NYC events in October 2018

Plan your month with the best NYC events in October 2018 including the Village Halloween Parade, food fests and more
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Aside from spooky Halloween parties, there are plenty of other awesome NYC events in October 2018. 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 major artists and bands playing kick-ass fall concerts and more art and theater openings you don’t want to miss this month. 

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Featured events in October 2018

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TWA Terminal at JFK
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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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new york coffee festival
Photograph: Rodney Bedsole
Restaurants, Coffee shops

The New York Coffee Festival guide

New York is one happily caffeinated city—its love of java is well documented, from cold brews at your neighborhood café to spiked Irish coffees at the best bars in NYC. We even have an entire festival wholly dedicated to coffee—you can spend a perked-up weekend in awe over live latte art, sipping espresso-laced, non-classic martinis and sidling up to a steampunk brew bar.

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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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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.

Music events in October 2018

Billy Joel
Photograph: Kevin Mazur
Music, Rock and indie

Billy Joel

icon-location-pin Midtown West
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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.

Justin Timberlake
Photograph: Tom Munro / RCA Records
Music, Pop

Justin Timberlake

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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.

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Photograph: Rebecca Taylor
Music, Rock and indie

Elton John

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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.

Mudhoney
Photograph: Emily Rieman
Music, Rock and indie

Mudhoney + Pissed Jeans + Art Gray Noizz Quintet

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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.

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Screaming Females
Photograph: Courtesy Christopher Patrick Ernst
Music, Rock and indie

Screaming Females

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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.

Liz Phair
Photograph: Nicole Fara Silver
Music, Rock and indie

Liz Phair

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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.

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Made in America Festival 2013
Photograph: Michael J. Chen
Music, Dance and electronic

Nine Inch Nails + The Jesus and Mary Chain

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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. 

serpentwithfeet
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Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

serpentwithfeet

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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.

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Music, Rock and indie

Big Thief

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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.

Maroon 5
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Music, Rock and indie

Maroon 5

icon-location-pin Midtown West
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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.

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