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October 2016 events calendar for New York City

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

Photograph: 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 2016

Featured events in October 2016

The best of Open House New York

Open House New York is an annual weekend-long event during which historic buildings, architectural masterpieces, sundry landmarks and attractions welcome the public for great walking tours and nosing around. It's the perfect opportunity to explore normally off-limits parts of New York and have a good old snoop.

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By: Evelyn Derico

Columbus Day in New York

Capra, Scorsese, Cuomo, Snooki: We love our Italian Americans. Every October since 1929, we get to celebrate them on the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s greatest discovery—America (more or less). This year’s Columbus Day Parade, will feature Italian-music performers and the sounds of "Il Canto degli Italiani," the Italian national anthem.

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CMJ Music Marathon 2016

For five glorious days each fall, the CMJ Music Marathon presents tons of gigs throughout the city. As ever, the festival’s onslaught boasts a nice mix of established and under-the-radar acts. Between sets, kill some time by checking out other concerts in NYC, or check out some of the best parties for your late-night fix!

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By: Vivienne van Vliet

Halloween in NYC

Have you figured out what you're doing this Halloween? NYC is full of Halloween parties and events (including the iconic Village Halloween Parade and the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade)—use our guide to find things to do, Halloween stores where you can pick up a killer costume, the scariest haunted houses and more.

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The Village Halloween Parade

Before you head out to some of the best Halloween parties in NYC, start with the basics: namely, the world’s largest pumpkin day procession, the Village Halloween Parade in NYC. With over 50,000 zombies, giant puppets and Donald Trumps taking to the streets, you may need a little help with navigation. So dress in your best Halloween costume ideas (or else you won’t be allowed to march), work on your Halloween makeup and get ready for the walk of your life.

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By: David Goldberg



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Caren A
Caren A

We just saw the preview for Songbird, A Tennessee Fiction that will be at 59E59 Theater in October for a limited run. My partner and I were blown away by the show.   It's worth adding to you list of must see this fall.   I think the tickets are on sale right now.