The best parties in NYC this month

Check out the best parties New York’s nightlife has to offer, from club nights to globally renowned label takeovers
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Have the urge to party but don't know where to go? Play our collection of the best DJ mixes of the year, and browse through the list of our favorite danceworthy events, with house music, techno, minimal, acid, hip-hop and more on the bill. Don't miss out on all the secret parties (we recommend bookmarking this page so you're the first to know!). And make sure to satisfy that after-party (or pre-party) appetite on weekends by checking out one of the absolute best brunches NYC has to offer.

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Best parties in NYC this month

Electric Zoo 2017
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Nightlife

Electric Zoo 2018

It's been a decade of strobe-lit, day-glo opulence at NYC's most over-the-top EDM and House festival. Celebrate at the most lit edition yet, with Kaskade, Tiesto, 3LAU, Zed's Dead, Gramatik and Marshmello hitting four stages over three days. 

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Nightlife, Clubs

Paradise Garage Reunion

The Paradise Garage club once ruled New York’s nightlife with unparalleled dancing and appearances by the likes of Grace Jones. The iconic club celebrates its 41st anniversary with an ode to its fabulous history. Be a part of the legendary scene as DJs David DePino and Joey Llanos spin hours of the finest postdisco selections since 1977.

Coney Island Reggae Beach Party
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Nightlife, Clubs

Coney Island Reggae on the Boardwalk

If you’re getting baked on the beach, time your sunbathing to coincide with Carter Van Pelt’s monthly skankathon, which welcomes local selectors and legends. Stake out a spot on the sand and you’ll still be able to hear the ska, rocksteady, dub, lovers rock and early dancehall emanating from the booming speaker stack.

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Lena Willikens
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Nightlife, Clubs

Lena Willikens

The German vinyl expert is a member of the Cómeme records crew, known for its limitless freedom of style. Expect an eclectic, punishing set spanning slow-mo acid, industrial synth-pop and raw house.

Clubs

Anthony Naples + Buttechno

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Young producer Naples, a mainstay of the Nowadays label Mister Saturday Night and co-founder of the Incienso record label, teams with the curiously-monikered DJ hailing from Moscow, Buttechno. Though his name sounds niche, his selections scurry across a diverse range of moods and genres.

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Jon Hopkins
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Clubs

Jon Hopkins

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This erstwhile Imogen Heap keyboardist and frequent Coldplay collaborator—dubbed "the next Brian Eno"—specializes in dramatically textured sounds and pulsating rhythms (for evidence, see his gorgeous recently released sophomore LP, Singularity). Expect a transporting set from the British maestro.

Best parties in NYC coming up

Music, Music festivals

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival 2018

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The acclaimed yearly celebration of all things electronic and underground returns for its eleventh edition, with a fiery lineup of international players and local favorites. This year, the fest aims to make the events more accessible, offering reduced full-weekend passes in recognition of the skyrocketing costs associated with living in the borough. On the first night, you can find the party-controllers of NYC staple FIXED, JDH & Dave P, teaming with German techno vet DJ Hell—whose name is as austere and malevolent as his punishing sets—at the Good Room (Oct 4). The same night, French electro-house spinner Breakbot brings a colorful collection of soulful, groovey tunes to Output (Oct 4). More experimental-leaning dancefloor-fiends can head to Avant Gardner over the next few days: Motor City Drum Ensemble airs its cheekily wonky house-infused beats (Oct 5); Shlohmo's Wedidit collective celebrates 10 years of deconstructed hip-hop (Oct 5); and Mount Kimbie delves into its post-dubstep pop-electronica (Oct 6).

The Orb
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Clubs, House, disco and techno

The Orb

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The ambient house crew, which has been making sample-heavy, club-ready chill-out beats since the late ’80s, hasn’t lost a step since its acid-soaked heyday. The Orb continues its avant-electronic exploration this year with the appropriately titled No Sounds Are Out of Bounds.

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Yaeji
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Clubs, House, disco and techno

Yaeji

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This local producer melds house and hip-hop elements into a distinctive mix that's indisputably alluring—her singles "Drink I'm Sippin On" and "Raingurl" have upwards of two-million plays at this point. However, the singer is not one to hoard the spotlight. Previous shows have featured her collaborating with a Korean restaurant to make curry for the crowds, in attempt to recreate the familial, communal atmosphere of gathering for a home-cooked meal. This should also feel like a family affair, as the show is bill as an intimate "in the round."

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