder, New York has events galore to keep your days and nights full. Here are our favorites:
10/1-8: Fall for Dance Festival features 20 international dance companies in five unique programs and two world premiere commissions at City Center.
10/1-8: New York Gypsy Festival includes six shows from Turkey, Hungary, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and the U.S.A.
10/8-9: Autumn Crafts Festival features hundreds of juried artists, entertainment, and craft demonstrations in tents outside the Lincoln Center for the Performing
10/1 – 16: New York Film Festival: See classics, documentaries, and full-length feature films by the world’s great filmmakers at the New York Film Festival (NYFF).
10/1 – 30 (weekends): Boo at the Zoo features costume parades, magic shows, a hay maze, scary stories, pumpkin carving, and treats at the Bronx Zoo and is included free with a regular ticket. Weekends and Oct. 10.
10/1 – 30: Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm features hayrides, face painting, farm animals, farm tours, arts and crafts, a corn maze, and a pumpkin patch at a historic working farm in Staten Island. Open October 1, 2, 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30.
10/1 – 31: Architecture and design month, 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.
10/1 – 11/5: Haunted house, Intense, creepy actors confront you in the labyrinth of passageways at Blood Manor, 163 Varick Street. Not for pre-teens.
10/2 and 10/23: Football, Watch the New York Jets play at MetLife Stadium.
Oct. 2 – Seattle Seahawks
Oct. 23 – Baltimore Ravens Feel-good musical
10/5: Pizza party, Eat $1 pizza samples from dozens of New York City’s best pizzerias at Slice Out Hunger in St. Anthony’s Church.
10/5 Parade of Boats: (6 p.m.) 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.
10/6 – 9: 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.
10/6 – 9: You never know what to expect when Art in Odd Places brings visual and performance art to 14th Street nearly its entire length. The 2016 theme is race. Free.
10/7 – 8: Country singer and judge on “The Voice” Blake Shelton performs at Barclays Center.
10/7: Literary and arts festival, NYC locations. Hear famous and influential authors, journalists, poets, screenwriters, and cultural icons speak at the New Yorker Festival, which also includes comedy, film screenings, tastings, and walking tours.
10/9: Tugboat races. The Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition begins with a tug parade and ends in contests and awards at Pier 84. Free, or buy tickets to board the spectator boat leaving Pier 83.
10/10: Columbus Day Parade. Watch 35,000 marchers and 100 bands, floats, and contingents go up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd in the Columbus Day Parade. Free. See the official street closure announcement a few days prior.
10/10: Pow wow. The Indigenous Peoples Day Native American Festival features artists, singers, colorful dancers, and authentic tribal cuisine on Randall’s Island.
10/10-16: Techweek includes speakers, vendors, recruiters, parties, and a conference on Thursday and Friday.
10/13-16: New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) features cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, seminars, classes, wine tasting, and celebrity dinners, which all support charity.
10/13-16: See films (including documentaries) about global issues at Chelsea Film Festival in three venues.
10/13-16: The Margaret Mead Film Festival screens 50 outstanding non-fiction films and hosts special events and performances that explore world cultures at the American Museum of Natural History.
10/14: The best chefs in the U.S. serve their favorite burgers with mac & cheese, beer, live music, and dancing on the roof of Pier 92 at Blue Moon Burger Bash, $225.
10/14: Chef Robert Irvine of TV’s Food Network hosts Haute Dogs & Champagne, a tasting of fancy brats, boudins, hot dogs, and sausages paired with champagnes at The Bowery Hotel.
10/14: Sample 150 craft beers with local restaurant food at NYC Craft Beer Festival at Lexington Armory..
10/14-21: In 2016, the Imagine Science Film Festival explores “light” in all its forms and meanings, from photons and photography to shadows and color perception.
10/14-23 : See stunning films (mostly short) about wildlife worldwide, and attend an opening party or panel discussion at Wildlife Conservation Film Festival.
10/15: See a Japanese master demonstrate Ikebana, hear a talk about it, watch a traditional ceremony, and attend a reception afterwards at Japan Society.
10/15: Harvest Party is a walk-around tasting of fall chef creations (turkey sandwiches, pumpkin pie, apple cider, butternut squash ravioli, and hearty greens) at Highline Stages for age 21+.
10/15: The Dog Film Festival features films about the bond between dogs and humans at Symphony Space.
10/15: Marco Polo Festival celebrates Chinatown and Little Italy with a puppet parade (map) followed by cultural performances at Grand St. and Mott St. Free.
