October 2013 events calendar for New York City

Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best activities, including the annual Village Halloween Parade.

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Top ten events from Time Out's events calendar for October 2013

1. Betrayal on Broadway


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.

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Featured events in October 2013

The New Yorker Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Over the course of a weekend, staff writers and editors from the magazine interview dozens of movie stars, authors, musicians and more. Tickets go on sale Sept 13 and usually disappear in a blink; do your utmost to secure a pass—your brain will thank you for it. Various locations, times and prices; visit newyorker.com/festival for details.

  1. Various locations
  2. Until Sun Oct 6
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Columbus Day Parade

  • Critics choice
  • Free

He may be one of the most popular failures in history, but 35,000 marchers and nearly 1 million spectators are expected along Fifth Avenue to mark the day when Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas and to celebrate the heritage of the Italian-American community. Sure, it isn’t New York’s glitziest parade, but where else can you catch the tarantella, a frenzied Italian folk dance? Fifth Ave from 44th St to 72nd St.

  1. Location TBA
  2. Mon Oct 14
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Open House New York

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This annual festival gives attendees access to more than 200 of the city’s coolest and most exclusive architectural sites and landmarks. Look for the full schedule (and the ability to preregister for certain events) in the first week of October.

  1. Various locations
  2. Until Sun Oct 13
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CMJ Music Marathon

For five glorious days, the CMJ Music Marathon presents tons of gigs throughout the city. For more details closer to the event, visit cmj.com/marathon.

"Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Thanks to a two-year renovation of the Netherlands' magnificent Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in the Hague, New Yorkers have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to feast their eyes on some of the greatest masterpieces from Holland's 17th-century golden age—including Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius. Tickets are already available on the Frick's website. Don't wait to get them—this show is the one of the biggest cultural events of the fall.

  1. The Frick Collection 1 E 70th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves
  2. Tue Oct 22 - Tue Dec 31
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Halloween events in October 2013

PhantasmaGorey 2013: Edward Gorey Grand Halloween Ball

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Dances of Vice hosts its fifth annual Edward Gorey–themed bash in a transformed Victorian residence; partygoers are allowed to roam fully costumed through the home, built in the style of a Renaissance palazzo. The evening includes music from Grandpa Musselman & His Syncopators and Siren Baroque, digital art by VJ Holly Daggers, a performance from contortionist and aerialist Miss Ekaterina, and plenty more. The dress code includes (in part) "neglected murderesses, hapless children, gilded bats and lonesome mourners."

  1. India House Club 1 Hanover Sq, between Pearl and Stone Sts, 10004
  2. Until Sat Oct 26
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Village Halloween Parade

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Sixth Ave from Spring St to 16th St. We usually forget about this annual masquerade and drunken circus until the moment we get on the 1 train and find ourselves surrounded by hundreds of proton-packed Ghostbusters, inebriated not-so-Real Housewives and overweight comic-book heroes. So circle the date in your calendar and plan ahead. If you want to walk with the throng, just turn up in costume (Sixth Ave between Canal and Spring Sts; Oct 31 6:30–8:30pm).

  1. Location TBA
  2. Until Thu Oct 31
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Blackout Haunted House

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Don't even think about bringing along a partner for this scary Halloween attraction, which requires you to go through solo, with a protective mask and a flashlight. Fainthearted folk, be warned: The descent into darkness promises "sexual and violent situations" and "physical contact." While speaking is not allowed inside, screaming is more than welcome. Don’t worry, they’ll give you a safe word to use if you freak out and want to exit early. Must be 18 or older to enter.

  1. Vortex Theater 164 Eleventh Ave, between 22nd and 23rd Sts, 10011
  2. Sun Nov 10
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See the complete Halloween in NYC guide

Oktoberfest events in October 2013

Loreley's 10th Annual Oktoberfest Season

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the biergarten kicks off festivities with a ceremonial keg tapping. Loreley keeps the party going all month with Bavarian suds like Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier and Schneider Weisse ($7–$15), as well as 12 kinds of sausages from uptown charcuterie institution Schaller & Weber (three for $16). Rounding out the revelry are beer tastings led by brewmaster Rudi Eilers ($55), a pig roast to commemorate the anniversary on Oct 3 ($15), and a free dirndl-and-lederhosen Halloween bash, with Loreley gift certificates awarded to costume-contest winners.

  1. Loreley 7 Rivington St, between Bowery and Chrystie St, 10002
  2. Until Thu Oct 31
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The Marrow's Oktoberfest

  • Price band: 3/4

Repping his Bavarian roots, Harold Dieterle will treat guests to a four-course Bavarian dinner in the private room of his West Village restaurant. The prix fixe will feature specialties like schupfnudeln (rolled noodles) with braised rabbit and mustard greens, paired with German wines like Ziereisen Gutedel Heugumber 2011.

  1. The Marrow 99 Bank St, between Greenwich and Hudson Sts, 11201
  2. Tue Oct 1
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Oktoberfest at Studio Square

  • Price band: 2/4

At New York City's Wine & Food Festival first ever Oktoberfest bash, Bizarre Foods' Andrew Zimmern hosts a walk-around tasting featuring a dozen beer and sausage varieties, including his own line of links, a collaboration with Pat LaFrieda. Local restaurants like Edi & the Wolf, Pilsener Haus & Biergarten, and DBGB Kitchen and Bar join the Partei with their own takes on German specialties.

