October 2015 events calendar for New York City

Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best activities, including Halloween activities and our picks from theater, the arts and music

Filip Wolak

Let’s be honest: There are lots of cool things to do in October—we love Open House New York and the CMJ Music Marathon—but we’re just getting ready for Halloween festivities at the end of the month. Use our events calendar to find the best Halloween NYC events, along with our favorite theater and music events.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2015

Featured events in October 2015

Stromae

Critics' pick

If you've never heard of Stromae, that's likely going to change really soon. The electro-songsmith and Time Out New York cover star—real name: Paul Van Haver—specializes in soulful bangers that sound at once sophisticated and bombastic, and he's a huge star in his native Belgium. At this point it's pretty undeniable that the mania seems to be spreading.

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Madison Square Garden 01 Oct 2015

Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

Critics' pick

This weekly offering, hosted with a cool head and a warm heart by former Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac, welcomes great young New York comics and noteworthy out-of-towners.

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Littlefield Monday February 2 2015 - Monday December 28 2015

Roots

Critics' pick

House heroes Louie Vega (of Masters at Work) and Kevin Hedge (of Blaze) have kept New York dance music alive and kicking for more than 10 years with their long-running midweek dance party. Show up before 11pm for free admission, plus an open vodka bar from 10 to 11pm!

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Cielo Wednesday February 4 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015

Free events in October 2015

Music Video Night

Critics' pick

Every first Monday of the month, Bossa Nova Civic Club's professional juicer/bartender/VJ/DJ Chris Video hosts Music Video Night—complete with happy hour sets, movie screenings and live DJ sets. But wait! Make sure to stick around late for your nightcap; Chris Video runs the music video request line from 1-4am to satisfy everyone's latest YouTube wishes.

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Bossa Nova Civic Club Monday February 2 2015 - Tuesday January 5 2016 Free

Live from Outer Space

Critics' pick

The endearingly histrionic John F. O'Donnell joins understated absurdists Ben Kronberg and Erik Bergstrom to host this weekly night of stand-up.

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The Cobra Club Friday February 6 2015 - Friday December 25 2015 Free

Whiplash

Critics' pick

This wildly popular show, started by Leo Allen and adopted by Aparna Nancherla, has run for more than five years and been home to the best up-and-comers and biggest names in comedy.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Tuesday February 3 2015 - Tuesday December 29 2015 Free

Music events in October 2015

Stromae

Critics' pick

If you've never heard of Stromae, that's likely going to change really soon. The electro-songsmith and Time Out New York cover star—real name: Paul Van Haver—specializes in soulful bangers that sound at once sophisticated and bombastic, and he's a huge star in his native Belgium. At this point it's pretty undeniable that the mania seems to be spreading.

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Madison Square Garden 01 Oct 2015

Arts events in October 2015

Sleep No More

Critics' pick

To untimely rip and paraphrase a line from Macbeth: Our eyes are made the fools of the other senses, or else worth all the rest. A multitude of searing sights crowd the spectator's gaze at the bedazzling and uncanny theater installation Sleep No More. Your sense of space and depth---already compromised by the half mask that audience members must don---is further blurred as you wend through more than 90 discrete spaces, ranging from a cloistral chapel to a vast ballroom floor.

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McKittrick Hotel Until Thursday December 31 2015

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Critics' pick

The mercurial Jefferson Mays (Tony winner for I Am My Own Wife) plays multiple members of an aristocratic clan in this new musical by Steven Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman, based on the same novel that inspired Kind Hearts and Coronets. A distant and disinherited member of the D'Ysquith family slays his way to the earldom. Darko Tresnjak directs.

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Walter Kerr Theatre Until Thursday December 31 2015

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