10/15-16: Architecture open house, NYC locations. Visit 200 of the city’s architecturally and culturally significant spaces and places (many closed to the public) during Open House New York Weekend. Free.
10/15-30: Bad Theater Fest welcomes new writers and actors, often with hilarious results, at The Pit Loft.
10/16-11/16: See world-class performances, films, and artist talks with a focus on music during White Light Festival at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
10/19: Learn about wagyu beef from a professor, watch a cooking demonstration, and enjoy a tasting reception with wagyu beef imported from Japan at Where’s the Beef: Wagyu Fact & Fiction at Japan Society.
10/20: NYC locations. Join 1 million New Yorkers eating apples today. Find locations for Big Apple Crunch on the website. Free.
10/20: Taste of the world. Try food and drink from 20 countries as you walk around Edible Escape at 172 Norfolk Street.
10/20-22: Garment District Arts Festival offers exhibitions, performances, workshops, open studios, art, and gallery receptions near 8th Ave. and W. 38th St.
10/20: See films about the world’s favorite foods and then eat them at the NYC Food Film Festival at AMC Empire 25.
10/20-25: NewFest screens a variety of gay and lesbian films at Cinépolis Chelsea.
10/ 21–27: See exceptional art at The International Show, formerly known as the International Fine Art & Antiques Show, at Park Avenue Armory.
10/21-22 and 10/27-30: Doors slam, floorboards creak, and voices call into the night during evening Candlelight Ghost Tours at Merchant’s House Museum.
10/22: Dogs don crazy costumes to win prizes at Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in Tompkins Square Park. Free.
10/23: Soccer New York City FC plays a game with the Columbus Crew at Yankee Stadium.
10/24-29: New York Television Festival (NYTVF) offers screenings of creative shows, educational panels, competitions, pitches, fan events, parties, premieres, and seminars for artists, industry leaders, and viewers alike.
10/28: (7 p.m.) Secret location. Men wear suits and ties, women wear dresses, and all don Venetian masks for the Masquerade Ball Gala, which begins with a cocktail reception. [You must sign into Facebook to see the event page.]
10/28 (7 & 10 p.m.): 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.
10/28: 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 The Hall at MP.
10/28-29: 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 Crawl for ages 12+.
10/28-29: 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. Free.
10/28-31: Join costumed party goers getting drink specials at Halloween Pub Crawl New York.
10/29 (11 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.): Madame Tussauds’ Halloween has eight floors of wax celebrities, a Ghostbusters haunted house, a presidential dance party, a horror-themed show, and a costume contest, for age 21+. Halloween for kids
10/29 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): LC Trick-or-Treat includes candy, crafts, photos, and a noon costume parade at Lincoln Center. Free but arrive early to get a ticket, one per person.
10/29: Mix, mingle, frisk, and frolic to DJ tunes with crowds at the Masquerade Ball in the grand opulence of Capitale for age 21+.
10/29: Get a ticket to watch or participate as a zombie on Thrill the World Day, dancing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at Celebration of Whimsy Theatre, 21 A Clinton St.
10/29: A Halloween Cruise aboard the Cornucopia Majesty offers DJ music, a costume contest, three hours of views, and pricey drinks departing from Pier 36.
Boarding 7 p.m.
Boarding 11:45 p.m
10/29: Cemetery walk & talk. Gravestones and Goth is a guided, candlelit walk to Pell Cemetery followed by readings of 19th-century horror literature in the parlors of Bartow-Pell Mansion.
10/30 (1:30 to 5:30 p.m.): Find hidden clues and complete fun tasks with a Halloween theme as you race around the city.
10/ 29–30: Boo at the Zoo features a spooky barn, scavenger hunt, dance party, craft making, and treats for the animals at Prospect Park Zoo.
10/ 29-31: Kids in costume are welcome to join Free Halloween Parades for New York City Kids in neighborhoods.
10/29-31: Bring photos, candles, and marigolds to remember the departed at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery during Day of the Dead, with food and crafts for sale. Free.
10/30: Wear a costume and bring a carved pumpkin (see rules) to Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla for free spooky music, crafts, a parade, and twilight pumpkin float at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center.
10/31: 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.
10/31: Get a ticket and a costume to join the crowded dance party, and witness scenes of terror and debauchery when four-story Webster Hall becomes Webster Hell.
10/31: Dance, dine, show off your costume, and watch creative cabaret acts all evening at the Village Halloween Costume Ball at Theater for the New City.
10/31 (7 p.m.): The big Village Halloween Parade features 53 bands, dancers, artists, puppets, and thousands of New Yorkers in costume parading up 6th Avenue from Spring St. to 16th St. Free.