  1. The Garden at Studio Square NYC 35-33 36th St, between 35th and 36th Aves
  2. Sun Oct 20
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Theater events in October 2013

Betrayal

  • Price band: 3/4

Based on his own infidelity, Harold Pinter’s 1978 play runs backward—starting with the aftermath of a failed marriage and ending with its promising start. Guiding us through the triangulated chronology are Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, doing the art-imitating-life thing by playing spouses. Rafe Spall is the homewrecker in this revival staged by the great Mike Nichols.

  1. Ethel Barrymore Theatre 243 W 47th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Tue Oct 1 - Tue Dec 31
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The Landing

  • Price band: 3/4

Composer John Kander's legendary 50-year collaboration with lyricist Fred Ebb ended with Ebb's death in 2004. Now the 86-year-old Kander teams for the first time with a new word man—Greg Pierce, age 34—for a triptych of one-acts on related themes. Walter Bobbie (Chicago) directs a cast that comprises David Hyde Pierce, Julia Murney, Paul Anthony Stewart and Frankie Seratch.

  1. Vineyard Theatre 108 E 15th St, between Union Sq East and Irving Pl
  2. Thu Oct 3
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Little Miss Sunshine

  • Price band: 3/4

Composer William Finn, a master of neurotic wit and surprise twists of emotion, has worked with book writer and director James Lapine before, yielding Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Now they reunite to adapt 2006 family-road-trip indie-film hit Little Miss Sunshine. Recent Drood costars Will Chase and Stephanie J. Block are the adult leads; nine-year-old Hannah Rose Nordberg plays their pageant-aspiring daughter.

  1. Second Stage Theatre 305 W 43rd St, at Eighth Ave
  2. Until Sun Dec 15
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Twelfth Night and Richard III

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The phenomenal Mark Rylance (Jerusalem) plays Olivia in an all-male rendition of Shakespeare's frothy comedy, in which all sorts of people are tripped up by inappropriate clothing. Stephen Fry costars as the starchy valet, Malvolio. This transfer from London's Globe Theatre and the West End plays in repertory with another all-boys take on the Bard: the history play Richard III. Rylance takes on the titular crookbacked villain.

  1. Belasco Theatre 111 W 44th St, between Broadway and Sixth Ave
  2. Tue Oct 15 - Sun Jan 5
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A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

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.

  1. Walter Kerr Theatre 219 W 48th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Wed Dec 31
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No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

One of the earliest and most influential examples of theater of the absurd, Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot returns to Broadway with X-Men collaborators Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. They perform it in rep with Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, a crepuscular study of death and memory. Shuler Hensley and Billy Crudup round out the casts.

  1. Cort Theatre 138 W 48th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Thu Oct 31
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Arts events in October 2013

"Chris Burden: Extreme Measures"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The New Museum gives over its entire building to this first major New York survey of legendary L.A. artist Chris Burden, who emerged in the early 1970s as the enfant terrible of performance art. This show covers it all, offering New Yorkers a rare comprehensive look at one of the most innovative artists of the past 40 years.

  1. New Museum of Contemporary Art 235 Bowery, at Prince St
  2. Wed Oct 2 - Sun Jan 12
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"Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Buddhism, Shintoism, sci-fi and anime have been some of the inspirations for Mariko Mori, the Japanese artist-turned-model whose works since the early 1990s have combined elements of all three into otherworldly photos, videos and installations. This shows focuses on Mori’s efforts over the past ten years, including a series of light sculptures, stemming from the artist’s interest in various megalith-building cultures that existed in Japan and Europe some 10,000 years ago.

  1. Japan Society 333 E 47th St, between First and Second Aves, 10017
  2. Until Sun Jan 12
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"Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Although she employs a number of artistic mediums, Wangechi Mutu—a Kenya transplant to Brooklyn via Yale—is best-known for large-scale collages on Mylar, depicting chimerical female figures that are part plant, part animal and part human. This show is her first mid-career survey in the U.S., and covers her work from the mid-1990s to the present.

  1. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, at Washington Ave
  2. Sun Mar 9
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San Francisco Ballet

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The company's two-week New York season begins with six mixed-bill performances with works by Christopher Wheeldon, Edwaard Liang, Serge Lifar, Wayne McGregor, Mark Morris, Alexei Ratmansky, Yuri Possokhov and artistic director Helgi Tomasson. The second week showcases performances of Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella.

  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Wed Oct 16 - Sun Oct 27
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Mike Kelley

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Mike Kelley (1954–2012) was one of the true greats of recent American art, whose provocative and multi-layered output commented upon and critiqued numerous facets of contemporary life—including popular culture, sex, religion, and the persistent of class in a supposedly classless society. This retrospective at MoMA PS1, is the largest and most comprehensive survey of his work to date, and for the first time in 25 years, the museum is devoting its entire building to a single artist. A show not to be missed.

  1. MoMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Ave, at 46th Ave
  2. Sun Oct 13 - Mon Dec 30
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Matthew Bourne

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Bourne's interpretation of Sleeping Beauty makes its New York premiere. His version focuses the theme of good versus evil with a variety of new characters and a shift in Aurora's love interest from a prince to a royal gamekeeper.

  1. New York City Center 131 W 55th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Wed Oct 23 - Sun Nov 3
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