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NYC events in October 2019

Plan your month with the best NYC events in October 2019 including the Village Halloween Parade, food fests and more

Fall in NYC
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By Collier Sutter and Jennifer Picht |
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Aside from spooky Halloween events, there are plenty of other awesome NYC events in October 2019. Use our events calendar to plan the quintessential month for leaf peeping and spotting fall foliage, pumpkin picking and more things to do in fall. Aside from that, there are some epic festivals to kick off fall and more art and theater openings you don’t want to miss this month. 

RECOMMENDED: Full NYC events calendar for 2019

Featured events in October 2019

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TWA Terminal at JFK
Photograph: Nicolas Lemery Nante
Things to do, Festivals

Open House New York

The Metropolitan Opera House is one of the newest additions to the Open House New York, the weekend-long festival where more than 250 fascinating sites across New York open their doors to the public. The incredibly popular two-day event offers glimpses into spaces that are usually off limits to the public, from sky-high rooftop gardens to palatial apartments.

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New York Comic Con
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Things to do, Festivals

New York Comic Con

This glorious geek assembly brings in more than 151,000 visitors, beating San Diego Comic-Con and making NYCC the second-biggest event in the city. Wear a Batman T-shirt or a full cape-and-cowl at this packed pop culture mecca, where anyone can be a superhero.

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Clay Williams
Things to do

Taste of the Seaport

icon-location-pin Pier 17, Financial District
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Down in the Seaport District, enjoy the 10th year of this family-friendly food festival with bites from over 40 of the best restaurants in Lower Manhattan, all in one place. Little ones can keep busy with pasta-making lessons and arts & crafts while parents snack on food from The Fulton, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Hole in the Wall, Barbalu, Fresh Salt, Financier, Cowgirl Seahorse, Taco Playa, The Fulton, 10 Corso Como Restaurant & Café, Cobble & Co, Malibu Farm, R17 and Suteishi. The whole family can shop local vendors, artisans and enjoy live music and performances throughout the afternoon. While eating and drinking through the day, keep in mind that it’s all for a good cause too. The annual community event raises much needed funds for the arts and enrichment programs at Public School 397 (The Spruce Street School) and Public School 343 (The Peck Slip School) and is sponsored by The Howard Hughes Corporation. All ages.  

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Bushwick
Photograph: Time Out New York/ Ali Garber
News, Art

Check out Elsewhere’s new immersive art show focused on smells

Ever wondered what Bushwick would smell like if it was perfume? A new exhibition launching on October 22nd at the music venue Elsewhere will feature the work of Marissa Zappas, a Brooklyn-based perfumer who is a year-long artist-in-residence, crafting ethereal scents inspired by the space’s seasonal programming. Though there is not much to see in her installation save for a diffuser, the room will be scented with ingredients like jasmine, mushroom fleuressence and myrrh. (Not exactly the sweat and Juul smoke you may have imagined.)  “The essence of Bushwick is already reflected within the Elsewhere space... spilled alcohol, sweat, a mishmash of trendy perfumes, perhaps even a little sewage, just really primal... it's a dance club, after all. For the fall installation I really embraced what in perfumery we refer to as ‘repulsive’ or 'animalic' notes," says Zappas, who has worked at a commercial perfume lab and has been creating a private collection of olfactory art for the past two years. "For the Fall installation at Elsewhere, the art in general is darker and more sensual compared to summer, so I wanted to create a scent which reflected that. I'm interested in how life transforms at night, particularly through smell." The exhibition will run in the space until January 15th 2020 and is curated by Molly Surno, the art director behind Elsewhere’s creative gallery model called Landscape, where shows are subsidized through the club's ticket sales.  

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BRIC Jazzfest
Photograph: Courtesy David Andrako
Music, Music festivals

BRIC JazzFest

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One of the borough's most celebrated musical institutions, BRIC is best known for its staple summer concert series, Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park. The organization puts the same keen curatorial eye for both local and international musicians to work at this massive festival. A week of jazz-related films and works culminates in a three-night star-studden marathon at the BRIC House in Fort Greene.  

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The Village Halloween Parade in NYC
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Things to do, Festivals

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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March in the Village Halloween Parade
Things to do

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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Photograph: Courtesy Jennifer Mitchell
Things to do

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze guide

One of the best things to do in the fall in New York is check out The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in Hudson Valley, New York. Trust us, it’s worth the trip. Witness an army of more than 7,000 glowing, intricately carved pumpkins shining along the riverside near Van Cortlandt Manor. This is the tristate area’s most spirited Halloween happening, and also one of the best fall day trips from NYC. Ogling pretty gourds isn’t the only draw. There are also "stargazing" opportunities inside the Pumpkin Planetarium, flying ghosts and a special appearance by Sleepy Hollow’s Headless Horseman. 

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Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/petercruise
Things to do

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Before you sip your first pumpkin beer or latte of the season, The Rink at Rockefeller Center is open and ready for skaters. That’s right—ice skating is not only one of the best Christmas things to do, but it’s one of the best things to do in fall! Every year, The Rink at Rockefeller Center ushered in the holiday season by opening up to the public in early October.

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