Best things to do today in New York City

Find the best events, activities and things to do today in NYC, as chosen by Time Out's editors.

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The Haunted Pumpkin Garden

  • Price band: 2/4
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Halloween junkies can get their spooky fix in this scary patch of the Children’s Adventure Garden filled with frightening spirits lurking in between the gourds. Weekend programming includes parades, where kids can get some extra mileage out of their costumes. Older visitors can enjoy sessions

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Fri Oct 31
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"NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial"

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Finally, an ultimate tribute to not just the artistic minds that make New York a creative hub, but also the behind-the-scenes guys we never hear about. NYC will pay homage to 100 awesome artists and their production teams who have shown outstanding levels of talent in their fields, from stonemasons

  1. Museum of Arts & Design 2 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, 10019
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Oct 12
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New York City Ballet Fall 2014

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The company returns with a promising fall season. The performances kick off with the Sarah Jessica Parker–conceived Fashion Gala, in which pieces, including now resident choreographer Justin Peck's new work, feature costumes by prominent fashion designers. As the season continues, highlights

  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Oct 19
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Elastic City Walk Festival

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  • Free

For the first time ever, this annual walkfest includes four panel-style discussions about the philosophy of walking, with guests like Matt Green, who’s currently attempting to traverse every block in all five boroughs. Todd Shalom, an artist and the founder of the Elastic City conceptual walk

  1. Various locations
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Tue Oct 7
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A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 4/4
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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Walter Kerr Theatre (see Broadway). Book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman. Music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. Directed by Darko Tresnjak. With Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham, Lauren Worsham, Lisa O’Hare. Running time: 2hrs 20mins. One intermission. A

  1. 219 W 48th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. $99–$147
  3. Wed Oct 1 - Wed Dec 31
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Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom. Joe’s Pub (see Off Broadway). By Bridget Everett. Music and lyrics by Everett, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Directed by Wittman. With Everett. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Rock Bottom: In brief The astonishing, totally fearless Amazon of alt cabaret

  1. 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $33
  3. Wed Oct 1 - Thu Oct 16
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"Illuminations"

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  • Free

"Illuminations" is an exhibit centered around someone trying to get over love. While that may be something all of us have gone through, artist Florence Montmare took that experience and turned it on its head, presenting heartbreak as something incredibly beautiful and, dare we say it, quite

  1. Ivy Brown Gallery 675 Hudson St, at W 13th St
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Oct 19
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Belasco Theatre (see Broadway). Book by John Cameron Mitchell. Music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. Directed by Michael Mayer. With Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Hall. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Hedwig and the Angry Inch: In brief The omnitalented Neil Patrick

  1. 111 W 44th St, between Broadway and Sixth Ave
  2. $47–$142
  3. Wed Oct 1 - Thu Oct 9
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You Can't Take It with You

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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You Can’t Take It with You. Longacre Theatre (see Broadway). By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. Directed by Scott Ellis. With ensemble cast. 2hrs 20mins. Two intermissions. You Can’t Take It with You: In brief George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's classic 1936 comedy chronicles the eccentric,

  1. 220 W 48th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. $37–$152
  3. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Jan 4
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Company XIV: Rococo Rouge

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Austin McCormick and his Company XIV move into their new digs on Lafayette Street with a new nightlife-performance spectacle, featuring the company's signature blend of live music, decadent dance and luxuriant design.

  1. 428 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $55–$125
  3. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Nov 2
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