Featured events in October 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before you sip your first pumpkin beer or latte of the season, The Rink at Rockefeller Center will already be 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 ushers in the holiday season by opening up to the public in early October.
Forget your endlessly-flooding mailbox and get ready to relax during Spa Week, NYC’s favorite time to chill out and one of the best things to do in fall in the city. This is not just one of the biggest NYC events in October—hundreds of spas around the country offer soothing treatments for only $50!
Go all the way into the mythological antecedents of the world's most beloved magical saga at this spectacular exhibition, which collects artifacts from the British Library and New-York Historical Society and from J.K. Rowling's archives. You'll learn about the history of dragons, griffins and other essentials of Hogwarts lore; peer at rare notes and art from Rowling and illustrator Mary GrandPré, and view costumes from the current production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Brace yourself for a museum gift shop more packed than Honeyduke's.
One of the bad girls of the original Young British Artists group, Sarah Lucas emerged in the early 1990s with provocative, in-your-face work that, as Brits like to say, took the piss out of attitudes revolving around gender and social norms. Sex, death, abjection and class provided the fodder for satirical jabs at the lofty pretensions of high culture. Scabrous and contentious, Lucas’s work weaponized self-abasement to take on male privilege in the art world and society at large. This exhibit marks her first museum show in the United States.
One of greatest painters of 16th-century Venice, Tintoretto was known for working fast while employing a bold form of brushwork that was atypical for the era. Though Tintoretto’s reputation rested upon his vast, religious scenes, this show—drawn on public and private collections, as well as the Met's own holdings—focuses on studies and portraits.
Both MoMA and its Queens satellite devote space to this unpacking of the work of Bruce Nauman in the biggest retrospective of his career. A Conceptual Art pioneer who led the development of practices such as performance, video and installation art during the 1960s and ’70s, Nauman emphasized process over product, pushing the boundaries of the artist’s role while aggressively interrogating the human condition with pieces that were noted for their piquant psychological insights.
Music events in October 2018
The erstwhile angry young man—since 2014, an official Madison Square Garden franchise, like the Knicks and Rangers—is tacking on date after date in what’s threatening to become an endless run.
A consummate pro, J.T. mixes a young Sinatra’s swagger and charisma with the airtight funk of peak Michael Jackson, making magic night after night with a crack big band.
With the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, Sir Elton is saying a final goodbye to the touring life. That's right—this is your final chance to catch the rollicking songman live in person, as he takes the audience on a massive visual journey spanning his entire 50-year career. Swoon along to "Tiny Dancer," make juvenile hand gestures to "Crocodile Rock" and smile meaningfully at your folks during "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" here for one last time.
Seattle's Mudhoney, one of the veteran grunge outfits that failed to hit it big, yet racked up impeccable indie-rock cred, pays an always-welcome visit to the East Coast. New-school scuzz-rock overlords Pissed Jeans and the raucous Art Gray Noizz Quintet set the stage.
The local indie-rock heroes, whose punky, crunched-out anthems manage to sound both commanding and casual, hit Greenpoint behind their imaginative and wildly entertaining lastest, All At Once. Brace yoursef, frontwoman Marissa Paternoster's soul-shaking vibrato is even more thrilling live.
The alt-rock icon celebrates the 25th anniversary of her raw breakout record, Exile in Guyville, with a gig that promises cuts from her protean demo recordings under the name Girly Sound.
The industrial icons roll into town behind their latest, Bad Witch, which finds the band as vigorous and relevant as ever. The tour's supporting acts are nothing to sneeze at: shoegaze luminaries the Jesus and Mary Chain join Reznor and Co. for all dates, Savages bassist Ayse Hassan's Kite Base rounds out the lineup on Oct 13 and electronic maven Daniel Avery opens the last three shows. Get there early.
Sitting at the intersection of R&B, classical and gospel, serpentwithfeet’s Josiah Wise creates pop music that manages to be both cavernous and intimate, experimental and accessible. His stunning debut album, soil, appeared in June and excellently showcases Wise's otherworldly vibrato, giving it ample space to shiver against the potent, haunting textures of producers Clams Casino, mmph and Katie Gately. Expect to get some shivers of your own at this Elsewhere appearance.
Big Thief’s second full-length release, Capacity, appeared last year and found guitarist and vocalist Adrianne Lenker following up her folk-rock band's critically acclaimed debut, Masterpiece, with a slow-burner that expertly distilled years of songwriting experience into a wide-ranging yet seamless collection. You'll hear from it at this show, and be mighty glad you did.
For a second there, it seemed like this Cali funk-pop crew's popularity was on the wane, but thanks to his profile boost as a coach on reality talent contest The Voice, Adam Levine is riding high once more. Whatever you think of the falsetto-shrill, modelizing frontman, Maroon 5’s slick, radio-friendly rock, as heard on last year's V, really hits the spot when you’re in the mood for an effervescent earworm.