Featured events in October 2019
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!
Ready to party with local roasters, baristas and innovators? Get buzzed, because the legendary New York Coffee Festival is returning this weekend! Taste your way through the vibrant local coffee scene with hundreds of exciting coffees, witness the Bluestone Lane latte art throwdowns and see baristas at their best in the globally renowned Coffee Masters competition. Thirsty for more? Discover incredible brews from home and away with the World Roaster Takeover Series at the brand-new Brew Bar and experience workshops from the likes of Dritan Alsela and Mr Black in The Lab. With exceptional coffee, delicious street food and coffee cocktails, no coffee-loving connoisseur should miss this. New York is one of the greatest coffee cities in the world, so where better to kick-start your Fall celebrations? Catch the New York Coffee Festival at the Metropolitan Pavillion, 125 W 18th St, 10011, on October 11th–13th 2018.
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.
New Yorkers tend to be a little opinionated about pizza, even when it comes to the legacy of $1 slices. So expect nothing less than the world's finest at this epic throwdown on Crescent Avenue, just near the Bronx's own Little Italy. The first annual edition of the festival features 25 US and five Italian pizza masters, among them local favorites like Di Fara Pizz and Zero Otto Nove. The festival will bravely expose New Yorkers to the best pizza of other regions, including North Carolina's Mission Pizza Napoletana and Connecticut's Brick + Wood. This two-day fest is not to be confused with 2017's New York City Pizza Festival, which left many guests asking for refunds after they had to face long lines and cold slices. Of course, you can count on plenty of beer and wine to wash it down and live bands to entertain you between slices. Now that's amore.
Bavarian bier haus Zum Schneider brings Oktoberfest to the East River, where a German-speaking staff—outfitted in lederhosen—serves liter steins of Oktoberfest suds while a slew of snack stands hawk cotton candy, gingerbread and brezel. There will be live music provided by Mösl Franzi and the JaJaJa's as well as special guests throughout the event. DJ Volka Racho will keep the haus rocking between sets.
While haunted houses and ghost tours pop up all over town, Queens is keeping Halloween classic with this day of frolicking in the pumpkin patch. Head to the Botanical Garden and smell the fresh fall air in the arboretum, pinetum and circle garden, then join the shenanigans at this fest where you can check out live music, join nature walks and learn hipster-ready crafts like pickling. Hit up food vendors and a beer and wine garden to enjoy a cider on the crisp grasses. If you get tipsy, fear not! The only thing better than a petting zoo is a drunk petting zoo.
Spend four days feasting at tastings, classes and dining events all over the city with TV personalities like Ted Allen, Bobby Flay, Ina Garten, Masaharu Morimoto, Rachel Ray, Emeril Lagasse and Martha Stewart, plus local heroes like Pig Beach's Matt Abdoo, Baoburg's Chef Bao Bao and Jacob's Pickles' Glenroy Brown. You may not be able to fit into your Halloween costume, but it will certainly have been worth it.
Gotham’s biggest do-good pizza party returns with one-buck slices donated by more than 50 primo pie makers, including Di Fara, Emily and Speedy Romeo. Fill your box with up to ten slices, with all proceeds donated to The Sylvia Center and City Harvest. Popular pies go fast, so queue up early or pledge a single Franklin for a line-hopping VIPizza Passport. Feeling lucky? Snag a dollar raffle ticket to score prizes from Pizza School NYC and Scott's Pizza Tours, among others.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from living in New York it’s that people will do yoga just about anywhere—even in the middle of Times Square in honor of the Summer Solstice. From rooftops to some of NYC’s best parks, Gothamites love to downward dog in unique places outside of their normal, go-to yoga studios. One of the current and coolest places you can perfect your warrior pose is at the Brooklyn Museum. On select dates every month, head to the art museum for an hour yoga session followed by mindfulness meditation. The class itself is only $10 (yoga mats provided), and that includes museum admission. Afterward, you can stick around and enjoy a self-guided tour of the galleries.
An area rich in history with more unique traditions than can be documented, the Lower East Side smiles back on the past today. In the heart of the old Pickle District, this Orchard Street fair features samples of the green delicacy from India to Haiti, from Malaysia to Brooklyn, and of course, those good old fashion kosher dills from the LES.